Organ Donor Rates Vary Widely Across America, Study Finds

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the United States, organ donor rates are highest in the Midwest and lowest in New York state, a new study finds.

Don't Give Heart-Healthy Patients Blood Pressure Drugs Before Surgery: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study questions the practice of giving heart-healthy patients blood pressure drugs before surgeries that do not involve the heart.

Chemo Before Surgery May Boost Outcomes for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Undergoing chemotherapy before surgery may help women battling advanced ovarian cancer, a new study finds.

Prompt Treatment of Kidney Stones Keeps Costs Down: Study

SATURDAY, May 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying surgery for kidney stones can increase the risk of complications, raising health care costs, a new study finds.

Clowning Around May Be Good Medicine for Kids Facing Surgery

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If laughter is the best medicine, that may be doubly true for kids undergoing surgery who were cheered up by visiting clowns, a new Israeli study suggests.

Smoking Ups Risk of Complications From Urologic Cancers: Study

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Current and former smokers have more complications from major surgery for some urology-related cancers, according to new research.

Botox: An Rx for Irregular Heartbeat After Cardiac Surgery?

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Botox, the toxin-turned-drug therapy best known for its wrinkle-reducing properties, shows potential for preventing dangerous heart rhythms in patients who undergo invasive heart surgery, a small, preliminary study found.

Hundreds With HIV Could Donate Organs to Others With HIV: Study

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 400 HIV-positive potential organ donors in the United States could donate organs each year to HIV-positive people waiting for transplants, a new study estimates.

Local Anesthesia May Be Best for Infants During Surgery

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests infants may recover better after some kinds of surgery if they receive local anesthesia -- which only numbs part of the body -- instead of being "knocked out" completely with general anesthesia.

Pregnancy Doesn't Make General Surgery More Dangerous: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being pregnant does not raise a woman's risk for death or complications after undergoing general surgery, a new study finds.