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Developing Devices that Facilitate Regenerative Medicine

October 7, 2014 10:35 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Deep within the bone marrow resides a type of cells known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These immature cells can differentiate into cells that produce bone, cartilage, fat, or muscle — a trait that scientists have tried to exploit for tissue...

The Rising Global Market for Joint Reconstruction and Replacement

October 7, 2014 9:00 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Joint Reconstruction and Replacement: Materials, Technologies, and Global Markets, the global market for joint reconstruction and replacement is expected to increase to nearly $16.2 billion...

Enhancing Bone Healing with Fat Cells

October 6, 2014 11:15 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

Within our fat lives a variety of cells with the potential to become bone, cartilage, or more fat if properly prompted. This makes adipose tissue, in theory, a readily available reservoir for regenerative therapies such as bone healing if doctors...

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$514 Billion in Global MedTech Sales by 2020

October 6, 2014 10:49 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

The medical technology sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5 percent per year between 2013 and 2020, according to the latest forecasts from market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd. Its new report, “EvaluateMedTech World...

Infographic: MedTech World Preview 2014

October 6, 2014 10:47 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

2014 marks a year of rapid change for the global medical device market, particularly within the cardiology and orthopedic spaces, which have been dominated by megamergers. If the deal between Covidien and Medtronic goes through, we could see...

Impending 3D Printing Revolution in Medicine

October 3, 2014 2:59 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A new eBook, 3D BioPrinting: Printing Parts for Bodies, released this week, tells the story of this impending revolution in medicine that will involve the ability to re-grow and repair human tissue including bone, cartilage, muscle and nerves...

Lucideon Bio-Bone Project Success - Bioceramics for Bone Repair

October 2, 2014 10:26 am | by Lucideon | News | Comments

As a partner in the EU-funded Bio-Bone project (Bioceramics for Bone Repair) Lucideon is pleased to announce that the pan-European consortium has successfully developed phosphate-glasses (p-glasses) with biomaterial properties for bone repair...

First Comprehensive Meshfree Numerical Simulation of Skeletal Muscle Tissue Achieved

October 1, 2014 2:23 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have completed the first comprehensive numerical simulation of skeletal muscle tissue using a method that uses the pixels in an image as data points for the computer simulation — a method...

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Photos of the Day: The Back Story: An Evolution of Spine Care

September 30, 2014 11:08 am | by LDR Spine | News | Comments

This infographic, courtesy of LDR Spine, covers advancements in cervical spine care from 1500 BCE thru today. These advancements include meat stabilization techniques used by the ancient Egyptians, medieval era inversion chairs and present...

Revolutionary Hamstring Tester Will Keep More Players on the Field

September 29, 2014 11:59 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Elite sporting stars can assess and reduce their risk of a hamstring injury thanks to a breakthrough made by QUT researchers. The discovery could be worth a fortune to football codes, with hamstring strain injuries accounting for most non-contact...

Mechanized Human Hands Improve Function Lost to Nerve Damage

September 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created...

Researchers Find Foot Drop Stimulator Beneficial in Stroke Rehab

September 24, 2014 11:55 am | by Kessler Foundation | News | Comments

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for four weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator as...

House Supports Repeal of Medical Device Tax

September 23, 2014 11:22 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes a repeal of the 2.3% medical device, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the Senate, and previous roll-back efforts have fallen short. HR 4, the “Jobs for America Act,”...

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First Patient Successfully Treated with Materialise's X-Ray Based Knee Guide Technology

September 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Today, Materialise NV announced that orthopedic surgeon Roger Jaeken, of the AZ Heilige Familie (Holy Family General Hospital) in Reet, Belgium, has successfully performed the first total knee surgery that was preplanned by means of the...

Ultrasound Enhancement Provides Clarity to Damaged Tendons, Ligaments

September 22, 2014 9:59 am | by UW-Madison | News | Comments

The potential was hidden in plain sight, pretty much since the beginning of medical ultrasound. But it took an expert in earthquake waves to unearth the idea that sound waves reflected from human bodies could reveal not only their internal shape...

Variable Angle Locking Technology Now Available To Treat Calcaneal Fractures

September 19, 2014 3:40 pm | by DePuy Synthes | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson launched two new variable angle plating systems featuring its proprietary variable angle locking technology. With this technology, surgeons can adapt screw trajectory to match patient anatomy and...

4WEB Medical Unveils 3D-Printed Osteotomy Truss System

September 19, 2014 1:54 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

4WEB Medical announces the formal launch of the largest offering of 3D-printed foot and ankle osteotomy implants on the market today at this weekend's American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society annual meeting in Chicago. The Osteotomy Truss...

Recruiting Bacteria to Be Technology Innovation Partners

September 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of "bad" biofilms around – they even cause pesky dental plaque and a host of other more serious medical problems – a team at...

Release of Spineology’s Next Generation Spinous Process Fixation System

September 17, 2014 10:09 am | by Spineology Inc. | News | Comments

Spineology Inc., the innovator in anatomy conserving spine surgery, is pleased to announce the full release of its VIA Spinous Process Fixation System. VIA is the first and only Spinous Process Plate with independently compressible superior...

Medtronic Launches New Balloon Kyphoplasty Products for Treating Spinal Fractures

September 17, 2014 9:55 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the launch of the KYPHON Express II Balloon Kyphoplasty Platform, which includes the next generation KYPHON Cement Delivery System. This new platform is the latest advancement in the KYPHON Balloon Kyphoplasty...

Toughening Up Hydrogels for 3D-Printed Cartilage

September 15, 2014 10:11 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

Thanks to their composition (mostly water), hydrogels hold much promise for use in medical bionic applications, their softness being more readily acceptable to the body than hard materials. However, despite naturally occurring hydrogels (like...

Researchers Take Up Challenge of Reviving Cartilage

September 15, 2014 10:03 am | by Stanford | News | Comments

Constance Chu was a medical student observing a surgery performed by her teacher when she caught her first glimpse of human articular cartilage, the smooth, glistening coating that covers the ends of bones as they meet at the ankle, knee and...

Research Improving Prognosis for Battlefield Injuries

September 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Wichita State University | News | Comments

Leg and arm injuries sustained in the battlefield are made worse when splinting devices used by military medics don't provide proper stabilization of the injured extremity. Three years ago, Wichita State University researchers – through a...

No Innocent Bystander: Cartilage Contributes to Arthritis

September 12, 2014 12:06 pm | by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute | News | Comments

Melbourne researchers have discovered that cartilage plays an active role in the destruction and remodeling of joints seen in rheumatoid arthritis, rather than being an 'innocent bystander' as previously thought. Dr. Tommy Liu, Professor Ian Wicks...

Research Exploring Collagen Growth that Could Help Build Better Bodies

September 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Research by a biomedical engineer at Texas A&M University is shedding light on how collagen grows at the molecular level and helps form a diverse set of structures in the body, ranging from bone, tendon, blood vessels, skin, heart and even...

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