Sensorimotor anatomy of gait, balance, and falls - MacKinnon CD.
The review demonstrates that control of posture and locomotion is provided by systems across the caudal-to-rostral extent of the neuraxis. A common feature of the neuroanatomic organization of the postural and locomotor control systems is the presence of k... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Reflects on Family Legacy
While the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine isn't actually one giant episode of "Grey's Anatomy," it does feature a real-life medical legacy in second-year student Patrick Bell. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - December 4, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

EZbra: Why Didn & #039;t Anyone Think of This Before?
Efrat Roman was diagnosed with breast cancer a little more than a decade ago and underwent a total of five different surgeries due to complications. As if going through multiple breast operations weren't challenging enough, Roman was surprised to find out that the post-op breast dressing options were severely lacking. "I realized there wasn't anything designated for the dressing of breasts post-op," Roman told MD+DI. "There are reusable bras that are post-op bras, but the fact that they are reusable is not enough because many breast cancer patients will suffer from some kind of asymmetry and with the reusabl...
Source: MDDI - November 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Meet the Post-Op Bra That & #039;s Long Overdue
Efrat Roman was diagnosed with breast cancer a little more than a decade ago and underwent a total of five different surgeries due to complications. As if going through multiple breast operations weren't challenging enough, Roman was surprised to find out that the post-op breast dressing options were severely lacking. "I realized there wasn't anything designated for the dressing of breasts post-op," Roman told MD+DI. "There are reusable bras that are post-op bras, but the fact that they are reusable is not enough because many breast cancer patients will suffer from some kind of asymmetry and with the reusabl...
Source: MDDI - November 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

J & J ’ s Biosense Webster launches Heliostar multi-electrode ablation cath trial
Johnson & Johnson‘s (NYSE:JNJ) Biosense Webster said this week that it enrolled and treated the first patient in its Stellar U.S. investigational device exemption study. The 640-patient trial is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of the Heliostar multi-electrode radiofrequency balloon ablation catheter as a treatment for drug refractory recurrent paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The Heliostar device features 10 electrodes and is designed to allow electrophysiologists to achieve pulmonary vein isolation with a single application of RF energy, according to Biosense Webster. Cardiac electrophysiologists Drs. ...
Source: Mass Device - November 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Cardiovascular Catheters Clinical Trials Featured Wall Street Beat Biosense Webster johnsonandjohnson Source Type: news

J & amp;J Subsidiary Launches IDE Study for AF
A new U.S. study aims to evaluate a radiofrequency (RF) balloon ablation catheter for the treatment of symptomatic drug refractory recurrent paroxysmal (intermittent) atrial fibrillation. Biosense Webster, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, said the investigational device exemption study will enroll up to 640 patients at as many as 40 clinical sites worldwide. The STELLAR study will evaluate the company's Heliostar RF balloon ablation catheter. "This new balloon catheter is unique because it conforms to any pulmonary vein anatomy and allows me to control electrodes individually ...
Source: MDDI - November 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Upper Vault Septal Anatomy and Short Nasal Bone Syndrome Upper Vault Septal Anatomy and Short Nasal Bone Syndrome
What are the key differences between patients with short and long nasal bones -- and what are the clinical implications for rhinoplasty?ePlasty, Open Access Journal of Plastic Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

SIG Medical wins FDA nod for Advantage Rib fracture repair device
SIG Medical said this week it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its AdvantageRib anterior system, a rib fracture system. The newly cleared AdvantageRib anterior system includes anatomically contoured titanium plates intended to closely fit patient anatomy and screws, and is intended to be used through a traditional anterior approach. The system also features straight plates to allow the surgeon to create a construct to fit challenging clinical scenarios. “We are thrilled to have achieved this approval and now have the most comprehensive portfolio of rib fracture products. The AdvantageRib family of products is truly revol...
Source: Mass Device - November 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Orthopedics Regulatory/Compliance Surgical sigmedical Source Type: news

The social anatomy of adverse childhood experiences and aggression in a representative sample of young adults in the U.S - Mumford EA, Taylor BG, Berg M, Liu W, Miesfeld N.
OBJECTIVE The current study assesses the effect of adverse childhood experiences on later aggression and violence across young adult relationships contexts, including intimate partners, friends, or strangers. METHOD Surveys were conducted with a na... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Medtronic touts 3-year Heli-FX EndoAnchor registry study data
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today released three-year data from the Anchor registry study of its Heli-FX EndoAnchor system, touting that it indicated the system is safe, efficient and durable in treating patients with complex aortic abdominal aneurysm anatomy, specifically those with hostile aortic neck anatomies. Results from the trial were presented by co-principal investigator Dr. William Jordan of the Emory University School of Medicine at the 45th Annual Symposium of Vascular and Endovascular Issues in New York, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. “Hostile aortic necks are frequently seen in clinical practice a...
Source: Mass Device - November 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Featured Vascular Medtronic Source Type: news

Medtronic's Valiant Navion Thoracic Stent Graft System Garners Both FDA and CE Mark Approvals
Only three weeks ago, Medtronic's Valiant Navion ™ Thoracic Stent Graft System received FDA approval. Today, the company announced that its low profile device now has been approved for the CE Mark in Europe as well. According to Medtronic, this lower profile stent graft, which was eight years in the making, now makes it possible to use as a trea tment in the broadest possible patient population, especially in those whose anatomy would not permit thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR), such as patients with narrower or more curved iliac arteries, most commonly female. (Source: News from Angioplasty.Org)
Source: News from Angioplasty.Org - November 13, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Sex differences in concussion: a review of brain anatomy, function, and biomechanical response to impact - Solomito MJ, Reuman H, Wang DH.
OBJECTIVE: Provide a potential explanation for sex differences associated with concussions. RESEARCH DESIGN: Review of current literature from complementary disciplines to synthesize a theory to explains sex differences in individuals with concussion. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Delusional Left believes a person's sex NOT determined by biological anatomy ... it's simply a "wish" that can be altered at any moment
(Natural News) The Cult of LGBT and its leftist allies are incensed about possible new plans by the Trump administration to legally define individuals on official government documents as either male or female, and nothing else, based on their actual biological sex. The proposed Title IX revisions, as explained in a memo allegedly leaked to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trouble at the hive
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - November 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Vignieri, S. Tags: Anatomy, Morphology, Biomechanics, Ecology twis Source Type: news

No longer a safe haven
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - November 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Vignieri, S. Tags: Anatomy, Morphology, Biomechanics, Ecology twis Source Type: news

Global pattern of nest predation is disrupted by climate change in shorebirds
Ongoing climate change is thought to disrupt trophic relationships, with consequences for complex interspecific interactions, yet the effects of climate change on species interactions are poorly understood, and such effects have not been documented at a global scale. Using a single database of 38,191 nests from 237 populations, we found that shorebirds have experienced a worldwide increase in nest predation over the past 70 years. Historically, there existed a latitudinal gradient in nest predation, with the highest rates in the tropics; however, this pattern has been recently reversed in the Northern Hemisphere, most nota...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kubelka, V., Salek, M., Tomkovich, P., Vegvari, Z., Freckleton, R. P., Szekely, T. Tags: Anatomy, Morphology, Biomechanics, Ecology reports Source Type: news

Neonicotinoid exposure disrupts bumblebee nest behavior, social networks, and thermoregulation
Neonicotinoid pesticides can negatively affect bee colonies, but the behavioral mechanisms by which these compounds impair colony growth remain unclear. Here, we investigate imidacloprid’s effects on bumblebee worker behavior within the nest, using an automated, robotic platform for continuous, multicolony monitoring of uniquely identified workers. We find that exposure to field-realistic levels of imidacloprid impairs nursing and alters social and spatial dynamics within nests, but that these effects vary substantially with time of day. In the field, imidacloprid impairs colony thermoregulation, including the constr...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Crall, J. D., Switzer, C. M., Oppenheimer, R. L., Ford Versypt, A. N., Dey, B., Brown, A., Eyster, M., Guerin, C., Pierce, N. E., Combes, S. A., de Bivort, B. L. Tags: Anatomy, Morphology, Biomechanics, Ecology reports Source Type: news

Raising the Intubation Bar is Noble, But Not Practical
We thank Mr. Wood and Mr. Podsialdo for their insightful comments regarding the Pragmatic Airway Resuscitation Trial (PART) results.  With regards to their comment of prior studies finding better outcomes with intubation than supraglottic airways, one must bear in mind that these prior studies were biased by their retrospective designs; the airway was selected by paramedic choice and may have been influenced by a range of factors such as the patient’s condition, anatomy, the physical environment or the practitioner’s level of comfort. Meta-analysis or systematic reviews of these retrospective studies ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Shannon W. Stephens, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

What is the Dutch Protocol for Gender Dysphoria?
Discussion Terminology related to gender∂has changed over time and with newer more specific terminology developing more consensus. Also terminology used by patients to describe themselves or their situation may be different than below. “Gender – denotes the public (and usually legally recognized) lived role as boy or girl, man or woman. Biological factors combined with social and psychological factors contribute to gender development.” Gender is not dichotomous and other terms such as third gender, agender or gender queer reflect this. “Assigned gender – refers to a person’s initi...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 5, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

FDA clears Zimmer Biomet ’ s Persona knee implant
Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) said today that the FDA granted 510(k) clearance for its Persona revision knee implant. Warsaw, Ind.-based Zimmer said the Persona system is designed to match each patient’s unique anatomy with customized components. “The clearance of the Persona revision knee system gives us the ability to provide surgeons with a full service portfolio for the continuum of knee arthroplasty care, from diagnostic tools, cement spacer technologies to re-implantation solutions,” vice president Todd Davis said in prepared remarks. “The Persona revision knee system gives surgeons the flexib...
Source: Mass Device - October 31, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Orthopedics Regulatory/Compliance Zimmer Biomet Source Type: news

What Will Be Your Next Move in the In Vitro Diagnostic Space?
When it comes to in vitro diagnostic (IVD) technologies, medical device and diagnostic companies have been chomping at the bit to produce the next big innovation. The last few years have seen a surge in IVD technologies in the market, as device makers expand their knowledge and resources surrounding IVD technologies. With new products in the marketplace for direct-to-consumer tests (DTC), point-of-care diagnostics, and next-generation sequencing, we may be on the threshold of a new wave of diagnostic technologies that could have an impact on other diagnostic areas as well, such as gene sequencing and editing. These new IVD...
Source: MDDI - October 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Kristopher Sturgis Tags: BIOMEDevice San Jose IVD Source Type: news

TV doctor Ellen Pompeo slammed by real doctors for giving inaccurate advice about ovarian cancer
The actress, who played a doctor on Grey's Anatomy, went off-script on The Ellen Show this week, to tell viewers that she'd heard 'all it takes is a simple ultrasound' to detect the disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novel machine-learning methodology refines simulation of heart anatomy and function
A rapid optimization technique for mitral-valve modeling is applicable to other cardiac structures. Reza Salari, Thornton Tomasetti Applied Science Preselected matching points are used to measure the difference between the simulated and target shapes of a diseased mitral valve. (Image courtesy of Thornton Tomasetti) The medical device industry is making great strides in finite element analysis (FEA), a fundamental tool underlying simulation-guided product development. FEA enables evaluation and prediction of the behavior of implanted medical devices and their interactions with human tissues. Yet going from accurate modelin...
Source: Mass Device - October 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Source Type: news

Virtual reality brings dog's anatomy to life for veterinary students
(Virginia Tech) So she walked across the room and slipped on a virtual reality (VR) headset. Suddenly, she could see a large picture of a dog's lungs and skeletal structure floating in mid-air in front of her. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 24, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Adaptiiv teams with University of Hong Kong on software use, research
Adaptiiv said that the University of Hong Kong will begin using the company’s 3D bolus software and that it will partner with the university’s clinical oncology department to develop new applications. Adaptiiv (Halifax, Nova Scotia) designed its software to convert cancer patient CT scan data into a digital model that can be used to print a bolus that conforms to patient anatomy, according to the company. The structure is then exported as an STL file that can be printed in a matter of hours on a healthcare facility’s existing 3D printer or on a printer provided by the company. Get the full story...
Source: Mass Device - October 23, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Business/Financial News Featured Oncology Research & Development adaptiivmedicaltechnologies universityofhongkong Source Type: news

Anatomy Does Not Determine Gender, Experts Say
Efforts by the Trump administration to narrowly define gender as determined by genitals defy medical and scientific knowledge. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Transgender and Transsexuals American Academy of Pediatrics Endocrine Society Trump, Donald J Birth Certificates United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

ASTRO 2018 Roundup: Fujifilm enters US CT market with FCT Embrace
Fujifilm (TSE:4901) said this week it launched the FCT Embrace 85cm wide bore computed tomography imaging unit, touting it as the world’s first such device to hit the market. The system launch marks the company’s first foray into the CT field, FujiFilm said. The release was announced at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting ASTRO in San Antonio, Texas. The FCT Embrace system offers 64 and 128 slice configurations, and is intended for use in both oncology and radiology applications, the Tokyo-based company said. The system offers enhanced CT simulation and radiotherapy treatment pl...
Source: Mass Device - October 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Imaging Oncology fujifilm Qfix Positioning royalphilips Varian Medical Systems ViewRay Inc. Source Type: news

U.S. military to adopt Adaptiiv ’s 3D bolus cancer software
  Adaptiiv’s 3D-printed boluses are printed from material that has a uniform thickness and conforms to patient anatomy. (Image courtesy of Adaptiiv.) Adaptiiv Medical Technologies said that the U.S. military will use its 3D bolus software to treat American veterans with cancer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Adaptiiv designed its software to convert patient CT scan data into a digital model that can be used to print a bolus that conforms to patient anatomy, according to the company. The structure is then exported as an STL file that can be printed in a matter of hours on a healthcare f...
Source: Mass Device - October 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Business/Financial News Oncology adaptiivmedicaltechnologies walterreednationalmilitarymedicalcenter Source Type: news

More than just anatomy: sex differences in the lower urinary tract
(Society for Women's Health Research) The biological differences between women and men go beyond basic anatomy. Researchers must consider sex differences down to the cellular level in order to discover crucial information about the varied development, function, and biology between women and men. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA clears Viseon ’ s Voyant MIS spinal surgery tech
Early stage, spinal-focused medical device maker Viseon said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its minimally-invasive Voyant system intended for accessing, visualizing and illuminating spinal procedures. The Voyant system is composed of a sterile single-use, disposable retractor device featuring integrated visualization technology and a reusable controller for manipulation of the surgical site image. The system is designed to display images on existing operating room display monitors, and the sterile device component allows for the adjustment of interoperative depth of focus, the Irvine, Calif.-based company said. &ldq...
Source: Mass Device - October 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Spinal Surgical Viseonspine Source Type: news

Nursing professor ’s visit to United Nations leaves indelible mark
When the UCLA School of Nursing ’s MarySue Heilemann was invited to be a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year, she knew it would be a special experience. She just didn’t knowhow special. Or how far-reaching.“It was experience after experience after experience of just being so inspired by the dedicated, talented people who want to improve the conditions of living for women and girls worldwide,” Heilemann said of her time at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, attended by mo re than 6,000 representatives of member states, UN ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 17, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

"The First Patient" documentary explores Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students' journey through gross anatomy
ROCHESTER, Minn.???Often considered the most difficult class of a medical students? education, gross anatomy ? the dissection of the human body ? was mostly exclusive to the medical community for centuries. Aptly described by many in the medical field as a ?rite of passage,? the journey of a medical student?s first foray into becoming a [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Minnesota News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Minnesota News - October 15, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

FDA clears Transseptal Solutions ’ TP Crosser transseptal access device
Medtech developer Transseptal Solutions said yesterday it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its TSP Crosser transseptal access system. The Israel-based company said that the TSP Crosser is an advanced transseptal puncture system which features a built-in steering mechanism and is designed for use in accessing the left atrium. The system is intended for use during procedures including mitral valve repair and replacement, paravalvular leak closure, left atrial appendage closure and EP ablation treatments. “Transseptal Solutions FDA clearance announcement is timely. There is a growing global demand for trans-septal catheter ...
Source: Mass Device - October 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Cardiovascular Catheters Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance transseptalsolutions Source Type: news

Breast Anatomy
Title: Breast AnatomyCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 7/12/1999 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/12/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General - October 12, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Phys Ed: Vigorous Exercise, Even a Trek Up Everest, May Be Safe During Pregnancy
New research undercuts widely held beliefs about strenuous physical training and pregnancy. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GRETCHEN REYNOLDS Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Athletics and Sports Exercise Babies and Infants Mountaineering Anatomy and Physiology Source Type: news

Medrobotics touts first EU sale of Flex robotic platform
Medrobotics today touted the first sale of its Flex robotics surgical platform in Europe. The Raynham, Mass.-based company said it sold the system to Italy’s A.O. Universitaria Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, making the facility the first in Europe to offer procedures with the platform. Medrobotics Flex robotic surgical platform is intended for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures, and is designed specifically to access hard to reach anatomy in otolaryngology, colorectal and gastroenterology procedures, the company said. “Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer...
Source: Mass Device - October 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Robotics Surgical Medrobotics Source Type: news

Anatomy Of A Robot Revolution: Tracing The Origins Of Intuitive Surgical And iRobot
Tracing the origins of Intuitive Surgical and iRobot. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Stephen Delaporte, Contributor Source Type: news

FDA OKs Augmented Reality GLOW800 Vascular Fluorescence FDA OKs Augmented Reality GLOW800 Vascular Fluorescence
Newly approved GLOW800 provides surgeons with a'complete view of anatomy and physiology during vascular neurosurgery, the company says.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

Finding Lung Cancer Outside the Airways Just Got Easier
Diagnosing solitary lung tumors located outside of a patient's main airways has long been a challenge, but evidence is building around a technology designed to improve access to such tumors. According to data unveiled this week at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Paris, Broncus Medical's Archimedes virtual bronchoscopy navigation system helped to more than double the diagnostic yield for nodules with negative bronchus sign or an airway leading to the nodule. The six-year-old, San Jose, CA-based company said the Archimedes System is the only system of its kind offering real-...
Source: MDDI - September 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Imaging Source Type: news

Gore ’s aneurysm device for tricky anatomies implanted in Europe
(Image courtesy of W.L. Gore & Associates) The first European patient with a challenging anatomy has had the Gore Excluder conformable abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) endoprosthesis implanted, according to W.L. Gore & Associates. The next-generation endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) device is indicated to treat the broadest range of abdominal aortic aneurysms in patients with difficult anatomies. They include patients with proximal aortic neck angles of up to 90 degrees with a minimum 15 mm aortic neck length and patients with proximal aortic neck angles of up to 60 degrees with a 10 mm minimum aortic n...
Source: Mass Device - September 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Cardiovascular Implants Surgical W.L. Gore & Associates Source Type: news

Motus GI wins FDA nod for Pure-Vu slim colonoscopy sleeve
Motus GI said today that it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Pure-Vu slim sleeve as part of its Pure-Vu system, intended for use during slim colonoscopies. With the clearance of the Pure-Vu slim sleeve, Motus GI said that the Pure-Vu system is now cleared for the full range of procedures in the colonoscopy market, with an estimated 30% of procedures performed with a slim colonoscope. The Pure-Vu slim sleeve was designed to be compatible with smaller diameters and more flexible slim colonoscopes and features additional enhancements to its low friction lubricious coating tech to aid in navigation, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fl...
Source: Mass Device - September 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance MOTUS GI Source Type: news

The Placebo Effect Is Real, and Scientists May Be Able To Predict Who Responds
It’s well-established that placebo treatments, such as sugar pills, can prompt real reductions in symptoms for patients. But scientists have long struggled to understand exactly how the placebo effect works, and for whom. A small new study published in Nature Communications found that when some people with chronic back pain took a placebo sugar pill, their pain was reduced about as effectively as it would have been with pain medication. But the more novel finding, researchers say, is that people with certain traits reliably responded better to placebos than others — which could someday have significant implicat...
Source: TIME: Health - September 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Innovation Health Research Source Type: news

Sugar pills relieve pain for chronic pain patients
(Northwestern University) Someday doctors may prescribe sugar pills for certain chronic pain patients based on their brain anatomy and psychology. And the pills will reduce their pain as effectively as any powerful drug on the market, according to new research. Scientists have shown they can reliably predict which chronic pain patients will respond to a sugar placebo pill based on the patients' brain anatomy and psychological characteristics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

4C Medical raises $17m Series A for mitral repair device
4C Medical Technologies said today that it raised a $17 million Series A round for the AltaValve transcatheter mitral valve replacement device it’s developing. Brooklyn Park, Minn.-based 4C Medical, which drummed up a $9 million seed round in July 2017, said its latest private placement was led by an undisclosed “multi-national strategic investor” and included existing backers. The AltaValve TMVR is designed to preserve the native mitral valve and left ventricle by using supra-annular, atrial-only fixation. “The additional capital from our Series A financings significantly bolsters our abi...
Source: Mass Device - September 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiovascular Funding Roundup Replacement Heart Valves Wall Street Beat 4cmedical Source Type: news

Is ungulate migration culturally transmitted? Evidence of social learning from translocated animals
Ungulate migrations are assumed to stem from learning and cultural transmission of information regarding seasonal distribution of forage, but this hypothesis has not been tested empirically. We compared the migratory propensities of bighorn sheep and moose translocated into novel habitats with those of historical populations that had persisted for hundreds of years. Whereas individuals from historical populations were largely migratory, translocated individuals initially were not. After multiple decades, however, translocated populations gained knowledge about surfing green waves of forage (tracking plant phenology) and in...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jesmer, B. R., Merkle, J. A., Goheen, J. R., Aikens, E. O., Beck, J. L., Courtemanch, A. B., Hurley, M. A., McWhirter, D. E., Miyasaki, H. M., Monteith, K. L., Kauffman, M. J. Tags: Anatomy, Morphology, Biomechanics, Ecology reports Source Type: news

Penumbra acquires 90% interest in MVI Health JV, launches thrombectomy devices
Penumbra (NYSE:PEN) said today it acquired 40% of the outstanding shares of virtual reality joint venture MVI Health from collaborator Sixense, boosting its interest to 90%, and said it launched the Penumbra Jet 7 and Jet D reperfusion catheters. The joint venture intends to commercialize healthcare applications of virtual reality technology, Alameda, Calif.-based Penumbra said, though more information on the specifics of the technology has not yet emerged. Penumbra said it paid $20 million to Sixense to acquire the additional 40% interest in a deal with contains an anti-dilution provision intended to allow Penumbra t...
Source: Mass Device - September 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Catheters Vascular Penumbra Inc. Source Type: news

Homo sapiens Exposed, 1556
Juan Valverde de Amusco's anatomical drawings corrected some earlier errors while making anatomy more accessible. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - September 1, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Foundations Magazine Issue Source Type: news

'Gross Anatomy' Turns Humor On Taboos About The Female Body
(Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alyssa Edes Source Type: news

UMD's Juntti awarded grant to design tools linking gene changes to traits in cichlid fish
(University of Maryland) Scott Juntti, the William J. Higgins Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland, received one of 11 new awards from the National Science Foundation's Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) program. Focusing on cichlid fishes, a family of 2,000+ species that are genetically similar but vary widely in anatomy and behavior, Juntti plans to develop new tools to study the mechanisms by which genetic changes lead to new cichlid species with different traits. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 30, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Could a New Gut Implant Help Curb Obesity?
BAROnova, a venture backed company developing technologies to treat obesity, said it has submitted a premarket approval (PMA) application to FDA for its TransPyloric Shuttle (TPS) device, a non-surgical treatment option for obese patients. The TPS device is an intragastric implant that is trans-orally placed into the stomach during a standard endoscopic procedure. The device was designed to reside in the stomach for 12 months before being removed with another endoscopic procedure. During those 12 months, the device works to delay gastric emptying, a frequently used mechanism for weight loss that helps patients feel full mu...
Source: MDDI - August 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Kristopher Sturgis Tags: Implants Source Type: news