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Research Shows that A Permanent Repeal of the Medical Device Tax Could Recover 28,000 Jobs for the Industry BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MARCH 3, 2017

The American Action Forum (AAF) estimates that the medtech industry could recover the 28,000 jobs that were terminated during the implementation of the the Affordable Care Act's 2.3% medical device excise tax by 2021 if Congress permanently repeals the tax... more

Interview with Dr. Michael Gelb on His New Book "GASP: Airway Health - The Hidden Path To Wellness" BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Can you tell us about your background and how you got interested in Sleep Medicine? When I took over NYU's Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders and Orofacial Pain program in 1989, I met two dental sleep specialists that changed my... more

Philips is Developing an Augmented-Reality Surgical Navigation System BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JANUARY 30, 2017

Royal Philips is developing a fully-automatic augmented-reality surgical navigation system, designed to help surgeons perform image-guided open and minimally-invasive surgeries for spine, cranial and trauma procedures. This next-generation hybrid operating room (OR) technology is the first of its kind in... more

OrthoSpace Announces Enrollment Milestone in the InSpace Pivotal Study BY EDITOR, JANUARY 17, 2017

OrthoSpace Ltd. (“OrthoSpace” or “the Company”) announced that it has surpassed the midway point for patient enrollment in its U.S. Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) pivotal study of the InSpace biodegradable balloon system for the treatment of massive rotator cuff tears.... more

Well-Controlled Clinical Study Published by Journal of Clinical Orthodontics Demonstrates Effect of Vibration on Molar Distalization Using AcceleDent BY EDITOR, JANUARY 17, 2017

OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc. announced that the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics (JCO) has published "The Effect of Vibration on Molar Distalization," a study that focused on adolescent patients. Conducted by Dr. S. Jay Bowman, this prospective, peer-reviewed clinical study concluded that... more

OrthoSpace Announces Publication of Positive Results for the InSpace System in the Treatment of Massive Rotator Cuff Tears BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 16, 2016

OrthoSpace Ltd. ("OrthoSpace" or "Company") announced a publication in the December issue of Musculoskeletal Surgery citing positive results for their InSpace System in the surgical treatment of massive rotator cuff tears (MRCTs). Patients undergoing the InSpace procedure experienced durable improvements... more

Researchers Determine that Sleep Deprivation Leads to Lower Productivity Levels and Higher Mortality Rates Among Workers and Can Significantly Impede a Country's Economy BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, DECEMBER 8, 2016

Researchers of the not-for-profit research organization, RAND Europe, determined that sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and lower productivity levels among a country's workforce, and can therefore significantly impede its economy. In this study entitled, "Why Sleep Matters... more

Researchers Demonstrate that Brain-machine Interfaces Utilized with Robotic Limbs Can Help Paraplegics Regain Partial Sensation and Muscle Control, and Therefore Walk Again BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

Researchers at Duke University published results of a clinical study in which they restored partial sensation and muscle control in the lower limbs of eight people who had been paralyzed from spinal cord injuries by utilizing brain-controlled robotics. The participants... more

Hospital for Special Surgery Tops List of Best Orthopedic Hospitals BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 3, 2016

U.S. News & World Report released their annual list of the best orthopedic hospitals in the country this week, and New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) topped the list once again in 2016. The only change in the... more

Zephyr Presents Award Winning Research at the 2016 Meetings of the ATS, AADSM an APSS BY EDITOR, MAY 17, 2016

Each June, the AADSM Research Committee recognizes outstanding research in dental sleep medicine. This year, Dr. John Remmers, Zephyr Sleep Technologies’ Chief Medical Officer has been selected as a recipient of the AADSM Clinical Research Award and the AADSM Clinical... more

Researchers Develop Neuroprosthetic Technology that Allows Amputees to Feel Textures BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, APRIL 6, 2016

Researchers at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA) institutions, in collaboration with Università di Pisa, IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Università Campus Biomedico, have developed a sophisticated tactile information/feedback system... more

Researchers Developing 3-D Printed Antimicrobial Teeth BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, FEBRUARY 24, 2016

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands are developing an antimicrobial plastic that can be 3-D printed to create replacement teeth with a capability to eliminate oral bacteria. This is a noteworthy technology because getting fitted for a... more

Researchers Develop a Superelastic Adaptive Titanium Alloy That Could Improve the Success Rate of Early-onset Scoliosis Treatments BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a new titanium shape memory alloy that could improve the success rates and significantly reduce the complications of conventional treatments utilizing spinal screw and rod systems for early-onset scoliosis. Scoliosis is defined as... more

The Medical Center at Loma Linda University Reduces Orthopedic Procedure Costs by Instituting a Rep-less Sales Model BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JANUARY 28, 2016

As a broader effort to cut medical-device costs and improve clinical quality through greater standardization of devices used in surgical procedures, a small number of hospitals around the country are collaborating with manufacturers to train their own employees to provide... more

Researchers Develop a New Synthetic Bone Grafting Polymer Derived from Cornstarch and Volcanic Ash BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, NOVEMBER 12, 2015

Researchers at Beaumont Hospital have developed a new synthetic bone grafting material that is comprised of plastic derived from cornstarch combined with Montmorillonite clay, a volcanic ash compound. The new polymer is biodegradable and dissolves in the body over an... more

Researchers Conduct Study on Non-invasive Spinal Cord Stimulation Strategy to Help Paralyzed Individuals Voluntarily Move Their Legs BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, NOVEMBER 3, 2015

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Pavlov Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, conducted the first study on utilizing non-invasive spinal cord stimulation to help achieve voluntary movement of paralyzed... more

Researchers Conduct Study on New Limb-lengthening Technique BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 25, 2015

Researchers at Loyola University Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have conducted a study on a new/alternative limb-lengthening technique that provides patients a less burdensome recovery period while maintaining good-to-excellent outcomes. This technique can help prevent the... more

Moody's Raises U.S. Medical Device Market Rating from Stable to Positive BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 20, 2015

Moody's Investors Service has raised its outlook for the U.S. medical products and devices industry from "Stable" to "Positive" due to sector mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the commercialization of new products, and an uptick in growth of hospital admissions. In... more

Researchers Utilize Nanotechnology to Develop an Antibiotic Delivery Approach to Protect Orthopedic and Dental Implants from Infection BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JULY 23, 2015

Researchers at the University of Sheffield demonstrated that the application of small quantities of antibiotics to the surface between the polymer layers of orthopedic and dental implants can help prevent bacteria and other harmful microorganisms from attaching, and subsequently growing... more

Hospital for Special Surgery Tops List of Best Orthopedic Hospitals BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JULY 21, 2015

U.S. News & World Report released their annual list of the best orthopedic hospitals in the country this week, and New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) topped the list once again in 2015. The only change in the... more

Researchers Develop a Novel Graphene-based Ink with the Ability to 3-D Print Medical Devices BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 4, 2015

A team of researchers at Northwestern University have developed a novel graphene-based ink that can be utilized to three-dimensionally print large, robust 3-D structures, like scaffolds. Three-dimensional printing of graphene structures has been attempted unsuccessfully before, but with low overall... more

Researchers Develop Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment that Eliminates the Need for Drugs BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JANUARY 9, 2015

Researchers at the at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam are assessing a new treatment methodology for rheumatoid arthritis that can eliminate the need for patients to take drugs. The novel treatment involves a pacemaker-style bioelectronics device that is implanted... more

Researchers Reveal Nasal Septum Cells’ Ability to Treat Articular Cartilage Defects BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

A team of researchers at the University and the University Hospital of Basel, revealed that cartilage cells extracted from the nasal septum, called nasal chondrocytes, not only are able to adapt to the environment of the knee joint, but also... more

Researchers Develop a New Delivery Approach for Bone Regeneration BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 28, 2014

A team of researchers at MIT have developed a new approach to bone regeneration and reconstruction called "layer-by-layer assembly". The approach utilizes a very thin, porous, nanostructured, biodegradable poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) scaffold sheet that incorporates a polyelectrolyte multilayer coating containing active... more

Researchers Develop New Shape-memory Polymer for Craniomaxillofacial Reconstruction BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 21, 2014

A team of researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a new shape-memory polymer (SMP) for craniomaxillofacial (head, face or jaw) reconstruction and filling of bone defects. The "self-fitting" material expands with warm salt water and molds to the precise... more

FDA Initiates Educational Program to Stimulate Faster Medical Device Development BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JULY 23, 2014

The FDA initiated its National Medical Device Curriculum, a program that will be utilized to educate students and entrepreneurs about the agency's process for evaluating medical devices. The program will provide students at academic institutions and science and technology innovators/entrepreneurs... more

Study Determines Medtech Innovations Contribute $23B in Annual Savings to the U.S. Economy BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JULY 22, 2014

According to a new report published by the Milken Institute, the benefits of medical technology contribute a net added benefit of $23 billion per year for the U.S. economy by counteracting the fiscal impact of chronic disease. In the study,... more

Researchers Utilize Laser Therapy to Regenerate Tooth Dentin BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 16, 2014

A new study conducted by a team of researchers from Harvard University and published in Science Translational Medicine, demonstrated that lasers are able to regenerate parts of damaged teeth and in the future, be used to prevent root canal treatments.... more

Study Links Rise in Total Knee and Hip Replacement Volumes to Obesity, Especially In Younger Adults BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 11, 2014

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), an increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity levels in the U.S. accounted for 95% of the higher demand for knee replacements, with younger... more

Humana Sues Medtronic Over Marketing Strategy of INFUSE BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 9, 2014

Last week, Humana filed a lawsuit against Medtronic accusing the defendant of falsely representing its INFUSE Bone Graft product as "safe and effective" in spinal fusion surgeries. INFUSE is Medtronic's proprietary formulation of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2), which... more

Graphene, a Novel and Promising Biomaterial BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MAY 7, 2014

Initially derived from graphite, graphene is a metamaterial (a material artificially engineered to have unique properties not commonly found in nature) composed of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a 2-dimensional, regular hexagonal (honeycomb) lattice. Graphene was first... more

MHRA Notes a Decline in Overall Medical Device Adverse Events BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MAY 6, 2014

According to data published by the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the number of reported adverse incidents in the UK have declined 32% over the past three years from 21,729 in 2011 to 14,819 in 2013.... more

Study Demonstrates Joint Replacement Procedures are "Recession-proof" BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, APRIL 11, 2014

A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), concluded that the economic recessions experienced in the 21st century up to this point, have not substantially hindered the growth trends for hip and knee arthroplasty in... more

Researchers Conduct Study on Lizard Cartilage in Hopes of Discovering New Insights into Human Cartilage Regeneration BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MARCH 26, 2014

Unlike muscle, human cartilage does not have the ability to heal itself, and as a result of injury or disease, cartilage can become damaged or even wear away, leading to pain and discomfort. This inability to regenerate and heal cartilage... more

Stem Cell Therapy Halts DDD BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MARCH 21, 2014

Meta-analysis of pre-clinical animal studies concluded that stem cell transplant was effective treatment in halting or reversing degenerative disc disease (DDD) of the spine. The study demonstrated that stem cell therapy not only increased intervertebral disc (IVD) height, but also... more

Researchers Develop Novel Approach to Grow Cartilage BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, FEBRUARY 26, 2014

In a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of Duke University biomedical engineers developed a polymer scaffold that utilizes gene therapy vectors to induce stem cells to create the required growth factor... more

Researchers Develop an Imaging Technique to Visualize the Internal Motion of Wrist Joints BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JANUARY 16, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a novel MRI imaging technique that produces videos of wrists in motion. The dynamic imaging technique is benefitcial to diagnosing diseased joints, which are generally rather difficult to diagnose through MRI... more

Drug Device Combination Product Market to Grow to $115B BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JANUARY 7, 2014

According to a new report from Transparency Market Research, the global market for drug device combination products is anticipated to grow from $66 billion in 2012 to $115.1 billion by 2019. According to the FDA, drug device combination products are... more

Medical Device Connectivity Market to Reach $33B by 2019 BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, DECEMBER 30, 2013

According to a new report from Transparency Market Research, the global medical device connectivity (MDC) market is expected to grow from $3.5 billion in 2012 to $33.5 billion by 2019. Medical device connectivity (MDC) is used to remotely control, configure... more

Medtronic Presents 7-year Clinical Data for Artificial Disc Replacement BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, DECEMBER 12, 2013

Medtronic presented 7-year clinical and radiographic outcomes of artificial disc replacement procedures with its PRESTIGE Cervical Disc, which is a stainless steel device that articulates through a ball and trough mechanism. The study enrolled a total 541 patients and compared... more

FDA Permits Reviews of Wright Medical and FzioMed Biologic Products BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, NOVEMBER 19, 2013

Wright Medical and FzioMed received notifications from the FDA agreeing to withdraw its not approvable letters and establish Medical Dispute Resolution Panels (DRP) for the companys' Augment Bone Graft and Oxiplex Gel products respectively. Wright's Augment product is intended for... more

Researchers Discover New Knee Ligament BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, NOVEMBER 5, 2013

Two orthopedic surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have discovered a previously undescribed ligament in the human knee, first documented in a 1879 article by French surgeon Paul Segond, who postulated the existence of an additional ligament located on the anterior... more

Researchers Develop Scaffolds with Greater Biocompatibility by Using Riboflavin BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, OCTOBER 31, 2013

According to new research from a group of biomedical engineers in North Carolina, Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, could be utilized to make 3-D printed scaffolds for custom medical implants more biocompatible with the human body. Three-dimensional printing which creates finely... more

Growth of the Consumer Medical Device Marketplace Expected to Increase BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, OCTOBER 3, 2013

A new report from IHS Inc. determined that as the "baby boomers" generation ages and the health care industry evolves into a system that emphasizes wellness and prevention, the global market for consumer medical devices will grow to more than... more

Harvard to Collaborate with Charité on Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, OCTOBER 2, 2013

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has entered into a collaboration agreement with Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, in order to expedite clinical translation of new materials and tissue engineering technologies for the orthopedics and connective tissue... more

rhBMP-2 Linked to Higher Rates of Benign Tumor Development BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

In recent years, the use bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) has come under scrutiny. A study published in Spine, found a rise in the prevalence of off-label use of BMPs, determining that between 2003 and 2007, the annual number of procedures... more

Researchers Develop Transparent Ceramic Skull Implant BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside, have developed a novel transparent skull implant that they hope will eventually provide new treatment options for patients with life-threatening neurological disorders, such as brain cancer and traumatic brain injury.... more

New Study Quantifies Societal Benefits of Knee Arthroplasty BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 28, 2013

As stated by Dr. John Tongue, former President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), when a knee arthroplasty (replacement) is performed on patients at the appropriate time, it adds "tremendous" value in improving one's quality of life, allowing... more

Gender: An Important Parameter for Personalized Medicine BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 26, 2013

The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has launched its Health of Women Program, an initiative focused on improving women’s access to, and outcomes from, treatments incorporating medical devices. The initiaitive highlights that: 1) Women are less frequently... more

3-D Bioprinting as a Means of Developing Soft Tissue Structures BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 23, 2013

There has been a rise in the levels of interest revolving around the potential of 3-D printers to develop living tissue structures. Such technology could transform the world of medicine as we know it, eventually making it possible to construct... more

Bioactive Glass Scaffolds Demonstrate Potential as Weight-bearing Implants BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 1, 2013

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a type of glass implant that could one day be used to repair injured bones in the arms, legs and other areas of the body that are most subject to... more

Positive Outlook Predicted for European Medtech Industry BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 1, 2013

Through various market reports, researchers and industry professionals are predicting an overall positive outlook for the medtech industry in the European Union. The European Medtech Market is estimated at a size of €100 billion ($133 billion) and is growing approximately... more

Cholesterol-lowering Statins Could Lead to Musculoskeletal Injuries BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 25, 2013

A report published by JAMA Internal Medicine determined that while utilizing cholesterol-lowering statins can lower cardiovascular illnesses and death, it could also lead to musculoskeletal arthropathies and injuries associated with a wide variety of clinical presentations, including muscle weakness, muscle... more

Medtronic Announces the Publication of the Yale Review of INFUSE BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 19, 2013

Medtronic announced the publication of two highly anticipated independent reviews overseen by Yale University regarding its INFUSE Bone Graft product, the company's proprietary formulation of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2). The results of both analyses, published in the June... more

Study Determines Medtech Expenditures in U.S. Remain Low in Relation to Overall Health Care Costs BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 11, 2013

According to a new study conducted by the Canadian Health Policy Institute (CHP), medical device costs make up less than 5% of the United States' total healthcare spending, a portion that has increased less than 1% from 2006 to 2011.... more

Report Reveals Orthopedic Surgeons Top the List of Physician Incomes BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MAY 7, 2013

The latest Physician Compensation Report, conducted by Medscape, revealed that the majority of physicians' incomes are increasing with Orthopedic surgeons leading the way. In the industry report, 21,878 U.S. doctors in 25 specialties were surveyed on questions pertaining to their... more

Researchers Develop Material with the Potential to Promote Bone Formation BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, FEBRUARY 11, 2013

Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton have discovered an amalgamation utilizing stem cells and a new lightweight plastic that can support bone formation. In the study, published in Advanced Functional Materials, the researchers determined that by combining bone... more

SPORT Data Demonstrates Obese Patients Realize Less Clinical Benefit from Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JANUARY 3, 2013

It has been well documented that obesity exacerbates the strain exerted on and deterioration of a person's musculoskeletal system, and leads to a greater probability of lower back pain, facet arthritis and degenerative disc disease. Though, the link between obesity... more

TKA Improves Function, Irrespective of BMI BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 22, 2012

A new study demonstrates that obese patients who undergo total knee arthroplasty for the treatment of OA report similar functional improvements following surgery as normal-weight patients. The data challenges recent U.K. policies limiting access to the procedure based on BMI. The paper's introduction states that U.K. healthcare organizations have recommended "arbitrary thresholds [for surgical candidacy] unsupported by the literature and based on body mass index," which the U.K. implemented to help reduce healthcare costs. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 7-June-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 7, 2012

J&J/Synthes deal may close next week ... Mindray to acquire controlling interest in Chinese orthopedic manufacturer ... FDA clear's Medicrea's LigaPASS ... K2M launches MESA Small Suture implant ... SNN voluntarily withdraws the optional metal liner component of its R3 Acetabular System ... ISTO receives U.S. patent ... SYK close to settling DOJ investigation into OtisKnee ... SANUWAVE comments on preclinical data more

Clinical Roundup May 2012 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 10, 2012

Use of fibrin sealant QUIXIL in TKAs ... The accuracy of imaging in spine surgery ... ACL revision data from Denmark ... Ankle surgery and weight loss ... More surgeons working for hospitals more

Can Oral Bacteria Cause a Joint Replacement to Fail? BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 25, 2012

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University may have found a potential link between gum disease and joint health, with particular implications for failing joint replacements. Working collaboratively, dental, orthopedic and arthritis specialists tested the DNA in synovial fluid in 36 patients with both native and replacement joints. Some samples showed the presence of oral bacteria in the fluid, which the scientists suggest could be contributing to aseptic loosening or excessive wear in joint replacement patients when no infection is present. more

Spine Publishes Oxiplex IDE Data BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 17, 2012

FzioMed announced today that the journal Spine has published results from the Oxiplex pivotal clinical study. Oxiplex is an absorbable gel that is applied to epidural tissue during lumbar laminectomy, laminotomy and discectomy procedures to prevent the formation of adhesions post-operatively. Adhesion barriers are intended to the reduce pain, radiculopathy and lower extremity weakness associated with the formation of scar tissue after surgery. more

Clinical Roundup April 2012 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 9, 2012

Cemented vs. uncemented hip hemiarthroplasty ... Returning to running after hip resurfacing surgery ... Adipose-derived stem cells in skeletal muscle-healing in a rat model ... Cortoss IDE results in vertebroplasty ... Patterns of disc degeneration ... Are local anesthetics associated with chondrotoxicity? more

Dental News Roundup March 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 2, 2012

Periodontal treatment lowers medical costs for diabetics ... Millennium Dental, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry renew partnership with the Seattle Study Cub ... Nobel Biocare to host scientific symposia for anniversary of osseointegration more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-Mar-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 29, 2012

Mazor reports earnings .... Omni Surgical raises $27M ... Relievant Medsystems raises $30M ... FDA warning letters for Lucero Medical, Orthopedic Alliance and Spinal Solutions ... Benvenue Medical launches Blazer Vertebral Augmentation System ... Aperion Biologics completes enrollment in Z-Lig ACL study ... Benvenue Medical announces enrollment of 250th patient in KAST (Kiva System) study ... Ascendx Spine inks distribution deal in Austria, Germany and Switzerland more

Survey: FDA Scientists Address Leadership, Outside Influences, Decision Delays and More BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 9, 2012

A group called the Union of Concerned Scientists published a survey of 997 FDA scientists designed to evaluate "scientific integrity" at the agency, with questions covering resources, leadership and external influences. The UCS reports that responses have improved overall since the survey was last conducted in 2006, with more than twice as many respondents saying they believed the agency was "moving in the right direction". Further, 22% more respondents agreed that "FDA leadership is as committed to product safety as it is to bringing products to the market," which aligns with the change in tone that accompanied Margaret Hamburg's administration. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 8-Mar-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 8, 2012

Corin, MAKO report earnings ... NLT Spine raises $5.7M ... Baxano receives CE mark for iO-Flex ... Synthes receives FDA warning letter ... Amedica launches Procet Facet Allograft Implant ... Crosstrees Medical completes enrollment in IDE study for VCF treatment ... Titan Spine creates EU subsidiary ... Vexim establishes German subsidiary more

Clinical Roundup February 2012 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 27, 2012

Defining conservative treatment in VCF cases ... Obesity and large joint outcomes ... Optimizing TKR rehab ... Navigation in TKR ... A review of PRP data ... Predicting recovery of walking ability in hip fracture patients more

Study: Why Women Have More ACL Injuries BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 16, 2012

Studies have shown that women may be up to five times more susceptible to ACL tears than men. Since that trend surfaced, researchers have been speculating as to the cause, and potential reasons included more laxity in the ligament or that women have weaker or smaller ligaments compared to men. Now a new paper suggests that geometry has more to do with the risk of ACL damage than gender. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 19-Jan-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 19, 2012

ZMH acquires Synvasive Technology ... Carticept, DiFusion announce funding rounds ... KFx announces ACL study results ... MedShape launches ExoShape Soft Tissue Fastener ... VG Innovations releases VerteLoc v2.5 ... Stryker settles OP-1 charges ... Zyga Technology appoints president and CEO more

"Rapid Growth" of Knee Replacement in Younger Patients BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 17, 2012

Researchers in Finland have identified a 130-fold increase in incidence of total knee arthroplasty among Finnish patients younger than 59 years of age between 1980 and 2006. These data help to quantify the trend of younger patients undergoing knee replacement procedures while illustrating the need for more data on the long-term durability of knee devices. more

New Feature: Clinical Roundup BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 15, 2011

Today we're launching a new feature: we'll be summarizing some of the latest research and clinical data from the top musculoskeletal journals. more

Post-DOJ Settlement, Researchers Note Changes in Payment Patterns BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 26, 2011

A news study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine sought to analyze changes in payments to orthopedic surgeons following five orthopedic manufacturers' 2007 settlement with the DOJ. What they found between 2007 and today was a decrease in the number of surgeons paid, an increase in the absolute dollar value of payments and a "need for clearer specific requirements for disclosure" from surgeons, companies and institutions. more

Study: Device Tax Could Threaten Jobs, Innovation BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

A new study evaluating the 2.3% device industry excise tax quantifies some of the potential harm the tax may cause. Mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the tax is scheduled to go into effect in 2013. more

Cornell Researchers' Engineered Spinal Discs Show Promise BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 9, 2011

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated how Cornell researchers managed to engineer an artificial disc made from a collagen scaffold, a synthetic gel nucleus and living sheep cells. The discs were evaluated in a small animal model. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 7-Jul-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 7, 2011

Amplitude sold to Apax France . . . ARTC sells vertebroplasty products . . . SpineVision raises $5M . . . Medtronic launches CD HORIZON Fenestrated Screw in Europe . . . RTI Biologics launches BioAdapt DBM Foam . . . DFINE study suggests lower cement leakage rate for Radiofrequency Targeted Vertebral Augmentation . . . MEDICREA to launch pilot study for GRANVIA-C cervical disc more

Spine Journal Dedicates Latest Issue to Infuse Controversy BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 29, 2011

The backlash against Infuse is escalating this week with the announcement that the Spine Journal would dedicate its June issue to bias in published data on Infuse. In addition to highlighting the under-reporting of adverse events, the journal argues for improvements in transparency and disclosure requirements in the scientific literature. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 9-Jun-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 9, 2011

Brainlab to acquire Voyant Health . . . FDA clears ARTC's Spartan 6.5 Needled Anchor . . . Mazor Robotics launches next-gen Renaissance system . . . DFINE comments on VCF study results . . . Senators request investigation of PODs . . . Arteriocyte announces army stem-cell research project more

Dental News Roundup May 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 31, 2011

Astra Tech bids due next week . . . Nobel Biocare reportedly interested in Camlog . . . Align announces Cadent interoperability . . . NIH appoints director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research . . . Straumann names CFO more

Rural Patients More Likely to Undergo Surgery BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 24, 2011

Researchers at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center were surprised to discover that Medicare patients in rural areas were more likely to undergo a variety of surgical procedures compared with their urban counterparts. The results of the new study, published this month in the Archives of Surgery, may challenge the idea that patients in urban areas have better access to care, but questions remain unanswered about surgical outcomes, whether patients are getting surgery they don't need or the overall health of patients in rural areas. more

New Diagnostic Can Show Implants at Risk for Failure BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 3, 2011

Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery have collaborated to develop a polymer-based contrast agent that can identify inflammation that may predict implant failure in joint replacement patients. more

Depression Intensifies Symptoms of OA BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 18, 2011

A study published this week in JBJS found a link between the severity of OA symptoms and depression. The authors found that patients reporting severe pain were more likely to be depressed, and this was particularly true of patients with less-severe disease. The data helps to explain the discrepancy between reported symptoms and what shows up on an X-ray. more

Spurred by Recent Studies, House Panel Investigates Impact of Device Regulation BY SANDER DUNCAN, FEBRUARY 25, 2011

The House Energy and Commerce panel recently held a hearing on the “Impact of Medical Device Regulation on Jobs and Patients.” The hearing follows a trio of studies from Boston Consulting Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Stanford University which detail inefficiencies in the U.S. device approval process and the subsequent drag on medical innovation. more

Dental News Roundup January 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 31, 2011

Align announces 4Q:10 . . . The Carlyle Group acquires Integrated Dental Holdings . . . Glidewell Laboratories' Inclusive Custom abutments now compatible with Astra Tech's implant system . . . Periodontal bacteria linked to respiratory infections . . . Align, Cadent to develop software for Invisalign . . . Dentsply makes donation to NYU more

Genetics a Factor in Lumbar Disc Disease BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 25, 2011

A new study published this week in JBJS found a genetic component for lumbar disc disease. Reviewing data from more than 2.4 million patients in Utah, the researchers identified familial clusters of disc disease, offering new insight into an ailment that is estimated to cost more than $100 billion annually. more

Dental News Roundup November 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 30, 2010

Sirona reports F4Q:10 . . . Nobel Biocare extends debt facility . . . Align receives FDA warning letter . . . BioMers launches SimpliClear Full orthodontic system in Singapore . . . NYT weighs in on cone-beam scanners . . . Nobel Biocare donates EUR 2.5 million to the P-I Branemark Institute Bauru in Brazil . . . Vident partners with the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies . . . BIOMET 3i launches new website for the Journal of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry more

JBJS Publishes 10-Year Data on Metal-on-Metal Hips BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 29, 2010

Adding to the body of literature on hip resurfacing is a new level-four study published in JBJS. The paper emphasized that the best outcomes were associated with appropriate patient and implant selection, with the authors concluding from a case series that metal-on-metal resurfacing does offer long-term device survival in young, active patients. more

UCLA Scientists Receive $5.4M Grant for Stem Cell Research BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 3, 2010

California's state stem cell agency awarded a $5.4 million grant to UCLA orthopedic surgery professors Dr. Bruno Peault and Dr. Chia Soo, who will conduct their research at UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. Drs. Peault and Soo will use the funds to form and regenerate bone from adipose-derived stem cells. more

Study Finds Diagnostics and Narcotics Overutilized for the Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 27, 2010

A healthcare utilization survey conducted in North Carolina found that just over 2% of the adult population suffered from chronic neck pain, and in analyzing the non-surgical treatments reported by those patients, the study's authors determined that certain treatment modalities in common use may not align with current best evidence. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 30-Sept-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

InVivo Therapeutics planning a reverse merger . . . MiMedx to raise $5.0 million . . . FDA clears ArthroCare's Parallax device to treat VCFs . . . Osseon Therapeutics announces 1,000-patient milestone . . . AAOS releases clinical guidelines for vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty . . . ProChon reports BioCart Autologous Cartilage System outcomes . . . RepRegen releases in vivo StronBone data more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 16-Sept-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

NUVA lowers guidance . . . HydroCision acquired by three VC firms; new President and CEO appointed . . . TiGenix closes seed financing round for new pharma spinoff . . . Creaspine, Ranier Technology receive CE mark clearances . . . Medtronic introduces Kyphon Cement Delivery System in Europe . . . SpineAlign Medical introduces European Observational Registry for the VerteLift System . . . Medtronic wins certain rulings in ongoing patent infringement suit brought by Synthes . . . Synthes sues Biomet, former sales rep more

Infection Risk in Musculoskeletal Cases BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010

Though infections currently affect only a fraction of musculoskeletal patients, they do increase costs and lead to poorer outcomes, as emphasized in a new review article in JBJS. Infections can be attributed to a number of reasons, including resistant pathogens, hospital overcrowding and understaffing and inadequate hand-washing, and despite policy initiatives designed to prevent infection, the authors caution that infection rates are projected to increase in the coming decades. more

Patient Outcomes Similar for Gender-Specific and Conventional Knees BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 24, 2010

Patients who received both a gender-specific and a conventional knee replacement had similar outcomes and reported no preference between the two, according to new data published in JBJS. more

Hip Fracture Repair, TKA Cases are Leading Generators of Adverse Events BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 17, 2010

With increasing pressure on physicians and hospitals to improve surgical quality, researchers at the University of Michigan set out to determine where orthopedics departments should focus their efforts. The authors identified which procedures generated the most adverse events by reviewing cases performed at hospitals participating in the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program between 2005 and 2007, observing that just a handful of procedures resulted in the vast majority of adverse outcomes. more

New Study Shows Efficacy of Vertebroplasty BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 10, 2010

A year after two New England Journal of Medicine studies shook up perspectives on vertebroplasty, new data has been released showing the efficacy of the procedure and emphasizing some of the shortcomings of the NEJM papers. more

Michigan Scientist Develops New Nanotube Coating for Implants BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 20, 2010

A Michigan Tech Ph.D. candidate may have discovered a less expensive way to roughen the surface of titanium medical devices. Cells don't adhere to the smooth surface of untreated titanium, so devices are typically treated to give them a rougher surface before implantation. Instead of etching platinum into a device surface, which can cost $1,700 per ounce, Tolou Shokufar has devised a way of anodizing the material using a titanium alloy and copper. more

Physicians Fail to Disclose $4 Million in Industry Payments BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 23, 2009

The New England Journal of Medicine published a report earlier this month self-disclosure of industry payments among orthopedists. The study population was physicians presenting or serving as committee or board members during the 2008 AAOS annual meeting, where about 21%... more

Fewer Adverse Events in Daytime Trauma Surgery BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009

A new study in JBJS found slightly increased complication rates among patients who had after-hours orthopedic trauma surgery, emphasizing the impact of overtired clinicians and more limited hospital resources at night. Researchers enrolled 203 patients who presented in the ER... more

JBJS: Orthopedics in 2020 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009

An article in JBJS outlined the evolving need for musculoskeletal care in the coming decade, addressing changes in demographics, disease incidence, treatment modalities and delivery of orthopedic services. These factors illustrate some of the growth drivers in orthopedics and help... more

Protein May Predict Severe Osteoarthritis BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 18, 2009

Researchers have identified a protein marker that predicts the onset of severe OA, according to a study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. Seeking an OA predictor apart from age and weight, scientists focused on vascular cell adhesion molecule... more

Stem Cells Generate Replacement Tooth in a Mouse Model BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 13, 2009

Researchers in Japan have successfully used stem cells to grow a tooth in a mouse model in what the Wall Street Journal calls "the first time scientists have developed a fully functioning three-dimensional organ replacement." The replacement tooth's structure, hardness... more

Circulating Blood May Help Generate Bone BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 28, 2009

A new study published in the journal Stem Cells found that circulating blood may hold the potential to generate bone. Scientists evaluated blood samples from patients with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP, a rare genetic disorder where bone forms outside the... more

Total Knee Arthroplasty is Cost-Effective BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 24, 2009

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine affirmed the cost-effectiveness of total knee replacements in elderly patients, finding that the procedure cost $18,300 per quality-adjusted life year (or QALY) gained. The threshold for cost-effectiveness is usually estimated... more

Teriparatide (Forteo) May Accelerate Bone Healing BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 15, 2009

Teriparatide, a recombinant form of parathyroid hormone marketed by Eli Lilly as Forteo, has been shown to stimulate stem cell production and accelerate the healing of fractured bones, according to study data presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society meeting in... more

With Applications Beyond Vertebroplasty, Bone Cement Offers Pain Relief for Cancer Patients BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 6, 2009

Patients suffering crippling pain from metastatic cancer or even "benign" conditions like rheumatoid arthritis may find relief in a minimally-invasive treatment called osteoplasty. Similar to vertebroplasty, osteoplasty is the injection of bone cement into cancerous lesions in the skeleton, and... more

Ozone Injections Could Reduce Back Pain BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 25, 2009

Yes, that ozone. The molecule that filters UV rays in the atmosphere and is a pollutant on the ground could have applications for reducing back pain, according to new studies out of Europe. Over the past five years, it is... more

JBJS Surveys Physicians about Surgical Errors BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 19, 2009

In a survey of 917 members of the AAOS, more than half reported observing surgical errors in the past six months. The study, published in JBJS, highlighted some of most frequent mistakes and described initiatives by the AAOS and others... more

Geron Study Marks a New Era for Stem Cell Research BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 27, 2009

Geron announced this week that it received an FDA green light to initiate a human clinical study for their embryonic stem cell treatment for spinal cord injuries. The cell formulation, known as GRNOPC1, will be injected in up to 10... more

SPORT Data Quantifies Cost-Effectiveness of Laminectomy, Fusion BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 5, 2009

Using the data collected from the SPORT trial, researchers at Rush University Medical Center evaluated the cost-effectiveness of spinal surgery in stenosis patients with and without spondylolisthesis. The study considered the direct and indirect costs of laminectomy and fusion against... more

Driving After Musculoskeletal Injury BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 16, 2008

A new study published in JBJS considers how driving plays into patient outcomes following musculoskeletal injury. Interestingly, despite the relatively high rate of auto accidents in the general population, there are no firm guidelines for when a patient should resume... more

Serotonin May Regulate Bone Growth BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 1, 2008

Serotonin, most commonly known as the brain chemical that makes you happy, may play a different role in the body--regulating bone growth, according to new research in the journal Cell. This study focused on serotonin produced in the gut as... more

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery for OA... Is It Worth It? BY JOHN MCCORMICK, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that more or less said "no". In cautionary scientific parlance, the study concluded that "arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee provides no additional benefit to optimized physical and... more

Histogenics Raises $9mm BY JOHN MCCORMICK, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008

A cartilage company raising venture money is a not-so-common development in the world of sports medicine. In this instance, Waltham, MA based Histogenics just announced it has raised $9 million from venture investors. Of interest, Stryker was included in the... more

FzioMed's Oxiplex "Not Approvable" According to FDA Panel BY DAVID KRESSEL, JULY 16, 2008

On Tuesday, we attended the FDA's Orthopaedic & Rehabilitative Devices Panel, Oxiplex/SP was voted "Not Approvable" by a 5-2 vote, based largely on the sponsoring company's inability to definitively demonstrate product effectiveness. The two dissenters would have voted it "Approvable... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-May-08 BY ARMELLE WIART, MAY 29, 2008

M&A Kinetic Concepts, Inc. announced that it completed its acquisition of LifeCell Corporation. At the time of the expiration of the tender offer, 31.1 million shares of LifeCell common stock had been tendered representing approximately 90.75% of the outstanding shares... more

The New York Times Questions Prodisc, Surgeons, Hospitals, Industry and FDA BY DAVID KRESSEL, JANUARY 30, 2008

In the January 30th issue of the New York Times, healthcare reporter Reed Abelson takes a critical look at spine surgery, and in particular a novel device called Prodisc in an article titled "Financial Ties Are Cited as Issue in... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-Jan-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 10, 2008

M&A ArthroCare Corp. acquired DiscoCare, Inc., whom the company describes as "a third-party billing and reimbursement service provider," for $25 million in cash plus potential future milestone payments. The company says, "This acquisition will allow ArthroCare to significantly expand its... more

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