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Medtronic Announces CE Mark of Its ReDuX(TM) Plier Instrument, an Innovative Device to Perform Osteotomies in Spinal Deformity Surgeries

June 13, 2013 2:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the CE Mark and the European launch of the ReDuX Plier, a new instrument specially designed for use during osteotomies.  With the launch of this first specially-designed surgical instrument in the spinal orthopaedic industry, physicians in the European community may now perform a more controlled osteotomy closure for people with a severe form of spinal curvature.

Abyrx,T Inc. Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for New Absorbable Hemostatic Bone Putty (AHBPT)

June 12, 2013 4:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

  Abyrx, Inc., a privately-held therapeutic device company, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration has cleared its new Absorbable Hemostatic Bone Putty (AHBP) for clinical use in the United States. AHBP is provided ready-to-use (without requiring mixing or warming)...  

Study Assesses Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis on Joint Replacement Surgery Outcomes

June 12, 2013 10:56 am | by Hospital for Special Surgery | News | Comments

Two new studies by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery have shed light on joint replacement outcomes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One study overturns the common belief that RA patients have worse outcomes after a total knee replacement (TKR) than patients who undergo the operation for osteoarthritis.

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Nerve Interface for Direct Sensory Feedback

June 12, 2013 10:33 am | by DARPA | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University used a flat interface nerve electrode (FINE) to demonstrate direct sensory feedback. By interfacing with residual nerves in the patient's partial limb, some sense of touch by the fingers is restored. Other existing prosthetic limb control systems rely solely on visual feedback.

Targeted Muscle Re-innveration for Advanced Prosthetic Control

June 12, 2013 10:26 am | by DARPA | Videos | Comments

A team of researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) demonstrated a type of peripheral interface called targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR). By rewiring nerves from amputated limbs, new interfaces allow for prosthetic control with existing muscles. Former Army Staff Sgt. Glen Lehman, injured in Iraq, recently demonstrated improved TMR technology.

New Nerve and Muscle Interfaces Aid Wounded Warrior Amputees

June 12, 2013 10:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Since 2000, more than 2,000 servicemembers have suffered amputated limbs. DARPA’s breakthrough research with advanced prosthetic limbs controlled by brain interfaces is well documented, but such research is currently limited to quadriplegics; practical applications of brain interfaces for amputees are still in the future. In contrast, nerve and muscle interfaces allow amputees to control advanced prosthetics in the near term.

RTI Biologics Announces Agreement to Acquire Pioneer Surgical Technology

June 12, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

RTI Biologics Inc., a leading provider of orthopedic and other biologic implants, announced today its intent to acquire privately held Pioneer® Surgical Technology (Pioneer), headquartered in Marquette, Mich. Pioneer is a leading medical technology company that manufactures and distributes metal and synthetic products in the orthopedics, biologics, spine, trauma and cardiothoracic markets.

Exactech Introduces Conservative Treatment Hip Replacement System

June 11, 2013 8:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Exactech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXAC), a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration products for hip, knee, shoulder, spine and biologic materials, announced today first implantations of a new hip replacement system designed to preserve a key portion of patients’ bone in total hip arthroplasty procedures.

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A Laser’s Role in Medicine

June 7, 2013 3:18 pm | by Tracey Ryba, Product Manager—Lasers, TRUMPF Inc. | Articles | Comments

The use of lasers in the development of medical devices through to their actual usage in the devices themselves has been a steadily growing trend. The capabilities and functionality they offer to both design engineers as well as healthcare professionals is varied and beneficial. This article looks at the advantages lasers offer in the development of medical devices.

Genetic Editing Shows Promise in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

June 5, 2013 10:33 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Using a novel genetic 'editing' technique, Duke University biomedical engineers have been able to repair a defect responsible for one of the most common inherited disorders, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, in cell samples from Duchenne patients.

Improving Stem Cells’ Cartilage Formation

June 5, 2013 10:23 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Cartilage injuries are difficult to repair. Bioengineers are interested in finding innovative ways to grow new cartilage from a patient’s own stem cells, and, thanks to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania, such a treatment is a step closer to reality.

SI-BONE, Inc. Announces Publication of Postmarket Surveillance Safety Data on First 5,319 Patients Treated with iFuse Implant System

June 5, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SI-BONE, Inc. (San Jose, California), a medical device company that is pioneering the use of a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint, announced today the publication of the iFuse Implant System's@ postmarket surveillance safety data for the first 5,319 patients treated. 

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.

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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.

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 | 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.

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 | 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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