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  • Six questions that could save your life

    Tuesday 16th July 2013

    Making a series of simple checks such as ensuring that the correct patient is on the table and operating on the right part of the body, could help surgical teams save almost half a million lives a year across the world. Patients have died when surgeons have removed the wrong organ, left instrumen...

  • Death data 'not good enough to spot poor surgeons'

    Monday 8th July 2013

    Publishing death rates for individual surgeons will not spot poor performers in certain fields because too few operations take place, a study finds, In June, the NHS in England published the first data, including death rates, for vascular surgeons, with nine more specialist areas to follow. But t...

  • Newcastle's Freeman hospital gets second robot surgeon

    Tuesday 2nd July 2013

    A Newcastle hospital is to invest in a second robot surgeon to carry out less invasive operations. Da Vinci, the £2m robot surgeon has been operating on patients at the Freeman Hospital for a year. Newcastle Hospital Foundation Trust bosses said complications and recovery times for "hard to get ...

  • Huge 'holograms' offer medics more memorable classes

    Monday 24th June 2013

    A system which uses an illusionary effect to help medical students master their subject has been pioneered by two London-based junior doctors. They have demonstrated a 3D graphic of a kidney measuring 4m (13 ft) to demonstrate renal function at a "test lecture" last week. It was one of a series o...

  • Scientists create first 3D digital brain

    Friday 21st June 2013

    Researchers have created the first high-resolution 3D digital model of the human brain, which they have called "Big Brain". The reconstruction shows the brain's anatomy in microscopic detail, enabling researchers to see features smaller than a strand of hair. It will be made freely available to n...

 
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