Complication Rates Low With Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Complications are rare among breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy and reconstruction, a new study indicates.

Nerve Blocking Procedure Fails to Impress in Weight Loss Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A device intended to help with weight loss by blocking a certain nerve linked to appetite and metabolism failed to meet expectations in a trial among obese patients.

Double Mastectomy Doesn't Improve Survival, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. women with early stage breast cancer are choosing to have both breasts removed as a precautionary step, although the double mastectomy provides no apparent survival advantage, researchers say.

Melatonin Doesn't Curb Delirium After Surgery

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Melatonin supplements did not reduce delirium in seniors who had surgery for hip fractures, a new study found.

'Doctor-Shopping' for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds.

Study Questions Value of Certain Knee Surgeries

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to conservative treatments, arthroscopic knee surgery offers no apparent benefit for middle-aged people with age-related tears of the meniscus -- the cartilage that cushions the knee joint, according to a new analysis.

Cosmetic Eye Procedure May Ease Migraines, Small Study Says

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cosmetic eyelid surgery involving specific nerves may do more than improve your looks -- the procedure may also provide migraine relief for some, according to new research.

Pigs' Hearts Beat for a Year in Baboons' Abdomens

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pigs' hearts transplanted into baboons survived for more than a year, which is twice as long as previously achieved, researchers report.

Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy has long been an option, but a new study shows that only about 42 percent of women choose it.

Implantable Heart Devices Work, Regardless of Race: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable heart devices are as effective in reducing the risk of death in minority patients with heart failure as in white patients, a new study says.