Heart surgery may seem like a standard procedure in this modern age, however, there is always a danger that the patient’s blood may coagulate or clot too quickly, both of … Continue Reading Light beam replaces blood tests during human heart surgery.
Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease, with a death rate close to the incidence rate. Because more than 90% of pancreatic cancer cases are diagnosed at the metastatic stage, when … Continue Reading Early indicators of pancreatic cancer identified in precision medicine study.
Chronic total occlusion, the complete blockage of the coronary artery, represents a major challenge for cardiologists globally. The situation is driven by the unpredictable surgical success rates related to the … Continue Reading World’s first as virtual reality used to guide human coronary procedure.
Intracardiac septal defects are the most common congenital defects in the young. The gold standard treatment is suture-based surgical closure, requiring cardiopulmonary bypass, which can increase the risk of pump-related … Continue Reading Catheter can fix holes in the heart without invasive surgery.
Surgeons at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) joined with colleagues from Penn Medicine recently to complete the world’s first bilateral hand transplant on a child. Earlier this month, the … Continue Reading Surgeons perform the world’s first successful bilateral hand transplant on a child.
Needlescopic surgery, which uses surgical instruments shrunk to the diameter of a sewing needle, is the ultimate form of minimally invasive surgery. The needle-sized incisions it requires are so small … Continue Reading New needle-sized surgical robot given ‘wrists’.
A petite 44-year-old woman has become the first patient in the world to be bridged to a successful heart transplant, that is, to go from needing a transplant to receiving … Continue Reading First patient in the world bridged to a successful heart transplant via a Total Artificial Heart.
Children who received general anesthesia for surgery before age 4 had diminished language comprehension, lower IQ and decreased gray matter density in posterior regions of their brain, according to a … Continue Reading Researchers link surgical anesthesia in young children to adverse effects on IQ, brain structure.
Researchers at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR), University of California and Allergan have used a primordial form of energy produced in mammals to achieve spontaneous tissue regeneration in mice, … Continue Reading Researchers achieve spontaneous tissue regeneration in mice.
Seeking to advance minimally invasive medical treatments, researchers from University of Houston and Harvard Medical School have proposed using millibots, driven by magnetic potential energy from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) … Continue Reading Medical millibots for less-invasive surgeries moving out of proof-of-concept studies.
Revolutionary micronpump is 20 times thinner than a hair, delivers drugs to exact location in the brain.
Many potentially efficient drugs have been created to treat neurological disorders, but they cannot be used in practice. Typically, for a condition such as epilepsy, it is essential to act … Continue Reading Revolutionary micronpump is 20 times thinner than a hair, delivers drugs to exact location in the brain.
A multidisciplinary team of Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, led by Dr. Joan-Pere Barret, head of Plastic Surgery and Burns, have performed the world’s most complex successful face transplant. The team … Continue Reading Spanish hospital performs world’s most complex face transplant to-date.
Researchers at UC Davis have illuminated an important distinction between mice and humans, how human livers heal. The difference centres on a protein called PPARα, which activates liver regeneration. Normally, … Continue Reading Researchers find FGF21 boosts liver regenerative ability.
A team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed the first fully implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a fetus with complete … Continue Reading Researchers develop the first fully-implantable micropacemaker designed for fetal use.
Magnetic nanoparticles can open the blood-brain barrier and deliver molecules directly to the brain, state researchers from the University of Montreal, Polytechnique Montréal and CHU Sainte-Justine. This barrier runs inside almost … Continue Reading Radio-controlled nanobots open the blood-brain barrier just the right amount in murine studies.
New blood test identifies stroke risk following heart surgery with greater accuracy than present methods.
The results of a blood test done immediately after heart surgery can be a meaningful indicator of postoperative stroke risk, a study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center … Continue Reading New blood test identifies stroke risk following heart surgery with greater accuracy than present methods.