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Brain Tumor Removal Through a Hole Smaller than a Dime

February 18, 2014 11:17 am | by Houston Methodist Neurological Institute | News | Comments

More than two decades ago, Ryan Vincent had open brain surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor, resulting in a lengthy hospital stay and weeks of recovery at home. Recently, neurosurgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital, through a...   

New Smart Tool Approved by Health Canada for Enhancing Hip Replacement Surgery

February 18, 2014 7:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intellijoint Surgical, Inc. an innovator in smart tools to improve joint replacement surgery, announced today it recently received a Health Canada Medical Device License for its flagship product, Intellijoint HIP. The Company also announced...

Another Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Goes to Trial in W.Va.

February 14, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another lawsuit involving pelvic mesh has gone to trial in West Virginia. Media outlets report that jury selection began Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. A dozen plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in Texas in 2012. It is among about...

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FDA Clearance for First Ever 5mm Classic Surgical Stapler

February 13, 2014 10:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

JustRight Surgical, a micro-laparoscopic medical device company devoted to miniaturizing surgical instrumentation, has received 510 (k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its JustRight™ 5mm Stapler. The stapler...

Filling Me Softly

February 12, 2014 3:00 pm | by Becky Allen, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Surgical implants are widely used in modern medicine but their effectiveness is often compromised by how our bodies react to them. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that implant stiffness is ...     

Special Glasses Help Surgeons 'See' Cancer

February 11, 2014 4:51 pm | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

High-tech glasses developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed through the eyewear. The wearable technology, so new it’s yet unnamed, was used during ...

Researchers Blend Orthopedics, Engineering to Better Repair Torn Rotator Cuffs

February 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Rotator cuff tears are among the most common orthopedic injuries among adults in the United States, due to wear and tear or the effects of age. With a 94 percent failure rate for surgical repairs of large tears in older patients, it's no...

Doctor Diagnoses Man with Help from TV's 'House'

February 7, 2014 11:47 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

If you're unlucky enough to be stricken with a rare medical condition, you'd better hope your doctor watches the right television show. That was the lesson for one German man with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of symptoms including...

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The Pulse: Powering Implants with the Heart & Playing Stroke Hero

February 6, 2014 11:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are powering implants with the heart, vacuuming out blood clots, controlling the TV remote with a wink, and playing stroke education video games. This episode features...        

Miyachi America Announces Participation in Penn State Research on Improving Surgical Tool Designs

February 5, 2014 6:26 pm | by Miyachi America Corporation | News | Comments

Miyachi America Corporation, a leading manufacturer of welding equipment and laser processing systems, recently participated in innovative research conducted at Penn State on improving designs for articulation in surgical tool tips used in...

Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy Reduces Hospital Readmission Rates and Associated Costs

February 5, 2014 1:36 pm | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

New research finds that women with benign disease undergoing robotic-assisted hysterectomy are significantly less likely to be readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of their procedure than women receiving laparoscopic, abdominal (open)...

Boston Scientific Launches OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System

February 5, 2014 9:50 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific has announced the U.S. launch and first use of the OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System, an important addition to the company's portfolio of tools to treat complete arterial blockages in the major arteries of the legs. These...

Growing a Business, from the Lab

February 3, 2014 12:34 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the early 1990s, MIT researcher Shuguang Zhang, then an MIT postdoc, stumbled upon peptides that could self-assemble into nanostructures, creating three-dimensional environments for cell culturing. It was, at the time, a breakthrough...

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Preventing HCAIs with Innovative Material Solutions

January 30, 2014 3:58 pm | by Cathleen Hess, Director of Healthcare Marketing, SABIC Innovative Plastics | Sabic Innovative Plastics | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are a dangerous and costly challenge impacting the healthcare sector on a wide scale. Based on data from the World Health Organization, hospital infections represent the most frequent adverse event...

New Stem Cell Technique May Aid Medical Treatments

January 29, 2014 1:35 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A simple lab treatment can turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells, according to a surprising study that hints at a possible new way to grow tissue for treating illnesses like diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Researchers in Boston...

Neuroscientists Use Lightwaves to Improve Brain Tumor Surgery

January 29, 2014 1:27 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

First-of-its-kind research by the Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Hospital shows promise for developing a method of clearly identifying cancerous tissue during surgery on one of the most common and deadliest types of brain tumor. When...

First Retinal Prosthesis Implanted Since FDA Approval

January 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center | News | Comments

Retina surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have performed the first — and second — surgeries in the United States to implant an artificial retina, or “bionic eye,” since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved...

Facelift Complications Eased with Help of New 3D Imaging Technique

January 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

Millions of people each year remove wrinkles, soften creases and plump up their lips by injecting a gel-like material into their facial tissue. These cosmetic procedures are sometimes called “liquid facelifts” and are said to be minimally...

Robotic Operation for Heart Valve Reconstruction Holds Promise

January 27, 2014 11:05 am | by Temple University Health System | News | Comments

A potentially fatal bacterial disease of the heart, infective endocarditis frequently affects the heart's tricuspid valve, often resulting in permanent tissue damage. But a reconstructive technique, in which the valve is repaired with a...

Covidien Receives FDA Clearance for LigaSure Maryland Jaw

January 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Expanding its industry-leading vessel and tissue sealing portfolio, Covidien received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the LigaSure Maryland jaw open/laparoscopic sealer/divider. In addition, Covidien completed...

Kyocera's Artificial Hip Joint Drawing Interest for Long Life

January 22, 2014 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The artificial hip joint developed by a Kyocera Corp. subsidiary has been increasingly used for surgeries to treat hip osteoarthritis and fracture, with the number of cases reaching 10,000 in the two years since its launch in October 2011...

Luna Sells Shape-Sensing Technology to Intuitive Surgical

January 22, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Luna Innovations Incorporated, which develops and manufactures new-generation products for the telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, energy and defense markets, today announced the sale of its shape-sensing technology for medical... 

'Icy' Technique Improves Robotic Kidney Transplants

January 21, 2014 3:49 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

A collaboration of surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital and Medanta Hospital in India successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation...

Intuitive Surgical urges rejection of TRC's sub-market mini-tender offer

January 21, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Robot surgical devices maker Intuitive Surgical today asked shareholders to reject a "mini-tender" offer from TRC Capital, which offered less than market value for a small slice of Intuitive's shares. Mini-tender offers, for which TRC Capital is...

Motors on the Go

January 21, 2014 11:50 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Lin Engineering, New Scale Technologies, Inc., Pro-Dex, Performance Motion Devices, Inc., Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

With an influx of wireless, portable medical devices continuing to hit the market, often used by patients in their home or on the go, suppliers need to accommodate designers’ needs for smaller, more energy efficient device components. Since...

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