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Silicone Breast Implants Raise the Risk for Rare Health Problems

Women who have silicone implants are at higher risk for adverse, rare, health problems, including Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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

Allergies and Appendicitis: A Surprising Link

Kids with allergies have a lower risk for complicated appendicitis, which sometimes requires multiple surgeries and longer hospital stays, according to a study.

By Diane Domina

What I Wish I’d Known Before Having Surgery for Endometriosis

“In 2013, I had the first of three laparoscopic surgeries for endometriosis. Had I known then what I know now, I could have avoided at least one of those surgeries.”

By Julie Ryan

Thyroid Nodules: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

When a thyroid nodule is not cancerous and is benign, is it necessary to remove it anyway? No, not always. In fact, thyroid nodules are quite common. However, even aside from cancer, there are some reasons that thyroid nodules must go — like when they’re large and in charge.

By Ask HealthCentral

Common Shoulder Surgery Is Usually Unnecessary, Finnish Study Finds

One of the most common surgeries performed in the Western world today – shoulder impingement surgery – is no more beneficial than a placebo treatment, according to researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

By Diane Domina

First Person, Part 1: My Husband Had Advanced Colon Cancer

In the first of two parts, Judi Ebbert, who usually writes for HealthCentral about the science of medicine, writes from a personal place: her own story of caregiving for her husband during his colon cancer journey.

By Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN