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Antioxidant biomaterial helps vascular grafts heal

Antioxidant biomaterial helps vascular grafts heal

When a foreign material like a medical device or surgical implant is put inside the human body, the body always responds. According to Northwestern University's Guillermo Ameer, most of the time, that response can be negative and affect the device's function. [More]
Freedom portable driver receives FDA approval for use with SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Freedom portable driver receives FDA approval for use with SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

The Freedom portable driver received FDA approval on June 26, 2014 for use with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplantation in cardiac transplant candidates who are clinically stable. [More]
UCLA project receives $15M to restore lost memory functions in brain-injured people

UCLA project receives $15M to restore lost memory functions in brain-injured people

The UCLA Program in Memory Restoration has been awarded up to $15 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for a four -year project aiming to help brain-injured people restore lost memory functions. [More]
Trauma device and reconstructive joint implant market in Latin America expected to reach $1.75 billion by 2022

Trauma device and reconstructive joint implant market in Latin America expected to reach $1.75 billion by 2022

Decision Resources Group finds that the market for trauma devices and reconstructive joint implants in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico will be driven by favorable demographics, high numbers of motor vehicle accidents and improving access to health care, which will allow more patients to undergo these procedures. [More]
State highlights: Calif. rejecting 'free money'; N.C. Medicaid changes, problems; Ill. readies employer contraception coverage vote

State highlights: Calif. rejecting 'free money'; N.C. Medicaid changes, problems; Ill. readies employer contraception coverage vote

Consumer advocates and some legislators were surprised and frustrated when California health officials recently refused a $6 million donation to help people re-up their Medi-Cal health coverage. Now two senators have proposed an unusual solution: a bill to force the state to accept the offer from The California Endowment (Gorman, 7/4). [More]
New way to combat bacterial biofilm formation with titanium encrusted with gold nanoparticles

New way to combat bacterial biofilm formation with titanium encrusted with gold nanoparticles

Bacteria love to colonize surfaces inside your body, but they have a hard time getting past your rugged, salty skin. [More]
Merck reports results from global EMEND Phase 3 study for CINV prevention in pediatric cancer patients

Merck reports results from global EMEND Phase 3 study for CINV prevention in pediatric cancer patients

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced results from a global, investigational Phase 3 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of EMEND (aprepitant) in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in pediatric cancer patients, aged 6 months to 17 years. [More]
Light-sensitive molecule enables noninvasive silencing of neurons

Light-sensitive molecule enables noninvasive silencing of neurons

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells. This technique requires a light source to be implanted in the brain, where it can reach the cells to be controlled. [More]
Owens & Minor signs definitive agreement to acquire Medical Action Industries

Owens & Minor signs definitive agreement to acquire Medical Action Industries

Owens & Minor, Inc., a leading healthcare logistics company, and Medical Action Industries Inc., a leading producer of custom procedure trays (CPTs) and minor procedure kits, announced today that the two companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Owens & Minor will acquire all outstanding shares of Medical Action for $13.80 per share in cash, representing a total transaction value of approximately $208 million, including assumed debt, net of cash. [More]
Arcam receives order from DiSanto Technology for two Arcam Q10 systems

Arcam receives order from DiSanto Technology for two Arcam Q10 systems

Arcam, listed on NASDAQ OMX, has received an order for two Arcam Q10 systems from the strategic partner DiSanto Technology Inc. in the US. The systems will be used for manufacturing of orthopedic implants. [More]
Scientists create bone material from human stem cells to improve patient's welfare

Scientists create bone material from human stem cells to improve patient's welfare

Bone defects, like a damaged femoral head, are usually replaced by metal implants. This has many disadvantages, but now scientists in Germany have created bone material from human stem cells that could bring significant improvement to the patient's welfare. [More]
Bioengineer wins NIH grant to advance brain-computer interface technology

Bioengineer wins NIH grant to advance brain-computer interface technology

Less than two years ago, a brain-computer interface designed at the University of Pittsburgh allowed Jan Scheuermann to control a robotic arm solely with her thoughts. Using the arm to bring a chocolate bar to her mouth and taking a bite was a sweet victory for Scheuermann, who has quadriplegia. [More]
Cardiac Lead Extraction celebrates 25-Year anniversary at Cardiostim

Cardiac Lead Extraction celebrates 25-Year anniversary at Cardiostim

A quarter century ago, doctors treating patients with implanted cardiac pacemakers had a big problem. Their patients were outliving the complex electrical devices that gave them an acceptable quality of life. [More]
New study aims to improve quality of life of people wearing dental implants

New study aims to improve quality of life of people wearing dental implants

Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) is managing a trialĀ¹ into the quality of life of people wearing dental implants. The trial is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit Programme. [More]
Sacral nerve stimulation for patients with birth defect

Sacral nerve stimulation for patients with birth defect

Heather Rayser, 16, has a colon that does not function properly and as a result, she has never been to high school and has been on home hospital care for nine years. [More]
Novel bone implants can keep germs at bay

Novel bone implants can keep germs at bay

Hospital germs can be fatal, since they are resistant to antibiotics. As a result, alternative methods of defense against bacteria are in demand. Fortunately, a German-French research team has been able to develop bone implants that keep the germs at bay. [More]
New framework for monitoring oral cancer development, progression, recurrence

New framework for monitoring oral cancer development, progression, recurrence

Each year, approximately 22,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. The five-year survival rate of 40% in the U.S. is one of the lowest of the major cancers, and it has not improved in the past 40 years. [More]
Complete analysis of small bone and joint orthopedic devices in the U.S. market

Complete analysis of small bone and joint orthopedic devices in the U.S. market

Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: U.S. Market for Small Bone & Joint Orthopedic Devices [More]
Research report on the U.S. large-joint reconstructive implant market

Research report on the U.S. large-joint reconstructive implant market

Decision Resources Group finds that the United States large-joint reconstructive implant market will grow to a value of $8.8 billion in 2022, primarily as a result of the aging population because the elderly are most at risk of developing severe osteoarthritis. [More]
Tech Collective invites applications and nominations for 2014 Rhode Island Bioscience Awards

Tech Collective invites applications and nominations for 2014 Rhode Island Bioscience Awards

Tech Collective, Rhode Island's Bioscience and Information Technology industry association, today announces the launch of its 2014 Rhode Island Bioscience Awards. [More]