January 8, 2016
LUND, Sweden: CERAMENT|BONE VOID FILLER, a novel synthetic bone graft substitute developed by Swedish manufacturer BONESUPPORT, has proven effective in the management of benign bone tumours in a prospective pilot study. The study showed that the synthetic bone substitute facilitates complete bone remodelling and therefore prevents both infections and fractures in the long term.
December 2, 2015
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Oesophageal cancer is one of the deadliest cancers worldwide, ranking sixth in mortality among all cancers. A study from Karolinska Institutet has now found a surprising link that may be decisive for long-term survival rates in patients suffering from the disease: the weekday they undergo surgery.
September 1, 2015
LONDON, UK: Scientists have proved that listening to music before, during and after surgery significantly reduces patients’ postoperative pain, anxiety and need for postoperative pain relief medication—according to the most comprehensive review of available evidence so far. The systematic review involved nearly 7,000 patients and confirmed for the first time the link between music in the operating theatre and postoperative recovery.
August 12, 2015
HUDDERSFIELD, UK: A University of Huddersfield researcher is harnessing the latest virtual reality technology to help oral and maxillofacial surgical trainees practise complex dental surgeries. His project aims to provide accurate 3-D visualisations of human anatomy and surgical procedures using Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display.
July 15, 2015
LEICESTER, UK: In March 2005, a 38-year-old British soldier stationed in Germany lost his ability to form new memories after undergoing a regular root canal treatment. To this day, he is unable to remember anything for longer than 90 minutes, although his brain is completely intact and he suffered no trauma that could have caused the amnesia, according to his doctors.
July 1, 2015
LONDON, UK: An international team of researchers has developed a breath test that could help doctors diagnose the early signs of oesophageal and gastric cancer in minutes. The test has produced encouraging results in a clinical study and will now be tested in a larger trial involving three hospitals in London. According to the scientists, economic modelling showed that the new method could save the National Health Service (NHS) £145 million (approx. €205 million) a year, as it is cheaper, faster and easier to perform than other methods.
June 24, 2015
MÜNSTER, Germany: Acute kidney failure is one of the most frequent complications of heart surgeries. Very often, the patient’s blood needs to be cleansed by dialysis and in the worst case kidney failure is fatal. An international team of scientists has now applied a means to significantly lower the likelihood of complications by warning the kidneys in advance.
June 9, 2015
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands: Women with heart failure benefit more from cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) devices than men, but are less likely to have one prescribed to them. This is the result of a study conducted by Maastricht University researcher Robbert Zusterzeel, as part of his PhD dissertation. Based on his findings, Zusterzeel is advocating the development of gender-specific clinical guidelines for this treatment to increase women’s eligibility.
May 26, 2015
MUNICH, Germany: Brainlab, a global leader in medical technology, has received the coveted Red Dot Award in Product Design 2015 for Kick Navigation and Kick EM Navigation. Designed for surgeons to shift easily between applications and move swiftly between departments, Kick was selected for its streamlined design and manoeuvrability, which enhance the system’s ease of use.
May 26, 2015
GOTHENBURG, Sweden: A recent study at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg has shown that the use of hand disinfection and aseptic techniques by doctors and nurses during risk-prone invasive procedures is very low. The observational study conducted at a large Swedish hospital found that doctors and nurses missed 90 per cent of the observed opportunities for the use of hand disinfection and aseptic techniques.
May 11, 2015
CHICAGO, USA: Dental and plastic surgery clinics in Hungary are currently performing well in the medical tourism industry, with significantly increased revenue growth in the first quarter of 2015, as reported by VisitandCare.com, a website for finding and comparing medical treatments. According to the international company, the earnings of its partner Hungarian medical providers have been positively affected by training development, team expansion, and forward-thinking technologies.
May 4, 2015
LEUVEN, Belgium: Surgeons at the University Hospitals Leuven have successfully applied a new technique for two recent liver transplants: in both cases, the organ was preserved prior to transplantation in a device that mimics the environment of the human body. The device, developed at the University of Oxford, enables the liver to stay healthier and can even assess liver function and improve the quality of the organ.
April 2, 2015
BARCELONA, Spain: A team of professionals in various disciplines at the Valld'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona has successfully carried out an extensive face transplantation. The complicated surgical procedure is the second of its kind to be conducted at the Spanish university hospital. According to the doctors, it is the world’s most complex face transplant performed to date.
March 3, 2015
MAINZ, Germany: Dentists at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz are using the innovative technology of 3-D printing to create exact patient-customised models for various surgical procedures. This novel method helps to optimise individualised medicine by facilitating precise work in the fields of reconstructive surgery and implantology.
February 25, 2015
GUILDFORD, UK: Being conscious during an operation can make patients feel anxious and is often painful. However, new research from the University of Surrey has found that simple distraction techniques, such as talking to a nurse, watching a DVD or using stress balls, can help patients to relax during varicose vein surgery and reduce their pain.
February 12, 2015
BOCHUM, Germany: Conventional sterilisation methods are not always effective against all pathogens. By means of plasma, however, exceptionally resistant bacteria strains can be eliminated, as demonstrated by junior professor Dr Katharina Stapelmann from the Institute for Electrical Engineering and Plasma Technology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She has developed a steriliser that removes germs from medical instruments efficiently without damaging the material.
February 10, 2015
LONDON/KINGSTON UPON HULL, UK: A significant number of people decide against seeing their general practitioner despite red-flag cancer warning symptoms. According a study conducted by Cancer Research UK, they dismiss symptoms as trivial or worry about wasting the doctor’s time.
January 19, 2015
ESSEN, Germany: Experts from 20 nations will gather in Germany from 22 to 24 January for the First International Symposium on Tumor–Host Interaction in Head and Neck Cancer. The symposium will be held in Essen and continues a series of annual meetings on experimental head and neck oncology in collaboration with the oncology working group of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology.