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Mental health benefits associated with gender-affirming surgery

Gender-affirming surgeries are associated with numerous positive health benefits, including lower rates of psychological distress and suicidal ideation, as well as lower rates of smoking, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.…

Was Neil Armstrong’s death due to a medical error?

The death of astronaut Neil Armstrong in 2012 after heart surgery may have occurred because of incompetent post-surgical care, according to recent news reports. Armstrong’s family received a $6 million confidential settlement in 2014 from Mercy Health Fairfield…

Watchdog group to put focus on surgical centers

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit watchdog organization that assesses how nearly 2,000 hospitals across the U.S. handle problems and assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their performance, is now turning its attention to surgery centers. An October…

Colonoscopy benefits after age 75 questioned

Colonoscopies may not provide much cancer prevention benefit after age 75, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. The study was published online September 27, 2016 in the Annals of…