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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

Hansen Medical's Magellan Robotic System to Be Presented at 40th Annual VEITHsymposium

November 13, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc., a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced it will exhibit its Magellan™ Robotic System at the 40th Annual VEITHsymposium™ from November 19th-23rd at the Hilton New York in New York City. The Company will...

1,200th Worldwide Implant of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Occurs in Indiana

November 12, 2013 4:15 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

An Indiana man has become the 1,200th person in the world to be implanted with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. Patrick O'Hara is the first person in Indiana to receive the life-saving device and the first Hoosier to be discharged...

Biosensor Could Help Detect Brain Injuries During Heart Surgery

November 11, 2013 4:43 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins engineers and cardiology experts have teamed up to develop a fingernail-sized biosensor that could alert doctors when serious brain injury occurs during heart surgery. By doing so, the device could help doctors devise new ways to...

Snap to Attention: Polymers that React and Move to Light

November 11, 2013 4:39 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Microvehicles and other devices that can change shape or move with no power source other than a beam of light may be possible through research led by the University of Pittsburgh. The researchers are investigating polymers that "snap" when...

NICO Corporation introduces new shallow tip version of BrainPath

November 11, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indianapolis medical device maker NICO Corporation has added to its recently introduced BrainPath product line with the BrainPath ST-Gold, a tool clinically essential for accessing surface brain abnormalities. The NICO BrainPath provides a unique...

Ethicon Energy Launches ENSEAL® G2 Articulating at AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology

November 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (Ethicon) has announced that its first-to-market ENSEAL ® G2 Articulating Tissue Sealer is now available nationwide. The new device will be featured this week at the 42nd American Association of Gynecologic...  

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