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Gujarat hospital gets robot for surgeries

The Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital in Nadiad has become the first hospital in Gujarat to acquire the latest state-of-the-art robotic surgical system - the da Vinci Si from Intuitive Surgical, at the cost of Rs 10 crore.

The robot plays a major role in treating cancer of kidney, bladder and prostate and doing reconstructive procedures in a minimally invasive manner.

The advantages of the Robotic surgery include superior visualisation (3-D HD vision) with high magnification for more accurate tissue identification, superior ergonomics with natural hand-eye alignment and superior patient benefits with significantly less pain, less blood loss and shorter hospital stay.

“We have always been on the fore-front of bringing cutting-edge technologies for the better treatment of our patients,” said Dr Mahesh Desai, managing Trustee and Medical Director of the hospital. In this regard, they have partnered with the highly reputed team of robotic and minimally invasive surgery from the University of Southern California.

‘Pain regulator gene’ in brain for treating migraine

People suffering from frequent bouts of migraine can heave a sigh of relief as a recent discovery could soon lead to new kind of migraine painkillers.

Scientists at Oxford University have discovered a gene that acts like a pain thermostat in the brain, called TRESK, which controls the sensitivity of pain nerves in the brain and if faulty can bring the threshold so low that just living is painful.

However, TRESK is susceptible to being switched on or off using drugs – indicating that an effective treatment could be in the offing. “It is a once in a generation find that could one day lead to treatments that could prevent migraine,” the Telegraph quoted Dr Zameel Cader as saying.

Docs ‘mocking’ patients on Facebook

Their job is to treat and care for patients, but lately doctors have been mocking patients and disclosing their sensitive medical information on Facebook.

The New South Wales (NSW) Medical Board has warned a doctor for making flippant and derogatory comments to think twice before disclosing patient details on social networking sites.

“The usual rules about confidentiality apply. But even when patients are not identified, members of the public may be upset by the content of such postings,” the Daily Telegraph quoted the board as saying.

After a disgruntled patient read nasty comments over the Facebook, the NSW president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Michael Steiner, said he was astonished that doctors posted patient information on Facebook. “Doctors need to remember at all times the importance of patient confidentiality. I cannot believe that anyone would be silly enough to do this,” said Steiner.

The AMA also questioned the professionalism of doctors who accepted their patients as friends on social networking sites.

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