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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.   

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Cardica Receives 510(k) Clearance For Both MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 White Cartridge And New Material

February 27, 2014 8:36 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cardica, Inc. today announced it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 white cartridge for the stapling of thin tissue for use in multiple open or minimally-invasive surgical...

‘Lighting Up’ Tumors with Scorpion Venom and a Laser

February 25, 2014 12:04 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Department of Neurosurgery have developed a unique, compact, relatively inexpensive imaging device to "light up" malignant brain tumors and other cancers. The experimental...

3D Technology and the Modern OR (Part 1)

February 25, 2014 11:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In the inaugural edition of “3D Technology And The Modern OR,” we’ll take a look at how the technology that supports OR visualization has evolved in the last several years and how the latest 3D products on the market has been received by...

3M Announces Next Generation of Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings

February 25, 2014 10:58 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions today announced enhancements to its 3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings aimed at improving securement, wear time and proper application. In clinical evaluations of the upgrades, more than...

Researchers Find That Going with the Flow Makes Bacteria Stick

February 24, 2014 11:17 am | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine...

Survey Reveals Real World Impact of Medical Device Tax

February 21, 2014 12:22 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has released new survey results examining the first-year impact of the medical device excise tax. The survey found a significant reduction in jobs, R&D, and U.S. investment. To...

Scars That Remain After a Mesh Injury by Dr. Greg Vigna

February 21, 2014 7:34 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

When a transvaginal mesh device fails after it has been surgically implanted in a patient, devastating consequences can result. According to the FDA, a range of complications have been reported by thousands of women who have experienced...

A New Way to Grow Bone

February 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

What does it take to regrow bone in mass quantities? Typical bone regeneration — wherein bone is taken from a patient's hip and grafted onto damaged bone elsewhere in the body — is limited and can cause great pain just a few years after...

Gene Therapy Might Grow Replacement Tissue Inside the Body

February 20, 2014 11:24 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

By combining a synthetic scaffolding material with gene delivery techniques, researchers at Duke University are getting closer to being able to generate replacement cartilage where it's needed in the body. Performing tissue repair with stem...

An Essential Step Toward Printing Living Tissues

February 20, 2014 10:22 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with...

Photos of the Day: Bioprinting Living Tissue

February 20, 2014 10:21 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

In the human body, interconnected networks of fine blood vessels nourish tissue and remove waste. Jennifer Lewis and her team have developed a method for printing 3D tissue constructs that weaves multiple cell types within the extracellular...

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