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Blood test can detect heart damage after non-cardiac surgery Apr 19, 2017 | News Americas

Blood test can detect heart damage after non-cardiac surgery

HAMILTON, Canada: A blood test for a protein called high-sensitivity troponin T, which is released into the bloodstream when injury to the heart occurs, can identify patients with heart damage after non-cardiac surgery whose lives could potentially be saved with timely treatment, according to research recently presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session.

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FDA bans most powdered gloves Jan 9, 2017 | News Americas

FDA bans most powdered gloves

SILVER SPRING, Md., USA: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule banning the use of most powdered medical gloves in the country. The rule, which goes into effect on Jan. 18, applies to patient examination gloves, powdered surgeons’ gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating surgeons’ gloves.

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Study finds overlapping surgeries to be safe Dec 7, 2016 | News Americas

Study finds overlapping surgeries to be safe

ROCHESTER, Minn., USA: “Overlapping surgeries”, a common way to schedule surgeries to expand a patient’s access to care and improve hospital efficiency, ...

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Terminally ill cancer patients far more poorly after surgery Nov 9, 2016 | News Americas

Terminally ill cancer patients far more poorly after surgery

SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: Patients with disseminated advanced cancer who undergo surgery are far more likely to have long hospital stays, readmissions and ...

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Listening to music before surgery could reduce anxiety Nov 4, 2016 | News Americas

Listening to music before surgery could reduce anxiety

CLEVELAND, USA: Collaboration between medical staff and music therapists can be beneficial in providing a safe, cost-effective means of managing patients’ ...

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Survey: Majority of cardiothoracic surgeons satisfied with their career Oct 24, 2016 | News Americas

Survey: Majority of cardiothoracic surgeons satisfied with their career

CHICAGO, USA: Despite the significant challenges associated with a career in cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung surgeons report a very high level of job satisfaction, according to a new survey conducted by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,300 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide.

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New virtual surgical planning enables full-jaw reconstruction in a single surgery Oct 12, 2016 | News Americas

New virtual surgical planning enables full-jaw reconstruction in a single surgery

ROCK HILL, S.C., USA: 3D Systems Healthcare, a developer of surgical planning and clinical transfer tools, has introduced a new groundbreaking reconstruction solution. Jaw in a Day allows for immediate placement of a provisional dental prosthesis during a single-stage free tissue transfer jaw reconstruction surgery. The surgical planning, along with guide and prosthetic designs, is completed using the latest CAD/CAM technology. The new treatment method spares patients months of treatment.

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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 cancer surgery that eliminates exposure to radioactive materials and offers a less invasive, more flexible alternative for cancer detection. The Sentimag instrument enables surgeons to locate early-stage tumors that cannot yet be perceived by palpation. It received Food and Drug Administration approval in April and a distribution deal this month. ...

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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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