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Tags: surgery


Though it may improve symptoms, minimally invasive heart valve surgery is not without risks

1 11/28/2017

Patient anecdote outweighs data in AP’s look at lymph node transfer surgery

1 5/19/2016

CBS’s same-day hip replacement story makes it sound like a new procedure


Excellent sourcing, but questionable anecdotes, for WSJ piece on same-day hip replacement

4 12/4/2015

Post lays out limitations of study showing longer survival with breast cancer surgery


Evidence overstated in coverage of drug to reduce blood transfusions


10 million wisdom teeth are removed each year. That might be way too many.


Double Chin? There May Be a Drug for That


New method for hip replacement wins favor with some surgeons


Therapy often as good as surgery for knees, study finds