Surgery for benign breast disease does not impair future breastfeeding capability

CHICAGO: Young women with benign breast conditions may undergo surgery without jeopardizing their ability to breastfeed later on. One of the first studies to specifically evaluate the effects of surgery on breastfeeding outcomes and lactation capability reveals that more than 80 percent of young women successfully breast-fed or bottle-fed breast milk, including those with a…

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Hospitals serving minority patients follow breast cancer recommendations at similar rate

CHICAGO: Among accredited U.S. cancer centers, hospitals serving primarily minority patients are as likely as other hospitals to offer the standard of surgical care for early-stage breast cancer, according to results presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2020. “There are a lot of health disparities in cancer: in access to…

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All members of military surgical teams can benefit from military-civilian partnerships

CHICAGO: Military surgical teams face unique demands on and off the battlefield. Combat trauma represents 0.5 percent of the 1 million annual military health system hospital admissions, presenting a challenge for military surgical teams to remain combat ready. Previous research has established the many benefits of military-civilian partnerships for training military surgeons prior to deployment…

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New artificial intelligence models show potential for predicting outcomes

CHICAGO: New applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care settings have shown early success in improving survival and outcomes in traffic accident victims transported by ambulance and in predicting survival after liver transplantation, according to two research studies presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2020. Both studies evaluated how AI…

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Pregnant women have better outcomes after immediate surgery for complicated appendicitis

CHICAGO: Pregnant women who underwent immediate surgery to treat a ruptured or abscessed appendix and their fetuses had significantly better outcomes than those whose condition was managed without an operation. Results from a nationwide study presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2020 form the basis for the potential development of a…

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Transportation barriers to care may increase likelihood of emergency surgical intervention

CHICAGO: Transportation barriers, such as personal access to a vehicle or public transportation, disproportionally affect minority communities, according to results of a new study presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2020. The study was performed by researchers at the University of Colorado at Aurora who used geographic information systems (GIS)…

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