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Frequent dental scaling might reduce infection risk after knee replacement

August 5, 2016

TAINAN, Taiwan: Oral bacteria that enter and spread through the bloodstream have been found to cause about 10 per cent of peri-prosthetic joint infections after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Therefore, TKA patients are often advised to pay special attention to their oral health. A team of Asian researchers has now found that frequent dental scaling might reduce the risk of infection after TKA.

Australian surgeons repair man’s face after terrible chainsaw accident

June 8, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia: In early May, Bill Singleton, a 68-year-old-man from Ballarat in Australia, lost control of his chainsaw while chopping wood and cut through the lower half of his face, including his jaw. Although seriously injured, he was able to wrap a towel around his face, crawl to his car and drive 25 km to the nearest hospital. From there, Singleton was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where doctors stabilised him and performed reconstructive surgery on his face. The operation went well and Singleton has left the hospital already.

Hong Kong: New website helps people choose best hospital for their needs

May 27, 2016

HONG KONG: A new rating platform, HospitalAdvisor, aims to help people living in Hong Kong to make informed decisions about which hospital is right for them. The Chinese and English website, which was launched earlier this month by the Zubin Foundation, covers all 41 public and 11 private hospitals in the region and gathers information and evaluations on the quality of care in each facility.

Researchers develop handheld surgical pen that prints human stem cells

April 18, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia: 3-D bioprinters that can be used to print cells layer by layer to build up artificial tissue for implantation are currently revolutionising tissue engineering. In a landmark proof of concept experiment, Australian researchers have used a handheld 3-D printing pen to draw human stem cells in freeform patterns with extremely high survival rates. The BioPen is designed to allow surgeons to sculpt customised cartilage implants during surgery.

New device to get people with paralysis back on their feet

February 15, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia: Melbourne medical researchers have created a new minimally invasive brain–machine interface, giving people with spinal cord injuries new hope of walking again with the power of thought. The new device is the size of a small paper clip and will be implanted in the first human trial at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2017.

Chinese medical device market to burgeon beyond US$50 billion by 2020

February 10, 2016

LONDON, UK: The Chinese medical device market is set to rise from US$27.7 billion in 2014 to an estimated US$50.8 billion by 2020, expanding at a strong compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6 per cent, international research and consulting firm GlobalData has reported. According to the company, this substantial increase will be driven by various factors, including the increasing prevalence of metabolic syndrome and chronic diseases, an ageing population, as well as government investment.

Australian researchers to start trials of fully implantable bionic eye

February 5, 2016

SYDNEY, Australia: A team of researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney has developed the first fully implantable bionic eye, Phoenix99, which is expected to restore vision far more effectively than do current vision restoration devices. After successfully testing the technology in preclinical work and receiving substantial funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the scientists are now ready to begin trials in human implantation.

Aussie scientists develop new coating to improve implants

November 27, 2015

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.

Less-invasive surgery may not be best option for rectal cancer

October 8, 2015

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.

First Australian patient treated with new radiosurgery software

August 14, 2015

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.

Melbourne surgeons implant Australia’s first 3-D-printed mandibular joint

June 23, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia: In collaboration with medical engineers, oral and maxillofacial surgeons at the University of Melbourne have recently implanted a temporomandibular joint prosthesis in a young man suffering from a rare congenital jaw deformity. This is the first time a custom-made mandibular joint replacement using 3-D printing technology has been performed in Australia.

Trend of minimal invasive surgery boosts growth of Chinese stent grafts market

June 3, 2015

LONDON, UK: TechNavio, an independent tech-focused global research firm, has recently published its market research report on the stent grafts market in China, from 2015 to 2019. According to the report, the increased use of stent grafts for aortic dissections is boosting growth in the market, which is expected to post a compound annual growth rate of 10.55 per cent during the forecast period.

Living liver donors ambivalent about donation

October 6, 2014

GUISHAN TOWNSHIP, Taiwan: Living donors are important for increasing the number of viable grafts for liver transplantation. The latest research has found that ambivalence is common among donor candidates. However, providing social support may help minimise donors’ concerns regarding donation.

Indian teenager has over 200 teeth extracted

July 24, 2014

MUMBAI, India: As reported online by various Indian newspapers, ear, nose and throat surgeons at a hospital in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy. Surgery revealed that an abnormal growth affecting the right mandibular second molar had led to the development of numerous tiny teeth. To the knowledge of the doctors, there has been no comparable case in the world to date.

Rise in surgical exports from Pakistan

April 17, 2014

KARACHI, Pakistan: Exports of surgical and dental instruments from Pakistan have almost quadrupled in the last three years. Latest figures released by the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry indicate that manufacturers sold US$867.6 million worth of instruments worldwide in 2012–2013, a significant increase compared with the US$250 million generated in 2008–2009, a representative of the Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (SIMAP) recently told Dental Tribune Pakistan.

Ziehm Imaging awarded for innovation and leadership

March 6, 2014

HONG KONG: German C-arm manufacturer Ziehm Imaging has been honoured in the category Best Company for Innovation & Leadership in Medical Technology, Global, at this year’s IAIR (International Alternative Investment Review) AWARDS in Asia. More than 500 attendees were present at the award dinner held at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers last Friday.

“Icy” technique improves robotic kidney transplants

February 6, 2014

GURGAON, India/DETROIT, USA: As part of a study, surgeons at Medanta hospital in India and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation.

Visual impairment: People undergoing cataract surgery could live longer

September 12, 2013

SYDNEY, Australia: People with cataract-related vision loss who have had cataract surgery to improve their sight may live longer than those with visual impairment who chose not to undergo the procedure. In a cohort study, Australian researchers compared two groups and found a 40 per cent lower long-term mortality risk in those who had had the surgery.

Cheap treatments: Surgeon revolutionises Indian health-care business

April 23, 2013

BANGALORE, India: A health-care business idea from India is currently attracting attention. Cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Prasad Shetty came up with the idea of a low-cost hospital chain that offers surgery at a low price or even free. The patients save money for their treatment but therefore relinquish certain services such as post-operative care offered solely by nurses and air conditioning.

New hydrogel to fight superbugs and drug-resistant biofilms

February 6, 2013

SINGAPORE/SAN JOSE, Calif., USA: Owing to the extensive use of antibiotics, antimicrobial drug resistance is a major health-care concern. Now, bioengineers have created a new hydrogel that proved to be effective in destroying various kinds of bacteria and fungi in initial tests. They believe that it could be used in medical device coatings and dental fillings in the future.

Soothing sounds reduce patient anxiety during cataract surgery

November 20, 2012

CHIANG MAI, Thailand: The use of an audio therapy known as “binaural beats” can significantly reduce patients’ anxiety during cataract surgery, new study results suggest. The researchers from Thailand focused on cataract surgery because it is usually performed under local anaesthesia. The study was the first of its kind in cataract surgery, which is one of the most common procedures worldwide.

New procedure restores voice in throat cancer patients

October 17, 2012

SINGAPORE: Singaporean scientists have designed a new system to help patients who have undergone larynx removal to speak again in a single surgery. In comparison with existing methods, their invention not only reduces the number of surgical steps but also increases accuracy of placement of a voice prosthesis and allows for immediate voicing.

Surgeon shortage causes massive treatment delays

October 1, 2012

THIMPHU, Bhutan: The country Bhutan is short of doctors, especially surgeons. As the number of back-log cases increases, this shortage is becoming a major problem. While there is currently no solution to the issue, medical practitioners have come up with ideas to improve the situation.

Boy recovers eye sight after surgeon reshapes face

September 26, 2012

CHENNAI, India: A craniofacial surgeon has recently performed a complex procedure on a nine-year-old in order to correct a rare orofacial cleft, which left the boy unable to see clearly owing to the wide separation of his eyes. In addition to improving the boy’s binocular vision drastically, the surgeon was able to reshape his nose and to bring his extremely wide-set eyes together into a more normal position.

China to cut prices of certain medication

September 19, 2012

HONG KONG, China: Drugs related to cancer, immunology and blood diseases are soon to be cheaper in China. The country’s National Development and Reform Commission has announced that price reductions will take effect on 8 October. This action is part of the government’s attempt to make health care more accessible and affordable.

Covidien opens technology facility in China

September 3, 2012

SHANGHAI, China: Covidien, global provider of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, has opened its China Technology Center (CTC) in Shanghai. The new R & D facility is hoped to spur medical innovation in China and emerging markets. The center will create jobs for about 300 people.

Teeth found in woman’s eye tumour

August 8, 2012

CHENNAI, India: Surgeons from the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Government Ophthalmic Hospital in Chennai have reported finding two molars in a recently surgically removed orbital teratoma. This is the first time in medical history that fully developed teeth have been found in such an eye tumour.

Surgical trade between Pakistan and Malaysia increased by agreement

August 2, 2012

SIALKOT, Pakistan & KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: New sources have reported that dental and surgical instruments provider Care & Cure Surgico from Sialkot in northern Pakistan has recently closed a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with AM Medicare, a supplier of medical and dental products from Kuala Lumpur. Under the agreement, the Malaysian company will market and distribute Care & Cure’s instruments under the new name AM Surgical in the South-East Asian country for the next two years, the reports said.

Indo-American Chamber of Commerce honours Baxter

July 19, 2012

GURGAON, India: Baxter India, a subsidiary of global health-care provider Baxter International, has been recognised as the best US company operating in India by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the eighth Indo-American Corporate Excellence Awards ceremony in Mumbai.

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