We all get by better with a little help from our tunes.
August 13, 2015 Most studies of music's ability to ease pain have been small. But an analysis pooling the best research builds a strong case, doctors say, that a dose of music reduces the need for painkilling pills.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/431695242/432036096" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
A program based at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore offers a two-day series of assessments for older surgeons, evaluating "physical and cognitive" function.
June 18, 2015 A quarter of U.S. physicians are older than 65, and there are no national guidelines for assessing late-career skills. Some say the lack of oversight, especially for surgeons, is cause for concern.
May 3, 2015 The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.
A surgeon and nurse anesthetist a baby by emergency cesarean section at a hospital in Rwanda.
Amber Lucero Dwyer/Courtesy Lifebox Foundation
April 30, 2015 One-third of global deaths occur because people don't have access to safe surgery, a study finds. Dirty operating rooms and unskilled attendants make going under the knife extremely risky.
Blaze Bioscience is commercially developing the "paint," which glows when exposed to near-infrared light.
Courtesy of Blaze Bioscience
April 8, 2015 A modified venom from scorpions that carries a dye into the brain and makes tumors glow has cleared its latest hurdle. But will this attempt to improve brain surgery work in humans as well as animals?
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/397364328/398224695" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
March 25, 2015 Laparascopic surgery can be faster, safer and cheaper, but patients don't always get the choice even if it's appropriate, a study finds. Using it more often would reduce complications and save money.
Getting stronger before surgery has been shown to help cancer patients do better long term.
October 29, 2014 Patients are often sent for rehabilitation after surgery. But starting those exercise and healthy eating programs before the surgery might help even more. It's not rehab, it's "prehab."
Just because surgery is possible doesn't mean it's a good idea, especially for frail older people.
Sam Edwards/Getty Images/OJO Images RF
May 7, 2014 Half of all surgery in the U.S. is performed on people over 65, yet many have health conditions that make it riskier. It turns out that the frailer people are, the less likely they are tol survive.
Doctors perform surgery with the da Vinci robot.
March 19, 2014 A medical center surgical team endorsed the da Vinci robot in an advertisement that ran in The New York Times Magazine in January. A university review found no fraud but said rules weren't followed.
Now Dr. Majilla Doyle's organ donors come to her.
Robert J. Boston/Washington University School Of Medicine
February 26, 2014 A regional transplant service built a centralized surgical center in St. Louis where organs are removed from donors. The approach has shaved hours from the time it takes to get organs to patients.
Janet Wertheimer does a back hyperextension exercise at Boston Sports Club in Wellesley, Mass. Regular exercise has helped control her chronic back pain.
Ellen Webber for NPR
January 13, 2014 There's evidence that many standard treatments for back pain — including surgery, spinal injections and painkillers — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/255457090/262033739" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Knee pain is common, but surgery isn't necessarily the answer, researchers say.
December 26, 2013 Surgery to repair a damaged knee meniscus is very common, but it may not help a lot of people, a study finds. That may be because some people benefit more than others, and doctors still don't know who is going to get the most out of surgery.
We know you'd rather skip the fasting and bowel prep. But that's the way we've always done it.
August 27, 2013 There's no evidence of benefit for many of the procedures surgeons subject patients to. A few hospitals are getting rid of time-honored practices, like fasting before an operation, because studies have found that patients come out stronger and happier without them. But traditions are hard to change.
Stubbing that little habit out before surgery would be a very good idea.
August 22, 2013 Doctors often tell patients to stop smoking before surgery, but precious few help out with that. A hospital in Canada found that just offering a few simple kinds of help was enough to get more people to quit before going under the knife.
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has been suspended for the rest of the 2013 season after violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.
Mike McGinnis/Getty Images
July 26, 2013 Doping in sports is back in the news. And once again we are reminded that our attitudes on the topic are complicated and not entirely transparent even to ourselves. Commentator Alva Noë wonders where we draw the line when it comes to altering our physical and chemical selves.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor