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Lighting the Way to Surgical Precision

December 11, 2013 4:11 pm | by By Vijay Shanbhag, Medical Sales Manager, Lighting and Imaging, SCHOTT North America | Articles | Comments

Medical technology has evolved to the point that surgeons can complete medical procedures through incisions less than an inch long. For practitioners, these less intrusive methods mean faster procedures and lower pre- and post-operation...

Changing Medicine Through Technology

December 11, 2013 2:56 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices serve a number of purposes from the most mundane to the esoteric. Some are constantly being redesigned and updated to be more effective while others have remained little-changed for decades. Even bed pans—stainless steel...

Biopen to Rewrite Orthopedic Implants Surgery

December 11, 2013 10:38 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A handheld “bio pen” developed in the labs of the University of Wollongong will allow surgeons to repair damaged and diseased bone material by delivering live cells and growth factors directly to the site of injury, accelerating the regeneration...

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Photos of the Day: Coloring-in Bone

December 11, 2013 10:35 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

The BioPen prototype was designed and built using the 3D printing equipment in the labs at the University of Wollongong and was handed over to clinical partners at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne led by Professor Peter Choong, who will work...

RapidFIRE: Researchers Develop an On-the-Fly 3D Bio Printer

December 11, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers at UOW in Australia have developed a "bio pen" that could allow surgeons to repair damaged bone tissue with customized implants during surgery. The BioPen delivers live cells and growth factors, which accelerate the regeneration...

Realistic 3D-Printed Models for Neurosurgical Training

December 10, 2013 12:09 pm | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | Stratasys Inc. | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, with collaboration from researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, announce the creation of a cost-effective two-part model of the skull...

Soft Tissue Regeneration raises $4.7M for biodegradable scaffold

December 9, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Orthopedics maker Soft Tissue Regeneration is closing in on a $5 million funding round, with $4.7 million raised so far. The New Haven, Conn.-based company is raising funds through sales of equity, options, warrants and other securities, with...

Medtronic Presents First-of-Its-Kind Data Showing Sustained Results with Cervical Disc Replacement After Seven Years

December 6, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. presented 7-year clinical and radiographic outcomes of artificial disc replacement with PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc compared to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) yesterday at the Cervical Spine Research Society Annual...

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Indian media accuses state of failing metal hip patients

December 6, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

India media accused its government of failing to act to protect patients potentially harmed by Johnson & Johnson's now-recalled metal-on-metal hips. Mumbai's dna news source wrote this week that the state government "has turned a blind eye...

Successful Repair of Bone Defects Using a Novel Tissue Engineered Bone Graft

December 5, 2013 12:52 pm | by Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Orthopaedics, of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, led by Dr. Kunzheng Wang and Dr. Pei Yang have developed a novel biomimetic tissue engineered bone graft based...

Osteoarthritis Medicine Delivered On-Demand

December 5, 2013 11:32 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Scientists are reporting development of a squishy gel that when compressed—like at a painful knee joint—releases anti-inflammatory medicine. The new material could someday deliver medications when and where osteoarthritis patients need it...

Proposed New ASTM Standard to Provide Guide for Collection and Analysis of Explanted Hip Implants

December 4, 2013 12:12 pm | by ASTM | News | Comments

An ASTM International symposium on metal-on-metal total hip replacement devices held in May 2012 identified unmet standardization needs. One such need was for a standard that deals with the collection and analysis of explanted hip implants...

High-Tech Athletic Shoe for Pure Running Pleasure

December 4, 2013 10:57 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Jogging keeps you fit and is healthy. However, athletes that start training can overdo it and easily pull and tear ligaments. A new high-tech running shoe will evaluate running form in real time and thereby counter these injuries in future...

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Teleflex closes $263M Vidacare buy

December 3, 2013 1:45 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Pennsylvania technology giant Teleflex put the finishing touches on a $263 million acquisition of Vidacare Corp., a company that makes inside-the-bone access devices. Teleflex consummated the union yesterday, saying that the acquisition will...

Scientists Work to Engineer an Injectable Therapy for Rotator Cuff Injuries

December 3, 2013 12:28 pm | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

For a baseball pitcher, a rotator cuff injury often means an extended stay on the disabled list for surgery and rehabilitation of the damaged tendons. But a new technology under development may stop this shoulder injury from becoming so severe...

Trice Orthopedics lands $3M bridge loan

December 3, 2013 11:18 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Trice Orthopedics said it closed a bridge loan financing worth about $3 million. The King Of Prussia, Pa.-based medical device company said BioStar Ventures led the round, along with Millennium Life Sciences, existing investors and several new...

Photo of the Day: Printing the Human Body

December 3, 2013 11:00 am | by PrinterInks | News | Comments

Using modified printer cartridges and extracted cells as the basis, scientists have a discovered a way in which to print human tissue. While this amazing concept is still at an early stage, the future of bioprinting (as it’s commonly known) will...

Bone Grafting Improvements with the Help of Sea Coral

December 2, 2013 10:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Sea coral could soon be used more extensively in bone grafting procedures thanks to new research that has refined the material's properties and made it more compatible with natural bone. By partially converting calcium carbonate―found in...

Did patients draw the short stick in $2.5B J&J metal hip settlement?

November 27, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

When Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) agreed to a $2.5 billion settlement to close some 8,000 cases over its metal-on-metal hip implants, about 1/3 of that money went to the lawyers and legal teams representing the cases. Lawyers took an...

Amedica Signs Agreement with Kyocera for Commercial Manufacture of Silicon Nitride Medical Devices

November 26, 2013 2:10 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Amedica Corporation, a biomaterials company, today announced a collaboration with Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation, a worldwide leading ceramics producer, to manufacture medical devices from Amedica's Silicon Nitride biomaterial at...

Measuring the Value and Impact of Orthopedic Care

November 26, 2013 11:35 am | by Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery | News | Comments

Healthcare expenditures currently account for 18% of the United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Some experts have suggested that an emphasis on value may be an effective strategy to evaluate healthcare costs. In a recent article published...

Fitting Devices to the Patient with Machining

November 22, 2013 3:00 pm | by Ted Driggs, Program Management Principal Engineer, Okuma | Okuma America Corporation | Blogs | Comments

I predict that by using the cloud combined with MRI and CT scan technologies, there may be a time when medical devices will be partially created to fit the human patient prior to surgery and the final fitting will come next door to the Hospital...

New Materials with Potential Biomedical Applications

November 22, 2013 11:40 am | by Suomen Akatemia (Academy of Finland) | News | Comments

Bisphosphonates are a group of compounds that have become well-known and are extensively used as drugs for treating bone-related diseases, such as osteoporosis. New uses for bisphosphonates were discovered, as their ability to form physical gels...

New Patent for Orthotic and Orthopedic Inserts

November 22, 2013 11:40 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Lisa Pamintuan, President of New York College of Health Professions announces the issuance of US Patent #8,583,272 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This new patent will not only change the cost curve for customized orthotic...

BME Announces Issuance Of Patent For The Speed™ Continuous Active Compression System

November 22, 2013 11:27 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

BME, Inc. is the privately held U.S. leader in shape memory technology for small bone fixation, and the first and only U.S.-based manufacturer of Nitinol implants for use in the foot, hand and wrist.  As part of its Speed and Speed Shift™ (fully...

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