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3-D printing helps resolve nearly fatal brain aneurysm Dec 8, 2015 | News Americas

3-D printing helps resolve nearly fatal brain aneurysm

MINNEAPOLIS, USA/REHOVOT, Israel: Stratasys, a 3-D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, recently announced a major advance in surgical preplanning made possible with cutting-edge 3-D-printed anatomical models. Teaming up with Stratasys, the Jacobs Institute in Buffalo in New York has developed a new approach to repairing a complex brain aneurysm. The use of a lifelike 3-D-printed replica significantly reduced risks associated with this intricate surgery and corrected a near-fatal ...

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New microscopy technology may help neurosurgeons save more lives Nov 23, 2015 | News Americas

New microscopy technology may help neurosurgeons save more lives

TUCSON, Ariz., USA: Researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) have invented a device that, for the first time, allows neurosurgeons, who use microscopes extensively while operating, to see blood flowing inside vessels and more clearly distinguish cancerous from healthy tissue under the microscope. This augmented microscopy technology will help surgeons operate with more precision without having to learn new technical skills or adapt to changes in the operating room.

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Novel method to treat aortic aneurysms uses modern imaging technologies Oct 29, 2015 | News Americas

Novel method to treat aortic aneurysms uses modern imaging technologies

MONTREAL, Canada: Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre and the university's Department of Radiology, Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine have developed a novel treatment approach for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. The researchers’ new method, using 3-D models and virtual reality simulations, addresses the issue of problematic visualization of the area needing treatment.

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US surgeons successfully separate 11-month-old conjoined twins Sep 14, 2015 | News Americas

US surgeons successfully separate 11-month-old conjoined twins

COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA: A team of surgeons at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus has successfully separated conjoined twins in a complex surgery that involved more than 30 specialists from different disciplines. The 11-month-old twin girls Acen and Apio Akello from Uganda, who were born conjoined at the hip and spine, are recovering well after the separation surgery on Sept. 3.

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New technology improves jaw and teeth alignment in face transplant patients Aug 7, 2015 | News Americas

New technology improves jaw and teeth alignment in face transplant patients

BALTIMORE, USA: A team of physicians and engineers at Johns Hopkins University and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and during facial transplant surgery. The new technology aims to improve face-jaw-teeth alignment between donor and recipient.

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US surgeons perform first multi-organ transplant including skull and scalp Jul 10, 2015 | News Americas

US surgeons perform first multi-organ transplant including skull and scalp

HOUSTON, USA: Multi-organ transplants are very complex procedures that are still quite rare in daily clinical practice. Surgical teams from Houston Methodist Hospital and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have successfully transplanted a scalp and skull for the first time worldwide, while at the same time performing kidney and pancreas transplants.

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Variety of human factors contribute to surgical never events Jun 15, 2015 | News Americas

Variety of human factors contribute to surgical never events

ROCHESTER, Minn., USA: Major surgical errors are called "never events" because they should not happen, but do. Mayo Clinic researchers have identified 69 such never events among 1.5 million invasive procedures performed over five years and detailed the reasons for the occurrence of each. They discovered that 628 human factors contributed to the errors overall, roughly four to nine per event.

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Massive weight loss fuels surge in plastic surgery Jun 4, 2015 | News Americas

Massive weight loss fuels surge in plastic surgery

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., USA: An increase in the number of weight loss surgeries in the U.S. is beginning to have a ripple effect on plastic surgery, according to new data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Procedures specifically associated with massive weight loss, including tummy tucks, thigh lifts, breast lifts and upper arm lifts, grew at their fastest rate in four years in 2014, according to the report. This follows a similar increase in the growth of weight loss surgeries. ...

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Study finds racial disparities in health care provision for young trauma patients Apr 24, 2015 | News Americas

Study finds racial disparities in health care provision for young trauma patients

BOSTON, USA: The dependent care provision of the Affordable Care Act has allowed millions of young adults to retain health care coverage through their parents' insurance plans until age 26, but racial disparities in coverage persist for young African-Americans and Hispanics requiring trauma care, a recent study has found.

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New tracer helps avoid neck dissection in head and neck cancer patients Feb 27, 2015 | News Americas

New tracer helps avoid neck dissection in head and neck cancer patients

HOUSTON/COLUMBUS, Ohio/MIAMI, USA: A team of researchers has been able to accurately identify the sentinel node—the first lymph node to which a cancer spreads—in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) using a novel radiotracer. This finding represents a significant step forward in reducing the complications caused by neck dissection in patients with head and neck tumors.

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Patients actively warmed during surgery still experience hypothermia Jan 28, 2015 | News Americas

Patients actively warmed during surgery still experience hypothermia

CLEVELAND, USA: Body temperature decreases during the first hour of surgery even when patients are actively warmed with forced air, a new study has reported. Furthermore, patients who experience the most hypothermia are more likely to require blood transfusions.

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FDA recommends against use of certain bone graft substitutes in under 18-year-olds Jan 26, 2015 | News Americas

FDA recommends against use of certain bone graft substitutes in under 18-year-olds

SILVER SPRING, Md., USA: On 21 January, the Food and Drug Administration updated its recommendations for the use of bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides in patients under the age of 18. Reports of serious injuries have raised the FDA’s concerns. It thus advises against routine use of such products in this population.

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