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Proposed New ASTM Standard to Provide Guide for Collection and Analysis of Explanted Hip Implants

December 4, 2013 12:12 pm | by ASTM | News | Comments

An ASTM International symposium on metal-on-metal total hip replacement devices held in May 2012 identified unmet standardization needs. One such need was for a standard that deals with the collection and analysis of explanted hip implants...

High-Tech Athletic Shoe for Pure Running Pleasure

December 4, 2013 10:57 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Jogging keeps you fit and is healthy. However, athletes that start training can overdo it and easily pull and tear ligaments. A new high-tech running shoe will evaluate running form in real time and thereby counter these injuries in future...

Teleflex closes $263M Vidacare buy

December 3, 2013 1:45 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Pennsylvania technology giant Teleflex put the finishing touches on a $263 million acquisition of Vidacare Corp., a company that makes inside-the-bone access devices. Teleflex consummated the union yesterday, saying that the acquisition will...

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Scientists Work to Engineer an Injectable Therapy for Rotator Cuff Injuries

December 3, 2013 12:28 pm | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

For a baseball pitcher, a rotator cuff injury often means an extended stay on the disabled list for surgery and rehabilitation of the damaged tendons. But a new technology under development may stop this shoulder injury from becoming so severe...

Trice Orthopedics lands $3M bridge loan

December 3, 2013 11:18 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Trice Orthopedics said it closed a bridge loan financing worth about $3 million. The King Of Prussia, Pa.-based medical device company said BioStar Ventures led the round, along with Millennium Life Sciences, existing investors and several new...

Photo of the Day: Printing the Human Body

December 3, 2013 11:00 am | by PrinterInks | News | Comments

Using modified printer cartridges and extracted cells as the basis, scientists have a discovered a way in which to print human tissue. While this amazing concept is still at an early stage, the future of bioprinting (as it’s commonly known) will...

Bone Grafting Improvements with the Help of Sea Coral

December 2, 2013 10:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Sea coral could soon be used more extensively in bone grafting procedures thanks to new research that has refined the material's properties and made it more compatible with natural bone. By partially converting calcium carbonate―found in...

Did patients draw the short stick in $2.5B J&J metal hip settlement?

November 27, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

When Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) agreed to a $2.5 billion settlement to close some 8,000 cases over its metal-on-metal hip implants, about 1/3 of that money went to the lawyers and legal teams representing the cases. Lawyers took an...

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Amedica Signs Agreement with Kyocera for Commercial Manufacture of Silicon Nitride Medical Devices

November 26, 2013 2:10 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Amedica Corporation, a biomaterials company, today announced a collaboration with Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation, a worldwide leading ceramics producer, to manufacture medical devices from Amedica's Silicon Nitride biomaterial at...

Measuring the Value and Impact of Orthopedic Care

November 26, 2013 11:35 am | by Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery | News | Comments

Healthcare expenditures currently account for 18% of the United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Some experts have suggested that an emphasis on value may be an effective strategy to evaluate healthcare costs. In a recent article published...

Fitting Devices to the Patient with Machining

November 22, 2013 3:00 pm | by Ted Driggs, Program Management Principal Engineer, Okuma | Okuma America Corporation | Blogs | Comments

I predict that by using the cloud combined with MRI and CT scan technologies, there may be a time when medical devices will be partially created to fit the human patient prior to surgery and the final fitting will come next door to the Hospital...

New Materials with Potential Biomedical Applications

November 22, 2013 11:40 am | by Suomen Akatemia (Academy of Finland) | News | Comments

Bisphosphonates are a group of compounds that have become well-known and are extensively used as drugs for treating bone-related diseases, such as osteoporosis. New uses for bisphosphonates were discovered, as their ability to form physical gels...

New Patent for Orthotic and Orthopedic Inserts

November 22, 2013 11:40 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Lisa Pamintuan, President of New York College of Health Professions announces the issuance of US Patent #8,583,272 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This new patent will not only change the cost curve for customized orthotic...

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BME Announces Issuance Of Patent For The Speed™ Continuous Active Compression System

November 22, 2013 11:27 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

BME, Inc. is the privately held U.S. leader in shape memory technology for small bone fixation, and the first and only U.S.-based manufacturer of Nitinol implants for use in the foot, hand and wrist.  As part of its Speed and Speed Shift™ (fully...

First 510(k) Clearance for Customized 3D-Printed Polymeric Cranial Implants

November 21, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kip Hanson, Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), South Windsor, Conn., made medical history in February when they received the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for their polymer laser-sintered OsteoFab Patient-Specific Cranial Device...

J&J to Pay $2.5B to Settle Hip Replacement Suits

November 21, 2013 1:45 pm | by John Seewer and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said late Tuesday that it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries. The agreement...

J&J Settlement Resolves Metal Hip Lawsuits But Weak Oversight Leaves Patients Vulnerable

November 19, 2013 6:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson announced today that it has reached a multi-billion dollar settlement for victims of the company's flawed all metal hip implant. The problems patients have experienced with the device demonstrate the need for stricter...

Arthrosurface Stemless Shoulder Arthroplasty Hits 10 Year Mark

November 18, 2013 6:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface Incorporated, a developer of less-invasive joint restoration and resurfacing systems, performed its first US stemless shoulder resurfacing in 2003. The Company continued to expand the technology and introduced the stemless total...

InVivo surges 56% on news of impending U.S. trial, search for strategic partnerships

November 16, 2013 1:41 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Massachusetts-based InVivo Therapeutics saw a major surge on Wall Street on Friday after the market reacted to news that it will soon begin enrolling patients in a U.S. clinical trial of its 1st investigational product, diverting development efforts...

AHF: J&J’s $4 Billion Hip Lawsuit Settlement Shows Pharma’s Immense Wealth—and Greed

November 13, 2013 11:14 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

As news of Johnson & Johnson’s plan to announce a $4 billion settlement to resolve over 7,500 federal and state lawsuits involving recalled J&J hip implant products spilled out earlier today via a Bloomberg news article, officials from...

Development and Clinical Approval of Biodegradeble Magnesium Alloy

November 13, 2013 10:20 am | by Korea Institute of Science and Technology | News | Comments

This biodegradable and bioabsorbable metal decomposes from 6 months to 2 years after being transplanted into human body and hence, medical devices made with these materials are expected to reshape the landscape in the field of fracture treatment...

Photos of the Day: Printing Knees and Neurons

November 12, 2013 12:42 pm | by Yale | News | Comments

The Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design has produced a model of a lone neuron (pictured) using its 3D printers. “We see a future in which 3D models of nerve cells will be an integral part of doing research and of teaching...  

From Knee to Neuron, Offspring of 3D Printers Multiply

November 12, 2013 12:41 pm | by Eric Gershon, Yale | News | Comments

Yale neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd has studied neurons for decades. But until recently he’d never had a neuron he could grasp with his own two hands: Neurons are much too small. Now he’s got his very own 3D neuron in all its spidery glory...

Biolase tanks on gaping Q3 losses, fires sales & marketing veeps, will seek acquirer

November 12, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Biolase shares plunged today after the medical device company said it's headed for the auction block, having seen its 3rd-quarter losses widen by a whopping 639% and sacked its sales and marketing heads after badly missing Wall Street's earnings...

Surgeons Describe New Ligament in the Human Knee

November 11, 2013 4:23 pm | by KU Leuven | News | Comments

Two knee surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have provided the first full anatomical description of a previously enigmatic ligament in the human knee. The ligament appears to play an important role in patients with anterior cruciate ligament...

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