Trends in surgical mortality following colorectal resection between 2002 and 2012: A single-centre retrospective analysis  

Stephens et al report on the surgical outcome for 959 patients with colorectal cancer during an 11 year period.  Over time the mortality rate has decreased from 7.8% (2002) to 0% (2012).  During the study period there were 28 surgical deaths.

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Association between psychological distress and cancer type in patients referred to a psycho-oncology service

Lavelle et al report that the cancer type is not associated with the level of cancer distress.  The 3 commonest cancers encountered were breast, haematological, and lung.

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A national audit of smoking cessation services in Irish maternity hospitals

Reynolds et al found that all Units gave verbal cessation advice to smokers.  12 Units in addition gave written advice.  5 Units revisited smoking status in later pregnancy.  The authors recommend that smoking cessation services should be implemented in a more standardized way across all Units.

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