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Natural proteins could be used to test new replacement hip, knee joints

Natural proteins could be used to test new replacement hip, knee joints

A new study suggests that natural proteins can be used to effectively test new replacement hip and knee joints in the laboratory. The work could help with improving design in order to reduce wear and tear and increase the lifespan of such prosthetics. [More]
Action on Hearing Loss funds new study to discover ways of preventing deafness caused by cancer drug

Action on Hearing Loss funds new study to discover ways of preventing deafness caused by cancer drug

A widely used anti-cancer drug, cisplatin, can cause permanent and severe hearing loss, having a devastating impact on the quality of life for cancer survivors. [More]
Pediatric feasibility study results set stage for clinical trial of world’s first bioabsorbable heart valve enabling Endogenous Tissue Restoration

Pediatric feasibility study results set stage for clinical trial of world’s first bioabsorbable heart valve enabling Endogenous Tissue Restoration

One-year follow-up results from a pediatric feasibility study of Xeltis bioabsorbable cardiovascular pulmonary graft have been presented as late-breaker at the 96th American Association for Thoracic Surgery annual meeting today. [More]
Mazor Robotics signs strategic commercial and investment agreements with Medtronic

Mazor Robotics signs strategic commercial and investment agreements with Medtronic

Mazor Robotics Ltd., a leading developer of innovative bone mounted surgical robotic guidance systems, today entered into two strategic agreements with Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT). One agreement is a two-stage, multi-faceted, commercial agreement for co-promotion, co-development and, upon meeting certain milestones, potential global distribution of certain Mazor products. The second agreement is for an equity investment by Medtronic in Mazor. [More]
First-ever clinical trial of bioabsorbable cardiovascular device in children shows promise

First-ever clinical trial of bioabsorbable cardiovascular device in children shows promise

Current cardiovascular valve or blood vessel implants are generally associated with a number of complications, have limited efficacy over time, and may necessitate repeated interventions over a patient's lifetime, especially when implanted in a young child. [More]
Researchers develop bio-glass material that mimics real cartilage

Researchers develop bio-glass material that mimics real cartilage

Scientists have developed a material that can mimic cartilage and potentially encourage it to re-grow. [More]
Non-invasive 3-D virtual heart assessment tool can help predict arrhythmia risk in patients

Non-invasive 3-D virtual heart assessment tool can help predict arrhythmia risk in patients

When electrical waves in the heart run amok in a condition called arrhythmia, sudden death can occur. To save the life of a patient at risk, doctors currently implant a small defibrillator to sense the onset of arrhythmia and jolt the heart back to a normal rhythm. [More]
lncRNA in placenta may help protect unborn baby from invading pathogens

lncRNA in placenta may help protect unborn baby from invading pathogens

The human placenta is an organ unlike any other. During the course of nine months it is formed by the embryo, sustains life and then is shed. [More]
Blend of pulverized natural bone and man-made plastic can create 3D printed replacement bones

Blend of pulverized natural bone and man-made plastic can create 3D printed replacement bones

To make a good framework for filling in missing bone, mix at least 30 percent pulverized natural bone with some special man-made plastic and create the needed shape with a 3-D printer. That's the recipe for success reported by researchers at The Johns Hopkins University in a paper published April 18 online in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. [More]
New 3D-printed talus replacement surgery to treat avascular necrosis provides life-changing experience

New 3D-printed talus replacement surgery to treat avascular necrosis provides life-changing experience

The talus is the part ankle that allows the foot to move in all different directions. High impact injuries like falls, or traffic accidents can cause the talus bone to be fractured, and a high percentage of these injuries result in avascular necrosis (AVN)—the death of the bone. In a first-of-its-kind procedure using 3D printing technology, internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Myerson, Director, The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center, explains how a talus replacement, tailored to the patient's specific dimensions, can result in a "life-changing experience" for the patient. [More]
Innovative noise reduction technology SEDA helps tackle babble signals from cochlear implants

Innovative noise reduction technology SEDA helps tackle babble signals from cochlear implants

Wearers of cochlear implants and hearing aids often have difficulty teasing out what someone is saying over "babble" -- the cacophony of other talkers -- and other ambient sounds. New York University researchers have devised a novel solution: an algorithmic approach that, like making drinkable water from pond water, distills the talker's voice from a turbid wash of noise. [More]
Muscle & Nerve study links intramuscular fat with BMI and physical activity levels

Muscle & Nerve study links intramuscular fat with BMI and physical activity levels

Ultrasound-estimated percent intramuscular fat of muscles in the lower extremity was inversely associated with physical activity level and positively associated with body mass index in a recent study. [More]
New inexpensive technology can effectively sterilise medical implants

New inexpensive technology can effectively sterilise medical implants

International researchers led by the University of Bath have demonstrated a cheap, effective and environmentally-friendly way to sterilise medical implants without changing their properties, in contrast to some techniques. [More]
BGU researchers develop innovative anti-biofilm coating for medical, industrial applications

BGU researchers develop innovative anti-biofilm coating for medical, industrial applications

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed an innovative anti-biofilm coating, which has significant anti-adhesive potential for a variety of medical and industrial applications. [More]
Researchers successfully use stem cells to promote nerve fibre regeneration after spinal cord injuries

Researchers successfully use stem cells to promote nerve fibre regeneration after spinal cord injuries

Researchers from Hokkaido University in Japan together with an international team of scientists implanted specialized embryonic stem cells into the severed spinal cords of rats. [More]

Bodycote's Derby, UK facility becomes first in Europe to receive MedAccred accreditation

Bodycote, the world’s largest heat treating services provider, is pleased to announce that its Derby, UK location is the first facility in Europe to earn the MedAccred accreditation underlining the high standards of quality achieved. [More]
Ariste Medical develops drug-eluting mesh for more effective open hernia repair

Ariste Medical develops drug-eluting mesh for more effective open hernia repair

Ariste Medical has revealed new research outlining the company’s novel method for addressing medical device failure in open ventral hernia repair. [More]
Orthopedic wear and mechanical testing webinar to be hosted by Lucideon

Orthopedic wear and mechanical testing webinar to be hosted by Lucideon

Lucideon, the international materials technology company, together with Knight Mechanical Testing, is hosting a webinar entitled ‘Wear and Mechanical Testing of Hips and Knees - What the Standards Don’t Tell You’ on the 28th April at 3PM (UK time) 10AM (EST). [More]
Antimicrobial silicon nitride holds promise as therapeutic aid for treating periodontitis

Antimicrobial silicon nitride holds promise as therapeutic aid for treating periodontitis

Severe gum disease known as periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, and treating it remains a challenge. But new approaches involving silicon nitride, a ceramic material used in spinal implants, could be on the way. The surface of silicon nitride has a lethal effect on the bacteria that commonly cause periodontitis. Now scientists, reporting in ACS' journal Langmuir, are examining why this happens. Their findings could help inform future efforts to treat the disease. [More]
Electrical stimulation of deep brain structures to ease chronic pain

Electrical stimulation of deep brain structures to ease chronic pain

Abuse of prescription opioid medicines used to treat chronic pain has reached epidemic proportions, so much that the White House has announced new efforts to combat addiction and prevent the thousands of overdose-related deaths reported in the U.S. each year. [More]
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