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Number of patients waiting over six months for surgery up 40%
The number of patients waiting more than six months for surgery in England was 40 percent higher in September than the same month last year, according to analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).
Surgery patients commonly overestimate pain before operations
Many patients overestimate the amount of pain they'll experience after surgery, resulting in needless anxiety, a new study found.
Patients need rest, not antibiotics: Health officials
More patients should be told to go home and rest rather than be given antibiotics, according to health officials.
After medical errors, patients want doctors to hear them out
When medical errors lead to serious injuries, patients and families may feel better when doctors take the time to listen to their feelings about the mistake and explain what can be done to prevent it from happening again, a small study suggests.
New technique could spare thousands of breast cancer patients
A new test could spare thousands of breast cancer patients from unnecessary chemotherapy by predicting how likely it is to return.
Breast surgeons exert enormous influence on patients’ choices'
Breast cancer surgeons play a big role in deciding whether women with early-stage breast cancer undergo a controversial operation to have both breasts removed, even when cancer is found in only one, a new study found.
Yoga may help breast cancer patients struggling to sleep
A certain type of yoga may provide lasting benefits for breast cancer patients who have trouble sleeping, researchers reported.
Sleep deprivation is an effective anti-depressant for nearly half of depressed patients
Sleep deprivation — typically administered in controlled, inpatient settings — rapidly reduces symptoms of depression in roughly half of depression patients, according the first meta-analysis on the subject in nearly 30 years, from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mortality rate four times higher in OSA sufferers
By Sadeq Dehqan & Katayoon Dashti
Doctors urge shingles vaccine to be used in arthritis patients
Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University found that the live varicella-zoster, or shingles, vaccine boosts the immune response in arthritis patients.
Married heart disease patients have better survival rates
Researchers at Aston Medical School in Birmingham, England, found that being married increases the survival rate for patients with heart disease.
Singing may benefit Parkinson's patients
Singing? To benefit people with Parkinson's disease? It just may help, a researcher said.
Pay rise cause doctors to treat more low-income patients
It seems like a simple solution. Raise what you pay doctors for treating low-income patients, and they’ll treat more of them.

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