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New Stem Cell Technique May Aid Medical Treatments

January 29, 2014 1:35 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A simple lab treatment can turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells, according to a surprising study that hints at a possible new way to grow tissue for treating illnesses like diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Researchers in Boston...

Neuroscientists Use Lightwaves to Improve Brain Tumor Surgery

January 29, 2014 1:27 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

First-of-its-kind research by the Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Hospital shows promise for developing a method of clearly identifying cancerous tissue during surgery on one of the most common and deadliest types of brain tumor. When...

First Retinal Prosthesis Implanted Since FDA Approval

January 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center | News | Comments

Retina surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have performed the first — and second — surgeries in the United States to implant an artificial retina, or “bionic eye,” since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved...

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Facelift Complications Eased with Help of New 3D Imaging Technique

January 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

Millions of people each year remove wrinkles, soften creases and plump up their lips by injecting a gel-like material into their facial tissue. These cosmetic procedures are sometimes called “liquid facelifts” and are said to be minimally...

Robotic Operation for Heart Valve Reconstruction Holds Promise

January 27, 2014 11:05 am | by Temple University Health System | News | Comments

A potentially fatal bacterial disease of the heart, infective endocarditis frequently affects the heart's tricuspid valve, often resulting in permanent tissue damage. But a reconstructive technique, in which the valve is repaired with a...

Covidien Receives FDA Clearance for LigaSure Maryland Jaw

January 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Expanding its industry-leading vessel and tissue sealing portfolio, Covidien received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the LigaSure Maryland jaw open/laparoscopic sealer/divider. In addition, Covidien completed...

Kyocera's Artificial Hip Joint Drawing Interest for Long Life

January 22, 2014 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The artificial hip joint developed by a Kyocera Corp. subsidiary has been increasingly used for surgeries to treat hip osteoarthritis and fracture, with the number of cases reaching 10,000 in the two years since its launch in October 2011...

Luna Sells Shape-Sensing Technology to Intuitive Surgical

January 22, 2014 9:15 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 the sale of its shape-sensing technology for medical... 

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'Icy' Technique Improves Robotic Kidney Transplants

January 21, 2014 3:49 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

A collaboration of surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital and Medanta Hospital in India successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation...

Intuitive Surgical urges rejection of TRC's sub-market mini-tender offer

January 21, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Robot surgical devices maker Intuitive Surgical today asked shareholders to reject a "mini-tender" offer from TRC Capital, which offered less than market value for a small slice of Intuitive's shares. Mini-tender offers, for which TRC Capital is...

Motors on the Go

January 21, 2014 11:50 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Lin Engineering, New Scale Technologies, Inc., Pro-Dex, Performance Motion Devices, Inc., Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

With an influx of wireless, portable medical devices continuing to hit the market, often used by patients in their home or on the go, suppliers need to accommodate designers’ needs for smaller, more energy efficient device components. Since...

Hansen Medical's Magellan Robotic System to Be Featured in Three Live Cases at 26th Annual International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy

January 21, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc., a global leader in Intravascular Robotics, today announced that Dr. Barry Katzen, founder and Medical Director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute (Baptist Hospital of Miami), is scheduled to utilize the Magellan...

Enhancing Medical Devices with Force Sensing Technology

January 20, 2014 2:04 pm | by Mark Lowe, VP of Sensor Business, Tekscan Inc. | Tekscan, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Getting the most functionality and benefits out of medical devices is a common goal among designers. One technology that offers an array of advantages that enhance the quality of treatment a device can provide is force sensors. These components...

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Veran raises nearly $3M for 3d airway mapping system

January 20, 2014 11:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Veran Medical Technologies said it brought in $2.9 million in a funding round it hopes will eventually add $5 million to its coffers. The St. Louis-based medical device company, founded in 2005, is developing devices for diagnosis &...

Photos of the Day: Swimming Bio-Bots for Drug Delivery, Surgery

January 20, 2014 10:51 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

A team of engineers has developed a class of tiny bio-hybrid machines that swim like sperm, the first synthetic structures that can traverse the viscous fluids of biological environments on their own. The bio-bots are modeled after single...

Tiny Swimming Bio-Bots Boldly Go Where No Bot Has Swum Before

January 20, 2014 10:47 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

The alien world of aquatic micro-organisms just got new residents: synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots. A team of engineers has developed a class of tiny bio-hybrid machines that swim like sperm, the first synthetic structures that...

Gene Therapy Trial Shows Promise for Type of Blindness

January 17, 2014 10:16 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

The first clinical trial of a gene therapy for an inherited cause of progressive blindness called choroideremia has shown very promising initial results which have surpassed expectations of the Oxford University researchers leading the...

Manufacturing Organs

January 16, 2014 3:40 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Since 2008, eight patients have been given a new chance at life when surgeons replaced their badly damaged tracheas with man-made versions. This highly experimental technology is now moving from research labs to a manufacturing facility as...

Covidien Completes Sale of Confluent Surgical to Integra LifeSciences

January 16, 2014 11:26 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien plc today announced that it has completed the sale of its Confluent Surgical product line to Integra LifeSciences Corporation for approximately $235 million in cash. In addition, Covidien may receive up to an additional $30 million...

Integra LifeSciences Completes Acquisition of DuraSeal Product Lines From Covidien

January 15, 2014 2:45 pm | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation today announced that it has completed the acquisition of DuraSeal product lines from Covidien. Now, together with our DuraGen family of grafts, Integra offers surgeons the largest portfolio of dural repair...

Stryker affirms 2013 guidance, offers limited glimpse of Mako plans

January 15, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Stryker CEO Kevin Lobo told an audience at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference this morning that its prior guidance for 2013 still holds true and provided a peek at the blockbuster Mako Surgical acquisition the medtech company closed 3 weeks...

NuVasive soars on estimates for Q4 and 2014

January 15, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

California medical device maker NuVasive Inc. is flying high today after raising its revenue projections for 2013 amid higher-than-expected 4th quarter sales. The company expects to report $189 million in revenue for Q4, 14% higher year-over...

Kidney Cancer Patients Preserve Kidney Function with Robot-Assisted Partial Nephrectomy

January 14, 2014 12:39 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Patients with chronic kidney disease who received robot-assisted partial nephrectomy to treat kidney cancer have minimal loss of kidney function -- a smaller amount even than patients with normal kidney function, according to researchers at...

Smith & Nephew Co-Sponsors Competition for Entrepreneurial Medical Device Companies

January 14, 2014 11:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, is proud to announce it will co-sponsor the 2014 Massachusetts Medical Device Development (M2D2) Center's New Venture Competition. Designed to showcase innovative ideas coming out...

Intuitive rises on 4Q sales, procedure outlook

January 14, 2014 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Intuitive Surgical climbed Tuesday after the company said it will report stronger than expected revenue in the fourth quarter as procedures performed with its robotic da Vinci system increased. Intuitive said that while sales of the da Vinci...

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