World’s first total penis and scrotum transplant performed at Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Many soldiers returning from combat bear visible scars, or even lost limbs, caused by blasts from improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Some servicemen also return with debilitating hidden injuries—the loss of all or part of their genitals. The Johns Hopkins reconstructive surgery team that performed the country’s first bilateral arm transplant in a wounded warrior…

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Graphene spikes on implants can kill harmful bacteria

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A tiny layer of graphene flakes becomes a deadly weapon and kills bacteria, stopping infections during procedures such as implant surgery. This is the findings of new research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, recently published in the scientific journal Advanced Materials Interfaces. ​Operations for surgical implants, such as hip and knee replacements or dental…

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FDA Demands Medical Devices to up their Security!

  The US Food & Drug Administration plans to ask Congress for more funding and regulatory powers to improve its approach towards medical device safety, including on the cybersecurity front. An FDA document released this week reveals several of the FDA’s plans, including the desire to force device makers to include mandatory update systems inside…

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Miniature Human Brains Implanted in Mice Skulls Grow for Months

The mice behaved just like others of their kind, as far as scientists could tell, and they also looked the same — except for the human mini brain that had been implanted into each rodent’s own cortex, made visible by a little clear cover replacing part of their skull. The report on Monday by scientists…

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TissueGen discusses use of drug-loaded fibres

Dr Kevin Nelson, TissueGen’s founder and CSO, will be presenting on the latest advancements in extrusion technology, which are enabling the next generation of drug delivery, at BIOMEDevice Boston, this week. Dr Nelson will discuss how the evolution of the medical device industry has brought drug delivery to the forefront of the market. More than…

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Hair-Sized Fiber-Optic Probe Measures Temperatures Deep Inside the Brain

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a tiny fiber-optic probe that can measure temperatures deep inside the body, while imaging structures in the region of interest. The probe, which has a similar thickness to a human hair, could help researchers to investigate the effects of drugs that raise temperatures in specific parts of…

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Costa Rica Seeing Rapid Growth in Medical Device Sector

Costa Rica

Advant Medical a global leader in Medical Device contract services and manufacturing solutions, recently announced a significant investment for its expansion into Costa Rica. The Costa Rican expansion saw the opening of a 13,000 square foot facility with a 2,200 square foot, Class 8, cleanroom with capacity to manufacture Class I, II, III Medical Devices.…

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AirAlle Medical Device for Head Lice

Head Lice

Chelmsford, Massachusetts, April 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lynn Smith spent most of her career marketing advances in medical technology as a sales and business development executive for biotech companies. When the Smith family was confronted with head lice for the first time, and traditional solutions failed, she turned to a proven medical device solution…

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Medical Devices Sector Showing Signs of Recovery

Medical Devices

MIXiii-BIOMED 2018 Conference chair Ruti Alon: The pendulum has to move back to medical devices, after a decade in which the sector was starved of financing. For almost a decade, companies in the medical devices sector have lacked financing. Is this era about to end? A report published this month by rating agency Moody’s signals…

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FDA Keeps Contraceptive on Market After it Makes Women Sick

Last month, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb met with a group of women who’ve been knocking on the agency’s door for years. Online, they’re known as E-sisters: women who were implanted with the permanent “non-incisional” contraceptive called Essure, which consists of metal coils that are implanted into the fallopian tubes and contain nickel. The E-sisters…

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