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FDA Clearance for Arthrosurface’s Hallux Valgus Correction System

August 22, 2014 11:35 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface, Inc., a developer of novel joint technologies, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the KISSloc Suture System, a mini plate and suture implant intended for the correction of a Hallux Valgus deformity. The KISSloc Suture System...

$1.5 Million Invested in Esophageal Cooling Device

August 21, 2014 4:30 pm | by Advanced Cooling Therapy | News | Comments

Chicago-based emerging medical device firm Advanced Cooling Therapy (ACT) has closed a $1.5...

Space Station Inspired Robot to Help Heal Sick Children

August 21, 2014 2:46 pm | by Jessica Eagan, International Space Station Program Science Office | News | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic...

Photos of the Day: Space Robots Heal Kids

August 21, 2014 2:45 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

KidsArm is a robot that allows surgeons to quickly navigate to surgical sites in the body. It...

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Covidien Opens Advanced Medical Technology Center in Brazil

August 21, 2014 10:36 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today officially opened its Covidien Center of Innovation Brazil (CCI Brazil), further expanding its educational and research capabilities in a key emerging market. The CCI will help educate clinicians in... 

First Endoscope-Guided Pedicle Screw System for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Launched

August 19, 2014 2:44 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced the availability of the new S4 Element MIS System, the only posterior lumbar pedicle screw fixation system to utilize endoscope technology to gain direct visualization, providing the advantages of minimally...

Benefits of the Connected Hospital

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Laird | Videos | Comments

The Connected Hospital is a vision of a fully integrated hospital where wireless technology allows care givers and patients to roam throughout the hospital while providing accurate and timely monitoring. The Connected Hospital collects the...

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Surgeons First in U.S. to Implant Device to Treat Cluster Headaches

August 18, 2014 4:08 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

For those suffering excruciating pain from cluster headaches, relief may soon be available from an investigational device being studied in a national multicenter clinical trial. Recently, doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical...

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Baxano Surgical as a Leader in MIS Spine Innovation

August 18, 2014 8:56 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Based on its recent analysis of the minimally invasive spinal surgical solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Baxano Surgical, Inc. with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy Leadership...

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risks after noncardiac surgery

August 15, 2014 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The researchers analyzed the relationship between vitamin D level and surgical outcomes in approximately 3,500 patients who ...

Stimuli-responsive drug delivery system prevents transplant rejection

August 13, 2014 3:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Following a tissue graft transplant—such as that of the face, hand, arm or leg—it is standard for doctors to immediately give transplant recipients immunosuppressant drugs to prevent their body's immune system from rejecting and attacking the new body part. However, there are toxicities associated with delivering these drugs systemically, as well as side effects since suppressing the immune system can make a patient vulnerable to infection.

'Shape-shifting' material could help reconstruct faces

August 13, 2014 11:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person's appearance. Researchers will report today that they have developed a "self-fitting" material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for ...

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Research may lead to reliable alternative to open-heart surgery

August 13, 2014 10:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Houston (UH) professor Suncica "Sunny" Canic is a mathematician, not a medical doctor, but her research could save the lives of heart patients. Working with collaborators from Houston Methodist Hospital on a minimally invasive experimental procedure for heart valve replacement, Canic's work could lead to optimal design of an alternative to open-heart surgery for treating failing heart valves.

Disposable Biosensor Allows Physicians to Determine Which Patients Can Be Safely Fed Following Surgery

August 8, 2014 10:01 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

A disposal, plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs...

Hospital Implants New Hybrid Cochlear Implant in Patient Who Lost High Frequency Hearing

August 7, 2014 5:09 pm | by University Hospitals Case Medical Center | News | Comments

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is the first in Cleveland to implant a new type of cochlear device for adults who have lost the high frequency range of their hearing, but have retained the low frequencies with or without a hearing...

New Image Guided VBAS Prototype Work Completed

August 7, 2014 8:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vycor Medical, Inc., a provider of innovative and superior surgical and therapeutic solutions, announced that it had successfully completed the development of new prototypes of its patented ViewSite Brain Access System ("VBAS") device that...

Infographic: What Engineers Think About Retirement

August 7, 2014 8:14 am | by Kasey Panetta & Eileen Whitmore, ECN Magazine | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what engineers had planned for...    

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Customized Knee Implants Have More Natural Motion Compared to Off-the-Shelf Versions

August 6, 2014 8:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConforMIS, Inc., a medical device company providing the only truly customized total knee implant systems for patients, today announced results from two in vivo clinical studies comparing the motion patterns of patients treated with ConforMIS...

The Benefits of Working with an UHMWPE Fiber with a Fine Denier

August 5, 2014 3:58 pm | by Carola Hansen, Director of Biomedical Polyethylenes, DSM Biomedical | DSM Biomedical | Articles | Comments

In February, DSM announced that it was expanding its Dyneema Purity fiber portfolio with the commercial launch of the thinnest, high-strength, medical-grade ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber on the market - Dyneema Purity...

Codman Neuro Launches New Envoy Guiding Catheters

August 5, 2014 2:59 pm | by Codman Neuro | News | Comments

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of the ENVOY DA XB Distal Access Guiding Catheter and the 7F ENVOY Guiding Catheter for neurovascular procedures. The announcement was made at...

Hip Replacement Surgery Is on the Rebound

August 5, 2014 10:26 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The hip replacement market is beginning to recover from the global recession and controversies surrounding metal-on-metal implants, with procedure volumes growing and patient confidence at an all-time high, says an analyst with research and...

Researchers Make Cancer Glow

August 4, 2014 10:43 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence. With a new technique, researchers...

Medtronic Launches NuVent EM Sinus Dilation System for Fusion ENT Navigation System

August 4, 2014 8:36 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. has announced the launch of the NuVent EM Sinus Dilation System for the Fusion ENT Navigation System, developed and manufactured by the company's Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) division of its Surgical Technologies business. NuVent...

Tecomet to Acquire Symmetry Medical Inc.'s OEM Solutions Business

August 4, 2014 8:32 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tecomet Inc., a Genstar Capital portfolio company and precision contract manufacturer supporting the medical device and aerospace industries, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Symmetry Medical Inc. to acquire its...

Novel Technologies Advance Brain Surgery to Benefit Patients

July 25, 2014 4:40 pm | by UC San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health System have integrated advanced 3D imaging, computer simulation and next-generation surgical tools to perform a highly complex brain surgery through a small incision to remove deep-seated tumors. This is the first time this complex choreography of technologies has been brought together in an operating room in California.

Radiation Exposure Concerns, Increased Precision Driving Growth of Corindus Vascular Robotics

July 25, 2014 2:43 pm | News | Comments

Corindus Vascular Robotics announced the recent installations of its CorPath® System at five facilities: UH Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA; Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Miami, FL; the second system in Michigan and first system in North Carolina.

UPMC-Developed Test Increases Odds of Correct Surgery for Thyroid Cancer Patients

July 25, 2014 10:00 am | by UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

Researchers have identified certain gene mutations that are indicative of an increased likelihood of thyroid cancer, and the molecular testing panel developed at UPMC can be run using the sample collected through the initial, minimally invasive biopsy, rather than a lobectomy. When the panel shows these mutations, a total thyroidectomy is advised.

Misonix Enhances its Digital Presence with the Unveiling of its New BoneScalpelT App

July 24, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Misonix, Inc., an international surgical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ultrasonic products for spine surgery, skull based surgery, neurosurgery, wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic...

The Pulse: Reading Minds with Google Glass and Walking with Toyota

July 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re using an open source app to read minds with Google Glass, using Toyota robots to help disabled people walk again, performing an endoscopy with a smartphone, and zinging around on a lightweight mobility chair...

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