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Kala Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase 2 Trial

July 31, 2014 3:57 pm | News | Comments

“We are excited about the progress of our lead nanotechnology-based program, LE-MPP, with four active clinical trials,” said Kim Brazzell, Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer of Kala. “With the initiation of our latest trial in RVO and DME, Kala is making significant progress toward demonstrating the unique ability of Kala’s MPP platform to deliver drugs to the back of the eye following topical administration.”

BioTime Expands Clinical Development Of Bladder Cancer Diagnostic

July 31, 2014 3:40 pm | News | Comments

BioTime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTX) and its subsidiary OncoCyte Corporation announced that OncoCyte has expanded the clinical development of its urine-based bladder cancer diagnostic test by initiating a multi-site clinical trial. OncoCyte’s initial clinical study of its bladder cancer diagnostic test began in January and involves pathology specimens being collected at a leading medical institution with a reputation for excellence and discovery.

2014 ESP Award Submission: SignatureSuite From Steris

July 31, 2014 3:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Steris feels their SignatureSuite, a component of the Harmony iQ OR Integration System, transforms the OR into a serene environment through personalized images, as well as customized music and room settings.

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American CareSource Secures $5 Million Line of Credit

July 31, 2014 3:13 pm | News | Comments

American CareSource Holdings a leading national network of ancillary health care providers and operator of urgent care centers, has closed on a $5 million line of credit with a top-tier U.S. bank, giving the it funding to continue its strategy of acquiring urgent care centers. “The credit facility offers us financial flexibility at a very attractive interest rate," said Dr. Richard W. Turner, Chairman of the Board and CEO.

Women Could Benefit From Tamoxifen Therapy For Breast Cancer

July 31, 2014 2:00 pm | News | Comments

Innovative research has identified a gene signature that has potential to identify which patients will benefit from tamoxifen therapy. Tamoxifen is an endocrine therapy that is one of the most frequently used medications worldwide to treat breast cancer after surgery. However, even among those patients for whom tamoxifen is effective at reducing recurrence risk, many of them experience menopausal-like side effects.

Active O Kicks Off New Clinical Trial Studying Non-Surgical Treatment For Lower Back Pain

July 31, 2014 1:47 pm | News | Comments

A clinical trial being conducted at several high-profile centers in Canada has begun recruiting patients to investigate a new, non-surgical treatment for lower back pain caused by a contained herniated disc. The trial is studying a minimally invasive injection of natural gases designed to dissolve a small amount of disc tissue in order to resolve the disc herniation.

Eighty Percent Of Aortic Stenosis Patients Report Same/Better Health 1 Year After Treatment

July 31, 2014 1:01 pm | News | Comments

A survey of 13,860 patients who had undergone interventions for aortic valve disease has revealed that over 80 percent were in the same or a better state of health one year after the intervention. Aortic stenosis is the most frequent valvular heart disease in the aging Western population, and the prognosis of this disease in symptomatic patients with conservative therapy is poor.

Report: Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Provides Significant Relief From Migraines

July 31, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Dr. Oren Tessler, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at Lousiana State University, is part of a team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons who report a high success rate using a method to screen and select patients for a specific surgical migraine treatment technique. More than 90% of the patients who underwent this surgery to decompress the nerves that trigger migraines experienced relief and also got a bonus cosmetic eyelid surgery.

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Vacuum Treatment May Limit Damage From Traumatic Brain Injury

July 31, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

Controlled application of vacuum pressure is a promising approach to limiting tissue damage after traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the study, which was funded by a major grant from the U.S. Army, the researchers tested the mechanical tissue resuscitation approach by inducing localized TBI in swine, then applying negative pressure—that is, a mild vacuum—over the injured area of the brain.

2014 ESP Award Submission: Bytec Gen-Tec Monitor Stand

July 30, 2014 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Surgimed Solutions offers their Bytec Geni-Tec battery operated monitor stand, which provides a wireless platform for all wireless video technologies in the OR.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: VISIUS Surgical Theatre w/MRI

July 30, 2014 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

IMRIS offers their VISIUS Surgical Theatre with intraoperative MRI. According to the company, the new offering reduces re-operation rates, limits transport risk and preserves the sterile setup.

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CrowdOptic's Google Glass Broadcasting Solution Aims To Improve Surgeon Training

July 30, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

CrowdOptic, a maker of mobile and wearable broadcasting solutions, announced its working with the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center to help improve resident training in complex surgical procedures, through the use of Google Glass technology. CrowdOptic's software lets one Google Glass wearer inherit another's point of view, simply by looking in the other user's direction.

Generation Of Tanners See Spike In Deadly Melanoma

July 30, 2014 11:11 am | News | Comments

A report released Tuesday by the acting U.S. surgeon general cited an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. The report blames a generation of sun worshipping for the $8 billion spent to treat all forms of skin cancer each year.

Imbed Bio Gets Grant To Develop Advanced Wound Healing Nanofilm

July 30, 2014 10:50 am | News | Comments

“It a very competitive award, which validates the uniqueness of this polymeric nanofilm technology. A significant merit is that the concept is adaptable to delivery of a wide range of bioactive molecules on tissue surfaces, providing a broadly applicable healthcare materials platform,” said co-founder Nicholas Abbott, PhD, Professor in Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Review: Beware Of Claims About Cosmetic Stem Cells Procedures

July 30, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

"Stem cells offer tremendous potential, but the marketplace is saturated with unsubstantiated and sometimes fraudulent claims that may place patients at risk," write Dr. Michael T. Longaker of Stanford University Medical Center and colleagues. To date, just one stem cell procedure for cosmetic purpose has received FDA approval, after extensive evaluation.

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