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New tool could aid breast cancer surgery Dec 5, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

New tool could aid breast cancer surgery

ADELAIDE, Australia: Australian researchers have developed an optical fibre probe that can distinguish between breast cancer tissue and normal tissue — potentially allowing surgeons to be much more precise when removing cancerous tissue. The device could help prevent follow-up surgery, currently required by 15 to 20 per cent of breast cancer surgery patients, when all the cancer is not removed.

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Interview: “Antibiotic resistance is a serious health issue” Nov 28, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Interview: “Antibiotic resistance is a serious health issue”

The use of antibiotics is essential in modern medical treatments, yet frequent misuse has reduced their effectiveness. This year’s World Antibiotic ...

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Barriers to cleft lip and palate surgery persist in Vietnam Nov 10, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Barriers to cleft lip and palate surgery persist in Vietnam

LOS ANGELES, USA: Charitable organisations perform more than 80 per cent of cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries in Vietnam, a new study by US researchers ...

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Sedative may prevent delirium after surgery Oct 25, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Sedative may prevent delirium after surgery

BEIJING, China/LONDON, UK: A mild sedative could greatly reduce the risk of people experiencing delirium after an operation and help the brain recover ...

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New device improves surgeon’s sensitivity during operations  Sep 5, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

New device improves surgeon’s sensitivity during operations

HIROSHIMA, Japan: A small vibrating device added to surgical tools could improve surgeons’ sensitivity to different tissue shapes and textures in their patients’ bodies. Japanese researchers have designed the PZT Actuator to attach to any existing hand-held surgical tool for immediate use, without doctors requiring extra training.

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Frequent dental scaling might reduce infection risk after knee replacement Aug 5, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Frequent dental scaling might reduce infection risk after knee replacement

TAINAN, Taiwan: Oral bacteria that enter and spread through the bloodstream have been found to cause about 10 per cent of peri-prosthetic joint infections after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Therefore, TKA patients are often advised to pay special attention to their oral health. A team of Asian researchers has now found that frequent dental scaling might reduce the risk of infection after TKA.

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Australian surgeons repair man’s face after terrible chainsaw accident Jun 8, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Australian surgeons repair man’s face after terrible chainsaw accident

MELBOURNE, Australia: In early May, Bill Singleton, a 68-year-old-man from Ballarat in Australia, lost control of his chainsaw while chopping wood and cut through the lower half of his face, including his jaw. Although seriously injured, he was able to wrap a towel around his face, crawl to his car and drive 25 km to the nearest hospital. From there, Singleton was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where doctors stabilised him and performed reconstructive surgery on his face. The operation went ...

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Hong Kong: New website helps people choose best hospital for their needs May 27, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Hong Kong: New website helps people choose best hospital for their needs

HONG KONG: A new rating platform, HospitalAdvisor, aims to help people living in Hong Kong to make informed decisions about which hospital is right for them. The Chinese and English website, which was launched earlier this month by the Zubin Foundation, covers all 41 public and 11 private hospitals in the region and gathers information and evaluations on the quality of care in each facility.

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Researchers develop handheld surgical pen that prints human stem cells Apr 18, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Researchers develop handheld surgical pen that prints human stem cells

MELBOURNE, Australia: 3-D bioprinters that can be used to print cells layer by layer to build up artificial tissue for implantation are currently revolutionising tissue engineering. In a landmark proof of concept experiment, Australian researchers have used a handheld 3-D printing pen to draw human stem cells in freeform patterns with extremely high survival rates. The BioPen is designed to allow surgeons to sculpt customised cartilage implants during surgery.

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New device to get people with paralysis back on their feet Feb 15, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

New device to get people with paralysis back on their feet

MELBOURNE, Australia: Melbourne medical researchers have created a new minimally invasive brain–machine interface, giving people with spinal cord injuries new hope of walking again with the power of thought. The new device is the size of a small paper clip and will be implanted in the first human trial at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2017.

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Australian researchers to start trials of fully implantable bionic eye Feb 5, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Australian researchers to start trials of fully implantable bionic eye

SYDNEY, Australia: A team of researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney has developed the first fully implantable bionic eye, Phoenix99, ...

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Aussie scientists develop new coating to improve implants Nov 27, 2015 | News Asia Pacific

Aussie scientists develop new coating to improve implants

MELBOURNE, Australia: Prebiotic compounds, whose origin can be traced back billions of years, have been studied intensively since their discovery several ...

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