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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,”...

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...

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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...

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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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Bone Cancer Surgical Team Sees Success in New Application of Surgical Aid

September 9, 2014 10:25 am | by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | News | Comments

An ortho-oncology team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center successfully adapted a shoulder surgical aid (the Spider Limb Positioner) to conduct a left hip disarticulation on a melanoma patient as described in a case report...

New Technology Puts the Body's Own Cells to Work to Repair the Body

September 9, 2014 9:33 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

There is enormous interest in the worlds of medicine and esthetics in the promise of regenerative medicine. From cellular replacement techniques for treating Parkinson's disease to collagen-producing cell injections for wound healing and...

Researchers Discover a Key to Making New Muscles

September 8, 2014 10:46 am | by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) have developed a novel technique to promote tissue repair in damaged muscles. The technique also creates a sustainable pool of muscle stem cells needed to support multiple...

Titan Spine Announces Guarantee for Its Spinal Interbody Fusion Devices

September 8, 2014 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced that the Company is offering a warranty for its Endoskeleton® line of spinal interbody fusion devices...

Researchers Developing Noninvasive Method for Diagnosing Common, Painful Back Condition

September 5, 2014 12:17 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary research team in the Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Imaging Research Institute, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Regenerative Medicine Institute and Department of Surgery received a grant from the National Institutes of Health...

Biofabrication Brings Lab-Grown Tissue Closer to Reality

September 3, 2014 11:17 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A team of researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina is using 3-D bio-printers in a process called biofabrication to create new tissue that they hope can one day be used to grow human organs in labs for use in transplants... 

Research Suggests Potential for 'In Body' Muscle Regeneration

September 3, 2014 9:49 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

What if repairing large segments of damaged muscle tissue was as simple as mobilizing the body's stem cells to the site of the injury? New research in mice and rats, conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative...

Ortho Development Receives FDA Clearance for Alpine Hip Stem

September 3, 2014 9:18 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Ortho Development Corporation has received FDA clearance for the Alpine Hip Stem, the latest addition to its growing hip replacement product line. The Alpine Hip Stem is intended for use in total hip arthroplasty and hemiarthroplasty procedures...

Advanced Orthopedic Product Market is Strengthening

September 2, 2014 9:55 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Advanced Orthopedic Technologies, Implants and Regenerative Products, the global market for advanced orthopedic technology is anticipated to increase from $36.4 billion by 2014 to $42.2 billion by...

Chinese Boy Implanted with 3D Printed Vertebra

August 28, 2014 3:14 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A 12-year-old boy suffering from bone cancer has become the first recipient of 3D printed artificial vertebra replacement. The five hour surgery was performed at Peking University in China where the boy is still recovering. Ben Gruber reports...

From Nose to Knee: Engineered Cartilage Regenerates Joints

August 28, 2014 12:12 pm | by University of Basel | News | Comments

Human articular cartilage defects can be treated with nasal septum cells. Researchers at the University and the University Hospital of Basel report that cells taken from the nasal septum are able to adapt to the environment of the knee joint...

Medtronic Receives Clearance for the SHILLA Growth Guidance System

August 28, 2014 11:04 am | by Medtronic, Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced the 510(k) clearance and launch of the SHILLA(TM) Growth Guidance System. The system is designed for treatment of skeletally immature pediatric patients less 10 years of age diagnosed with severe, progressive...

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