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University of Rhode Island Researchers Use Impulse C to FPGA to Help Amputees Sit, Stand and Climb Stairs with “Smart” Artificial Legs

February 26, 2013 1:59 pm | by Impulse Accelerated Technologies | News | Comments

URI and Impulse Accelerated Technologies (one of the project sponsors) publicized results from student research to improve the live-ability of artificial legs. In this research, students created a neurally controlled artificial leg that enabled users to command it wordlessly for common challenges.

Growing Body of Evidence Supports Use of DFINE’s Targeted Radiofrequency Ablation™ (t-RFA) for Treatment of Spinal Tumors

February 26, 2013 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 26, 2013--DFINE, Inc., the developer of minimally invasive radiofrequency (RF) targeted therapies for the treatment of vertebral pathologies, today released data presented at the 2013 Annual Symposium of the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) on Feb....

Bacterin International Holdings, Inc. Announces ISO Certification

February 26, 2013 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BELGRADE, Mont.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 26, 2013--Bacterin International Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BONE), a leader in the development of revolutionary bone graft material and coatings for medical applications, today announced that it has achieved ISO 13485:2003 Certification. This certification is...

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Ascendx Spine™ Receives Recognition from SEMDA for Its Ascendx VCF Repair System Designed to Help Spine Surgeons Treat Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCFs)

February 25, 2013 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WINTER PARK, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 25, 2013--Ascendx Spine™, Inc. has received the ‘Spotlight’ award from SEMDA (Southeast Medical Device Association) as the best presentation at the Seventh Annual SEMDA Conference last week. As a result, Ascendx was asked to be a...

Regulators Probe J&J's Marketing of Recalled Hip Implants

February 25, 2013 12:04 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Federal investigators recently launched an additional inquiry into Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary, taking a closer look at marketing practices surrounding a line of recalled metal-on-metal hips. J&J confirmed in regulatory filings last week that the U.S. State Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts and the Civil Division of the U.S. Justice Dept...

Implanted Electrodes Can Help Amputees Gain Sensation in Prosthetics

February 25, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Swiss researchers have a developed a new prosthetic limb system that uses implanted electrodes to send sensory signals from the limb back to the brain, creating a more realistic sense of touch. "We could be on the cusp of providing new and more effective clinical solutions to amputees in the next years," Silvestro Micera, head engineer...

FDA Hits Depuy with Class 1 Recall over Joint Sleeve

February 24, 2013 8:35 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics is in hot water again, this time due to a limb preservation system sleeve that's being pulled out of surgery suites in a recall rated Class 1 by the FDA. The diaphyseal sleeve is used to reconnect tissues during joint surgery.

Orthofix Q4 earnings boom but sales lag on challenges overseas

February 22, 2013 10:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Orthopedic devices maker Orthofix makes big strides in its profit margin expansion program, but suffers setbacks in sales due to obstacles in international markets. Medical device maker Orthofix (NSDQ:OFIX) posted huge growth for its bottom line in both the 4th quarter and full year of 2012, but reported sliding sales and projected slow growth for the year ahead.

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Class I Medical Device Recall: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. - LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve

February 22, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve to Diaphyseal Sleeve Base taper connection may not be sufficient to accommodate potential physiologic loads that may be transferred to the junction during normal gait activities by some patients. This may result in fracture of...

Iowa Resident Brings Suit Against Stryker For Damages Caused By Recalled Hip Implant

February 21, 2013 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 21, 2013--Wendy Fleishman and Lexi J. Hazam of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that Karla Krogman of West Des Moines, Iowa, filed a lawsuit against Stryker Orthopaedics charging that the company manufactured...

Tornier Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Results and Provides 2013 Outlook

February 21, 2013 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 21, 2013--Tornier N.V. (NASDAQ: TRNX), a global medical device company focused on providing surgical solutions to orthopaedic extremity specialists, reported today its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 30, 2012. Revenue for the...

Tornier Names David H. Mowry President and Chief Executive Officer

February 21, 2013 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 21, 2013--Tornier, N.V. (NASDAQ: TRNX), a global medical device company focused on providing surgical solutions to orthopaedic extremity specialists, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed David H. Mowry as President and Chief Executive Officer,...

Game Ready Introduces First-Ever Cold and Compression System For Traumatic Amputees

February 21, 2013 12:01 pm | by Game Ready | News | Comments

Game Ready has announced the launch of a new line of revolutionary wraps designed specifically for patients with amputated limbs. It is the first-ever cold and compression system available for traumatic amputees, which can be used immediately post-op to help speed up the healing process and reduce pain without use of narcotic medications. 

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MSC Care Management and Game Ready Partner to Launch New Below-The-Knee Wrap for Amputee Patients

February 21, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 21, 2013--MSC Care Management, a One Call Care Management (OCCM) company, today announced that it has entered a strategic partnership with Game Ready®, the leader in injury treatment and post-operative recovery through active compression and cold...

Proto Labs Helps Bring Mobility to Amputees in the Developing World

February 20, 2013 4:12 pm | by Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | News | Comments

The ReMotion Knee, a low cost prosthetic knee joint, is the latest winner of the Cool Idea! Award from Proto Labs, the world’s fastest manufacturer of CNC machined and injection molded parts. Proto Labs launched the Cool Idea! Award in 2011 to give product designers the opportunity to bring their innovations to life by presenting up to $250,000 worth of prototyping...

Stryker Recommends More Vigilant Monitoring of Patients with Recalled Hip Implants

February 20, 2013 3:09 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Stryker's Australian arm provided national health regulators with updated recommendations for monitoring patients who received the company's now-recalled ABG II Modular hip systems. Australia's Therapeutic Goods Admin. issued the new guidelines for patient follow-up, advising regular blood testing and soft tissue cross-sectional imaging for all ABG II patients, even in the absence of pain or swelling.

NuVasive(R) to Participate in Investor Events in March 2013

February 19, 2013 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, announced today that Quentin Blackford, Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasury, is scheduled to present at the following investor events in...

Kimberly-Clark Introduces Revolutionary Cervicool Cooled Radiofrequency System for Cervical Joint Pain

February 19, 2013 2:32 pm | by Kimberly-Clark | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark has announced the launch of CERVICOOL Cooled Radiofrequency (RF) System, an innovative option for helping resolve cervical facet joint pain. With the addition of CERVICOOL Cooled RF System, Kimberly-Clark now offers a complete portfolio of cooled radiofrequency treatment for all segments of the spine, from the cervical facet joint to the sacroiliac joint.

Bonesupport Lands CE Mark for Next-Gen Antibiotic Bone Graft Substitute

February 19, 2013 2:18 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Swedish orthopedic trauma products maker Bonesupport won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its next-generation Cerament|G injectable antibiotic-eluting bone substitute. The Cerament|G product is an osteoconductive, ceramic substance designed to promote bone healing while preventing bone infection, or osteomyelitis.

Fixes 4 Kids Inc. Launches E-Fix/E-Thotic for Treating Supracondylar Fractures

February 19, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 19, 2013--Fixes 4 Kids, Inc. will launch its E-Fix Supracondylar Humerus Fracture Reduction and Pinning System (E-Fix) and E-Thotic perioperative orthosis (E-Thotic), the first system designed to treat supracondylar (distal humerus) fractures in children, at...

ArthroCare Shares Flat on DoJ Overhang Despite Swings to Q4, 2012 Black

February 18, 2013 11:25 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Investors stayed on the sidelines last week on shares of ArthroCare, despite its return to black ink for both the 4th quarter and full year, as they awaited more information on pending U.S. Justice Dept. investigations. The Austin, Texas based medical device company last month agreed to extend the statute of limitations on a DoJ probe into its spinal business that dates back to 2008.

More Hip Recalls for Johnson & Johnson

February 14, 2013 3:36 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A German newspaper reports that healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson is recalling another of its metal-on-metal hip implants. International reports today suggest that healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) recalled its Adept hip replacement system, another in its line of troubled metal-on-metal hip implants.

Hip Implant Costs Are a Medical Mystery, Study Says

February 13, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A Washington University project intended to uncover the cost of hip replacement procedures made the unindented discovery that around half of the hospitals could provide no estimates. Among the more than 100 hospitals contacted by the researcher, those that could provide figures ranged from around $11,000 to more than $125,000.

AxioMed® Spine Corporation Announces Freedom® Cervical Disc European Introduction

February 12, 2013 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 12, 2013--AxioMed ® Spine Corporation ( www.axiomed.com ) announces the commercial introduction of its Freedom ® Cervical Disc in Europe with a successful implantation in Switzerland. The Freedom Cervical Disc received CE Mark in 2012. AxioMed will also...

Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn: Physical Therapy Performed in Intensive Care Units Improves Patient Outcomes

February 12, 2013 6:24 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

NEW YORK , Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Science Daily has recently released an article that explains the value of physical therapy when performed in the intensive care unit (ICU). While the use of physical therapy at such an early stage in a patient's recovery has not always been accepted, the article asserts that researchers from Johns Hopkins have revealed that the ability to reduce...

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