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Surgery and Surgical Robotics
Scalpel Found Inside Body 4 Years After Surgery at CT Veterans Hospital
Glenford Turner had surgery in 2013 at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Connecticut. Four years later, according to a new lawsuit, doctors discovered that a sharp metal surgical instrument had been accidentally left inside the Army veteran’s body. “It’s perplexing to me how...
January 17, 2018
Surgery and Surgical Robotics
A Robotic Implant Could Treat Congenital Disorders in Babies
When implanted, a new robot is able to promote tissue growth by pulling and tugging at organs. It may sound alarming, but this new device could revolutionize the way doctors treat esophageal atresia, a congenital defect in which part of the esophagus is missing at...
January 17, 2018
Diagnostics & Healthcare News
Medical device companies brace for return of Affordable Care Act tax
During the three years that the government collected a tax on sales of medical devices, Maple Grove’s Inspire Medical Systems never turned a profit on its sleep apnea treatments. CEO Tim Herbert says the company could have had 12 to 15 more employees...
January 12, 2018
Biologics, Wound Care, Infection Prevention
Interview with Lukas Weidenbacher on “Spray-On” Muscle Fibers
Few patients with heart failure are fortunate enough to receive a donor’s heart. Ventricular assist devices (or heart pumps) have been around for several years and are designed to buy time as patients wait for a transplant. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t always tolerate...
January 11, 2018
Cardiovascular / Cardiology
Cardiovascular Benefits of Using a Sauna
A research group from the University of Eastern Finland has published a series of studies demonstrating regular sauna bathing may be associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, sudden cardiac death, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to a press release. The group’s...
January 11, 2018
Diagnostics & Healthcare News
FDA Clears First Medical Device Accessory for Apple Watch®
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — AliveCor, the leader in FDA-cleared personal electrocardiogram (EKG) technology, today announced FDA clearance of KardiaBand in the U.S., allowing Apple Watch users to discreetly capture their EKG anytime, anywhere in order to quickly detect normal sinus heart rhythms...
November 30, 2017
Cardiovascular / Cardiology
Soft Robotic Cardiac Assist Device for One-sided Heart Failure
Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a novel robotic cardiac assist device designed to assist patients with one-sided heart failure. The device combines soft actuators with a rigid brace that penetrates into the heart’s intraventricular septum, to provide gentle but robust pumping...
November 29, 2017
Orthopedics and Spine
Kevlar Cartilage to Help with Joint Injuries
It can be difficult to fully recover from knee injuries or other damage to your joints, if just because there hasn’t been an artificial replacement for cartilage that can withstand as much punishment as the real thing. That may not be an issue in the long run,...
November 28, 2017
Diagnostics & Healthcare News
When the Doctor’s Mother Has Cancer
“I want you to talk to me like I’m one of your patients, not like I’m your mother.” My mom’s familiar voice came over the car’s speakers via the Bluetooth connection to my phone as I drove home. She had left a voicemail...
November 7, 2017
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