Report: Patients Should Know About Unsterile Surgical Tools

U.S. News

Health Department spokeswoman Kim Deti says that while the risk of infection is low, patients should still be informed they may have been placed at risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C or human immunodeficiency virus. The state says the hospital should offer free blood tests.

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Personality first, looks second as Japan's speed-dating hopefuls don surgical masks

The Japan Times

At least, that's what one Japanese dating service is trying to prove by requiring participants in speed-dating sessions to wear white surgical masks. "In order to achieve marriage, it is important to provide chances to know a partner's personality and values in the early stages," said Kei Matsumura, head of Tokyo dating service Def Anniversary. "We chose surgical masks as an essential tool for that." White surgical masks covering most of the face are common in Japan, where people don them to avoid catching a cold or flu, keep out pollen and, sometimes, just to keep their faces warm. Some women also opt for a mask on days when they aren't wearing makeup.

Sony-Olympus joint venture to market advanced HD surgical microscope

The Japan Times

The Orbeye digital microscope system, to hit the market in October, projects 4K ultra high-definition images on a large flat-screen monitor viewable to anyone wearing light 3-D film glasses. "Microsurgeries involve technically challenging tasks," Akihiro Taguchi, a senior managing director at Olympus, told a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. "The conventional system has forced doctors to stay in an unnatural position for so long that it is not uncommon to hear of surgeons who have injured their necks." In addition, many doctors suffer eye strain after performing operations that can last 10 hours or more. The new system, featuring a slimmed-down, lighter microscope with 3-D 4K image sensors, a monitor and a video recorder, is priced at around ¥40 million ($360,000) apiece.