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Gamma Knife Helps Patients with Painful Facial Nerve Disorder

February 27, 2014 10:28 am | by Beaumont Health System | News | Comments

Research by Beaumont Health System radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons found that symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, or TN, a nerve disorder causing severe facial pain, were reduced in those treated with Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery...

Cardica Receives 510(k) Clearance For Both MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 White Cartridge And New Material

February 27, 2014 8:36 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cardica, Inc. today announced it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 white cartridge for the stapling of thin tissue for use in multiple open or minimally-invasive surgical...

‘Lighting Up’ Tumors with Scorpion Venom and a Laser

February 25, 2014 12:04 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Department of Neurosurgery have developed a unique, compact, relatively inexpensive imaging device to "light up" malignant brain tumors and other cancers. The experimental...

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3D Technology and the Modern OR (Part 1)

February 25, 2014 11:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In the inaugural edition of “3D Technology And The Modern OR,” we’ll take a look at how the technology that supports OR visualization has evolved in the last several years and how the latest 3D products on the market has been received by...

3M Announces Next Generation of Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings

February 25, 2014 10:58 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions today announced enhancements to its 3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings aimed at improving securement, wear time and proper application. In clinical evaluations of the upgrades, more than...

Researchers Find That Going with the Flow Makes Bacteria Stick

February 24, 2014 11:17 am | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine...

Survey Reveals Real World Impact of Medical Device Tax

February 21, 2014 12:22 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has released new survey results examining the first-year impact of the medical device excise tax. The survey found a significant reduction in jobs, R&D, and U.S. investment. To...

Scars That Remain After a Mesh Injury by Dr. Greg Vigna

February 21, 2014 7:34 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

When a transvaginal mesh device fails after it has been surgically implanted in a patient, devastating consequences can result. According to the FDA, a range of complications have been reported by thousands of women who have experienced...

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A New Way to Grow Bone

February 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

What does it take to regrow bone in mass quantities? Typical bone regeneration — wherein bone is taken from a patient's hip and grafted onto damaged bone elsewhere in the body — is limited and can cause great pain just a few years after...

Gene Therapy Might Grow Replacement Tissue Inside the Body

February 20, 2014 11:24 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

By combining a synthetic scaffolding material with gene delivery techniques, researchers at Duke University are getting closer to being able to generate replacement cartilage where it's needed in the body. Performing tissue repair with stem...

An Essential Step Toward Printing Living Tissues

February 20, 2014 10:22 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with...

Photos of the Day: Bioprinting Living Tissue

February 20, 2014 10:21 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

In the human body, interconnected networks of fine blood vessels nourish tissue and remove waste. Jennifer Lewis and her team have developed a method for printing 3D tissue constructs that weaves multiple cell types within the extracellular...

New Innovations Spur Demand for 3D Printing in Medicine

February 20, 2014 5:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As Rainbow Coral Corp. works to market and develop an innovative new 3D bioprinting system, new 3D printing innovations are generating massive new demand for the technology from patients and doctors alike in the medical industry. Just days...

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Editorial Guidance

February 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I’m pleased to introduce the members of MDT’s first editorial advisory board. Representing the industry from supplier to medical device OEM to consultant, I’ve reached out to these individuals to help me tailor the scope of MDT’s editorial...

Mardil Medical Announces First Human Implants of the VenTouch Ventricular Reshaping Device

February 18, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mardil Medical, Inc., today announced the first-in-human implants using the VenTouch™ Ventricular Reshaping Device performed by a surgical team at the Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This...

Brain Tumor Removal Through a Hole Smaller than a Dime

February 18, 2014 11:17 am | by Houston Methodist Neurological Institute | News | Comments

More than two decades ago, Ryan Vincent had open brain surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor, resulting in a lengthy hospital stay and weeks of recovery at home. Recently, neurosurgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital, through a...   

New Smart Tool Approved by Health Canada for Enhancing Hip Replacement Surgery

February 18, 2014 7:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intellijoint Surgical, Inc. an innovator in smart tools to improve joint replacement surgery, announced today it recently received a Health Canada Medical Device License for its flagship product, Intellijoint HIP. The Company also announced...

Another Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Goes to Trial in W.Va.

February 14, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another lawsuit involving pelvic mesh has gone to trial in West Virginia. Media outlets report that jury selection began Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. A dozen plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in Texas in 2012. It is among about...

FDA Clearance for First Ever 5mm Classic Surgical Stapler

February 13, 2014 10:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

JustRight Surgical, a micro-laparoscopic medical device company devoted to miniaturizing surgical instrumentation, has received 510 (k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its JustRight™ 5mm Stapler. The stapler...

Filling Me Softly

February 12, 2014 3:00 pm | by Becky Allen, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Surgical implants are widely used in modern medicine but their effectiveness is often compromised by how our bodies react to them. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that implant stiffness is ...     

Special Glasses Help Surgeons 'See' Cancer

February 11, 2014 4:51 pm | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

High-tech glasses developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed through the eyewear. The wearable technology, so new it’s yet unnamed, was used during ...

Researchers Blend Orthopedics, Engineering to Better Repair Torn Rotator Cuffs

February 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Rotator cuff tears are among the most common orthopedic injuries among adults in the United States, due to wear and tear or the effects of age. With a 94 percent failure rate for surgical repairs of large tears in older patients, it's no...

Doctor Diagnoses Man with Help from TV's 'House'

February 7, 2014 11:47 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

If you're unlucky enough to be stricken with a rare medical condition, you'd better hope your doctor watches the right television show. That was the lesson for one German man with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of symptoms including...

The Pulse: Powering Implants with the Heart & Playing Stroke Hero

February 6, 2014 11:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are powering implants with the heart, vacuuming out blood clots, controlling the TV remote with a wink, and playing stroke education video games. This episode features...        

Miyachi America Announces Participation in Penn State Research on Improving Surgical Tool Designs

February 5, 2014 6:26 pm | by Miyachi America Corporation | News | Comments

Miyachi America Corporation, a leading manufacturer of welding equipment and laser processing systems, recently participated in innovative research conducted at Penn State on improving designs for articulation in surgical tool tips used in...

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