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The Masters of Machines and Minimalism

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

The robots, multilimbed and wielding nimble metal fingers, are intricate and imposing. One, the intuitive da Vinci robot, towers over the surgical table, its four hands ready to twist and tilt. The other, the more petite and pliable Medrobotics Flex robot, is capable of navigating to places in the body previously unreachable by the human hand. Both are the new standard of care, and yet each is subject to surgeons, the masters at the controls.
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Tamsulosin Not Effective in Kidney Stone Passage

The latest research into finding medications to aid the passage of ureteral or kidney stones has shown that tamsulosin is not effective for patients. Previously approved to help men experiencing an enlarged prostate, tamsulosin is an Alpha-1 blocker that, in small studies, had been found to be a promising aid in passing kidney stones. Read more