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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.