New technology bypasses spinal cord and delivers electrical signals from brain directly to muscles CHICAGO — A new Northwestern Medicine brain-machine technology delivers messages from the brain directly to the muscles -- bypassing the spinal cord -- to enable voluntary and complex movement of a paralyzed hand.
In a collaborative study with Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) published today (23 April 2012) in the journal Biofabrication , the team describes a new method for making medical devices called nerve guidance conduits or NGCs. The method is based on laser direct writing, which enables the fabrication of complex structures from computer files via the use of CAD/CAM (computer aided design/manufacturing), and has allowed the research team to manufacture NGCs with designs that are far more advanced than previously possible.
April 23, 2012 TRU-Vu Monitors, Inc. has just released a new 22-inch Medical-Grade LCD display that is optimized for a wide range of medical applications from near-patient monitoring and endoscopic systems to surgical operating rooms. The new MM-22C is a widescreen (16:10 aspect ratio) high-definition (720p HD) color LCD monitor with an ultra-wide 178º x 178º viewing angle, quick response time and brilliant color reproduction.
April 23, 2012 Ruhof Corp. offers the ScopeValet, a 3-in-1 device for system flushing, leak testing and enzymatic dosing. The single unit uses data logging for each scope and technician, eliminates manual syringe cleaning, utilizes precise dosing and has easy hookups for scopes. The ScopeValet alerts to low supplies and reduces time to pre-clean scopes while enforcing consistent processing procedures.
April 23, 2012 Viking Systems Inc. has developed a stand-alone 3DHD Vision System for laproscopic surgery that restores the surgeon's natural 3-D vision with depth. This system results in optimized hand-eye coordination, helping to increase surgical speed and accuracy, offering clinical and economic benefits to hospitals and patients.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — What happens when a series of massive earthquakes hits a five-story medical facility with an intensive care unit, operating room and elevator? Structural engineers at the University of California, San Diego, began tests Tuesday to find out. Over the next two weeks, they will repeatedly rock an 80-foot-high building erected on a giant shake table as part of a $5 million experiment funded by government agencies, foundations and others.
Boston - In a breakthrough for the way brain cancer is diagnosed and monitored, a team of researchers, lead by Anna M. Krichevsky, PhD, of the Center of Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), have demonstrated that brain tumors can be reliably diagnosed and monitored without surgery.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has accused two men without doctor's licenses of doing cosmetic surgery last year that disfigured three women. A criminal complaint says Carlos Arango and William Ordonez recruited women from a spa in Queens and did liposuction and fat transfers without general anesthesia, while Dr.
Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C., of Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $100,000 settlement and take corrective action to implement policies and procedures to safeguard the protected health information of its patients. The incident giving rise to OCR’s investigation was a report that the physician practice was posting clinical and surgical appointments for its patients on an Internet-based calendar that was publicly accessible.
HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed Common Formats – Hospital Version 1.2 which incorporates the event-specific formats entitled Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Device or Medical/Surgical Supply including Health Information Technology (HIT) Device. Common Formats – Hospital Version 1.
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Results from AspenBio Pharma’s (NASDAQ: APPY) recently completed 503-patient pilot study of AppyScore™ will be presented from the podium at the upcoming annual scientific meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) being held May 9-12, 2012 in Chicago.
CHICAGO – Surgical technique is a factor related to small-bowel obstruction (SBO) and compared with laparoscopic surgery, open surgery appears to be associated with an increased risk of SBO, according to a study published in the April issue of Archives of Surgery, a JAMA Network publication. SBO is a common reason for emergency admission and a major cause of SBO is intraperitoneal (within the abdomen) adhesions that can develop from peritoneal trauma, such as prior abdominal surgery, and form within days of a surgical procedure, the authors write in their study background.
Fairfax, Va.-- Surgeons are not always including radiation oncologists early enough in a patient's treatment decision-making process, leaving some patients uninformed of all of their treatment options and potentially leading to more mastectomies over breast-conserving therapy, according to a study in the April issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics, the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
MIAMI, FL-- DePuy Spine, Inc. today announced the launch of the VIPER® F2 Transfacet Pedicular System (VIPER F2), a transfacet pedicular screw and polyaxial ring system designed to provide stabilization and fixation during degenerative lumbar spinal fusion procedures. The announcement was made here at the 80th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) where DePuy Spine is showcasing its portfolio of minimally invasive and traditional surgical instruments and implants for the treatment of a wide range of spinal pathologies and conditions.
/PRNewswire/ -- For the first time ever, surgeons who operate on men with prostate cancer have results from a large study to backup what many suspected all along: minimally-invasive methods to remove the prostate pose fewer post-surgical complications, present less need for blood transfusion and allow men to leave the hospital sooner.