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New blood management guidelines


Improving the processes of ordering, transporting, and storing blood can save millions of dollars and drastically reduce blood wastage, reported a research team from one academic medical center after implementing institutional initiatives to address blood management.
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Some major scoliosis surgeries can be avoided


In a look-back study of medical records, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine concluded that a major operation to fuse the spines of children with a rare form of severe, early-onset scoliosis can be eliminated in many cases.
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New technique could revolutionize surgical treatment of epilepsy


Scientists at the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that could revolutionize the surgical treatment of epilepsy.
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New approach to determining risk of cancer reoccurring


What is the likelihood of a patient developing cancer again after having a tumor removed? This is the question that experts in medicine and medical informatics at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) aim to find answers to in a new research project called ‘MelEVIR – Melanoma, Extracellular Vesicles and Immune Response’.
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Multiphoton microscope and endoscope to speed up diagnosis


Two new optical devices could reduce the need to take tissue samples during medical examinations and operations and to then send them for testing – potentially speeding up diagnosis and treatment and cutting healthcare costs.
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Surgical Oncology: Call for global curriculum


The lack of an adequately trained workforce of surgical oncologists can be a major detriment in efforts to address the rising global cancer burden, according to two leading international surgical oncology societies.
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3-D printed bone with just the right mix of ingredients


To make a good framework for filling in missing bone, mix at least 30 percent pulverized natural bone with some special man-made plastic and create the needed shape with a 3-D printer. That is the recipe for success reported by researchers at The Johns Hopkins University in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.
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Using oxygen to sterilize medical implants


International researchers led by the University of Bath have demonstrated a cheap, effective and environmentally-friendly way to sterilize medical implants without changing their properties, in contrast to some techniques.
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Neurosurgery: imaging tool in surgeon's hand


Scientists at Barrow Neurological Institute have recently made discoveries about use of a new technology for imaging brain tumors in the operating room - a finding that could have important implications for identifying and locating invading cells at the edge of a brain tumor.
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