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Blue Belt Technologies Announces US FDA Clearance to Market its STRIDE Unicondylar Knee System

June 4, 2013 4:21 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., an innovative medical technology company commercializing robotic-assisted solutions for orthopedic surgery, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its STRIDE™ Unicondylar Knee implant system.

Providence Medical Technology Announces U.S. Regulatory Clearance of PMT Cervical Cage

June 4, 2013 10:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Providence Medical Technology, Inc. (PMT) today announced it received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its PMT Cervical Cage. PMT Cervical Cage is a novel minimally-invasive implant and delivery system for cervical fusion procedures. PMT Cervical Cage is indicated for use in skeletally mature patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) of the cervical spine (C3-C7) with accompanying radicular symptoms at one disc level.

Medical Technologies: The Ones to Watch

June 3, 2013 12:33 pm | by Kevin Bottomley, Managing Director, Results Healthcare | Blogs | Comments

The growth in sales of medical technologies is set to outperform prescription medicines over the coming five years. Data from Evaluate Medtech indicates that over the period 2011 to 2018, the overall global compound annual growth rate for the sector will be 4.4%, in contrast to just 2.5% for drug products.

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Stem Cell Study Could Aid Quest to Combat Range of Diseases

June 3, 2013 11:15 am | by University of Edinburgh | News | Comments

Scientists have taken a vital step forward in understanding how cells from skin tissue can be reprogrammed to become stem cells. New research could pave the way to generate these stem cells efficiently to better understand and develop treatments for diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and muscular degeneration.

3-D Printing Goes from Sci-Fi Fantasy to Reality

June 2, 2013 9:37 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3-D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear.

The Science of Ceramics in Hip Joint Replacements

May 31, 2013 2:56 pm | by Yannick Galais, Commercial Manager, Morgan Advanced Materials | Morgan Advanced Ceramics | Articles | Comments

Ceramic materials have been used for artificial joints since the 1970s, yet the need for smaller medical implants with more complicated structures has created exciting new opportunities for those manufacturing ceramic solutions for the medical market. As a result, detailed and complex ceramic components are becoming increasingly specified for a wide range of applications.

FDA Clears Medical Device Developed by OHSU and AMES Technology for Muscle and Joint Rehabilitation

May 31, 2013 2:11 pm | by Oregon Health & Science University | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration today granted 510(k) clearance to a muscle and joint rehabilitation medical device developed by OHSU Scientist Dr. Paul Cordo, Ph.D., and AMES Technology, Inc. AMES is an Oregon Health & Science University spinoff company established to transform Dr. Cordo's OHSU research findings into a rehabilitation medical device for use in hospitals and clinics.

NuVasive Announces Global Launch of MAS PLIF

May 31, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to announce the global launch of its Maximum Access Surgery Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MAS® PLIF) procedure.

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Worldwide Lecture Tour Touts Point-of-Care Healthcare

May 30, 2013 4:19 pm | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

NJIT Distinguished Professor and electrical engineer Atam Dhawan hits the lecture trail again this summer as a distinguished speaker for an IEEE life sciences lecture series. His focus will be how "Point of Care Healthcare" can reduce illness, improve the quality of life, and stop spiraling healthcare costs. Dhawan, who will stop at conferences in Japan, Colombia and Croatia, tells audiences about the following.

Medical Device Technology: Our Best Hope for Delivering Global Healthcare

May 29, 2013 11:36 am | by Simon Karger, Associate Director, Surgical & Interventional, Cambridge Consultants | Cambridge Consultants Inc | Blogs | Comments

The technology at the heart of the next generation of medical devices is critical to our ability to offer comprehensive care in the coming decades. While our current systems of care have served us well thus far, they are crumbling under the pressures of modern expectations of care, economics, scale, and the sheer breadth of medical science.

Algea Therapies Launches SHIELD VCF System

May 23, 2013 5:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUDUBON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2013--Algea Therapies, a division of Globus Medical Inc. (NYSE: GMED), committed to finding innovative, minimally invasive solutions that treat pain and restore quality of life, today announced the launch of the SHIELD™ Vertebral Compression Fracture (VCF)...

Replacing the Cadaver for Surgical Students

May 22, 2013 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Articles | Comments

Surgical simulators are an ideal solution for training surgeons with minimal risk to patient health and safety. This is particularly important when surgeons train for procedures utilizing arthroscopy because it requires the surgeon to perform the surgery while looking at a camera screen instead of the patient. This necessitates extensive training to ensure the doctor is an expert in the method.

Silicon Nitride: A Next Generation Spinal Implant Material (Q&A)

May 22, 2013 2:55 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

Eric Olson is the chief executive officer and president of Amedica, the only company that produces medical grade Silicon Nitride. He took a moment to participate in the following Q&A about the unique material and its impact in medical devices, specifically in the orthopedic implant area.

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Stryker Extends Co-Marketing Agreement With OrthoSensor Inc.

May 22, 2013 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics division and OrthoSensor™, Inc., the leader in intelligent orthopedics, today announced an extension of their co-marketing agreement for Stryker's Triathlon Knee System and OrthoSensor's VERASENSE. VERASENSE is an intelligent instrument system that provides...

Stryker Metal Hip Recall: Lieff Cabraser Provides Answers to Hip Replacement Patients

May 22, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2013--Wendy Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that the firm issued today a list of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) from hip replacement patients who received the Stryker Rejuvenate or...

3D Digital Process Aids in Skull Prosthetic Success

May 21, 2013 4:04 pm | by Bob Cramblitt | Articles | Comments

When Chinese exchange student Jiahone Guo suffered a cranial injury during a club soccer match, he thought "maybe I will go to see God," according to a report on WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Fortunately, due to timely surgery and a custom-made prosthetic skull plate designed by MedCAD, Guo is able to do almost everything he could do before the fateful match.

Challenges Encountered in Surgical Management of Spine Trauma in Morbidly Obese Patients

May 21, 2013 11:34 am | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | News | Comments

Physicians at Monash University and The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia describe the logistic, medical, and societal challenges faced in treating spine trauma in morbidly obese patients. The authors categorize difficulties faced in the care of morbidly obese patients from on-scene immobilization and medical transport through spinal imaging, surgery, and postoperative care.

Statistical Challenges in Medical Device Trail Evaluation

May 17, 2013 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical devices are any medical items that are neither a drug nor a biological product. In light of their different mechanisms, actions and regulatory requirements, medical device (MD) trail evaluations are much more complicated than drug trails due to their unique clinical practices....

Wright Medical Hip Lawsuit Update: New Video Informs Patients Why Profemur Z Hip Implant Is Allegedly Failing

May 17, 2013 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2013--Kent Klaudt, an injury lawyer at the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that Lieff Cabraser released today a video on the injuries suffered by hip replacement patients who received the Profemur Z hip...

Blue Belt Technologies Announces Implant Co-Marketing Partnership with DJO Surgical

May 17, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2013--Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., an innovative medical technology company commercializing robotic solutions for orthopedic surgery, announces an implant partnership with DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company. Blue Belt’s NavioPFS orthopedic surgical system...

OrthoView Announces the U.S. Launch of a New, Subscription-based, Digital Planning and Templating Solution for Individual Orthopaedic Surgeons

May 16, 2013 2:01 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- OrthoView PSL will allow individual surgeons in private practice in the U.S. to access the widely-used OrthoView digital templating software via the Cloud and requires just a PC and Internet connection to get started. OrthoView, the...

Stryker And DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuit Settlement News Update

May 16, 2013 6:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Legal-Bay LLC, the Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, has issued an update on two major hip implant litigations in the mass tort market.  And the results are completely different. Legal-Bay believes the Stryker hip litigation on the ABG II and the Rejuvenate which have been already recalled by the company will see a smoother road for plaintiffs looking for a settlement in the not so distant future. 

GE Healthcare Unveils Exclusive Imaging Technology for Joint Replacements and Implanted Devices

May 15, 2013 4:33 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

At an event held at Hospital for Special Surgery, GE Healthcare introduced MAVRIC SL, a novel magnetic resonance imaging technique designed to address the growing clinical need to more accurately image soft tissue and bone in patients with MR Conditional-labeled implants, such as joint replacements and other instrumentation.

MicroPort Gets Knee Simulations Up and Running

May 15, 2013 4:20 pm | by Nick O’Donohoe, Senior Account Executive, Parker Group | Dassault Systemes | Articles | Comments

Knees can perform extraordinary tasks, but when all the activity they encounter takes too great a toll over time, total knee replacement surgery may be advisable. Product developers and manufacturers have to create total knee replacement implants that will perform as long as possible. Realistic simulation with finite element analysis software has now become vital to that process.

Changing the Status Quo for Implantable Devices

May 15, 2013 3:15 pm | by Derek Smith, Chief Commercial Officer, GHX | Blogs | Comments

On average, implantable devices account for 30 percent of total hospital supply spend, and make up 50 to 80 percent of the total cost for some procedures. Despite these large numbers, processes around managing and tracking these devices are rife with inefficiencies and revenue leakage.

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