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Biologics, Wound Care, Infection Prevention
Israeli PolyPid Ready for Clinical Trials of Anti-Infective Surgical Products
PolyPid expects to use a $22 million cash infusion to get its surgical drug reservoir lead candidate into Phase III testing, while completing a trial for its doxycycline-loaded synthetic bone substitute. The latter, for BonyPid-1000, is expected to be sufficient to gain a...
March 4, 2016
Cardiovascular / Cardiology
Settlement Reached with 51 Hospitals for Allegedly Improperly Implanting ICD’s
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Feb. 17 that it had reached settlements worth a total of more than $23 million with 51 hospitals in 15 states for allegedly improperly implanting implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) cardiac devices in Medicare patients. The claims...
March 4, 2016
Diagnostics & Healthcare News
Bidding Nearing End on Sale of Toshiba Medical Device Unit
Battle-weary Toshiba is barreling toward the finish line in a sale of its medical device unit, and fellow Japanese device maker Fujifilm could emerge the winner in a potential $6 billion deal. The second round of bidding for Toshiba’s medical equipment unit closes Friday...
March 4, 2016
Orthopedics and Spine
Distracted Walking – 2016 Public Service Announcement 
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) today unveiled its 2016 public service announcement (PSA) campaign which will be distributed to more than 8,000 media outlets across the country. This year’s multimedia program—television, radio and print PSAs—warns Americans on how to prevent serious...
March 3, 2016
Orthopedics and Spine
Medtronic Spine is Still Hobbled Over 
Medtronic reported its fiscal third quarter financial results on Tuesday where it reported slightly lower-than-expected revenue, most likely because of currency fluctuations. Most analysts described the results as solid, but one analyst’s question to Medtronic’s CEO, Omar Ishrak, underscored the nagging under performance...
March 3, 2016
Surgery and Surgical Robotics
Could Mesh Sutures Reduce Incisional Hernias
Incisional hernias are among the most common complications of abdominal wall closures. A landmark study found that about 20% of patients developed an incisional hernia after a laparotomy (Chirurg2002;73:474-480). Failures of high-tension repairs may come down to the inability of sutures to reliably...
March 3, 2016
Surgery and Surgical Robotics
Endoscope Maker Olympus Agrees To $646 Million Settlement Over Kickbacks
Medical device maker Olympus Corp., already under federal investigation for its role in superbug outbreaks, has agreed to pay $646 million to resolve criminal and civil probes into illegal kickbacks and bribes to doctors and hospitals. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that the company’s...
March 3, 2016
Surgery and Surgical Robotics
Bariatric Surgery Safe, Effective for Lower-BMI Patients With Diabetes 
Los Angeles—It’s been a decades-long effort to have bariatric surgery accepted as a safe, effective treatment for people who are morbidly obese. Now, a new study presented at ObesityWeek 2015 suggests that bariatric procedures also should be considered a safe, effective treatment for...
February 26, 2016
Biologics, Wound Care, Infection Prevention
Diabetes exacerbates loss of gray matter, cognitive function in Parkinson’s patients
  Diabetes seems to hasten the loss of gray matter in the brains of Parkinson’s patients, and the effect is readily observable in the frontal lobes, where higher mental processes such as decision-making take place, according to a small study published online Feb....
February 22, 2016
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