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Stenting safe and effective for long-term stroke prevention

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Graphic: Depicting the location of a stent in the vessels [14/10/2014] Using stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, reports an international trial led by University College London (UCL) funded by the Medical Research Council and Stroke Association.Stenting safe and effective for long-term stroke prevention - Read more

Robotic surgery: more complications, higher expense for some conditions

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Photo: Surgeon using an endoscope [13/10/2014] For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).Robotic surgery: more complications, higher expense for some conditions - Read more

Prostate cancer: gentle removal with irreversible electroporation

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[08/10/2014] The NanoKnife® therapy practiced at the Prostate Center in Offenbach am Main removes prostate tumors in a gentle manner im comparison to prostatectomy or radiation therapy. In this interview with MEDICA.de, Professor Michael K. Stehling explains the advantages of the focal therapy. Prostate cancer: gentle removal with irreversible electroporation - Read more

Widespread adoption of robot-assisted cancer surgery

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Photo: Endoscopic surgery [27/08/2014] A new study reveals that the US has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive than traditional surgeries, their costs are decreasing over time.Widespread adoption of robot-assisted cancer surgery - Read more

Cutting the liver piece by piece

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Photo: Laparoscopy of the liver [26/08/2014] New surgical methods give hope to patients with cancer that has spread from the intestine to the liver. The disease can be changed from terminal to chronic by cutting the liver piece by piece using keyhole surgery.Cutting the liver piece by piece - Read more

OR technology: developing more flexibility and usability

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[08/07/2014] Gentle, safe, precise, fast – surgical interventions need to meet many demands: laws and regulations concerning safety, the desire for the best possible health outcome, economic requirements of hospitals and ever-changing technology make up today’s framework for surgery. As a consequence, operating theaters and the way they are equipped change, too.OR technology: developing more flexibility and usability - Read more

Relief to glaucoma patients

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Photo: Eye [05/06/2014] Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) have jointly developed a new nanomedicine that will allow glaucoma patients to do away with daily eye drops.Relief to glaucoma patients - Read more

Prototype electrolyte sensor to provide immediate read-outs

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Photo: Ronen Polsky holds a prototype of a microneedle fluidic chip device [04/06/2014] Patients trying to navigate today's complex medical system with its costly laboratory analyses might prefer a pain-free home diagnostic device, worn on the wrist, that can analyze, continuously record and immediately remedy low electrolyte levels. Prototype electrolyte sensor to provide immediate read-outs - Read more

Surgical Navigation System: Navigating Innovation to Success

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[02/09/2013] You take a wrong turn once or twice and now you are lost – who among us has not lost their way yet? A navigation system can be a valuable assistant in such cases. Surgeons can also lose their way in the human body, which can put the health and life of patients at risk. Now a clinical navigation system is supposed to prevent this.Surgical Navigation System: Navigating Innovation to Success - Read more

Vein Treatment: “With the new method we can restore veins, instead of removing them”

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[08/08/2013] Defective venous valves have long been surgically removed. For the patient this has not only been a major intervention, but it has also been associated with significant side effects. An Argentine medical team has now tested a new laser therapy: The internal valvuloplasty enables the restoration of veins’ function instead of removing them.Vein Treatment: “With the new method we can restore veins, instead of removing them” - Read more

Gene Therapy: Virus Restores Sight

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Photo: Gene Therapy [14/06/2013] Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new method to insert genes into eye cells that could greatly expand gene therapy to help restore sight to patients with blinding diseases.Gene Therapy: Virus Restores Sight - Read more

Bone Tumors: Heating Therapy Eases Patients' Pain

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Photo: MRT picture [04/06/2013] Patients with cancer that has spread to their bones are often treated with radiation therapy to reduce pain. But if that treatment does not work, or cannot be used again, a second, effective option now exists. Bone Tumors: Heating Therapy Eases Patients' Pain - Read more

Microgrippers: Tiny Surgical Tools Perform Biopsies

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Photo: Microgripper [24/04/2013] By using swarms of untethered microgrippers Johns Hopkins engineers and physicians may have devised a new way to perform biopsies that could prove more effective to access narrow body conduits as well as find early signs of diseases.Microgrippers: Tiny Surgical Tools Perform Biopsies - Read more

Artery Clogging: Drug-coated Stents Prevent Amputation

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Photo: Stent [15/04/2013] Minimally invasive procedure proves better than surgery when angioplasty fails in patients with severely blocked leg arteries. Drug-eluting stents can keep clogged leg arteries open, preventing amputation of the leg.Artery Clogging: Drug-coated Stents Prevent Amputation - Read more

Bladder Cancer: Telerobotic System Designed to Treat Better

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Photo: Researcher [05/04/2013] Although bladder cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States and the most expensive to treat, the basic method that doctors use to treat it has not changed much in more than 70 years. An interdisciplinary collaboration of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities intends to change that situation dramatically.Bladder Cancer: Telerobotic System Designed to Treat Better - Read more

Surgical Robots: Highly Precise and Gentle

Robots help in the operating room more and more. They make it possible for surgeons to perform highly precise and minimally invasive procedures. In radiology, the CyberKnife system is used to treat tumors. Surgical Robots: Highly Precise and Gentle - Read more

Surgical Robots: Development Sector with a Future

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[13/03/2013] These days, robot-assisted surgery is part of the daily routine in many operating rooms. High precision and gentle surgery speak in favor of robotic surgery. However, high costs not just for the equipment, but also for its maintenance argue against it. Nevertheless, this development sector has a promising future.Surgical Robots: Development Sector with a Future - Read more

Diabetes: Islet Transplant May Slow Atherosclerosis

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Photo: Pancreas [30/01/2013] Minimally invasive islet transplantation for patients with type 1 diabetes achieves insulin independence and reverses the progression of atherosclerosis in the first few years after transplant, according to a current study.Diabetes: Islet Transplant May Slow Atherosclerosis - Read more

Diagnosis: Biopsies May Overlook Esophagus Disease

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[10/09/2012] University of Utah engineers mapped white blood cells called eonsinophils and showed an existing diagnostic method may overlook an elusive digestive disorder that causes swelling in the esophagus and painful swallowing.Diagnosis: Biopsies May Overlook Esophagus Disease - Read more

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Minimally Invasive Surgery Works Well

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[06/09/2012] A minimally invasive procedure known as endovascular repair used for abdominal aortic aneurysms has a low rate of complications, even in high-risk patients such as those with kidney, heart or lung problems, a Mayo Clinic study shows.Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Minimally Invasive Surgery Works Well - Read more

Eyes: Microneedles to Target Therapeutics

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[24/07/2012] Thanks to tiny microneedles, eye doctors may soon have a better way to treat diseases such as macular degeneration that affect tissues in the back of the eye. That could be important as the population ages and develops more eye-related illnesses.Eyes: Microneedles to Target Therapeutics - Read more

Personalized Medicine: ”The term is imprecise and misleading“

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[02/07/2012] Increasing the effectiveness of treatment, improving patient safety and reducing costs – personalized medicine has made these ambitious goals their slogan for some time now. However, all that glitters is not gold.Personalized Medicine: ”The term is imprecise and misleading“ - Read more

Brain: Laser for Minimally Invasive Surgery

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[29/05/2012] Researchers from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) were involved in the development of a table-top solid-state laser system that could cut brain tissue with unprecedented precision.Brain: Laser for Minimally Invasive Surgery - Read more

Prostate Cancer: Fewer Complications with Robot-assisted Surgery

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[24/04/2012] Robot-assisted surgery is now both more common and far more successful than radical "open" surgery to treat prostate cancer in the United States, according to a new Henry Ford Hospital study. The research is the first to compare in a nationwide population sample the results of robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) to the standard surgical procedure, open radical prostatectomy (ORP).Prostate Cancer: Fewer Complications with Robot-assisted Surgery - Read more

Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury: “The lungs are no longer airtight“

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[01/04/2012] Across Germany nationwide there are currently 12,000 patients waiting for an organ transplant, but available donor organs, like lungs for instance are still in short supply. In addition, transport to the patient is tricky: oftentimes organs get damaged. Why is that? Now researchers discovered why.Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury: “The lungs are no longer airtight“ - Read more

Patents in Medical Technology: “You can have an endoscope patented, but not the minimally invasive surgery procedure“

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[01/03/2012] Anesthetics, intracardiac catheters and computer tomography – all of these are milestones in medicine. Some inventors had their discoveries patented, while others are completely denied the possibility.Patents in Medical Technology: “You can have an endoscope patented, but not the minimally invasive surgery procedure“ - Read more

Cancer Diagnosis: PSA Testing Can Reduce Unnecessary Prostate Biopsies

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[12/12/2011] Prostate cancer screening that combines an adjusted blood test with other factors including the size of the gland, the patient’s overall weight and family history, can help up to one-quarter of men avoid biopsies and the risks associated with them, a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre-led research team says.Cancer Diagnosis: PSA Testing Can Reduce Unnecessary Prostate Biopsies - Read more

Surgery Patients: Catching a Breath – Wirelessly

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[22/09/2011] University of Utah engineers who built wireless networks that see through walls now are aiming the technology at a new goal: noninvasively measuring the breathing of surgery patients, adults with sleep apnoea and babies at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).Surgery Patients: Catching a Breath – Wirelessly - Read more

Renal Nerve Ablation: “We hope it will soon be included in the list of covered services by health insurance companies“

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[08/08/2011] Patients, who suffer from hypertension despite undergoing drug therapy, according to a study that was conducted with the participation of the Department of Nephrology and the Institute for Radiology at the University Hospital Düsseldorf, Germany, may benefit from renal nerve ablation, a catheter-based denervation of renal nerves. Renal Nerve Ablation: “We hope it will soon be included in the list of covered services by health insurance companies“ - Read more

Robot-assistance: “The procedure is minimally traumatic“

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[22/07/2011] The da Vinci Surgical System revolutionizes the job in the operating room. For several months, surgeons at the RWTH Aachen University have worked with the da Vinci Surgical System. Here, the surgeon no longer stands alongside the patient, but instead works at a console from which he operates the surgical instruments inside the patient. Robot-assistance: “The procedure is minimally traumatic“ - Read more

Athletes: Hip Surgery May Fully Restore Function

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[20/07/2010] Hip problems can sideline even the best athletes, but a new study led by orthopaedic experts from Rush University Medical Center indicates that the use of minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to treat painful disorders of the hip may give athletes another opportunity to resume their sport back at their pre-injury level of competition.Athletes: Hip Surgery May Fully Restore Function - Read more

Surgeons: Injuries from Minimally Invasive Techniques

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[05/02/2010] Surgeons who engage in minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery are providing great benefits to their patients, but possibly to their own detriment, found a new survey.Surgeons: Injuries from Minimally Invasive Techniques - Read more

Robotic Hand: Surgery on Beating Heart

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[15/12/2009] A French team has developed a computerised 3D model that allows surgeons to use robotics to operate on a beating heart.Robotic Hand: Surgery on Beating Heart - Read more

Cardiology: Radiological Treatment Is Cheaper

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[08/10/2009] Researchers have discovered that a minimally invasive procedure called CT-guided tube pericardiostomy is just as effective as the conventional invasive surgical drainage technique — requiring no recovery time, fewer resources, and provides an 89 percent cost savings. Cardiology: Radiological Treatment Is Cheaper - Read more

Imaging: MRI Accurately Depicts Deep Endometriosis

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[16/07/2009] Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiologists may be able to diagnose deep endometriosis and accurately locate lesions prior to surgery. Imaging: MRI Accurately Depicts Deep Endometriosis - Read more

Neurology: Noninvasive Brain Tumor Treatment Is Possible

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[26/06/2009] Duke University engineers have taken a first step toward a minimally invasive treatment of brain tumors by combining chemotherapy with heat administered from the end of a catheter. Neurology: Noninvasive Brain Tumor Treatment Is Possible - Read more

 
 

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