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Face transplant patient exceeds recovery expectations

October 22, 2012

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: Following the most extensive full-face transplant to date, the 37-year-old operated in March is recovering very well. According to his doctors, the man has regained normal facial function and is able to eat, smell and taste seven months after the surgery.

Head and neck surgeons remove rare facial tumor

September 17, 2012

DETROIT, Mich., USA: Surgeons from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have removed a very aggressive bone tumor that had spread throughout the entire lower third of a 21-year-old patient's face. Using a new surgical technique, they were able to rebuild a fully functional jaw and mouth and preserve the patient's ability to eat and speak successfully.

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Anti-transplant-rejection drug may prevent mucositis after radiotherapy

September 11, 2012

BETHESDA, Md., USA: Researchers from the U.S. think that rapamycin (also known as sirolimus), a drug usually used in transplantation patients to prevent transplant rejection, could also prevent mucositis, a common side effect of radiotherapy in head and neck cancer patients. In a preclinical study, they observed that mice that had received rapamycin during radiation treatment did not develop the condition.

Health-care law: Romney changes direction

September 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: The presidential elections in the U.S. are at the door and a major topic of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney election campaigns is health care. While Obama has always focused on this issue and often been criticized for his proposals by the Republicans, their presidential candidate Romney has now announced that he does not intend to get rid of health reform completely.

CONMED Corporation acquires Viking Systems

August 15, 2012

UTICA, N.Y., USA: CONMED Corporation, a medical technology company based in Utica, and Viking Systems, worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3-D and 2-D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery, have entered into a definitive agreement through which CONMED will acquire Viking for $0.27 per share in cash. CONMED intends to add the Viking line of 3-D high-definition surgical video products to its product portfolio.

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Radiation after lumpectomy helps prevent need for mastectomy

August 14, 2012

HOUSTON, Texas, USA: For most older women with early-stage breast cancer, radiation after lumpectomy helps prevent the need for subsequent mastectomy, researchers have found. Their findings indicate that current thinking on the risks and benefits of radiation for early-stage breast cancer in older women may be inaccurate.

Woman accidentally swallows knife

August 13, 2012

ATLANTA, Ga., USA: Recently, a young woman was taken to a U.S. emergency department where doctors had to remove a butter knife from her esophagus. The woman claimed that she had swallowed the knife by accident when dining with friends.

Long waiting times for heart bypass surgery linked to higher death risk

August 9, 2012

VANCOUVER, Canada: In the Canadian health-care system, patients with longer than recommended waitlist times for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery are at increased risk of dying in hospital, researchers have found. According to their study, the risk of death is one-third lower for patients with short delays in undergoing CABG surgery, compared with those with excessive delays.

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Stem cell therapy holds potential for craniofacial reconstruction

August 3, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA: In a pioneering study, researchers have discovered that using stem cell therapy to regenerate craniofacial bone tissue proved to be quicker, more effective and less invasive than traditional regeneration therapies. They believe that transplantation of stem cells could offer new treatment options for complex oral and facial deformities resulting from trauma, disease or birth defects.

Colonoscopy still beneficial for elderly patients

August 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Calif., USA: Colonoscopies have helped doctors detect a high rate of curable cancers in elderly people over the age of 76, a recent study has found. Its results may be significant for the recommendation on screening for colorectal cancer by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which has expressed doubts about the procedure.

Blood transfusion practices vary widely during surgery

July 27, 2012

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: Blood transfusion has wide variation in frequency by surgical procedure and physician, as well as wide variation in the hemoglobin trigger used to help decide whether to transfuse, researchers have found. Their study also found that a significant number of transfusion decisions are made without laboratory hemoglobin measurements.

Indo-American Chamber of Commerce honours Baxter

July 19, 2012

GURGAON, India: Baxter India, a subsidiary of global health-care provider Baxter International, has been recognised as the best US company operating in India by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the eighth Indo-American Corporate Excellence Awards ceremony in Mumbai.

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Dental, facial reconstructive surgeons perform most extensive full-face transplant

July 14, 2012

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: Surgeons at the University of Maryland in Baltimore have reported the transplantation of an entire face onto a 37-year-old man. Along with facial tissue, they also transplanted a tongue, teeth, and upper and lower jaw successfully. The procedure is considered to be the world's most extensive full-face transplant.

Aspirin reduces risk of postoperative kidney failure

July 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: Aspirin taken for five days before a heart operation can halve the number of patients who develop postoperative acute kidney failure, researchers from Thomas Jefferson University have found. The results were presented at the European Society of Anaesthesiology congress held recently in Paris.

Fifteen percent of US youngsters would consider plastic surgery

July 5, 2012

NEW YORK, N.J., USA: More than 88 percent of U.S. girls and 73 percent of U.S. boys aged 15 to 25 would change something about their body if possible, global research by market researcher InSites Consulting has found. However, only 15 percent of American youngsters would consider plastic surgery.

US market for surgical navigation systems to grow moderately

July 2, 2012

TORONTO, Canada: The mature U.S. surgical navigation market will grow moderately to a value of nearly U.S.$195 million by 2016, the Millennium Research Group has announced. According to the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, the market will see much of its growth coming from expansion into outpatient settings and from surgical navigation manufacturers partnering with imaging manufacturers.

Researchers find a way to enhance nonsurgical breast augmentation

July 2, 2012

MIAMI, Fla., USA: Preoperative expansion of the breast followed by injection of the patient's own fat provides a safe and effective alternative to implant surgery for breast augmentation, researchers from Florida have found. The technique, which entails using a special suction pump bra device for a few weeks before surgery to pre-expand the breasts, provides greater augmentation than fat transfer alone.

Surgeons perform first in utero removal of oral tumor

June 27, 2012

 MIAMI, Fla., USA: For the first time in the history of fetal medicine, doctors have successfully removed a large oral tumor from the mouth of a four-month-old fetus in a pioneering in utero surgery. Last week, media representatives were invited to meet the child, who is now 20 months old, at a press conference.

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