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New device enables brain surgery through the cheek

October 23, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn., USA: In order to render brain surgery for epileptic seizure less invasive, researchers at Vanderbilt University in the U.S. have developed a robotic device that could enable neurosurgeons to operate on an epileptic patient's brain using nothing more than a needle through the cheek.

After Covidien acquisition: Medtronic announces executive leadership team

October 15, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, USA: Medtronic has announced the group who will be leading the combined organization after the completion of its acquisition of Covidien. The new company will be formed into four major business groups and cover four geographic regions led by a new executive committee. Omar Ishrak will remain as chairman and CEO of the new company, Medtronic.

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Surgeon creates new post-surgery bra for breast cancer patients

October 8, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla., USA: Women who undergo mastectomies, biopsies or lumpectomy surgeries wear special bras after surgery to decrease swelling and promote healing. In response to her patients describing these bras as scratchy, uncomfortable and restrictive, Dr. Lea Blackwell, a breast surgeon at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, felt compelled to create a more practical and comfortable bra in her spare time.

Endoscopic biopsy could replace mediastinal surgery for staging lung cancer

September 16, 2014

MONTREAL, Canada: Endoscopic biopsy of lymph nodes between the two lungs (mediastinum) is a sensitive and accurate technique that can replace mediastinal surgery for staging lung cancer in patients with potentially resectable tumors, Canadian researchers have found. Moreover, the study showed that it is not necessary to perform surgery to confirm negative results obtained through the endoscopy approach during the preoperative evaluation of patients with this type of cancer.

New system eliminates fungus from surgical materials

September 2, 2014

MEXICO CITY: Specialists at the Institute for Nuclear Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have developed a system that imparts antifungal properties to different materials. This scientific product destroys those microorganisms that proliferate in the organism and protects it, especially when the immune system is weakened.

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New tool helps guide brain cancer surgery

July 17, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., USA: Brain surgeons have successfully used a new tool that helps them test and remove cancerous tissue more precisely. The tool sprays a microscopic stream of charged solvent onto the tissue surface to gather information about its molecular makeup and produces a color-coded image that reveals the location, nature and concentration of tumor cells.

Bariatric surgery may have negative impact on oral health

July 16, 2014

SÃO PAULO, Brazil: Bariatric surgery benefits patients who exceed a certain body mass index (BMI). While these procedures may improve systemic conditions in obese patients, they may negatively affect their oral health, a new study from Brazil has found. According to the study, weight loss surgery may increase the incidence of periodontal disease and dental wear.

Rapid uptake of surgical innovation may place patients at risk of medical error

July 8, 2014

SAN DIEGO, USA: Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that the risk of patient harm increased twofold in 2006, the peak year in which teaching hospitals nationwide embraced the pursuit of minimally invasive robotic surgery for prostate cancer. Surgeons have called for national safety measures to protect patients.

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Anesthesia: Study finds low hand hygiene compliance rates

July 3, 2014

LEBANON, USA: Anesthesia providers are missing opportunities to clean their hands during surgical procedures, researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have found. They used video observation to map patterns of anesthesia provider hand contact with anesthesia work environment surfaces to assess hand hygiene compliance.

Medtronic to acquire Covidien

June 20, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, USA: Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, and Covidien, a global health care technology and medical supplies provider, have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Medtronic will acquire Covidien in a cash-and-stock transaction.

Facial transplants: Researchers review development over past nine years

May 20, 2014

BALTIMORE/NEW YORK, USA: Plastic and reconstructive surgeons from the U.S. have undertaken the first comprehensive retrospective study of all facial transplants performed worldwide to date. Reviewing 28 cases over a period of nine years, they concluded that the procedure is relatively safe and increasingly feasible. Overall, facial transplantations improved the appearance and social life of the severely disfigured patients significantly.

Transplant drugs could help combat HIV

April 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: New research suggests that drugs commonly used to prevent organ rejection after transplantation may also be helpful for combating HIV. The findings suggest a new strategy in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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International medical robots market worth $3,764 million by 2018

March 13, 2014

DALLAS, USA: The international medical robots market will be worth $3,764 million by 2018, according to a new report on the major market drivers and restraints in North America, Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world. In addition to increasing demand, technological advancements and breakthroughs are expected to drive the growth of this market in the coming years.

Surgeons find teeth in baby’s head tumor

March 3, 2014

BALTIMORE, USA: Brain surgeons in the U.S. have found multiple fully formed teeth inside a tumor mass that was growing in the center of the brain of a 4-month-old child. The boy was initially admitted to a clinic in Baltimore after a routine pediatric visit owing to an increasing head circumference.

Doctors place leadless pacemaker without surgery

February 11, 2014

NEW YORK, USA: Doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York have implanted the U.S.'s first leadless cardiac pacemaker directly inside a patient's heart without surgery. The miniature pacemaker was implanted by a cardiac electrophysiologist directly inside the heart during a catheter-guided procedure through the groin via the femoral artery. The device, resembling a small metal silver tube, is only a few centimeters in length, making it less than 10 percent the size of a traditional pacemaker.

Blood vessels reorganize after face transplantation surgery

January 21, 2014

CHICAGO, USA: For the first time, researchers have found that the blood vessels in face transplant recipients reorganize themselves. This finding has led to an understanding of the biological changes that occur after full-face transplantation. The findings could help improve surgical planning and assessment of potential complications in face transplant patients.

New implantable device could help sleep apnea patients

January 14, 2014

PITTSBURGH, USA: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is most commonly used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, a major issue with this therapy is noncompliance. Now, an international team of researchers has investigated the efficiency of a new implantable device that could be an alternative for OSA patients who are unable to use CPAP owing to discomfort or other problems.

Brain surgery: Water-based imaging technique maps neurons prior to surgery

December 4, 2013

SAN DIEGO, USA: American neurosurgeons are using a new approach to visualize the brain's delicate anatomy prior to surgery. The novel technique allows them to see the brain's nerve connections in order to preserve and protect critical functions such as vision, speech and memory. No needles, dyes or chemicals are needed for the radiology scan.

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