Quick, wake up: inhalational anaesthetics in paediatrics

Which inhalational anaesthetic is best for paediatric patients undergoing craniotomy for excision of supratentorial tumours? The authors of Cairo University conducted a prospective, comparative,......

Laparoscopic liver resection: size matters

Don’t be afraid of the big boys, is how one could phrase the conclusion by English researchers investigating the use of laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) for large malignant tumours. Their study......

ARDS: no high-frequency flyer

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) usually requires mechanical ventilation to fight arterial hypoxaemia. The problem is that this procedure stretches the alveoli, which causes a new......

Soft tissue sarcomas and surgical margins: unresolved subject

Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are a rare, heterogeneous group of tumours with an unvaried high rate of local recurrences, distant metastasis and death, especially in high-grade tumours. Due to their......

Quick, wake up: inhalational anaesthetics in paediatrics

Which inhalational anaesthetic is best for paediatric patients undergoing craniotomy for excision of supratentorial tumours? The authors of Cairo University conducted a prospective, comparative,......

Anaesthesiologist performance is crucial

The focus when analysing outcomes after surgical interventions mostly lies – surprise! – on the surgeon and his performance and quality. But far less is known about the influence that......

(Vitamin) D is for Dialysis

A significant proportion of patients starting long-term haemodialysis are diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency (25-hydroxyvitamin D; 25[OH]D). But would a nutritional vitamin D supplementation be......

FLER: The shining of the bowels

Introducing fluorescence videography, a new tool that accurately assesses adequate bowel perfusion – a key determinant of successful healing. How does it work? A near-infrared endoscope detects the...

Endoscopy works well for ischiofemoral impingement

The short and sweet conclusion of the present small study: Endoscopic treatment of ischiofemoral impingement was effective at two years in five patients with consistent clinical and imaging......

Parathyroidectomy in haemodialysis: what’s the (clinical) point?

What clinical benefits, if any, does a parathyroidectomy actually deliver for the patient on haemodialysis (HD)? Surprisingly, this question has never been answered in any randomised clinical......

Team performance vs. patient care?

A team of researchers at Harvard Medical School in Bostson set out to determine the relationship between ratings of Operating Room (OR) teamwork and communication with adherence to patient care......

Laparoscopic liver resection: size matters

Don’t be afraid of the big boys, is how one could phrase the conclusion by English researchers investigating the use of laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) for large malignant tumours. Their study......

Preventing volume overload with psychological intervention?

Can psychological intevention help to keep patients on hemodialysis adhering to their regimen of dietary fluid restriction in order to prevent volume overload? Yes, it may, says a new study penned...

Bend it like an octopus

Engineers in Italy are developing what might become a new generation of endoscopic surgical tools: They built a bioinspired manipulator composed of soft materials that can bend and move......

Physician-centered apps for the Apple Watch

Iltifat Husain at iMedicalApps.com did a search in the Apple Watch store and compiled a list of currently available apps especially targeting health care providers and physicians.    ...

Ankle motion predicts response to wedge insoles

Not all patients with medial knee osteoarthritis (OA) are created equal – at least not when it comes to their response to lateral wedge insoles, explain English scientists from the University of......

ARDS: no high-frequency flyer

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) usually requires mechanical ventilation to fight arterial hypoxaemia. The problem is that this procedure stretches the alveoli, which causes a new......

Women's health apps often come without expert input

Only a small number of iOS apps tracking women's reproductive health have been assessed or recommended by medical professionals, says a new study whose authors evaluated 94 menstrual cycle......

Elderly ESRD-patients: Ethics instead of dialysis?

Should all patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) be offered dialysis, regardless of their age? Is that the most ethical approach? On the contrary, says Dr. Michael Germain in a recently......

Review: Individualized dialysate sodium prescriptions

How best to prevent fluid overload in hemodialysis patients? Against the backdrop of conflicting data and the need for more clinical trials, physicians at University of Miami Miller Schoool of......

When chemotherapy is over and neuropathy stays

Several commonly employed antineoplastic agents cause peripheral neuropathy (chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, CIPN). This crippling side effect often requires a change of dosage or even...

The laparoscopic case of a pancreatic insulinom

Whether Swiss cheese and chocolates were involved in the party or not is unknown, but researchers from Lausanne certainly had cause for celebrations: They conducted the first successful case of......

Arteriovenous access in children: big ultrasound dilution is watching you

In most children and adolescents who receive maintenance haemodialysis (HD), the permanent vascular access is secured by arteriovenous graft (AVG) or arteriovenous fistula (AVF). Both are......

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