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Patients Seek FDA Ban on Fibroid Removal Devices

July 11, 2014 2:07 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

More than a dozen people — including cancer patients, their family members and physicians — called on federal health regulators on Friday to block the use of electronic surgical tools used to remove fibroids, but which can inadvertently...

A Start-Up at NJIT Develops Bleeding-Control Gel for Brain Surgery

July 11, 2014 9:58 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Endomedix, a start-up company housed at NJIT's business incubator, received a $1.4 million federal grant to develop a spray-on gel that surgeons will use to staunch bleeding during brain surgery. Surgeons can spray the gel onto a surgical...

Biomet Sports Medicine Launches the JuggerKnotless Soft Anchor

July 11, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC, a subsidiary of Biomet, Inc., announced today the launch of the JuggerKnotless Soft Anchor device. The JuggerKnotless Soft Anchor is the latest product offering in the JuggerKnot Soft Anchor family of all-suture...

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Global Endoscopy Devices Market is Expected to Reach USD 36.9 Billion by 2019

July 11, 2014 9:09 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Endoscopy Devices Market (Endoscopes, Endoscopic Operative Devices, and Visualization Systems) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast...

Parker Collaborates with Cleveland Clinic to Develop Advanced Medical Technologies

July 10, 2014 3:31 pm | by Parker Hannifin Corporation | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, announced it is developing more than 100 potential medical advancements with Cleveland Clinic, the noted nonprofit academic medical center that integrates...

RTI Surgical Unveils PACK Precision Allograft Cartilage Instrument Kit

July 10, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RTI Surgical Inc., a leading global surgical implant company, is unveiling the new Precision Allograft Cartilage Kit (PACK) at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) annual meeting in Seattle this week. PACK, the company’s...

Smith & Nephew to Bring Robotic Navigation to JOURNEY UNI Knee Procedure

July 10, 2014 8:56 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, today announced a new commercial agreement with Blue Belt Technologies (BBT), makers of the Navio Orthopaedic Surgical System, the next generation of orthopaedic robotic surgical...

New Technology to Remove Blood Clots

July 9, 2014 2:43 pm | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

When a large blood clot was discovered attached to the end of a catheter inside the right atrial chamber of a patient’s heart, doctors faced a daunting challenge. If the clot came loose, the consequences would likely be catastrophic for the...

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Study Examines Survival Following Repair of Failed Bioprosthetic Aortic Valves

July 9, 2014 10:01 am | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | News | Comments

In an analysis of about 460 patients with failed bioprosthetic aortic valves who underwent transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation, overall survival at one year was 83 percent, with survival associated with surgical valve size and mechanism...

Minimally Invasive Surgery Underused at Many U.S. Hospitals

July 9, 2014 9:51 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Hospitals across the country vary substantially in their use of minimally invasive surgery, even when evidence shows that for most patients, minimally invasive surgery is superior to open surgery, a new study shows. The finding represents...

Exactech Launches New Porous Technology for Total Knee Arthroplasty

July 8, 2014 2:44 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Exactech, Inc., a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration products for hip, knee, shoulder, spine and biologic materials, announced the international launch of Optetrak Logic Porous, a new porous technology for total knee... 

ON-Q and the Evolution of Post-Surgical Pain Management

July 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Gary Aurin, Research & Engineering Manager, I-Flow | Articles | Comments

Historically, post-surgical pain has been primarily treated with narcotics which can cause patients unpleasant side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation and grogginess. The data also suggests that taking them may pose the risk of...

Partial Knee Replacements for Arthritis Are Safer than Total Replacement

July 8, 2014 9:52 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

People undergoing partial knee replacement surgery, in which only the parts of the knee affected by osteoarthritis are removed, have fewer complications, are less likely to be re-admitted to hospital and less likely to die, the researchers...

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Rapid Surgical Innovation Puts Patients at Risk for Medical Errors

July 7, 2014 1:55 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that the risk of patient harm increased two-fold in 2006 – the peak year that teaching hospitals nationwide embraced the pursuit of minimally invasive robotic...

Tool Helps Guide Brain Cancer Surgery

July 7, 2014 10:06 am | by Elizabeth K. Gardner, Purdue | News | Comments

A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study. The Purdue-designed tool sprays a microscopic stream...

Squid Sucker Ring Teeth Material Could Aid Reconstructive Surgery

July 2, 2014 2:50 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Squid tentacles are loaded with hundreds of suction cups, or suckers, and each sucker has a ring of razor-sharp “teeth” that help these mighty predators latch onto and take down prey. In a study published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers...

Blind Lead the Way in Brave New World of Tactile Technology

July 2, 2014 8:12 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad mini Retina display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to feel your way around. New research...

Bringing the Bling to Antibacterials

July 1, 2014 2:46 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Bacteria love to colonize surfaces inside your body, but they have a hard time getting past your rugged, salty skin. Surgeries to implant medical devices often give such bacteria the opportunity needed to gain entry into the body cavity...

CE Mark for Expanding Orthopedics’ 3D Expandable Interbody Cage

July 1, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Expanding Orthopedics Inc. (EOI), a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative expandable devices for spine surgery, is proud to announce that its novel FLXfitT, 3D expandable interbody cage...

Spectranetics Completes Acquisition of AngioScore Inc.

June 30, 2014 4:18 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

The Spectranetics Corporation has announced that it has completed the acquisition of AngioScore Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of cardiovascular, specialty balloons, for $230 million in cash, along with additional contingent...

Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots Walk on Command

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function. The group...

Photos of the Day: Bio-Bots Could Stroll Through the Body

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Tiny walking “bio-bots” are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field. The new bio-bots are powered by a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. This gives the researchers a simple way to control the...

Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform Receives FDA Clearance

June 30, 2014 2:14 pm | by Surgical Theater | News | Comments

Surgical Theater, LLC has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance on the recently launched Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform (SNAP). The SNAP integrates with operating room technology to provide advanced 3D capabilities...

Researchers Develop Tech to Extend Liver Preservation for Transplantation

June 30, 2014 10:24 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new supercooling technique to increase the amount of time human organs could remain viable outside the body. This study was conducted in rats, and if it succeeds in humans, it would enable a world-wide allocation...

Ankle Implant Is More Common to Relieve Severe Arthritis Pain

June 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Hospital for Special Surgery | News | Comments

Arthritis can cause terrible pain, making activities of daily living difficult, if not impossible. While most people are familiar with knee and hip replacement surgery for debilitating arthritis in these joints, ankle replacement is another...

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