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Revolutionary 'Metamaterial' Has Potential to Reshape Neurosurgery

April 25, 2014 2:03 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins | News | Comments

The development of graphene — a highly advanced metamaterial with many unique and varied properties — may lead to exciting new applications in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases, according to a report in the May issue...

New Tricks for Old Dogs: 3D Scanning Veterinary Orthopedic Implants

April 25, 2014 11:18 am | by GKS Services | Laser Design & GKS Global Services | Articles | Comments

With an eye to its teaching mission and updated methods, one company wanted to create a comprehensive training video for its hip replacement surgery procedure. In the past, they had relied on hard copy manuals and PowerPoint presentations...

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the...

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Photos of the Day: Are Engineers Really Qualified? (Infographic)

April 25, 2014 10:22 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As the world of technology advances quickly, engineers are forced to adapt to a fast-changing landscape and sometimes skills and talents may diminish. New hires may have a degree, but do they really know how to engineer? With the industry...

Surgeon Gets $10 Million In Whistleblower-Retaliation Settlement

April 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

The former chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department will receive $10 million from University of California regents after a settlement was reached Tuesday in a high-profile whistleblower-retaliation case involving Dr. Robert Pedowitz...

Engineers Help Make Advances in Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | by Rosie Gochnour and Joe Kullman, Arizona State University | News | Comments

Some firsts in the history of artificial heart implantation are being achieved by an Arizona State University research group and medical professionals at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They have performed what they believe is the first virtual...

Photos of the Day: Implanting a Heart...Virtually

April 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

ASU engineer David Frakes examines a 3D print of an optimized, patient-specific artificial heart that was virtually implanted into a pediatric patient. Frakes has been working with technology developed by the Tucson-based company SynCardia...

Luna Receives Second Payment of $6 Million from Intuitive Surgical

April 24, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Luna Innovations Incorporated, which develops and manufactures new-generation products for the telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, energy, and defense markets, today announced that it has received the second payment of $6 million...

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Personalized Surgery Tools Enable Surgeons to Operate on the Smallest Patients

April 23, 2014 2:25 pm | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

3D Systems announced today that its Medical ModelingVirtual Surgical Planning (VSP) technology - the combination of its production grade 3D printing and personalized surgery tools - has enabled surgeons to conduct complex surgical procedures...

Radiopaque Fillers: Making an Informed Decision

April 23, 2014 9:59 am | by Nick Norton, Inside Sales/Customer Service Representative, Compounding Solutions | Articles | Comments

Making the decision on a radiopaque filler to use in medical catheter tubing may not seem like a big deal, but the reality is that the choice you make can change the end result and properties. It is very important to know the differences between...

Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Sp System Earns FDA Clearance

April 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the global leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery, has announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the da Vinci Sp Surgical System, which is designed to expand the Company's single-incision...

Aperion Biologics, Inc. Granted CE Mark for Z-Lig ACL Replacement Device

April 22, 2014 3:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Aperion Biologics, Inc. was granted the CE Mark approval for its lead product, the Z-Lig ACLR device, to be used by surgeons in the European Union and other territories that accept the CE Mark. The Z-Lig is the first engineered biologic...

Plates Give Surgeon Customized Design

April 21, 2014 10:53 am | by DePuy Synthes CMF | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF (Craniomaxillofacial), a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction and part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of Patient Specific Plates for Mandible (PSPM)...

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Sanovas Awarded Patent for ‘Smart Catheter’ Portfolio

April 21, 2014 10:06 am | by Sanovas Inc. | News | Comments

Sanovas Inc., a Life Sciences Accelerator developing and commercializing next-generation micro-invasive diagnostics, devices and drug delivery technologies, announced today that it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,696,621 for its Resector...

In the Line of Sight: Evaluating Imaging Technology

April 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

There's no easy way to determine if the time and price is right to invest in new, cutting-edge imaging equipment because the clinical value to be gained by acquiring it is no longer enough to justify the cost to obtain it. There are a wealth...

FDA Warns of Cancer Risk with Fibroid Procedure

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the...

Leading Boston-Based Plastic Surgeon Launches New Line of Facial Implants

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matrix Surgical | News | Comments

Boston’s leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Michael Yaremchuk, has announced a partnership with Matrix Surgical USA to manufacture and distribute his new line of patented facial implants. The craniofacial implant system will be marketed under...

Top Ten (+1) Disposables Outsourcing Vendor Tips that Save Money

April 17, 2014 3:40 pm | by Donald J. Dobert, President, ATL Medical-Pharmaceutical | ATL (Ad Tape & Label) | Blogs | Comments

Follow these eleven tips. They will save you heartache, frustration, and money. 1. Clearly define your needs and the function of the product. Your vendor may be able to suggest cost efficient ways to improve product quality and lower unit...

Adhesive Gel Facilitates Organ Repair

April 17, 2014 2:59 pm | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | News | Comments

A significant breakthrough could revolutionize surgical practice and regenerative medicine. A team led by Ludwik Leibler from the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie (CNRS/ESPCI Paris Tech) and Didier Letourneur from the Laboratoire Recherche...

ulrich medical USA Releases New Spinal Implant for U.S. Market

April 17, 2014 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ulrich medical USA, Inc. has announced the U.S. market release of the tezo spine implants for multiple surgical approaches to lumbosacral interbody fusion. "We are experiencing a segmental market shift in the degenerative spine sector...

Biomedical Applications of Shape-Memory Polymers: How Practically Useful Are They?

April 17, 2014 10:52 am | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Polymers that exhibit shape-memory effect (SME) are an important class of materials in medicine, especially for minimally invasive deployment of devices. Professor Subbu Venkatraman and his group from School of Materials Science and...  

TauTona Group Sells Aline HA to Allergan

April 17, 2014 8:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TauTona Group, a medical device incubator and investment fund focused on the rapid development of innovative medical products, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Aline Aesthetics has completed the sale of its Aline hyaluronic...

Medline Acquires Key Spine Surgery Technology from Amendia

April 16, 2014 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To help meet the healthcare industry’s growing demand for comprehensive solutions for cervical spine procedures, Medline Industries, Inc. today announced it has acquired the anterior cervical fusion distraction pin business from Amendia, a...

Potential Use of Google Glass in Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 11:23 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. Personal portable information technology is advancing...

Photos of the Day: Commercializing 3D Printed Organs

April 16, 2014 10:56 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A University of Oxford spin-out, OxSyBio, will develop 3D printing techniques to produce tissue-like synthetic materials for wound healing and drug delivery. In the longer term the company aims to print synthetic tissues for organ repair...

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