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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...

Sofemed International Deploys QAD’s World Class ERP Solution to Fuel International Medical Device Growth

January 15, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sofemed International, manufacturer of orthopaedic medical devices, recently selected their ERP platform, QAD Enterprise Applications, from QAD Inc., a leading provider of enterprise software and services. The deployment of QAD Enterprise...

Smith & Nephew Co-Sponsors Competition for Entrepreneurial Medical Device Companies

January 14, 2014 11:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, is proud to announce it will co-sponsor the 2014 Massachusetts Medical Device Development (M2D2) Center's New Venture Competition. Designed to showcase innovative ideas coming out...

The Cyborgs Era Has Started

January 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. In their review entitled...

Photos of the Day: Artificial Bone Marrow

January 13, 2014 10:30 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells. A prototype has now been developed by scientists of KIT, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Tübingen University. The porous structure...


Researchers Develop Artificial Bone Marrow

January 13, 2014 10:29 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells. A prototype has now been developed by scientists of KIT, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Tübingen University. The porous structure...

Medicare denies coverage for Vertos' spinal device, but leaves room for clinical trials

January 10, 2014 3:38 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this month issued a final decision memo rejecting reimbursement for lumbar decompression in treatment of spinal stenosis, largely reiterating a proposal issued in October. CMS officials agreed...

AdvaMed Signs MOU with Taiwan Med Tech Association

January 10, 2014 11:56 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan Advanced Medical Technology Association (TAMTA) to facilitate collaboration between the... 

High Costs of Research Made Worse by Funding Gap

January 10, 2014 10:35 am | by Florida Science Communications | News | Comments

Although more opportunity exists for university-based researchers to be innovative, and there is more financial support for innovation than ever before, the cost of university research is rising to new levels and presents a serious funding...

Analyst: More Opportunities for SMEs in Orthopedics Following FDA Approval of 3D-Printed Implant

January 8, 2014 3:47 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

More opportunities will be created for medical device SMEs in the 3D printing space following last year’s US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the first 3D-printed orthopedic implant – a patient-specific cranial device manufactured...


Arthrosurface's Revolutionary Toe Implant Hits 9 Year Mark

January 7, 2014 4:07 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface Incorporated, a developer of less-invasive joint restoration systems, performed its first motion preserving metatarsal resurfacing procedure in the US during January of 2005. The Company's implant utilizes innovative patient...

Stealthy Cardinal Spine seeks $1.3M

January 7, 2014 3:40 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Cardinal Spine is seeking $1.25 million from investors to support corporate operations, according to a regulatory filing. Louisville, Ky.-based Cardinal Spine, founded in 2008, is developing an interbody fusion device designed to stabilize...

ArthroMeda nears $2M in latest round

January 7, 2014 3:28 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

ArthroMeda hauled in $1.6 million in an equity offering it hoped would raise $2 million, according to a regulatory filing. Ayer, Mass.-based ArthroMeda develops devices used in total hip arthroplasties that are designed to help physicians...

Biomaterials Get Stem Cells to Commit to a Bony Future

January 7, 2014 2:56 pm | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

With the help of biomimetic matrices, a research team led by bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego has discovered exactly how calcium phosphate can coax stem cells to become bone-building cells. This work is published in...

InVivo issues new protocols for spinal scaffold study

January 7, 2014 8:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

With investigational approval in hand, InVivo Therapeutics is preparing to launch a U.S. clinical study of its degradable polymer scaffold for treating spinal cord injury, issuing a revised trial protocol to FDA regulators and to the clinical...

Polecam Brings a Clear View of OR Procedures for Surgical Training

January 6, 2014 3:25 pm | by Mel Noonan, Stylus Media Consultants | Articles | Comments

Polecam has gained recognition around the world as a lightweight carbon fiber camera jib used to raise production values in all types of program making. Additionally, some forward thinkers in various medical companies around the world have...

Photos of the Day: Bird's Eye View...of Surgery

January 6, 2014 3:25 pm | by Polecam | News | Comments

Some forward thinkers in various medical companies around the world have recognized the Polecam’s potential for looking over the shoulders of surgeons in the operating theater to give an unrestricted high definition, or even 3D view of...  

FDA Clears the Provant Therapy System for Use by Patients with Metallic Implants

January 6, 2014 2:09 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Regenesis Biomedical, Inc., today announced that FDA has approved the removal of the contraindication for use of the Company's Provant Therapy System in patients with metallic implants in the area of treatment. The decision was made after...

Depuy Synthes Spine Launches New Tissue Implant for Spine Surgery

January 6, 2014 11:12 am | by Depuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine, in collaboration with DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, announced today the U.S. launch of CONFORM SHEET, a hydrated, pliable and totally demineralized cancellous bone matrix that fills voids during posterolateral spinal fusion...

New MRI Technique Illuminates the Wrist in Motion

January 3, 2014 10:19 am | by University of California - Davis Health System | News | Comments

If a picture is worth 1,000 words then a movie is worth far more, especially when it comes to diagnosing wrist problems. UC Davis radiologists, medical physicists and orthopaedic surgeons have found a way to create "movies" of the wrist in...

Looking to Obtain Bone Substitute with Synthetic Materials

December 31, 2013 10:53 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

When Lucia Téllez Jurado and her research team at the National Polytechnic Institute were working in the synthesis of diverse materials, they realized that the Hydroxylapatite, medullar component of the bone, when obtained synthetically and...

Solana Surgical lands FDA clearance for orthopedic implant

December 30, 2013 9:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Solana Surgical won 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its CrossCheck plating system, designed for use in ankle and foot procedures. The CrossCheck systems are manufactured with a Type II anodization to enhance the fatigue strength, improving...

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