The nephrologist will see you a bit more often now

Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and undergoing haemodialysis receive frequent visits from their provider – a practice that is encouraged by Medicare reimbursement policies, report......

The obese surgical patient in surgery 2015

This is a consensus document on the peri-operative management of these patients, produced by expert members of a Working Party established by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and......

The robots are taking over

And unlike most Hollywood films, this is actually good news: Robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of rectal cancer is safe and can be performed according to current......

Plastic is junk? It works for early AVF cannulation

The native arteriovenous fistula (AVF) requires maturation before usage; however, premature needling could lead to haematoma formation, miscannulation or even loss of access. Despite these......

Scaffolding osteochondral lesions in the knee

For orthopaedic surgeons, osteochondral lesions are a challenge to treat, as the majority do not heal spontaneously, says a team of Belgian researchers from Antwerp’s Monica Hospitals and Ghent......

Systemic inflammation: Pile on the negative pressure

Abdominal injury or intra-abdominal sepsis often leads to excessive systemic inflammation, which is associated with poor outcomes. Now, authors at Canada’s University of Calgary conducted a......

Pick ‘n’ mix implants in total hip arthroplasty

Shocking: Surgeons do not always adhere to regulations. With respect to total hip arthroplasty (THA), this means that they often use implants from different manufacturers, thereby managing to......

Assessing chronic post-surgical pain after knee replacement

Primary total knee replacement (TKR) is one of the most common surgical procedures. Its aim is to improve function and provide relief from chronic pain. However, in approximately 20% of patients......

Walking by thinking: Brain waves-controlled exoskeleton

Researchers at Korea University in Seoul, south Korea and TU Berlin, Germany have developed and succesfully tested a brain-machine interface which can decode brain waves and translate them into......

The nephrologist will see you a bit more often now

Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and undergoing haemodialysis receive frequent visits from their provider – a practice that is encouraged by Medicare reimbursement policies, report......

Continuous popliteal sciatic vs single injection nerve block

A team around David Y. Ding at New York University School of Medicine in a prospective randomized controlled trial compared rebound pain and post-operative need for narcotic analgesia for patients...

Laparoscopy in paraesophageal hernia: better quality of life

Good news: Laparoscopic repair of paraesophageal hernia (PEH) leads to excellent symptom relief and improved quality of life (QOL). The less good news: The procedure is associated with a......

Genetics and pain

Data from experimental studies have suggested that African Americans report more pain than European Americans, for instance when having heat applied to the skin and tolerating induced ischaemia;......

Children with sepsis: Timing is crucial

A Dutch-Canadian research team set out to determine the association of intervention timing and outcome in children with sepsis. They found that higher volumes of early fluid boluses in children......

Vascularised fibular graft saves limbs but increases complication rate

After resection of a tumour of the extremities the next important step is to try and salvage the limb. In this respect, vascularised fibular grafts (VFGs) are a valuable surgical technique.......

Never too old for... autogenous dialysis fistula

Life expectancy is still on the rise in Western countries, a fact also reflected in the significant number of nonagenarians on haemodialysis. But should these patients be treated differently to......

A French quilt after mastectomy

French surgeons from the Department of Gynaecology at the Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Tours conducted a retrospective observational study to compare conventional closure with a......

Digital health companies are doing well

Business magazine Inc. com recently published their annual Inc 5000 and Inc 500 fastest growing private companies in America lists. Among the ranked businesses are a lot of digital health......

Early mobilization of ventilated patients

Australian researchers wanted to know why early mobilization of ventilated patients is not a frequent occurrence in ICUs despite its well-established safety, feasibility and benefits. By......

Adipocytokines in knee joint osteoarthritis

One of the (many) well-documented risk factors of osteoarthritis (OA) is obesity. But: Is it solely the increased mechanical load in obese individuals that impacts OA, or are there specific......

Here’s looking at you, pain patient

The face is a reliable source of information when it comes to judging the pain of others, explain psychologists from the University of Montréal in Canada. However, it is as yet unknown which......

CKD: Antisclerostin antibody could improve cardiovascular health

Sclerostin is an endogenous, soluble product of the SOST gene, mainly expressed by osteocytes. It is a critically important regulator of the osteoanabolic Wnt signalling pathway and thereby of......

Checking the symptom checkers

Scientists at Harvard Medical School set out to investigate the accuracy of online self diagnosing tools based on computer algorithms. They tested 23 of those symptom checkers with 45 inquiries......

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