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Family members often take on the burden of preparing and delivering meals to their relatives. SoumenNath/E+ via Getty Images

What’s on the menu matters in health care for diverse patients

Some older patients forego the food provided at their health care facility because it isn’t aligned with their religious and cultural preferences.
Patients who were overweight and obese had lower mortality rates following cardiac surgery than those with BMIs in the normal or underweight range. (Shutterstock)

The obesity paradox: Obese patients fare better than others after heart surgery

For patients recovering from heart surgery, being overweight or moderately obese appears to be an advantage over being underweight or even having a normal BMI.
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.

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