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U.S. Demand for Disposable Medical Supplies to Reach $49.3 Billion

February 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Freedonia Group | News | Comments

U.S. demand for disposable medical supplies will expand 4.1 percent annually to $49.3 billion in 2018. According to Freedonia analyst Bill Martineau, “An increasing volume of patient activity attributable to an aging population, a rising...

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Sensory Substitution Device Enables the Blind to ‘See’ Colors and Shapes

February 6, 2014 1:50 pm | by IOS Press BV | News | Comments

Using auditory or tactile stimulation, Sensory Substitution Devices (SSDs) provide representations of visual information and can help the blind “see” colors and shapes. SSDs scan images and transform the information into audio or touch signals...

Bioengineer to Create New Nanoparticle System to Shore Up Arterial Walls

February 6, 2014 1:44 pm | by UT Arlington | News | Comments

A UT Arlington bioengineer has received a four-year, $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to create a nanoparticle system to shore up arterial walls following angioplasty and stenting procedures to treat coronary arterial disease...

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A Microchip for Metastasis

February 6, 2014 1:41 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Nearly 70 percent of patients with advanced breast cancer experience skeletal metastasis, in which cancer cells migrate from a primary tumor into bone — a painful development that can cause fractures and spinal compression. While scientists...

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The Pulse: Powering Implants with the Heart & Playing Stroke Hero

February 6, 2014 11:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are powering implants with the heart, vacuuming out blood clots, controlling the TV remote with a wink, and playing stroke education video games. This episode features...        

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First U.S. Patient Implant of Non-Surgical, Leadless Cardiac Pacemaker

February 6, 2014 10:21 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the first U.S. implant in the company’s LEADLESS II pivotal trial designed to evaluate the Nanostim leadless pacemaker for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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Study: Hospitals Don't Follow Infection Prevention Rules

February 6, 2014 10:04 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

While most hospitals have polices in place to prevent health care-associated infections, clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based guidelines established to prevent these infections, according to new research from Columbia University School...

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High-Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics Offer Active Lifestyle for Users

February 6, 2014 9:57 am | by University of South Florida (USF Innovation) | News | Comments

Thanks to advanced technologies, those who wear prosthetic and orthotic devices are now able to break previous activity boundaries. People with amputations now have prosthetic devices that allow them to engage in and function more effectively...

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Bionic Hand Gives Amputees A New Sense Of Touch

February 6, 2014 9:50 am | by NTDTV | Videos | Comments

A prototype prosthetic hand containing sensors, wired to nerves in amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen's arm, has given him the ability to feel objects for the first time in nine years. Now its creators plan to miniaturise the electronics required...

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Photos of the Day: Feeling Prosthetics

February 6, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To feel what you touch – that's the holy grail for artificial limbs. In a step toward that goal, European researchers created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange.      

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Artificial Hand that Feels What You Touch

February 6, 2014 3:15 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's not quite the bionics of science fiction, but European researchers have created a robotic hand that gave an amputee a sense of touch he hadn't felt in a decade. The experiment lasted only a week, but it let the patient feel if different...

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Heart Valve Clinic at Heart Hospital of Austin Performs 100th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Procedure

February 5, 2014 7:48 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On Feb. 4, 2014, physicians with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons and Austin Heart performed the 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure at Heart Hospital of Austin. TAVR is a catheter-based valve replacement... 

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Miyachi America Announces Participation in Penn State Research on Improving Surgical Tool Designs

February 5, 2014 6:26 pm | by Miyachi America Corporation | News | Comments

Miyachi America Corporation, a leading manufacturer of welding equipment and laser processing systems, recently participated in innovative research conducted at Penn State on improving designs for articulation in surgical tool tips used in...

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World's First Patients Treated Using MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy

February 5, 2014 5:55 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The ViewRay system, the world's first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system, is being used to treat patients at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. The ViewRay...

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Depuy Synthes Spine Gains Exclusive Worldwide Rights to Launch Lifenet Health’s New Cellular Allograft Product

February 5, 2014 5:48 pm | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine and DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, divisions of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., announced today they have entered into an exclusive worldwide representative agreement for the marketing and promotion of a new cellular allograft...

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