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Air evacuations may pose significant added risk to patients with traumatic brain injury

Air evacuations may pose significant added risk to patients with traumatic brain injury

Over the past 15 years, more than 330,000 U.S. soldiers have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is one of the leading causes of death and disability connected to the country's recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of these patients were evacuated by air from these countries to Europe and the U.S. for further treatment. In general, these patients were flown quickly to hospitals outside the battle zone, where more extensive treatment was available. [More]
Olympus introduces EZDilate balloon dilator for improved control in endoscopic balloon dilation procedures

Olympus introduces EZDilate balloon dilator for improved control in endoscopic balloon dilation procedures

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today its new 510(k) cleared EZDilate multi-stage endoscopic balloon dilator for improved precision and control in endoscopic balloon dilation procedures. [More]
MedUni Vienna researchers discover genetic cause of a rare disease

MedUni Vienna researchers discover genetic cause of a rare disease

Researchers at MedUni Vienna have discovered the genetic cause of a rare disease characterized by life-threatening "liver crises" in early childhood and subsequent manifestation of neurological symptoms, such as neuropathy and ataxia (a movement disorder), when they reach school age. [More]
Study shows mindfulness meditation reduces pain more effectively than placebo

Study shows mindfulness meditation reduces pain more effectively than placebo

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found new evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces pain more effectively than placebo. [More]
Better visualization in complex reconstructive surgery with ZEISS Opmi Pentero 800 surgical microscope

Better visualization in complex reconstructive surgery with ZEISS Opmi Pentero 800 surgical microscope

The capabilities of the OPMI® PENTERO® 800 surgical microscopes from ZEISS for reconstructive surgery have been enhanced by the introduction of the INFRARED 800 module. [More]
Harnessing the brain's immune system to combat Alzheimer's disease

Harnessing the brain's immune system to combat Alzheimer's disease

A new study appearing in the Journal of Neuroinflammation suggests that the brain's immune system could potentially be harnessed to help clear the amyloid plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. [More]
ZEISS adds INFRARED 800 to OPMI PENTERO 800 for reconstructive surgery

ZEISS adds INFRARED 800 to OPMI PENTERO 800 for reconstructive surgery

ZEISS is now adding INFRARED 800 to its OPMI PENTERO 800 surgical microscope for reconstructive surgery. The new enhancements are tailored to the requirements of breast reconstruction, lymph supermicrosurgery, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Clinical specialists can benefit from the optimized package of ZEISS OPMI PENTERO 800 which provides intraoperative assessment of blood flow, higher magnification and effortless maneuverability required for complex reconstructive surgery. [More]
Researchers discover two new structures in cornea of human eye

Researchers discover two new structures in cornea of human eye

"It's not everyday that one newly discovers parts of the human body," says Roy S. Chuck, MD, PhD, Chairman Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. [More]

Dedicated laparoscopic tool can reduce risk in gallbladder procedure

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive procedure for gallbladder removal, and one of the most common surgical procedures worldwide. [More]

Researchers set out to develop new imaging method to reduce risks linked with gallbladder removal surgery

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive procedure for gallbladder removal, and one of the most common surgical procedures worldwide. While the procedure has a very high success rate, 1 in 200 patients will sustain serious bile duct injury, primarily due to misidentification of the biliary anatomy. With 800,000 procedures carried out in the United States each year, that means in the U.S. alone 4,000 patients will be seriously injured. [More]
Revolutionary prostate biopsy approach more accurate at diagnosing prostate cancer

Revolutionary prostate biopsy approach more accurate at diagnosing prostate cancer

A revolutionary prostate biopsy approach uses fewer needles and is more accurate for diagnosing prostate cancer. It is done during a real time MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan that clearly shows suspicious sites. When done by an expert radiologist using a highly powerful magnet, only a minimum number of needles are used to sample suspicious abnormalities. [More]
Novel modular partial wrist implant may provide relief for patients with painful wrist arthritis

Novel modular partial wrist implant may provide relief for patients with painful wrist arthritis

Studies are underway to determine if a new modular partial wrist replacement will allow for better movement and last longer than traditional implants for people seeking relief from painful wrist arthritis. Although current options such as total wrist replacement and wrist fusion can alleviate pain, patients are often limited in performing certain activities after surgery. [More]

Virtual training tool may help doctors to develop their communication skills

UNIVERSITY of Huddersfield researcher Yeshwanth Pulijala is dedicated to bringing about big improvements in medical training by harnessing the power of virtual reality and 3D technology. Now, he is part of a team that has developed the prototype for an innovative tool that will enable doctors to develop their communication skills - including the breaking of bad news - by conducting a simulated interview with a virtual patient. [More]
ViewRay obtains Korean regulatory approval for MRI-guided radiation therapy system

ViewRay obtains Korean regulatory approval for MRI-guided radiation therapy system

ViewRay, Inc. announced today that the company has received regulatory approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) – formerly known as the Korean Food and Drug Administration – to sell its ViewRay system in Korea. On October 13, 2015, the first patient treatments commenced less than four weeks after the system completed installation at Seoul National University Hospital, a leading healthcare facility in Korea. [More]
Bolton Medical reports first commercial implant of TREO Abdominal Stent-Graft System

Bolton Medical reports first commercial implant of TREO Abdominal Stent-Graft System

Bolton Medical, a subsidiary of the WerfenLife Company, announced the first commercial implant of the TREO Abdominal Stent-Graft System by Professor Giovanni Torsello, MD, Director of the Center for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at St. Franciscus Hospital Muenster in Munster, Germany. [More]
Two-Level IDE approval granted to Simplify Medical’s cervical artificial disc

Two-Level IDE approval granted to Simplify Medical’s cervical artificial disc

Simplify Medical, Inc. is pioneering disc arthroplasty with the non-metal, MRI compatible Simplify™ Disc, a cervical artificial disc. [More]
Researchers report weak association between brain size and IQ

Researchers report weak association between brain size and IQ

As early as 1836, the German physiologist and anatomist Friedrich Tiedemann, in an article in the Philosophical Transactions, expressed his opinion that "there is undoubtedly a connection between the absolute size of the brain and the intellectual powers and functions of the mind". With the advent of brain imaging methods (e.g., MRI, PET), reliable assessments of in-vivo brain volume and investigations of its association with IQ are now possible. [More]
Intuitive Surgical and Trumpf Medical team up to address hospitals’ need for operating room integration

Intuitive Surgical and Trumpf Medical team up to address hospitals’ need for operating room integration

Intuitive Surgical and Trumpf Medical are now offering Integrated Table Motion for the da Vinci® Xi® Surgical System in Europe. This first-of-its-kind product includes the latest Intuitive Surgical robotic-assisted surgical system and Trumpf Medical’s advanced operating table, the TruSystem® 7000dV. The surgical system and table have been seamlessly integrated to allow surgeons and anesthesiologists – for the first time – to make a comprehensive range of table adjustments easily and efficiently during da Vinci Surgery. [More]
Researchers match certain schizophrenia symptoms to features of the brain's anatomy

Researchers match certain schizophrenia symptoms to features of the brain's anatomy

Using advanced brain imaging, researchers have matched certain behavioral symptoms of schizophrenia to features of the brain's anatomy. The findings, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, could be a step toward improving diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia. [More]
UW researchers use noninvasive light-based imaging technology to see inside the living brain

UW researchers use noninvasive light-based imaging technology to see inside the living brain

Researchers at the University of Washington have used a noninvasive light-based imaging technology to literally see inside the living brain, providing a new tool to study how diseases like dementia, Alzheimer's, and brain tumors change brain tissue over time. [More]
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