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Laparoscopic Option for Live Liver Donations Offers Donor Benefits

“[Living donor hepatectomy liver transplant] is one of the most complex surgeries that can be done laparoscopically,” Dr. Kwon said in the article posted on the Cleveland Clinic site. In the U.S., laparoscopic surgery and liver transplant are two separate disciplines and few pursue both, he observed.

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Exclusive Q&A with Newly Appointed Director of Olympus Innovation Ventures

Abby Hunter-Syed has always been fascinated with innovation, particularly how technologies are leveraged to improve lives. That is one of the reasons why she’s so thrilled to be appointed Director of Olympus Innovation Ventures (OIV), the $50 million venture capital arm of Olympus Corporation of the Americas. OIV does any-stage deals in emerging medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health.

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COPD Explained

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 16 million people in the United States suffer from COPD, and millions more are undiagnosed. COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that obstructs airflow in the lungs. Chronic lower respiratory diseases, including COPD, are the sixth leading cause of death. Although COPD cannot be cured, the symptoms can be treated.

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Highlights: Case Study Article, Video a Window into Next-generation Duodenoscope

Adoption of new technology, such as Olympus’ TJF-Q190V duodenoscope, for ERCP procedures does not present a substantial learning curve to Muhammad K. Hasan, MD, FACG, medical director for the Center for Interventional Endoscopy at AdventHealth in Orlando, FL. He used the scope, designed with a disposable distal endcap and features intended to improve visualization, during two clinical cases described in “Drivers Ed: Behind the Wheel of a Next-generation Duodenoscope” (“Article”) (see instructions for downloading this free article at the end of this post).

COVID-19

White Paper Takes Deeper Dive on Role of Single-use Bronchoscopes

In “Evaluating Reusable Versus Single-use Bronchoscopes: A perspective on their unique roles in ICUs, ORs and bronchoscopy suites during COVID-19 and beyond,” Dr. Murgu notes that these single-use devices have been used primarily by anesthesiologists in the ICU or perioperative setting. But COVID-19 may have moved the needle. According to Dr. Murgu, various professional pulmonary societies responded to COVID-19 transmission and reprocessing fears by suggesting a more prominent role in the use of SUFBs, especially in patients with known or suspected COVID-19.

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So Many Men Have This Issue, and Nobody Wants To Talk About It

When Mario Elia was in his 40s, he said he began experiencing a weakened urine stream due to what physicians deemed a “lazy urethra.” The Toronto resident didn’t experience any other symptoms generally associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly known as an enlarged prostate, so it was little more than a nuisance he learned to live with for years.

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Jim's iTind™ Experience

Jim has been receiving treatment for enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, for almost 10 years. For most of that time, he was taking prescription medication, but when the drugs began to lose their effect, Jim and his urologist began discussing other options for treatment.

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Medical Affairs: Ready to See (and Hear) the Patient

As President (Americas Region) and Board Director of the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS), John B. Pracyk, MD, PhD, MBA, Chief Medical Safety Officer, Senior Vice President, Medical & Scientific Affairs, at Olympus, provides context for how medical affairs creates and delivers value among healthcare stakeholders including physicians, providers (hospitals and health systems), payers, policymakers, and ultimately patients.

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Infection Prevention Week 2022 - Preparing to Make an Impact

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is October 16-22, 2022. For over 35 years, IIPW has been dedicated to raising awareness on the importance of infection prevention, observing each year with a unique theme. This year’s IIPW theme is “The Future in Infection Prevention: 50 Years of Infection Prevention” recognizing the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology’s (APIC’s) 50th anniversary with a look back at a half century’s progress in the fight against infection, and what may come for future generations.

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Colonoscopy Prep: Don’t Believe The Hype

I knew that a colonoscopy remained the best option for colorectal cancer screening given its thoroughness and the opportunity to remove any polyps that may have developed. I also knew that provided I would get the all-clear from my physician following the procedure, I wouldn’t need to think about another colonoscopy for a decade. But with the good comes the potentially uncomfortable. ~Ed Sieger

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Making A Difference One Product At A Time

When Inna Brockman first came to Olympus, it wasn’t due to Olympus’ reputation in the medical device industry, but an opportunity that inspired her.
“I always heard about Olympus,” she explained. “But I stumbled on [the job listing] by accident… [and it] kind of spoke to me.”

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Spotlight on Talent: Scott Pfeifer

The development of single-use bronchoscopes and navigational tools and instruments requires top software talent, and Scott says his team is amazing to work with.