J & amp;J Talks Up Surgical Robotics Plans

Few medtech sectors are as hot as surgical robotics is right now, so it comes as no surprise that analysts tried to dig for information about Johnson &Johnson's plans for the market during the company's third-quarter earnings call Tuesday. "I couldn't be more bullish around how J&J is going to create value in this space," Ashley McEvoy, EVP and worldwide chairman of Johnson &Johnson's medical device segment, said during the call in response to an analyst's question about surgical robotics. "The goal that we're trying to achieve is really to make medical interventions smarter, less invasive, more personalized, quite frankly, to change the standard of care, not just for the next 10 years, but to 20 years and 30 years." The New Brunswick, NJ-based company strengthened its surgical robotics offerings earlier this year with its $3.4 billion acquisition of Auris Health. Through that acquisition, J&J added the Monarch platform to its offering, an FDA-cleared robotic system currently used in bronchoscopic procedures. McEvoy said Monarch is off to a great start and the system has been used to conduct more than 1,000 bronchoscopes.  "We have a very healthy pipeline with Monarch for not just lung biopsies, but potentially lung treatment via ablation, and potential treatment via oncolytic viruses so that program is well on its way," she said, adding that future applications of Monarch could include endo...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Business Source Type: news

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Authors: Abou Chakra M, Dellis AE, Papatsoris AG, Moussa M Abstract Introduction: Urolithiasis is a common, highly recurrent disease with increasing prevalence worldwide. There are many dietary and pharmacological measures to prevent kidney stones.Areas covered: Herein, the authors explore medical expulsive therapy as well as pharmacological therapies to prevent/treat urolithiasis.Expert opinion: All stone formers should be advised to increase their fluid intake sufficiently to achieve a urine volume of at least 2.5 L/day. In the case of hypercalciuria, a thiazide diuretic should be prescribed while in cases o...
Source: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Expert Opin Pharmacother Source Type: research
ConclusionsGiant parathyroid adenoma is a rare cause of primary hyperparathyroidism and usually presents symptomatically  with high calcium and parathyroid hormone levels. Giant parathyroid adenoma is diagnosed by imaging and laboratory studies. Management is typically surgical, aiming at complete resection. Patients usually recover with no long-term complications or recurrence.
Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsOur findings show that fluoroscopy-free total ultrasound-guided PCNL represents an alternatively safe and efficient approach for the treatment of renal stones. Further study will be required to evaluate fluoroscopy-free TUPN in various clinical settings.
Source: World Journal of Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: A telemedicine-administered, pharmacist-staffed, protocol-driven program can provide dietary advice and obtain compliance with metabolic testing for patients at high risk of recurrent kidney stones. Rates of metabolic testing and dropout compare favorably with previously reported rates. This report represents, to our knowledge, the first telemedicine-administered, pharmacist-staffed, kidney stone prevention program published in the literature. PMID: 31702984 [PubMed - in process]
Source: The Permanente journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Perm J Source Type: research
Conditions:   Urolithiasis;   Sepsis;   Surgery--Complications Intervention:   Procedure: flexible ureteroscopy Sponsor:   Tongji Hospital Completed
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
This study aimed to the investigate the therapeutic effects of Huashi Pill on clearance of renal stones. MATERIAL AND METHODS Sprague Dawley rats were divided into normal control, positive control, low-dosage Huashi Pill, medium-dosage Huashi Pill, and high-dosage Huashi Pill groups. A renal rat model was established by using ethylene glycol, ammonium chloride, and calcium gluconate. The urinary pH, urine protein, and uric acid levels, as well as the calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus levels were examined. The blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine (Cr) levels were also evaluated. Aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanin...
Source: Medical Science Monitor - Category: Research Tags: Med Sci Monit Source Type: research
For patients with recurrent flares of gout, tophi, urate crystal arthropathy, and renal stones, urate-lowering therapies (ULTs, including allopurinol and febuxostat) are the first-line treatment. Due to the wi...
Source: Arthritis Research and Therapy - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Conclusions CALCR rs1801197 might be associated with increased risk of calcium stone urolithiasis. There is insufficient data to fully confirm the association between CALCR rs1042138 and calcium stone urolithiasis susceptibility. Well-designed studies with larger sample size and more subgroups are required to validate the risk identified in the current meta-analysis.
Source: International Braz J Urol - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
ABSTRACT Objectives To evaluate the efficacy of a novel decision aid (DA) in improving the patients ’ level of knowledge and decreasing decisional conflicts while deciding for SWL vs. RIRS in case of a symptomatic renal stone
Source: International Braz J Urol - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
ABSTRACT Objectives Measurements of stone features may vary according to the non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT) technique. Using magnified bone window is the most accurate method to measure urinary stones. Possible differences between stone measurements in different NCCT windows have not been evaluated in stones located in the kidney. The aim of this study is to compare measurements of kidney stone features between NCCT bone and soft tissue windows in patients submitted to retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS). Materials and Methods Preoperative and 90th postoperative day NCCT were performed in 92 consecutive symptomat...
Source: International Braz J Urol - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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