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New drug to remove blood-thinning medication post-surgery

July 9, 2019 | News

YORK, UK: Researchers at the University of York have developed a new way to safely remove a blood-thinning drug used during surgery that can lead to harmful side-effects in recovering patients.

WHO offers a new tool and sets a target to accelerate action against antimicrobial resistance

July 4, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: WHO recently launched a global campaign urging governments to adopt a tool to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, adverse events and costs.

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BioSA: Bridging the gap with biodegradable metals

July 2, 2019 | News

MALTA: Millions of patients all over the world undergo surgical procedures related to bone defect repair every year. With an ever-increasing life expectancy and the issues that come with a decaying skeleton, the number of interventions can only increase in the coming years. This is why orthopaedic surgeons are constantly looking for improved medical implants for the treatment of bone repair.

New biomarker test improves diagnosis of ovarian cancer

June 25, 2019 | News

UPPSALA, Sweden: The majority of women who undergo surgery for suspected ovarian cancer do not have cancer. A novel blood test developed by researchers in Sweden now offers the possibility of more precise diagnostics without the need for surgery.

Testing on mini-tumors of head and neck cancer may offer possibility of personalised cancer therapy

June 20, 2019 | News

UTRECHT, Netherlands: Head and neck cancer is an aggressive type of cancer that often grows back, despite patients undergoing harsh treatments. Researchers of the Hubrecht Institute and UMC Utrecht succeeded in growing mini-tumors (or organoids) of head and neck cancers, that can be kept alive in the petri-dish for a long time and will help researchers to better understand this cancer type.

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Artificial nose identifies malignant tissue in brain tumours during surgery

June 18, 2019 | News

TAMPERE, Finland: An artificial nose developed at Tampere University, Finland, helps neurosurgeons to identify cancerous tissue during surgery and enables more precise excision of tumors.

Study introduces new surgical guide for placement of zygomatic implants

June 13, 2019 | News

BOLOGNA, Italy/FORT LEE, N.J., US: Dental patients who show a deficiency of bone volume cannot be treated with root-form dental implants. Thus, new treatment modalities were sought for these patients. One of the therapies considered was the placement of zygomatic implants, which were introduced to the market over 20 years ago. A recent study has investigated a novel protocol for the placement of zygomatic implants using a specific surgical guide.

First dexterous and sentient hand prosthesis has been successfully implanted

June 11, 2019 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: A Swedish patient has received the first of an osseo-neuromuscular implant to control a dexterous hand prosthesis. In a pioneering surgery, titanium implants were placed in the two forearm bones (radius and ulnar), from which electrodes to nerves and muscle were extended to extract signals to control a robotic hand and to provide tactile sensations. This makes it the first clinically viable, dexterous and sentient prosthetic hand usable in real life. The breakthrough is part of the European project DeTOP.

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Light and nanotechnology prevent bacterial infections on medical implants

June 7, 2019 | News

BARCELONA, Spain: Invented approximately 50 years ago, surgical medical meshes have become key elements in the recovery procedures of damaged-tissue surgeries, the most common being hernia repair. When implanted within the tissue of the patient, the flexible and conformable design of these meshes helps hold muscles tight and allows patients to recover much faster than through the conventional surgery of sewing and stitching.

Richard Wolf subsidiary RIWOspine installs new business structure in Japan

June 5, 2019 | News

KNITTLINGEN, Germany: RIWOspine, is one of the world's leading suppliers of endoscopic systems for minimally invasive surgery and interventional spinal pain therapy. The strategic takeover of the local trading partner and the installation of an independent business unit within the Japanese Richard Wolf subsidiary will be fundamental for the expansion of business in the strategically important Japanese growth market.

Young athletes may need one-year break after knee surgery

June 4, 2019 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: After surgical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, young athletes are now recommended to undergo at least a year’s rehab and thorough testing before resuming knee-strenuous sport. Research shows that those who return to sport relatively soon after surgery incur a highly elevated risk of a second ACL injury.

Surgery patients are getting older every year

May 28, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: A new analysis by the Queen Mary University of London revealed that people undergoing surgery in England are getting older at a faster rate than the general population.

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Dental implants are medically advisable for patients with Sjögren’s syndrome

May 24, 2019 | News

MALMÖ/GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Up until now it was not known whether dental implants were successful in patients affected by Sjögren’s syndrome. In fact, many professionals advise against them, as they believe these patients have a higher risk of implant failure. However, researchers at the universities of Malmö and Gothenburg in Sweden have found that dental implants are a viable option for people with Sjögren’s syndrome, even though these patients may experience a higher marginal bone loss around their implants than others.

First baby born after robot-assisted uterus transplant

May 21, 2019 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: At the Sahlgrenska University Hospital at the University of Gothenburg, recently the first baby was born after a technological shift in Gothenburg’s world-leading research on uterine transplantation. The birth, a planned caesarean-section, is part of what the researchers call the “Robot Project”.

Long-term study investigates risk factors for short dental implants

May 16, 2019 | News

ANKARA, Turkey: The use of standard dental implants has become a widely accepted treatment modality for the rehabilitation of complete and partial edentulism. However, in severe alveolar resorption, standard-length implant placement is not possible without additional surgical intervention. For such cases, the use of short implants is considered a major contribution to the field of implant dentistry. Now, a recent study has determined the risk factors for short dental implant survival.

Richard Wolf launches its first digital customer magazine “the spirit”

May 14, 2019 | News

KNITTLINGEN, Germany: The medical technology company Richard Wolf is unveiling its very first digital customer magazine "the spirit" to the public. The English-language Richard Wolf eMagazine will be published four times a year in the form of an interactive digital newsletter.

Weight-loss surgery associated with risk of pregnancy and birth complications

May 9, 2019 | News

GLASGOW, UK: Women who have undergone weight-loss surgery appear to be at higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy, and their babies seem more likely to be born prematurely, small for gestational age, have congenital anomalies and be admitted to intensive care, according to the most comprehensive assessment of how bariatric surgery affects pregnancy outcomes, which have been recently presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, UK.

Welding with stem cells for next-generation surgical glues

May 7, 2019 | News

BRISTOL, UK: Scientists at the University of Bristol have invented a new technology that could lead to the development of a new generation of smart surgical glues and dressings for chronic wounds. The new method, pioneered by Dr Adam Perriman and colleagues, involves re-engineering the membranes of stem cells to effectively "weld" the cells together.

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