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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 to a decrease in orthopedic surgical site infections (SSIs), according to a new study. The research was conducted in response to a survey of surgeons and nurses, who stated that entering and exiting the OR for several reasons caused harm to patients.

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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 continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), the most commonly used treatment for OSA. After a successful initial clinical trial in 2014, involving medical institutions in Europe and the U.S., a new case study conducted by U.S. researchers has now demonstrated that the device notably reduces the symptoms of OSA.

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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. ...

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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) ...

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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 ...

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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 room equipment. However, a non-technical factor, the so-called 'safety culture', may be equally important in delivering high-quality patient care, a team of researchers reported in a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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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 preplanning made possible with cutting-edge 3-D-printed anatomical models. Teaming up with Stratasys, the Jacobs Institute in Buffalo in New York has developed a new approach to repairing a complex brain aneurysm. The use of a lifelike 3-D-printed replica significantly reduced risks associated with this intricate surgery and corrected a near-fatal ...

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New microscopy technology may help neurosurgeons save more lives Nov 23, 2015 | News Americas

New microscopy technology may help neurosurgeons save more lives

TUCSON, Ariz., USA: Researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) have invented a device that, for the first time, allows neurosurgeons, who use microscopes extensively while operating, to see blood flowing inside vessels and more clearly distinguish cancerous from healthy tissue under the microscope. This augmented microscopy technology will help surgeons operate with more precision without having to learn new technical skills or adapt to changes in the operating room.

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Novel method to treat aortic aneurysms uses modern imaging technologies Oct 29, 2015 | News Americas

Novel method to treat aortic aneurysms uses modern imaging technologies

MONTREAL, Canada: Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre and the university's Department of Radiology, Radiation Oncology and ...

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