Stubbing that little habit out before surgery would be a very good idea.
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Doctors want people to quit smoking before surgery because it reduces the risk of complications, but often don't do much to make that happen.
But, it turns out, just a wee bit of help makes it much more likely that people will quit before going under the knife, a study finds.
Patients who got less than five minutes of counseling from a nurse and free nicotine patches at least three weeks before surgery were much more likely to quit, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario. Those patients also got a brochure and a referral to a quit-smoking hotline.
Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 5:10 am
Dr. Charles Ryan checks on a patient.
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It's not just patients who are stunned to see what a hospital charges for services.
Two groups of pediatricians are taking a stand in Anchorage, Alaska, after learning that Alaska Regional Hospital is charging $2,110 for a circumcision — almost 10 times more than the $235 that Providence Hospital, the city's other major health facility, charges. Those prices are on top of a doctor's bill.
Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 9:31 am
Whether or not you'll someday get cancer or any disease can feel like a roll of hundreds of dice. Calculating the odds -- and knowing what they mean -- is tricky.
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Online risk calculators are all the rage these days among public health groups trying to get us to change our unhealthful ways. The World Health Organization developed an online tool that lets you estimate your personal risk of cracking a hip in the next 10 years, for example. You just plug in data about yourself, your lifestyle, and your family medical history.