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Financial Pressures in Healthcare Driving Need for Operating Room Outsourcing

May 20, 2014 11:15 am | by Accenture | Articles | Comments

Financial pressures intensify throughout the healthcare industry. Consider the business of manufacturing medical equipment, such as patient monitoring devices and anesthesia machines, and selling them to hospitals for use in operating room...

Medtronic Announces CE Mark and Launch of NC Euphora Coronary Balloon

May 20, 2014 10:26 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Continuing its commitment to bringing advanced and clinically relevant interventional technologies to market, Medtronic, Inc. has announced CE (Conformité Européene) mark and launch of the NC Euphora Noncompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter...

How Octopuses Not Tying Themselves in Knots Could Help Surgical Robot Design

May 19, 2014 10:54 am | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have discovered how octopuses avoid getting tangled up in themselves. Their results suggest that a chemical signal in octopus’ skin inhibits sucker grabbing so that octopuses don't grab onto themselves...

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Self-Fixating Hernia Mesh Platform

May 19, 2014 10:29 am | by LifeBond Ltd. | News | Comments

LifeMesh is being developed to provide strong, atraumatic fixation of prosthetic mesh for reinforcement of tissue during surgical repair of abdominal wall defects. The self-fixating surgical mesh is being developed to simplify hernia repair...

Gecko Biomedical Receives RadTech’s Emerging Technology Award for Bio-inspired Surgical Glues and Patches

May 19, 2014 10:05 am | by Gecko Biomedical | News | Comments

Gecko Biomedical, a French medical device company developing ‘bio-inspired’ biodegradable surgical glues and patches for wound closure, announces that it has received the prestigious “RadTech’s Emerging Technology Award” at RadTech 2014...

Spiders Spin Possible Solution to 'Sticky' Problems

May 19, 2014 9:54 am | by The University of Akron | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Akron are again spinning inspiration from spider silk — this time to create more efficient and stronger commercial and biomedical adhesives that could, for example, potentially attach tendons to bones or bind...

Surgery Completed to Implant 3D Printed Hip

May 16, 2014 3:06 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Doctors and scientists in Southampton have completed their first hip surgery with a 3D printed implant and bone stem cell graft. The 3D printed hip, made from titanium, was designed using the patient's CT scan and CAD CAM (computer aided...

First Implantation of Aesculap’s univation X Unicondylar Knee System

May 15, 2014 4:58 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems LLC | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced the implantation of the univation X Unidondylar Knee System on April 9, 2014. This case marks the first implantation for Aesculap’s univation X fixed knee implant worldwide and marked the limited launch...

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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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