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M&A Slowdown and Drop in FDA Approvals Stifles Growth of Medtech Sector in 2013

March 11, 2014 4:47 pm | by EP Vantage | News | Comments

At the half-year mark, the medtech sector was on course for its worst year in a decade in terms of M&A activity, EP Vantage concluded last fall in its Half Year Review 2013 report. Unfortunately, the second half of the year showed little...

Two Percent of Americans Have New Hips, Knees

March 11, 2014 10:54 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting. Among those over 50, it's even more common: Five percent have replaced a knee and...

Photos of the Day: New Joints Not Just for Grandma Anymore

March 11, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About two of every 100 Americans now has an artificial joint, doctors are reporting. That's 4.5 million with a new hip and 6.7 million with a new knee, according to the first major study to look at how common these operations have become...

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Clinical Trial Identifies Women Most Likely to Benefit from Vaginal Mesh Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:22 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

Certain women with vaginal prolapse are most likely to benefit from undergoing vaginal mesh surgery, a technique that has become controversial and is the focus of numerous lawsuits. The findings, which are published early online in Ultrasound...

New MRI Can 'See Through' Metal Screws to Follow Patients After Hip Fracture Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Hospital for Special Surgery | News | Comments

People who sustain the most common type of hip fracture, known as a femoral neck fracture, are at increased risk of complications. A special type of MRI developed at Hospital for Special Surgery in collaboration with GE Healthcare can show...

Women Report More Pain than Men After Knee Replacement Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Hospital for Special Surgery | News | Comments

Middle-aged women with rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis resulting from an injury are among the patients most likely to experience serious pain following a knee replacement, researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York have...

Research on 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar in Lung Regeneration

March 10, 2014 11:44 am | by Jennifer Nachbur, University of Vermont | News | Comments

In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. Innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration...

Smith & Nephew and OrthoSensor to co-market VERASENSE Sensor Assisted Surgery with JOURNEY II and LEGION Total Knee Replacements

March 10, 2014 10:35 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, and OrthoSensor, the leader in intelligent orthopaedics, announced today an agreement that will enable surgeons to benefit from OrthoSensor's VERASENSE Sensor Assisted Surgery... 

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Retina Implant AG's Clinical Trial Results Presented for the First Time at Spain's Leading Ophthalmology Congress

March 10, 2014 5:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Retina Implant AG, the leading developer of subretinal implants for patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), today announced that  Angelika Braun, clinical engineer at Retina Implant AG, presented results from the Company's multicenter...

Contacts Better than Permanent Lenses for Babies After Cataract Surgery

March 7, 2014 12:07 pm | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

For adults and children who undergo cataract surgery, implantation of an artificial lens is the standard of care. But a clinical trial suggests that for most infants, surgery followed by the use of contact lenses for several years — and an...

$1.9 Million Grant to Lead Artificial Platelet Study

March 7, 2014 11:57 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A research team led by Case Western Reserve University and collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation has received a $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop injectable artificial platelets that halt bleeding by...

Lifesaving Sensor for Full Bladders

March 7, 2014 11:30 am | by SINTEF | News | Comments

More than 220,000 people in Norway suffer from a neurological disease that means that they have difficulties with urinating and incontinence, and have problems controlling their bladders. About 3,000 of these are particularly badly affected...

Photos of the Day: Lifesaving Bladder Sensor

March 7, 2014 11:28 am | by SINTEF | News | Comments

A small pressure sensor can make the difference between life and death. The first tests on humans will be carried out in April on patients with spinal injuries at Sunnaas Hospital. The tiny pressure sensor looks like a pinprick on the finger...

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Reducing Wait Times Could Improve Spinal Cord Stimulator Success for Chronic Pain

March 6, 2014 8:32 pm | by American Academy of Pain Medicine | News | Comments

Success rates soared to 75% for patients who waited less than 2 years for a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implant, compared with 15% for patients whose implants happened 20 years after the onset of pain, according to a retrospective analysis...

Medtronic Wins European Patent Office Ruling

March 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the European Patent Office has invalidated, in its entirety, the Edwards Lifesciences EP2055266 Spenser patent which was the basis for the Aug. 26, 2013  injunction prohibiting sales of the CoreValve System...

Pumping Iron: A Hydrogel Actuator with Mussel Tone

March 6, 2014 11:25 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Hydrogels are soft networks of polymers with high water content, like jello. Because of their soft, gentle texture, they have the potential to interact safely with living tissues and have applications in a number of medical areas, including...

Silk-Based Surgical Implants Could Offer a Better Way to Repair Broken Bones

March 5, 2014 2:58 pm | by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | News | Comments

Using pure silk protein derived from silkworm cocoons, a team of investigators from Tufts University School of Engineering and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has developed surgical plates and screws that may not only offer...

New Shrinking Gel Steers Tooth Tissue Formation

March 5, 2014 11:30 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A bit of pressure from a new shrinking, sponge-like gel is all it takes to turn transplanted unspecialized cells into cells that lay down minerals and begin to form teeth. The bioinspired gel material could one day help repair or replace...

Supply Chain Deficiencies Keeping Hospital Operating Rooms in the 'Stone Age'

March 5, 2014 11:02 am | by GHX | News | Comments

Despite the fact the healthcare industry is fueled by scientific advancement, too many hospitals find themselves stalled at a crossroads, struggling to embrace business-focused technologies and best practices that will allow them to flourish...

Infographic: Hospital Supply Chain Deficiencies

March 5, 2014 11:02 am | by GHX | News | Comments

The GHX survey of hospital senior executives indicates that operating room (OR) supply chain deficiencies have slowed organizational decision-making, increased costs and inefficiency -- and ultimately impact the delivery of patient care...

CE Approval of the First 4F MR Conditional Lead

March 4, 2014 10:38 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology that specializes in heart failure therapy, announced the first implantations of the Sentus ProMRI lead today. BIOTRONIK's bipolar cardiac resynchronization therapy lead...

Alcohol May Ease the Nerves that Cause Atrial Fibrillation

March 3, 2014 12:21 pm | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

Doctors in the U.S. and Japan have devised a way to treat atrial fibrillation by adding a little alcohol to minimally invasive therapies that target a cluster of misbehaving nerves known to trigger arrhythmia. In the most recent Journal...

Coating Could Prevent Blood Clots Associated with Implanted Devices

March 3, 2014 11:11 am | by Matthew Chin, UCLA | News | Comments

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Michigan has developed a material that could help prevent blood clots associated with catheters, heart valves, vascular grafts and other implanted biomedical devices. Blood clots at or...

Device Allows Continuous Remote Monitoring for Abnormal Heart Rhythms

February 28, 2014 2:36 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Like a third of all stroke patients, Barbara Manning of Chicago never knew what caused the medical event. Now, Manning might be getting some answers as one of the first people in the United States living with a small cardiac monitoring device...

Photos of the Day: Twisting Heart Inspires Better Implantables

February 27, 2014 10:20 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

Now a team of researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has developed a low-cost, programmable soft actuated material that gives...   

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