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May 2014

Crohn's Disease More Prevalent in States with High Smoking Rates

May 21, 2014

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Although many studies have found Crohn's disease (CD) patients are more likely to smoke than the general population, only a few have examined CD prevalence as it relates to regional smoking rates.

Even among Men, Scars Adversely Affect Body Image

May 19, 2014

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Although healthcare professionals tend to believe women are more concerned about the cosmetics of scarring than men, a study published online in the American Journal of Men's Health has uncovered exactly how men feel about their scars.

Consider Reinfusing Autologous Blood Lost During Cardiac Bypass Surgery

May 15, 2014

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Since those who undergo cardiac surgery are more likely to receive allogeneic blood transfusions, researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital set out to investigate the effects of reinfusing autologous blood lost during cardiopulmonary bypass.

Recognizing MRSA Infection Risk in Diabetic Foot Ulcers

May 13, 2014

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Since nearly half of all Staphylococcus aureus infections harbor difficult-to-cure methicillin-resistant (MRSA) isolates, identifying MRSA risk factors could improve infection prevention and treatment, as well as reduce resistance patterns.

The Unusual Complications of Ordinary Gallstones

May 08, 2014

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A cholecystectomy is generally an uncomplicated procedure, but on the rare occasions when gallstones migrate to adjacent viscera or vascular structures, it becomes a considerably more complicated operation.

Why Surgeons Should Fess Up to Operative Errors

May 07, 2014

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For most mistakes, it is best to apply the "ABC" rule: acknowledge the error and accept responsibility, be gentle with yourself, and correct it, make amends, and move on. But if the blunder occurs in the surgical suite, it is not that simple.

Heading Straight Home After Robotic-assisted Hysterectomy

May 06, 2014

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Many gynecologic surgeries that formerly required large incisions and lengthy hospital stays are simpler today due to smaller incisions, less blood loss, and improved mobilization. As a result, same-day discharge after robotic-assisted hysterectomy - an option that only recently became available - now seems possible.