Coronary artery bypass grafting has potential benefits for patients over age 80 with reasonable surgical risk

Patients over age 80 are considered high-risk candidates for coronary artery bypass grafting, not only because of normal wear and tear on the body, but also because of comorbidities and risks of complications after surgery. No hard-and-fast guidelines are available to assess the risks and benefits for octogenarians. Patients and physicians often choose not to […]

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Taking opioids at home after surgery: More harms than benefits

A new study conducted at the RI-MUHC concludes that prescribing opioid analgesics at discharge after surgery does not reduce postoperative pain and increases the risk of adverse events. Widespread opioid prescribing at discharge after surgery has contributed to an unprecedented crisis of addiction and overdose in North America. Considering the risks associated with this practice […]

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The role of macrophages in the progression from acute kidney injury to chronic kidney disease

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a condition in which kidneys are unable to filter waste from the blood effectively, leading to various health complications. Numerous studies have demonstrated that acute kidney injury (AKI) subsequently leads to long-term renal damage and progresses into chronic kidney disease (CKD)—a more severe form of kidney failure. The transition from […]

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Severe gum disease is associated with impaired lung function

Lung function declines with increasingly severe gum disease, according to research presented at EuroPerio10, a world congress in periodontology and implant dentistry organized by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). “Our study indicates a link between periodontal disease and lung function meaning that good dental hygiene may benefit both oral and respiratory health,” said study […]

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