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Outcomes best when laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed promptly

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For best results, laparoscopic cholecystectomy in patients with acute cholecystitis should be performed within 48 hours of hospital admission, a Swiss team reports. “Delaying surgery neither reduces perioperative complications nor shortens postoperative hospital stay,” Dr....

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Compression stockings reduce sleep apnea in patients with venous insufficiency

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Use of compression stockings during the day by patients with chronic venous insufficiency leads to a reduction in nighttime apnea episodes, a French group has shown. By reducing daytime fluid accumulation in the legs, the rostral shift of fluids to neck tissues at night is...

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RF ablation alternative to surgery in early liver cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a viable alternative in patients with early hepatocellular carcinoma who are not candidates for surgery, Taiwanese researchers report in a July 11th on-line paper in the Journal of Hepatology. "For compensated patients in Barcelona Clinic Liver...