Surgery For Pay?

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by Gerald Thurswell

Is pay influencing a doctor’s decision to operate? A new study shows that doctors choose to do surgery not because it is preferable to other treatments but because they get reimbursed for it. Researchers looked at patients with a narrowed artery in the neck, called artery stenosis, a condition that can be treated with surgery […]

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Is Air Pollution Tied To Dementia?

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by Gerald Thurswell

Air pollution may accelerate brain aging and contribute to dementia, according to a new study. Women with specific gene variant are at a greater risk than others. The study included 3,647 women ages 65 to 69. From 1995 until 2010, researchers have tracked the women’s mental ability along with well-validated questionnaires and used public data […]

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Concussions From Soccer Headers

Posted on February 7th, 2017 by Gerald Thurswell

Is there a connection between soccer players who frequently head the ball and concussions? A study conducted by Neurology, examined 222 amateur soccer players – 175 men and 47 women – who reported the number of times that they headed the ball over a two-week period. Additionally, these athletes also reported any unintentional head impacts, […]

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Robot Or Surgeon?

Posted on August 9th, 2016 by Gerald Thurswell

During robotic surgery, the doctor operates through quarter-inch incisions using tiny instruments and cameras guided by the robot in order to give a clear view of the operating site and precise control of the tools. In contrast, during conventional surgery, the doctor will make a much larger incision and uses the standard surgical equipment. Researchers […]

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Do You Know What Else The Flu Shot Can Do?

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by Gerald Thurswell

Are you living with type 2 diabetes? You could get an added benefit from the flu vaccine: a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. For decades influenza vaccination has been the primary strategy to control influenza and its complications in older adults and patients with chronic illnesses. Over a seven year period, CMAJ conducted a retrospective […]

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