June 30, 2014
DUBLIN, Ireland/CHICAGO, USA: NeoSurgical, an international medical device company focused on advancing safer, simpler and superior solutions for laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery, announced today that it has been named the 2014 Vision Award recipient for its innovative engineering of neoClose. The Kinetic Process Innovation Award recognises companies that demonstrate innovation and focuses on significant benefits and effectiveness in the industry it serves, the medical device industry in this case.
June 18, 2014
LONDON, UK: Silicone implant manufacturer Eurosilicone has published safety data collected from a five-year review. The multicentre study monitored 1,010 Cristalline Paragel implants made by Eurosilicone and implanted in 535 women undergoing either augmentation or reconstructive surgery. Each patient was followed up at three months post-surgery, and then annually thereafter.
June 16, 2014
GÖTTINGEN & BERLIN, Germany: The molecular architecture of synapses has been unknown until now. A research team from Göttingen has managed to determine the copy numbers and positions of all of the important building blocks of a synapse for the first time. This has allowed them to reconstruct the first scientifically accurate 3-D model of a synapse. In the future, these findings are hoped to contribute to the identification of anomalies in neuronal anatomy in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.
April 10, 2014
HANOVER, Germany: Today, 3-D printers can print almost everything. The challenge, however, is to print highly precise and small parts made of materials that are difficult to process. Scientists at the Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) have demonstrated the laser manufacture of tiny implants with a memory function for complex shapes, such as the cochlea of the human inner ear.
April 4, 2014
BRUSSELS, Belgium: Antibiotics have saved millions of lives from once-deadly infectious diseases. However, misuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobials in humans and animals has led to bacteria developing resistance. On 3 April 2013, the Joint Programming initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) presented its strategic research agenda, which outlines the steps that need to be taken to minimise antimicrobial resistance (AMR), one of today’s most serious public health threats.
April 2, 2014
UTRECHT, Netherlands: Doctors at the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht have successfully performed the replacement of a complete skull. In a 23-hour procedure, a 22-year-old woman received a 3-D-printed, tailor-made plastic implant.
March 5, 2014
MUNICH, Germany: Cluster headache is one of the most severe forms of headache. It is usually unilateral and occurs mostly around the eye or in the temple. Attacks last up to several hours. A new mini-implant, which is inserted into the gingival tissue and activated with a remote control, can help those affected to obtain fast and lasting relief.
February 28, 2014
JENA, Germany: In the first long-term study of its kind, materials scientists at the University of Jena have examined implants made of nickel-titanium alloy. They found that even though in the first days and weeks after implantation a considerable amount of nickel is released the concentration levels of the metal in the long term are within an acceptable range.
January 30, 2014
AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands/YOKNEAM, Israel: A clinical study has demonstrated the feasibility of using an innovative live 3-D holographic visualisation and interaction technology to guide minimally invasive structural heart disease procedures. According to experts, medical holography will play an important role in medical imaging in the near future and improve patient care.
January 22, 2014
HELSINKI, Finland: Knee surgery may not always be an effective form of treatment, Finnish researchers have found. In a study, they compared surgical treatment of degenerative meniscal tears to placebo surgery. A year after the procedure the study participants, both those in the group who underwent surgery and the ones in the placebo group, had an equally low incidence of symptoms and were satisfied with the overall status of their knee.
December 23, 2013
LINZ, Austria: Medtronic has announced the first-in-human implant of the world's smallest pacemaker: the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). The device was implanted in a patient in Linz, Austria, as part of the Medtronic global pivotal clinical trial. The Micra TPS is an investigational device worldwide.
November 18, 2013
LONDON, UK: Health Poverty Action, a UK-based international development organisation, has published a new report on the consequences of the migration of health workers. According to the researchers, poor countries will be affected worst by the severe shortage of health workers as the specialists they train migrate to wealthier countries.
November 14, 2013
LEUVEN, Belgium: Two knee surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have provided the first full anatomical description of a previously enigmatic ligament in the human knee. The ligament appears to play an important role in patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, which are common among athletes in pivot-heavy sports such as soccer, basketball, skiing and football.
November 13, 2013
YORK, UK: Today, a considerable number of governments and decision-makers recognise medical tourism, that is, patient movement for medical care, including dental care, cosmetic surgery and fertility treatment, owing to lower costs, as a national industry. However, despite increasing interest and coverage, there is a lack of research evidence on the role and impact of medical tourism, researchers from the UK have stated.
November 1, 2013
MURCIA, Spain: Surgeons have demonstrated the medical applications of Google Glass, the advanced new glasses that can take pictures, record videos and surf the Internet, by using the glasses for the first time for streaming of a dental procedure in real time.
October 28, 2013
STRASBOURG, France: In collaboration with a French medical device company, ENT specialists at the University of Strasbourg have successfully completed the first implantation of an artificial larynx in a patient. They hope that the device will help cancer patients who have undergone a laryngectomy breathe, speak and eat normally again through the upper respiratory tract.
October 21, 2013
LEUVEN, Belgium: With the help of a machine, a multidisciplinary transplant team at University Hospitals Leuven has successfully preserved a set of donor lungs for over 11 hours—the longest period ever reported. The preservation time was necessary because the patient, who has since been discharged and is in good health, needed a liver transplant immediately before the lung transplant.
October 10, 2013
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: A metal device called MitraClip, which was formerly only used for uncomplicated cases of heart valve leakage, can now be applied more generally in the treatment of patients with leaking heart valves. An international team of researchers has proved that the method can also be used for more advanced valvular heart disease, which means that a larger number of patients who had no treatment option previously can now be helped.