Broken bones and joint replacements may someday heal faster, thanks to an unusual coating for medical implants under development at The Ohio State University. Researchers have found that bone cells grow and reproduce faster on a textured surface than they do on a smooth one—and they grow best when they can cling to a microscopic shag carpet made of tiny metal oxide wires.
Researchers have generated functional hepatocytes from human stem cells, transplanted them into mice with acute liver injury, and shown the ability of these stem-cell derived human liver cells to function normally and increase survival of the treated animals.
Silk has walked straight off the runway and into the lab. According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, silk implants placed in the brain of laboratory animals and designed to release a specific chemical, adenosine, may help stop the progression of epilepsy.
DJO Global, Inc., a leading provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, announced that the first TaperFill™ Total Hip Replacement (THR) was implanted. TaperFill was developed to accommodate a minimally invasive procedure.
A prominent hacker who discovered a way to have automatic teller machines spit out cash and was set to deliver a talk about hacking pacemakers and other wireless implantable medical devices has died in San Francisco, authorities and his employer said.
DJO Global has announced the launch of the Empi Phoenix, an electrical stimulator designed to help simplify treatment of muscle atrophy before and after surgery for total knee replacement or ACL repair.
Zimmer settled a lawsuit with a prominent orthopedic surgeon who claimed a right to royalties for his work on some of the medical device company's knee implants, agreeing to dismiss the case with prejudice. Dr. Norman Scott sought to be included in a trio patents along with another physician, Dr. Giles Scuderi.
Minnesota medical devices maker EnteroMedics touted today that the FDA had accepted for review the company's premarket approval submission of the Maestro Rechargeable System's VBLOC implant, a neurostimulation device for treating obesity.
Polyurethane studded with gold nanoparticles can conduct electricity even when stretched, Michigan engineers have discovered. This feat could pave the way for flexible electronics and gentler medical devices. The nanoparticles start out randomly arranged, but they drift into wire-like formations as the material is stretched.
EnteroMedics Announces PMA Application for VBLOC Therapy in Obesity Accepted for Review and Filing by FDAJuly 25, 2013 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments
EnteroMedics Inc., the developer of medical devices using neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic diseases and other gastrointestinal disorders, today announced that the U.S. FDA has accepted for filing the Company's Premarket Approval application for approval of the Maestro® Rechargeable System's VBLOC® vagal blocking therapy as a treatment for obesity.
At the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, custom prosthetic attachments, cranial-facial implants, and surgical models are constantly being churned out, layer by layer, in an additive manufacturing process commonly referred to as 3D printing.
Surgeons in Europe have completed clinical trials on the world’s first serviceable bioprosthetic heart valve, paving the way for the CE mark and commercial sale of an advanced heart valve that eliminates many common problems for cardiac valve patients.
Amid yet more claims of illegal drug-taking by high-profile athletes, scientists in Switzerland say they may have found a foolproof way to prevent the use of banned substances in sports. They say their chip implant, designed to monitor naturally-occurring substances in the blood, could also be used as a weapon against drug cheats.
TYRX, Inc. has announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the AIGISRx N Antibacterial Envelope for use with vagus nerve stimulators, which are currently used to treat seizure disorders and depression.
The FDA today announced the recall of the MedStream Programmable Infusion Pump, an implanted device from Switzerland-based manufacturer Medos Internationalused to treat muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or damage to the brain or spinal cord.
No computer works as efficiently as the human brain – so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now made a breakthrough in this direction by understanding how to configure so-called neuromorphic chips to imitate the brain's information processing abilities in real-time.
Digital Angel Corporation, following its recent share exchange with VeriTeQ Acquisition Corporation, announced that VeriTeQ filed a provisional patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in September 2012 for a microchip that is able to withstand high temperatures in order to make it compatible with the sterilization processes involved in the manufacturing of implantable medical devices.
Paragonix Technologies Inc., Announces Publication by the ASAIO (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs) Journal of "Oxygen Consumption During Oxygenated Hypothermic Perfusion as a Measure of Donor Organ Viability"July 22, 2013 6:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments
Paragonix Technologies, Inc. today announced that the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) Journal has published an original research paper describing the performance of a hypothermic perfusion platform for donor organ preservation and the ability to monitor donor organ viability.
Stryker said an unexpected, $170 million hit related to its recalled Rejuvenate hip implant pushed its 2nd-quarter profits down nearly 35% and lowered its earnings outlook for the rest of the year. The Kalamazoo, Mich.-based medical device company posted profits of $213 million, or 56¢ per share, on sales of $2.21 billion during the 3 months ended June 30, for sales growth of 5.0% but a bottom-line slide of 34.5%.
ValveXchange has its sights set on winning regulatory approval in Europe for its Vitality device, a product the company touts as the 1st serviceable bioprosthetic heart valve. Clinical trial enrollment to support European CE Mark approval wrapped up last month, and ValveXchange submitted all of its paperwork to the regulatory body DERKA Certification this week, according to a press release.
Scientists in Granada, Spain have patented a new biomaterial that facilitates generating bone tissue from umbilical cord stem cells. The material consists of an activated carbon cloth support for cells that differentiate, giving rise to a product that can promote bone growth.
TriVascular has announced the initiation of a U.S. Post-Approval Study (PAS) of the Ovation Prime Abdominal Stent Graft System for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).
Researchers have developed a drug delivery technique for diabetes treatment in which a sponge-like material surrounds an insulin core. The sponge expands and contracts in response to blood sugar levels to release insulin as needed. The technique could also be used for targeted drug delivery to cancer cells.
Synthetic implant company Cartiva closed a $4.3 million financing round led by venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates. As part of the round, 1 of the VC firm's partners, Dr. Justin Klein, will join Cartiva's board of directors. The Alpharetta, Ga.-based device maker plans to use the funds to support trials for its synthetic cartilage implant for treatment of arthritis in the big toe.
ulrich medical USA, Inc., today announced the U.S. market release of the uCerv Interbody System which is a spinal implant device used for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgical procedures (C2-C7). The uCerv System consists of trapezoidal shaped implants that are available in a parallel or lordotic configuration of various heights.