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Addressing Financial Pressures in Device Development

September 16, 2013 3:10 pm | by James Schultz, Research and Development Engineer, Plastics One | Plastics One, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

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.

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Fighting an Invisible Enemy

September 16, 2013 2:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Articles | Comments

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.

Japan clears SpineGuard's PediGuard surgical device

September 16, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

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.

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TAVI: PLC Systems launches RenalGuard trial

September 16, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

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.

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Mobile Diagnostics by Smartphone and Image Analysis for Detecting Antibiotic Resistance

September 16, 2013 12:15 pm | by Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Angewandte Informationstechnik (FIT) | News | Comments

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.

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NIH Awards $2 Million for Engineering Approach to Understanding Lymphedema

September 16, 2013 11:58 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

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.

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Hydrogel Implant Demonstrates Impressive Recovery Rates for Patients with Knee Cartilage Damage

September 16, 2013 11:47 am | by Regentis Biomaterials | News | Comments

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.

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Neuros Medical Receives Regulatory Approval for Implantable Device

September 16, 2013 11:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

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.

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Study: Minimally Invasive Prostate Surgery Safer than Open Surgery

September 16, 2013 11:19 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

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.

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High Rate of Spinal Injuries Among Troops Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan

September 16, 2013 11:11 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

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.

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AdvaMedDx Supports Diagnostics Payment Reform Legislation

September 16, 2013 10:23 am | by AdvaMedDx | News | Comments

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.

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Schizophrenia: It’s in the Wiring of the Brain

September 16, 2013 10:20 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

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.

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Intelligent Use of Electronic Data Helps the Medicine Go Down

September 16, 2013 10:16 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

A team from the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham found that the secondary use of data from an electronic prescribing and decision support system in an English hospital led to a ‘substantial and sustained’ reduction in rates of missed or delayed doses of medicines.

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Scientists Creating New Diagnostic and Bioinformatics Tools for Psychotic Disorders

September 16, 2013 10:05 am | by Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) | News | Comments

A new EU project, METSY, develops and applies neuroimaging and bioinformatics tools to study how lipid metabolism is connected to psychotic disorders and metabolic co-morbidities such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes. The overall objective is to identify, prioritize and evaluate multi-modal blood and neuroimaging biomarkers...

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Corindus Vascular Robotics Launches Extensive Study of Robotic Angioplasty Effectiveness and Safety

September 16, 2013 9:03 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Corindus Vascular Robotics, a leading developer of precision vascular robotics, today announced the PRECISION Registry, an ongoing study aimed at collecting data on the patterns of use, safety and effectiveness in the delivery and manipulation of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) devices.

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