The Morning Report provides a quick look at today’s medical news, research and features.
|Outpatient Surgy Centers More Popular; But are they safe?|
|Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation: at an outpatient surgery center. “My first thought was ‘Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?’ ” recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt “very trepidatious” about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital.
Before the Sept. 30 procedure, Salo drove 20 miles from her home in Germantown, Md., to the Massachusetts Avenue Surgery Center in Bethesda for a tour. Her fears were allayed, she said, by the facility’s cleanliness and its empathic staff. Salo later joked that the main difference between the multi-specialty center and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital – where she underwent breast cancer surgery last year – was that the former had “better parking.”
A 2013 study by University of Michigan researchers who analyzed 244,000 outpatient surgeries between 2005 and 2010 found seven risk factors associated with serious complications or death within 72 hours of surgery. Another study found that about 1 in 1,000 surgery center patients develops a complication that is serious enough to require transfer to a hospital during or immediately after a procedure. Continue at Physicians News.
Why is e-cig use among teens rising so quickly?
|Why do kids smoke electronic cigarettes? Is it because they are more health conscious than their combustable cigarette predecessors? Or are they more rebellious and risk taking than their traditional smoking peers? Either way, e-cigarettes are quickly growing in popularity and usage among youth.
“The prevalence of e-cigarette use in this population was substantially higher than rates reported previously from studies conducted in 2011 to 2012,” according to a group of experts who studied 1,941 9th and 10th grade students in Hawaii.
The researchers set out to determine whether kids who use e-cigs engage differently than traditional smokers or non-smokers in other risk taking behaviors like drinking or marijuana. They found that dual users – those who smoked both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes – are more likely to take risks.
“People who used only e-cigarettes did not score high on variables such as rebelliousness, sensation seeking, and peer smoker affiliations compared with dual users,” said authors of the study, led by Thomas A. Wills, PhD, University of Hawaii Cancer Center. “The dual users clearly represent people who are prone to problem behavior.” More at Physicians News.
|Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors|
|Yoga has long been believed to improve overall health, but a growing body of evidence shows the ancient practice may also help the heart, a new review finds. In fact, the benefits were similar to those of conventional exercise such as brisk walking, said lead researcher Paula Chu, a doctoral candidate at Harvard University’s Health Policy Program in Boston.
The review, of 37 clinical trials, found that people randomly assigned to take yoga classes saw improvements in their weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. ”This finding suggests that [people] who are physically limited in some way do not have to ‘pound the pavement’ in order to improve their cardiovascular risk profile,” Chu said. But it’s not clear whether any one type of yoga is better than others, or how often people need to practice the discipline to see benefits, according to the researchers. More at Physicians News.