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Titan Spine Reaches Milestone of 18,000 Implanted Devices

November 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced it has reached 18,000 implantations of its Endoskeleton ® interbody fusion devices since its inception...

Ethicon Energy Launches ENSEAL® G2 Articulating at AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology

November 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (Ethicon) has announced that its first-to-market ENSEAL ® G2 Articulating Tissue Sealer is now available nationwide. The new device will be featured this week at the 42nd American Association of Gynecologic...  

Possible Bloodstream Contamination Leads to Class I Recall

November 8, 2013 4:03 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor | News | Comments

On September 23, 2013 Montreal, Canada-based Baylis Medical Company sent an urgent device recall letter to its customers. As reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 6, 2013, the Class I recall affects 1,035...


Photos of the Day: Space Robots Diagnose Cancer

November 4, 2013 2:43 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The goal for a team of collaborative researchers with the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii) in Canada is to help speed the diagnosis of breast cancer. They are scheduled to enter an advanced platform into ...    

Special Camera Detects Tumors

November 4, 2013 10:11 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Cancer patients have the highest probability of recovering if tumors are completely removed. However, tiny clusters of cancer cells are often difficult for surgeons to recognize and remove. A camera makes hidden tumors ...   

AngioDynamics Achieves CE Approval for AngioVac

November 1, 2013 2:18 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

AngioDynamics, a leading provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices for vascular access, surgery, peripheral vascular disease and oncology, today announced EU CE Mark approval for its AngioVac venous drainage cannula and...

Overmolding Increased Benefits onto Medical Devices

October 31, 2013 4:39 pm | by Lee Fox, Regulatory Compliance Manager; Randy Pell, Senior Staff Design Engineer; Michael Hansen, Ph.D., Senior Technical Development Engineer; and Joan Magrath, VP, Sales & Engineering | Blogs | Comments

Surgeons are becoming increasingly enamored with soft-touch handles on surgical instruments, which improve grip and minimize slipperiness. Handles can be overmolded in an ergonomic shape that fits the surgeon’s hand, but can still interact...

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...

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...  

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.

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 ...

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