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Could Appendectomy Protect You From Parkinson's?

People who’ve had their appendix removed appear to have a 20 percent lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than those who haven’t had an appendectomy.

By Diane Domina

Is Colectomy a ‘Cure’ for Ulcerative Colitis?

In the IBD community, what constitutes a cure is a controversial topic. Here’s one patient’s perspective.

By Jackie Zimmerman

Patients Expect Opioids After Surgery, Crisis or Not

Surgery patients expect their physicians will prescribe opioids to manage recovery pain, and they perceive these highly addictive drugs as superior to all others despite growing concerns about addiction and side effects.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Does Heart Valve Surgery Affect Cognition in Older Adults?

An older adult's ability to think, remember, and make decisions can be diminished in the first month following heart valve surgery.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

After Mastectomy, Don't Neglect Breast Imaging and Biopsy

Mastectomy to treat or prevent breast cancer doesn’t eliminate the need for imaging tests and biopsies in the future, according to a study.

By Diane Domina

Can Silicone Implants Cause Health Problems?

These rare health problems are more common in women with silicone breast implants, according to a large study on silicone breast implant safety.

By Diane Domina

Ovarian Cancer Treatment: What You Should Know

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with ovarian cancer? Here’s what you should know about the latest therapies available.

By Stephanie Stephens

Having a Hysterectomy Can Wreak Havoc on Your Hormones

The hormonal changes that take place after a hysterectomy can greatly affect your thyroid — whether you already have thyroid conditions, or even whether it sparks the thyroid condition. In fact, a hysterectomy increases your risk of developing thyroid cancer.

By Mary Shomon

Birth Control Options After Weight Loss Surgery

If you are undergoing weight loss surgery, here’s what you should know about contraception during your recovery and beyond.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Research Sheds Light on Top Dangers After Surgery

Heart injuries, major bleeding, and sepsis are the leading causes of death related to noncardiac surgery, according to the VISION study.

By Diane Domina