Hospital Quality Associated With Racial Disparities in Cardiac Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H., call Shantell Kirkendoll at 734-764-2220 or email smkirk@med.umich.edu.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Hospital quality was associated with racial disparities in outcomes after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in a study by…

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Health Care Costs Higher for Former, Current Smokers in Year After Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 Media Advisory: To contact author David O. Warner, M.D., call Bryan Anderson at 507-284-5005 or email newsbureau@mayo.edu. JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Health care costs in the first year after an inpatient surgical procedure are higher for former and current smokers compared with patients who…

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Study Examines Safety, Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Bariatric Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Su-Hsin Chang, Ph.D., call Judy Martin at 314-286-0105 or email martinju@wustl.edu.     JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Bariatric surgery helps patients lose weight and get rid of obesity-related diseases, although the risk of complications, reoperation and death remain, according…

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Study Examines Regional Spending on Vascular Care and Amputation Rate

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Philip P. Goodney, M.D., M.S., call Michael Barwell at 603-653-1984 or email michael.r.barwell@hitchcock.org.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can cause critical limb ischemia that is treated with amputation, and while there is much spending on…

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Outreach Programs Increase Organ Donations by Hispanics

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Ali Salim, M.D., call Jessica Maki at 617-525-6373 or email jmaki3@partners.org. JAMA Surgery Study Highlights Outreach programs may increase organ donations from Hispanics, according to a study by Ali Salim, M.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and colleagues. The…

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Study Evaluates Antireflux Procedures for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Jarod McAteer, M.D., M.P.H., call Elizabeth Hunter at 206-616-3192 or email elh415@uw.edu.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights Among hospitalized children diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, regurgitation), infants younger than 2 months are more likely than older infants to undergo…

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Improved Sexual Functioning, Hormones After Weight-Loss Bariatric Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 10 A.M. (CT), MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author David B. Sarwer, Ph.D., call Kim Menard at 215-662-6183 or email Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu. CHICAGO – Women who underwent bariatric surgery experienced better sexual functioning, improvement in reproductive hormones, and better health-related and weight-related quality of life, according to a report published…

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Carotid Artery Stenting Appears Associated with Increased Stroke in Elderl

  EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author George A. Antoniou, M.D., Ph.D., email antoniou.ga@hotmail.com. To contact commentary author R. Clement Darling III, M.D., call Beth Engeler at 518-262-3421 or email EngeleB@mail.amc.edu. CHICAGO – Carotid artery stenting (CAS) was associated with an increased risk of stroke in…

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New Measure to Rate Hospitals on Bariatric Surgery Examined in Study

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H., call Shantell M. Kirkendoll at 734-764-2220 or email smkirk@umich.edu.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   New Measure to Rate Hospitals on Bariatric Surgery Examined in Study   A new composite measure may be better than…

Body Mass Index Not Major Predictor of Death in Bariatric Surgery Eligibility

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Raj S. Padwal, M.D., M.Sc., call Raquel Maurier at 780-492-5986 or email raquel.maurier@ualberta.ca.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Body Mass Index Not Major Predictor of Death in Bariatric Surgery Eligibility   Age, sex, smoking and diabetes mellitus can be…

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History of Falls Associated With Postoperative Complications in Older Patients

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Thomas N. Robinson, M.D., call Mark Couch at 303-724-5377 or email mark.couch@ucdenver.edu.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   History of Falls Associated With Postoperative Complications in Older Patients   A history of one or more falls in the six…

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Mass. Insurance Expansion Associated With Increased Probability of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Nonwhite Patients, Reduced Racial Disparities

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Andrew P. Loehrer, M.D., call Cassandra Aviles at 617-724-6433 or email cmaviles@partners.org.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights Mass. Insurance Expansion Associated With Increased Probability of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Nonwhite Patients, Reduced Racial Disparities Health care reform in Massachusetts in…

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VA Facility Expands Breast Cancer Screenings

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Ajay Jain call Rosalia Scalia at 410-605-7464 or email rosalia.scalia@va.gov. CHICAGO – The Baltimore VA Medical Center screened more women with mammography after changes to accommodate the growing number of female veterans, but the changes led to increased times…

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JAMA Surgery Viewpoint Highlights

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013   JAMA Surgery Viewpoint Highlights     Evaluating Outcomes and Costs in Perioperative Care by Mark D. Neuman, M.D., M.Sc., and Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, writes, “The necessary task of limiting spending on health care services for surgical patients…

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Nonsentinel Lymph Node Positivity Appears to be Significant Prognostic Factor in Patients with Melanoma

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Mark B. Faries, M.D., call 310-582-7438 or email Mark.Faries@jwci.org.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Nonsentinel Lymph Node Positivity Appears to be Significant Prognostic Factor in Patients with Melanoma   Nonsentinel lymph node (NSLN) positivity appears to be a…

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Lymph Node Metastases Appear Associated With Stem Cell Mutations in Breast Cancer

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact study author Cory A. Donovan, M.D., call Elisa Williams at 503-494-8231 or email willieli@ohsu.edu. JAMA Surgery Study Highlights Tumors in which breast cancer stem and progenitor cells (BCSCs) have defects in PI3K/Akt (a pathway that is part of cell proliferation) signaling…

Study Examines Biliary Reconstruction Method

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact study author J. Bart Rose, M.D., M.A.S., call Gale Robinette at 206-341-1509 or email Gale.Robinette@vmmc.org. JAMA Surgery Study Highlights Duodenal anastomosis (a surgical procedure involving creating a connection with the duodenum, the first section of the small intestine) appears to be…

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16-Hour Work Limit for Medical Interns Associated With Decreased Operative Experience, Study Suggests

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Christian M. de Virgilio, M.D., call 310-222-2702 or email cdevirgilio@labiomed.org.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   16-Hour Work Limit for Medical Interns Associated With Decreased Operative Experience, Study Suggests   The 16-hour work limit for interns, implemented in July…

Telehealth Appears to be Safe Substitute for Postoperative Clinic Visit for Selected Ambulatory Surgery Patients

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Sherry M. Wren, M.D., call Jonathan Friedman at 650-858-3925 x64888 or email Jonathan.Friedman@va.gov.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Telehealth Appears to be Safe Substitute for Postoperative Clinic Visit for Selected Ambulatory Surgery Patients   Telehealth can be safely used…

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JAMA Surgery Viewpoint Highlights

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013   JAMA Surgery Viewpoint Highlights   The JAMA Network specialty journals are now publishing Viewpoint articles. Below are the Viewpoints to be published July 1 in JAMA Surgery.     Robotic Thyroidectomy…Do It Well or Don’t Do It by Michael T. Stang, M.D., of  the…

Experience in Rural Setting Associated with Increases Likelihood Residents Will Practice General Surgery There

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact study author Karen Deveney, M.D., call OHSU Strategic Communications Department at 504-494-8231 or email news@ohsu.edu. CHICAGO – Experience in a rural setting for fourth-year surgery residents was associated with the increased likelihood that they would practice general surgery in a similar…

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Smoking Cessation Associated With Reduced Postoperative Complications After Major Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Faek R. Jamali, M.D., email fj03@aub.edu.lb.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights Smoking cessation at least one year before major surgery eliminates the increased risk of postoperative mortality and decreases the risk of arterial and respiratory events evident in current…

Screening Colonoscopy Associated With Increased Survival Duration and Rates For Patients With Colon Cancer

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author David L. Berger, M.D., call Katie Marquedant at 617-726-0337 or email KMarquedant@Partners.org. CHICAGO – Patients with colon cancer identified on screening colonoscopy appear to have lower-stage disease on presentation and better outcomes independent of their staging, according to a…

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Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair Associated with Lower Cost of Care and Shorter Hospital Stay For Obese Patients

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact study author Justin Lee, M.D., call Christopher Murphy at 617-419-4729 or email Christopher.Murphy@Steward.org. JAMA Surgery Study Highlights The outcomes of laparoscopic compared with open ventral hernia repair (VHR) in obese patients was examined in study by Justin Lee, M.D., of Tufts…

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Postoperative Patient Care Program Associated With Reduction of Common Postoperative Complications

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author David McAneny, M.D., call Gina DiGravio at 617-638-8480 or email Gina.DiGravio@bmc.org.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Postoperative Patient Care Program Associated With Reduction of Common Postoperative Complications   A study by Michael R. Cassidy, M.D., and colleagues at…

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Review of Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Methods After Bariatric Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Daniel J. Brotman, M.D., call Stephanie Desmon at 410-955-8665 or email sdesmon1@jhmi.edu.   Review of Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Methods After Bariatric Surgery   CHICAGO – A review of available medical literature suggests there is insufficient evidence to support the use of intra-vascular…

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Surgical Residents Disapprove of 2011 ACGME Duty Hour Regulations, Survey Finds

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact study author Brian C. Drolet, M.D., call Ellen Slingsby at 401-444-6424 or email eslingsby@lifespan.org. JAMA Surgery Study Highlights In a study by Brian C. Drolet, M.D., of the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, and colleagues, the majority of surgical residents who were…

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Study Examines Utilization, Outcomes, Costs of Inpatient Surgery at Critical Access Hospitals

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact study author Adam J. Gadzinski, M.D., M.S., call Beata Mostafavi at 734-764-2220 or email brnostafa@umich.edu. JAMA Surgery Study Highlights A study by Adam J. Gadzinski, M.D., M.S., of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues examined the utilization, outcomes and costs…

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Study Suggests Women on Medicaid More Likely To Receive Mastectomy To Treat Breast Cancer

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Linda Adepoju, M.D., call Tobin Klinger at 419-530-4279 or email tobin.klinger@utoledo.edu.   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   Study Suggests Women on Medicaid More Likely To Receive Mastectomy To Treat Breast Cancer   In a study reported in the resident’s…

Study Examines Treatment Delays in Young Women with Breast Cancer by Race/Ethnicity

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact corresponding author Hoda Anton-Culver, Ph.D., call Tom Vasich at 949-824-6455 or email tmvasich@uci.edu. To contact critique author Leigh Neumayer, M.D., M.S., call Kathy Wilets at 801-581-5717 or email Kathy.Wilets@hsc.utah.edu.   Study Examines Treatment Delays in Young Women with Breast Cancer by…

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Study Examines Disease Progression After Regional Therapy for In-Transit Melanoma

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013 JAMA Surgery Study Highlights A study by Michael E. Lidsky, M.D., and colleagues at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, suggests that patient, clinical, and procedural factors are unreliable predictors of in-field progressive disease after regional therapy in patients with in-transit melanoma. (Online First)   Using…

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Study Investigates Association Between Race And Use Of Revascularizaton vs Amputation in Lower Extremity Ischemia

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   A study by Tyler S. Durazzo, M.D., and colleagues at the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, examined the difference between white and nonwhite patients in the rates of use of amputation or revascularization procedures for treatment of…

Study Examines Laparoscopic Effectiveness in Incisional Hernia Repair

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013   JAMA Surgery Study Highlights   A randomized controlled clinical trial by Hasan H. Eker, M.D., of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues examined laparoscopic versus open ventral incisional hernia repair with regard to postoperative pain and nausea, operative results, perioperative and postoperative…

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Bariatric Surgery Not Associated With Reduced Overall Health Care Costs

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact author Jonathan P. Weiner, DrPH., call Tim Parsons at 410-955-7619 or email tmparson@jhsph.edu. To contact critique author Edward H. Livingston, M.D., call JAMA Network Media Relations at 312-464-5262 or email mediarelations@jamanetwork.org. CHICAGO – An analysis of insurance claims data suggests that…

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Study Suggests Lung Cancer Mortality Highest in Black Persons Living in Most Segregated Counties

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013 Media Advisory: To contact Awori J. Hayanga, M.D., M.P.H., call Clare LaFond at 206-685-1323 or email clareh@uw.edu. To contact invited critique author David C. Chang, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., call Michelle Brubaker at 619-543-6163 or email mmbrubaker@ucsd.edu. CHICAGO – Lung cancer mortality appears to be higher…

JAMA Surgery Study Highlights

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013 JAMA Surgery Study Highlights Lung cancer mortality appears to be higher in black persons and highest in blacks living in the most segregated counties in the United States, regardless of socioeconomic status (See news release below). One in 203 surgical patients undergoes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),…

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Archives of Surgery Study Highlights

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012   Archives of Surgery Study Highlights Patients with diverticular disease (inflamed pouches [diverticula] in the intestine; usually the large intestine or colon) have worse and more costly outcomes after elective colectomy compared with patients with colon cancer, but better than patients with inflammatory bowel disease,…

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Study Examines Postdischarge Complications After General Surgery

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 Media Advisory: To contact Julie A. Sosa, M.D., M.A., call Helen Dodson at 203-436-3984 or email helen.dodson@yale.edu. To contact critique author Desmond C. Winter, M.D., email des.winter@gmail.com. An author podcast will be available on the journal website after the embargo lifts: http://bit.ly/JLp3jy CHICAGO – A…

Uninsured Patients Undergoing Craniotomy for Brain Tumor Have Higher In-Hospital Mortality

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 3 P.M. (CT), MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 Media Advisory: To contact Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D., call Stephanie Desmon at 410-955-8665 or email sdesmon1@jhmi.edu. To contact critique corresponding author Shawn L. Hervey-Jumper, M.D., call Kara Gavin 734-764-2220 or email kegavin@umich.edu. CHICAGO – Compared to insured patients, uninsured patients have higher in-hospital mortality following surgery…