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Worldwide Medtech Sales Forecast to Reach $455 Billion by 2018

September 23, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The medical device and diagnostics market is set to grow at 4.5 percent per year (CAGR) between 2012 and 2018, totalling $455 billion in 2018, according to the newly-released EvaluateMedTech World Preview 2013, Outlook to 2018: The Future of Medtech report from market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd.

Integra LifeSciences Announces First Implantation of Titan Reverse Shoulder System

September 23, 2013 4:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation today announced the first implantation of its Integra Titan Reverse Shoulder System, in the United States. The system, which is used in the treatment of shoulder replacement surgery, was implanted by William Geissler, M.D., Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Portable, Low-Cost, Early-Warning Test for Osteoporosis

September 19, 2013 10:05 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

A handheld device for diagnosing the early signs of osteoporosis could be available for clinical use within five years. The technology is currently being refined and tested at the University of Southampton with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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Stryker Hip Replacement Recall: Lieff Cabraser's New Videos Answer Patient Questions

September 19, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wendy Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that two new videos have been posted on YouTube addressing common concerns and questions asked by hip replacement patients who received notice of the recall of their Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant.

Body Automatically Breaks Down Plastic Implants

September 18, 2013 11:26 am | by TU Graz | News | Comments

Researchers from Graz University of Technology, together with colleagues from the Medical University of Graz, Vienna University of Technology and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, have managed to develop absorbable implants to promote bone healing which are broken down by the body.

Implant Removal After Fracture Healing

September 18, 2013 10:52 am | by University Medical Center Utrecht | News | Comments

Patients who continue to suffer inconvenience after a healed bone fracture may be better off having any plates, pins and screws removed. Scientific research headed by Dagmar Vos, who took her doctoral degree at University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht on 17 September, demonstrates that most complaints and symptoms, such as pain and restricted motion, improve after removing these so-called osteosynthesis materials.

Developing Artificial Human Tendons from Bug Biology

September 18, 2013 10:23 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers using the cutting-edge X-ray technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source were able to take an inside look at several insects, gathering results that go beyond learning about insect physiology and biology. What they found could provide a blueprint for a material used for artificial ligaments and a new insight on how human muscles function.

Osteoarthritis and the (not so) Painful Step Toward a Cure

September 17, 2013 10:48 am | by The Journal of Visualized Experiments | News | Comments

On Tuesday, September 17, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, will publish a novel technique for imaging muscle function while in motion. Research in this area could uncover the root of musculoskeletal disorders, such as the development of osteoarthritis following ACL surgery.

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Hydrogel Implant Demonstrates Impressive Recovery Rates for Patients with Knee Cartilage Damage

September 16, 2013 11:47 am | by Regentis Biomaterials | News | Comments

Regentis Biomaterials announced today new clinical data demonstrating the efficacy and safety of its GelrinC implant for treating articular cartilage in injured knees. As presented at the International Cartilage Repair Society World Congress in Izmir, Turkey, the clinical results demonstrated sustained knee function improvement over 24 months after implantation and significant pain reduction.

High Rate of Spinal Injuries Among Troops Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan

September 16, 2013 11:11 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Spinal injuries are present in 1 out of 9 U.S. military personnel sustaining combat injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan -- a much higher rate than in previous wars, according to a report in the Sept. 15 issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Micromachining Advancements to be Unveiled at MD&M Chicago 2013

September 13, 2013 4:17 pm | by MDT Staff | Omax Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Through significant investments in research and development, OMAX Corporation has made great strides in micro-abrasive waterjet technology, targeting manufacturers that produce parts or part features smaller than 300 microns. The company will spotlight some of its recent micromachining achievements...

Instrumentation for Less Invasive Surgical Fixation of Rib Fractures

September 13, 2013 11:34 am | by DePuy Synthes | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF, a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction, announced the launch of new instrumentation that enables less invasive surgical fixation and stabilization of rib fractures with the company's MatrixRIB™ System of precontoured, low-profile titanium plates, locking screws and intramedullary splints.

Smith & Nephew wants San Diego Chargers team doctor's suit dismissed

September 13, 2013 11:11 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew wants a federal judge in California to toss a lawsuit filed by a doctor who blames a botched hip implantation on the British medical device company. Dr. David Chao sued Smith & Nephew in the U.S. District Court for Southern California, alleging that inadequate training and faulty surgical scissors for SNN's Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant led to the botched surgery on Kathleen Adams in 2007.

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Tyber Medical Receives CE Mark Approval For TyPEEK

September 10, 2013 2:07 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tyber Medical, a privately held medical device company focused on developing innovative spine and orthopaedic devices for private label opportunities, announces CE Mark approval for TyPEEK, a proprietary titanium plasma sprayed PEEK interbody system.

Consumers Union Calls On Medical Device Makers to Provide Warranties for Hip & Knee Implants

September 10, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers Union is pushing device makers to equip patients with warranties so they will have a better understanding of how long an implant is expected to last and a clear process to follow in the event that it fails prematurely.  Ultimately, warranties will encourage companies to make their devices safer and more durable, according to Consumers Union.

Unique New PIR Knee System Receives CE Mark

September 9, 2013 4:20 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Moirai Orthopaedics, L.L.C., a Metairie, Louisiana based orthopaedic implant development company, is pleased to announce it has received CE mark approval for its new Pyrocarbon Implant Replacement (PIR) System.  The PIR System, developed in conjunction with the not-for-profit Fellowship of Orthopaedic Researchers, is intended to treat patients with focal chondral and osteochondral defects of the medial femoral condyle of the knee.

The New FDA Draft Guidance for Biocompatibility: What You Need to Know

September 9, 2013 2:27 pm | by Thor Rollins B.S. RM(NRCM), Biocompatibility Expert, Nelson Laboratories | Nelson Laboratories, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In a draft guidance document, FDA has placed its summary of ideas regarding biocompatibility and possible changes that could eventually replace FDA G-95 Blue Book Memorandum #G95-1 on biocompatibility. The draft document has been out since April and is widely available, though it has not been formally released.

Made-to-Order Materials

September 6, 2013 10:05 am | by Kimm Fesenmaier, Caltech | News | Comments

The lightweight skeletons of organisms such as sea sponges display a strength that far exceeds that of manmade products constructed from similar materials. Scientists have long suspected that the difference has to do with the hierarchical architecture of the biological materials...

Class action lawsuit against NuVasive proves a huge draw

September 5, 2013 3:36 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

California spinal devices maker NuVasive Inc. has recently gotten very popular with law firms, which began piling onto a class action lawsuit following the revelation that the company is under investigation by the Health & Human Services Dept.'s Office of the Inspector General.

ASTM Medical and Surgical Materials Committee Approves New Orthopedic Hip Implant Standard

September 5, 2013 12:09 pm | by ASTM International | News | Comments

A new ASTM International standard will provide a consistent method for analyzing hip stems used in hip replacement surgery. The new standard, ASTM F2996, Practice for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of Nonmodular Metallic Orthopaedic Hip Femoral Stems, was developed by Subcommittee F04.22 on Arthroplasty, part of ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices.

September 2013 Digital Edition

September 5, 2013 12:04 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

While the use of disposables in healthcare is certainly nothing new, their implementation as instrumentation in orthopedic procedures is. “Disposables in the O.R.” takes a look at the benefits of this trend.

European Market for Orthopedic Biomaterials

September 4, 2013 4:44 pm | by Kamran Zamanian, Ph.D. and Horace Wei MSc., Market Research Analyst, iData Research | Articles | Comments

The European market for orthopedic biomaterials saw a decline between 2010 and 2012 due to a period of economic uncertainty and severe budgetary restrictions. However, this rate of decline has been diminishing, a promising sign for future growth.

Wenzel Spine Granted New Patent

September 4, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wenzel Spine, Inc., a medical device company focused on providing minimally invasive, stand-alone alternatives to traditional spinal fusion, announced today that it has been granted a new patent related to Wenzel Spine’s Zero-Profile VariLift® Stand-Alone Expandable Interbody Fusion System.

SpineGuard receives Regulatory Ninsho Approval to sell its PediGuard® platform in Japan

September 3, 2013 11:47 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SpineGuard has announced that it has received product certification ("Ninsho") to market its Classic and Curved PediGuard® products in Japan. “This regulatory clearance is the result of a diligent collaborative process with our Japanese partners, notably Surgical Spine Inc...

Tissue Loss Triggers Regeneration in Planarian Flatworms

September 3, 2013 10:26 am | by Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research | News | Comments

Unlike humans, planarian flatworms have the remarkable ability to regrow any missing body part, making them an ideal model with which to study the molecular basis of regeneration. Over the years scientists have learned that planarians mount recovery responses that differ depending on the severity of the injury they suffer.

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