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Penetration Testing of Surgical Needles Is Subject of New ASTM Medical Standard

May 15, 2014 3:39 pm | by ASTM | News | Comments

Strength and penetration are key attributes needed for surgical needles. A new ASTM International standard, ASTM F3014, Test Method for Penetration Testing of Needles Used in Surgical Sutures, focuses on penetration testing of such needles...

Boston Scientific to Acquire Bayer’s Interventional Division for $415 Million

May 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

In a move to expand significantly its portfolio of leading solutions for peripheral interventions, Boston Scientific Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Interventional Division of Bayer AG for $415 million in...

Spinal Fusion Market Size to Suffer Amid Scrutiny and Reimbursement Changes

May 14, 2014 10:37 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

With spinal fusion surgeries receiving extensive scrutiny from various facets of the US medical community, the number of procedures performed will be hindered mainly by reimbursement changes, says an analyst with research and consulting...

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Minimally Invasive Procedure Saves More Lives than Open-Heart Surgery

May 14, 2014 9:27 am | by Baylor Research Institute | News | Comments

For the first time, a minimally invasive transcatheter valve – tested by Baylor Research Institute in Dallas (BRI) – has been shown to save more lives than open-heart surgery, according to new research revealed at the American College... 

May 2014 Digital Edition

May 13, 2014 4:39 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In May, there are three presentations that contribute to the cover focus of in vitro diagnostics. “RFID Enables a Clear Line of Sight to Time Savings” highlights the use of RFID to track compounds, chemicals, and reagents; while “The Role of Polymer...

The Doctor's In…Through Webcam, Smartphone

May 13, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson's specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor's office: Matulaitis sits in his rural U.S. home as a neurologist a few hundred miles away examines him via the camera in his...

Cardinal Health Completes Acquisition of AccessClosure

May 13, 2014 11:35 am | by Cardinal Health | News | Comments

Cardinal Health has announced the completion of the acquisition of AccessClosure, a leading manufacturer and distributor of extravascular closure devices in the United States. The $320 million acquisition was an all-cash transaction. "We're...

Master 3D Printers to Grow Replacement Body Parts

May 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

QUT and three of the world's leading research universities in the 3D printing of replacement body parts have joined forces to offer the world's first international masters in biofabrication whereby graduates will hold a masters degree from...

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Photos of the Day: Body Parts 3D Printed by Masters

May 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Professor Dietmar Hutmacher holds a 3D printed breast scaffold. QUT's biofabrication research is well-advanced in printing 3D custom-made scaffolds using bio-ink infused with the patient's stem cells to enable the body to grow a new breast...

Last day for entries! R&D 100 deadline is 11:59 pm, May 9.

May 9, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

It has arrived...the last day to file your 2014 R&D 100 Awards entry is today, Friday, May 9. If you have started an entry, please take the time to make sure it it is registered and contact us if you need assistance in making the...

Common Test Used on Heart Patients Who Need Defibrillator Implants Unnecessary

May 9, 2014 12:05 pm | by McMaster University | News | Comments

New research from McMaster University suggests that a commonly performed test during certain types of heart surgery is not helpful and possibly harmful. The testing procedure, known as defibrillator testing (DT), is commonly used on people...

Intuitive Surgical Da Vinci Xi Video Highlights System’s New Features

May 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Intuitive Surgical | Videos | Comments

About a month ago, Intuitive Surgical announced its new da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. The device takes on a new shape and is designed to bring new capabilities for robot-assisted surgery in a variety of fields. Here is the latest video...

Teaching Robots Right from Wrong

May 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Tufts University | News | Comments

Researchers from Tufts University, Brown University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are teaming with the U.S. Navy to explore technology that would pave the way for developing robots capable of making moral decisions. In a project...

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Urine Test Best Detects Alcohol Use in Liver Transplant Candidates, Recipients

May 8, 2014 11:06 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

Researchers from Italy confirm that urinary ethyl glucuronide (uEtG) accurately detects alcohol consumption in liver transplant candidates and recipients. The study published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association...

Surgeons ‘Light Up’ GI Tract to Safely Remove Gall Bladder

May 7, 2014 2:34 pm | by University of Illinois - Chicago | News | Comments

UI Health surgeons used near-infrared light to make the indocyanine green dye light up, allowing them to better see the biliary tract. Injury to the bile duct is rare – only 0.3 percent of the nearly 600,000 cholecystectomies performed...

A Hydrogel that Knows When to Go

May 7, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University bioengineers have created a hydrogel that instantly turns from liquid to semisolid at close to body temperature – and then degrades at precisely the right pace. The gel shows potential as a bioscaffold to support the regrowth...

Photos of the Day: 'Smart' Hydrogel Makes Room for Bone

May 7, 2014 12:10 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Brendan Watson, a graduate student at Rice University, led a project to create a hydrogel bioscaffold that is liquid at room temperature and instantly solidifies as it approaches body temperature. A second process allows the hydrogel to break...

Boston Scientific to Acquire IoGyn Inc.

May 7, 2014 11:42 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IoGyn, Inc., a pre-commercial stage company. The transaction is expected to close within days. IoGyn has developed and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Needle-Based Imaging Technology to Improve Ultrasound Procedures

May 7, 2014 11:29 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

Significant funding from NIBIB has enabled researchers to develop a unique technology to help physicians perform ultrasound-guided procedures involving needle placement such as needle biopsies, central line insertion, and local anesthesia...

PENTAX Medical Launches New Software Platform for Endoscopy Unit

May 7, 2014 9:43 am | by PENTAX Medical Co. | News | Comments

PENTAX Medical Company, a healthcare industry leader in endoscopic imaging, announced the U.S. and Canada launch of the endoPRO iQ 7.6, the company’s newest version of its information technology (IT) and image management software for endoscopy...

New Study Compares Use of Hemostatic Bandages on the Homefront

May 7, 2014 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Z-Medica, a leading developer and marketer of hemostatic agents, announces today the results from a study conducted by a major medical organization on the effectiveness of tourniquets and hemostatic bandages in civilian emergency medical...

Medtronic Agrees to Settle Certain INFUSE Bone Graft Product Liability Cases

May 6, 2014 11:11 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. has announced that it has agreed with certain plaintiffs' counsel to settle their inventories of filed and unfiled product liability claims related to INFUSE Bone Graft. Under the terms of the agreement, Medtronic has agreed...

NuVasive Announces Favorable Resolution of Patent Lawsuit Against Cadwell Laboratories

May 6, 2014 9:32 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, announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Cadwell Laboratories, Inc., in a lawsuit involving...

3D Mirror Reveals Internal Organs

May 5, 2014 11:26 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A three-dimensional digital mirror which reveals the interior of a person's body has been developed by a team of researchers in Paris. Straddling the worlds of art and science, the mirror could one day find a place in hospitals and doctors'...

Is Google Glass the New Stethoscope?

May 5, 2014 10:50 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A group of medical professionals, who are first-adopters Google Glass, discuss the technology's potential for shaping the future of healthcare. The doctors were all featured guests at the MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge.   

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