Restoring Blood Flow Beats Exercise for Poor Leg Circulation

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people with poor circulation in their leg arteries, a medical procedure to restore blood flow may have greater benefits than exercise, preliminary research suggests.

Weight Loss Surgery May Boost Good Cholesterol in Obese Boys

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss surgery could help severely obese teenage boys reduce their risk for heart disease by increasing their levels of "good" cholesterol, a preliminary study suggests.

Lung Cancer Surgery Worthwhile for Older Patients

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older lung cancer patients are surviving longer when they have lung cancer surgery, a new study suggests.

No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking cholesterol-lowering statins right before heart surgery, once touted as a way to prevent common postoperative complications, has no benefit and may even cause harm, a new study suggests.

Robots Stake Their Claim in the Operating Room

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A surgical robot outperformed human surgeons in stitching the small intestines of pigs back together, researchers report.

Emergency Surgery Risky Business in Poor Countries

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who have emergency surgery in poor nations may be much likelier to die than patients in wealthy countries, a new study finds.

Medical Errors: A Hidden Killer

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States, a new study contends.

The 7 Deadliest Emergency General Surgeries

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Seven types of operations, including appendectomy and gall bladder removal, account for four out of five emergency general-surgery deaths in the United States, a new study reports.

Nipple-Preserving Mastectomies Appear Safe for High-Risk Women: Study

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preventive breast removal (mastectomy) that preserves the nipple and surrounding skin may be as effective in preventing breast cancer in high-risk women as more invasive surgeries, a new study suggests.

New Guidelines Issued on Breast, Genital Plastic Surgery for Teen Girls

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A growing interest among teenaged girls in plastic surgery on their breasts or genitals has prompted a leading ob/gyn group to recommend that doctors first talk to these young women about "normal" sexual development.