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iPad Games Are Better Than Sedatives For Kids In Surgery

Allowing children to use iPads to distract them before surgery requiring general anaesthesia is as effective at lowering their anxiety as conventional sedatives, new research has shown.

Not only that, but the parent’s anxiety is lowered too — and the anaesthesia works better.

Would You Let This Surgical Snake Robot Crawl Inside You?

The roboticist behind the creepy snake robot is back with another snake robot. Only this time it’s a robot that you’re supposed to willingly let slither into your mouth. (For health reasons.)

Infant With Brain Growing Outside His Skull Saved By Pioneering Surgery

Bentley Yoder was born with his brain outside his skull. Doctors said he didn’t have a chance, but he not only survived — he thrived. Now, some seven months later, Bentley has undergone reconstructive surgery to move his brain back into his skull.

A Robot Has Stitched Up A Pig Gut All By Itself

Robot-assisted surgery is increasingly common in hospitals, but it’s always under the control of a human surgeon. Now, a robot has sewn up incisions in a live pig’s gut, all by itself.

This Plastic Surgery Smartphone Game Is A Great Way To Teach Kids Malpractice, Murder

Have you ever dreamt of being a plastic surgeon? Do you have a vague understanding of what and where your facial features are? Then according to “Plastic Surgery Simulator – Free Surgeon Games,” you’re already overqualified.

Rockin' In The OR: The Debate Over Music In Surgery

If you’ve had surgery under anesthesia in the last couple of decades, your doctor was probably listening to her favourite music while operating. There’s growing debate in the medical field about whether music in the operating room really helps surgeons focus or creates a potentially dangerous distraction.

Ultrasound Helps Drugs Sneak Past The Blood-Brain Barrier 

A new ultrasound technique uses microbubbles and focused sound waves to help chemo medication sneak past the the stubborn blood-brain barrier. Developed by Canadian surgeons, the technique could eventually be used to treat such conditions as Alzheimer’s and depression.

The First Human Head Transplant Will Take Place In 2017

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero grabbed the world’s attention this past winter when he announced his plans to perform the first human head transplant. Many doubted that such an outrageous procedure would ever see the light of day. Now, Canavero has a date on the books.

This Surgery Restores Sensation To The Penis By Remapping The Brain

Guys, imagine for a moment what life would be like if you couldn’t feel your penis. That can happen to men with some kinds of spinal injuries, or who were born with a condition called spina bifida. Their penis can still sense touch, but a break in the spinal cord means the signal never makes it to the brain.

Robotic Surgery Has Been Connected To 144 US Deaths Since 2000

All surgery carries risk, and that’s also true when it involves robots. A new study of US Food and Drug Administration data reveals that a variety of malfunctions have been linked to 144 deaths during robotic surgery in the last 14 years.

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