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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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Oesophageal cancer: Weekday of surgery affects survival prognosis Dec 2, 2015 | News Europe

Oesophageal cancer: Weekday of surgery affects survival prognosis

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Oesophageal cancer is one of the deadliest cancers worldwide, ranking sixth in mortality among all cancers. A study from Karolinska Institutet has now found a surprising link that may be decisive for long-term survival rates in patients suffering from the disease: the weekday they undergo surgery.

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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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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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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 is more successful in the removal of rectal tumours. According to the researchers, concerns remain about the applicability of minimally invasive surgery to rectal cancer and more research is needed to establish the case for the routine use of laparoscopic surgery in this area.

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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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Study confirms listening to music during surgery reduces pain and anxiety Sep 1, 2015 | News Europe

Study confirms listening to music during surgery reduces pain and anxiety

LONDON, UK: Scientists have proved that listening to music before, during and after surgery significantly reduces patients’ postoperative pain, anxiety and need for postoperative pain relief medication—according to the most comprehensive review of available evidence so far. The systematic review involved nearly 7,000 patients and confirmed for the first time the link between music in the operating theatre and postoperative recovery.

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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 in the Asia Pacific region at Epworth HealthCare in Richmond to deliver a tailored radiosurgery treatment to a patient with metastatic brain cancer.

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Research uses virtual reality technology to train dental surgeons Aug 12, 2015 | News Europe

Research uses virtual reality technology to train dental surgeons

HUDDERSFIELD, UK: A University of Huddersfield researcher is harnessing the latest virtual reality technology to help oral and maxillofacial surgical trainees practise complex dental surgeries. His project aims to provide accurate 3-D visualisations of human anatomy and surgical procedures using Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display.

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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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Man loses memory after root canal surgery Jul 15, 2015 | News Europe

Man loses memory after root canal surgery

LEICESTER, UK: In March 2005, a 38-year-old British soldier stationed in Germany lost his ability to form new memories after undergoing a regular root canal treatment. To this day, he is unable to remember anything for longer than 90 minutes, although his brain is completely intact and he suffered no trauma that could have caused the amnesia, according to his doctors.

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