+5 | The top 5 medtech stories for July 14, 2016

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Endotronix raises $32m Series C for wireless heart monitor Endotronix said today that it raised a $32 million Series C round for the wireless heart monitor it’s looking to commercialize. Participants in the round included existing backers and an unnamed strategic investor, plus BioVentures Investors, SV Life Sciences, Lumira Capital, Aperture Venture Partners and OSF Ventures, Woodridge, Ill.-based Endotronix said. Read more 4. Southlake Equity gets in on Titan Spine Titan Spine said yesterday that Southlake Equity Group put a “substantial” but unspecified amount into its coffers, as it looks to expand the commercial footprint of its Endoskeleton implants and launch its Nanolock surface technology. “We are thrilled to bring on board an investor that is equally as confident in the milestones we have achieved to date along with the near and long-term strategies and goals we have planned for the remainder of 2016 and beyond. Proceeds from this financing round will be dedicated to expanding our sales force in the U.S. and to further provide the resource...
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CONCLUSION: This small, observational registry study showed a relevant success rate of initial pituitary surgery in patients with confirmed acromegaly. Initial tumour size and postoperative IGF-1 levels help to risk stratify patients regarding expected outcomes. In the case of disease persistence, a multimodal approach using drug and radiotherapy is mandatory. PMID: 30141524 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Swiss Medical Weekly - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Swiss Med Wkly Source Type: research
A 59-year-old man with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia presented to his primary care physician with a 2-year history of fatigue and a 30-kg weight loss over a period of 6 months. His appetite remained stable, but he experienced early satiety. The patient reported no new joint or bone pains, light-headedness, dizziness, chest discomfort, or shortness of breath. He had never smoked, and his medications included glimepiride, labetalol, and simvastatin. His surgical history was notable for bilateral carpal tunnel release performed 5 years previously.
Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Residents' Clinic Source Type: research
Conclusions: Prompt recognition, timely management, and avoidance of risk factors responsible for the manifestations of carpal tunnel syndrome have practical implications in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Source: Neurology India - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
This study was conducted to observe the characteristics of the risk factors of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in Chinese population. CTS of 1,512 outpatients aged 41-70 years were without any other diseases which could cause numbness as a case group, and 4,536 non-CTS outpatients as a control group were involved in the study in 2013-2014. Both groups received a questionnaire and the case group received another electrical physiological examination. The results showed the odds ratio (OR) of age is 0.990 (95% CI, 0.984-0.996). The OR of BMI is 1.096 (95% CI, 1.077-1.115). The OR of smoking is 4.862 (95% CI, 3.991-5.925). The OR...
Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
We report on a 70-year-old right-handed woman who presented with an 11-year history of a gradually progressive motor and cognitive-behavioral syndrome caused by focal cerebral β-amyloid angiopathy manifesting as discrete mass lesions. At age 59, she developed left leg clumsiness and cramping, evolving within a year into leg stiffness. Similar symptoms gradually affected her left arm. At age 65, she noted progressive word-finding difficulties, anxiety, mental rigidity, and compulsive traits. By age 68, she had difficulties with processing speed, planning, and navigation. Her history was notable for mild hypertension, h...
Source: Neurology Clinical Practice - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Alzheimer's disease, Corticobasal degeneration, Vascular dementia Case Source Type: research
A 74-year-old woman with a history of high blood pressure and carpal tunnel syndrome with worsening violaceous plaques on her legs went to the dermatology department. She only had family history of rheumatoid arthritis with a distant cousin. Her skin disease began in summer 2013 as oozing erythematous plaques on the distal lower limbs. This condition rapidly involved her thighs as well. She also complained of burning sensations and pruritus. During summer 2014, she was treated a few weeks with systemic corticosteroid for her lesions with no improvement of her condition.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
A 58-year-old woman with hypertension and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome presented with acute paresthesias in her right hand and foot. She had decreased sensation to vibration and pinprick in a right-sided stocking-glove distribution. MRI of the pons confirmed an acute infarction of a paramedian branch of the basilar artery in the left medial lemniscus (figure). In the posterior column pathway, sensory projections from the face, arm, and leg are somatotopically arranged medially to laterally within the medial lemniscus.1,2 Although strokes classically present with numbness, both thalamic and medial lemniscal infarcts can...
Source: Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: MRI, DWI, All Cerebrovascular disease/Stroke, Central pain, Infarction RESIDENT AND FELLOW SECTION Source Type: research
Bianca Adams worked part-time jobs as a spa professional, sometimes juggling two or three at a time, for years. But none of them offered her insurance, which meant that the 47-year-old with diabetes often went to the emergency room for care. “I was one of those people that had to go to the emergency when my blood sugar got too high and I needed fluids,” Adams told The Huffington Post. “There was really no one managing my health at that point.” When her Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act began in 2014, Adams, who has been disabled with severe knee problems for 25 years, under...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Conclusion Hyperexcitability of T5 and T6 sympathetic preganglionic fibers appears to be the main etiology of LPR. SNEPI can reduce LES relaxation and improve blood flow to the mucosa, thereby increasing the stability of the vagus reflex and laryngopharyngeal mucosal defense factors. To the best of our knowledge, this case represents the first report of a patient with LPR refractory to PPIs who was successfully treated with SNEPI alone. SNEPI can be considered as an alternative to anti-reflux procedures. References 1. Vakil N, van Zanten SV, Kahrilas P, et al. Global Consensus Group. The Montreal definition and classificat...
Source: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Case Report Current Issue Medical Issues Neurologic Systems and Symptoms Neurology antireflux procedure autonomic regulation laryngopharyngeal reflux refractory Sympathetic nerve entrapment point injection Source Type: research
Authors: Zimmerman M, Dahlin E, Thomsen NO, Andersson GS, Björkman A, Dahlin LB Abstract OBJECTIVE: The standard surgical treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), with an open carpal tunnel release, is reported to relieve symptoms in most patients. In a retrospective observational study, outcome after open carpal tunnel release was evaluated, focusing on factors related to the metabolic syndrome: diabetes, hypertension, obesity (BMI ≥30) and statin treatment. METHODS: Results from 493 out of 962 patients (531/1044 hands) operated for CTS during 18 months that had filled in QuickDASH questionnaires bef...
Source: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: J Plast Surg Hand Surg Source Type: research
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