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More deaths from surgery closer to the weekend

June 17, 2013

LONDON, UK: In England, patients due to undergo planned surgery appear more likely to die if they have their operation at the end of the week, researchers have found. Furthermore, they have suggested that the findings could reflect differences in the quality of care at the weekend.

World Blood Donor Day: More donors needed

June 14, 2013

GENEVA, Switzerland: On World Blood Donor Day, which is being celebrated today, WHO is calling for all countries to obtain 100 per cent of their supplies of blood and blood products from voluntary unpaid blood donors by 2020.The need for blood and blood products is increasing every year, and many patients requiring life-saving transfusions do not have timely access to safe blood and blood products.

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Man lives with pencil in maxillary sinus for years

May 30, 2013

AACHEN, Germany: A man from Afghanistan has lived with a pencil in his maxillary sinus for several years. The 24-year-old, who sought treatment after his discomfort had become too severe, was not aware of the foreign body and only worked out what might have happened after being diagnosed.

PIP implant process: Prosecution demands four years in prison for CEO

May 16, 2013

MARSEILLE, France: The legal proceedings regarding the implants manufactured by former company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) is in full swing. Since mid-April, the French company's founder and former CEO Jean-Claude Mas and some of its former executives have been on trial. On Tuesday, the prosecution demanded prison sentences for all defendants, plus a fine for Mas.

Researchers patent automatic suture system for colon cancer surgery

April 26, 2013

BARCELONA, Spain: Researchers at the INNOTEX Center at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Spain have developed a device that enables automatic suturing of the large intestine after being sectioned during cancer colon surgery. The device, called Insewing, allows the use of absorbable suture material instead of the metallic staples that are currently used and could cause intestinal inflexibility and obstruction.

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Prostate cancer: Surgery more beneficial than radiotherapy

April 24, 2013

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Surgery offers a better survival rate for men with localised prostate cancer, researchers from Sweden and the Netherlands have found. The results suggest that it is likely superior to radiation for the majority of men, especially those in the younger age group and with no or few comorbidities.

PIP process starts in France

April 17, 2013

MARSEILLE, France: The PIP breast implants legal proceedings start in France today. Accused are the former CEO of Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), Jean-Claude Mas, and several of his colleagues. Mas, who is suspected of having sold breast implants filled with industrial-grade silicone for a number of years, is accused of serious fraud.

Spinal cord injuries: Hand surgery enhances life quality

March 28, 2013

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Reconstructive hand surgery can dramatically enhance the quality of life and independence of those paralysed by a cervical spinal cord injury, researchers have found. Despite this, the operation is not performed frequently.

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Microsurgery: Carl Zeiss Meditec optimises microscope for dental practice

March 19, 2013

COLOGNE, Germany: More than 2,000 international exhibitors presented their latest innovations during the International Dental Show (IDS) last week. One of them was German-based company Carl Zeiss Meditec. The global provider of medical technology has enhanced the functions of its OPMI pico dental microscope and has introduced the ZEISS Dental Academy, which offers training courses for dentists.

Head and neck cancer: New system simplifies treatment planning

March 7, 2013

LEIPZIG, Germany: Doctors and computer scientists from Leipzig have developed a system that makes it easier to plan treatment for head and neck cancer. The multimedia system collates patient data and processes it for use by the treating physicians.

Researchers suggest criteria revision for bariatric surgery

February 20, 2013

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: While weight-loss surgery benefits patients who exceed a certain body mass index (BMI), it can also improve the health of people with a lower BMI, Swedish researchers have found. They analysed patients with a BMI below the limit who had undergone such surgery and found that their risk of developing diabetes was reduced by 67 per cent.

World Cancer Day: European Commission develops standardised cancer information system

February 4, 2013

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Every year, 3.2 million Europeans are diagnosed with cancer, mainly breast, colorectal or lung cancer. Although great advances continue to be made in research and treatment, cancer remains a key health concern. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is currently developing a standardised cancer information system for Europe.

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Oesophageal cancer: Surgical allocation to fewer surgeons could result in higher survival rates

February 1, 2013

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Oesophageal cancer surgery should be allocated to fewer surgeons, Swedish researchers have suggested in a recently published study. The findings proved that patients who undergo this kind of surgery have a much greater chance of long-term survival if the operation is carried out by a surgeon who has performed this particular operation many times before.

New textbook explains basics of glass bone replacement

January 11, 2013

JENA, Germany: It seems paradoxical: fragile glass as a bone substitute. However, so-called bioglass is a very special material. It supports and accelerates the natural regeneration of human bone—for example after a fracture or dental surgery. The International Commission on Glass has now released a textbook that offers a comprehensible introduction to the topic.

Researchers optimise prostheses for patients without a voice box

December 11, 2012

ESSLINGEN, Germany: In some cases, treatment of cancer of the larynx entails removal and replacement with a voice prosthesis. However, such prostheses are not particularly durable. German scientists have now established an experimental facility for studying and optimising voice prostheses.

Cell injection results in spinal cord regeneration in dogs

November 23, 2012

LONDON/CAMBRIDGE, UK: Researchers have shown that it is possible to restore co-ordinated limb movement in dogs with severe spinal cord injury (SCI) by using a unique type of cell to regenerate the damaged part of the dogs’ spines. The scientists are cautiously optimistic that the work could have a future role in the treatment of human patients with similar injuries if used alongside other treatments.

Total hip replacement surgery increases risk of stroke

November 15, 2012

SOUTHAMPTON, UK: People who undergo a total hip replacement are at a higher risk of a stroke in the first two weeks after surgery, researchers have found. The study, which is the largest one of its kind, also suggested that the use of antiplatelet drugs prior to surgery could reduce the risk of some kinds of stroke.

Surgeons remove 21 kg abdominal tumour

November 14, 2012

ALTENBURG, Germany: Doctors at a hospital in Altenburg, Germany, have successfully removed an unusually large tumour from the abdomen of a patient. Owing to its diameter of 37 cm and weight of 21 kg, the operation presented a challenge for both the anaesthetists and the surgeons.

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