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New Laparoscopic Design Facilitates a Consistent, Clear Image During Surgery

October 31, 2013 4:15 pm | by Dr. Wayne Poll, former Director of Robotic Surgery, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and Founder, Minimally Invasive Devices Inc. | Articles | Comments

The growing field and practice of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery relies heavily on the use of medical instruments equipped with video and imaging technology. The quality of the image affects the efficiency, quality and safety of the surgery...

Technology Helps Surgeons See Cancer Tissue

October 31, 2013 11:30 am | by Purdue Research Park | News | Comments

OnTarget Laboratories LLC has teamed with partners in academia to test a novel optical imaging technology developed at Purdue University that could help surgeons see cancer tissue during surgery. The technology, developed by Philip Low...  

PENTAX Medical Company Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of OF-B194 Gas/ Water Valve

October 31, 2013 10:16 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On September 16, 2013, PENTAX Medical Company initiated a voluntary nationwide recall of 76 PENTAX Gas/ Water Valves, model OF-B194. The valves were offered as a separate purchase for use with PENTAX GI Video Endoscopes (90i/90k series...

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DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company, Announces the First Match Point System™ Shoulder Surgeries

October 31, 2013 7:35 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

DJO Global, Inc., a global provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, today announced the first surgical uses of its Match Point System™ patient-specific shoulder instrumentation in...

Unique Nano Carrier Targets Drug Delivery to Cancer Cells

October 29, 2013 10:42 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

The first-of-its-kind nanostructure is unusual because it can carry a variety of cancer-fighting materials on its double-sided (Janus) surface and within its porous interior. Because of its unique structure, the nano carrier can do all of the following...

Covidien to Sell Confluent Surgical Product Line to Integra LifeSciences

October 28, 2013 4:05 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Integra LifeSciences Corporation to sell its Confluent Surgical product line. The transaction is expected to close by...

Reports: Fewer Complications with Robotic-Assisted Surgery Compared with Open Surgery for Urologic Cancers

October 25, 2013 10:08 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

In two independent analyses comparing robotic-assisted surgery and open surgery performed on patients with urologic cancers, researchers found that robotic-assisted surgery results in fewer overall complications during and after surgery, less...

Report: Financial Incentives Of PODs Leads To Increased Surgeries

October 24, 2013 5:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Max Baucus (D- Mont.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said today that a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) shows a direct correlation...  

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Stryker Pays $13.3M to Settle Illegal Payment Allegations

October 24, 2013 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stryker will pay the U.S. government $13.3 million to settle allegations it made illegal payments to government employees in five countries. The Securities and Exchange Commission said ...      

BSD Reports Increasing European Market Penetration by Terumo for Microwave Ablation System

October 24, 2013 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BSD Medical Corporation today reported that Terumo Europe NV (Terumo), a wholly owned subsidiary of Terumo Corporation, has already introduced the MicroThermX ® Microwave Ablation System (MicroThermX) into the major markets in Europe...   

The Pulse: Smelling Salmonella & Biomedical Experiments in Space

October 23, 2013 5:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are designing medical devices for space, diagnosing the undiagnosable, reconstructing vessels in 3D, and smelling salmonella so we don’t get sick with a new ...          

TopoChip Reveals the Braille Code of Cells

October 23, 2013 3:39 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Learning the Braille code of cells has potential applications in the world of artificial implants, which include heart valves, dental implants, and artificial joints. Our bodies respond to some of these implants in negative ways, for example forming scar tissue around the foreign object.

3D Printing Medical Implants

October 23, 2013 2:02 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Laser Zentrum Hannover have discovered that a naturally-occurring compound can be incorporated into three-dimensional printing processes to create medical implants out of non-toxic polymers.

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An Innovative Sealing Hemostat

October 23, 2013 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Baxter International has announced the launch of HEMOPATCH Sealing Hemostat, a novel collagen-based hemostatic device, following CE mark approval in Europe. HEMOPATCH is a resorbable hemostatic device used for surgical procedures.   

Research and Markets' Anesthesia Devices - 2013 Global Market Overview

October 22, 2013 3:15 pm | by Research and Markets | News | Comments

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Anesthesia Devices - A Global Market Overview" report to their offering. The global market for Anesthesia Devices is estimated at US$7.4 billion in 2013 and forecast to be ...  

A Laboratory for All (Cleaning) Situations

October 21, 2013 4:37 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

When it comes to cleanliness, we tend to think of "dust bunnies" cheerfully frolicking through the home, or perhaps of a vacuum cleaner designed to put an end to their merriment. But cleanliness is a topic of concern for automobile technicians, dental ...

Osiris and FDA Reach Agreement on Regulatory Pathway for Biosurgery Products

October 21, 2013 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Osiris Therapeutics has announced that it has reached agreement with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the regulatory pathway for its Biosurgery products, Grafix and Ovation. After discussions with the FDA, the regulatory status of Grafix is ...

Restoring Surgeons’ Sense of Touch

October 21, 2013 11:30 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

A small, wireless capsule has been developed that can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to minimally invasive surgery. During open surgery, doctors rely on their sense of touch to identify the edges of hidden tumors and to locate hidden blood vessels and other anatomical structures: a procedure they call palpation. But this practice is not ...

Staying On Top

October 18, 2013 3:28 pm | by Stacey Wiebe, DP Technology | Articles | Comments

There is magic in machining. After all, job shops turn daydream concepts into those you can actually touch, and with nary an “Abracadabra” to boot. But Single Source, Inc.—no mom-and-pop job shop by any stretch of the imagination—is a place where parts go to be born.

First 3D Surgical Microscopes with TrueVision 3D Technology

October 18, 2013 3:13 pm | by Leica Microsystems | News | Comments

The first 3D surgical microscopes from Leica Microsystems with TrueVision® 3D technology inside are available to customers. By incorporating the digital smart 3D system inside select models of Leica Microsystems’ surgical microscopes, the two...

Cleveland Clinic Names Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2014

October 18, 2013 12:26 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic today announced its eighth annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that will have a major impact on improving patient care within the next year. The list includes a bionic eye, a neurostimulator for epilepsy and fecal transplantation...

Photos of the Day: Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2014

October 18, 2013 12:19 pm | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovations for 2014 list includes a new computer-assisted, personalized sedation station; a treatment breakthrough for acute heart disease; an implanted neurological device for epileptic seizures; and a "bionic eye." See what's #1...

3D Images Generated from PET/CT Scans Help Surgeons Envision Tumors

October 18, 2013 11:11 am | by Jefferson Medical College | News | Comments

Researchers at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia have developed a hologram-like display of a patient’s organs that surgeons can use to plan surgery. This approach uses molecular PET/CT images of a patient to rapidly create a 3D image of...

Intuitive Surgical slides hard but beats The Street in Q3

October 17, 2013 5:44 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

California medical device maker Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) managed to tromp analysts' expectations during its 3rd quarter, even as the company wrangles with the public relations nightmare growing out of a series of patient injury lawsuits...

Hydrogels: Building a Better Wound Dressing

October 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by Gregory Robb, VP Operations, Alliqua, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

If you look up the term “hydrogel” in a medical dictionary, you’ll probably find a definition that runs something like this: “A three-dimensional cross-linked network of water-soluble polymers capable of numerous chemical configurations.” Although strictly speaking...

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