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Henry Schein invests in Iwase Dental Supply

Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today that it has invested in Iwase Dental Supply, Inc., a leading full-service provider of dental consumables, implants and equipment in Japan. [More]
SynCardia Systems wins 2014 New Economy Award for Best Medical Device Company

SynCardia Systems wins 2014 New Economy Award for Best Medical Device Company

SynCardia Systems, Inc., which manufactures the world's only FDA (United States), Health Canada and CE (Europe)-approved Total Artificial Heart, has won the 2014 New Economy Award for Best Medical Device Company. [More]
Amedica, Spinal Kinetics sign strategic agreement for silicon nitride spinal interbody fusion devices

Amedica, Spinal Kinetics sign strategic agreement for silicon nitride spinal interbody fusion devices

Amedica Corporation, a biomaterial company that has developed silicon nitride ceramics as a material platform to manufacture and commercialize orthopaedic implants, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a multi-year private labeling agreement with Spinal Kinetics, a leading innovator of advanced artificial spinal disc technology. [More]

Dentists at Encino Esthetic Dental Group offer new treatments for patients with TMJ disorders

The team of dentists at Encino Esthetic Dental Group are excited to announce that they now offer new treatments for patients that suffer from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders. A new appliance called the NTI is a night guard that covers only the front teeth to increase overall comfort when wearing. [More]
I.V. lidocaine can protect mastectomy patients against chronic pain

I.V. lidocaine can protect mastectomy patients against chronic pain

More than two-thirds of women who have had mastectomies struggle with persistent pain, but it doesn't have to be that way. [More]
New surface coating for medical devices prevents blood from clotting

New surface coating for medical devices prevents blood from clotting

From joint replacements to cardiac implants and dialysis machines, medical devices enhance or save lives on a daily basis. However, any device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges that can threaten the life of the patient the device is meant to help: blood clotting and bacterial infection. [More]

BioHorizons launches MinerOss X for dental implant site development procedures

BioHorizons, an oral reconstructive device company, today announced the launch of MinerOss X, a family of xenograft products for dental implant site development procedures. The MinerOss X family includes cancellous or cortical particulate, a moldable collagen block, and a cancellous particulate pre-loaded into a delivery syringe to assist with optimal placement. [More]
Chronic contact allergy from metal orthopedic implant linked to aggressive form of skin cancer

Chronic contact allergy from metal orthopedic implant linked to aggressive form of skin cancer

In rare cases, patients with allergies to metals develop persistent skin rashes after metal devices are implanted near the skin. New research suggests these patients may be at increased risk of an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer. [More]
Arizona resident receives donor heart transplant after living with SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Arizona resident receives donor heart transplant after living with SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Randy Shepherd, an Arizona resident nicknamed the "tin man," has received a donor heart transplant after 15 months of support from the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. [More]

Financial ties between doctors and health firms explored

Federal data shows that doctors and other health care professionals made more than $212 million in speaking and consulting for drug and device makers in the five months at the end of last year, reports The New York Times. [More]

Lucideon announces successful development of bioceramics for bone repair

As a partner in the EU-funded Bio-Bone project (Bioceramics for Bone Repair) Lucideon is pleased to announce that the pan-European consortium has successfully developed phosphate-glasses (p-glasses) with biomaterial properties for bone repair. [More]
Access to long-term contraception lowers teen pregnancy rates, study says

Access to long-term contraception lowers teen pregnancy rates, study says

The study counseled young women on the benefits of using long-lasting contraceptives like intrauterine devices and hormonal implants. [More]
Asia Pacific dental implant market predicted to grow exponentially through 2023

Asia Pacific dental implant market predicted to grow exponentially through 2023

Decision Resources Group finds that the Asia Pacific dental implant market—including Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea—will expand at a strong rate through 2023. [More]
Decision analysis techniques can help women sort through breast reconstruction options

Decision analysis techniques can help women sort through breast reconstruction options

Decision analysis techniques can help surgeons and patients evaluate alternatives for breast reconstruction-leading to a "good decision" that reflects the woman's preferences and values, according to an article in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
MU study reinforces importance of early hearing interventions

MU study reinforces importance of early hearing interventions

Infants' vocalizations throughout the first year follow a set of predictable steps from crying and cooing to forming syllables and first words. However, previous research had not addressed how the amount of vocalizations may differ between hearing and deaf infants. [More]
Zimmer, MiMedx ink distribution agreement

Zimmer, MiMedx ink distribution agreement

MiMedx Group, Inc., an integrated developer, processor and marketer of patent protected regenerative biomaterials and bioimplants processed from human amniotic membrane, announced today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Zimmer, Inc. [More]
Abbott announces initiation of ABSORB IV heart stent clinical trial

Abbott announces initiation of ABSORB IV heart stent clinical trial

Abbott announced today the start of the ABSORB IV clinical trial, which will test whether its Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) is more cost-effective and offers a higher quality of life than a best-in-class, permanent, metallic drug eluting stent. [More]
UT Southwestern offers new, innovative four-flap breast reconstruction after mastectomy

UT Southwestern offers new, innovative four-flap breast reconstruction after mastectomy

UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of only two places in the world that offers a new, innovative and highly successful approach to breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. [More]
Four new styles of MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants get FDA approval

Four new styles of MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants get FDA approval

Mentor Worldwide LLC, the U.S. market leader in breast aesthetics, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved four additional styles of the MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants, expanding its suite of silicone breast implant products. [More]
Research roundup: Prevention services for seniors; drug shortages

Research roundup: Prevention services for seniors; drug shortages

This policy brief reports the findings of a systematic review conducted by the Community Health Innovations in Prevention for Seniors (CHIPS) project. ... Clinical preventive services such as colorectal cancer screening and pneumococcal immunization can help reduce rates of premature death and disability. Yet, many older adults are not receiving the full set of clinical preventive services that have been proven effective and are considered "high value" in terms of their costs per life saved. Rates are particularly low among racial and ethnic minority older adults compared to national goals. [More]