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First Surgeries with MySpine Performed

November 26, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medacta USA announced the completion of the first successful surgeries in the United States utilizing MySpine Patient-Matched Technology. MySpine utilizes Medacta’s proven 3D-reconstruction and rapid 3D-printing technologies to produce customized patient...

Novel System Measures Physicians' Fatigue Level through Eye Movement

November 26, 2014 1:22 pm | by University of Granada | News | Comments

An international team of scientists which includes researchers from the U. of Granada has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to establish in an objective way the level of fatigue in physicians after long shifts through their eye movement...

Saving Your Skin

November 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Will Martin, Proto Labs | Articles | Comments

Modern science has allowed surgeons to fix the human body amazingly fast, yet leave behind only small traces that repairs were performed. One of the more commonly used methods to achieve this is by  a minimally invasive technique called laparoscopic surgery...

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A MedTech Thanksgiving Tale

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Not so long ago, the collective nations of the medtech Native Americans co-existed in relative peace in a land far from all others. Sure, there was the occasional squabble between tribes, while other times, one tribe would absorb a smaller tribe into...

The Top 10 Health Technology Hazards of 2015

November 25, 2014 5:06 pm | by ECRI Institute | News | Comments

What could possibly go wrong in hospitals? Many things, according to ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care. Hazards caused by medical technology are a prime example—because hazards can lead...

Cancer Device Gets Stronger Warning from FDA

November 24, 2014 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. regulators have strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients. The Food and Drug Administration is updating...

Computer Simulators Train Surgeons Virtually

November 24, 2014 9:48 am | by Jennifer Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

University of Wisconsin-Madison computer science and medical researchers have teamed up to create a sophisticated new simulator to help surgical students practice detailed procedures before operating on live patients. The simulator could have...

Biodegradable Membrane Helps Prevent Blood Vessel Scarring

November 21, 2014 11:32 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

When blood vessels are damaged through surgery, it can trigger an endless cycle of scarring and repair. "Scar tissue will always form inside the blood vessel and, in many cases, eventually block blood flow," said Guillermo Ameer, professor...

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Top 10 Ways to Cut Manufacturer Supply Chain Costs

November 20, 2014 3:34 pm | by Denise Odenkirk, Senior Director, Industry Solutions, GHX | Blogs | Comments

Although over 85% of med-surg manufacturers are transacting electronically with providers, manual, paper-based supply chain processes for other medical devices, such as implantables continues to contribute significantly to the soaring costs in healthcare...

Magic Gel Can Stop Traumatic Bleeding

November 20, 2014 1:15 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Forget stitches — there's a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention — a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure ...      

Making the Case for Reusable Custom Cases

November 19, 2014 5:11 pm | by Tim Jennings, CEO, EPS | Articles | Comments

Customized cases provide medical device manufacturers and health care professionals with durable, sustainable and secure options for the transport, storage, and end use of expensive medical equipment. Available in countless configurations...

Blood Test Warns of Kidney Transplant Rejection

November 18, 2014 3:22 pm | by IDIBELL-Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and doctors at University Hospital of Bellvitge, together with a team of researchers from the University of California, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, California Pacific Medical...

Microfluidic Device Could Significantly Improve Blood Storage

November 18, 2014 2:45 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have identified a method to rapidly prepare frozen red blood cells for transfusions, which may offer an important new way to manage the world's blood supply. It's already possible to cryopreserve human red...

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Device Safely Delivers Surgeon to the Procedure Site

November 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Cambridge Consultants | News | Comments

A unique surgical tool development from product design firm Cambridge Consultants is set to transform complex life-saving operations. Chimaera enables surgeons to identify and highlight critical structures, such as nerves and blood vessels, as...

Analyst: Debate Over Device Tax Only Masks Needed Reforms

November 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Rob Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says, “Republicans in the US Congress are expected to move quickly to revoke the medical device tax, which was imposed two years ago as part of a suite of fees on the healthcare...

MEDICA and COMPAMED Post-Show Wrap-Up

November 18, 2014 11:26 am | by Messe Düsseldorf | News | Comments

“The high number of international visitors gave medical device technology providers as well as their suppliers at MEDICA and COMPAMED tailwinds to strengthen their export business. Those putting their business on a particularly broad footing...

Bucking the 2014 Healthcare Trends

November 14, 2014 7:30 am | by Emily Cross, Ph.D, Director of Media and Communication, TecMed, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

A quick Google search of 2014 trending topics in health care will introduce you to a not-too-surprising barrage of themes covering the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”, or “Obamacare”), wearable devices and the secure...

6 Things to Tell Your Piezoceramics Supplier

November 14, 2014 7:30 am | by Russell Petrucci, Director of Business Development, and Roger Nessen, Development Manager; Exelis Electronic Systems | Articles | Comments

Any technology that supports the delivery of medical care must be designed to the highest possible standards of quality and efficacy. To device makers, this is obvious. What is often less obvious is just how challenging it can be for a company...

Cutting-Edge Femtosecond Laser Technology Treats Cataracts

November 13, 2014 4:04 pm | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Patients choosing cataract surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear may now elect to have laser-assisted cataract surgery with the femtosecond LensSx Laser. The hospital is one of the few in New England to offer the advanced technology, which enables surgeons...

Cellular Bone Matrix a Promising Step for Bone Regeneration

November 13, 2014 11:13 am | by DePuy Synthes | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with LifeNet Health, announced the introduction of ViviGen Cellular Bone Matrix, a differentiated cellular allograft for the repair or reconstruction of musculoskeletal defects...

Photos of the Day: Sneak Peak from this Year's MEDICA

November 12, 2014 3:56 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Editor-in-Chief, Sean Fenske reports some of this year’s highlights at MEDICA in Düsseldorf, Germany...                                    

New Hybrid Anchor Technology for Arthroscopic Repair

November 12, 2014 10:21 am | by DePuy | News | Comments

The DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson has launched GRYPHON Anchors with PROKNOT Technology (GRYPHON PROKNOT Anchors), the first arthroscopic hybrid anchor solution for repair of shoulder and hip instability. The announcement was...

Attacking Tumors with Miniaturized Antennas

November 10, 2014 11:55 am | by Scott Gordon, University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

A conversation with a University of Wisconsin-Madison neurosurgeon prompted two engineering researchers to challenge a commonly held idea about tumor ablation, and as a result, they're now working to commercialize a new technology that could...

Next-Gen Heart Implant First in Canada

November 10, 2014 11:42 am | by University Health Network | News | Comments

A surgical team at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre led by internationally-acclaimed cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Vivek Rao, has successfully implanted a novel mechanical device, the HeartMate IIITM, into a patient with advanced heart failure...

Hybrid Anchor Technology Offers Unique Solution for Arthroscopic Surgery

November 10, 2014 9:16 am | by DePuy Synthes | News | Comments

The DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson has launched GRYPHON Anchors with PROKNOT Technology (GRYPHON PROKNOT Anchors), the first arthroscopic hybrid anchor solution for repair of shoulder and hip instability. The announcement...

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