Out with the Old, in with the ... Newish?
  It takes a strong leader to admit when his time is up. Endologix CEO John McDermott is that type of leader, which he proved this week with the announcement that he will be stepping down as CEO of the struggling endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) company.     Endologix has had its fair share of hurdles over the past couple of years, but it seems like things might finally be looking up for the Irvine, CA-based company. In May, the company promoted John Onopchenko to the role of CEO. Prior to the promotion, Onopchenko was the company's chief operating officer, a p...
Source: MDDI - July 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Yale cancer researchers suggest new treatment for rare inherited cancers
(Yale University) Studying two rare inherited cancer syndromes, Yale Cancer Center (YCC) scientists have found the cancers are driven by a breakdown in how cells repair their DNA. The discovery, published today in Nature Genetics, suggests a promising strategy for treatment with drugs recently approved for other forms of cancer, said the researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Barotrauma after liquid nitrogen ingestion: a case report and literature review - Zheng Y, Yang X, Ni X.
A 25-year-old man developed a gastric perforation after ingesting a homemade drink containing liquid nitrogen. Surgical repair had to be postponed to seek consultations with experts because the available practitioners in this case, including emergency phys... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Breathing Easier with Single-Use Bronchoscopes
This study was specifically done for bronchoscopes because that data was lacking,” says Lars Marcher, CEO and President Ambu A/S, in an interview with MD+DI. Contamination of reusable endoscopes has been known for some time now. “Endoscope Reprocessing Failures Continue to Expose Patients to Infection Risk” was number two on ECRI Institute’s list of Top 10 health technology hazards for 2018. And it has been on the organization’s top 10 list for the past eight years. Shifting to single-use instruments will likely be cost effective as well. According to a 2017 study, “Early Assessment...
Source: MDDI - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Susan Shepard Tags: Sterilization Source Type: news

FDA approves next-gen MitraClip from Abbott
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) won FDA approval for the third generation of its MitraClip transcatheter heart valve repair device, the company said today. Acquired in the $410 million acquisition of Evalve back in 2009, MitraClip won its first FDA nod in 2013. Abbott said today that the latest iteration won CE Mark approval in the European Union earlier this year. The new version upgrades MitraClip’s steering, navigation and positioning capabilities and a second clip size with expanded reach, the Chicago-area healthcare giant said. “Abbott engineers designed these enhancements based on feedback from doctors to improve ...
Source: Mass Device - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Implants Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Abbott Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about bone fracture repair
A bone fracture is another term for a broken bone. Depending on the location, type, and severity of the fracture, a doctor may recommend different treatment methods, including surgery, metal plates, or a cast. We look at different kinds of fracture repair, the stages of bone healing, and how to speed up recovery time. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bones / Orthopedics Source Type: news

EndoGastric Solutions adds $31m
EndoGastric Solutions, which last week reported raising more than $25 million, said today that the total raise was $30.5 million. Redmond, Wash.-based EndoGastric Solutions said the round was led by existing backers Advanced Technology Ventures, Canaan Partners, Canepa Healthcare, Chicago Growth Partners, CRG, Radius Ventures, Sightline Partners and “several new healthcare investors excited about EGS’ commercial advances.” In a regulatory filing last week the company said it raised $25.4 million from 28 investors as part of a $35.5 million offering. Today EGS said it plans to use the i...
Source: Mass Device - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat endogastricsolutions Source Type: news

Should You Stay Friends With an Ex? Here ’s What Experts Say
Few relationship questions are as polarizing as whether or not you should stay friends with an ex. For every person who tries to salvage the good and forget the bad, there’s another who’d rather move on and never look back. Anecdotal evidence feeds arguments on both sides — but what do the experts say? Rachel Sussman, a New York City-based psychotherapist and author of The Breakup Bible, advises caution when it comes to staying friends, but says there are couples for whom it works; ultimately, she says, it’s “an individual determination.” Nonetheless, Sussman says there are some guidelin...
Source: TIME: Health - July 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime Sex/Relationships Source Type: news

Meet the Feminists of Western Mali
July 10, 2018Contraception, sex ed, fistula, female genital mutilation —this group tackles them all. en fran çaisIt seemed like a strange place for a meeting.We had just parked on a side street in Kayes, Mali, and climbed out of the car. It wasn ’t until we rounded a corner and stepped into a wide alley that we found the group we were scheduled to meet, and I saw why we needed such a big space.More than 60 women and girls, ranging from grandmothers to teenagers to infants in arms, were there waiting for us. They rose to their feet, smiling and gesturing to the plush couches they ’d set out for...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Mosquitoes In Boston Test Positive For West Nile Virus
BOSTON (AP) — Mosquitoes in Boston have tested positive for West Nile virus for the first time this season. The city Public Health Commission said Friday a mosquito pool in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood tested positive for the virus, which typically causes fever and flu-like symptoms. The commission says larvicide has been placed in wetlands and catch basins and aerosol spraying is taking place to reduce the mosquito population. There have been no recorded human cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in Boston this year, and there were none last year. Jennifer Lo, the commission’s medical director, said Bostonians ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Local TV Mosquitos West Nile Virus Source Type: news

FDA Clears The Way: Lipogems' Receives FDA Clearance For Microfragmented Adipose Tissue System Utilizing Body's Own Fat To Support Tissue Repair In Orthopaedic And Arthroscopic Surgeries
NORCROSS, Ga., July 5, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Lipogems, a leader in medical technologies for orthopaedic physicians, announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the company's Lipogems Microfragmented Adipose T... Regenerative Medicine, Orthopaedic, FDA Lipogems, Microfragmented Adipose Tissue, Transplant (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - July 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Gore touts first use of Tag conformable thoracic stent graft in Australia
W.L. Gore & Associates said yesterday that it launched its Gore Tag conformable thoracic stent graft with active control in Australia, touting that the first procedures with the device have been performed in the region. The first implant procedures with the device were performed by Dr. Ian Spark of Adelaide, Australia’s Flinders Medical Centre, Gore said. “The Gore Tag conformable stent graft is a reliable and trusted device that I have used for TEVAR procedures with my patients for many years. The availability of the new Gore Active Control System is an exciting advancement because it significantly en...
Source: Mass Device - July 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Stent Grafts Vascular W.L. Gore & Associates Source Type: news

Repairing cartilage damage with a little help from 3D printing
Roughly 151 million people worldwide suffer from osteoarthritis, meaning that they experience chronic pain, reduced mobility and limited quality of life. Attempts to repair cartilage thus far have offered limited functionality and only temporary pain reduction. The usual course of action is therefore to replace the entire joint, rather than repair the damaged cartilage. A team of researchers from the EU and Australia is however working on a promising alternative in which 3D printing plays a key role. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - July 3, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

What the satellites in your body do
(Salk Institute) Salk scientists studying satellite RNAs discovered that a specific type called hSATa induces breast cancer by directly interfering with DNA copying and damage repair. The research, which appeared in the journal Molecular Cell on June 7, 2018, suggests that targeting satellite RNAs could provide another approach for treating multiple types of cancer, including breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 2, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Mayo researchers find off/on switch for DNA repair protein
(Mayo Clinic) Damage to DNA is a daily occurrence but one that human cells have evolved to manage. Now, in a new paper published in Nature Structural& Molecular Biology, Mayo researchers have determined how one DNA repair protein gets to the site of DNA damage. The authors say they hope this discovery research will help identify new therapies for ovarian cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 2, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Mayo researchers find off/on switch for DNA repair protein
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Damage to DNA is a daily occurrence but one that human cells have evolved to manage. Now, in a new paper published in Nature Structural& Molecular Biology, Mayo researchers have determined how one DNA repair protein gets to the site of DNA damage. The authors say they hope this discovery research [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - July 2, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

1993 and all that …
First off, as someone probably hasn’t ever said, history is just the same things happening with different people. So a Conservative government led by a weak Prime Minister who had come to power on the back of an internal Tory election seemed to be on the brink of losing office and led a party obsessed with, and riven by, divisions on Europe. Replace Brexit with Maastricht and you get the drift. But good news was that the “longest recession since the 1930s” was officially over and the economy grew by 0.2% in the first three months of the year. Meanwhile, unemployment hit three million and the Bank of Engla...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Source Type: news

Endologix reports 1-year data from Ovation registry
Endologix (NSDQ:ELGX) this week touted 1-year results from its Lucy registry – a study that prospectively assessed endovascular aneurysm repair outcomes in women compared to men. The Irvine, Calif.-based company said that data from the study showed that at least 28% more women are eligible for minimally-invasive EVAR with Endologix’s Ovation abdominal stent graft system compared to other EVAR systems. The study enrolled 225 people, 76 women in the treatment group and 149 men in the control group, and the primary endpoint was the 30-day major adverse event rate. Secondary endpoints included serious and non-...
Source: Mass Device - June 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Vascular Women's Health Endologix Source Type: news

You Asked: What ’s the Best Way to Treat Plantar Fasciitis?
Often described as a throbbing pain that strikes the meat of the heel and radiates outward, plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions in the U.S. Roughly 2 million Americans suffer from it, and it can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months at a stretch. In some cases, it can even be a chronic ailment. The plantar fascia is a fan-shaped band of connective tissue that runs along the underside of the foot, spanning the arch and attaching at the heel and between the bones of the toes. Plantar fasciitis results when that connective tissue is somehow injured or inflamed—a common occurrence among...
Source: TIME: Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized Exercise/Fitness healthytime Source Type: news

CollPlant wins Israeli grant for BioInk 3D printed organs
Regenerative medicine company CollPlant said today it received agrant from the Israel Innovation Authority to help support its plant-based rhCollagen technology for tissue repairs. The grant will specifically support uses of its rhCollagen-based formulations intended for use as BioInk for 3D printing tissues and organs, the company said. The total budget for the program $1.2 million (NIS 4.2 million), of which the grant will finance 30% of, subject to certain conditions. Terms of the grant will require that CollPlant pay royalties to the IIA on future sales of technology developed with the funds, up to the full g...
Source: Mass Device - June 26, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Regenerative Medicine Research & Development CollPlant Source Type: news

Flight Attendants Have Higher Rates of Many Cancers, Study Says
Flight attendants are exposed to a number of known cancer-causing risks, but few studies have rigorously quantified that risk, and researchers say they are an understudied occupational group. The Harvard Flight Attendant Health Study (FAHS), begun in 2007, addresses some of the gaps in understanding health risks among flight attendants. In the latest report, published in the journal Environmental Health, researchers found that flight attendants had higher rates of many cancers, including breast cancer and melanoma, compared to the general population. The FAHS included more than 5,300 flight attendants who were recruited th...
Source: TIME: Health - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Cancer healthytime Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: June 22, 2018
[Image from unsplash.com]From Accuray’s India approval to Masimo and PositiveID launching a Bluetooth-enabled thermometer, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. India approves Accuray’s Radixact X9 radiation therapy device Accuray announced in a June 21 press release that it has received an Atomic Energy Regulatory Board Type Approval in India for its Radixact X9 System. The approval allows the company to sell the TomoTherapy platform while allowing hospitals throughout India to import the system. The Radixact and TomoTherapy Systems are radiation th...
Source: Mass Device - June 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Cardiovascular Diagnostics Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Care Imaging Patient Monitoring Regulatory/Compliance Ultrasound Accuray Inc. Arcuro Medical BTG Masimo MedTech NuSight P Source Type: news

Coffee 'can heal the heart'
OLDER people should drink four cups of coffee a day to protect and repair their heart muscles, according to a new study yesterday. The caffeine protects the heart by boosting a protein, which, in turn, shields cardiovascular cells from damage, the study, published in the journal PLOS Biology, said. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decellularized cartilage-based scaffold promotes bone regeneration at fracture site
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) To help prevent possible complications such as nonunion at large fracture sites, researchers have developed a cartilage matrix that mimics the early stages of repair and provides the essential structural and biological properties needed by bone-forming cells to divide and grow. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 22, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Featured Review: Workplace interventions for reducing time spent sitting at work
Health effects of sit-stand desks and interventions aimed to reduce sitting at work are still unproven.Millions of people worldwide sit at a desk all day, and over recent years this has led to increased levels of physical inactivity in the work place. Health experts have warned that long periods of sitting can increase the risk of heart disease and obesity. There are a number of different approaches to reduce the amount of time we spend sitting down while at work. One option that is increasing in popularity is the sit-stand desk. These are desks that are designed to allow you to work at your desk sitting down or standing u...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson hits the Big Apple with latest JLabs site
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) opened its latest life science incubator in New York City, the healthcare giant said today. The 30,000-square-foot JLabs @ NYC is a collaboration between Johnson & Johnson Innovation, New York State and the New York Genome Center. Sited at the genome center in SoHo, the incubator is home to 26 startups and has room for four more, New Brunswick, N.J.-based J&J said. “Johnson & Johnson has deep entrepreneurial roots in New York and we are pleased to see our unique JLabs model applied in this rich ecosystem to foster the creation of new healthcare innovations that have t...
Source: Mass Device - June 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Research & Development johnsonandjohnson Source Type: news

No new trial for Bard in $4m vena cava filter loss
Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) subsidiary C.R. Bard this week failed to win a new trial after a jury awarded nearly $4 million to the plaintiff in a bellwether product liability lawsuit brought over Bard’s inferior vena cava filter. Plaintiff Sherr-Una Booker was implanted in June 2007 with a Bard G2 IVC filter to mitigate her risk of pulmonary embolism during or after a surgery, according to court documents. By 2014 the G2 filter had tilted to penetrate the IVC’s wall and fractured, leaving one strut in Booker’s right atrium. During surgery in July 2014 to remove the filter and stru...
Source: Mass Device - June 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiovascular Legal News bectondickinson crbard Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson launches new self-shortening Dynacord suture
[Image courtesy of Johnson & Johnson]Johnson & Johnson through its DePuy Synthes franchise has announced the U.S. launch of its Dynacord suture for soft tissue repair in areas such as the rotator cuff in the shoulder. The Dynacord suture, available on Healix Advance anchors, is part of the DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine portfolio. J&J launched Dynacord today at the San Diego Shoulder Institute’s 35th Annual Course. About a fifth of arthroscopic rotator cuff surgeries fail because of a loss of suture tension, which causes gaps to form in the tissue or between the tissue and bone, according t...
Source: Mass Device - June 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Business/Financial News News Well Orthopedics Surgical depuysynthes johnsonandjohnson Source Type: news

RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
The Rural Utilities Service announces its Household Water Well System (HWWS) grant program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $993,000 will be available for lending programs to finance the construction or repair of household water wells for existing homes. Applications are due by July 20, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The world's tiniest first responders
(University of Southern California) Amid the rise of CRISPR and genome editing, scientists are still learning more about DNA repair and its significance in aging and diseases such as cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 20, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

EPA, 'Fixer Upper' Home Repair Show Reach Deal Regarding Lead-Based Paint
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Environmental Protection Agency announced June 5 that it has reached a settlement agreement with Magnolia Waco Properties LLC, which does business as Magnolia Homes, to resolve alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) related to home renovations conducted without adequate lead paint protection on the home renovation television show "Fixer Upper." (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - June 20, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

FDA Issues Leak Safety Alert for Endologix AAA Repair Grafts FDA Issues Leak Safety Alert for Endologix AAA Repair Grafts
Regulators say the company's AFX endovascular graft system with Strata material -- used for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair -- is at greater risk for type III endoleaks compared with other devices for the same indication.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Alert Source Type: news

High Success Rates for Mitral Valve Repair With Robotic Surgery
TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 -- Robotic and minimally invasive (mini) approaches to mitral surgery are associated with high rates of mitral repair, although robotic patients have longer procedural time, according to a study published online June 18 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Improved single visit management of old infected iatrogenic root perforations using Biodentine ®
ConclusionsIn single visit treatments, Biodentine seems to provide a biocompatible and effective seal in acidic environment, in accidental root perforations, even if the treatment is performed by an inexperienced operator and regardless of the location, the size and the time of occurrence of the perforation. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - June 19, 2018 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Digestion interrupts maintenance: Eating too late suspends the body’s repair work; sleep is also vital
(Natural News) If you want to keep your heart healthy, try to get some rest during normal sleep hours. According to a recent study published in Life Sciences, getting enough sleep at night “may help the heart repair itself.” Scientists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham conducted research in animal models and the results revealed that the heart... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New connections: Engineering DNA repair vulnerability to treat cancer
Drugs that impair DNA repair broaden cancer sensitivity to common therapies. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - June 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ferrarelli, L. K. Tags: STKE Editors ' Choice Source Type: news

Combined Tricuspid, Mitral Valve Repair Linked to Better Outcomes
(MedPage Today) -- But tricuspid repair may not be necessary after TAVR (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - June 18, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Arcuro Medical Receives FDA Regulatory Clearance
MISGAV, Israel, June 18, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Arcuro Medical Ltd. ("Arcuro"), a portfolio company of The Trendlines Group Ltd. ("Trendlines") (SGX: 42T) (OTCQX: TRNLY), announced today that it received regu... Devices, Orthopaedic, FDA Arcuro Medical, SuperBall, meniscus repair, Meniscus tear (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Electrical wire properties of DNA linked to cancer
(California Institute of Technology) New research from the Barton lab finds a connection between a cancer mutation and electron-mediated DNA repair. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 18, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Better implants key to repair damaged knees
(Stellenbosch University) People whose knees have been affected by osteoarthritis, also known as the 'wear and tear' arthritis, often have to get knee implants to repair the damage. But if a knee implant does not fit the specific individual, it could lead to soft tissue damage, collapsing of the underlying bone, loosening of the implant and an increased likelihood of joint pain after an operation. One possible solution is to design implants that are patient-specific, anatomically accurate, reproduce normal knee motion and are ultimately repeatable. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Osteochondral Allograft Effective in Some Knee Cartilage Repair
No abstract available (Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter)
Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter - June 15, 2018 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Snapshot Source Type: news

ACell, Inc. Announces Ventral Hernia Data Presented at Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Conference
COLUMBIA, Md., June 15, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- ACell, Inc. today announced that promising data focused on its Gentrix Surgical Matrix family of devices for use in ventral hernia repair was presented at the recent Abdominal Wall ... Devices, Surgery ACell , Gentrix Surgical Matrix, MatriStem UBM, hernia repair (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

LivaNova wins FDA nod for Memo 4D mitral annuloplasty ring
LivaNova (NSDQ:LIVN) said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Memo 4D semi-rigid mitral annuloplasty ring, and said that the device has been used in its first commercial procedure. The Memo 4D mitral annuloplasty ring is a next-generation device designed for treating patients with mitral regurgitation, and is available in sizes from 24 mm to 42 mm, the London-based company said. “Memo 4D simplifies and standardizes degenerative complex mitral valve repair, facilitates minimally invasive surgical approaches and preserves the mobility of the mitral valve leaflets. The new larger sizes allow us to treat more ...
Source: Mass Device - June 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance LivaNova Source Type: news

Repair and regeneration of peripheral nerves possible with dual polymer hydrogel adhesive
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers have demonstrated that a novel biocompatible adhesive made of two naturally derived polymers is 15 times stronger than adhesive materials currently used for nerve reconstruction and can support the survival, extension, and proliferation of cells essential for nerve regeneration. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 14, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

FDA Panel Backs Aortic Aneurysm Repair Device
(MedPage Today) -- Incraft stent graft system safe and effective, committee members say (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 13, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

National Academies' Gulf Research Program Awards Over $287,000 to Assist Scientific Research Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced 11 grant awards totaling $287,565 to assist in the recovery of Gulf of Mexico region scientific research efforts impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These awards are the result of the second of two fast-track grant cycles for Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants announced last November to help with repair, replacement, or recovery of equipment, data, or other research materials damaged or lost as a result of the hurricanes. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - June 13, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Puerto Rico ’s Water System Is Slowly Returning To Normal. But Many Are Being Left Behind
(UTUADO, Puerto Rico) — Carmen Rodríguez Santiago counts herself lucky to have any water service at home. But eight months after Hurricane Maria, the 52-year-old security guard said the faucets in her cream-and-pink-colored house still run dry every two to three days, and the water, when it returns, is flecked with sediment. Puerto Rican officials claim that water service on the U.S. island has been restored to more than 96% of customers as of June 6, but the report of progress masks underlying problems. Outside of cities, service has been slower to be reconnect. Flow is often intermittent and the water qualit...
Source: TIME: Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carmen Heredia Rodriguez / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

Temple scientists eradicate cancer cells through dual targeting of DNA repair mechanisms
(Temple University Health System) BRCA proteins serve a critical role in cellular DNA repair, but when mutated they allow genetic error replication, facilitating cancer development. If the repair system is disabled in cancer cells, they use backup repair mechanisms and adapt to alternative repair pathways, a survival mode that underlies their ability to evade targeted drug therapies.Now, Temple scientists show it's possible to eliminate at least two backup repair mechanisms at the same time using two targeted therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Artificial gene defect reveals target to fight genetic disease
(CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) Fanconi anemia (FA) is caused by defective genes for DNA-repair leading to bone marrow failure, developmental abnormalities and increased cancer risk. Using genome-wide genetic approaches, researchers at CeMM systematically screened for the loss of an additional gene that could rescue the disease -- and found it. The corresponding protein turned out to be a potential target that could be therapeutically exploited for FA. The study was published in Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 11, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Consequence-based management of railroad bridge networks - Moreu F, Jr BFS, Foutch DA, Scola S.
To increase profitability, add capacity and comply with new federal regulations on bridge safety, North American railroads are exploring means to improve the management of their bridge networks. Current maintenance, repair and replacement (MRR) decisions a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news