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Obesity Surgery-Diabetes Study Shows Pros and Cons

June 5, 2013 10:18 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Obesity surgery worked much better at reducing and even reversing diabetes than medication and lifestyle changes in one of the most rigorous studies of its kind. But the researchers and others warn that possible serious complications need to be considered.

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SI-BONE, Inc. Announces Publication of Postmarket Surveillance Safety Data on First 5,319 Patients Treated with iFuse Implant System

June 5, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SI-BONE, Inc. (San Jose, California), a medical device company that is pioneering the use of a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint, announced today the publication of the iFuse Implant System's@ postmarket surveillance safety data for the first 5,319 patients treated. 

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Evergreen Medical Technologies Launches Integrated Lead to Pulse Generator Interconnect System for Implantable Neurostimulators

June 4, 2013 8:31 pm | by Business Wire | Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | News | Comments

Evergreen Medical Technologies has launched the Encompass Lead-Interconnect System, the first pretested integrated lead-interconnect system designed for implantable neurostimulator pulse generator (IPG) devices. The Encompass, enabled by Bal Seal Engineering’s SYGNUS® implantable contact system and Company’s premolded 16-channel header technology, saves development time and costs for neurostimulation device companies.

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Compact Stainless Steel Multi-Application Pressure Switch

June 4, 2013 5:20 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

A tough operating environment is no match for Ashcroft’s A Series pressure switch. All 316 stainless steel construction, a weatherproof IP67 enclosure and an operating temp from -40°F to 212°F make this compact switch the ideal choice for a wide variety of industrial and OEM installations.

High Performance Disc Magnet Motor

June 4, 2013 4:57 pm | by MDT Staff | Portescap | Product Releases | Comments

Portescap has introduced the P532 series disc magnet step motor with encoder. This integrated solution delivers a best-in-class power rate and acceleration to outperform standard Brushless DC motors in a wide range of applications where closed loop performance is needed.

OEM Liquid Pumps: High Pressure Transfer with Micro Footprint

June 4, 2013 4:38 pm | by MDT Staff | KNF Neuberger, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KNF Neuberger OEM self-priming micro-diaphragm liquid transfer pumps offer design engineers a unique combination of performance and application flexibility in a remarkably small package – as small as 1.5” in length. They are rated to operate continuously against pressures as high as 87 PSIG...

Cabinets for Low Humidity Storage of Medical Devices

June 4, 2013 4:22 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Seika Machinery has announced that several of its McDry Ultra-Low Humidity Storage Cabinets are ideal for medical device applications. The McDry DXU models maintain one percent RH levels and the MCU models maintain three percent RH levels.

Blue Belt Technologies Announces US FDA Clearance to Market its STRIDE Unicondylar Knee System

June 4, 2013 4:21 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., an innovative medical technology company commercializing robotic-assisted solutions for orthopedic surgery, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its STRIDE™ Unicondylar Knee implant system.

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The Symphony of Surgical Robotics

June 4, 2013 3:44 pm | by Phil Brown, VP & GM, Pro-Dex Inc. – OMS | Pro-Dex | Articles | Comments

Surgical robots are becoming more of a standard in operating rooms. As such, device designers are going to need to understand the motion control technology that makes them function. This article looks at the “sheet music” that offers the guidance to the “conductor” who is instructing the “instruments.”

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Will Connected Health Save the Healthcare Industry?

June 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by Ralph Hugeneck, Director of Medical Technology, and Gary Baker, Marketing Communications Manager, Jabil Healthcare & Life Sciences | Jabil | Blogs | Comments

The medical device ecosystem is changing dramatically from stand-alone “device + patient + physician” in the clinical environment to include access and mobility outside the four walls of the hospital. Every medical device manufacturer should consider developing a strategy around how mobile connected health will affect their business models and how they will play in the evolution of the market.

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Transparent Electrode Enables Electronics on Contact Lens

June 4, 2013 12:10 pm | by Eunhee Song, UNIST | News | Comments

A hybrid transparent and stretchable electrode could open the new way for flexible displays, solar cells, and even electronic devices fitted on a curvature substrate such as soft eye contact lenses, by the UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) research team.

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A Step Closer to Artificial Livers

June 4, 2013 11:54 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Prometheus, the mythological figure who stole fire from the gods, was punished for this theft by being bound to a rock. Each day, an eagle swept down and fed on his liver, which then grew back to be eaten again the next day. Modern scientists know there is a grain of truth to the tale, says MIT engineer Sangeeta Bhatia: The liver can indeed regenerate itself if part of it is removed.

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Detecting Disease with a Smartphone Accessory

June 4, 2013 11:36 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

As drugs that treat HIV have become more common, the incidence of Kaposi's sarcoma has decreased in the U.S. The disease, however, remains prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, where poor access to medical care and lab tests only compound the problem. Now, Cornell engineers have created a smartphone-based system, consisting of a plug-in optical accessory and disposable microfluidic chips, for detection of the herpes virus that causes Kaposi's.

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National Review: Non-Adherence Among Teenage Heart Transplant Recipients Is Widespread, Often Fatal

June 4, 2013 10:40 am | by Boston Children's Hospital | News | Comments

After receiving an organ transplant, patients must follow a regimented medication routine to maintain the health of their graft (transplanted organ). Failure to do so, known as non-adherence (NA), can result in life-threatening illness. NA has long been a concern among adolescent patients, but a new study from Boston Children's Hospital demonstrates the problem may be more serious than previously understood.

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Altered Neural Circuitry May Lead to Anorexia and Bulimia

June 4, 2013 10:10 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

A landmark study, with first author Tyson Oberndorfer, MD, and led by Walter H. Kaye, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, suggests that the altered function of neural circuitry contributes to restricted eating in anorexia and overeating in bulimia.

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