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FDA: Intuitive Surgical recalls are Class II

December 18, 2013 4:38 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A pair of recalls affecting more than 110,000 components of Intuitive Surgical's flagship da Vinci surgical robot pose only a slight risk of serious consequences, the FDA said this week. Intuitive notified customers Nov. 15 of the potential...

RapidFIRE: Squishy Skulls for Simulating Brain Surgery

December 18, 2013 10:32 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Malaya, in Malaysia, have developed a unique, multi-material model to help train and better the practice of novice neurosurgeons. With two components, the 3D-printed skull gives trainees...    

Encision Announces New President and CEO

December 18, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Encision Inc., a medical device company owning patented surgical technology that prevents stray electrosurgical burns in minimally invasive surgery, today announced the appointment of Greg Trudel as its new President and CEO. A proven manager...

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NuVasive(R) Announces the U.S. Launch of ALIF ACR(TM)

December 17, 2013 8:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to announce the United States launch of ALIF ACR™ (Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion - Anterior...

MAKO Surgical to Merge with Stryker Corporation

December 13, 2013 2:45 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

MAKO Surgical Corp. announced that MAKO stockholders voted at a special meeting of stockholders held today to approve the adoption of the Agreement and Plan of Merger providing for the merger of MAKO with and into a wholly owned subsidiary of...

Through Emerald Lenses

December 13, 2013 2:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I had the pleasure of a media tour to Ireland. While weather-wise, the Fall is not the ideal time of year to visit the island (although as I was informed, you don’t go to Ireland for the weather), it was fantastic timing in terms...

Revolutionary Method for Gluing Gels and Biological Tissues

December 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by CNRS | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered an efficient and easy-to-use method for bonding together gels and biological tissues. A team headed by Ludwik Leibler, involving researchers from the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie (CNRS/ESPCI ParisTech) and...

FDA Advisory Panel Votes Favorably on the Boston Scientific WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device

December 11, 2013 7:49 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee voted favorably by a majority, Yes: 13, No: 1, that the benefits of the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure device... 

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Lighting the Way to Surgical Precision

December 11, 2013 4:11 pm | by By Vijay Shanbhag, Medical Sales Manager, Lighting and Imaging, SCHOTT North America | Articles | Comments

Medical technology has evolved to the point that surgeons can complete medical procedures through incisions less than an inch long. For practitioners, these less intrusive methods mean faster procedures and lower pre- and post-operation...

Changing Medicine Through Technology

December 11, 2013 2:56 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices serve a number of purposes from the most mundane to the esoteric. Some are constantly being redesigned and updated to be more effective while others have remained little-changed for decades. Even bed pans—stainless steel...

Biopen to Rewrite Orthopedic Implants Surgery

December 11, 2013 10:38 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A handheld “bio pen” developed in the labs of the University of Wollongong will allow surgeons to repair damaged and diseased bone material by delivering live cells and growth factors directly to the site of injury, accelerating the regeneration...

Photos of the Day: Coloring-in Bone

December 11, 2013 10:35 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

The BioPen prototype was designed and built using the 3D printing equipment in the labs at the University of Wollongong and was handed over to clinical partners at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne led by Professor Peter Choong, who will work...

RapidFIRE: Researchers Develop an On-the-Fly 3D Bio Printer

December 11, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers at UOW in Australia have developed a "bio pen" that could allow surgeons to repair damaged bone tissue with customized implants during surgery. The BioPen delivers live cells and growth factors, which accelerate the regeneration...

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Federal Court Shuts Down Janzen Patent Infringement Claim Against AccessClosure

December 11, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

AccessClosure Inc., the market leader in extravascular closure devices, has announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a request by St. Jude Medical Inc. to rehear an appeal on a double patenting ruling concerning...

Power Management Systems for Mobile Medical Carts

December 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Michael J. Mardis, Technical Sales, Hoffman Engineered Systems | Articles | Comments

Most mobile carts feature onboard power systems equipped with single or multiple batteries intended to provide enough energy to run computers, displays, scanners and other devices for extended periods of time without recharging. Power systems...

Realistic 3D-Printed Models for Neurosurgical Training

December 10, 2013 12:09 pm | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | Stratasys, Inc. | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, with collaboration from researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, announce the creation of a cost-effective two-part model of the skull...

C4 Imaging's 1st FDA win is for MRI marker

December 10, 2013 10:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

C4 Imaging won clearance from the FDA for its 1st product, the Sirius Positive Signal MRI marker, designed for use following the treatment of prostate cancer with brachytherapy. The MRI marker is designed to facilitate seed localization within...

Clear Catheter Systems Wins Prestigious International Innovation Award

December 10, 2013 9:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Clear Catheter Systems, Inc., announced today it has won the 2013 Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions (ICI) Best Start-Up Innovation Award for its medical device, PleuraFlow®, a novel system that optimally evacuates blood and fluid...

Andrew Technologies Unveils Innovative Commercial Team to Support HydraSolve@ Launch

December 10, 2013 9:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Andrew Technologies, LLC announces the formation of its commercial launch team to support HydraSolve@ expansion in the U.S. With an aim toward optimizing patient access to the benefits of HydraSolve Lipoplasty System, Andrew Technologies...

Ultrasound Microscopy: An Aid for Surgeons to Make the Invisible, Visible

December 9, 2013 11:47 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

An ultrasonic microscope emits a high frequency sound at an object, and the reflected sound captured by its lens is converted into two dimensional image of the object under scrutiny. Ultrasonic microscopes have a wide range of applications...

Henry Ford Hospital Performs First Minimally Invasive Laser Brain Surgeries in Michigan

December 9, 2013 10:38 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital have performed the first two minimally invasive laser brain surgeries in Michigan – one for epilepsy and one to treat a brain tumor. And in both cases the patients went home the day after the procedure. "These...

Analyst Expects Recovery for Intuitive Surgical

December 5, 2013 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wedbush analyst said Thursday that shares of Intuitive Surgical have taken too big of a hit in recent months, and said recent reports of a problem with its da Vinci surgical system shouldn't hurt the stock further. Intuitive disclosed a couple...

Photos of the Day: Saving Face

December 5, 2013 10:44 am | by Paul Beaty, AP | News | Comments

Medical imaging shows new blood vessel networks have formed, connecting transplanted skin with the patients' facial tissue, a finding that may help improve future face transplant surgeries, doctors announced Wednesday...     

As Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits Mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Latest Da Vinci Robot Instrument Recall

December 4, 2013 4:49 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

As da Vinci robot lawsuits continue to mount against Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)  has announced a Class II recall for some instruments used with the da Vinci Surgical...

Intuitive Wobbles on Device 'Stalling' Concern

December 4, 2013 4:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Intuitive Surgical came under pressure Wednesday after a warning about a stalling problem that has affected a few of its robotic surgical systems. On Nov. 19, Intuitive said it had sent a letter warning users that the "instrument...

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