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RTI Biologics Announces Agreement to Acquire Pioneer Surgical Technology

June 12, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

RTI Biologics Inc., a leading provider of orthopedic and other biologic implants, announced today its intent to acquire privately held Pioneer® Surgical Technology (Pioneer), headquartered in Marquette, Mich. Pioneer is a leading medical technology company that manufactures and distributes metal and synthetic products in the orthopedics, biologics, spine, trauma and cardiothoracic markets.

Class I Medical Device Recall: Symbios GOPump and GOBlock Kits

June 12, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The affected products may have excessively high flow rates. As a result, medications could be delivered too quickly from the balloon to the surgical site and cause patient toxicity due to the rapid influx of medication. This can lead to serious illness...

Medical Specialties Distributors Acquires Medical Technology Resources

June 10, 2013 11:14 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Medical Specialties Distributors, LLC ("MSD"), the nation's leading alternate-site infusion therapy solutions provider, announced today that it has acquired Medical Technology Resources, LLC ("MTR").  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, MTR specializes in providing infusion pumps and related products, as well as biomedical and billing services to alternate-site health care providers.  

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Judge's Ruling Challenges U.S. Transplant System

June 10, 2013 9:45 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's a life or death matter: Who gets the next scarce donated organ? In an unprecedented challenge to the nation's transplant system, a federal judge has allowed one dying child — and a day later another — to essentially jump the line in rulings that could have ramifications for thousands of people awaiting new organs.

A Laser’s Role in Medicine

June 7, 2013 3:18 pm | by Tracey Ryba, Product Manager—Lasers, TRUMPF Inc. | Articles | Comments

The use of lasers in the development of medical devices through to their actual usage in the devices themselves has been a steadily growing trend. The capabilities and functionality they offer to both design engineers as well as healthcare professionals is varied and beneficial. This article looks at the advantages lasers offer in the development of medical devices.

Teleflex Acquires Microlaparoscopy Surgical Platform Technology

June 6, 2013 5:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, today announced the acquisition of Eon Surgical, Ltd., a late stage development company that has advanced a minimally invasive microlaparoscopy surgical platform technology designed to enhance surgeons’ ability to perform scarless surgery while producing better patient outcomes.

New Technique for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery Proves Accurate & Safe

June 6, 2013 11:18 am | by Oregon Health & Science University | News | Comments

The surgeon who more than two decades ago pioneered deep brain stimulation surgery in the United States to treat people with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders has now developed a new way to perform the surgery — which allows for more accurate placement of the brain electrodes and likely is safer for patients.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP Announces That a Class Action Has Been Filed Against Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

June 5, 2013 1:36 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of all those who purchased shares of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. between October 19, 2011 and April 18, 2013, inclusive.

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Obesity Surgery-Diabetes Study Shows Pros and Cons

June 5, 2013 10:18 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Obesity surgery worked much better at reducing and even reversing diabetes than medication and lifestyle changes in one of the most rigorous studies of its kind. But the researchers and others warn that possible serious complications need to be considered.

SI-BONE, Inc. Announces Publication of Postmarket Surveillance Safety Data on First 5,319 Patients Treated with iFuse Implant System

June 5, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SI-BONE, Inc. (San Jose, California), a medical device company that is pioneering the use of a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint, announced today the publication of the iFuse Implant System's@ postmarket surveillance safety data for the first 5,319 patients treated. 

Blue Belt Technologies Announces US FDA Clearance to Market its STRIDE Unicondylar Knee System

June 4, 2013 4:21 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., an innovative medical technology company commercializing robotic-assisted solutions for orthopedic surgery, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its STRIDE™ Unicondylar Knee implant system.

The Symphony of Surgical Robotics

June 4, 2013 3:44 pm | by Phil Brown, VP & GM, Pro-Dex Inc. – OMS | Pro-Dex | Articles | Comments

Surgical robots are becoming more of a standard in operating rooms. As such, device designers are going to need to understand the motion control technology that makes them function. This article looks at the “sheet music” that offers the guidance to the “conductor” who is instructing the “instruments.”

National Review: Non-Adherence Among Teenage Heart Transplant Recipients Is Widespread, Often Fatal

June 4, 2013 10:40 am | by Boston Children's Hospital | News | Comments

After receiving an organ transplant, patients must follow a regimented medication routine to maintain the health of their graft (transplanted organ). Failure to do so, known as non-adherence (NA), can result in life-threatening illness. NA has long been a concern among adolescent patients, but a new study from Boston Children's Hospital demonstrates the problem may be more serious than previously understood.

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ZipLine® Medical Begins Commercial Launch of a Noninvasive Skin Closure Device Designed for Suture-Like Outcomes at the Speed of Staples

June 4, 2013 8:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

ZipLine Medical, an emerging medical device company that is developing a platform technology for noninvasive surgical skin closure designed to provide a suture-like outcome at the speed of staples, reported today that it has begun shipping products for commercial use.

First Head-to-Head Study Shows Greenlight XPS® Laser Therapy Equally Safe and Effective with Faster Recovery as Commonly Used Turp for Treatment of BPH

June 4, 2013 6:09 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Data presented at the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting demonstrate that treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) with GreenLight XPS ® laser therapy with MoXy ® fiber, instead of transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), results in significantly shorter hospitalization, catheterization, and recovery times for patients, while maintaining equivalent safety and efficacy.

Medical Technologies: The Ones to Watch

June 3, 2013 12:33 pm | by Kevin Bottomley, Managing Director, Results Healthcare | Blogs | Comments

The growth in sales of medical technologies is set to outperform prescription medicines over the coming five years. Data from Evaluate Medtech indicates that over the period 2011 to 2018, the overall global compound annual growth rate for the sector will be 4.4%, in contrast to just 2.5% for drug products.

3-D Printing Goes from Sci-Fi Fantasy to Reality

June 2, 2013 9:37 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3-D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear.

Fujikura Ltd and Micro-Imaging Solutions Enter into License Agreement for CMOS-based Imaging Technology

May 31, 2013 1:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Fujikura Ltd and Micro-Imaging Solutions (MIS) announced that they have entered into a license agreement to jointly co-market nano-sized, complementary metal-oxide semiconductor, or CMOS, based endoscopes. The collaboration leverages the large, commercial scale production capabilities of Fujikura and the proprietary imaging technology of MIS.

NuVasive Announces Global Launch of MAS PLIF

May 31, 2013 8:30 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 global launch of its Maximum Access Surgery Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MAS® PLIF) procedure.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Heal a Broken Heart

May 30, 2013 4:37 pm | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

Procedures like angioplasty, stenting and bypass surgery may save lives, but they also cause excessive inflammation and scarring, which ultimately can lead to permanent disability and even death. A new research report appearing in The FASEB Journal, shows that naturally derived compounds from polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3s) may reduce the inflammation associated with these procedures to help arteries more fully and completely heal.

Columbia Nursing Study Finds Women Less at Risk than Men for Healthcare Associated Infections

May 30, 2013 4:35 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

A new study from Columbia University School of Nursing supports a growing body of evidence that women are less likely to contract bloodstream or surgical site infections than their male counterparts. Researchers investigated the incidence of infection in thousands of hospitalized patients and found the odds for women succumbing to a bloodstream infection (BSI) and surgical-site infection (SSI) were significantly lower than for men.

Johns Hopkins Surgeons Among First in the Country to Perform a Robotic Single-Site Hysterectomy

May 30, 2013 4:33 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Two Johns Hopkins gynecologic surgeons are among the first in the nation to perform a robotic hysterectomy using a single, small incision. Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D. and Stacey Scheib, M.D. recently performed several other types of single-site robotic gynecologic procedures—including surgery for fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, and ovarian cysts and masses.

Worldwide Lecture Tour Touts Point-of-Care Healthcare

May 30, 2013 4:19 pm | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

NJIT Distinguished Professor and electrical engineer Atam Dhawan hits the lecture trail again this summer as a distinguished speaker for an IEEE life sciences lecture series. His focus will be how "Point of Care Healthcare" can reduce illness, improve the quality of life, and stop spiraling healthcare costs. Dhawan, who will stop at conferences in Japan, Colombia and Croatia, tells audiences about the following.

Medical Device Technology: Our Best Hope for Delivering Global Healthcare

May 29, 2013 11:36 am | by Simon Karger, Associate Director, Surgical & Interventional, Cambridge Consultants | Cambridge Consultants Inc | Blogs | Comments

The technology at the heart of the next generation of medical devices is critical to our ability to offer comprehensive care in the coming decades. While our current systems of care have served us well thus far, they are crumbling under the pressures of modern expectations of care, economics, scale, and the sheer breadth of medical science.

Research Shows Copper Destroys Norovirus

May 29, 2013 10:03 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

New research from the University of Southampton shows that copper and copper alloys will rapidly destroy norovirus - the highly-infectious sickness bug. The virus can be contracted from contaminated food or water, person-to-person contact, and contact with contaminated surfaces, meaning surfaces made from copper could effectively shut down one avenue of infection.

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