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Teleflex 2nd Generation Percuvance Uses 5mm Laparoscopic Tools on 2.9mm Shaft

Teleflex (Morrisville, NC) is releasing the second generation of its Percuvance Percutaneous Surgical System, which allows surgeons to attach 5mm-wide laparoscopic tools while using only a 2.9mm shaft. The Percuvance shaft is inserted directly through the skin, requiring no trocar through which to operate. Show More Summary

IBA’s Proteus ONE Proton Therapy System Coming to America

Ion Beam Applications (IBA), a Belgian firm, landed FDA clearance for its latest superconducting accelerator for the Proteus ONE proton therapy. This will allow the company to deliver the Proteus ONE, a “compact” system, to U.S. shores. Show More Summary

Cataract Implant Vision Simulator Lets You Try Lenses Before Surgery

Scientists at the Laboratory of Visual Optics and Biophotonics, Instituto de Optica, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) are reporting on the development of a device that simulates the results of a cataract surgery for people who are considering undergoing treatment. Show More Summary

Ethicon’s New High Strength Knotless Sutures Unveiled

15 hours agoIndustries / Medical : medGadget

Ethicon is releasing two new knotless suture devices for open and minimally invasive surgical applications. The STRATAFIX Spiral PDS Plus is intended for fat, deep tissue and organ work, while the STRATAFIX Spiral Monocryl Plus is targeted at skin and fat tissues. Show More Summary

Endologix Ovation Alto Abdominal Stent Graft Implanted In First Patients

Endologix (Irvine, California), a company that recently merged with TriVascular (Santa Rosa, California), announced that its Ovation Alto Abdominal Stent Graft System has been implanted in two patients for the first time. Still an investigational...Show More Summary

Biosense Webster’s THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH SF Ablation Catheter Approved by FDA

Biosense Webster, a part of J&J, is releasing its THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH SF Catheter in the U.S. following FDA approval. The device is used along with the company’s flagship CARTO 3 during cardiac ablation procedures to treat atrial fibrillation. Show More Summary

Levita Magnetic System Eliminates an Incision for Some Laparoscopic Surgeries

Having received regulatory approval in Europe and now de novo clearance in the U.S., Levita Magnetics, a company headquartered in San Mateo, California, is releasing its magnetic surgical system. The instrument is inserted like other...Show More Summary

U.S. Navy Modifies Bacteria to Produce Tiny Biowires

At the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research scientists genetically modified Geobacter, a common soil bacteria, to produce highly conductive nanowires that may be used for miniature biomedical applications. The bacteria normally produces a conductive filament, but it’s not very good, only letting a small amount of current through. Show More Summary

Nintendo Wii Board to Help Balance Exoskeleton Users

Exoskeleton technology is a promising one for paralyzed people to get up on their feet and start walking. Though they may look like autonomous robotic devices, the exoskeletons are controlled by the user and still require balance skills to not fall over. Show More Summary

A Novel Regenerative Bandage for Hastening Healing of Diabetic Wounds

Chronic diabetic foot ulcers, which can be notoriously difficult to treat, affect 15% of diabetic patients, causing severe pain and a reduction in quality of life.  The complications of diabetic foot ulcers can be severe, necessitating amputation and in some circumstances causing death. Show More Summary

Edwards Transcatheter Valves Now Available for A Lot More Patients

Edwards Lifesciences (Irvine, CA) won an important approval from the FDA to make the company’s two transcatheter heart valves be available for many patients who are not at extreme mortal threat from open heart surgery or serious post-op complications. Show More Summary

Interscatter: New Technology for Implanted Device Communication

Electronic medical implants, if they are to have wireless connectivity, need a relatively powerful energy source to operate the antenna. Well, that’s an assumption that been thrown away by researchers at the University of WashingtonShow More Summary

3D Printer Hacked to Perform Fast and Cheap DNA Sequencing

Scientists at AI Biosciences, a company out of College Station, Texas, modified a 3D printer to perform automated nucleic acid extraction and DNA amplification, the crucial steps for DNA sequencing. Typically, laboratory devices that perform extraction and amplification can cost tens of thousand of dollars. Show More Summary

EVA Park Virtual World Helps Stroke Patients Regain Speaking Skills

City University London researchers have developed a game-like virtual world for people with post-stroke speech impediments to practice their communication skills. Called EVA Park, the virtual world resembles Second Life, but is focused on getting the player to communicate with characters about mundane everyday things. Show More Summary

Arineta SpotLight CT Dedicated Cardiac Scanner Coming to U.S.

Arineta, an Israeli firm, won FDA clearance to bring its SpotLight CT cardiac scanner technology to U.S. shores. SpotLight CT is a system designed specifically for cardiac imaging and is not a general purpose whole-body CT scanner. By...Show More Summary

What Memories Look Like: Researchers Imprint, Recall Groups of Coupled Neurons

Columbia University researchers have done something quite amazing with groups of neurons, but just how amazing is yet to be understood. Specifically, the investigators were able to stimulate a connected set of neurons in a living mouse...Show More Summary

Europe Clears FA100 SCCD Sequential Contraction Compression Device

FlowAid Medical Technologies, a company based in New York City, won the CE Mark in Europe for its FA100 SCCD Sequential Contraction Compression Device. The FA100 uses four electrodes stuck to the skin over the calf on each leg to generate muscle contractions that improve venous outflow from the legs. Show More Summary

SAVI SCOUT Radiation-Free Breast Cancer Localizing Seeds Cleared for Up To 30-day Implants

Cianna Medical, a firm based in Aliso Viejo, California, won FDA clearance for its SAVI SCOUT system to be used to tag breast cancer lumps up to thirty days prior to surgical removal. Typically, lumps are first identified and localized,...Show More Summary

Swarms of Bacteria Deliver Cancer Drug Directly to Tumors

Scientists at Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal, and McGill University have tinkered with flagellated bacteria, to deliver drugs to tumors. Swarms of these bacteria (Magnetococcus marinus), each having an iron-oxide crystal that...Show More Summary

Kinect 3D Camera Used to Assess Walking of MS Patients

In a recent journal of IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, researchers from McGill University in Canada have described the development of a gait assessment system based on a Microsoft Kinect 3D camera. Intended to be used...Show More Summary

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