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A Strong Adhesive Alternative to Stitches

October 7, 2014 9:22 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The increasing reliability and versatility of adhesive approaches, and the growing need for better alternatives to surgical suturing and stapling, are ushering in a new era of wound repair devices that could one day replace stitches, according...

Cancer Causing Breast Implants?

October 6, 2014 11:00 am | by Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien | News | Comments

An international research group including Viennese pathologist Lukas Kenner has reviewed cases of possible association between breast implants and a form of lymphoma that may develop tumours at a later stage. The researchers conclude that breast...

6 'Connecting' Technologies that Impact Medical Devices

October 3, 2014 10:25 am | by Ohio University | News | Comments

While this infographic offers insights on connecting technologies that are serving people and communities, it isn't hard to see how they each have implications in the medical device space.             

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Minimally Invasive Surgery with Hydraulic Assistance

October 2, 2014 2:27 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Minimally invasive techniques, also known as “keyhole surgery,” enable surgeons to operate on patients without requiring major incisions. This method causes much less trauma for the patient, and is commonly used when performing lung, esophageal...

Global Demand for Medical Disposables to Reach $245 Billion

October 1, 2014 10:02 am | by The Freedonia Group Inc. | News | Comments

Global demand for medical disposables is forecast to rise 6.6 percent annually to $245 billion in 2018. The strongest influence on growth will involve the upgrading and stricter enforcement of infection prevention protocols by hospitals and...

Cardica Introduces New Iteration Of MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 Five-Millimeter Surgical Stapler

September 29, 2014 10:11 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cardica, Inc. has announced the introduction of a newly enhanced version of the MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 surgical stapler, with the ability to clamp thicker tissue during a variety of surgical procedures. The XCHANGE 30 is the world's first and...

CE Mark for ReFlow Medical’s Wingman35 Crossing Catheter and SpeX Shapeable Support Catheter

September 26, 2014 4:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

ReFlow Medical, Inc. (ReFlow) has announced the initial clinical use of their Wingman35 Crossing Catheter and speX Shapeable Support Catheter by Dr. Andrej Schmidt at University Leipzig, Germany. The devices were recently granted European...

New Tool Assesses Skill Development in Robotic Microsurgery

September 26, 2014 3:32 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official...

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Mechanized Human Hands Improve Function Lost to Nerve Damage

September 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created...

Potential Blood Test to Gauge How Much Post-Surgical Care Is Required

September 25, 2014 3:11 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

One of the big frustrations of surgery: There's little way to know if you'll be a fast or slow healer, someone who feels back to normal in a week or is out of work for a month with lingering pain and fatigue. Now Stanford University researchers...

September 2014 Digital Edition

September 24, 2014 4:57 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

Designers developing medical devices that are introduced into the body through a catheter or similar solution have very specific characteristics that need to be achieved for that transfer system. Streamlined Process for Wire-Reinforced Catheters and...

The Fine Line Between Breast Cancer and Normal Tissues

September 23, 2014 10:22 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

Up to 40 percent of patients undergoing breast cancer surgery require additional operations because surgeons may fail to remove all the cancerous tissue in the initial operation. However, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have...

Looking Ahead: Whole Eye Transplant Under Development

September 23, 2014 9:19 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

The basic idea is straightforward: Doctors would implant a donor eye in the recipient's eye socket. The vascular system to the eye would be re-established, as would the eye’s musculature to enable normal movement. The greater challenge – and...

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Phoenix Arizona Hand Doctor Develops Revolutionary New Surgery System

September 23, 2014 9:08 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

For many people experiencing issues with their hands or wrists, surgery often means facing the prospect of large, painful incisions and long recovery time. As can be imagined, regular activities are also impacted, such as working, driving and...

Flexibility, Porosity Design Leads to Regeneration of Soft Tissue

September 23, 2014 8:30 am | by Dr. Torbjorn Mathiesen, Chief Technology Officer, Novus Scientific | Articles | Comments

The design of surgical biosynthetic mesh for breast surgery, whether reconstructive or cosmetic, and for hernia or abdominal surgery involves creating material and design that promotes faster healing with natural human tissue regeneration...

First Patient Successfully Treated with Materialise's X-Ray Based Knee Guide Technology

September 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Today, Materialise NV announced that orthopedic surgeon Roger Jaeken, of the AZ Heilige Familie (Holy Family General Hospital) in Reet, Belgium, has successfully performed the first total knee surgery that was preplanned by means of the...

Engineered Proteins Stick Like Glue – Even in Water

September 22, 2014 11:34 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed new materials that could be used to...

Soft Robotics 'Toolkit' Features Everything a Robot-Maker Needs

September 19, 2014 3:12 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and...

K2M Debuts EVEREST Minimally Invasive Spinal System

September 18, 2014 12:24 pm | by Zeno Group | News | Comments

K2M Group Holdings, Inc. (the “Company” or “K2M”), a global medical device company focused on designing, developing and commercializing innovative and proprietary complex spine technologies, techniques and minimally invasive procedures, today...

Ideal Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Device for Each Patient and Procedure

September 18, 2014 10:53 am | by Covidien plc | News | Comments

Covidien plc today announced the expansion of its Sonicision Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Device portfolio, following U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance of three additional device lengths: 13 cm, 26 cm, and...

The Pulse: Yawning at the Apple Watch and Diagnosing on the Go

September 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re yawning at the Apple Watch, testing blood, urine or saliva in minutes, determining cancer treatment with a 3D printed heart, and tracking fitness with our feet. Apple Watch: Last week came the much...

3-D Printing for Blood Recycling, Medical Developments

September 18, 2014 8:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Articles | Comments

Imagine your religious beliefs lied between you and your life. This is what happened in mid-April to Julie Penoyer, a 50-year-old U.K. heart patient and Jahovah’s Witness. Following her religious beliefs, her request when undergoing open-heart...

New Radiosurgery Technology Provides Highly Accurate Treatment, Greater Patient Comfort

September 17, 2014 11:29 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

A new stereotactic radiosurgery system provides the same or a higher level of accuracy in targeting cancer tumors – but offers greater comfort to patients and the ability to treat multiple tumors at once – when compared to other radiation therapy...

Grant to Help Commercialize Silicon Surgical Blades

September 16, 2014 10:14 am | by University of California - Davis | News | Comments

A UC Davis engineering professor has received a grant of $200,000 from the National Science Foundation "Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation" program to move his silicon-based blades towards...

Polymer Tubing: The Hidden Hero Behind Innovative Neurovascular Procedures

September 16, 2014 8:30 am | by Emily Barnes, Market Specialist, Zeus, Inc. | Zeus | Articles | Comments

For nearly 50 years, Zeus polymer technology has been a precursor and enabler for the advancement of innovative therapies and lifesaving technologies within the neurovascular field. Our history as a critical supplier of delivery device components...

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