Medtech Week Recap: Research Demonstrates how Copper Can Prevent Horizontal Transmission of Genes

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Research from University of Southampton has demonstrated that copper can prevent horizontal transmission of genes (HGT), which contributes to antibiotic-resistant infections. Previous studies have focused on experiments in vivo, but this research is different because it focuses on how pathogens persist in the environment, and especially on touch surfaces.

Medtech Week Recap: Bone Developed from Human Embryonic Stem Cells Could Have Therapeutic Applications

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Researchers have grown bone from human embryonic stem cells. The research could have applications in therapies to replace bone tissue.

BMJ Editor Defends Hip Implant Article

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

An article about metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants that was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in February continues to stir controversy. The article has resulted in a heated debate between BMJ and DePuy. DePuy claims that the article was "unnecessarily alarmist" and included several incorrect facts, while omitting other ...

Metal-Free Hip Implant Incorporates New Combination of Materials to Provide High Durability

Monday, May 7th, 2012

A European Commission-funded project titled ENDURE focuses on developing a new type of hip implant that is metal-free and provides bone-like elasticity. An international team of ten partners, which include companies, research organisations and universities, collaborated to develop a hip implant that demonstrated good wear resistance in initial tests. During the ...

Medtech Week Recap: Cordless Portable Device Developed by Fraunhofer Researchers Could Power Medical Implants

Monday, April 9th, 2012

A cordless portable device developed at Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems can supply power to medical devices without touching them. The device can be attached to a belt and carried by the user.

Medtech Week Recap: EU Project to Investigate Risks of Nanomaterials

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Researchers from the University of Limerick in Ireland have joined the Sanowork research project, a nanomaterial project funded by the European Commission. The project is a collaboration between eight academic and public research institutions and five nanomaterial manufacturers. It will look at the environmental and health risks of nanomaterials. On the ...

Certain Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Need to Be Monitored for Life, MHRA Says

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

New advice from MHRA and a BBC Newsnight/British Medical Journal investigation are causing more concern about the risk of metal-on-metal hip implants. Several major recalls of these types of implants have demonstrated the risk of metal debris that can cause complications such as inflammation. Now MHRA has issued guidance to ...

Sensor Monitors Patient Recovery In Vivo

Monday, February 27th, 2012

An implantable sensor that provides surgeons with detailed, real-time information from a surgery site could lead to more accurate assessments of a patient’s recovery. Developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by Faculty Researcher Eric Ledet, the sensor is attached to commonly used orthopaedic musculoskeletal implants such as rods, plates or prostheses. Scalable, ...

Nanodiamonds Could Improve Safety of Metal Hip Implants

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Hip replacement can provide great relief for patients with damaged hips, reducing pain and discomfort associated with everyday activities. Unfortunately, hip implants can also result in implant failure. The recent metal-on-metal hip recalls have demonstrated the risks of metal debris that is released due to joint wear, causing tissue damage ...

Medtech Week Recap: Qualcomm Offers US$10 Million for Developers that Create Real Version of Star Trek Tricorder Device

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Last week, the Consumer Electronics Show took place in Las Vegas. At the show, Qualcomm introduced a US$10 million competition through its X Prize Foundation. The foundation offers this prize to anyone who develops a device similar to the Tricorder featured in Star Trek, a device used to diagnose medical ...

Dixons Surgical Instruments Invests in Machining Centre and Tooling from System 3R

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Dixons Surgical Instruments (Wickford, United Kingdom), has invested in a vertical machining centre from System 3R (Vällingby, Sweden) to keep up with the increased demand for an orthopaedic ring fixator system for the repair of limb bones. The external Ilizarov stainless steel system is used to lengthen and reshape limb bones, ...

Discovery Could Extend Lifetime of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

A study by researchers from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, United States), Rush University Medical Center, (Chicago, Illinois, United States) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) found that a layer of graphitic carbon forms on metal-on-metal hip implants. The discovery could eventually improve the performance of these types of implants, since ...