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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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Doctors perform open mouth surgery to remove bone tumour

November 12, 2012

FREIBURG, Germany: Researchers from Germany have developed a new, less invasive procedure for removing benign bone tumours of the jaw. While conventional surgical techniques hold the risk of facial paralysis, the new method enables surgeons to remove such tumours through the patient’s mouth.

Researchers develop sensor to measure blood pressure in the brain

November 9, 2012

ST INGBERT, Germany: A slow increase in cerebral pressure can cause dementia and destroy the brain. Companies have long sought monitoring sensors that can be implanted into the brain and read from outside the body. Now German researchers have developed a tiny sensor that may provide the solution.

WHO checklist improves safety for patients

November 8, 2012

COLOGNE, Germany: The use of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist in the operating room considerably lowers the risks of surgery, according to an article published recently in the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International online journal. The authors analysed 20 studies, including a single prospective randomised trial, concerning the effect of the WHO checklist on safety-related behaviour in the operating room.

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Small kidney masses: Active surveillance could be an alternative to surgery

November 2, 2012

OXFORD, UK: Active surveillance of small kidney masses could be a safe and effective alternative to immediate surgery, with similar overall and cancer-specific survival rates, a new study has found. According to researchers at the Department of Urology at Churchill Hospital in Oxford, the technique, which is primarily used to treat elderly patients who have complex health issues or have declined surgery, could safely be extended to other selected patients.

Coffee speeds up restoration of bowel function after colon surgery

October 23, 2012

HEIDELBERG, Germany: Patients who have undergone a colectomy may benefit from drinking coffee after surgery. According to a new study, the drink stimulates bowel function more quickly than water, is well tolerated and thus counters bowel obstruction—a frequent problem following intestinal surgery.

EU medical device laws to undergo revision

October 11, 2012

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Commission has announced a revision of the legislation governing medical devices in the EU dating from the 1990s. According to the European consumer organisation BEUC, the plans will affect a wide range of products. 

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Swedish surgeons perform unique uterus transplantation

September 24, 2012

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: A team of doctors, physicians and other specialists at the University of Gothenburg has performed the world’s first mother-to-daughter uterus transplantation. The procedure was completed without any complications. It was the result of more than ten years of Swedish and international research collaboration.

Bariatric surgery reduces risk of diabetes

September 19, 2012

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Bariatric surgery reduces the long-term risk of developing type 2 diabetes by over 80 per cent among obese people, the latest research has found. According to Prof. Lars Sjöström, Prof. Lena Carlsson and their team at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, bariatric surgery is considerably more effective than traditional care and lifestyle changes.

German researchers develop first customised mandibular implant

September 10, 2012

DRESDEN, Germany: Engineering researchers and members of an interdisciplinary research group have developed the world’s first complex method for producing an individualised mandibular implant. The first patient to receive the newly developed implant was successfully treated at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Dresden University Hospital, Germany.

CAMLOG Foundation calls for research award entries

September 6, 2012

BASEL, Switzerland: The CAMLOG Foundation is calling for submissions for its third CAMLOG Foundation Research Award. The award is presented biennially at the International CAMLOG Congress and is open to all talented scientists/researchers and dedicated professionals at universities, hospitals and practices under 40 years of age.

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German organ scandal: Eurotransplant welcomes announcement of stricter controls

September 5, 2012

LEIDEN, the Netherlands: The board of Eurotransplant, a non-profit organisation responsible for the allocation of donor organs in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovenia, has welcomed the actions introduced in Germany to increase the transparency of organ allocation. These were announced after suspicion arose regarding allocations at the university hospitals in Göttingen and Regensburg.

Doctors transfer salivary gland into patient’s forearm

August 27, 2012

WÜRZBURG, Germany: An ENT surgeon from Germany has successfully tested a new surgical method to help mouth cancer patients with dry mouth syndrome. In a pilot project, he and his surgical team transferred a man’s submandibular gland into his forearm and re-implanted the gland after the patient had completed radiation therapy, which would have caused significant damage to the organ.

Doctors perform surgery on baby attached to placenta

August 2, 2012

TEL HASHOMER, Israel: Surgeons at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel have performed a rare procedure called extrauterine intrapartum treatment (EXIT) to save the life of a baby. This surgery is done outside the womb while the birth is still in process.

Carl Zeiss provides 3-D cinema for treatment

August 1, 2012

OBERKOCHEN, Germany: Carl Zeiss, an international optics and optoelectronics company, is about to launch an advanced version of its cinemizer OLED, multimedia video glasses intended to help patients who suffer from anxiety during treatment to relax. The new 3-D cinemizer OLED provides improved technology and picture quality, as well as several new connectivity options.

Amateur athletes meet for 33rd World Medical and Health Games

June 26, 2012

ANTALYA, Turkey: Medical professionals and health-care workers are invited to join the World Medical and Health Games to be held in Antalya, in the Turkish Riviera, from 7 to 14 July. Visitors to the event can compete in several sport disciplines, as well as attend an international congress on sports medicine.

Doctors implant first customised 3-D-printed mandible

June 14, 2012

HASSELT, Belgium: Belgian researchers have developed and produced the first patient-specific, 3-D-printed titan implant. For the first time in the history of implantology, a customised implant has replaced a complete mandible. It restored form, function and aesthetic aspects of a natural mandible in a significantly shorter period compared with classical treatments.

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