Tag: Innovation

Gene-edited pig kidney, heart pump combined in transplant surgery milestone

Editor's Note The second-ever living recipient of a gene-edited pig kidney was the first to have the new organ paired with a mechanical heart pump, according to an April 24 CNN report. The subject, 54-year-old Lisa Pisano, underwent the milestone surgery at NYU Langone Health. She had heart failure and…

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By: Matt Danford
April 25, 2024
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Chilean surgeon performs first augmented reality abdominal procedure

Editor's Note A successful cholecystectomy March 11 in Santiago, Chile marked the first reported use of augmented reality (AR) technology for abdominal surgery, Fox News reported on April 12. Developed by Levita Magnetics, a medical equipment manufacturer in Silicon Valley, the MARS system paired with Meta’s Quest 3 XR headset…

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By: Matt Danford
April 16, 2024
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Heart transplant research proves out 24-hour organ preservation method

Editor's Note A new method of organ preservation could allow researchers a much longer window to keep transplanted organs alive. Medical Xpress reported on the findings April 5.   Typically, hearts awaiting transplant are maintained in cold static storage – in which they are kept on ice until transplanted and…

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By: Brita Belli
April 12, 2024
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Magnetic device controls nanorobots used in surgery

Editor's Note Scientists have found a new way to more precisely control tiny robots used in surgeries using an oscillating magnet. The findings were published in the journal npj Robotics (part of the Nature Portfolio) on March 28.  Nanorobots capable of transporting drugs, performing surgical procedures, or taking tissue measurements…

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By: Brita Belli
April 3, 2024
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Report illuminates how AI transforms hospitals, healthcare

Editor's Note A paper published March 29 in the journal Bioengineering examines the growing integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into hospital and healthcare systems and the way in which it is augmenting clinical decision-making, optimizing hospital operation and management, improving medical image analysis, and transforming patient care and monitoring through…

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By: Brita Belli
April 2, 2024
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Johnson & Johnson, NVIDIA promote artificial intelligence for the OR

Editor's Note Collaboration between Johnson & Johnson and Nvidia could soon enable surgeons to automate documentation by using artificial intelligence (AI) to scan video of procedures. CNBC reported the news March 18. Surgical video scans are just one possible application of the collaboration, with the report noting that “J&J’s MedTech…

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By: Matt Danford
March 21, 2024
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Surgeons complete first successful animal-to-human kidney transplant

Editor's Note A 62-year-old man in Weymouth, Massachusetts is reportedly recovering well several days after receiving the first kidney to be transplanted into a living person. As noted in a March 21 report in the Boston Globe, the operation at Massachusetts General Hospital marked a new milestone in the effort…

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By: Matt Danford
March 21, 2024
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New surgical gel could promote wound healing in pelvic organ prolapse surgery

Editor's Note A new synthetic surgical gel developed by a researcher at Radboud University may one day help reduce the need for recurring surgeries for women with pelvic organ prolapse. Advanced Therapeutics published the findings September 6, 2023. According to a recent EurekAlert! report, the researcher received her PhD for…

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By: Brita Belli
March 4, 2024
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US well-represented in “World’s Best Hospital” rankings

Editor's Note American hospitals fared well in Newsweek’s 2024 "World's Best Hospital" list, Becker’s Hospital Review reported February 28, noting that 43 candidates from the United States made the list of 250. Four US hospitals ranked in the top 10, a group singled out specifically for innovative use of artificial…

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By: Matt Danford
March 1, 2024
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Space Station surgery experiment portends bright future for exploration, Earth-based medicine

Editor's Note Surgeons in Lincoln, Nebraska performed the first “operation” in space via remote control of a robot wielding scissors to cut through rubber bands, a historic first that has implications beyond space travel. Space.com reported the news February 22. Guided by onboard cameras and facing nearly second-long communications delays,…

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By: Matt Danford
February 27, 2024
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