Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, a new study suggests.

'Angelina Jolie Effect' Prompted More Testing for Breast Cancer Genes: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the months after actress and activist Angelina Jolie revealed last year that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy because of an increased risk for breast cancer, the number of women referred for genetic counseling went up dramatically, a new Canadian study shows.

Skin Cells Used to Create Heart Valve for Growing Kids

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While artificial heart valves have long been available to adults, making permanent valves for children has been challenging because kids' bodies keep growing.

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.

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.

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.

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.