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NeoSurgical honoured with Kinetic Process Innovation Award

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.

Five-year study monitors women with breast implants

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.

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Researchers develop first 3-D model of synapse

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.

Scientists develop ear implants with a memory

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.

Joint initiative introduces strategic research agenda to fight antibiotic resistance

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.

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Doctors implant world’s first 3-D-printed skull

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.

Neurostimulation: Gingival implant helps reduce cluster headache

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.

Long-term study proves nickel in heart implants non-hazardous to health

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.

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Researchers test live 3-D holographic imaging

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.

Knee tears: Researchers question current line of treatment

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.

Doctors implant world’s smallest cardiac pacemaker

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.

Brain drain to cause severe health-worker shortage in poor countries

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.

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Surgeons describe new ligament in the human knee

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.

British study challenges assumptions about medical tourism

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.

First maxillofacial surgery in the world broadcast with Google Glass

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.

Surgeons implant world’s first artificial larynx

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.

New technique: Donor lungs preserved for 11 hours

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.

Clip enables treatment of heart valve surgery patients

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.

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