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ConforMIS' Knee Implant Boasts Strong Results in Studies

August 7, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

ConforMIS, a medical device company providing the only truly customized total knee implant systems for patients, today announced results from two in vivo clinical studies comparing the motion patterns of patients treated with ConforMIS’ iTotal® versus off-the-shelf knee implants. The studies involved the first-ever use of an advanced real-time mobile x-ray fluoroscopy system designed to measure a wider range of natural movements.

Safety Net Sought in Tumor Growth After Stem Cell Transplantation

August 6, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

Recent studies have shown that transplanting induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cells (iPS-NSCs) can promote functional recovery after spinal cord injury in rodents and non-human primates. However, a serious drawback to the transplantation of iPS-NSCs is the potential for tumor growth, or tumorogenesis, post-transplantation.

New Material For Surgical Products Could Aid In Healing Process

July 28, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers have created a biodegradable biomaterial that is inherently antioxidant and can be used to create elastomers, liquids that turn into gels, or solids for building devices or implants that are more compatible with cells and tissues, reducing inflammation or rejection.

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New Radiological Indicators For Lap Band Slippage

July 25, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified two previously undescribed radiological signs of potentially life-threatening slippage of laparoscopically adjustable gastric bands. Adding widespread knowledge of the new signs—inferior displacement of the superolateral band margin by more than 2.4 cm from the diaphragm and the presence of an air-fluid level above the band will aid in diagnosing affected bariatric patients.

Tests Improve Approaches For Thyroid Cancer Surgery

July 25, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Previously, “if the portion removed during the first surgery came back positive for cancer, a second surgery was needed to remove the rest of the thyroid. The molecular testing panel now bypasses that initial surgery, allowing us to go right to fully removing the cancer with one initial surgery. This reduces risk and stress to the patient, as well as recovery time and costs.”

Surgeons Remove 232 "Tooth-Like Structures" From Teen

July 25, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Surgeon Vandana Thoravade said Ashik Gavai suffered complex odontoma, a rare condition in which a tumor grows under a gum and creates smaller tooth-like growths called denticles. He said the team of dental surgeons took seven hours to remove all the denticles.

After 13-Hour Surgery, Optimism For Rock Attack Victim

July 24, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — keep her alive. Screws, bolts and plates now hold together the face of the seventh-grade teacher from Uniontown, Ohio.

ERAS Program Validated For Colorectal Surgery Patients

July 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by Cristina B. Geltzeiler, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University, and Colleagues | News | Comments

The fundamental aspects of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are guidelines that focus on education, fluid management, minimal incision length, decreased use of tubes and drains, opioid-sparing analgesia, early mobilization and eating after surgery.

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Fitbit In Healthcare: Is More Data Better?

July 23, 2014 10:34 am | by Kevin R. Campbell, MD | Blogs | Comments

For scientists and researchers who are developing new treatments for disease, data is power. For patients, data can mean empowerment. Devices that track health indicators are readily available and in use to track heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar and even respiratory rate and body temperature ...           

Study Confirms Value In RF GERD Treatment

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

A newly published peer-reviewed paper states that Stretta therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper states that Stretta addresses a significant unmet need where patients receive inadequate control from PPI therapy, or find surgery an undesirable option.

Robotic, Computer-Assisted Devices Struggling To Win Over Orthopedic Surgeons

July 22, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

The cost-effectiveness of robotic devices for high-volume surgeries, such as large joint reconstruction and spinal fusion, hasn't been justified yet. Furthermore, GlobalData says that the current economic climate and reimbursement hindrance for computer-assisted joint replacements have resulted in many hospitals feeling reluctant to embrace these modern technologies.

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment Eases Spinal Pain

July 22, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

"... extreme back pain due to spinal tumors degrades quality of life, and until now, limited minimally invasive procedural options ... have been available,” said Nam D. Tran, M.D., and Ph.D., neuro-oncology surgeon. “This multi-center study validates t-RFA as a treatment option that provides rapid, lasting pain relief without the need to interrupt the patient’s primary cancer therapy.”

Google Glass Tested In ERs and ORs

July 21, 2014 10:06 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Google Glass is being tested for use in the emergency room and during surgeries...                                                

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Scientists Successfully Generate Human Platelets

July 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a scalable, next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate fully functional human platelets in vitro. The work is a major biomedical advancement that will help address blood transfusion needs worldwide...

Teen Part Of Revolutionary New Brain Surgery

July 16, 2014 10:36 am | by WPBF ABC News | Videos | Comments

There's a revolutionary new procedure and approach to brain surgery that only one hundred doctors in the United States have been trained to perform...                             

Nanoparticle Could Improve MRI Scanning For Cancer Diagnosis

July 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

Scientists have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle, which boosts the effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning for diagnostics by specifically seeking out receptors that are found in cancerous cells...      

Multidisciplinary Approach To Engineered Tissue Commercialization

July 15, 2014 11:41 am | by Mikhaila Friske, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Industrial engineers at North Carolina State Industrial and Systems Engineering (NC State ISE) are collaborating with biologists and medical doctors for an uncommon approach to regenerative medical research...           

New Flying Eyes Glasses By Summer Hawk Optics, Inc.

July 14, 2014 10:41 am | by Summer Hawk Optics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Summer Hawk Optics, Inc had surgeons in mind when creating their new version of their Flying Eyes glasses.

Surgery In Space: I Foresee Problems

July 14, 2014 10:27 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

According to NASA, a miniature robot capable of assisting in surgery has been developed, tested in pigs and is soon to be trialed in a weightless environment. The robot, which weighs less than 1 pound, can be inserted into the abdomen via the umbilicus and controlled remotely...

Microchip Helps Man Move Paralyzed Hand

July 14, 2014 10:07 am | by Ohio State Medical Center | Videos | Comments

In a small, crowded laboratory at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 23-year old Ian Burkhart looked closely at his hand, squinted with concentration and made a fist as doctors, neuroscientists and engineers from Battelle, and Ian's family gasped...    

3D Printed Anatomy To Mark A New Era For Medical Training

July 14, 2014 9:40 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionize medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical...              

ACL Reconstructions May Last Longer With Autografts

July 11, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

"... those patients who had an allograft, failed at a rate more than three times higher than those reconstructed with an autograft. This study was also of only one type of allograft (Tibialis Posterior). Therefore, we can make a strong statement about that type and not necessarily extrapolate to other types of allografts, most notably those with bone, i.e. BTB or Achilles."

Minimally Invasive Heart Stents Prove Safer

July 10, 2014 6:51 am | News | Comments

The study documents the benefits within the context of more than a dozen formally tracked patient safety indicators that help monitor and prevent avoidable complications. These PSIs include wound infection, sepsis, hip fracture, accidental puncture or laceration, transfusion reaction and mortality among patients diagnosed as low-risk.

AIDS Research Team Loses $1.38 Million After Faking Results

July 9, 2014 7:37 am | by David Pitt, AP | News | Comments

The team, which consists of 10 researchers, has sufficient funding to continue its work, but experts at federal agencies have stated that it can take two to five years to recover from the negative perceptions created by a misconduct incident. The team's lead researcher was not aware of faked lab work.

Benefit To Removing Gall Bladder For Suspected Common Duct Stone

July 8, 2014 7:38 pm | News | Comments

Among patients with possible common duct stones, removal of the gall bladder, compared with endoscopic assessment of the common duct followed by gall bladder removal, resulted in a shorter length of hospital stay without increased illness and fewer common duct examinations.

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