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European Parliament adopts new medical device regulations

April 21, 2017

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Parliament has voted to implement two new regulations concerning medical devices with the aim of improving safety in medicine and dentistry. The regulations were proposed in 2012 by the European Commission and experienced several delays before being officially endorsed earlier this month. They will be applied after a transitional period of three years from publication for medical devices and five years for in vitro diagnostic medical devices.

Researchers to develop wearable robotic tools for surgery

March 17, 2017

BRISTOL, UK: A team of researchers led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement as well as the ability to ‘sense’, ‘see’, control and safely navigate through the surgical environment.

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LINC 2017 sets attendance record

February 20, 2017

LEIPZIG, Germany: With more than 5,000 participants, the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC) 2017, recently hosted in Leipzig, achieved a record attendance and was a great success. The interdisciplinary event is intended to provide a global platform for the discussion of cases treated by medical professionals of different specialties who perform endovascular interventions.

Scientists develop stable biological coating for implants

December 2, 2016

STUTTGART, Germany: The extracellular matrix (ECM) regulates all important cell functions and is a highly interesting biomaterial for scientists. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (Fraunhofer IGB) have developed an ECM that contains artificial chemical groups and supports natural cell behaviour outside the body. It can be applied as a stable coating on implants or be used in cell culture dishes.

Bioactive implant coating stimulates healing process

November 23, 2016

TOMSK, Russia: One of the reasons for implant failure is rejection of the implant owing to the body’s immune response. Immune cells identify the implant as a foreign body and cause inflammation and finally rejection. A new bioactive coating for medical implants, developed by Russian scientists, may be able to invert this immune mechanism and encourage healing around the implant.

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day: Event streamed live from Brussels

November 18, 2016

BRUSSELS, Belgium: This week marks the second World Antibiotic Awareness Week. This year, the WHO-led initiative focuses on health care workers and the essential role they play in raising awareness about antibiotic resistance and ensuring that antibiotics will continue to be effective in the future. In celebration of European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is organising a launch event in Brussels and coordinating a 24-hour global Twitter conversation.

WHO releases guidelines to minimise surgical infections

November 8, 2016

GENEVA, Switzerland: Surgical site infections threaten the lives of millions of patients each year and contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new recommendations for surgical procedures to minimise the number of infections. The Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection include a list of 29 concrete recommendations distilled by 20 of the world’s leading experts from 26 reviews of the latest evidence.

Biopsy: Robots help position interventional needles

November 2, 2016

MANNHEIM/BREMEN, Germany: Finding the ideal position for interventional needles—as used in biopsies, for example—is a difficult and time-consuming process. This can now be performed automatically, using a robotic arm to place a needle guide for the doctor at the optimal insertion point. With robotic assistance, doctors can position the needle in 5 minutes, as opposed to the 30 minutes required with conventional techniques.

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Sedative may prevent delirium after surgery

October 25, 2016

BEIJING, China/LONDON, UK: A mild sedative could greatly reduce the risk of people experiencing delirium after an operation and help the brain recover and reset, according to new research findings. A study conducted by scientists at Imperial College London and Peking University First Hospital has suggested that sedating patients after they have undergone an operation may reduce the risk of postoperative delirium by up to 65 per cent.

Swiss cardiologists perform minimally invasive tricuspid valve surgery

October 10, 2016

ZURICH, Switzerland: Swiss heart surgeons and cardiologists have used a new catheter technology to repair a leaky tricuspid valve. The minimally invasive procedure is suitable even for patients deemed to be inoperable.

University of Brescia hosts summer school on transnasal endoscopic surgery

September 21, 2016

BRESCIA, Italy: The University of Brescia has successfully hosted its second summer school titled “Transnasal endoscopic surgery: From sinuses to skull base”. The course saw prominent national and international experts on endoscopic skull base surgery lecturing on the latest surgical methods and gave attendees from all over the world the opportunity to use cutting-edge tools and improve their endoscopic expertise.

Most surgical meniscus repairs unnecessary, study finds

September 2, 2016

OSLO, Norway: The benefits of surgical meniscus repairs have been much debated in recent years. Various studies have shown that, compared with conservative treatment, arthroscopic procedures on the menisci do not necessarily lead to better results and might even have a negative impact by increasing the risk of osteoarthritis. Corroborating previous results, a new study by Norwegian and Danish scientists has found that exercise therapy is just as effective for treating degenerative meniscal tears as surgery.

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeon shot and killed by patient at Berlin hospital

July 28, 2016

BERLIN, Germany: On Tuesday, a senior physician at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin university hospital was shot several times by a patient while working at the department’s outpatient clinic. The 72-year-old patient then shot himself. Despite immediate emergency surgery, the 55-year-old doctor passed away shortly thereafter owing to his severe injuries.

New technique could largely improve surgical treatment of epilepsy

July 11, 2016

EXETER, UK: Scientists at the University of Exeter have developed a new technique that could revolutionise the surgical treatment of epilepsy. The novel method helps surgeons and neurologists identify the specific brain regions that trigger seizures in people with epilepsy and therefore enables them to determine precisely those parts of the brain to remove to achieve the greatest benefit for the patient.

Interview: Alternatives to face transplants in oral and maxillofacial surgery

July 4, 2016

Face transplants are probably one of the most spectacular surgical achievements of the millennium, but also one of the most debated. For what cases is such a difficult and potentially perilous operation necessary and reasonable? What other techniques are available to oral and maxillofacial surgeons for complex reconstructive surgery, and how can the surgical outcomes be improved through novel medical technologies? Surgical Tribune had the opportunity to discuss these topics with Prof. Gerd Gehrke, Vice President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Mund-, Kiefer- und Gesichtschirurgie (DGMKG), the German society of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

New medical devices regulation: EU reaches deal

June 1, 2016

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have announced a breakthrough in negotiations concerning the overhaul of medical device legislation. After almost four years, the EU bodies have agreed on a new system of quality and safety regulations affecting all medical device manufacturers. The rules are expected to be adopted by early 2017.

Planmeca ProModel technology part of first Nordic facial tissue transplant

April 14, 2016

HELSINKI, Finland: Finnish dental manufacturer Planmeca’s ProModel technology has supported the first facial tissue transplant procedure in the history of the Nordic countries. The service, which designs and creates patient-specific surgical guides and skull models from CBCT/CT images, helped surgeons to significantly reduce operating time for the demanding procedure, which was performed at Töölö Hospital in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS).

Interview: “The process of 3-D printing has already entered into numerous disciplines”

April 12, 2016

Over the last several years, 3-D printing technology has fundamentally changed various areas of design and industry. Recently, it has also been applied in medicine, enabling completely new therapeutic approaches and individual treatment options. In order to evaluate the potential of medical 3-D printing and to discuss the current state of additive technologies in medicine, BiomaTiCS (Biomaterials, Tissues and Cells in Science), an interdisciplinary research group at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany, is hosting the first International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine. Surgical Tribune spoke to congress president Prof. Bilal Al-Nawas, assistant medical director of the clinic of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the centre, about the potential applications of the technology and the congress topics.

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