The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services and 2 other federal agencies may have blown some $321 million on IT systems that were already in place, according to a Government Accounting Office report. The GAO identified 12 "potentially duplicative" investments at HHS, the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Defense Dept., out of the 590 it reviewed.
Allied Electronics (Allied) and RS Components (RS) has announced a significant development in the history of 3D design software with the unveiling of DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all – totally free of charge.
Texas Instruments (TI) has unveiled the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a new data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors to deliver higher resolution, increased reliability, and greater flexibility than existing sensing solutions at a lower system cost.
As OEM’s streamline to meet financial pressures, top level designs will be emphasized but second and third level particulars will adhere more closely to a suppliers understanding of their present capability. The particulars are under a fine balancing act and vision outside will require a thorough knowledge, down to the step-by-step production process to lean out waste.
Though medical devices are always moving towards less invasive, more effective technology, they face a constant, persistent and ever-evolving enemy in deadly bacteria and infections. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can be caused by any infectious agent and result in 99,000 deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SpineGuard said it landed Japanese Ninsho approval for its PediGuard, a handheld surgical product that helps guide proper spine screw placement. Paris- and San Francisco-based SpineGuard is touting it as regulatory win in the world's 2nd-largest spine market, after the U.S., according to a release.
PLC Systems said its RenalGuard device was used in a new clinical trial evaluating the device in treating patients with acute kidney failure undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation. The TAVI procedure, used in patients with faulty aortic valves, can cause complications including acute kidney failure.
Fraunhofer FIT demonstrates a mobile wireless system that monitors the health of elderly people in their own homes, using miniature sensors, and also a novel optical system for detecting antibiotic resistance, which can determine in just two hours if bacteria react to a specific antibiotic.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Georgia Tech a $2-million research grant to unravel the mechanical forces at play in lymphedema, a poorly understood disease with no cure and little hope for sufferers. Lymphedema develops when the body fails to circulate lymphatic fluid, a mixture of immune cells, proteins, and lipids.
Regentis Biomaterials announced today new clinical data demonstrating the efficacy and safety of its GelrinC implant for treating articular cartilage in injured knees. As presented at the International Cartilage Repair Society World Congress in Izmir, Turkey, the clinical results demonstrated sustained knee function improvement over 24 months after implantation and significant pain reduction.
Neuros Medical, Inc., a medical device company announced it has received an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for their implantable generator. The device, named Altius™, delivers patented high frequency Electrical Nerve Block™ technology for patients suffering from chronic pain.
The study found that minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer, including laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery, was associated with lower transfusion rates, shorter length of hospital stay, and lower serious postoperative complication and mortality rates compared to open prostatectomy.
Spinal injuries are present in 1 out of 9 U.S. military personnel sustaining combat injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan -- a much higher rate than in previous wars, according to a report in the Sept. 15 issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
Andrew Fish, executive director of AdvaMedDx, a division of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) focused on diagnostics policy matters, released the following statement on the introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Modernizing Our Drug and Diagnostics Evaluation and Regulatory Network (MODDERN) Cures Act.
Just as wires must be insulated to effectively carry electrical impulses, nerve cells must be insulated by myelin to effectively transmit neural impulses. Using typical magnetic resonance imaging or MRI, one can visually distinguish parts of the brain that look white and parts that look gray.