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Aussie scientists develop new coating to improve implants Nov 27, 2015 | News Asia Pacific

Aussie scientists develop new coating to improve implants

MELBOURNE, Australia: Prebiotic compounds, whose origin can be traced back billions of years, have been studied intensively since their discovery several years ago. Now, a team of researchers in Australia has found that these prehistoric molecules can be used to modify surfaces of medical implants, reducing the risk of infection and rejection.

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Less-invasive surgery may not be best option for rectal cancer Oct 8, 2015 | News Asia Pacific

Less-invasive surgery may not be best option for rectal cancer

SYDNEY, Australia: A new study by Australian researchers has compared open surgery and laparoscope-assisted keyhole surgery in order to assess which procedure ...

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First Australian patient treated with new radiosurgery software Aug 14, 2015 | News Asia Pacific

First Australian patient treated with new radiosurgery software

MELBOURNE, Australia: New software by medical manufacturer Brainlab, called Automatic Brain Metastases Planning, has been used for the first time ...

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Melbourne surgeons implant Australia’s first 3-D-printed mandibular joint Jun 23, 2015 | News Asia Pacific

Melbourne surgeons implant Australia’s first 3-D-printed mandibular joint

MELBOURNE, Australia: In collaboration with medical engineers, oral and maxillofacial surgeons at the University of Melbourne have recently implanted a ...

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Living liver donors ambivalent about donation Oct 6, 2014 | News Asia Pacific

Living liver donors ambivalent about donation

GUISHAN TOWNSHIP, Taiwan: Living donors are important for increasing the number of viable grafts for liver transplantation. The latest research has found that ambivalence is common among donor candidates. However, providing social support may help minimise donors’ concerns regarding donation.

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Indian teenager has over 200 teeth extracted Jul 24, 2014 | News Asia Pacific

Indian teenager has over 200 teeth extracted

MUMBAI, India: As reported online by various Indian newspapers, ear, nose and throat surgeons at a hospital in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy. Surgery revealed that an abnormal growth affecting the right mandibular second molar had led to the development of numerous tiny teeth. To the knowledge of the doctors, there has been no comparable case in the world to date.

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Rise in surgical exports from Pakistan Apr 17, 2014 | News Asia Pacific

Rise in surgical exports from Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan: Exports of surgical and dental instruments from Pakistan have almost quadrupled in the last three years. Latest figures released by the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry indicate that manufacturers sold US$867.6 million worth of instruments worldwide in 2012–2013, a significant increase compared with the US$250 million generated in 2008–2009, a representative of the Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (SIMAP) recently told Dental Tribune ...

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“Icy” technique improves robotic kidney transplants Feb 6, 2014 | News Asia Pacific

“Icy” technique improves robotic kidney transplants

GURGAON, India/DETROIT, USA: As part of a study, surgeons at Medanta hospital in India and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation.

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Visual impairment: People undergoing cataract surgery could live longer Sep 12, 2013 | News Asia Pacific

Visual impairment: People undergoing cataract surgery could live longer

SYDNEY, Australia: People with cataract-related vision loss who have had cataract surgery to improve their sight may live longer than those with visual impairment who chose not to undergo the procedure. In a cohort study, Australian researchers compared two groups and found a 40 per cent lower long-term mortality risk in those who had had the surgery.

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Cheap treatments: Surgeon revolutionises Indian health-care business Apr 23, 2013 | News Asia Pacific

Cheap treatments: Surgeon revolutionises Indian health-care business

BANGALORE, India: A health-care business idea from India is currently attracting attention. Cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Prasad Shetty came up with the idea of a low-cost hospital chain that offers surgery at a low price or even free. The patients save money for their treatment but therefore relinquish certain services such as post-operative care offered solely by nurses and air conditioning.

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New hydrogel to fight superbugs and drug-resistant biofilms Feb 6, 2013 | News Asia Pacific

New hydrogel to fight superbugs and drug-resistant biofilms

SINGAPORE/SAN JOSE, Calif., USA: Owing to the extensive use of antibiotics, antimicrobial drug resistance is a major health-care concern. Now, bioengineers ...

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Soothing sounds reduce patient anxiety during cataract surgery Nov 20, 2012 | News Asia Pacific

Soothing sounds reduce patient anxiety during cataract surgery

CHIANG MAI, Thailand: The use of an audio therapy known as “binaural beats” can significantly reduce patients’ anxiety during cataract ...

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