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New surface coating for medical devices prevents blood from clotting

New surface coating for medical devices prevents blood from clotting

From joint replacements to cardiac implants and dialysis machines, medical devices enhance or save lives on a daily basis. However, any device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges that can threaten the life of the patient the device is meant to help: blood clotting and bacterial infection. [More]
Aesthetic procedures following bariatric surgeries may help improve long-term results

Aesthetic procedures following bariatric surgeries may help improve long-term results

Patients who have plastic surgery to reshape their bodies after bariatric procedures are able to maintain "significantly greater" weight loss than those who do not have surgery, according to a new study by Henry Ford Hospital researchers. [More]

BioHorizons launches MinerOss X for dental implant site development procedures

BioHorizons, an oral reconstructive device company, today announced the launch of MinerOss X, a family of xenograft products for dental implant site development procedures. The MinerOss X family includes cancellous or cortical particulate, a moldable collagen block, and a cancellous particulate pre-loaded into a delivery syringe to assist with optimal placement. [More]
BHVH cardiologists implant investigational cardiac pacemaker the size of multivitamin

BHVH cardiologists implant investigational cardiac pacemaker the size of multivitamin

Cardiologists on the medical staff at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital (BHVH) today implanted an investigational cardiac pacemaker the size of a multivitamin. [More]
Conventional laparoscopy less complicated than robot-assisted surgery for benign gynecologic conditions

Conventional laparoscopy less complicated than robot-assisted surgery for benign gynecologic conditions

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. [More]
U-M implants CoreValve Evolut R System in patients with severe aortic stenosis

U-M implants CoreValve Evolut R System in patients with severe aortic stenosis

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is one of the first hospitals in the country to implant Medtronic's new investigational device during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). [More]
Minimally invasive valve-repair procedures offer hope for patients who have heart-valve problems

Minimally invasive valve-repair procedures offer hope for patients who have heart-valve problems

Annie Henderson, 69, suffers from multiple chronic ailments, including kidney failure and mitral valve insufficiency. The later turned her life into a battle for breath, eliminating almost all activities and even making sleep a struggle. She couldn't sleep for more than 20-minutes at a time without waking in a fit of coughing. Thanks to a leading-edge procedure performed at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Mrs. Henderson is now breathing - and sleeping - easy. [More]
Sightsavers launches biggest ever appeal to raise funds for sight-restoring surgeries

Sightsavers launches biggest ever appeal to raise funds for sight-restoring surgeries

A blind man's sight-restoring operation was broadcast live around the world at 1.30pm (BST) today from a hospital in Malawi. [More]
Arizona resident receives donor heart transplant after living with SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Arizona resident receives donor heart transplant after living with SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Randy Shepherd, an Arizona resident nicknamed the "tin man," has received a donor heart transplant after 15 months of support from the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. [More]
FVI equation predicts blood flow for DIEP reconstruction

FVI equation predicts blood flow for DIEP reconstruction

For women undergoing breast reconstruction using the advanced "DIEP" technique, a simple formula can reliably tell whether there will be sufficient blood flow to nourish the DIEP flap, reports a paper in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
Pitt researchers awarded $1.25 million DOD grant to establish whole-eye transplantation program

Pitt researchers awarded $1.25 million DOD grant to establish whole-eye transplantation program

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers have been awarded $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to fund two projects that aim to establish the groundwork for the nation's first whole-eye transplantation program. [More]
New study finds geographic variation in use of laparoscopic colectomy for colon cancer patients

New study finds geographic variation in use of laparoscopic colectomy for colon cancer patients

Where patients live in the country may determine whether they receive minimally invasive colon cancer surgery. [More]
Zavation releases ZVPlasty Vertebral Augmentation System

Zavation releases ZVPlasty Vertebral Augmentation System

Zavation, LLC., today announced the launch of the ZVPlasty Vertebral Augmentation System. [More]
Laser, needle acupuncture do not benefit patients with moderate to severe chronic knee pain

Laser, needle acupuncture do not benefit patients with moderate to severe chronic knee pain

Among patients older than 50 years with moderate to severe chronic knee pain, neither laser nor needle acupuncture provided greater benefit on pain or function compared to sham laser acupuncture, according to a study in the October 1 issue of JAMA. [More]
Retrospective study finds overuse of colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening, surveillance

Retrospective study finds overuse of colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening, surveillance

A retrospective study led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), has found an overuse of colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening and surveillance. [More]
Women who accept their imperfections may experience more positive body image

Women who accept their imperfections may experience more positive body image

Women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index (BMI) and are better able to handle personal disappointments and setbacks in their daily lives. [More]
Fecal microbiota transplantation officially recommended for effective treatment of C. difficile infection

Fecal microbiota transplantation officially recommended for effective treatment of C. difficile infection

The transplantation of faecal microbiota from a healthy donor has been shown in recent clinical studies to be a safe and highly effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection and is now recommended in European treatment guidelines. [More]
SARMS tool assesses development of robotic microsurgery skills

SARMS tool assesses development of robotic microsurgery skills

A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
Yale researchers find that not all obese people feel better after bariatric surgery

Yale researchers find that not all obese people feel better after bariatric surgery

Most severely obese people experience much better spirits once they shed weight through a diet, lifestyle changes or medical intervention. This is unfortunately not true for everyone, says Valentina Ivezaj and Carlos Grilo of the Yale University School of Medicine in the US. In an article in Springer's journal Obesity Surgery, the researchers advise that the levels of depression in patients be measured six to 12 months after they have had such bariatric surgery. [More]
Gastric bypass surgery provides better results than gastric banding

Gastric bypass surgery provides better results than gastric banding

Gastric bypass surgery has better outcomes than gastric banding for long-term weight loss, controlling type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol levels, according to a new review by UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeons of nearly 30 long-term studies comparing the two types of bariatric procedures. [More]