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New Challenges/Opportunities for Medical Device Manufacturers Forged by the ACA

June 3, 2014 4:04 pm | by Claudio Bellini, COO, COSMED USA | Blogs | Comments

Amid all the back-and-forth political discussion and controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act, one fact is clear: more people will have access to traditional healthcare services than ever before. And with that reality, it has become...

MRI-Guided Laser Procedure Provides Alternative to Epilepsy Surgery

June 2, 2014 3:52 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

For patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) that can't be controlled by medications, a minimally invasive laser procedure performed under MRI guidance provides a safe and effective alternative to surgery, suggests a study in the...

Tangent Medical Receives CE Mark for the NovaCath Integrated IV Catheter System

May 28, 2014 9:48 am | by Tangent Medical | News | Comments

Tangent Medical an innovator of IV therapy products, announced it has received CE Mark approval for the NovaCath Integrated IV Catheter System. The approval demonstrates that NovaCath meets the safety, health and environmental requirements...

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Regulations Driving Adoption of Non-Phthalate Materials for Medical Tubing

May 27, 2014 3:25 pm | by Mark Brucks, Market Development Representative, Eastman Chemical Company | Eastman Chemical Company | Articles | Comments

With increasing pressure on device manufacturers to move away from DEHP in PVC, OEMs are seeking a plasticizer option that performs similarly without the related, potential health concerns. This article examines the trend, the regulations...

$30 Million 3D Printing Research Center Has Focus on Medical Implants

May 27, 2014 12:39 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

In future, knee and bone implants customized to fit individual patients could be easily made using 3D printers. Medical devices and tissue printing are among the key research areas that Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is ramping up...

High Speed Gesture Recognition for zSpace 3D Display

May 27, 2014 12:28 pm | by Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory | Videos | Comments

In collaboration with zSpace, we developed high speed hand gesture recognition system and combined it with a 3D virtual holographic display system developed by zSpace. By integrating these two systems, an immersive virtual environment can...

Teaching Innovative Medical Mechanics

May 27, 2014 11:06 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

Removing a malignant tumor from the head of the pancreas is a risky and demanding operation. The surgeon must carefully navigate around the stomach, the gallbladder, the bile duct, lymph nodes, and several high-pressure blood vessels. But...

J&J to Grow Device Business, Focus on Emerging Markets

May 23, 2014 12:03 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

At a meeting with members of the investment community, senior leaders from the Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MD&D) segment of Johnson & Johnson outlined plans to improve patient outcomes and expand their market leadership through...

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UC Davis and Orbis Partner in Telemedicine Initiative to Treat, Prevent Blindness

May 23, 2014 10:15 am | by University of California - Davis Health System | News | Comments

UC Davis Health System and Orbis International, a leading global non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to eliminate avoidable blindness, signed an agreement of cooperation that will expand the use of telemedicine technology to help...

Covidien Releases Two-Year Study Results Demonstrating Sustained Effectiveness of Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Technology

May 22, 2014 2:19 pm | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien’s Stellarex drug-coated angioplasty balloon (Stellarex DCB) continues to be shown as safe and effective for treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to new 24-month data released today from the company’s ILLUMENATE...

UCI School of Medicine First to Integrate Google Glass into Curriculum

May 21, 2014 12:14 pm | by UC Irvine | News | Comments

As physicians and surgeons explore how to use Google Glass, the UC Irvine School of Medicine is taking steps to become the first in the nation to integrate the wearable computer into its four-year curriculum – from first- and second-year...

Students Win $75K for Bacteria-Killing Catheter

May 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, University of Utah | News | Comments

After hearing his aunt, a primary care nurse, tell stories of catheters causing clotting and infections, University of Utah bioengineering student Nate Rhodes decided to come up with a solution. Along with a few classmates, he developed a...

3D Image Guidance Tool Sees, Reaches, and Treats Tumor Lesions

May 21, 2014 9:02 am | by Royal Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips today announced the launch of EmboGuide, its latest innovation in interventional oncology, to treat difficult-to-reach tumors or tumors in patients who are deemed unsuitable for surgery. EmboGuide is a live 3D image guidance...

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3D Printing a Healthcare Revolution

May 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

3D printing is one of those truly disruptive technologies that comes along very rarely. It is remarkable how many different industry sectors it can touch and impact significantly. Healthcare is just one area where it is making a difference...

FDA Approves First Mobile Platform for Real-Time Estimation of Surgical Blood Loss

May 20, 2014 12:21 pm | by Gauss Surgical | News | Comments

Gauss Surgical has announced that the Triton Fluid Management System, the world’s first and only mobile platform for real-time estimation of surgical blood loss on surgical sponges, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)... 

Financial Pressures in Healthcare Driving Need for Operating Room Outsourcing

May 20, 2014 11:15 am | by Accenture | Articles | Comments

Financial pressures intensify throughout the healthcare industry. Consider the business of manufacturing medical equipment, such as patient monitoring devices and anesthesia machines, and selling them to hospitals for use in operating room...

Medtronic Announces CE Mark and Launch of NC Euphora Coronary Balloon

May 20, 2014 10:26 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Continuing its commitment to bringing advanced and clinically relevant interventional technologies to market, Medtronic, Inc. has announced CE (Conformité Européene) mark and launch of the NC Euphora Noncompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter...

How Octopuses Not Tying Themselves in Knots Could Help Surgical Robot Design

May 19, 2014 10:54 am | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have discovered how octopuses avoid getting tangled up in themselves. Their results suggest that a chemical signal in octopus’ skin inhibits sucker grabbing so that octopuses don't grab onto themselves...

Self-Fixating Hernia Mesh Platform

May 19, 2014 10:29 am | by LifeBond Ltd. | News | Comments

LifeMesh is being developed to provide strong, atraumatic fixation of prosthetic mesh for reinforcement of tissue during surgical repair of abdominal wall defects. The self-fixating surgical mesh is being developed to simplify hernia repair...

Gecko Biomedical Receives RadTech’s Emerging Technology Award for Bio-inspired Surgical Glues and Patches

May 19, 2014 10:05 am | by Gecko Biomedical | News | Comments

Gecko Biomedical, a French medical device company developing ‘bio-inspired’ biodegradable surgical glues and patches for wound closure, announces that it has received the prestigious “RadTech’s Emerging Technology Award” at RadTech 2014...

Spiders Spin Possible Solution to 'Sticky' Problems

May 19, 2014 9:54 am | by The University of Akron | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Akron are again spinning inspiration from spider silk — this time to create more efficient and stronger commercial and biomedical adhesives that could, for example, potentially attach tendons to bones or bind...

Surgery Completed to Implant 3D Printed Hip

May 16, 2014 3:06 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Doctors and scientists in Southampton have completed their first hip surgery with a 3D printed implant and bone stem cell graft. The 3D printed hip, made from titanium, was designed using the patient's CT scan and CAD CAM (computer aided...

First Implantation of Aesculap’s univation X Unicondylar Knee System

May 15, 2014 4:58 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems LLC | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced the implantation of the univation X Unidondylar Knee System on April 9, 2014. This case marks the first implantation for Aesculap’s univation X fixed knee implant worldwide and marked the limited launch...

Penetration Testing of Surgical Needles Is Subject of New ASTM Medical Standard

May 15, 2014 3:39 pm | by ASTM | News | Comments

Strength and penetration are key attributes needed for surgical needles. A new ASTM International standard, ASTM F3014, Test Method for Penetration Testing of Needles Used in Surgical Sutures, focuses on penetration testing of such needles...

Boston Scientific to Acquire Bayer’s Interventional Division for $415 Million

May 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

In a move to expand significantly its portfolio of leading solutions for peripheral interventions, Boston Scientific Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Interventional Division of Bayer AG for $415 million in...

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