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Surprise medical bills are happening more frequently, often from an ER visit. Damir Khabirov/Shutterstock.com

Why thousands are getting hit with unexpected medical bills

A trip to the emergency room can turn expensive fast if the providers are not in your network. That is happening more often, as some doctors choose to opt out of insurance plans. Here's why.
Tools like the WHO checklist can lead to better surgical outcomes in countries with limited resources. Shutterstock

What African countries can do about ensuring safer surgery

Research found that only a quarter of anaesthetists working in main referral hospitals in East Africa used the WHO safe surgical checklist.
Many changes in the body occur in response to the injury and trauma inflicted during surgery. from www.shutterstock.com

How old is too old for surgery, and why?

Doctors may say you're "too old" for surgery, but what they actually mean is too frail.
General anesthetics affect cellular proteins to knock us out. Some do so better than others, especially the noble gas Xenon. (Shutterstock)

Science lesson: How anesthetics work, and why xenon’s perfect

How do anesthetics work, and what makes for an ideal anesthetic? It's not as mysterious as once believed, and there's a gas that ticks all the boxes for a perfect anesthetic: xenon.
Feeling tired or being unable to concentrate is common even days after surgery. But there are simple ways to help speed up your recovery. Jason Jones/Flickr

Health Check: why can you feel groggy days after an operation?

Some people can feel drowsy or can't concentrate days after an operation. While it's easy to blame the anaesthetics, the real picture is usually more complicated.

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