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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”.

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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.

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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.

Post-surgery mortality rate decreases after launch of Surgical Safety Checklist in Scotland

May 2, 2019 | News

EDINBURGH, Scottland: The World Health Organization (WHO) created a Surgical Safety Checklist over a decade ago, in an effort to reduce mortality after surgery. The British Journal of Surgery has published a study that used a national database to look at the records of over 12 million patients. The authors were interested in the numbers of deaths before and after the launch of the checklist in Scotland.

Study finds that field of surgery needs to be made more appealing for female medical students

April 30, 2019 | News

DUBLIN, Ireland: A greater number of female medical students felt discouraged in their training than their male counterparts, according to a new study, carried out by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). It was based on 464 questionnaires that were completed by medical students in Dublin and Malaysia.

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VR surgical simulator first to receive Royal College accreditation

April 24, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: A virtual reality platform, manufactured by the company FundamentalVR, provides doctors with a "flight simulator" for surgery and has become the first of its kind to receive accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Study finds low hand hygiene compliance in ICUs

April 23, 2019 | News

BASEL, Switzerland: Healthcare workers in intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection control, according to new research being presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 13 to 16 April.

Italy announces medical device registries after the revelation of the implant files

April 18, 2019 | News

ROME, Italy: Italy’s health minister Giulia Grillo has announced registries for breast implants and orthopedic devices after the Implant Files exposed flaws in the country’s regulatory system.

Artificial intelligence helps to better assess treatment response of brain tumors

April 15, 2019 | News

HEIDELBERG, Germany: A team from Heidelberg University Hospital and the German Cancer Research Centre has developed a new method for the automated image analysis of brain tumors. In their recent publication, the authors show that machine learning methods carefully trained on standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are more reliable and precise than established radiological methods in the treatment of brain tumors. Thus, they make a valuable contribution to the individualised treatment of tumors. In addition, the validated method is an important first step towards the automated high-throughput analysis of medical image data of brain tumors.

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Surgery using ultrasound energy found to treat high blood pressure

April 11, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: A one-off operation that targets the nerves connected to the kidney has been found to maintain reduced blood pressure in hypertension patients for at least six months, according to the results of a clinical trial led in the UK by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium 2020 to take place in New York

April 9, 2019 | News

BASEL, Switzerland: The Oral Reconstruction Foundation has announced the theme and venue for its 2020 Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium. With a lineup of world-renowned speakers from all dental disciplines, the symposium, under the theme of “20/20 vision”, will take place from April 30 to May 2, 2020, at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City.

Charity run for organ donation to take place in Munich for first time

March 27, 2019 | News

MUNICH, Germany: On March 27, 2019, the organ donor run ("Organspendelauf"), which the German Society of Surgery (DGCH) traditionally organises for its congress, will take place for the first time publicly in Munich. The charity run will take place over 2.5, 5 and 10 kilometres through the English Garden. The starting signal is given at 6 p.m. at the Chinese Tower. "We want to send a visible signal of how important it is to deal with the topic of organ donation," explained Prof. Matthias Anthuber, President of the German Society of Surgery (DGCH). Celebrities and politicians like Heike Drechsler, Stefan Kretzschmar and the Bavarian Minister of Health Melanie Huml support the race. On site, there will be further opportunities to find out about the possibilities of organ donation.

Healthy patients, sick surgeons?

March 27, 2019 | News

MUNICH, Germany: On the one hand, progress in surgery is making more and more possible. Where previously extensive scars developed, today often only small incisions are necessary, even for malignant diseases such as tumours of the oesophagus, intestine, stomach and liver. Even back operations and artificial hips often no longer represent an unacceptable risk, even for very elderly patients, thanks to proper preparation. On the other hand, studies report increasing burnout rates among hospital doctors. Where does this total exhaustion come from? Experts will discuss these and other questions at the 136th Congress of the German Society of Surgery (Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie, or DGCH), which will be held in Munich from 26 to 29 March 2019 under the motto "Full steam ahead - with heart, hand and mind".

Vascular occlusions and diabetes—Up to 80 percent of foot amputations can be avoided

March 27, 2019 | News

MUNICH, Germany- Every year, more than 40,000 feet and legs are amputated due to diabetes. The German Society for Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gefäßchirurgie und Gefäßmedizin) explains that up to 80 percent of these amputations can be avoided by the consistent prevention of foot ulcers and the timely therapy of vascular occlusions. At a press conference for the 136th Congress of the German Society of Surgery (Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie), experts explain where patients affected should go. The congress will take place from 26 to 29 March 2019 in Munich under the motto "Full steam ahead - with heart, hand and mind".

Sleep apnoea: Jaw correction stops nocturnal breathing interruptions

March 26, 2019 | News

MUNICH, Germany: Nightly breathing disorders, or sleep apnoea syndrome (SAS), are widespread. According to new studies, 14 per cent of all men and 7 per cent of women suffer from it. If the cause is a receding tongue, a surgical displacement of the upper and lower jaw can effectively stop the suffering. At a press conference at the 136th Congress of the German Society of Surgery (DGCH), experts explained for whom the operation is considered a health insurance benefit and why examinations should absolutely be carried out before the operation. The annual conference is taking place from 26 to 29 March 2019 in Munich under the motto "Full steam ahead - with heart, hand and mind!"

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