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Drug May Help Surgical Patients Stop Opioids Sooner

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid painkillers after surgery can be the first step toward addiction for some patients. But a common drug might cut the amount of narcotics that patients need, a new study finds.

Boy's Double Hand Transplant Changed His Brain

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two years ago, Zion Harvey was the first child to undergo a successful double hand transplant. Now he's gaining notoriety for another milestone: the way his brain reorganized itself in response to the amputation and transplantation.

Patients OK With Fewer Opioids After Gallbladder Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Far fewer opioid painkillers are needed than thought for people who have their gallbladder removed, a new study suggests.

Don't Delay Hip Fracture Surgery. Here's Why

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors with a fractured hip need surgery as soon as possible or they could suffer life-threatening complications, a new Canadian study concludes.

Is a Common Shoulder Surgery Useless?

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research casts doubt on the true effectiveness of a common type of surgery used to ease shoulder pain.

Dr. Tommy John Hopes Fewer Young Athletes Need Dad's Namesake Surgery

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a long and illustrious pro baseball career, Tommy John is more famous as the source of the name for a surgical procedure than for the nearly 300 games the left-handed pitcher won.

FDA Seeks to Speed Development of 'Regenerated' Organs for Medical Use

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using stem cells to grow new heart tissue, and even whole organs, used to be the stuff of science fiction.

Hospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates?

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers seeking to lower their risk of a cesarean delivery might want to consider getting a midwife involved, a new study suggests.

Is Low-Dose Aspirin Right for You After Surgery?

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, millions of American heart patients go "under the knife" for various kinds of surgery. Often they're told to take a low-dose aspirin, to help lower their odds for a post-op blood clot.

Doctors Prescribing Too Many Opioids After Nose Jobs

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could some patients recovering from a nose job get a problem they didn't bargain for?

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