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High Court Won't Hear Okla. Ultrasound Case

November 12, 2013 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is declining to revive Oklahoma's strict ultrasound law for women seeking abortions. The justices said Tuesday they will let stand a state Supreme Court ruling that struck down the 2011 law passed by Oklahoma's legislature...

Ethicon Energy Launches ENSEAL® G2 Articulating at AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology

November 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (Ethicon) has announced that its first-to-market ENSEAL ® G2 Articulating Tissue Sealer is now available nationwide. The new device will be featured this week at the 42nd American Association of Gynecologic...  

Nanotech System, Cellular Heating May Improve Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

October 18, 2013 10:37 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

The combination of heat, chemotherapeutic drugs and an innovative delivery system based on nanotechnology may significantly improve the treatment of ovarian cancer while reducing side effects from toxic drugs, researchers at Oregon State...

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Study Ties BPA to Possible Miscarriage Risk

October 14, 2013 11:59 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant. The work is not nearly enough to prove a link...

Study: Most Twins Can Be Born Without a C-Section

October 3, 2013 9:52 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Expecting twins? You probably don't need to schedule a cesarean section. Most moms can safely give birth without surgery, a big study finds. It's the latest research to question the need for C-sections, which are done in one-third of all births in the United States and three-fourths of those involving twins.

New Device Extremely Effective at Preventing HIV

September 30, 2013 10:26 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

It’s often said that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has a woman’s face. The proportion of women infected with HIV has been on the rise for a decade; in sub-Saharan Africa, women constitute 60 percent of people living with disease. While preventative drugs exist, they have often proven ineffective, especially in light of financial and cultural barriers in developing nations.

OmniGuide raises $15M for BeamPath surgical laser

September 26, 2013 5:25 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

OmniGuide Surgical said it raised a $15 million funding round for its BeamPath surgical layer. The Cambridge, Mass.-based medical device company said it plans to use the round to expand BeamPath's footprint in the gynecological market and launch new ear, nose & throat products.

Test-Tube Babies: A Simpler, Cheaper Technique?

August 23, 2013 10:58 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In the West, many would-be parents spend thousands of dollars for IVF, which involves pricey incubators and extensive screening. But European and American scientists say a simplified version of the entire procedure aimed at developing countries could be done for about 200 euros ($265) with generic fertility drugs and basic lab equipment that would fit inside a shoebox.

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How Can Formula 1 Racing Help ... Babies?

August 8, 2013 10:39 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

During a Formula 1 race, a car sends hundreds of millions of data points to its garage for real-time analysis and feedback. So why not use this detailed and rigorous data system elsewhere, like ... at children’s hospitals?     

Inova Translational Medicine Institute and GNS Healthcare Partner To Advance Diagnosis and Prevention of Preterm Birth

August 8, 2013 8:01 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

The Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) at Inova Fairfax Hospital and GNS Healthcare today announced a partnership to develop and commercialize computer models capable of predicting risk of preterm live birth, built using next generation sequencing and electronic medical record data.

Welch Allyn Aims to Improve Patient Comfort and Safety with Acrylic Vaginal Specula and Cordless Illumination System

August 1, 2013 1:27 pm | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that specializes in helping clinicians improve patient outcomes, today announced a new promotion designed to help women’s health providers improve patient comfort and safety with its disposable KleenSpec® Vaginal Specula and Welch Allyn Cordless Illumination System.

BPA Exposure Disrupts Human Egg Maturation

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

Guided Therapeutics and I.T.E.M. Medical Technologies Group Announce Turkish Ministry of Health Sponsored Cervical Cancer Prevention Program Involving the LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan

July 2, 2013 8:29 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

NORCROSS, Ga. & ANKARA, Turkey--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 2, 2013--First graph, second sentence should read: The program for 2013 and 2014, to be funded by Turkey’s Ministry of Health (sted The program for 2013 and 2104). The corrected release reads: GUIDED THERAPEUTICS AND...

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Implantable Drug Delivery Devices—An Overview

July 1, 2013 4:13 pm | by James Arps, Ph.D., Director, ProMed Pharma LLC | ProMed Molded Products, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As more therapies are able to indicate implantable devices for treatment, incorporating drug delivery into them can be a significant additional benefit. Even when drug delivery is the primary function, implantable devices can be preferable. This article reviews some representative applications that device designers can leverage in developing new products for the implantable drug delivery market.

Regulatory Approval Opens the Way for European Launch of New Single-Size Contraceptive Diaphragm

June 26, 2013 11:28 am | by PATH | News | Comments

Soon, women in Europe may be taking a new look at one of the world’s oldest forms of contraception. European regulators have granted the single-size SILCS Diaphragm a CE marking, allowing the product to be sold throughout Europe. The launch is also an important step toward expanding nonhormonal contraception options for women worldwide.

Johns Hopkins Surgeons Among First in the Country to Perform a Robotic Single-Site Hysterectomy

May 30, 2013 4:33 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Two Johns Hopkins gynecologic surgeons are among the first in the nation to perform a robotic hysterectomy using a single, small incision. Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D. and Stacey Scheib, M.D. recently performed several other types of single-site robotic gynecologic procedures—including surgery for fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, and ovarian cysts and masses.

The Future of Energy-Based Surgical Systems

May 6, 2013 2:43 pm | by Steven Walsh, Ph.D., VP of R&D, and Nikolay Suslov, Ph.D., EVP and CTO, Plasma Surgical | Blogs | Comments

Unique energy-based surgical devices afford broad clinical use in the cutting, coagulation, and ablation of tissues using a high velocity jet of thermal plasma, and the PlasmaJet surgical system is one example of this medical device evolution. Plasma is formed when sufficient energy is added to remove outer electrons from a gas to form ions.

Photo of the Day: Surgeries by Age Group

April 29, 2013 3:54 pm | by CompHealth | News | Comments

Going Under the Knife—Millions of Americans will have surgery this year. Whether it’s the result of an emergency, an exploratory procedure, or even elective, some surgical procedures are more common depending on your age. An infographic by the team at Top Surgeries Graphic - CompHealth.

Bayer to Pay $1.1B for California Firm Conceptus

April 29, 2013 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German drug company Bayer AG says it has agreed to buy California-based Conceptus for around $1.1 billion to expand the kinds of birth control it offers. Bayer said Monday it would launch a public offer to pay $31.00 per share for all the stock in Conceptus, Inc., which is based in Mountain View.

Analysts "surprised" at sudden Intuitive Surgical sell-off

March 14, 2013 4:55 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Intuitive Surgical shares suffered a sudden sell-off today after the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists released a statement questioning some of the marketed benefits of robot-assisted surgery. ACOG president Dr. James Breeden issued a statement warning that the benefits of robot-assisted surgery may also be achieved through other minimally invasive methods.

OB/GYNs Told Robot Hysterectomy Not Best Option

March 14, 2013 3:56 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Pricey robotic surgery shouldn't be the first or even second choice for most women who need a hysterectomy, says advice issued Thursday to doctors who help those women decide. The preferred method: Operate through the vagina, using standard tools rather than a robot, said Dr. James Breeden.

Halt Medical Announces The First Commercial Use Of the Acessa™ System

March 12, 2013 3:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

LIVERMORE, Calif., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Halt Medical, Inc. announced that Dr. Jay M. Berman, M.D., FACOG, has performed the first commercial Acessa Procedure in the United States. The procedure is used for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Dr. Berman performed the procedure at...

Global Gynecological Devices Market is Expected to Reach USD 5.3 Billion by 2018: Transparency Market Research

March 6, 2013 4:36 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

As per the new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Gynecological Devices Market  (Surgical Devices, Endometrial Ablation Devices, Female Sterilization and Contraception Devices, Vaginal Speculum, Tenaculum, Biopsy Forceps, Diagnostic Imaging Systems and Gynecological...

Costlier Robotic Surgery Soars for Hysterectomies

February 19, 2013 4:06 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for women's hysterectomies, adding at least $2,000 to the cost without offering much benefit over less high-tech methods, a study found. The technique was used in just 0.5 percent of operations studied in 2007, but that soared to almost 10 percent by...

The AcessaT System Now Approved In Mexico To Treat Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids

February 11, 2013 3:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halt Medical, Inc. announced today that on January 18, 2013, COFEPRIS, a division within the Mexican Ministry of Health (Secretaria de Salud) responsible for medical device oversight, issued registration for the Acessa System to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids. "Mexico is the second...

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