CTL Medical wins FDA clearance for titanium cage device

CTL Medical Corp. (Dallas) recently announced that it has secured FDA clearance for its new Matisse titanium ACIF cage implant for spine fusion surgery. The device, which includes CTL Medical’s proprietary TiCro surface technology, has 200% greater endplate contact surface area, according to CTL. The Matisse also has bone-conforming geometry for better mechanical locking at the

Integer Holdings: What you need to know

Greatbatch and Lake Region Medical merged nearly two years ago to become Integer Holdings Co., a giant medical device contract manufacturer that could theoretically do almost anything for an OEM. But can this colossus of a company execute on its expanded capabilities? When Greatbatch and Lake Region Medical merged in 2015, company officials decided they

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This artificial heart is made from silicone

Researchers have developed an artificial heart made of silicone that beats almost like a human heart, according to new research from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH). The ETH researchers set out to develop a heart that looks like the real time and functions like one too. It was designed by Nicholas Cohrs, a doctoral student in

7 ways neurostimulation could make our lives better

Neurostimulation is being used for a lot of different things that go beyond motor disorders and diseases. Neurostimulation is used to stimulate certain parts of the brain’s nervous system. It can be invasive with implants or it can be non-invasive with electrode-filled caps and ear clips. The neurostimulation market was worth an estimated $1.9 billion

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Patients don’t have to lose weight for joint replacement surgeries

Obese patients who are having knee or hip replacement surgery don’t need to lose weight prior to surgery to reap the benefits, according to a new study from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “Our data shows it’s not necessary to ask patients to lose weight prior to surgery,” said Wenjun Li, lead author on

Could this algorithm be better at diagnosing arrhythmia than cardiologists?

A new algorithm that can go through hours of heart data to detect arrhythmia performs better than trained cardiologists, according to new research from Stanford University. The algorithm gathers data from wearable monitors to find life-threatening irregular heartbeats and allows for data to be sorted through in remote areas where there is a scarcity of

Brain implants last longer if they’re smaller: Here’s how

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have recently suggested that if electrodes implanted in the brain were smaller, the devices could last much longer. Diseases like Parkinson’s disease can be treated with electrical stimulations from electrodes that have been implanted in the brain. Implanted electrodes, however, can cause scarring which can make the electrodes less effective

Integer interim CEO gets ‘interim’ removed from title

Medical device contract manufacturing giant Integer Holdings Co. said today that interim CEO Joseph Dziedzic will take over the company for good. Dziedzic is a former Integer board member who took over in March after Thomas Hook stepped down from the top spot. He’s entered into a new three-year employment agreement with the Frisco, Texas–based

These antique surgical kits will make you glad you live today

Right about now, Indiana Jones is exclaiming: “They belong in a museum!” RR Auction house recently auctioned off antique surgical kits that a Harvard Medical School founder used during the American Revolution. The two kits, plus two other post Revolution-Era items sold for $104,000, CNN reports. Two kits were owned and used by Continental Army surgeon Dr.

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Who could replace Zimmer Biomet’s CEO?

Zimmer Biomet surprised this week with the announcement that CEO David Dvorak is immediately stepping down. So who will replace him? For now, the orthopedic device giant’s SVP and CFO Dan Florin will serve as interim CEO while the company’s board searches for a new permanent CEO. It is unclear whether Florin – who was VP and

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How to power handheld surgical devices

High energy lithium metal oxide (LMO) batteries enable handheld surgical devices to be small and ergonomic, allowing surgeons to operate quickly and efficiently to reduce fatigue. Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries Battery-powered devices now span the entire medical spectrum: automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), robotic inspection systems, infusion pumps, bone growth stimulators and other wearable devices, glucose

3D printed patch grows blood vessels

A newly developed 3D printed patch helps grow healthy blood vessels, according to a new study from Boston University. Professor Christopher Chen, director of the biological Design Center at Boston University, is in the process of developing 3D printed patches that are infused with cells to grow healthy blood vessels to treat ischemia. Ischemia is

Home strep tests save time and money

Parents could save time and money by testing for strep throat at home as opposed to going to the doctor, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers also collaborated on the study. Streptococcus, also known as strep throat, causes a sore, red throat that is

Roy Smythe’s plan to transform the physician workflow with technology

Dr. Roy Smythe’s transition from the operating room to chief medical officer of health informatics at Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) wasn’t fueled by physician burnout. Rather, it was sparked by his attempt to transform healthcare from the inside out. “It’s hard to redesign the airplane while you’re flying it,” he told MassDevice.  At Philips, Smythe works to

How to treat involuntary eye movement with magnets

Magnets implanted behind the eye of a patient have been used to treat involuntary eye movements known as nystagmus, according to new research from the University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford. The research team implanted a set of magnets in the eye socket beneath each eye in a patient who has nystagmus.