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Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery Markets to Reach $4.6 Billion in 2019

June 9, 2014 10:25 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

According to a new report from BCC Research, the global market for medical robotics and computer-assisted surgical (MRCAS) technologies is expected to grow to $4.6 billion by 2019, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7%...

Regenerating Bones with Beer

June 9, 2014 9:05 am | by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | News | Comments

Researchers at the UPM and the CSIC have developed biomaterials for bone regeneration from beer brewing waste. As a result of a research study conducted by researchers from the Centre for Biomedical Technology of Universidad Politécnica de...

Surgeon Performs World’s First Spinal Fusion Surgery Using Customized 3-D Printed Spine Cages

June 9, 2014 7:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The group, a company that specializes in the development of innovative surgical technologies for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies, announced that a surgeon in Lyon, France has performed the world’s first spinal fusion surgery using...

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Better Tissue Healing with Disappearing Hydrogels

June 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue, many wind up migrating away from the repair site, which disrupts the healing process. But a technique employed by a University of Rochester research team keeps the stem cells in place... 

Researchers Use Living Systems as a Guide to Develop Advanced Technologies

June 6, 2014 11:39 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

How should we respond to technologies around us that are inefficient, wasteful, pollute our environment, and overburden our health care system? In their latest three three volume "Handbook of Biomimetics and Bioinspiration" published with...

Rural Clinics Increasingly Turn to Telemedicine

June 6, 2014 10:40 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the...

The Quest for the Bionic Arm

June 4, 2014 3:34 pm | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

In the past 13 years, nearly 2,000 veterans returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries requiring amputations; 14 percent of those injured veterans required upper extremity amputations. To treat veterans with upper extremity amputations...

The Pulse: Sperm-Inspired Microbots and Seinfeld’s ‘Bro’

June 4, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re checking out Apple’s Health and Healthkit, developing sperm-inspired microrobots for biomedical applications, wearing the Bro (Manssiere), and growing cartilage from stem cells derived from fat tissue.  

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Arthrosurface Implants the First ToeMotion Total Toe in the U.S.

June 4, 2014 9:59 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface, Inc., a developer of less-invasive joint restoration systems, performed its first ToeMotion total toe surgeries with Dr. Carl Hasselman last week at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Hasselman, who has been using the HemiCAP system...

New Challenges/Opportunities for Medical Device Manufacturers Forged by the ACA

June 3, 2014 4:04 pm | by Claudio Bellini, COO, COSMED USA | Blogs | Comments

Amid all the back-and-forth political discussion and controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act, one fact is clear: more people will have access to traditional healthcare services than ever before. And with that reality, it has become...

Joint Implants Without an Expiration Date

June 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Empa | News | Comments

Artificial joints have a limited lifespan. After a few years, many hip and knee joints have to be replaced. Much more complex are intervertebral disc implants, which cannot easily be replaced after their "expiry date" and which up to now...

Photos of the Day: Eliminating the Expiration Date on Implants

June 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Empa | News | Comments

After a few years, many hip and knee joints have to be replaced. Much more complex are intervertebral disc implants, which cannot easily be replaced after their "expiry date" and which up to now have had to be reinforced in most cases. This...

Implanted Bone Infection Prevention

June 2, 2014 3:39 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Hospital germs can be fatal, since they are resistant to antibiotics. As a result, alternative methods of defense against bacteria are in demand. Fortunately, a German-French research team has been able to develop bone implants that keep...

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Gravity-Beating Ultrasonic Tweezers Provide a Sound Route to Bio-Engineering

May 30, 2014 11:47 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

Pioneering ‘tweezers’ that use ultrasound beams to grip and manipulate tiny clusters of cells under electronic, push-button control could lead to life-changing medical advances, such as better cartilage implants that reduce the need for knee...

Engineering a Better Way to Rebuild Bone Inside the Body

May 29, 2014 3:53 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Traumatic bone injuries such as blast wounds are often so severe that the body can't effectively repair the damage on its own. To aid the recovery, clinicians inject patients with proteins called growth factors. The treatment is costly...  

Researchers Use Light to Coax Stem Cells to Repair Teeth

May 28, 2014 2:38 pm | by Harvard's Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A Harvard-led team is the first to demonstrate the ability to use low-power light to trigger stem cells inside the body to regenerate tissue, an advance they reported in Science Translational Medicine. The research, led by Wyss Institute Core...

$30 Million 3D Printing Research Center Has Focus on Medical Implants

May 27, 2014 12:39 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

In future, knee and bone implants customized to fit individual patients could be easily made using 3D printers. Medical devices and tissue printing are among the key research areas that Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is ramping up...

High Speed Gesture Recognition for zSpace 3D Display

May 27, 2014 12:28 pm | by Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory | Videos | Comments

In collaboration with zSpace, we developed high speed hand gesture recognition system and combined it with a 3D virtual holographic display system developed by zSpace. By integrating these two systems, an immersive virtual environment can...

J&J to Grow Device Business, Focus on Emerging Markets

May 23, 2014 12:03 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

At a meeting with members of the investment community, senior leaders from the Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MD&D) segment of Johnson & Johnson outlined plans to improve patient outcomes and expand their market leadership through...

3D Printing a Healthcare Revolution

May 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

3D printing is one of those truly disruptive technologies that comes along very rarely. It is remarkable how many different industry sectors it can touch and impact significantly. Healthcare is just one area where it is making a difference...

Spiders Spin Possible Solution to 'Sticky' Problems

May 19, 2014 9:54 am | by The University of Akron | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Akron are again spinning inspiration from spider silk — this time to create more efficient and stronger commercial and biomedical adhesives that could, for example, potentially attach tendons to bones or bind...

Surgery Completed to Implant 3D Printed Hip

May 16, 2014 3:06 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Doctors and scientists in Southampton have completed their first hip surgery with a 3D printed implant and bone stem cell graft. The 3D printed hip, made from titanium, was designed using the patient's CT scan and CAD CAM (computer aided...

First Implantation of Aesculap’s univation X Unicondylar Knee System

May 15, 2014 4:58 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems LLC | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced the implantation of the univation X Unidondylar Knee System on April 9, 2014. This case marks the first implantation for Aesculap’s univation X fixed knee implant worldwide and marked the limited launch...

Using Nature as a Model for Low-Friction Bearings

May 14, 2014 11:31 am | by Forschungszentrum Juelich | News | Comments

Lubricants are required wherever moving parts come together. They prevent direct contact between solid elements and ensure that gears, bearings, and valves work as smoothly as possible. Depending on the application, the ideal lubricant must...

Spinal Fusion Market Size to Suffer Amid Scrutiny and Reimbursement Changes

May 14, 2014 10:37 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

With spinal fusion surgeries receiving extensive scrutiny from various facets of the US medical community, the number of procedures performed will be hindered mainly by reimbursement changes, says an analyst with research and consulting...

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