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Study identifies safe medications to use in treatment of COVID-19

April 2, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 there have been speculations that the intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could worsen the course of COVID-19. However, a recent study conducted by researchers from King’s College London and Guy’s and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), has found that there is neither evidence for nor against the use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen for patients infected with COVID-19.

First uterus transplant from deceased donor performed in Sweden

March 5, 2020 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: A research team from Sahlgrenska University Hospital at the University of Gothenburg has, for the first time, transplanted a uterus from a deceased donor. The operation proceeded without complications and the recipient is doing well. The researchers plan to carry out another five transplants of a deceased donor’s uterus in the course of 2020 and 2021.

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Switzerland offers Europe’s first continuing education course in sex- and gender-specific medicine

February 12, 2020 | News

BERN/ZURICH, Switzerland: There is increasing evidence that health behaviour and disease manifestation differ substantially between women and men. The universities of Bern and Zurich are now offering the first continuing education program in sex- and gender-specific medicine in Switzerland. The program will start in May and aims to stimulate the implementation of sex- and gender-specific medicine in research and clinical practice. The course is unique in this form in Europe.

LapTrainer revolutionises laparoscopic skills training

February 5, 2020 | News

TUTTLINGEN, Germany/ZURICH, Switzerland: KARL STORZ, a leading endoscopy manufacturer, and VirtaMed, a world leader in medical training simulation, have introduced a novel mixed reality simulator bringing innovation to laparoscopic skills training.

Smoking cessation decreases risk of postoperative complications

January 29, 2020 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: Approximately one in 25 individuals—representing between 187 million and 280 million cases globally—undergoes major surgery annually for the treatment of disease, injury or illness. Although medical treatments are constantly evolving, postsurgical complications continue to represent a substantial burden for both patients and healthcare systems. A recent review investigated the correlation between smoking and postsurgical risks and found that tobacco smokers are at significantly higher risk than non-smokers for postsurgical complications.

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Researchers develop smart antimicrobial implant coating

January 22, 2020 | News

AUGSBURG, Germany: Physicists at the University of Augsburg, in cooperation with scientists from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and the Technical University of Munich, have developed a new coating that releases antimicrobial ions. In the future, it could help prevent complications during the healing of endoprostheses.

Novel machine increases availability of human liver transplants

January 17, 2020 | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: Researchers from the University Hospital Zurich (UHZ), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Wyss Zurich and the University of Zurich (UZH) have developed a machine that repairs injured human livers and keeps them alive outside the body for one week. This breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation.

Radical oral intervention not necessary before stem cell transplants, study says

January 9, 2020 | News

BASEL, Switzerland/HELSINKI, Finland: Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation is used to treat cancers and severe blood and autoimmune diseases. Owing to slow immune system recovery after the transplantation, patients have a heightened risk of infection. However, a recent study has reported that the presence of acute or chronic oral foci of infection before the transplantation does not affect the patient’s survival rate within six months of the procedure.

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Study promises improved treatment for aortic stenosis

December 19, 2019 | News

OSLO, Norway: Aortic stenosis is caused by aortic valve calcification, a challenging condition for the health service and for affected patients. The only treatment currently available is surgery, which holds risks and challenges. Therefore, researchers from the University of Oslo have investigated possible pharmacological therapy options in order to develop a non-surgical treatment.

Home urine test for prostate cancer could revolutionise diagnosis

December 11, 2019 | News

NORWICH, UK: According to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, a simple urine test under development for prostate cancer detection can now be applied on urine samples collected at home. Scientists pioneered the test which diagnoses aggressive prostate cancer and predicts whether patients will require treatment up to five years earlier than standard clinical methods.

Research team creates a surgical navigation system for fetal surgery

December 4, 2019 | News

BARCELONA, Spain: The placenta of every expectant mother is located in a different place, its blood vessels are never the same, and its connection to the fetus and the umbilical cord also varies from one pregnancy to another. Moreover, the fetus is also always in a different position in each case and floating in amniotic fluid. The fetus is surrounded by highly delicate membranes that can only be perforated once so as not to risk losing the pregnancy. So, when a fetus has a life-threatening condition and requires an emergency intervention in the womb, the fetal surgeon faces a huge challenge because he or she has to decide very precisely where to enter the uterus and, once inside, has very few references to navigate safely.

Improving cardiac surgery benefits through key research

November 27, 2019 | News

LEICESTER, UK: While short-term results of surgery are excellent, many patients fail to obtain long-term benefits the reasons for which remain unclear. Academics from the University of Leicester are researching why this is and have defined the top priorities for UK cardiac surgery research.

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Women affected most by vascular complications of diabetes

November 22, 2019 | News

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: Globally, there are more deaths due to diabetes in women than in men (2.1 versus 1.8 million annually). This excess risk is mainly owing to the higher risk of cardiovascular death in women. A recent study has now found that women are more affected by vascular complications caused by diabetes.

The screw that dissolves

November 14, 2019 | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: Where bones fracture, surgeons often have to join the fragments with implants. Magnesium orthopaedic screws, which over time dissolve in the body, spare patients another operation after healing is completed and reduce the risk of infection. What happens inside the body during this process, though, is still largely unknown. To develop optimised alloys and orthopaedic screws with functionalised surfaces, researchers from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are now investigating magnesium corrosion.

Richard Wolf and E. Tamussino honored for their donation to Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital

November 8, 2019 | News

KNITTLINGEN, Germany: At the end of August a ceremony was held in honor of medical technology company Richard Wolf and its Brazilian distributor E. Tamussino to celebrate their joint donation of medical equipment to the Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital in Sao Paulo. The two companies have gifted three fully equipped endoscopic video carts and two urethroscopes to the hospital.

Researchers found Achilles’ heel of tumour cells

November 6, 2019 | News

WÜRZBURG, Germany: In 90 percent of all cases of colon cancer, the tumour cells have one thing in common: the APC gene is mutated. Research groups at Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Germany, were looking for targets in these cells that could be used to destroy them.

Study results pave way for increase of heart donations

October 16, 2019 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: There is a risk of every fourth heart examined for possible donation being dismissed as unusable due to stress-induced heart failure. However, according to new research, this condition has no bearing on the outcome of a transplant, meaning these results open the way for up to 30% more heart transplants.

Feeling legs again improves amputees’ health

October 9, 2019 | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: Two volunteers are the first above-knee amputees in the world to feel their prosthetic foot and knee in real time. Their bionic prosthesis, which was developed by an international team of researchers, features sensors that connect to residual nerves in the thigh. The resulting neurofeedback greatly reduces physical and mental strain for users of the prosthesis.

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