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ON-Q and the Evolution of Post-Surgical Pain Management

July 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Gary Aurin, Research & Engineering Manager, I-Flow | Articles | Comments

Historically, post-surgical pain has been primarily treated with narcotics which can cause patients unpleasant side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation and grogginess. The data also suggests that taking them may pose the risk of...

Partial Knee Replacements for Arthritis Are Safer than Total Replacement

July 8, 2014 9:52 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

People undergoing partial knee replacement surgery, in which only the parts of the knee affected by osteoarthritis are removed, have fewer complications, are less likely to be re-admitted to hospital and less likely to die, the researchers...

Rapid Surgical Innovation Puts Patients at Risk for Medical Errors

July 7, 2014 1:55 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that the risk of patient harm increased two-fold in 2006 – the peak year that teaching hospitals nationwide embraced the pursuit of minimally invasive robotic...

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Tool Helps Guide Brain Cancer Surgery

July 7, 2014 10:06 am | by Elizabeth K. Gardner, Purdue | News | Comments

A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study. The Purdue-designed tool sprays a microscopic stream...

Squid Sucker Ring Teeth Material Could Aid Reconstructive Surgery

July 2, 2014 2:50 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Squid tentacles are loaded with hundreds of suction cups, or suckers, and each sucker has a ring of razor-sharp “teeth” that help these mighty predators latch onto and take down prey. In a study published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers...

Blind Lead the Way in Brave New World of Tactile Technology

July 2, 2014 8:12 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad mini Retina display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to feel your way around. New research...

Bringing the Bling to Antibacterials

July 1, 2014 2:46 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Bacteria love to colonize surfaces inside your body, but they have a hard time getting past your rugged, salty skin. Surgeries to implant medical devices often give such bacteria the opportunity needed to gain entry into the body cavity...

CE Mark for Expanding Orthopedics’ 3D Expandable Interbody Cage

July 1, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Expanding Orthopedics Inc. (EOI), a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative expandable devices for spine surgery, is proud to announce that its novel FLXfitT, 3D expandable interbody cage...

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Spectranetics Completes Acquisition of AngioScore Inc.

June 30, 2014 4:18 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

The Spectranetics Corporation has announced that it has completed the acquisition of AngioScore Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of cardiovascular, specialty balloons, for $230 million in cash, along with additional contingent...

Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots Walk on Command

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function. The group...

Photos of the Day: Bio-Bots Could Stroll Through the Body

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Tiny walking “bio-bots” are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field. The new bio-bots are powered by a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. This gives the researchers a simple way to control the...

Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform Receives FDA Clearance

June 30, 2014 2:14 pm | by Surgical Theater | News | Comments

Surgical Theater, LLC has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance on the recently launched Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform (SNAP). The SNAP integrates with operating room technology to provide advanced 3D capabilities...

Researchers Develop Tech to Extend Liver Preservation for Transplantation

June 30, 2014 10:24 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new supercooling technique to increase the amount of time human organs could remain viable outside the body. This study was conducted in rats, and if it succeeds in humans, it would enable a world-wide allocation...

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Ankle Implant Is More Common to Relieve Severe Arthritis Pain

June 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Hospital for Special Surgery | News | Comments

Arthritis can cause terrible pain, making activities of daily living difficult, if not impossible. While most people are familiar with knee and hip replacement surgery for debilitating arthritis in these joints, ankle replacement is another...

Notorious Pathogen Forms Slimy 'Streamers' to Clog Up Medical Devices

June 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A group of researchers from the U.S. has moved a step closer to preventing infections of the common hospital pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, by revealing the mechanisms that allow the bacteria to rapidly clog up medical devices. In a study...

A New Use for Touchless Technology in the Operating Theater

June 27, 2014 10:55 am | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

Dr. Mark Rouncefield and Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez from the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University were part of a collaborative team from Microsoft Research, Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and King's College...

Encision Receives FDA 510(k) Approval on its AEM EndoShieldT Burn Protection System

June 27, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Encision Inc., a medical device company owning patented surgical technology that prevents dangerous stray electrosurgical burns in minimally invasive surgery, today announced that it has received FDA 510(k) premarket notification approval...

Dr. Andrews’ App Aims to Reduce Future Tommy John Surgeries

June 27, 2014 8:58 am | by Abracadabra Health | News | Comments

Throw Like a Pro, an application that helps baseball players reduce the likelihood of throwing injuries, is available for download on the App Store. The app provides knowledge of Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Kevin Wilk, two of the world’s... 

2014/2015 Buyers' Guide Digital Edition

June 26, 2014 4:57 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

The MDT Buyers' Guide is a comprehensive directory that includes an array of technology and service categories critical to designers and manufacturers of medical devices. From products to services, the Guide covers a full range of resources needed...

Virtual Experiments Give Surgeons the Cutting Edge

June 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Université du Luxembourg | News | Comments

Virtual experiments could soon be helping new surgeons hone their skills before they start work with live patients. This is the exciting research objective of European Research Council (ERC) fellow Stéphane Bordas, a Professor of Computational...

Dune Medical Devices Raises $21 Million in Funding

June 26, 2014 9:56 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Dune Medical Devices has announced that it has successfully completed the first of a two stage $21 million equity financing. The initial closing was completed for $14 million with a second tranche of $7 million to be completed by October...

Intuitive Surgical Receives CE Mark for the da Vinci Xi Surgical System

June 25, 2014 9:16 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the global leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery, today announced it has received a CE Mark for its da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Achieving this milestone allows the company to market the Xi System...

GlobalData Analysts: Strategic Benefits, Not Tax Avoidance, the Main Motivation for Medtronic Megadeal

June 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Medtronic’s $42.9 billion merger with Covidien, which created last week the world’s largest medical devices company, was primarily motivated by future market gains rather than tax inversion, according to analysts with research and consulting...

Covidien Launches Pipeline Flex Embolization Device in Europe

June 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Further strengthening its broad line of neurovascular products to treat unruptured brain aneurysms, Covidien plc announced the European launch of its Pipeline Flex embolization device at the annual Live Interventional Neuroradiology &...

Covidien Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit over Ethicon's Ultrasonic Surgical Devices

June 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien has announced that it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut against Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. The lawsuit alleges that Ethicon’s latest ultrasonic surgical...

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