AASPA Newsline
Mar. 4, 2014

Could Google Glass be used to predict disease outbreaks?
Medical News Today
Recently, Medical News Today reported on surgeons using Google Glass while operating. The surgeons involved think that Google Glass is useful for live-streaming procedures — which could provide better training for students — and communicating directly from the operating room with a patient's loved ones. They also think that being able to view MRI and X-ray results on the Glass screen will be beneficial to surgeons while operating. More

Dermatologic surgeons performed more medical, cosmetic procedures in 2013
There were nearly 22 percent more medically necessary and cosmetic procedures performed by dermatologic surgeons in 2013 compared with 2012, according to survey results from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. “We’re not surprised to see such a jump,” Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D., ASDS president, said in a news release. “From medical procedures to treat skin cancers to cosmetic procedures, patients trust dermatologic surgeons. The survey shows patients also continue to specifically seek out dermatologic surgeons for treatments.”More

Stand-alone organ donor facility is more efficient than a hospital
Medical News Today
Currently, crowded operating room schedules cause delays that make retrieving organs from brain-dead donors in hospitals logistically challenging and time consuming. Transplant teams travel to donors' hospitals to perform surgery — usually at night, when operating rooms are more likely to be free. As the surgery is time-sensitive, being able to access operating rooms without delay is critical. More

Baby brain tumor grew teeth
Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the U.S. have removed a rare tumor that contained several fully grown teeth from a baby boy’s brain. The tumor was found in the four-month-old from West Virginia in 2012 after a pediatrician noticed that his head was unusually large for his age. Doctors wrote about the findings in an article that appeared this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The discovery could someday help researchers trying to cure diseases or grow new organs, medical experts said.More

Some patients may benefit from hip resurfacing over replacement
Medical Xpress
When a person loses mobility because of arthritis, surgeons can replace the faulty hip joint with a new one. A new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that a different procedure called hip resurfacing may be a better option for some patients, particularly those who are young and active.More

Researchers pinpoint brain region essential for social memory
Science Codex
Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have determined that a small region of the hippocampus known as CA2 is essential for social memory, the ability of an animal to recognize another of the same species. A better grasp of the function of CA2 could prove useful in understanding and treating disorders characterized by altered social behaviors, such as autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. The findings, made in mice, were published today in the online edition of Nature. More

Preceptis aims to move expensive ear-tube operations on kids out of the operating room
Preceptis Medical is a small company that has big designs to clip the costs and boost the safety for the 1.3 million young children who undergo ear-tube surgeries each year. “This is a simple story,” said Preceptis CEO Steve Anderson. “We’ve come up with an effective tool that allows us to do the procedure under conscious sedation, avoiding the expense of the operating room, and avoiding the risk to young children of general anesthesia.’’More

Cancer patient's leg kept alive by being attached to arm
BBC News
Surgeons removed a man's tumor and rebuilt his body using leg muscles and tissue they had removed and attached to his arm to keep alive. The operation on Sunderland man Ian McGregor lasted 18 hours and is thought to be the first of its kind in the U.K. Surgeons in Newcastle took his calf, attached it to his arm and then used it to repair the site of the operation. The 59-year old, who is making a good recovery, said: "You just can't put into words what they did."More

Steady growth in cosmetic surgery in US
Eyelid surgery and facelifts are up. So are butt augmentations and neck lifts, according to new figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that show a steady increase in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures in the United States. This was the fourth consecutive year of growth, the society reported, noting more than 15 million cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures were performed in 2013, an increase of 3 percent from the year before.More

Potential seen for synthetic mesh in contaminated surgical sites
General Surgery News
Newer-generation permanent synthetic meshes were associated with significantly reduced short-term frequencies of surgical site occurrences and hernia recurrences compared with biologic meshes for open ventral hernia repairs in clean-contaminated and contaminated surgical sites, according to research presented at the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. The report comes from the first prospective, observational cohort study comparing the effectiveness of permanent synthetic mesh and biologic mesh reinforcement in these difficult cases.More

Medical robots will revolutionize most surgical disciplines
Today's Medical Developments
Surgical robots are gaining widespread acceptance across the globe as they enhance the surgeon’s abilities in terms of surgical imaging, navigation, planning and instrument manipulation. Market participants are conducting extensive research in this field to strengthen the capabilities of surgeons through advanced imaging techniques, higher degrees of freedom, interactive interfaces, haptics feedback and teleoperation. Surgical robot manufacturers are also trying to reduce the footprint of existing robotic systems and lessen the invasiveness of surgical procedures by advancing single port, natural orifice, and swarm robotic technologies. More