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Pleura

In Global News: Prevalence of Spin in RCT Reports, Setting the Standard for Teamwork, and the Continued Public Health Challenge of Asbestos

Patient Care and General Interest

Despite being the leading cause of death in the US, heart disease was the most-Googled disease in only one state: Maine.

A study that sought to understand the importance of successful teamwork for general surgery used cardiothoracic surgical teams as their comparison group because of the stability and experience that these teams typically have.

ERS/EACTS Statement on the Management of Malignant Pleural Effusions

Malignant pleural effusions (MPE) affect up to 15% of all patients with cancer, and in the last few years several well-designed randomized clinical trials have been published. In this position paper, members from both the European Respiratory Society and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery summarize the available evidence, focusing on six topics: (1) symptomatic MPE, (2) MPE with trapped lung, (3) loculated MPE, (4) factors predicting prognosis, (5) timing of oncological therapy and definitive fluid management, and (6) histological diagnosis versus cytology.

Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy for Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis: Impact on Psycho-Social Symptomatology and Psychotropic Medication Use

Primary focal hyperhidrosis (PFH) may lead to psychosocial deficits. One of the minimally invasive treatment methods is endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, an effective therapeutic option that the authors hypothesized might lead to decreased psychotropic medications usage. Li and colleagues looked at psychiatric symptomatology and medication usage in 106 patients with PFH, comparing this with 213 patients without PFH.

Loss of Buoyancy Control Following a Pneumonectomy: An Update on Keeling Syndrome With a Biomechanics-Based Explanation

The Editorial Group is grateful to Dr Manos Kapetanakis for bringing to our attention their small case series on a ' lifestyle' late complication of pneumonectomy for malignancy. It will be challenging to guide the swimmer with curable central pulmonary cancer in making an informed decision on the strength of the sporadic Keeling Syndrome. The biomechanic discussion holds translational value.

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