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Did doctor/journalist Sanjay Gupta perform brain surgery on a wounded soldier in the heat of war?

According to this recap of an interview of Dr Sanjay Gupta on the Dr Oz Show, there was an incident while he was acting as a journalist in a war zone in Iraq: While in Iraq, he encountered a ...
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Have surgical guidelines on the use of beta-blockers killed tens of thousands of people?

Medical guidelines designed to avoid damage to the heart during non-cardiac surgery in Europe recommend the use of beta-blockers. But the guidance was partially written by and largely based on work by ...
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Is or was the husband's knot/stitch a medical procedure?

The "husband's knot" or "husband's stitch" is supposedly a medical procedure that involves adding an extra suture when performing an episiotomy in order to make a woman's vagina tighter, resulting ...
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Do simple checklists applied in operating theatres significantly reduce the rates of complication and death from surgery?

Medical professionals are one of the most trusted groups in society. So we tend to trust them to do a good job without asking too many questions. So when a study showed that the simple application of ...
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Is Lasik corrective eye surgery unsafe?

I was looking into Lasik vision correction surgery and came across an article by a former member of the FDA, Dr. Morris Waxler where he states that he wishes he had never approved Lasik surgery: ...
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Do Zerona laser treatments have any effect on fat reduction?

Zerona is a laser based non-invasive procedure that claims to reduce fat in targeted areas. They also appear to be FDA approved. However, I have seen claims that the FDA approval is not based on any ...
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Anaesthesia awareness: fact or myth?

It is usually phrased like a horror story: a patient feels like being trapped in a corpse, unable to move or scream and feeling intense pain, but surgeons continue to operate not noticing that patient ...