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Insect-Inspired Super Rubber Moves Toward Practical Uses in Medicine

July 31, 2013 11:51 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

The remarkable, rubber-like protein that enables dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects to flap their wings, jump and chirp has major potential uses in medicine, scientists conclude in an article in the journal ACS Macro Letters. It evaluates the latest advances toward using a protein called resilin in nanosprings, biorubbers, biosensors, and other applications.

Cells Reprogrammed on the Computer

July 31, 2013 11:45 am | by Université du Luxembourg | Comments

Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine of the University of Luxembourg have developed a model that makes predictions from which differentiated cells – for instance skin cells – can be very efficiently changed into completely different cell types – such as nerve cells, for example.

A Step Toward a Bioartificial Liver Device

July 31, 2013 11:34 am | by Nałęcz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering Polish Academy of Sciences | Comments

Liver cells are very sensitive hence are difficult to cultivate outside the body. However, scientists from the Nałęcz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences have shown that with an appropriately designed microreactor such cultivation is possible.

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A Spectrometer for the Future

July 31, 2013 10:25 am | by Eric Gershon, Yale University | Comments

Taking advantage of the sensitive nature of randomly scattered light, Yale University researchers have developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer with improved resolution over existing micro models. The innovation represents an advance in “lab-on-a-chip” technology, or the consolidation of laboratory capabilities in miniature, highly portable devices.

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BPA Exposure Disrupts Human Egg Maturation

July 31, 2013 10:17 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | Comments

As many as 20 percent of infertile couples in the United States have unexplained reasons for their infertility. Now, new research led by Catherine Racowsky, PhD, director of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital, shows that exposure to BPA could be a contributing factor as to why some infertile couples are having difficulty conceiving.

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Stem Cells in Urine Easy To Isolate and Have Potential for Numerous Therapies

July 31, 2013 10:12 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | Comments

Could harvesting stem cells for therapy one day be as simple as asking patients for a urine sample? Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues have identified stem cells in urine that can be directed to become multiple cell types.

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Printing Silver onto Fibers Could Pave Way for Flexible, Wearable Electronics

July 31, 2013 10:09 am | by National Physical Laboratory | Comments

Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, have developed a way to print silver directly onto fibers. This new technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical.

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Mako Surgical says 2Q surgical procedures grow

July 30, 2013 6:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medical device maker Mako Surgical Corp. posted a larger second-quarter loss on Tuesday, but said surgical procedures performed with its Rio system improved. The company's shares rose $1.02, or 8.2 percent, to $13.45 in after-hours trading.  

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Teleflex Receives FDA Clearance for ARROW GPSCath Balloon Dilatation Catheters in Higher RBP and 80 cm Lengths

July 30, 2013 5:00 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced that its subsidiary Hotspur Technologies, Inc., which Teleflex acquired in June 2012, received FDA 510(k) clearance to market the company’s ARROW ® GPSCath ® Balloon Dilatation Catheters in Higher Rated Burst Pressure (RBP) and 80 cm lengths.

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Drama at Siemens: Rumors fly that outgoing CEO is looking to take chairman down with him

July 30, 2013 3:19 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

The top-level shuffle at German medical device giant Siemens added another chapter today as rumors flew that outgoing CEO Peter Loescher refused to step down unless supervisory board chairman Gerhard Cromme resigns his post. Loescher was ousted by the Siemens board of directors, cutting his contract short by 4 years.

Sorin puts 2012 earthquake behind with 92% Q2 profit growth

July 30, 2013 1:44 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Sorin Group said it's finally put the impact of a devastating earthquake behind it, reporting surging profit growth and a return to normal operations for the Italian plant hit by the temblor. The Italian medical device company posted profits of $18.8 million (€14.2 million) on sales of $248.9 million (€187.7 million) for the quarter, representing profit growth of 91.9% on a top-line slip of 0.3%.

FDA considers patient preference on benefit-risk trade-offs in medical devices

July 30, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

The FDA is looking to make some updates to its medical device benefit-risk calculations, taking into greater consideration the preferences of patients, caregivers and healthcare workers. The federal watchdog agency is holding a public workshop to solicit suggestions on how its medical device review arm might better assess and incorporate patient perspectives on "meaningful benefits" and "appropriate risks" of new medical devices.

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Panel Backs Lung Cancer Screening for Some Smokers

July 30, 2013 12:54 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

For the first time, government advisers are recommending screening for lung cancer, saying certain current and former heavy smokers should get annual scans to cut their chances of dying of the disease. If it becomes final as expected, the advice by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force would clear the way for insurers to cover CT scans, a type of X-ray, for those at greatest risk.

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Innovative Collar to End MND Patients’ Neck Distress

July 30, 2013 12:47 pm | by Medilink | Comments

The collar came from a complete rethinking of existing collars as it sits low on the patient’s neck and offers support along the contours of the neck muscles, making it much easier for patients to carry out everyday tasks such as eating and communicating.

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KCI to Acquire Systagenix

July 30, 2013 12:39 pm | by Kinetic Concepts | Comments

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire UK-based Systagenix, an established provider of advanced wound care products, for a purchase price of $485 million. The combination of Systagenix and KCI will augment KCI’s global position as a leading wound care company with a diverse product portfolio dedicated to changing the practice of medicine and improving patient lives around the world.

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