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Over third of heart surgery devices infected with bacteria

More than one third of the devices that are used in open-heart surgeries may be contaminated with a life-threatening bacteria, putting patients at the risk of deadly infections, a new US study warns. Researchers from the Special Pathogens Laboratory in the US found that 33 out of 89 heater-cooler units (HCU) about 37 per cent tested positive for Mycobacterium chimaera ... Read More »

Early hip fracture surgery will save hundreds of lives

Hundreds of lives could be saved if patients with hip fractures were operated on in under 24 hours, a new study reveals. Researchers in Bristol found 8% more patients died after 30 days if they were operated on between 24 and 36 hours after admission to hospital. The delay is thought to have caused 670 excess deaths in four years. ... Read More »

Antibiotics could replace surgery as appendicitis treatment

Antibiotics could replace surgery as appendicitis treatment Antibiotics may be an effective treatment for acute non-complicated appendicitis in children, instead of surgery, a study says. The condition, which causes the appendix – a small organ attached to the large intestine – to become inflamed due to a blockage or infection, affects mainly children and teenagers. Appendicitis is currently treated through ... Read More »

This new tool may improve breast cancer surgery

This new tool may improve breast cancer surgery (Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images) Researchers have developed a new cost-effective and portable pH-sensitive optical fibre to distinguish breast cancer tissue from normal tissue, a finding that can potentially help surgeons to be much more precise when removing breast cancer. The device could help prevent follow-up surgery, currently needed for 15-20 per cent of ... Read More »

Eye lens regeneration from own stem cells: ‘a paradigm shift in cataract surgery’

The researchers – including teams from the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and Sichuan University, both in China – describe their new regenerative medicine approach in a paper published in the journal Nature. The treatment was tested in 12 babies born with cataracts. It resulted in significantly fewer surgical complications than current treatments, say the ... Read More »