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Top Doctors Discuss The Art And Craft Of Surgery

Things that most people take for granted in surgery — the use of anesthesia, for example, or the way surgical tools are cleaned — were once cutting-edge discoveries in the profession. Dr. Atul Gawande and Dr. Sherwin Nuland discuss the changes they've seen over their long careers as surgeons.

Screening Hearts In Philadelphia, Pa.

Simon's Fund provides free heart screenings to children throughout the Philadelphia area. Nearly 5,000 students have been screened in the past seven years thanks to the program, and 43 have discovered unknown, potentially-fatal heart conditions.

Lack Of Sleep, Genes Can Get Sleepwalkers Up And About

Sleepwalking is common among children, and for many, it persists into adulthood. Though it's still not well understood, scientists have identified several factors that can trigger episodes of sleepwalking.

Sleepless Nights May Put The Aging Brain At Risk Of Dementia

Researchers have found an association between sleep problems among older adults and dementia later in life. If diagnosed early, treatments like controlling stimuli before bed can help and possibly reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Pediatricians Decide Boys Are Better Off Circumcised Than Not

A doctors group has revised its recommendation after concluding that circumcision helps protect the health of baby boys. Circumcised males are far less likely to get infected with a long list of sexually transmitted diseases, they say. But critics of the procedure are still not convinced.