Surgeon Donald J. Annino, Jr, MD, DMD, of the Division of Otolaryngology, demonstrates the use of transoral robotic surgery (TORS), a minimally invasive procedure which improves outcomes and avoids complications in patients with head and neck cancer.
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Researchers Create Embryonic Stem Cells without Embryo
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan, have demonstrated that any mature adult cell has the potential to turn into the equivalent of an embryonic stem cell. Published in the January 30, 2014 issue of Nature, researchers demonstrate in a preclinical model, a novel and unique way that cells can be reprogrammed, a phenomenon they call stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP). Importantly, this process does not require the introduction of new outside DNA, the process commonly used to induce adult cells back into a state of pluripotentency.
Most High-Risk Cardiac Devices in Use Today Approved as Modifications to Previously-Approved Devices
A new study from researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) shows that most cardiac implantable electronic devices used by physicians today were approved as changes, or “supplements,” to existing PMA-approved models, often without the collection of new clinical data. These findings were published in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association on January 21, 2014.
Blue Light May Fight Fatigue Around the Clock
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have found that exposure to short wavelength, or blue light, during the biological day directly and immediately improves alertness and performance. These findings were published in the February issue of Sleep.
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Carnegie Mellon University Announce New Advance in 3D Printing and Tissue Engineering Technology
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Carnegie Mellon University have introduced a unique micro-robotic technique to assemble the components of complex materials, the foundation of tissue engineering and 3D printing.
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