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September 2013 Digital Edition

September 5, 2013 12:04 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

While the use of disposables in healthcare is certainly nothing new, their implementation as instrumentation in orthopedic procedures is. “Disposables in the O.R.” takes a look at the benefits of this trend.

Semi-Automatic Catheter Insertion Gun Seeks to Reduce Pain in Hospitalized Children

September 3, 2013 11:59 am | by Biodesign Israel | Videos | Comments

Students at the Hebrew University Biodesign program develop a handheld device for rapid and safe IV insertion. Biodesign is a multi-disciplinary, team-based approach to medical innovation, created by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center in partnership with Stanford University.

Robotic IV Insertion Device Means Less Pain for Kids

September 3, 2013 11:56 am | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

A new prototype device for rapid and safe IV insertion reduces pain in hospitalized children. The semi-automatic handheld device, called SAGIV, identifies veins, inserts a needle and withdraws it in a single movement. It was developed by students and clinicians in the Biodesign program of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center.


DNA 'Cages' May Aid Drug Delivery

September 3, 2013 10:00 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Nanoscale "cages" made from strands of DNA can encapsulate small-molecule drugs and release them in response to a specific stimulus, McGill University researchers report in a new study. The research, published online Sept. 1 in Nature Chemistry, marks a step toward the use of biological nanostructures to deliver drugs to diseased cells in patients.

The Fine Art of Machining

August 28, 2013 3:15 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Okuma America Corporation, Crescent Industries, Inc. | Articles | Comments

While machining may not be specified as much as it once was in the medical device industry (outside of the orthopedic realm, that is), it is still very much a necessary component fabrication process for this industry. In fact, machining is being utilized across an array of device sectors, from surgical tools, fixation devices, and dental implants to components for medical pumps, instrumentation, and implantables.

BioTime Receives Approval to Begin Human Clinical Trials of Renevia

August 28, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

BioTime, Inc. today announced that it has received approval from The Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) to begin human clinical trials of Renevia™, a unique biomaterial used as a delivery matrix for autologous adipose derived cells to treat the loss of subcutaneous adipose tissue (lipoatrophies) arising from trauma, surgical resection, and congenital defects and disease.

Medtronic hands Pioneer Plus catheters to Volcano in closed-doors deal

August 27, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device giant Medtronic is handing its Pioneer Plus re-entry catheter product line over to Volcano for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced this week. The deal, which Volcano hopes will help it expand its reach in peripheral indications, is expected to close this month and is structured as an "asset purchase."

Nanomedicine: The Future of Medicine (Infographic)

August 26, 2013 11:36 am | by Associates Degree in Nursing | News | Comments

Nanomedicine refers to highly specific medical intervention at the molecular level for curing disease or repairing damaged tissues. Though in its infancy, could we be looking at the future of medicine? Early clinical trials certainly look promising.


Report: Lilly Paid Kickbacks to Chinese Doctors

August 22, 2013 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese newspaper says drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. spent millions of dollars on kickbacks to doctors in that country for new patients who started using Lilly's insulin products. The 21st Century Business Herald says the Indianapolis company spent at least 30 million yuan, or about $4.9 million, in direct kickbacks to doctors.

Becton false advertising and antitrust lawsuit heads to trial

August 22, 2013 11:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) is headed to court next month to speak to allegations, brought by rival Retractable Technologies' (NYSE:RVP), that it engaged in illegal in order to maintain a monopoly in the syringe business.  

The Japanese Market For Peripheral Vascular Devices Will Be Characterized By New Product Launches In Many Segments

August 22, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group, the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, efforts to streamline the regulatory approval process in Japan have resulted in the recent entry of numerous devices in the Japanese peripheral vascular (PV) device market, and more products, such as drug-coated balloons and infrapopliteal stents, are expected to enter in the next few years.

Covidien recalls flush syringes

August 20, 2013 1:59 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Covidien recalled some lots of its Monoject syringes after discovering a sterilization mishap and labeling problem. The issues affected 14 lots in shipments that went out to customers in the U.S. and Bermuda, the Mansfield, Mass.-based medical products giant said.

Tainted Needles Infect Dozens of Patients

August 19, 2013 12:42 pm | by Holly Ramer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Patients at a New Hampshire hospital, who were infected with hepatitis C by a traveling medical technician with a drug problem, are pleased with his guilty plea, but are still pushing to hold others accountable. David Kwiatkowski, 34, pleaded guilty last week to 16 federal drug charges under an agreement that calls for him to spend 30 to 40 years in prison.


Time-Release Coating Allows Drug for Macular Degeneration to Last Longer

August 19, 2013 11:12 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers have teamed up with clinicians to create a new drug-delivery strategy for a type of central vision loss caused by blood vessel growth at the back of the eye, where such growth should not occur. In addition to testing a new drug that effectively stops such runaway vessel growth in mice, the team gave the drug a biodegradable coating to keep it in the eye longer.

Medisafe Project Announces Enhanced Version of Mobile App For iPhone Users

August 14, 2013 6:59 pm | by MediSafe Project | News | Comments

MediSafe Project announced today the addition of three new features to the iOS version of its medication management system. The new features make it easier to input information, enhance the engagement process and better manage medication management for iPhone users.

Ambient Backscatter Eliminates Power Needs for Wireless Device Communication

August 13, 2013 5:18 pm | by University of Washington | Videos | Comments

University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

Wireless Devices Go Battery-Free with New Communication Technique

August 13, 2013 5:13 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

Rapid Changes with Portable Medical Devices

August 13, 2013 2:05 pm | by Kirk Barker, Electronic Product Manager, maxon motors | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Kirk Barker, electronic product manager at maxon motors, was a part of the staff written article, “Portability Is the Name of the Game.” He took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.

Spectranetics takes Thermopeutix to court over distribution deal

August 13, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Spectranetics and Thermopeutix are engaged in a full-on legal battle over the Tapas catheter, an infusion system the companies agreed sell using pooled resources in a distribution deal inked in late 2011. Now Spectranetics is suing San Diego-based Thermopeutix for attempting to cancel the deal.

GPOs: Medtronic, St. Jude, Boston Scientific land new deals from Premier

August 13, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Premier Healthcare Alliance awarded several new contracts for drug-eluting stents, traditional stents and other intervention products to 8 heavy hitters in the cardiology space. Abbott, Boston Scientific, and Medtronic all landed supplier deals for drug-eluting and traditional stents.

Chemists Design ‘Smart’ Nanoparticles to Improve Drug Delivery

August 13, 2013 11:46 am | by Rob Enslin, Syracuse University | News | Comments

Chemists have used a temperature-sensitive polymer to regulate DNA interactions in both a DNA-mediated assembly system and a DNA-encoded drug-delivery system. Their findings may improve how nanomaterials self-assemble into functional devices and how anticancer drugs are delivered into the body.

Dissolvable Sutures Material Could Treat Brain Infections

August 13, 2013 10:37 am | by ACS Chemical Neuroscience | News | Comments

A plastic material already used in absorbable surgical sutures and other medical devices shows promise for continuous administration of antibiotics to patients with brain infections, scientists are reporting in a new study. Use of the material, placed directly on the brain’s surface, could reduce the need for weeks of costly hospital stays now required for such treatment.

EPGL Medical Invents Smart Epidural Needle, Nerve Ablation And Trigger Point Treatment Devices

August 12, 2013 9:25 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

EP Global Communications, Inc. and EPGL Medical announced today that Company engineers have invented three "smart medical devices" which have similar purpose; to give physicians advanced situational awareness during critical procedures and thus cutting cost to providers and risk to patients. 

Another Class I recall for CareFusion's Alaris pump

August 9, 2013 2:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA sent out the highest-risk recall notice for the an infusion pump made by CareFusion, the most recent warning to customers involving the company's Alaris product line. Following customer reports of an "error" message on the pump's PC computer system, the company issued a warning notice, which the FDA followed-up with a Class I recall, reserved for device malfunctions that have the potential cause serious harm or death.

Common Condiment Could Enable New High-Tech Industry

August 9, 2013 12:12 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Chemists at Oregon State University have identified a compound that could significantly reduce the cost and potentially enable the mass commercial production of silicon nanostructures – materials that have huge potential in everything from electronics to biomedicine and energy storage.

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