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M&A Slowdown and Drop in FDA Approvals Stifles Growth of Medtech Sector in 2013

March 11, 2014 4:47 pm | by EP Vantage | News | Comments

At the half-year mark, the medtech sector was on course for its worst year in a decade in terms of M&A activity, EP Vantage concluded last fall in its Half Year Review 2013 report. Unfortunately, the second half of the year showed little...

$15 Million for Development of Optical Imaging Technology for Cancer

March 11, 2014 11:13 am | by OnTarget Laboratories | News | Comments

A company whose optical imaging technology could help surgeons remove more cancerous tissue than previously possible has received $15 million in additional funding to enable further development including clinical trials. OnTarget Laboratories...

Two Percent of Americans Have New Hips, Knees

March 11, 2014 10:54 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting. Among those over 50, it's even more common: Five percent have replaced a knee and...

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Photos of the Day: New Joints Not Just for Grandma Anymore

March 11, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About two of every 100 Americans now has an artificial joint, doctors are reporting. That's 4.5 million with a new hip and 6.7 million with a new knee, according to the first major study to look at how common these operations have become...

The Future Of 3D Technology In The OR: (Part 3)

March 11, 2014 10:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this third and final installment of “3D Technology And The Modern OR” we’ll try to predict how the healthcare industry’s view on 3D will evolve with time and how the products themselves will change in the coming years. We all know the...

Clinical Trial Identifies Women Most Likely to Benefit from Vaginal Mesh Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:22 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

Certain women with vaginal prolapse are most likely to benefit from undergoing vaginal mesh surgery, a technique that has become controversial and is the focus of numerous lawsuits. The findings, which are published early online in Ultrasound...

Women Report More Pain than Men After Knee Replacement Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Hospital for Special Surgery | News | Comments

Middle-aged women with rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis resulting from an injury are among the patients most likely to experience serious pain following a knee replacement, researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York have...

Lightpoint Medical and Surgical Collaborators Receive £1.7M in Grant Funding for Intra-operative Imaging Technology

March 10, 2014 3:35 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Lightpoint Medical announced today that the company and its surgical collaborators have received £1.7M ($2.8M) in grant funding from the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. The grant funding will be used for clinical trials...

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Minimally Invasive Devices Launches Robotic FloShieldT to Enhance Visibility During Robotic Surgery

March 10, 2014 8:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc., an Ohio-based, venture-backed medical device company that specializes in optimizing the surgeon's vision during laparoscopic surgery, today announced the commercial release of Robotic FloShieldT, designed...

$1.9 Million Grant to Lead Artificial Platelet Study

March 7, 2014 11:57 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A research team led by Case Western Reserve University and collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation has received a $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop injectable artificial platelets that halt bleeding by...

Obama Proposes New Fight Against Superbugs

March 7, 2014 11:52 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Sounding an alarm about the growing threat of superbugs, the Obama administration is proposing a jump in spending to fight antibiotic-resistant germs in hospitals. Infections that can withstand some of the best antibiotics already are killing...

Surgeon: 'Bone Putty' Could Accelerate Healing For Soldiers

March 6, 2014 9:37 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A Kansas surgeon is working on a $1.6 million research product that seeks to address combat-related trauma issues for soldiers. Dr. Michael Heggeness, the program director and chair of orthopedics of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, believes...

3D Technology And The Modern OR: Benefits Of 3D (Part 2)

March 5, 2014 3:50 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this edition of “3D Technology And The Modern OR” we’ll take a close look at some of the expectations and benefits of 3D visualization in the OR and why facilities of varying size and type have decided to invest in its potential.   

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Supply Chain Deficiencies Keeping Hospital Operating Rooms in the 'Stone Age'

March 5, 2014 11:02 am | by GHX | News | Comments

Despite the fact the healthcare industry is fueled by scientific advancement, too many hospitals find themselves stalled at a crossroads, struggling to embrace business-focused technologies and best practices that will allow them to flourish...

Infographic: Hospital Supply Chain Deficiencies

March 5, 2014 11:02 am | by GHX | News | Comments

The GHX survey of hospital senior executives indicates that operating room (OR) supply chain deficiencies have slowed organizational decision-making, increased costs and inefficiency -- and ultimately impact the delivery of patient care...

Photos of the Day: Tumor Targeting Robot

March 5, 2014 9:50 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Several years ago, J. Marc Simard, M.D., a professor and neurosurgeon at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, happened to be watching a television program on the medical use of sterile maggots. Finding it “fascinating...

Image-Guided Robot Targets Brain Tumors

March 5, 2014 9:45 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a prototype for an MR imaging-compatible robot designed to enable neurosurgeons to remove brain tumors. Using maggots to eat away dead human tissue may not seem to have much in common with neurosurgery, but the...

MedShape Introduces New Porous PEEK Suture Anchor

March 5, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MedShape, Inc., today announced the company received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Morphix@SP Suture Anchor. The device features the company's new ScoriaT technology, a polyetheretherketone (PEEK) material...

Invuity Raises $36 Million in Series E Financing

March 4, 2014 6:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Invuity, Inc., a developer of advanced medical devices to dramatically improve access and visualization in minimally invasive and minimal access surgeries, announced today that it has secured $36 million in a Series E financing led by HealthCare...

3D Printed Heart Model Helps Surgeons Save Baby’s Life

March 3, 2014 11:34 am | by Materialise | Materialise | News | Comments

Materialise, a world leader in software for segmenting medical image data and 3D Printing, played a pivotal role in helping surgeons save a baby boy’s life through the use of a 3D printed heart model. Kosair Children’s Hospital was presented...

Gift Launches $50-Million-Plus Partnership to Revolutionize Healthcare

March 1, 2014 3:30 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

A partnership of doctors and engineers will revolutionize clinical simulation, education, and healthcare. The $50-million-plus Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) will create joint...

Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery Offers Better Cancer Control

February 28, 2014 11:52 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that prostate cancer patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostate surgery have fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of their surgical specimen and...

More Dangerous Chemicals in Everyday Life: Now Experts Warn Against Nanosilver

February 28, 2014 10:55 am | by University of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

Endocrine disrupters are not the only worrying chemicals that ordinary consumers are exposed to in everyday life. Also nanoparticles of silver, found in e.g. dietary supplements, cosmetics and food packaging, now worry scientists. A new...

A Speedier Recovery: Advances in Repair Hardware and Techniques Minimize Post-Op Crutch Use

February 27, 2014 12:36 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Increased mobility and freedom during post-op surgery can do wonders for a patient's attitude. And a positive attitude is proven to have drastic effects on the body's ability to heal. Recent advances in foot and ankle surgery have made...

Gamma Knife Helps Patients with Painful Facial Nerve Disorder

February 27, 2014 10:28 am | by Beaumont Health System | News | Comments

Research by Beaumont Health System radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons found that symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, or TN, a nerve disorder causing severe facial pain, were reduced in those treated with Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery...

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