National / Science & Health Mar 24, 2015

Survey finds high death rate after complex liver surgery

Alarmed by a spate of deaths following laparoscopic operations last year at Gunma University Hospital, a surgeons association has surveyed other medical institutions and found a worryingly high death rate nationwide. The Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery surveyed 212 medical institutions in January and found ...

National / Science & Health Feb 6, 2015

Hospital pioneers Magneto-style stem cell surgery

In a world first, a team at Hiroshima University Hospital on Friday conducted regenerative knee surgery using a technique that employs magnets to concentrate iron-laced stem cells around damaged cartilage, it said. The endoscopic surgery is less arduous for the patient, said the team led ...

Justice Ginsburg, 81, gets heart stent to clear artery clog

World / Science & Health Nov 27, 2014

Justice Ginsburg, 81, gets heart stent to clear artery clog

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked coronary artery, court officials said. The 81-year-old justice had the procedure at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after the blockage to her right coronary artery was discovered, court spokeswoman Kathy ...

National Feb 20, 2014

Emperor 'generally healthy' two years after heart operation

Emperor Akihito has marked two years since his coronary-artery bypass surgery, with doctors describing him as "generally healthy," the Imperial Household Agency said. The Emperor, who turned 80 in December, also has osteoporosis, but its progression has stopped, according to the doctors serving the Imperial ...

White tiger undergoes knee surgery in Kanagawa

National Dec 12, 2013

White tiger undergoes knee surgery in Kanagawa

In an apparent first, a rare white tiger had surgery Tuesday on its right back knee at an animal hospital in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, with veterinarians declaring the five-hour operation a success. The 9-month-old male from Tobu Zoo in Saitama Prefecture had trouble walking after ...

Robot surgery gripes double

National / Science & Health Nov 9, 2013

Robot surgery gripes double

by Robert Langreth

The number of adverse incident reports involving Intuitive Surgical Inc.'s robots has more than doubled this year, according to U.S. regulators, who just released a physician survey showing no consistent training exists for the machines, which are also used in Japan. The Food and Drug ...

NPO offers medical services to Myanmar

National Sep 16, 2013

NPO offers medical services to Myanmar

by Hiroko Harima

A group of doctors, nurses and volunteers from Japan are providing medical services in Sagaing, Myanmar. Japan Heart is a nonprofit organization that offers medical services at a hospital set up by a local Buddhist monk to treat the poor more than 20 years ago. Pediatric ...