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A Tool to Fix One of the Most Dangerous Moments in Surgery

July 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by TEDx | Videos | Comments

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical...

Misonix BoneScalpel Reported to Save Blood Loss in Spinal Fusions with Similar Diagnosis

July 15, 2014 9:22 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Misonix, Inc., an international surgical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ultrasonic products for spine surgery, skull based surgery, neurosurgery, wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic...

Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark for TAVI System

July 15, 2014 8:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark and begun the European commercial launch of its new 25 mm Lotus Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) System, complementing the currently available 23 mm and 27 mm valve sizes... 

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Breakthrough MitraClip Procedure Repairs One Heart Structurally, Another Emotionally

July 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Mary York knew the walk from the living room to the bedroom should not have been difficult for her husband, Bill, despite his age, but the 83-year-old could not walk anywhere in his house without stopping to rest for minutes at a time. “He...

Photos of the Day: Squishy Surgical Robots

July 14, 2014 12:12 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Working with robotics company Boston Dynamics, the researchers began developing the material as part of the Chemical Robots program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The agency was interested in “squishy” robots...

Phase-Changing Material to Allow Robots to Switch Between Hard and Soft States

July 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

In the movie “Terminator 2,” the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between...

FDA Weighs Cancer Risk of Fibroid Removal Devices

July 14, 2014 9:18 am | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body. The panel of Food and Drug Administration...

Titan Spine Receives FDA Clearance to Launch Endoskeleton TL Device for Lateral Spinal Fusion

July 14, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commercially release...

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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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