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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 | 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.

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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.

Mom's Obesity Surgery May Help Break Cycle in Kids

May 28, 2013 10:54 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Obese mothers tend to have kids who become obese. Now provocative research suggests weight-loss surgery may help break that unhealthy cycle in an unexpected way — by affecting how their children's genes behave. In a first-of-a-kind study, Canadian researchers tested children born to obese women, plus their brothers and sisters who were conceived after the mother had obesity surgery.

Intuitive Surgical Rises on Lawsuit Verdict

May 24, 2013 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Intuitive Surgical Inc. rose Friday after a jury ruled the company did not owe damages to the family of a patient who suffered complications following a surgery performed with Intuitive's da Vinci robotic system. THE SPARK: The Washington State jury found Intuitive was not negligent in...

Sensus Healthcare Receives FDA Clearance to Treat Keloids with the SRT-100™

May 24, 2013 10:37 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Sensus Healthcare is pleased to announce that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat Keloids with the SRT-100™. The SRT-100™ is the leading alternative to surgery in treating Non Melanoma Skin Cancer and now is approved to treat Keloids caused by surgery or injury.

Class I Medical Device Recall: Cook Medical, Inc., Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent

May 24, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Reason for Recall: Cook Medical received a small number of complaints that the delivery system of the device had separated at the tip of the inner catheter. Potential adverse events that may occur in cases where the inner deliver catheter breakage...

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Hansen Medical to Exhibit Magellan Robotic System at 2013 Vascular Annual Meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery

May 23, 2013 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: HNSN), a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced that it will exhibit its Magellan™ Robotic System at the 2013 Vascular Annual Meeting® of the Society for Vascular Surgery from May 30 - June 1 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San...

New Imaging Techniques Used to Help Patients Suffering from Epilepsy

May 23, 2013 11:00 am | by Canadian Association for Neuroscience | News | Comments

New techniques in imaging of brain activity developed by Jean Gotman and his colleagues lead to improved treatment of patients suffering from epilepsy. The combination of electroencephalogram and functional magnetic resonance imaging leads to more precise localization of the areas generating epileptic seizures, giving neurosurgeons a better understanding of the optimal ways of intervention, if appropriate.

Direct to Implant ("One Step") Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Reduces Number of Surgeries and Time to Final Cosmetic Results

May 23, 2013 9:29 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Direct to implant, or "one step," breast reconstruction following mastectomy is an appropriate option for many women with BRCA (BReast CAncer) gene mutations seeking to surgically reduce their breast cancer risk, or with breast...

Israel Brain Technologies Announces Israel's 1st International Brain Technology Conference

May 23, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) has announced the launch of BrainTech Israel 2013, Israel's 1st International Brain Technology Conference, which will take place on October 14th-15th in Tel Aviv, recently ranked as the 2nd most innovative...

Meeting Announcement: June 26, 2013 General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Meeting Announcement

May 23, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

On June 26, 2013, the committee will discuss and make recommendations regarding the possible reclassification of blood lancet devices.  The committee will discuss whether new scientific data are sufficient to support the reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness to develop special controls that support regulation of blood lancets from class I to class II and class III. 

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Replacing the Cadaver for Surgical Students

May 22, 2013 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Articles | Comments

Surgical simulators are an ideal solution for training surgeons with minimal risk to patient health and safety. This is particularly important when surgeons train for procedures utilizing arthroscopy because it requires the surgeon to perform the surgery while looking at a camera screen instead of the patient. This necessitates extensive training to ensure the doctor is an expert in the method.

Stryker Extends Co-Marketing Agreement With OrthoSensor Inc.

May 22, 2013 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics division and OrthoSensor™, Inc., the leader in intelligent orthopedics, today announced an extension of their co-marketing agreement for Stryker's Triathlon Knee System and OrthoSensor's VERASENSE. VERASENSE is an intelligent instrument system that provides...

Surgical Adhesive Offers Hope of Easier Healing Following Mastectomy Procedures

May 22, 2013 11:09 am | by Cohera Medical Inc. | News | Comments

Cohera Medical, a leading innovator and developer of absorbable surgical adhesives and sealants, announced it has completed a series of mastectomy procedures in Munich and Berlin, Germany using TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive without drain placement. With this innovative adhesive technology, surgeons were able to eliminate the need for closed-suction drains on breast cancer patients undergoing mastectomy procedures.

Stryker Metal Hip Recall: Lieff Cabraser Provides Answers to Hip Replacement Patients

May 22, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2013--Wendy Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that the firm issued today a list of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) from hip replacement patients who received the Stryker Rejuvenate or...

3D Digital Process Aids in Skull Prosthetic Success

May 21, 2013 4:04 pm | by Bob Cramblitt | Articles | Comments

When Chinese exchange student Jiahone Guo suffered a cranial injury during a club soccer match, he thought "maybe I will go to see God," according to a report on WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Fortunately, due to timely surgery and a custom-made prosthetic skull plate designed by MedCAD, Guo is able to do almost everything he could do before the fateful match.

Challenges Encountered in Surgical Management of Spine Trauma in Morbidly Obese Patients

May 21, 2013 11:34 am | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | News | Comments

Physicians at Monash University and The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia describe the logistic, medical, and societal challenges faced in treating spine trauma in morbidly obese patients. The authors categorize difficulties faced in the care of morbidly obese patients from on-scene immobilization and medical transport through spinal imaging, surgery, and postoperative care.

New Data Validates CyberKnife SBRT for Prostate Cancer Treatment

May 21, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Accuray Incorporated has announced the publication of study results involving hundreds of prostate cancer patients treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System, the most widely used form of prostate stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT).

Teleflex Announces Launch of its Next Generation Vascular Positioning System

May 20, 2013 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LIMERICK, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2013--Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, announces the launch of the ARROW ® VPS G4 ™ Device. The ARROW VPS G4 Device is used in conjunction with the disposable ARROW ® VPS ® Stylet....

The Ohio State University Commences Key Comparative Study of Vycor's Patented ViewSite Brain Access System

May 20, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vycor Medical, Inc. ("Vycor") (OTCQB: VYCO), a medical device company with a suite of FDA approved products, announced today that the Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery Program at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) has commenced an animal study to evaluate a comparison of tissue damage...

GE Scientists in Technology “Relay Race” Against Cancer

May 20, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NISKAYUNA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2013--To commemorate National Cancer Research Month, a team of scientists from GE Global Research, the technology development arm of the General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), are joined together in a technology “relay race” against cancer. They collectively are...

Statistical Challenges in Medical Device Trail Evaluation

May 17, 2013 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical devices are any medical items that are neither a drug nor a biological product. In light of their different mechanisms, actions and regulatory requirements, medical device (MD) trail evaluations are much more complicated than drug trails due to their unique clinical practices....

Blue Belt Technologies Announces Implant Co-Marketing Partnership with DJO Surgical

May 17, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2013--Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., an innovative medical technology company commercializing robotic solutions for orthopedic surgery, announces an implant partnership with DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company. Blue Belt’s NavioPFS orthopedic surgical system...

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