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J&J to Pay $2.5B to Settle Hip Replacement Suits

November 21, 2013 1:45 pm | by John Seewer and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said late Tuesday that it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries. The agreement...

J&J Settlement Resolves Metal Hip Lawsuits But Weak Oversight Leaves Patients Vulnerable

November 19, 2013 6:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson announced today that it has reached a multi-billion dollar settlement for victims of the company's flawed all metal hip implant. The problems patients have experienced with the device demonstrate the need for stricter...

Arthrosurface Stemless Shoulder Arthroplasty Hits 10 Year Mark

November 18, 2013 6:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface Incorporated, a developer of less-invasive joint restoration and resurfacing systems, performed its first US stemless shoulder resurfacing in 2003. The Company continued to expand the technology and introduced the stemless total...

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InVivo surges 56% on news of impending U.S. trial, search for strategic partnerships

November 16, 2013 1:41 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Massachusetts-based InVivo Therapeutics saw a major surge on Wall Street on Friday after the market reacted to news that it will soon begin enrolling patients in a U.S. clinical trial of its 1st investigational product, diverting development efforts...

AHF: J&J’s $4 Billion Hip Lawsuit Settlement Shows Pharma’s Immense Wealth—and Greed

November 13, 2013 11:14 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

As news of Johnson & Johnson’s plan to announce a $4 billion settlement to resolve over 7,500 federal and state lawsuits involving recalled J&J hip implant products spilled out earlier today via a Bloomberg news article, officials from...

Development and Clinical Approval of Biodegradeble Magnesium Alloy

November 13, 2013 10:20 am | by Korea Institute of Science and Technology | News | Comments

This biodegradable and bioabsorbable metal decomposes from 6 months to 2 years after being transplanted into human body and hence, medical devices made with these materials are expected to reshape the landscape in the field of fracture treatment...

Photos of the Day: Printing Knees and Neurons

November 12, 2013 12:42 pm | by Yale | News | Comments

The Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design has produced a model of a lone neuron (pictured) using its 3D printers. “We see a future in which 3D models of nerve cells will be an integral part of doing research and of teaching...  

From Knee to Neuron, Offspring of 3D Printers Multiply

November 12, 2013 12:41 pm | by Eric Gershon, Yale | News | Comments

Yale neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd has studied neurons for decades. But until recently he’d never had a neuron he could grasp with his own two hands: Neurons are much too small. Now he’s got his very own 3D neuron in all its spidery glory...

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Biolase tanks on gaping Q3 losses, fires sales & marketing veeps, will seek acquirer

November 12, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Biolase shares plunged today after the medical device company said it's headed for the auction block, having seen its 3rd-quarter losses widen by a whopping 639% and sacked its sales and marketing heads after badly missing Wall Street's earnings...

Surgeons Describe New Ligament in the Human Knee

November 11, 2013 4:23 pm | by KU Leuven | News | Comments

Two knee surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have provided the first full anatomical description of a previously enigmatic ligament in the human knee. The ligament appears to play an important role in patients with anterior cruciate ligament...

FDA takes another look at 'spinal spheres' and stair-climbing wheelchairs

November 11, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

FDA regulators plan to meet next month to review a handful of medical devices and possibly recommend reclassification for spinal fusion 'spheres' and both stair-climbing and mechanical wheelchairs. The agency noted in the Federal Register that...

Titan Spine Reaches Milestone of 18,000 Implanted Devices

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

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced it has reached 18,000 implantations of its Endoskeleton ® interbody fusion devices since its inception...

Wireless Device Converts 'Lost' Energy into Electric Power

November 7, 2013 4:46 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to that of modern solar panels ... 

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Photos of the Day: This Patch Regrows Bone & Camera Detects Tumors

November 7, 2013 1:17 pm | by MDT Staff | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of Iowa have created an implantable bio patch that regrows bone in a living body, using existing cells, and a new camera displays colored structures by means of ...         

EOS Imaging Buys OneFit Medical

November 5, 2013 2:57 pm | by EOS imaging | News | Comments

EOS imaging, a pioneer in 2D/3D orthopaedic medical imaging, has announced the signing of the acquisition agreement of OneFit Medical, publisher of knee and hip surgery planning software and manufacturer of ...      

DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company, Announces the First Match Point System™ Shoulder Surgeries

October 31, 2013 7:35 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

DJO Global, Inc., a global provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, today announced the first surgical uses of its Match Point System™ patient-specific shoulder instrumentation in...

Olympic Gold Medalist Megan Rapinoe Joins Forces with DJO Global

October 30, 2013 3:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

DJO Global, Inc. today announced that Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and member of the Seattle Reign FC, a part of the National Women’s Soccer League, is partnering with the medical device company to...

Teleflex to Acquire Vidacare

October 29, 2013 5:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated, a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Vidacare Corporation, the leading provider of intraosseous (IO)...

SpineDirect, LLC Launches Revolutionary High Quality, Low Cost Spinal Implant Solution

October 25, 2013 1:09 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SpineDirect, an innovative spinal fusion company that boasts a full compliment of spinal fusion products, officially launches its business this week in the US. The company's focus is on the growing demand from hospitals to purchase spinal fusion...

Will preemption rescue Medtronic from InFuse lawsuits?

October 24, 2013 1:27 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtronic could avoid a major headache if the courts continue to allow the doctrine of preemption in product liability lawsuits filed over its InFuse bone-growth protein, according to Fish & Richardson principal José Sierra. The InFuse bone growth...

The Pulse: Smelling Salmonella & Biomedical Experiments in Space

October 23, 2013 5:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are designing medical devices for space, diagnosing the undiagnosable, reconstructing vessels in 3D, and smelling salmonella so we don’t get sick with a new ...          

Staying On Top

October 18, 2013 3:28 pm | by Stacey Wiebe, DP Technology | Mori Seiki Usa, Inc., Dp Technology Corp. | Articles | Comments

There is magic in machining. After all, job shops turn daydream concepts into those you can actually touch, and with nary an “Abracadabra” to boot. But Single Source, Inc.—no mom-and-pop job shop by any stretch of the imagination—is a place where parts go to be born.

Positive Results from Factoring Material Properties into Spinal Implant Simulations

October 17, 2013 12:22 pm | by Thomas Mosnier, R&D Manager, Medicrea | Articles | Comments

One of the most promising surgical options for treating spinal injury and deterioration of spinal discs is the use of artificial discs to replace the patient’s natural spinal disc. The materials used in these artificial discs are an important factor in the development...

Toolkit Offers Innovative Data Discovery Resource for Biomedical Researchers

October 17, 2013 12:15 pm | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Biomedical researchers often confront large quantities of information that may be amassed in many forms: vital signs, blood cell counts, lengthy DNA sequences, bar graphs, MRIs, patient demographics, and so much more. How do researchers... 

Women at Serious Risk for Osteoporosis and Life-threatening Fractures

October 17, 2013 3:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On World Osteoporosis Day, October 20, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is calling for women to take action now to protect their bone health. Broken bones due to osteoporosis often result in pain, immobility and loss of quality of...

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