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Engineers Develop a Stretchable, Foldable Transparent Electronic Display

September 25, 2013 9:51 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

OLED technology is used today in screens for many smartphones and some televisions. The new ultra-stretchable OLED material developed at UCLA could lead to foldable and expandable screens for new classes of smartphones and other personal electronic devices; new minimally invasive medical tools; and many other applications.

Stryker Buying Mako Surgical for about $1.41B

September 25, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stryker will spend $1.41 billion to acquire Mako Surgical and all of its robotic assisted surgery technology. The medical device maker will pay $30 per Mako share, an 86 percent premium to its $16.17 closing price Tuesday. The companies put the deal's value at about $1.65 billion.

Wireless Tech Broadens Healthcare Horizons

September 23, 2013 4:59 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

In the field of medical technology, wireless devices are seeing some of the most broad-reaching growth. This is due mostly in part to the wide range of applications that wireless medicine encompasses. Mobi Health News reports that the top ten areas wireless medicine has directly benefited include: Alzheimer’s, asthma, breast cancer, COPD, depression, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, obesity, and sleep disorders.

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FDA expands clearance for Intuitive Surgical's FireFly imaging system

September 23, 2013 2:27 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Intuitive Surgical said the FDA expanded the 510(k) clearance for its FireFly fluorescence imaging system to use during gallbladder surgery using its da Vinci robotic surgery device. The device uses a video camera and fluorescent dye to show blood flow in vessels and tissue, by causing blood to appear green and bloodless tissue as gray, according to a press release.

Worldwide Medtech Sales Forecast to Reach $455 Billion by 2018

September 23, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The medical device and diagnostics market is set to grow at 4.5 percent per year (CAGR) between 2012 and 2018, totalling $455 billion in 2018, according to the newly-released EvaluateMedTech World Preview 2013, Outlook to 2018: The Future of Medtech report from market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd.

Teleflex comes under fire after a surgical tool is left in a patient's neck

September 23, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A patient injured during throat surgery accused medical device maker Teleflex of liability in a personal injury suit after a piece of one of the company's surgical devices broke off and was left in his neck during throat surgery. Patient Michael Kellerman says that Teleflex sold a faulty product...

Integra LifeSciences Announces First Implantation of Titan Reverse Shoulder System

September 23, 2013 4:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation today announced the first implantation of its Integra Titan Reverse Shoulder System, in the United States. The system, which is used in the treatment of shoulder replacement surgery, was implanted by William Geissler, M.D., Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Vital Access Corp. Announces First U.S. Commercial Implantation Of VWING Vascular Needle Guide

September 20, 2013 4:42 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Vital Access today announced the first U.S. commercial implantation of their VWING Vascular Needle Guide, in a patient presenting with cannulation challenges and with difficulties in achieving ideal dialysis access due to the depth and tortuosity of their AV fistula.

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Hoopes Vision Surgeon First in Utah to Implant New Light Adjustable Artificial Lens

September 20, 2013 4:19 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On September 4th, Dr. Phillip C. Hoopes, Jr., a surgeon at Hoopes Vision, successfully placed a light adjustable intraocular lens implant in a cataract patient as part of a new FDA clinical study. The surgery, which took place at Hoopes Vision's on-site surgery center, EyeSurg of Utah, was the first of its kind to take place in Utah.

FDA panel approves Ocular Therapeutix' ReSeal, with reservations

September 20, 2013 2:12 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

An FDA advisory panel voted yesterday that Ocular Therapeutix's ReSure topical hydrogel post-op sealant is safe, but split on questions of efficacy and whether the benefits of the treatment outweigh its risks. The FDA's Ophthalmic Devices Panel voted 9-1, with 1 abstention, that the ReSure sealant is safe; 5-3, with 3 abstentions, that it is effective; and 5-1, with 5 abstentions, that its benefits outweigh its risks.

Procedure Uses Novel ‘Paper-Clip’ Style Device to Treat High Blood Pressure

September 20, 2013 12:10 pm | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital have successfully used a novel “paper-clip” sized vascular coupling device to tackle resistant high blood pressure. The operation was carried out on Monday 16 September at Glenfield Hospital by Professor André Ng, Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Leicester and Consultant Cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital.

Sapheon Submits First Module of PMA Application for VenaSeal Sapheon Closure System

September 20, 2013 12:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sapheon Inc. announced today that it submitted the first module of the pre-market approval (PMA) application for the VenaSeal® Sapheon Closure System to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The submission places Sapheon on track for timely FDA review and expected product launch in the first half of 2015.

Sapheon Submits First Module of PMA Application for VenaSeal Sapheon Closure System

September 20, 2013 12:01 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Sapheon Inc. announced today that it submitted the first module of the pre-market approval (PMA) application for the VenaSeal® Sapheon Closure System to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The submission places Sapheon on track for timely FDA review and expected product launch in the first half of 2015.

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FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel Favorably Votes for the Resure Sealant

September 19, 2013 7:09 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Ophthalmic Devices Panel concluded that ReSure Sealant (Ocular Therapeutix, Inc., Bedford, MA), a first-of-a-kind medical device in the United States, is safe and effective for the management of clear corneal wound leaks following cataract surgery.

Researchers Develop a Method that Automatically Delimits Areas of the Brain in Medical Images

September 19, 2013 11:30 am | by Universidad Publica de Navarra | News | Comments

The researchers have developed a method that improves the delimitation of tumors in medical images. As they explained, “when the doctor decides where tumor tissue should be separated from healthy tissue, our algorithm ensures that he/she is never going choose the worst option because the best solution is automatically offered.”

Photo of the Day: Going 'Bug-Eyed' for Surgery

September 19, 2013 11:16 am | by The Ohio State University | News | Comments

A lens invented at The Ohio State University combines the focusing ability of a human eye with the wide-angle view of an insect eye to capture images with depth. The results could offer surgical imaging that enables doctors to see inside the human body like never before.

Lens Combines Human and Insect Vision to Focus Wide-Angle Views

September 19, 2013 11:09 am | by The Ohio State University | News | Comments

A lens invented at The Ohio State University combines the focusing ability of a human eye with the wide-angle view of an insect eye to capture images with depth. The results could be smartphones that rival the photo quality of digital cameras, and surgical imaging that enables doctors to see inside the human body like never before.

Keystone Heart’s TriGuard Cerebral Protection Device Receives CE Marking

September 19, 2013 10:50 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The CE marked TriGuard is the only device designed to cover all three aortic cerebral branches to minimize the risk of cerebral damage during Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and other cardiovascular procedures. It is the only system designed for placement via one of two femoral artery access ports.

Implant Removal After Fracture Healing

September 18, 2013 10:52 am | by University Medical Center Utrecht | News | Comments

Patients who continue to suffer inconvenience after a healed bone fracture may be better off having any plates, pins and screws removed. Scientific research headed by Dagmar Vos, who took her doctoral degree at University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht on 17 September, demonstrates that most complaints and symptoms, such as pain and restricted motion, improve after removing these so-called osteosynthesis materials.

UCLA Doctors Successfully 'Vacuum' Two-Foot Blood Clot Out of Patient's Heart

September 18, 2013 10:02 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

Todd Dunlap, 62, arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's emergency room on Aug. 8 suffering from shortness of breath, fatigue and extreme cold. When a CT scan revealed a 24-inch clot stretching from his legs into his heart, doctors feared the mass could break loose and lodge in his lungs, blocking oxygen and killing him instantly.

Information Conveyed to Urologists Regarding Laser Fiber Diameter Is Incorrect

September 18, 2013 9:41 am | by European Association of Urology | News | Comments

Neither the total nor the core diameters of laser fibers correspond to the advertised laser fiber diameter, revealed a new study investigating lasers used for urological surgery. Furthermore, there are serious differences between manufacturers of fibers with a supposedly equal diameter.

Speeding Up Cancer Diagnosis During Surgery

September 17, 2013 1:21 pm | by The University of Nottingham | News | Comments

With funding from the National Institute for Health Research, experts at The University of Nottingham have developed a highly accurate prototype technique which can produce a detailed ‘spectroscopic fingerprint’ of each tissue layer removed during surgery.

Smith & Nephew Releases New DURAFIBER Ag Dressing to Address Bacterial Contamination

September 17, 2013 1:05 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, announces the US introduction of DURAFIBER Ag antimicrobial gelling fiber dressing. This new offering in the DURAFIBER portfolio combines the highly absorbent, gelling fiber filler dressing with the benefits of silver (Ag).

New Molecular Imaging Agents Being Developed for Fluorescence-Guided Brain Cancer Surgery

September 17, 2013 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Surgery is the cornerstone of oncology treatment, and molecularly-targeted fluorescent imaging agents have the potential to guide surgical resection by highlighting the biological margins of the disease. However, development and testing of such molecular imaging agents has been lacking.

Osteoarthritis and the (not so) Painful Step Toward a Cure

September 17, 2013 10:48 am | by The Journal of Visualized Experiments | News | Comments

On Tuesday, September 17, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, will publish a novel technique for imaging muscle function while in motion. Research in this area could uncover the root of musculoskeletal disorders, such as the development of osteoarthritis following ACL surgery.

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