Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Surgery for June 2020. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Updated Guidance Provided for Safe Solid Organ Transplantation

TUESDAY, June 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Updated recommendations for reducing transmission of HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) through transplantation include universal solid organ donor nucleic acid testing, according to research published in the June 26 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Affordable Care Act

FRIDAY, June 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Integrated Practice Unit Enhances Pediatric Aerodigestive Care

FRIDAY, June 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Hospitals delivering care with an integrated practice unit (IPU) have improved clinical outcomes and lower costs of pediatric aerodigestive care, according to a study published in the July/August issue of NEJM Catalyst: Innovations in Care Delivery.

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Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Tied to Worse Cervical Cancer Outcomes

FRIDAY, June 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Minimally invasive radical hysterectomy is associated with an elevated risk of recurrence and death compared with open surgery among patients undergoing radical hysterectomy for early-stage cervical cancer, according to research published online June 11 in JAMA Oncology.

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Safety Climate Perceptions Linked to Health Provider Stress

MONDAY, June 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Safety climate perceptions are associated with care practitioner-reported stress and job satisfaction, according to a study published in the May-June issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management.

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Court Rules Against Drug Price Disclosures in TV Ads

THURSDAY, June 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. government does not have the legal authority to force drug companies to disclose prices in their TV ads, a federal appeals court says.

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Woman With Severe COVID-19 Receives Double-Lung Transplant

THURSDAY, June 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A young COVID-19 survivor received a double-lung transplant to save her life in what is believed to be the first such surgery in the United States, Northwestern Medicine doctors report.

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Risk Factors for Suicide ID’d in Health Care Professionals

THURSDAY, June 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors for suicide have been identified among health care professionals, according to a study published online June 10 in JAMA Surgery.

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Breast Cancer Surgery Found to Be Safe in Older Women

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer surgery is safe in women 70 years and older, according to a study published online June 2 in the British Journal of Surgery.

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Percutaneous Cryoablation Treats Early-Stage Kidney Cancer

TUESDAY, June 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Percutaneous cryoablation (PCA) for stage I renal cell carcinoma (RCC) results in good outcomes, with a 10-year disease-specific survival of 94 percent, according to a study published online June 9 in Radiology.

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Filling Opioid Rx Postpartum Ups Serious Opioid-Related Events

TUESDAY, June 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Filling an opioid prescription in the postpartum period is associated with an increased risk for serious opioid-related events (SOREs), with the risk increasing with the number of prescriptions filled, according to a research letter published online June 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Preoperative COVID-19 Incidence <1 Percent in Pediatric Patients

TUESDAY, June 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Among children undergoing preoperative screening, the overall incidence of COVID-19 is less than 1 percent, with considerable variation between regions, according to a research letter published online June 4 in JAMA Surgery.

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Attitude Toward Plastic Surgery Remains Positive During COVID-19

MONDAY, June 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Americans have a positive attitude toward plastic surgery in the COVID-19 period, and recommendations have been issued for resuming elective procedures, according to a press release issued by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Racial Differences Seen in Time to Treatment for Melanoma

FRIDAY, May 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Black patients are more likely to experience a longer delay from diagnosis to surgery versus white patients with melanoma, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Postoperative Lung Complications Common in Patients With SARS-CoV-2

FRIDAY, June 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) — About half of patients with perioperative severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have postoperative pulmonary complications, which are associated with high 30-day mortality, according to a study published online May 29 in The Lancet.

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Doxycycline Does Not Cut Growth of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Doxycycline does not significantly reduce aneurysm growth compared with placebo among patients with small infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms, according to a study published in the May 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Significant Drop Seen in Type A Aortic Dissection After COVID-19

MONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A significant decline was seen in the monthly surgical case volume of acute type A aortic dissection in New York City after COVID-19, according to a research letter published online May 14 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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ABCDE Bundle Can Reduce Ventilation Time for ICU Patients

MONDAY, June 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Use of the awakening and breathing coordination, delirium monitoring/management, and early mobility (ABCDE) bundle can reduce ventilation time for patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), according to a study recently published in AACN Advanced Critical Care.

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