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The link between weight loss surgery and headaches
TIME
Weight loss surgery may be a risk factor for a specific kind of headache, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers looked at 338 patients with a history of spontaneous intracranial hypotension — headaches typically caused by a cerebrospinal fluid leak — and found that 11 of those patients had undergone a form of bariatric surgery. Though 11 people, 3.3 percent of the sample, is a seemingly small number and certainly not enough to change clinical practice, it was still significant enough for the researchers to warn physicians of the possible relationship.
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Surgeons implant 'dead' heart for first time
New York Daily News
Australian surgeons have performed the first transplant of a "dead heart." Heart transplants usually use organs from people who are brain dead but with hearts that are still beating, the BBC reported. But a team at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney has used an organ from a patient whose heart had stopped beating for 20 minutes.
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World's smallest liver-kidney transplant saves toddler's life
By Lynn Hetzler
Aspen Erickson was only 2 months old when doctors diagnosed her with alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency. Her parents watched helplessly as their little girl experienced seizures and weight loss. Auchelle Daniels, the girl's mother, recalls witnessing Erickson's first seizure: "She started seizing and twisting. She was unresponsive. They had to intubate her."
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Bariatric surgery may be risk factor for condition that causes severe headaches
News-Medical
Bariatric surgery may be a risk factor for a condition that causes severe headaches, according to a study published in the Oct. 22, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In the study, gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding surgery were associated with later developing a condition called spontaneous intracranial hypotension in a small percentage of people.
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Different routes of central venous catheterization and their relative risks
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Central venous catheterization or central line placement is a technique where a tube is inserted beneath the patient's skin in order to create a simple, pain-free way of providing medications and nutrients to the patient. Central venous access catheters have been widely used in hospital settings, and more than 3.4 million of them are placed for patients per year. Some of the benefits of this technique as compared to peripheral access include: greater longevity without infection, avoidance of phlebitis, line security and a potential route for nutritional support as well as fluid administration.
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Almost 2,000 lung cancer patients missing out on surgery every year
Medical Xpress
Around 1,800 lung cancer patients may be missing out on life-saving surgery each year, according to the latest regional cancer statistics from Cancer Research U.K. New data on Cancer Research U.K.'s 'Local Cancer Statistics' website has revealed a worrying number of lung cancer patients in England may not be having surgery as part of their treatment.
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The link between weight loss surgery and headaches
TIME
Weight loss surgery may be a risk factor for a specific kind of headache, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers looked at 338 patients with a history of spontaneous intracranial hypotension and found that 11 of those patients had undergone a form of bariatric surgery.

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Cardiac surgery: Aftercare
The Pharmaceutical Journal
More than 34,000 cardiac operations are performed in the U.K. each year. Following heart surgery, patients typically stay in hospital for up to a week and require ongoing support from a cardiac rehabilitation team following discharge.

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Study: Anesthesia complications drop by half
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Anesthesia-related complications in the United States have fallen by more than half, while the overall death rate has remained the same, a new study indicates.

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10 ways to apply social tools for an improved patient experience
By Christina Thielst
The pressures and drivers to reduce costs, improve quality, emphasize prevention and increase access are making social media and the underlying technologies more attractive to healthcare leaders. They can be effective and efficient tools for the delivery of communications to targeted individuals and/or populations. As a result, those leaders who recognize that we must change the way care is provided are starting to explore new ways of engaging patients across the continuum of care.
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Healthcare workers say Ebola quarantines aren't the answer
Health Leaders Media
A nurse who is currently quarantined in New Jersey after volunteering for Doctors Without Borders in West Africa is speaking out against her treatment. In an op-ed for The Dallas Morning News, Kaci Hickox, who tested negative for the virus, painted a picture of disorganization from the authorities that quarantined her, and said she was treated as though she were a criminal.
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Newly donated blood reduces complications from heart surgery
Scienceblog
Heart surgery patients who received newly donated blood have significantly fewer post-operative complications than those who received blood that had been donated more than two weeks before their surgery, a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress has shown. The study examined records at the New Brunswick Heart Centre (NBHC) in Saint John for non-emergency heart surgeries performed over almost nine years, from January 2005 to September 2013, on patients who received red blood cells either during their surgery or afterwards and who stayed in hospital less than 30 days.
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Healthcare media hype: Have you jumped on the bandwagon?
By Jessica Taylor
Mass media is a substantial power in modern culture, especially in America. We live in a mediated culture — where news both reflects and creates the culture. Our society is continuously bombarded with messages from a multitude of sources promoting not only products, but moods, attitudes and a sense of what is and isn't important in the world. So, is the media really honing in on what you want? Or are you jumping on the media-hype bandwagon? Let's take the most recent news stories of Ebola, for example.
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How has healthcare reform affected gastroenterology?
Becker's ASC Review
Gastroenterologists provide many needed services, ranging from colorectal and esophageal cancer prevention to the evaluation and management of a variety of disorders, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease. The pace of change in the care provided by gastroenterologists has markedly accelerated due to The Affordable Care Act of 2010.
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