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Plastic surgeons perform Belgium’s first face transplant

June 14, 2012

 GHENT, Belgium: A team of plastic surgeons at the Ghent University Hospital has successfully executed Belgium’s first full face transplant. Although it was the world’s 19th face transplant, this was the first time that the complex procedure was fully planned using digital planning and 3-D printing. During the 20-hour-long procedure the patient, who suffered from a large facial defect, received bone, muscles, veins, nerves, and skin from a donor who had just died.

Sybill Storz receives award for innovation and quality

May 12, 2012

STUTTGART, Germany: KARL STORZ managing director Dr Sybill Storz has received the 2012 Baden-Württemberg Award for Innovation and Quality. The award was presented at CONTROL 2012 in Stuttgart, a trade fair for quality assurance, where some 25,000 professionals from 88 countries had gathered to learn about the latest innovations from medical companies.

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EU faces serious recruitment problems in the health-care sector

May 7, 2012

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The EU health-care sector is facing hard times. With an ageing work-force and insufficient new recruits to replace those who are retiring, the future does not look promising. Owing to demanding working conditions and relatively low pay in some health occupations, recruits are not attracted to the sector. A working document recently published by the European Commission (EC) demonstrates the gravity of the situation.

German government against preventative health-care law

March 1, 2012

BERLIN, Germany: The present Christian Democratic Union/Free Democratic Party government in Germany does not intend to introduce a preventative health-care law, the Deputy Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union parliamentary group, Johannes Singhammer, has announced during a health-care discussion with the German Medical Technology Association.

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