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Diaphragm Pacing Successful in Weaning Patients from Ventilators

February 10, 2014 1:34 pm | by George Stamatis, University Hospitals Case Medical Center | News | Comments

A new study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery finds that diaphragm pacing (DP) stimulation in spinal cord-injured patients is successful not only in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators but also in bridging patients to ...

Know Your Material Debris for Implantables

February 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by Elaine F. Schumacher, Senior Research Scientist, McCrone Associates Inc. | McCrone Associates, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

McCrone Associates is a consulting laboratory with extensive experience in materials analysis, much of it in the area of medical device development. Growing use of joint prostheses, combined with introduction of novel materials and coatings...

High-Tech Socks Keep Hockey Players Safe

February 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Theresa M. Walker, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Some members of the U.S. hockey team heading to the Sochi Games this weekend will be carrying some high-tech gear with them that will be kept under wraps. Socks. Very high-tech, performance socks. During the last couple years there's been...

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Researchers Blend Orthopedics, Engineering to Better Repair Torn Rotator Cuffs

February 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Rotator cuff tears are among the most common orthopedic injuries among adults in the United States, due to wear and tear or the effects of age. With a 94 percent failure rate for surgical repairs of large tears in older patients, it's no...

Doctor Diagnoses Man with Help from TV's 'House'

February 7, 2014 11:47 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

If you're unlucky enough to be stricken with a rare medical condition, you'd better hope your doctor watches the right television show. That was the lesson for one German man with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of symptoms including...

High-Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics Offer Active Lifestyle for Users

February 6, 2014 9:57 am | by University of South Florida (USF Innovation) | News | Comments

Thanks to advanced technologies, those who wear prosthetic and orthotic devices are now able to break previous activity boundaries. People with amputations now have prosthetic devices that allow them to engage in and function more effectively...

Depuy Synthes Spine Gains Exclusive Worldwide Rights to Launch Lifenet Health’s New Cellular Allograft Product

February 5, 2014 5:48 pm | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine and DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, divisions of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., announced today they have entered into an exclusive worldwide representative agreement for the marketing and promotion of a new cellular allograft...

Sweat Glands Heal Injuries

February 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Our body’s sweat glands are a source of stem cells particularly suited to healing wounds – stem cells that form new skin cells and manage the healing process. They are not rejected by the body and can be obtained without a hospital stay. It...

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Ellipse Technologies Receives FDA Clearance for Next Generation of Unique Limb Lengthening System

February 4, 2014 8:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Global medical device company, Ellipse Technologies, Inc., has announced that it has received FDA marketing clearance of the PRECICE® 2 Intramedullary Limb Lengthening System in the United States. This marketing clearance represents the...

Growing a Business, from the Lab

February 3, 2014 12:34 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the early 1990s, MIT researcher Shuguang Zhang, then an MIT postdoc, stumbled upon peptides that could self-assemble into nanostructures, creating three-dimensional environments for cell culturing. It was, at the time, a breakthrough...

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Muscles with 'Smart Shorts'

February 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Myontec | News | Comments

Mbody is the first smart textile in the world that enables the user to measure muscle activity in a manner similar to a heart rate monitor. The primary target group of Mbody is athletes and sports enthusiasts aiming at improving their own...

'Smart Shorts' Win Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup

February 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Myontec | News | Comments

A Finnish company Myontec Ltd. won the Wearable Technology Innovations World Cup 2013/2014, organized in Munich, Germany, with their Mbody smart shorts. The victory was gained in the category Sports & Fitness. More than 600 products...

Smith & Nephew to Buy ArthroCare in $1.5B Deal

February 3, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British medical technology company Smith & Nephew plans to buy U.S. medical device maker ArthroCare in a $1.5 billion deal that it says will strengthen its sports medicine business. Smith & Nephew said Monday it will pay $48.25 in...

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Bone Regeneration Research with Zebra Fish Fins

January 31, 2014 11:38 am | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

University of Oregon biologists say they have opened the window on the natural process of bone regeneration in zebra fish, and that the insights they gained could be used to advance therapies for bone fractures and disease. In a paper placed...

Microspheres Could Be Key in Preventing Bone Infections After Joint Replacement

January 31, 2014 11:19 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

Currently more than 1 million knee replacements and hip replacements are performed each year in the United States, and with the aging population, the number of total joint replacements is expected to grow. While total joint surgeries have...

High-Tech 'Whole Body' Scan Could Improve Treatment of Bone Marrow Cancer

January 29, 2014 12:35 pm | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

The new type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan could improve care for a type of cancer called myeloma and reduce reliance on bone marrow biopsies, which can be painful for patients and often fail to show doctors how far the disease...

'Watch' Cites Concern About Femoral Neck Fractures in Long-Necked Modular Implants

January 23, 2014 1:07 pm | by Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery | News | Comments

JBJS Case Connector, an online case report journal published by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, has issued a "Watch" regarding femoral neck fractures in patients whose implants used modular head-neck and neck-stem designs. While...

Majority of Baby Boomers Live With Pain, but Remaining Active Is a Priority

January 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This year, the youngest members of the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history will turn 50, prompting medical device innovator, ZetrOZ Inc. to ask Boomers about aging and pain management. The company, creators of a portable...

Kyocera's Artificial Hip Joint Drawing Interest for Long Life

January 22, 2014 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The artificial hip joint developed by a Kyocera Corp. subsidiary has been increasingly used for surgeries to treat hip osteoarthritis and fracture, with the number of cases reaching 10,000 in the two years since its launch in October 2011...

Titan Spine Adds Five New Patents to Interbody Fusion Intellectual Property Portfolio

January 22, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, announced today that it has been awarded five new patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These patents...

Photos of the Day: Robotic Rehab for the Ankle

January 21, 2014 11:22 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Among the innovations in the device are sensors made of a touch-sensitive artificial skin, thin rubber sheets that contain long microchannels filled with a liquid metal alloy. When these rubber sheets are stretched or pressed, the shapes...

Bio-Inspired Robotic Device Could Aid Ankle-Foot Rehabilitation

January 21, 2014 11:22 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders such as drop foot, said Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie...

Stem Cell Therapy Following Meniscus Knee Surgery May Reduce Pain, Restore Meniscus

January 17, 2014 10:53 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

A single stem cell injection following meniscus knee surgery may provide pain relief and aid in meniscus regrowth, according to a novel study appearing in the January issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. More than one million...

Chemical Signaling Simulates Exercise in Cartilage Cells

January 16, 2014 2:48 pm | by Duke | News | Comments

Cartilage is notoriously difficult to repair or grow, but researchers at Duke Medicine have taken a step toward understanding how to regenerate the connective tissue. By adding a chemical to cartilage cells, the chemical signals spurred...

Doc convicted of perjury in Orthofix investigation

January 16, 2014 7:30 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Virginia podiatrist Ilene Terrell was convicted today of lying in a federal probe of Orthofix International and its bone-growth stimulators. Terrell copped to 4 counts of making a false declaration to a grand jury, according to the office...

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