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Intuitive Wobbles on Device 'Stalling' Concern

December 4, 2013 4:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Intuitive Surgical came under pressure Wednesday after a warning about a stalling problem that has affected a few of its robotic surgical systems. On Nov. 19, Intuitive said it had sent a letter warning users that the "instrument...

St. Jude Medical Begins US Study to Evaluate Combination of Peripheral Nerve Field Stimulation and Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Low Back and Leg Pain

December 4, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, has launched a clinical study to evaluate the combination of peripheral nerve field stimulation (PNfS), and spinal cord stimulation (SCS), to determine whether the two therapies together...

Bard bellwether mesh trial delayed until 2014

December 3, 2013 2:53 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Patients in another bellwether trial against C.R. Bard will have to wait another month to air their grievances in court after a West Virginia judge pushed back their trial date. The delayed lawsuit, originally slated for trial today, will instead...

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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...

Consolidation, Collaboration, Cooperation, and Closer Technology—Key Trends For Healthcare 2014

December 3, 2013 12:01 pm | by GHX | Blogs | Comments

The healthcare industry has been primed for healthcare reform and according to GHX, 2014 will bring even more change to the business of healthcare. The company is predicting that 2014 will be a year of great healthcare evolution, not necessarily...

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...

Northwestern Medicine Surgeons Perform New Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

December 2, 2013 5:39 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Every time Susan Fischer sees someone lugging around an oxygen container, she wants to pull them aside and tell them, "It can get better." Fischer, 65, has severe emphysema, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is...

New breast cancer study results published in The Lancet compare targeted radiotherapy during surgery with ZEISS INTRABEAM to traditional post-surgical radiotherapy treatment

December 2, 2013 3:31 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

A new clinical trial for breast cancer, published in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, shows that a single fraction of targeted intraoperative radiotherapy (TARGIT) delivered with the ZEISS INTRABEAM ® at time of lumpectomy...

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PENTAX Medical and SMART Medical Systems Announce Strategic Pan-European Alliance That Will Change the Standard of Care in Colonoscopy

November 27, 2013 3:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SMART Medical Systems Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of innovative endoscopy products, and PENTAX Medical, an industry leader in endoscopic imaging, announced a strategic pan-European alliance, under which PENTAX Medical will commercialize...

Space Station Technology Translates to Tumor Treatment

November 25, 2013 3:23 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Powerful robotic arms developed by the Canadian Space Agency for the space shuttle and International Space Station–Canadarm and Canadarm2–and a delicate surgical tool, dubbed neuroArm, are examples of the “wonderful things” that can happen...

Fitting Devices to the Patient with Machining

November 22, 2013 3:00 pm | by Ted Driggs, Program Management Principal Engineer, Okuma | 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...

Surgical Marker Provides New Tool for Breast Cancer Patients

November 22, 2013 12:29 pm | by Focal Therapeutics | News | Comments

Focal Therapeutics announced that its BioZorb three-dimensional tissue marker has now been successfully used in over 100 patients - marking a significant milestone for the company and the field of post-surgical radiation treatment for breast...

Ethicon Announces Collaboration Agreement with MEGADYNE®

November 21, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (Ethicon) Energy business, market leaders in advanced energy surgical devices, today announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with MEGADYNE ®, market leaders in electrosurgery. Per the terms of the...

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First Breast Biopsy System Offering Real-Time Monitoring and Guidance

November 20, 2013 10:42 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

Breast cancer is by far the most frequent cancer among women, with an estimated 1,38 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2008 (23% of all cancers) and one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality. Just within the European Union...

Smart Glasses Solution to Detect Patient Veins for Precise IV Placement

November 20, 2013 9:49 am | by Evena Medical | News | Comments

Evena Medical, a leader in the development of high-quality, high-definition imaging for fast, accurate and precise venous access, today announced the launch of its Eyes-On™ Glasses System, a one-of-a-kind point-of-care wearable unit which...

Appeals court affirms $10M Medtronic loss in catheter patent case

November 19, 2013 11:00 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A federal appeals court dealt a blow to Medtronic yesterday when it upheld a lower court's decision to award $10 million to the physician inventor of a patent involving catheters. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed an...

Vancive Medical Technologies, CareFusion Sign Agreement for Antimicrobial Dressing

November 19, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | Vancive Medical Technologies™ | News | Comments

Vancive Medical Technologies and CareFusion Corporation have announced an exclusive agreement in the United States, Canada and Mexico for the licensing and distribution of Vancive’s BeneHold Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) antimicrobial...   

ECRI Institute: Top 10 Health Technology Hazards Report for 2014

November 18, 2013 10:41 am | by ECRI Institute | News | Comments

Each year, ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, offers an invaluable patient safety service to the healthcare community. The 2014 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list raises...

Robots Let Doctors 'Beam' Into Remote Hospitals

November 18, 2013 9:49 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

The doctor isn't in, but he can still see you now. Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam" themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies. A growing number of hospitals in California...

Photos of the Day: Robot Docs

November 18, 2013 9:48 am | by Rich Pedroncelli, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dr. Alan Shatzel, medical director of the Mercy Telehealth Network, is displayed on the monitor RP-VITA robot as it moves through Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, Calif. The robots enable physicians to have a different bedside presence as...

Study: Donor Age Not a Factor in Most Corneal Transplants

November 15, 2013 5:19 pm | by NIH/National Eye Institute | News | Comments

Ten years after a transplant, a cornea from a 71-year-old donor is likely to remain as healthy as a cornea from a donor half that age, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Corneas from donors over age 71 perform...

Lumenis wins U.S. & Japanese clearance for retinal laser treatment

November 15, 2013 1:28 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Lumenis Ltd. announced today regulatory wins in the U.S. and Japan for its Array LaserLink pattern scanning device for multi-spot laser photocoagulation for use during retinal surgery. The Array LaserLink, which turns an "examination slit lamp"...

FDA lowers regulatory oversight of scleral plugs for eye surgery

November 15, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA this week issued its final rule on scleral plugs, down-classifying them to a lower-risk category of medical devices in need of less stringent review. The FDA ruled to move the plugs to Class II, 510(k) premarket notification with special...

Cataract Surgery Saves $123.4 Billion in Direct, Indirect Costs

November 15, 2013 11:05 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Cataract surgeries performed over one year eventually save $123.4 billion over 13 years and delivers a 4,567 percent financial return on investment to society according to the results of a cost-utility study, published online today in the Academy's...

Medtronic’s Surgical Device Reduces Thermal Damage in Breast Surgery

November 14, 2013 2:53 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will affect women in the United States in 2013. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer...

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