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Researchers map out surgical anatomy, approaches for auditory brainstem implant placement

Researchers map out surgical anatomy, approaches for auditory brainstem implant placement

A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can't benefit from cochlear implants. A team of US and Japanese experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches for auditory brainstem implantation in the June issue of Operative Neurosurgery, published on behalf of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
MIT researchers find way to develop implantable devices that can avoid scar-tissue buildup

MIT researchers find way to develop implantable devices that can avoid scar-tissue buildup

Biomedical devices that can be implanted in the body for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing can help improve treatment for many diseases. However, such devices are often susceptible to attack by the immune system, which can render them useless. [More]

HRS 2015: Additional data supports SJM quadripolar cardiac resynchronization therapy system

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the presentation of important data around its SJM™ Quadra CRT System during the Heart Rhythm Society's (HRS) 36th annual scientific sessions. Multiple presentations showcase improved clinical outcomes, increased survival and better cost utilization with the St. Jude Medical quadripolar cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) system. [More]

Illinois chemists develop new technique for making tiny silicone microspheres

Technology in common household humidifiers could enable the next wave of high-tech medical imaging and targeted medicine, thanks to a new method for making tiny silicone microspheres developed by chemists at the University of Illinois. [More]
New MGH-developed technology may extend benefits of MRI in patients with implanted devices

New MGH-developed technology may extend benefits of MRI in patients with implanted devices

New technology developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited. [More]
Lucideon and European partners awarded €3.9m to train industry PhD researchers to develop drug-free antibacterial materials

Lucideon and European partners awarded €3.9m to train industry PhD researchers to develop drug-free antibacterial materials

Lucideon, the materials technology company, together with 9 European consortium partners, has been awarded €3.9m (£2.8m) grant by the European Commission to train industry PhD researchers for the development of drug-free antibacterial materials used for medical applications, such as wound care and implants. [More]
Long-term histrelin implant shows promise for central precocious puberty

Long-term histrelin implant shows promise for central precocious puberty

Long-term subcutaneous histrelin implant therapy is a viable option for patients with central precocious puberty who require continuous gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue therapy, say researchers. [More]

HeartWare International's revenue increases 5% to $70.0 million in first quarter 2015

HeartWare International, Inc., a leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart failure, today announced revenue of $70.0 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, a five percent increase compared to $66.5 million in revenue for the same period of 2014. [More]
Zimmer Holdings reports net sales of $1.13 billion for first quarter 2015

Zimmer Holdings reports net sales of $1.13 billion for first quarter 2015

Zimmer Holdings, Inc. today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. The Company reported first quarter net sales of $1.13 billion, a decrease of 2.3% reported and an increase of 4.5% constant currency compared to the first quarter of 2014. [More]
Novel subdermal implant delivering potent ARV drugs shows promise in stopping HIV

Novel subdermal implant delivering potent ARV drugs shows promise in stopping HIV

Is the end of HIV near? Findings published this week in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy report that a novel, subdermal implant delivering potent antiretroviral (ARV) drugs shows extreme promise in stopping the spread of HIV. [More]
Men who receive brachytherapy more likely to be cancer-free five years later

Men who receive brachytherapy more likely to be cancer-free five years later

Results from a randomised controlled trial to compare the use of permanent radioactive implants (brachytherapy) with dose-escalated external beam radiotherapy in patients with prostate cancer show that the men who received brachytherapy were twice as likely to be cancer-free five years later. [More]
FDA announces voluntary recall of Zimmer knee product

FDA announces voluntary recall of Zimmer knee product

MT Services LLC, a Lawsuit Settlement News Reporting Company which operates lawsuitsettlementnews.com, announced today that the FDA announced a Class II recall for Zimmer's Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate knee implant. The recall affects all lots and sizes of the knee implant, affecting all 11,658 devices that were recalled, according to the FDA's website. [More]
Spanish scientists find apatite bioceramics from shark teeth for implants

Spanish scientists find apatite bioceramics from shark teeth for implants

Researchers from the BIOCAPS Area of 'Biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine' have managed to obtain bioceramics from shark teeth, which have already tested applications in the regeneration of bone tissue, particularly in the fields of traumatology and odontology. [More]
HeartWare Ventricular Assist System meets primary endpoint in ENDURANCE clinical trial

HeartWare Ventricular Assist System meets primary endpoint in ENDURANCE clinical trial

HeartWare International, Inc., a leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart failure, today announced that data from its first destination therapy clinical trial cohort, ENDURANCE, successfully demonstrated that the trial achieved the primary endpoint. [More]

Lucideon doubles its wear testing capabilities in the US

Lucideon has invested in a new six station knee wear testing simulator, doubling its capacity to perform knee wear testing for orthopaedic implant manufacturers and taking the total investment in this service to over £1 Million across the group... [More]
Researchers cultivate fully functional cardiac tissues from cobweb protein

Researchers cultivate fully functional cardiac tissues from cobweb protein

Genetically engineered fibers of the protein spidroin, which is the construction material for spider webs, has proven to be a perfect substrate for cultivating heart tissue cells, MIPT researchers found. They discuss their findings in an article that has recently come out in the journal PLOS ONE. [More]
Fraunhofer researchers develop cell-free substrate made of advanced fibers

Fraunhofer researchers develop cell-free substrate made of advanced fibers

Regenerative medicine uses cells harvested from the patient's own body to heal damaged tissue. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a cell-free substrate containing proteins to which autologous cells bind and grow only after implantation. [More]
Amniotic stem cells promote growth of functional blood vessels in healing hydrogels

Amniotic stem cells promote growth of functional blood vessels in healing hydrogels

Rice University and Texas Children's Hospital scientists are using stem cells from amniotic fluid to promote the growth of robust, functional blood vessels in healing hydrogels. [More]
Loyola otolaryngologist offers tips to identify, treat ear infection in children

Loyola otolaryngologist offers tips to identify, treat ear infection in children

Earaches in babies are not uncommon. But a baby's inability to communicate symptoms can leave most parents feeling helpless. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, three-fourths of babies will get at least one ear infection before the age of one. [More]
Thoratec gets final FDA approval to expand enrollment of HeartMate III U.S. clinical trial

Thoratec gets final FDA approval to expand enrollment of HeartMate III U.S. clinical trial

Thoratec Corporation, a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, today announced that it received final approval from the FDA to broaden enrollment of the HeartMate III U.S. clinical trial of up to 1,028 patients in up to 60 sites. [More]
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