The American Academy of Neurology is issuing an updated guideline that recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis, or loss of muscle function, related to the surgeries. The guideline, which was developed with the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, is published in the print issue of Neurology ®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology and also in the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology .
Lanx, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative devices for spinal surgery, announces it has named six prominent neurological and orthopedic surgeons to its Surgeon Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance to Lanx on product commercialization, clinical studies and medical education.
Landing from a jump can cause a non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, but evidence presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society 2012 Annual Meeting demonstrates that the injury mechanism that causes that ACL injury involves a combination of factors rather than a single factor as some have claimed.
Methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) infections are resistant to antibiotics and can cause a myriad of problems, including bone erosion, which shortens the effective life of an implant and greatly hinders replacement of that implant. MRSA can also result in prolonged disability, amputation and even death.
Researchers at Polytechnique Montreal have succeeded in changing the genetic material of cancer cells using a brand-new transfection method. This major breakthrough in nanosurgery opens the door to new medical applications, among others for the treatment of cancers. The method developed by Professor Michel Meunier and his team uses a femtosecond laser (a laser with ultra-short pulses) along with gold nanoparticles.
Marcus Wohlsen, AP The name Jaya in Hindi means victorious. And little Jaya Maharaj was just that, when she became one of the smallest recipients of a pacemaker when she was just 15 minutes old. A team of doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital determined the girl born nine weeks premature had only hours to live if they did not perform the surgery.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Medicare paid $94 million for artificial feet in 2010, according to research conducted for The Associated Press. That was nearly $35 million more than in 2005, even though in 2010, Medicare covered about 1,900 fewer such prostheses. It works out to a 58 percent cost increase over five years.
Thomas J. Sheeran, AP The parents of an eight-year-old boy who died from Hodgkin lymphoma after suffering for months from undiagnosed swollen glands were sentenced to eight years in prison following their guilty pleas to denying him medical treatment. Attorneys for Monica Hussing, 37, and William Robinson, Sr.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medication via remote-control instead of a shot? Scientists implanted microchips in seven women that did just that, oozing out the right dose of a bone-strengthening drug once a day without them even noticing. Implanted medicine is a hot field, aiming to help patients better stick to their meds and to deliver those drugs straight to the body part that needs them.
(BUSINESS WIRE)--Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on the development of innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, announced today that it has acquired two patents related to its current and future surface modification techniques. The first patent protects the company's existing manufacturing process that has been shown to produce superior bone-forming activity when compared to standard PEEK and titanium implant materials during in-vitro cellular studies and has been commercially available in the United States since 2006.
(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Markets for Small Joint Implants & Hardware for the Extremities" report to their offering. Despite continued economic challenges, the global market for small joint implants and extremities' hardware will experience healthy growth through 2017.
RESTON, VA – The United States is a leader in healthcare information technology (IT) use and adoption by physicians, according to a new eight-country study from Accenture (NYSE: ACN). The study, which includes Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States, also shows that the United States is one of the few countries in which healthcare IT penetration is nearly equal among primary physicians and specialists.
WASHINGTON –Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered nearly $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.
/PRNewswire/ -- GHX today announced that the company has completed the acquisition of the Beep N Track solution from Implanet. The acquisition is the latest move by GHX to expand its extensive healthcare footprint to include the industry's first comprehensive supply chain solution for physician preference items (PPI) and implantable medical devices.
Celsion Corporation (NASDAQ: CLSN), a leading oncology drug development company, announced today that the first patient has been enrolled in a randomized Phase II study of the Company's lead product candidate, ThermoDox@, a heat-activated liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin, in combination with diofrequency ablation (RFA) for the treatment of colorectal liver metastases (CRLM).