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Growing a Business, from the Lab

February 3, 2014 12:34 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the early 1990s, MIT researcher Shuguang Zhang, then an MIT postdoc, stumbled upon peptides that could self-assemble into nanostructures, creating three-dimensional environments for cell culturing. It was, at the time, a breakthrough...

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Muscles with 'Smart Shorts'

February 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Myontec | News | Comments

Mbody is the first smart textile in the world that enables the user to measure muscle activity in a manner similar to a heart rate monitor. The primary target group of Mbody is athletes and sports enthusiasts aiming at improving their own...

'Smart Shorts' Win Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup

February 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Myontec | News | Comments

A Finnish company Myontec Ltd. won the Wearable Technology Innovations World Cup 2013/2014, organized in Munich, Germany, with their Mbody smart shorts. The victory was gained in the category Sports & Fitness. More than 600 products...

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Smith & Nephew to Buy ArthroCare in $1.5B Deal

February 3, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British medical technology company Smith & Nephew plans to buy U.S. medical device maker ArthroCare in a $1.5 billion deal that it says will strengthen its sports medicine business. Smith & Nephew said Monday it will pay $48.25 in...

Bone Regeneration Research with Zebra Fish Fins

January 31, 2014 11:38 am | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

University of Oregon biologists say they have opened the window on the natural process of bone regeneration in zebra fish, and that the insights they gained could be used to advance therapies for bone fractures and disease. In a paper placed...

Microspheres Could Be Key in Preventing Bone Infections After Joint Replacement

January 31, 2014 11:19 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

Currently more than 1 million knee replacements and hip replacements are performed each year in the United States, and with the aging population, the number of total joint replacements is expected to grow. While total joint surgeries have...

High-Tech 'Whole Body' Scan Could Improve Treatment of Bone Marrow Cancer

January 29, 2014 12:35 pm | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

The new type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan could improve care for a type of cancer called myeloma and reduce reliance on bone marrow biopsies, which can be painful for patients and often fail to show doctors how far the disease...

'Watch' Cites Concern About Femoral Neck Fractures in Long-Necked Modular Implants

January 23, 2014 1:07 pm | by Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery | News | Comments

JBJS Case Connector, an online case report journal published by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, has issued a "Watch" regarding femoral neck fractures in patients whose implants used modular head-neck and neck-stem designs. While...

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Majority of Baby Boomers Live With Pain, but Remaining Active Is a Priority

January 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This year, the youngest members of the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history will turn 50, prompting medical device innovator, ZetrOZ Inc. to ask Boomers about aging and pain management. The company, creators of a portable...

Kyocera's Artificial Hip Joint Drawing Interest for Long Life

January 22, 2014 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The artificial hip joint developed by a Kyocera Corp. subsidiary has been increasingly used for surgeries to treat hip osteoarthritis and fracture, with the number of cases reaching 10,000 in the two years since its launch in October 2011...

Titan Spine Adds Five New Patents to Interbody Fusion Intellectual Property Portfolio

January 22, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, announced today that it has been awarded five new patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These patents...

Photos of the Day: Robotic Rehab for the Ankle

January 21, 2014 11:22 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Among the innovations in the device are sensors made of a touch-sensitive artificial skin, thin rubber sheets that contain long microchannels filled with a liquid metal alloy. When these rubber sheets are stretched or pressed, the shapes...

Bio-Inspired Robotic Device Could Aid Ankle-Foot Rehabilitation

January 21, 2014 11:22 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders such as drop foot, said Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie...

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Stem Cell Therapy Following Meniscus Knee Surgery May Reduce Pain, Restore Meniscus

January 17, 2014 10:53 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

A single stem cell injection following meniscus knee surgery may provide pain relief and aid in meniscus regrowth, according to a novel study appearing in the January issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. More than one million...

Chemical Signaling Simulates Exercise in Cartilage Cells

January 16, 2014 2:48 pm | by Duke | News | Comments

Cartilage is notoriously difficult to repair or grow, but researchers at Duke Medicine have taken a step toward understanding how to regenerate the connective tissue. By adding a chemical to cartilage cells, the chemical signals spurred...

Doc convicted of perjury in Orthofix investigation

January 16, 2014 7:30 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Virginia podiatrist Ilene Terrell was convicted today of lying in a federal probe of Orthofix International and its bone-growth stimulators. Terrell copped to 4 counts of making a false declaration to a grand jury, according to the office...

Sofemed International Deploys QAD’s World Class ERP Solution to Fuel International Medical Device Growth

January 15, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sofemed International, manufacturer of orthopaedic medical devices, recently selected their ERP platform, QAD Enterprise Applications, from QAD Inc., a leading provider of enterprise software and services. The deployment of QAD Enterprise...

Smith & Nephew Co-Sponsors Competition for Entrepreneurial Medical Device Companies

January 14, 2014 11:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, is proud to announce it will co-sponsor the 2014 Massachusetts Medical Device Development (M2D2) Center's New Venture Competition. Designed to showcase innovative ideas coming out...

The Cyborgs Era Has Started

January 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. In their review entitled...

Photos of the Day: Artificial Bone Marrow

January 13, 2014 10:30 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells. A prototype has now been developed by scientists of KIT, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Tübingen University. The porous structure...

Researchers Develop Artificial Bone Marrow

January 13, 2014 10:29 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells. A prototype has now been developed by scientists of KIT, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Tübingen University. The porous structure...

Medicare denies coverage for Vertos' spinal device, but leaves room for clinical trials

January 10, 2014 3:38 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this month issued a final decision memo rejecting reimbursement for lumbar decompression in treatment of spinal stenosis, largely reiterating a proposal issued in October. CMS officials agreed...

AdvaMed Signs MOU with Taiwan Med Tech Association

January 10, 2014 11:56 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan Advanced Medical Technology Association (TAMTA) to facilitate collaboration between the... 

High Costs of Research Made Worse by Funding Gap

January 10, 2014 10:35 am | by Florida Science Communications | News | Comments

Although more opportunity exists for university-based researchers to be innovative, and there is more financial support for innovation than ever before, the cost of university research is rising to new levels and presents a serious funding...

Analyst: More Opportunities for SMEs in Orthopedics Following FDA Approval of 3D-Printed Implant

January 8, 2014 3:47 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

More opportunities will be created for medical device SMEs in the 3D printing space following last year’s US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the first 3D-printed orthopedic implant – a patient-specific cranial device manufactured...

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