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Synthetic heart valves could help surgeons improve surgical skills Sep 5, 2016 | News Americas

Synthetic heart valves could help surgeons improve surgical skills

KELOWNA, British Columbia, Canada: A new invention has made it possible for doctors to vastly improve their bypass surgery techniques without relying on animals. The polyvinyl tissue makes it possible for surgeons and medical residents to practice bypass surgery using the synthetic material as opposed to the current practice of using the arteries and veins of porcine or human cadavers.

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New technology allows surgeons to locate impalpable breast tumors Aug 29, 2016 | News Americas

New technology allows surgeons to locate impalpable breast tumors

HOUSTON, USA: Researchers from the University of Houston (UH) and the University College London (UCL) have developed a new diagnostic system for breast ...

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Minimizing OR traffic may help decrease surgical site infections Jul 21, 2016 | News Americas

Minimizing OR traffic may help decrease surgical site infections

WHITE ROCK, British Columbia, Canada: Reducing traffic in and out of the operating room (OR) during total joint replacement procedures could contribute ...

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Implantable device reduces obstructive sleep apnea symptoms Jun 16, 2016 | News Americas

Implantable device reduces obstructive sleep apnea symptoms

DENVER/PHILADELPHIA, USA: A new implantable device offers promise for patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who cannot tolerate ...

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Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US May 20, 2016 | News Americas

Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US

BOSTON, USA: A team of surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has performed the nation’s first genitourinary reconstructive penile transplant. The 15-hour operation, which took place earlier this month, involved surgically grafting the complex microscopic vascular and neural structures of a donor organ on to the comparable structures of the recipient. According to the Boston surgeons, the 64-year-old patient is recovering well.

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Surgeons perform first osseointegration surgery on amputee in US May 9, 2016 | News Americas

Surgeons perform first osseointegration surgery on amputee in US

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Developed as an alternative to traditional socket-based prostheses, Osseointegrated Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) have been applied for over 20 years to improve the treatment and quality of life of amputee patients. Until recently, the technology has mainly been used outside the U.S. Now, surgeons at the International Center for Osseointegration Research, Education and Surgery (iCORES) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have successfully ...

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Novel critical care program speeds up transfer of critically ill surgical patients Feb 26, 2016 | News Americas

Novel critical care program speeds up transfer of critically ill surgical patients

BALTIMORE, USA: Critical surgical illnesses are often time-sensitive and patients affected require care at specialized centers. For critically injured trauma patients, trauma systems facilitate transport to and treatment in specialized centers. However, such formal systems do not exist for nontraumatic critical illness. Based on the model of its shock trauma center, a team of surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in the U.S. has developed a program that effectively directs ...

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Fluorescence visualization could improve oral cancer recurrence rates Jan 26, 2016 | News Americas

Fluorescence visualization could improve oral cancer recurrence rates

VANCOUVER, Canada: The prognosis for oral cancer has not improved over the past five decades, mainly owing to the late stage at diagnosis, high rates of recurrence after surgery and the difficulty in capturing all of the cancer at treatment. Researchers have now assessed the efficacy of fluorescence visualization (FV) and found that this technology, which could easily be implemented in clinical settings, facilitated detection and thus helped reduce the recurrence rate in oral cancer patients significantly. ...

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New nanotechnology might improve treatment of bone defects Jan 22, 2016 | News Americas

New nanotechnology might improve treatment of bone defects

ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA: A new technology developed by researchers at the University of Michigan could help doctors improve treatment of patients with bone loss or trauma. The scientists have developed a polymer sphere that delivers a specific molecule to bone wounds that tells cells already at the injury site to repair the damage. Therefore, the nanotechnology could be applied in the treatment of osteoporosis, as well as in bone surgery and joint repair.

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Bitter taste sensitivity may predict surgical outcome in sinusitis patients Jan 7, 2016 | News Americas

Bitter taste sensitivity may predict surgical outcome in sinusitis patients

PHILADELPHIA, USA: New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia suggests that physicians may soon be able to use a simple taste test to predict the outcome of sinus surgery. The research team has identified a genetic biomarker—a bitter taste receptor—that forecast better postsurgical results in certain chronic rhinosinusitis patients.

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Hospital safety culture critical in improving surgical results Dec 18, 2015 | News Americas

Hospital safety culture critical in improving surgical results

CHICAGO, USA: To achieve better results for surgical patients, hospitals tend to focus on technical issues, such as the surgeons’ skills and operating ...

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3-D printing helps resolve nearly fatal brain aneurysm Dec 8, 2015 | News Americas

3-D printing helps resolve nearly fatal brain aneurysm

MINNEAPOLIS, USA/REHOVOT, Israel: Stratasys, a 3-D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, recently announced a major advance in surgical ...

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