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Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center's Youngest Patient Praises New "Sci-Fi" Procedure

July 12, 2013 4:39 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

First experiencing symptoms at just 29-years-old and diagnosed with Parkinson's at age 34, Tommy Zuleger is the youngest patient ever treated at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and he says a new "sci-fi" procedure has given him his life back.

Philips and Georgia Regents Medical Center Sign $300 Million, 15-Year Alliance

July 12, 2013 1:43 pm | by Philips Healthcare | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Georgia Regents Medical Center have announced a 15-year alliance to enable increasingly patient-centered approaches to care and to create an innovative business model that addresses current and future clinical, operational and equipment needs of GRMC’s multiple sites.

Increasing the Lifespan of Joint Replacements

July 12, 2013 10:03 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Southampton have completed a project that will enable surgeons to fit joint replacements with longer, optimised lifespans. The MXL project uses computational modelling to define the mechanics of an artificial joint to ensure successful surgery and longer lifespans of the prosthetic joints.

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Medicare aims to level reimbursement playing field in fight between Elekta and Varian

July 11, 2013 12:45 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A new proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would help level at least 1 battlefield between radiosurgery devices makers Elekta and Varian Medical Systems. The reimbursement proposal would offer equal payment to healthcare providers conducting single-treatment radiosurgery for brain tumors, whether the procedure is conducted with Elekta's Gamma Knife or Varian's Linac.

3D-Printed Splint Saves Infant’s Life

July 11, 2013 10:38 am | by The Institute for Genomic Biology | News | Comments

Half a millennium after Johannes Gutenberg printed the bible, researchers printed a 3D splint that saved the life of an infant born with severe tracheobronchomalacia, a birth defect that causes the airway to collapse. While similar surgeries have been preformed using tissue donations and windpipes created from stem cells, this is the first time 3D printing has been used to treat tracheobronchomalacia—at least in a human.

Bard Avaulta mesh case ends in mistrial

July 10, 2013 3:44 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The trial of a personal injury lawsuit filed against C.R. Bard ended in mistrial today after a federal judge granted Bard's motion to dismiss, according to court documents. Judge Joseph Goodwin declared a mistrial at 2:15 p.m. today, according to the documents, during the 2nd day of the trial.

CryoLife wins pre-market approval for laser fiber optic delivery handset

July 10, 2013 3:00 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Vascular surgical device maker CryoLife announced a regulatory green light today with the FDA's pre-market approval of its Sologrip laser fiber optic delivery system. Sologrip is a disposable handset designed to be used during surgery to support a relatively new procedure called transmyocardial revascularization approved by the FDA to treat difficult heart conditions.

Robotic Ultrasound Gives Surgeon More Direct Control in Mapping and Removing Kidney Cancers

July 10, 2013 9:40 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

While the use of ultrasound to identify tumors during kidney cancer surgery is gaining acceptance, a research team at Henry Ford Hospital has successfully taken it a step further by showing an added benefit when the procedure is done robotically.

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Aptus Exceeds 250 Patients in ANCHOR Post-Market Registry

July 10, 2013 8:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Aptus Endosystems, Inc., a medical device company developing advanced technology for endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), announced today that its ANCHOR post-market registry enrollment has surpassed its key milestone of 250 patients.   

Halt Medical Announces New CPT® Code From the American Medical Association for RF Ablation of Uterine Fibroids

July 10, 2013 3:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Halt Medical is very pleased to announce that the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) Panel has established a new CPT® code specifically for Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation of Uterine Fibroids. CPT codes are used by medical practitioners; including physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers to report healthcare services to insurers for the purpose of reimbursement.

Pro-Dex, Inc. Partners with UC Irvine School of Engineering

July 9, 2013 4:05 pm | by PR Newswire | Pro-Dex | News | Comments

PRO-DEX, INC. (Nasdaq: PDEX), a leading medical device developer and manufacturer of world-class powered surgical devices, has partnered with UC Irvine's The Henry Samueli School of Engineering to offer graduating seniors the opportunity to work alongside industry veterans in the design and manufacture of next-generation medical devices.

LeMaitre Vascular Acquires Clinical Instruments

July 9, 2013 2:45 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

LeMaitre Vascular, Inc. (Nasdaq:LMAT), a provider of peripheral vascular devices and implants, announced today that on July 5, 2013 it acquired the assets of Clinical Instruments International, Inc. for $1.1mm, or 1.7X 2012 sales. Clinical Instruments is based in Southbridge, MA and manufactures carotid shunts and embolectomy catheters.

Aesculap Implant Systems Launches Quintex Cervical Plating System

July 9, 2013 2:07 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced today the availability of the new Quintex Anterior Cervical Plating System, today’s most versatile system for use in ACDF procedures at multiple levels from C2-T1. Quintex was designed to address all plating ideologies and offers construct options ranging from fully rigid to dynamic, including the new Semidynamic™ option, unique to Aesculap Implant Systems’.

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Intuitive Surgical takes an after-hours dive on missed Q2 sales prelims

July 8, 2013 8:40 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Intuitive Surgical took a nearly 12% hit in after-hours trading today after the medical device company said it expects to miss its 2nd-quarter sales forecast. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based robotic surgery company said it expects to post sales of roughly $575 million, up 7.3% from the 2nd quarter of 2012 but well shy of analysts' $630 million expectations.

Link Between Cancer and Obesity Argues for More Aggressive Treatments, says Dr. Feiz & Associates

July 8, 2013 6:44 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S believes that it's becoming clear that the prevention of cancer is another major benefit of healthy, long-term weight loss that can be fostered by such bariatric procedures as the sleeve gastrectomy and the Lap Band. Obese people are used to hearing warnings regarding heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke; however, the link between obesity and cancer is often left out of the discussion.

Research that Holds Water

July 8, 2013 10:15 am | by The University of Akron | News | Comments

Dr. Jie Zheng and Dr. Robert Weiss are among the most recent to contribute to the growing research of hydrogels, the gelatinous substance that, because of its toughness and plasticity, has several biomedical applications, including cartilage repair, implants for minimally invasive surgery and drug delivery.

1st-in-man trial for Dallen Medical's Compressyn band device

July 8, 2013 9:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Early-stage device company Dallen Medical announced a 1st-in-man study of its Compressyn band, a breast-plate wire closure device designed to help stabilize patients after open heart surgery. After the sternum is cracked during open-heart surgery, patients require specialized wires to hold the cavity together.

Life Care Medical Devices Signs Exclusive Agreement with M.E.D. Surgical for the Distribution in Ireland of its Proprietary Keyhole Cup@ Laparoscopic Access Device

July 8, 2013 8:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Life Care Medical Devices Ltd., (OTC BB: LCMD), a development stage medical device company today announced that Life Care Medical Devices, Ltd, Ireland signed an exclusive agreement with M.E.D. Surgical, a subsidiary of Sisk Healthcare for the distribution of the Company's Keyhole Cup@ ...

Baxano Surgical pays $6M to settle federal healthcare fraud beef

July 8, 2013 7:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

North Carolina medical device maker Baxano Surgical Inc. (NSDQ:BAXS) agreed to pay $6 million to close a Justice Dept. probe initiated nearly 2 years ago. The definitive settlement consummates a tentative agreement the spinal device company forged with federal regulators in December 2012, according to a Baxano Surgical statement.

Medtronic prevails in bone mill antitrust suit filed by Lenox MacLaren Surgical

July 3, 2013 11:21 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) prevailed in an antitrust lawsuit filed over a bone mill made by Lenox MacLaren Surgical, with a federal judge ruling that Lenox misrepresented the size of the bone mill market and failed to adequately market its own device.

Blaze Biosciences ropes in $8.1M for tumor targeting "paint"

July 3, 2013 7:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Blaze Biosciences is more than halfway to a targeted $15 million in a Series B round to fund its Tumor Paint, a surgical tool that visually distinguishes solid tumor cells from healthy cells. Founded in 2010, the Seattle, Wash.-based Blaze Biosciences has roped in about $8.1 million since opening the round in June.

ArthroCare pays $45M for ENTrigue Surgical, buys stake in Ortho-Space

July 2, 2013 3:36 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

ArthroCare (NSDQ:ARTC) said it closed its $45 million acquisition of ENTrigue Surgical and bought a nearly 20% stake in Israeli medical device company Ortho-Space. The deal price for ENTrigue, which makes a device to treat chronic sinusitis, includes "contingent consideration" pegged to sales growth milestones, according to a press release.

More hospitals settle Medtronic's Kyphon Medicare fraud cases

July 2, 2013 12:58 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Some 55 U.S. hospitals agreed to pay a total of $34 million to settle U.S. Justice Dept. charges that they overcharged Medicare for Medtronic's (NYSE:MDT)'s kyphoplasty spine procedure, acquired in the $3.9 billion buyout of Kyphon in 2007, the Justice Dept. said today.

Integra LifeSciences recall affects Medtronic's Infuse kits

July 2, 2013 12:53 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Minnesota medical device giant Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) confirmed today that it recalled certain of its already-troubled Infuse spinal fusion surgery kits after learning of possible contamination in sponges manufactured by Integra Lifesciences.  

SpineGuard Obtains Regulatory Clearance to Sell Cannulated PediGuard® in Mexico

July 2, 2013 12:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SpineGuard announced today that it has obtained regulatory clearance from COFEPRIS (the Mexican healthcare regulatory authority) to sell its Cannulated PediGuard® device in Mexico. SpineGuard has previously received clearance for its Classic PediGuard device, and over 50 Mexican spine surgeons have been trained on the technology.

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