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European Parliament adopts new medical device regulations Apr 21, 2017 | News Europe

European Parliament adopts new medical device regulations

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Parliament has voted to implement two new regulations concerning medical devices with the aim of improving safety in medicine and dentistry. The regulations were proposed in 2012 by the European Commission and experienced several delays before being officially endorsed earlier this month. They will be applied after a transitional period of three years from publication for medical devices and five years for in vitro diagnostic medical devices.

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

Blood test helps 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, ...

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Researchers to develop wearable robotic tools for surgery Mar 17, 2017 | News Europe

Researchers to develop wearable robotic tools for surgery

BRISTOL, UK: A team of researchers led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive ...

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LINC 2017 sets attendance record Feb 20, 2017 | News Europe

LINC 2017 sets attendance record

LEIPZIG, Germany: With more than 5,000 participants, the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC) 2017, recently hosted in Leipzig, achieved a record attendance ...

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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, is as safe and provides the same outcomes for patients as non-overlapping surgeries do, a new study has found. The research was conducted by Mayo Clinic, a non-profit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing.

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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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Scientists develop stable biological coating for implants Dec 2, 2016 | News Europe

Scientists develop stable biological coating for implants

STUTTGART, Germany: The extracellular matrix (ECM) regulates all important cell functions and is a highly interesting biomaterial for scientists. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (Fraunhofer IGB) have developed an ECM that contains artificial chemical groups and supports natural cell behaviour outside the body. It can be applied as a stable coating on implants or be used in cell culture dishes.

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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 Awareness Week (WAAW), held from 14 to 20 November, sought to increase public understanding of the issue. DT Online spoke with Dr Paul Sambrook, Chairman of the Dental Therapeutics Committee of the Australian Dental Association (ADA), about WAAW’s purpose and what dental professionals can do to combat antimicrobial resistance.

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Bioactive implant coating stimulates healing process Nov 23, 2016 | News Europe

Bioactive implant coating stimulates healing process

TOMSK, Russia: One of the reasons for implant failure is rejection of the implant owing to the body’s immune response. Immune cells identify the implant as a foreign body and cause inflammation and finally rejection. A new bioactive coating for medical implants, developed by Russian scientists, may be able to invert this immune mechanism and encourage healing around the implant.

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day: Event streamed live from Brussels Nov 18, 2016 | News Europe

European Antibiotic Awareness Day: Event streamed live from Brussels

BRUSSELS, Belgium: This week marks the second World Antibiotic Awareness Week. This year, the WHO-led initiative focuses on health care workers and the ...

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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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