Current Headlines

  1. Microwave Imaging System Could Improve Breast Cancer Screening
    12/18/2014

    As a possible complement to routine mammography, a new microwave imaging system may be able to detect whether a lump is benign or malignant. The system provides 3D reconstructions of tissue, which are obtained without compressing the breast.

  2. Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Demonstrates Power Of Prosthetics
    12/18/2014

    Using just her thoughts, a quadriplegic woman used a robotic arm to pick up objects with diverse shapes and orientations. The mind-controlled robotic device she used operated in 10-dimensional space and illustrated the technology’s potential to improve the quality of life for many patients.

  3. Philips To Acquire Volcano Corporation For $1.2 Billion
    12/18/2014

    Royal Philips NV recently announced that it has agreed to purchase catheter-based imaging company Volcano Corporation for $1.2 billion in cash, or $18 per share. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015 after regulatory and customary closing conditions are met.

  4. Zapping Vocal-Cord Cancer With Lasers Proven Effective In Long-Term Study
    12/18/2014

    A pioneering laser treatment for early vocal-cord cancer has shown promise as a long-term cure for the disease. In addition to being as effective as traditional approaches at curing tumors, the treatment developed at Massachusetts General Hospital is also able to spare the patient’s vocal cords and ability to speak.

  5. 3D Printed Implant Promotes Meniscus Regeneration
    12/17/2014

    Replacing the knee’s meniscus, the protective layer that the joint slides on, has been approached in a novel way by Columbia University researchers. The team printed a personalized 3D scaffold, and loaded it with growth factors that helped turn it into a collagen-like tissue when implanted. Tested successfully in sheep, it could provide a long-lasting repair option to millions of patients.

  6. Researchers 3D Print LED Into Contact Lens
    12/17/2014

    As a proof-of-concept for new 3D printing techniques, a Princeton team has developed a contact lens that projects beams of light. The researchers embedded a light-emitting diode (LED) into a contact lens, which demonstrated the flexibility and power of their new 3D printing approach.

  7. New DARPA Program Seeks Novel Neuromodulation Treatments
    12/17/2014

    A new research program from DARPA is focused on developing groundbreaking methods of maximizing immunological, physical, and mental health through neuromodulation. Currently, the agency is seeking proposals to help restore and maintain the health of military service members and veterans without surgery or drugs.

  8. Medtronic Launches New Biofragmentable Nasal Packing Stent
    12/17/2014

    Medtronic Inc. recently launched the NovaShield injectable and biofragmentable nasal packing stent. The gel-based nasal packing is designed to decrease post-operative bleeding and prevent adhesions in nasal structures in patients who undergo functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS).

  9. BD Chairman, President And CEO Vincent Forlenza Named Chairman Of AdvaMed’s Board Of Directors
    12/17/2014

    The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) recently announced that BD Chairman, President and CEO Vincent A. Forlenza has been named chairman of the AdvaMed Board of Directors for a two-year term.

  10. FDA Approves Integra LifeSciences’ Meshed Dermal Regeneration Template
    12/17/2014

    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq:IART) today announced the expansion of its skin and wound product line with the introduction of Integra® Meshed Dermal Regeneration Template.

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