Magnetic fields can destroy biofilms on implants: Here’s how

Alternating magnetic fields may be the key to fighting bacteria that grows on artificial joints, according to new research from the University of Texas Southwestern. Researchers at UT Southwestern claim that short exposure to high-frequency alternating magnetic fields (AMF) has the potential to destroy bacteria that ends up in biofilms growing on the surface of

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

This LED-based device predicts radiation skin damage

Researchers at UC Irvine’s Beckman Laser Institute are developing imaging to predict the skin damage that breast cancer patients will experience from radiation treatment, The Optical Society reported today. “We use visible and near-infrared light at very low power and project it onto the breast. We are trying to characterize the skin damage during radiation

MedTech Chat podcast: Expanding recovery for breast cancer survivors with AirXpanders

Scott Dodson is the CEO and President of AirXpanders. AirXpanders is an emerging medical device company to watch in the U.S. Based in Palo Alto, AirXpanders has developed a technology that improves the breast cancer reconstruction process for women and is currently under review with the FDA. By employing a revolutionary new tissue expander, the

Repairing cartilage may heal horribly broken bones

Stem cells could one day be stimulated to make a special type of cartilage to help repair large, hard-to-heal bone fractures, which would be a potential boon for doctors treating big-money athletes, University of Southern California (USC) researchers said. Gage Crump, senior author, and his colleagues used the regeneration of zebrafish jawbone to show that