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Magnesium Surgical Implants Can Be Designed to Biodegrade, Promote Bone Growth

August 20, 2014 9:58 am | by University of Florida | News | Comments

Ask anyone who has a surgical pin in their body, and they likely will tell you they wish it would just go away. In the future, it just might, with help from research by Michele Manuel, an associate professor of materials science and engineering...

Engineering New Bone Growth

August 19, 2014 3:57 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemical engineers have devised a new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth...

First Endoscope-Guided Pedicle Screw System for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Launched

August 19, 2014 2:44 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced the availability of the new S4 Element MIS System...

3D Printed Patient-Specific Facial Device Receives FDA Clearance

August 19, 2014 11:26 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Oxford Performance Materials, Inc., a leading advanced materials and additive manufacturing (3D...

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Engineering Long-Lasting Joint Lubrication by Mimicking Nature

August 18, 2014 4:12 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

By finding a way to bind a slippery molecule naturally found in the fluid that surrounds healthy joints, Johns Hopkins researchers have engineered surfaces that have the potential to deliver long-lasting lubrication at specific spots throughout...

Global Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Market to Reach $56.9 Billion in 2019

August 18, 2014 10:09 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Tissue Engineering and Regeneration: Technologies and Global Markets, the global market for tissue engineering and regeneration is expected to grow to $56.9 billion by 2019, with a five-year compound...

3D Printing Cartilage

August 15, 2014 3:44 pm | by EnvisionTEC | News | Comments

Rocky Tuan, PhD, is a professor and executive vice chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery as well as the director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine developing 3D printed cartilage with the EnvisionTEC Perfactory. This research is the first success of living human cartilage tissue composed atop a chip using 3D printing.

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Infographic: What Engineers Think About Retirement

August 7, 2014 8:14 am | by Kasey Panetta & Eileen Whitmore, ECN Magazine | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what engineers had planned for...    

Customized Knee Implants Have More Natural Motion Compared to Off-the-Shelf Versions

August 6, 2014 8:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConforMIS, Inc., a medical device company providing the only truly customized total knee implant systems for patients, today announced results from two in vivo clinical studies comparing the motion patterns of patients treated with ConforMIS...

Researchers Determine Why Tendons Break Down with Age

August 5, 2014 10:36 am | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have identified differences in the proteins present in young and old tendons, in new research that could guide the development of treatments to stop tissue breakdown from occurring. Tendon structure...

Hip Replacement Surgery Is on the Rebound

August 5, 2014 10:26 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The hip replacement market is beginning to recover from the global recession and controversies surrounding metal-on-metal implants, with procedure volumes growing and patient confidence at an all-time high, says an analyst with research and...

Tecomet to Acquire Symmetry Medical Inc.'s OEM Solutions Business

August 4, 2014 8:32 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tecomet Inc., a Genstar Capital portfolio company and precision contract manufacturer supporting the medical device and aerospace industries, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Symmetry Medical Inc. to acquire its...

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New Knee Implant Saves the Ligaments

July 23, 2014 2:01 pm | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

During a traditional total knee replacement, the surgeon must remove the “island” of bone to which the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are attached. The new knee features a shape that protects that...

InformationWeek Finds 10 Healthcare-Friendly Robots

July 23, 2014 9:49 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

When it comes to welcoming our new robot overlords, InformationWeek editor David Wagner is ready to roll out the red carpet. Healthcare is one of the major reasons to welcome an influx of HAL 9000-like robots into our human sphere. With...

Expanded FDA Clearance of Synergy Biomedical’s Biosphere Putty

July 21, 2014 1:40 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Synergy Biomedical, LLC, a developer of novel biomaterial products, has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market Biosphere Putty as a bone graft extender for use in the posterolateral...

Medical Technology: Benefits Far Outweigh Costs

July 21, 2014 11:48 am | by Milken Institute | News | Comments

As America ages and sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets become more common, experts agree the nation is suffering a sharp rise in the prevalence of chronic disease. So as the 21st century unfolds, some in the healthcare industry argue...

Qualcomm Institute Announces Seed Grants to Build Clusters in Brain, Medical Research

July 21, 2014 11:12 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

The Qualcomm Institute at the University of California, San Diego has given the green light to 35 new projects that are part of the institute’s Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunities (CSRO) program. Fourteen of these projects are led by...

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FDA Clearance for Expanding Orthopedics’ Flxfit 3D Expandable Interbody Cage

July 21, 2014 10:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Expanding Orthopedics Inc. (EOI), a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative expandable devices for spine surgeries, is excited to announce that its FLXfit, the world's first 3D expandable...

New Lawsuits Filed in Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Litigation

July 18, 2014 2:01 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wendy Fleishman and Lexi Hazam, of the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, has announced that over the past month 20 hip replacement patients represented by Lieff Cabraser have filed personal injury lawsuits...

Robotic and Computer-Assisted Devices Struggling to Win Over Orthopedic Surgeons

July 17, 2014 9:39 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

While marketing drivers will continue to enhance the existing growth trend in the global computer-assisted devices space, computer-assisted and robotic surgery is expected to remain the reserve of top-tier hospitals, mostly in developed...

Telecare Intervention Improves Chronic Pain

July 16, 2014 10:53 am | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | News | Comments

A telephone-delivered intervention, which included automated symptom monitoring, produced clinically meaningful improvements in chronic musculoskeletal pain compared to usual care, according to a study in the July 16 issue of JAMA. Pain is...

What 3D Printing Means for Healthcare

July 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Steve Erickson, Vice President, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

Medical care might not be the most obvious place for 3D printing applications, but 3D-printed kidneys and 3D-printed prosthetic eyes say otherwise. 3D-printed plastics are being used for medical tools and devices, models for surgical training...

Misonix BoneScalpel Reported to Save Blood Loss in Spinal Fusions with Similar Diagnosis

July 15, 2014 9:22 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Misonix, Inc., an international surgical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ultrasonic products for spine surgery, skull based surgery, neurosurgery, wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic...

Titan Spine Receives FDA Clearance to Launch Endoskeleton TL Device for Lateral Spinal Fusion

July 14, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commercially release...

Sunshine Act Will Reveal Manufacturers’ Payments to Docs in September

July 11, 2014 2:04 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

When many of us have a medical appointment we're concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What's our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. That's because nearly...

Biomet Sports Medicine Launches the JuggerKnotless Soft Anchor

July 11, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC, a subsidiary of Biomet, Inc., announced today the launch of the JuggerKnotless Soft Anchor device. The JuggerKnotless Soft Anchor is the latest product offering in the JuggerKnot Soft Anchor family of all-suture...

ReWalk Robotics Ltd. Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

July 11, 2014 9:10 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ReWalk Robotics Ltd. has announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of shares of its ordinary shares. The number of shares to be offered...

Breg Introduces Knee Brace to Help Runners with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

July 11, 2014 9:07 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Breg, Inc., a premier provider of sports medicine products and services, has launched the FreeRunner knee brace with new innovations to help people, particularly runners, who suffer from patella mal-tracking return to active lifestyles...

RTI Surgical Unveils PACK Precision Allograft Cartilage Instrument Kit

July 10, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RTI Surgical Inc., a leading global surgical implant company, is unveiling the new Precision Allograft Cartilage Kit (PACK) at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) annual meeting in Seattle this week. PACK, the company’s...

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