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What are the benefits of exhaled breath for lung cancer diagnoses?
Instead of sending people for invasive biopsy procedures when a suspicious lung mass is identified, research suggests that exhaled breath could identify which people may require an immediate intraoperative biopsy and resection for further diagnosis.
Although the data are preliminary, researchers...
Research has shown that the introduction of minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for the treatment of aortic stenosis not only increases the number of people eligible for aortic valve replacement (AVR), but also leads to a decrease in mortality. Researchers found that...
What is the mortality rate for elderly people who have had TAVI?
Researchers collected data from 2,254 people aged 80 years and older who underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) between January 2010 and October 2011. People were divided into three categories based on age: 80-84 years (867 people), 85-89 years (1,064 people) and ≥90 years (349...
How can exhaled breath be used to diagnose lung cancer?
Specific compounds found in exhaled breath may help diagnose lung cancer in its early stages.
Researchers examined people with suspicious lung lesions that were detected on computed tomography scans. Using a silicone microprocessor and mass spectrometer, they tested exhaled breath for the presence...
Blood-product transfusions are often used during cardiac surgery to offset the morbidity and mortality associated with anemia. Cardiac operations utilize nearly 20% of the blood supply in the United States.
Certain high-risk patients having cardiac procedures benefit from blood conservation strategies (BCS), which decrease the need for postoperative blood transfusions. Major complications (including renal failure requiring dialysis, respiratory failure and even death) may occur among patients receiving...
What is an effective treatment for elderly people with aortic stenosis?
Researchers have found that transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) can provide an effective alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) for the treatment of aortic stenosis in elderly people, specifically those 80 years and older.
Elderly people generally require more time to...