Total disc replacement could have a problem: Here’s why

Total disc replacement (TDR) has the potential to replace fusion as the gold standard for treatment of painful degenerative disc disease. However, complications after TDR have been associated with wear and tear, including accelerated polyethylene wear. Retrieval data published in 2012 revealed that the wear and tear, called impingement issues, have occurred in many designs, which can lead

Growing human hearts: The answer is spinach leaves?

We could soon be using spinach to grow human hearts, thanks to new research from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Arkansas State University. One of the problems that researchers have faced is how to create a vascular system that can deliver blood deep into developing tissues. There hasn’t been much success

The top medtech stories of early 2017

The new Trump administration and Republican Congress – and all the accompanying change and uncertainty –is the major story for the medical device industry. But there are many other medtech stories worth noting from the first quarter of 2017. There was an FDA warning over Abbott’s Absorb bioresorbable stent, a continued spate of M&A deals, a

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The stem cell therapy that could reverse hearing loss

Frequency Therapeutics is betting that it can change the lives of millions of Americans with hearing loss through a cell therapy that triggers the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Researchers have used cells in regenerative medicine for decades – in 1931, the father of cell therapy, Paul Niehans, treated a patient with material from

How to make ultrasound zap tumors in a moving organ

Researchers led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing think they’ve overcome the challenges standing in the way of using ultrasound to kill cancer tumors in organs that move with breathing. Until now, health practitioners have mostly limited ultrasound to treating prostate cancer, bone metastases and uterine myoma, according to the Fraunhofer Institute (Bremen, Germany). Organs

Failure to thrive: Lessons learned from medtech innovations that missed the mark

Some of the medical device industry’s most heralded disruptors wound up being its biggest failures. Here’s what we can learn from their mistakes. Fink Densford, Associate Editor No one in medtech sets out to fail. No one invests in building a device believing that, despite years of research and development, it won’t make the cut.

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Why surgical stapling is a hot medical device product

The global increase in laparoscopic surgeries, particularly bariatric, is leading to a greater reliance on surgical staples, says a report on the Surgical Stapling Devices Market from Future Markets Insight. Close to $2 billion worth of surgical stapling devices were sold in the world last year, and revenues are expected to double by the end of 2026. Time savings,

MR Solutions offers MRI imaging solution for cardiologists

MR Solutions has created 9.4 tesla cryogen-free, preclinical scanners that are ideal for use among cardiologists. The new helium-free Flexiscan and Powerscan scanners are powerful and have multi-modality by integrating PET and SPECT capabilities. The Flexiscan doesn’t need a specialist to operate and can be used by running pre-defined settings. The SPECT image system works by

Arch Therapeutics liquid device stops bleeding immediately

Arch Therapeutics has developed a technology it says is able to control bleeding and leakage during surgery and trauma. The technology, known as the AC5 surgical hemostatic device, is able to stop bleeding immediately, with a elapsed time of 10 seconds. Other methods of hemostasis take anywhere between 180 and 300 seconds. Dr. Terrance Norchi,

This new hydrogel can regrow bone in skulls

Researchers in Illinois say they were able to regrow bone to repair a hole in a mouse’s skull. The researchers, based at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, think their work could lead to significant improvement in the care of people with severe skull or face trauma. They say they were able to regenerate skull bone

Healthcare robots: 5 ways they are getting even better

Think robots and healthcare, and surgical robotics often comes to mind. But there are so many other ways that robotics is transforming modern health settings. In addition to revolutionizing surgery, researchers and companies have explored robots for hospital logistics, disinfecting, nursing, exoskeletons for rehabilitation, and prosthetic limbs. A recent research report by Tractica predicts that the

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Turns out knee surgery can hold even in heavier patients

Increased body mass index is actually a poor predictor of whether a common type of knee surgery, meniscal repair, will fail, according to new research out of Ohio State University. The results matter because experts assumed that BMI plays a role when it came to the roughly 15% of meniscal repairs that fail, said Dr. David

Disposable lead wires market to reach nearly $1 billion

Use of disposable lead wires is growing globally, and sales are expected to reach $999.4 million by 2025. As reported by Grand View Research, a key factor driving growth is the rising incidence of hospital-acquired infections. North American hospitals are by far the largest sector of disposable lead wire adopters. Care centers with remote monitoring

Medtech stories we missed this week: March 3, 2017

Several clinical study results were published this week, while other companies reached distribution deals. Here are some medtech stories we missed this week but were still worth mentioning. 1. Health Canada approves Ventripoint’s complete heart analysis system for 2D ultrasounds Ventripoint Diagnostics received a license from Health Canada for its new VMS-Plus machine and the 4-chamber

9 cardiology breakthroughs you need to know

Cardiology breakthroughs couldn’t come soon enough because heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. About 610,000 Americans die of heart disease per year, and an additional 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack. The statistics terrify. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are some of the top

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