September 24, 2020 | News
BERLIN, Germany: Using highly complex analytical techniques, researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been able to observe how different metals were released from joint implants and accumulated in the surrounding bone tissue. Contrary to previous assumptions, a constant release of metals from various implant components occurred independently of mechanical stress. The study findings will help to optimise the materials used in implants and enhance their safety.
September 17, 2020 | Education
ZURICH, Switzerland: The International Society of Surgery (ISS) has decided to postpone the International Surgical Week (ISW) by one year. The biannual meeting, which provides an educational platform for surgeons, trainees and students from around the world, will now take place from 28 August to 1 September 2022 in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
September 2, 2020 | News
GRAZ, Austria: Of 790 patients currently waiting for a donor organ in Austria, approximately three quarters need a new kidney, followed by patients in need of a liver. Particularly in the latter case, the organ quality of the available liver decreases with increasing donor age. To enable a faster and more comprehensive assessment of the organ quality needed for transplantation, researchers at the University of Graz and the Medical University of Graz are working together to develop a new imaging process, using the liver as test model.
August 20, 2020 | News
GOTHENBURG, Sweden: A doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg has shown that the results of primary hip replacement surgery improve the more often a surgeon performs this operation annually. However, it did not make a significant difference whether the operating surgeon was a fully trained specialist in orthopaedics or a resident physician being trained as an orthopaedic specialist. The results may help to improve the quality for patients undergoing a hip replacement operation.
August 12, 2020 | News
BASEL, Switzerland: Researchers at the University of Basel have a vision: an individually configurable robot that will revolutionise surgical procedures and provide numerous benefits for patients. They have already taken the first steps in this direction. To further implement their vision, the Werner Siemens Foundation is now extending its funding for the project by CHF12 million
(€11.1 million) to a total of CHF27 million (€25 million).
July 9, 2020 | News
HALLE (SAALE), Germany: The use of medical implants can be hampered by chronic inflammatory reactions, which may result in failure of the device. Now, researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have developed a new method of applying anti-inflammatory substances to implants in order to inhibit undesirable inflammatory reactions in the body.
June 24, 2020 | News
DÜBENDORF, Switzerland: Researchers of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have jointly developed a fully transparent surgical mask that is intended to replace the three-layer mask normally worn by medical staff. The mask was developed primarily with the aim of improving non-verbal communication between nursing staff and patients but could also be worn by dentists to protect against transmission of bacteria and viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2. The product is expected to be launched in early 2021.
June 10, 2020 | News
DAVOS, Switzerland: An international cross-sectional survey has found that most surgeons believed that the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to front-line healthcare workers by hospitals in the first month of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak was inadequate.
May 28, 2020 | News
HALLE (SAALE), Germany: Pharmacists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), in cooperation with neurosurgeons at university hospital Halle (Saale), have developed a new method that allows direct application of the drug nimodipine in the brain with fewer side effects. The drug may prevent nerve cells from dying after brain surgery.
May 14, 2020 | News
LONDON, UK: Bariatric and metabolic surgery, used to treat Type 2 diabetes and obesity, has been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to free up inpatient capacity and reduce the risks of infection among patients and staff. However, in a recent paper, experts from the Diabetes Surgery Summit (DSS), an international consensus conference series, have warned that the backlog of operations could increase risks of morbidity and mortality for patients awaiting surgery.
April 29, 2020 | Interviews
In order to provide an alternative implant solution for those patients with poor medical preconditions, Prof. Nils-Claudius Gellrich, director of the clinic for oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Hannover Medical School in Germany, and Dr Björn Rahlf, senior physician for oral surgery at the same clinic, designed the IPS (individual patient solution) Implants Preprosthetic. In conversation with Dental Tribune International, Gellrich and Rahlf spoke about the patients for whom it is suitable and how they developed this individual implant.
April 16, 2020 | News
LEEDS, UK: In a recently published consensus statement, leading cancer experts have discussed radiotherapy treatment options for rectal cancer during the COVID-19-pandemic. In their paper, they recommended a one-week course of radiotherapy and to delay surgery for patients with bowel cancer.
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.