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7 medtech stories we missed this week: Nov. 17, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]From Skyline Medical’s joint venture to Lensar receiving FDA clearance and CE Mark, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Skyline Medical launches JV deal with Helomics Skyline Medical announced in a Nov. 15 press release that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Helomics. The agreement comes after a strategic collaboration between the companies that allows Skyline to reach more markets. The joint venture leverages the Helomics D-Chip platform to develop and market new approaches for personalized cancer diagnostics and care. 2.&...
Source: Mass Device - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) mHealth (Mobile Health) Neurological Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Regenerative Medicine Regulatory/Compliance Research & Development Helomics InnerScope iReliev LensAR Inc. Source Type: news

The Making of a Surgical Robot
  Designing a surgical robot for minimally invasive surgery can be quite daunting, especially with the myriad of advanced technologies that we have access to today. This presentation provides an overview of key findings and considerations for designing a minimally invasive surgical robot and includes a view to the future.  1. Identifying the Need through ethnographic research.  "This is immersing yourself in the environment. The first thing I do is I go into a clinical environment and watch the procedure. I want to be a fly on the wall, I don't want to interrupt the process or make t...
Source: MDDI - November 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: MD & M Minneapolis R Source Type: news

Mauna Kea touts Cellvizio pancreatic cyst diagnosis study data
This study demonstrates the potential benefit of using Cellvizio as a standard of care for this major application,” CEO Sacha Loiseau said in a prepared statement. Last month, Cook Medical said its urology business launched the Cellvizio system with a deal to distribute the device globally. The post Mauna Kea touts Cellvizio pancreatic cyst diagnosis study data appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - October 30, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Imaging Oncology Mauna Kea Technologies Source Type: news

‘Please take good care of our baby sister’: Help for Addison’s hemangioma
Most parents dress their baby girls in headbands for fun. But for Addison Quandt, these accessories, adorned with bows and flowers, weren’t a frivolous fashion statement. Instead, they helped hold in place the gauze that covered a large hemangioma on the back of her neck. “People always said what a fashionable baby she was,” says her mom, Dianne. “If they only knew.” Addison was born with four hemangiomas, common benign vascular tumors that typically appear as red birthmarks within a week or two of birth. In many cases, they don’t cause problems and clear up without treatment. But not on...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 30, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Belinda Dickie Dr. Denise Adams Dr. Marilyn Liang hemangioma Vascular Anomalies Center Source Type: news

Laser hair removal cooling methods and operator safety
(Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times)
Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times - October 26, 2017 Category: Cosmetic Surgery Source Type: news

Will Cementless Total Knee Replacements & #039;Mako & #039; a Comeback?
Stryker took its time introducing its robotic-assisted total knee arthroplasty application for its Mako system. Now, within seven months, the company launched that system and landed FDA clearance to use it in cementless total knee replacement procedures. Cementless total knee arthroplasty enjoyed early adoption, only to lose it over joint loosening due to micromotion, according to an article in the Annals of Translational Medicine. Stryker turned to 3-D laser printing of porous titanium components that mimic bone surface and encourage bone fixation. “That's good for the patient,” Stuart Simpson, president of St...
Source: MDDI - October 20, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Orthopedics Implants Source Type: news

SculpSure Laser Treatment Cleared for Reduction of Double Chin SculpSure Laser Treatment Cleared for Reduction of Double Chin
The FDA has granted 510(k) clearance of the laser treatment for the submental area, marking the product's sixth cleared body treatment area.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine News Alert Source Type: news

Cook Medical urology biz launches Mauna Kea ’ s Cellvizio in US
Cook Medical said today its urology business has launched Mauna Kea‘s (ENT:MKEA) Cellvizio confocal laser endomicroscopy system, with a deal to distribute the device in the US. The Cellvizio device is designed for use in a variety of surgical procedures, providing real time visualization at the microscopic level. The system allows the operating physician to visualize the internal microstructure of tissue in real time during ureteroscopic and cytoscopic procedures, the companies said. “We are excited to bring Cellvizio to urologists throughout the United States. Allowing physicians to view tissue in real time of...
Source: Mass Device - September 5, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Distribution Imaging Urology Cook Medical Mauna Kea Technologies Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 28, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’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. Resonetics acquires Aduro Laser Resonetics announced that it has acquired Aduro Laser. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We are very excited to partner with Grayson Beck and Demian Backs, who have cre...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Resonetics acquires Aduro Laser
Resonetics announced that it has acquired Aduro Laser. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We are very excited to partner with Grayson Beck and Demian Backs, who have created raving fans with Aduro’s disruptive business model,” Tom Burns, Resonetics’ CEO, said. “We share a similar culture with an emphasis on innovation, speed and customer satisfaction. Prime Laser Cut tubing is already being adopted by leading companies in structural heart, peripheral vascular and minimally invasive surgery markets. Resonetics will expand capacity with a new facility, additional equipment an...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions Aduro Laser Resonetics Source Type: news

Carl Zeiss acquires cataract surgery planning software dev Veracity Innovations
Carl Zeiss Meditec (ETR:AFX) said today it is acquiring cloud-based ophthalmological tech developer Veracity Innovations for an undisclosed amount. Veracity Innovations developed and produces a cloud-based surgical planning platform for cataract surgeries, covering initial planning, management and analysis of the procedures. The system is designed to interface directly with multiple electronic medical records and diagnostic devices, covering patients from initial consultation through post-operation, Carl Zeiss said. “Digital technology is fundamentally changing our world and has a major impact in healthcare. Eff...
Source: Mass Device - August 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions Optical/Ophthalmic Software / IT Carl Zeiss Meditec veracityinnovations Source Type: news

Allergan gel-based stents are treating glaucoma
[Image from University of Michigan]An Allergan-developed gelatin-based stent is showing potential to treat glaucoma in a quicker and safer environment, according to new research from the University of Michigan. Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve and can cause vision loss and blindness. Medicines in the form of eyedrops or pills can be used to treat glaucoma. Another option is laser trabeculoplasty which helps drain fluid from the eye. Conventional surgery also creates a new opening in the eye for fluid to leave. Both surgical options are invasive and prone to complications. With the amount of gl...
Source: Mass Device - August 15, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Stents Surgical Allergan Inc. Glaucoma MedTech Source Type: news

What is laser eye surgery? Patients explain cost of 'miracle' procedure and aftercare
LASER EYE SURGERY might be a daunting prospect, but the reality is not as scary as you think. A patient from the London Vision Clinic in Harley Street has explained the cost, what the procedure involves and her aftercare exclusively to Express.co.uk. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eye care firm to donate free laser surgery to nurses
Eye care specialist Optical Express has announced that it will donate £1m worth of laser eye surgery to NHS nurses and other emergency service workers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Imaging Tracks Changes in Gastric Microcirculation During Surgery Imaging Tracks Changes in Gastric Microcirculation During Surgery
Laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) during esophagectomy shows that changes in gastric microcirculation have more to do with surgery than thoracic epidural anesthesia (EA) or use of vasopressors, according to Danish researchers.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - July 13, 2017 Category: Radiology Tags: Radiology News Source Type: news

Clever catheter lets surgeons see inside arteries to trim plaque
The Pantheris catheter developed by Avinger takes the physician out of the radiation field. [Image courtesy of Avinger] A clever catheter design lets cardiologists see inside arteries and precisely remove plaque from diseased tissue. The Pantheris catheter is safer than conventional radiation-guided procedures because it takes the surgeon out of the radiation field, and along with on-board optics, it allows greater precision than previous methods. “The device is the culmination of recent size reduction – it’s 2 mm in diameter − and resolution in fiberoptics, combined with signal processing capabilit...
Source: Mass Device - June 23, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Paul Dvorak Tags: Cardiovascular Catheters Avinger MedTech Source Type: news

How Does PRP Therapy Work
We’ve known for years that platelets are the part of your blood that’s responsible for clotting. But we’re only beginning to learn about their powerful rejuvenating power and their potential to heal. Platelets are your body’s “first responders.” They initiate a cascade of healing that’s 10 times more powerful than any drug available today. In fact, it’ll be centuries before Big Pharma will be able to come up with a drug that can come close to doing what platelets can do. Platelets work in two ways. First, they contain hundreds of growth factors. These proteins are criti...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - June 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Nigeria: Centre Offers Affordable, Corrective Eye Surgery
[This Day] Benin City -The Managing Director, African Eye Laser Centre, Benin, Dr. Godwin Stanley Okoye, has promised to ensure that people suffering from eye problem get solutions at relatively affordable rates. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 8, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Monteris Medical raises $27m Series C for NeuroBlate brain surgery device
Monteris Medical said yesterday that it raised a Series C round worth nearly $27 million it plans to use on R&D, clinical trials and expanding the commercial footprint of its NeuroBlate brain surgery device. Versant Ventures and SightLine Partners led the round, joined by prior backers Birchview Capital and BDC Capital’s Healthcare Venture Fund, Monteris said. The MRI-guided NeuroBlate device is designed to ablate, necrotize or coagulate soft tissue during neurosurgery procedures using laser thermotherapy. “We were very pleased with the level of interest we received through our fund...
Source: Mass Device - June 2, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Neurological Surgical Monteris Medical Source Type: news

6 Unexpected Ways Your Body Changes After Pregnancy
You can’t seem to get rid of your bellyIt’s no surprise that for many women, muscles in their abdomen separate to accommodate the baby. The thing is, it can stay that way after birth. When the bands of muscles, which run parallel down your belly, separate, they leave behind a space in between, a condition called diastasis recti. Without the ab muscles in the middle of your belly to hold everything in, you might see a bulge or ridge of soft tissue there, aka a pooch that just won’t go away. In fact, one-third of women still had it even one year postpartum, reported a 2016 study in the British Journal of Sp...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Crosslinking, IOLs, and Femtosecond Laser Prominent at ASCRS Crosslinking, IOLs, and Femtosecond Laser Prominent at ASCRS
The annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery will feature new types of intraocular lens, femtosecond laser, collagen cross-linking, and microinvasive glaucoma surgery.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Data analysis finds lower risk of infection with LASIK than with contacts over time
(University of Tennessee Health Science Center) A meta-data analysis comparing the incidence of microbial keratitis, an infection of the cornea caused by bacteria or a virus, for contact lens wearers versus post-LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) patients indicates that over time the infection rate for the contact lens wearers was higher than for those who had LASIK to correct their vision. An article on the findings was published in the Journal of Cataract& Refractive Surgery, a high-impact, peer-reviewed scientific journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Cataract surgery: When is the laser method a good idea?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - April 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ditch contact lenses after 10 years or risk going BLIND
Wearing contacts for 10 years makes you six times more likely to suffer a serious eye infection - such as parasitic amoeba bugs that burrow into the cornea - compared to having laser eye surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UCLA surgeons use minimally invasive procedure to cure boy with rare form of seizures
​Justin Cho is an engaging 9-year-old. Although he’s somewhat shy, he is quick to smile and has an infectious laugh.“Justin has always been a happy child — very energetic and bubbly,” said his father, Robert Cho. “We assumed that giggling was just part of his personality.”What Robert and his wife, So, didn ’t know was that the laughing fits he often had before bedtime were actually seizures and signs of a serious medical problem. One morning as Justin was waking up, the couple saw him go into a full seizure.“We were terrified,” Robert Cho said. “Had we not witne...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 22, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Physician Who Tricked Patients Into Surgery Gets 10 Years Physician Who Tricked Patients Into Surgery Gets 10 Years
David Ming Pon, MD, bilked Medicare by telling patients they needed laser treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration they didn't have. Make him an example, two peers said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

The 7 Most Common Causes Of Itchy Red Bumps
For SELF, by Amy Marturana. Regardless of your skin type, chances are you’ve had an itchy, red, bumpy rash at one time or another. It’s like the international sign of skin irritation. If it’s not affecting your daily life or covering whole body, and you’re not feeling sick otherwise, chances are it’s nothing to worry about and will clear up on its own, Rebecca Kazin, M.D., dermatologist and associate director at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, tells SELF. Treating it with over-the-counter hydrocortisone itch relief cream until it goes away may be sufficient. “But...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How the cold weather could make you go BLIND
Tears are fundamental for overall eye health and clear vision. But cold weather can cause a lack of tears, leading to dry eye syndrome, says London-based laser eye surgeon Dr David Allamby. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson completes acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) has completed the acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics (AMO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abbott. The all-cash $4.325 billion acquisition was originally announced Sept. 16, 2016, and includes ophthalmic products in three areas of patient care: cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery and consumer eye health. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - March 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Johnson & Business and Industry Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson adds to its eye health brand
Johnson& Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) completed the acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics, bringing together their capabilities with Johnson& Johnson Vision Care in Jacksonville. The $4.325 billion all-cash acquisition announced in September included products in three areas of care: cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery and consumer eye health. Those products will now join the Acuvue-brand contact lens business under the name Johnson& Johnson Vision. Acuvue contacts are made in Jacksonville. “With… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 28, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jensen Werley Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson adds to its eye health brand
Johnson& Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) completed the acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics, bringing together their capabilities with Johnson& Johnson Vision Care in Jacksonville. The $4.325 billion all-cash acquisition announced in September included products in three areas of care: cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery and consumer eye health. Those products will now join the Acuvue-brand contact lens business under the name Johnson& Johnson Vision. Acuvue contacts are made in Jacksonville. “With… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 28, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jensen Werley Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for February 27, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’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. Integra LifeSciences slides on Q4 sales miss Integra LifeSciences met the consensus earnings forecast for its 4th-quarter earnings, but saw share prices slide nevertheless after it missed Wall Street’s top-line outlook la...
Source: Mass Device - February 27, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson closes $4.3B Abbott Medical Optics buy
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) said today that it closed the $4.33 billion buyout of Abbott Medical Optics from Abbott (NYSE:ABT). The deal for AMO, announced in September 2016, includes its portfolio of ophthalmic products covering cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery and consumer eye health. The business posts annual sales of $1.1 billion and is slated to be folded into the medical devices segment as a separate platform within J&J Vision Care. “With the addition of AMO’s world-renowned ophthalmic surgery business, J&J Vision is poised to become a world leader in e...
Source: Mass Device - February 27, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions Optical/Ophthalmic Wall Street Beat Abbott Johnson & Johnson Source Type: news

Current, Effective Advantages of Femto Phaco Current, Effective Advantages of Femto Phaco
What benefits does femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery offer over manual phacoemulsification?Current Opinion in Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines - February 23, 2017 Category: Opthalmology Tags: Ophthalmology Journal Article Source Type: news

Current, Effective Advantages of Femto Phacoemulsification Current, Effective Advantages of Femto Phacoemulsification
What benefits does femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery offer over manual phacoemulsification?Current Opinion in Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology Journal Article Source Type: news

Lord Martin Rees: We Are Living Through A Political And Scientific Transformation
Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and the former master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He sat down with The WorldPost for a wide-ranging interview, which has been edited for clarity and brevity. Alexander Görlach: Out of all great transformations we are going through, from climate change to artificial intelligence to gene editing, what are the most consequential we are about to witness?  Martin Rees: It depends on what time scale we are thinking about. In the next 10 or 20 years, I would say it’s the rapid development in biotechnology. We are already seeing that it’s becoming easier to modify the ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Martin Rees: We Are Living Through A Political And Scientific Transformation
Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and the former master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He sat down with The WorldPost for a wide-ranging interview, which has been edited for clarity and brevity. Alexander Görlach: Out of all great transformations we are going through, from climate change to artificial intelligence to gene editing, what are the most consequential we are about to witness?  Martin Rees: It depends on what time scale we are thinking about. In the next 10 or 20 years, I would say it’s the rapid development in biotechnology. We are already seeing that it’s becoming easier to modify the ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

From Interventional Radiologist to Medtech CEO: Interview with Dr. Bob Smouse, Founder of BrightWater Medical
Welcome to the Medsider interview series, a regular feature at MassDevice. All interviews are conducted by Scott Nelson, Founder of Medsider and Group Director for WCG. We hope you enjoy them! Dr. Bob Smouse has over 20 years of experience in interventional radiology, endovascular surgery and clinical research. In addition to acting as CEO and CMO of BrightWater Medical and teaching at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he provides interventional medical services to local hospitals through Central Illinois Radiology Associates. Dr. Smouse is a medical consultant and scientific advisory board mem...
Source: Mass Device - February 10, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog medsider Smouse Source Type: news

Slow Medicine: Eyeing the Evidence for Laser Surgery
(MedPage Today) -- Scant data on this ubiquitous procedure (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Laser May Be Best Skin Primer for Photodynamic Therapy Laser May Be Best Skin Primer for Photodynamic Therapy
Laser pretreatment seems the most effective way to enhance methyl aminolevulinate hydrochloride-induced protoporphyrin IX (PPIX) formation in photodynamic therapy (PDT), according to Danish researchers.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - February 8, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine News Source Type: news

Are you seeing ghosts? Get yourself to an optician NOT an exorcist, leading expert warns
Dr David Allamby, a laser eye surgeon at London's Focus Clinic, says hallucinations can be caused by Charles Bonnet syndrome that affects people who have experienced vision loss. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lessons Learned Building Acclarent from Scratch: Interview with Bill Facteau, President and CEO of Earlens
Bill Facteau, President and CEO of Earlens Welcome to the Medsider interview series, a regular feature at MassDevice. All interviews are conducted by Scott Nelson, Founder of Medsider and Group Director for WCG. We hope you enjoy them! Bill Facteau joined Earlens Corporation as Chairman, President, and CEO in November of 2013. Most recently, he was the Vice Chairman of ExploraMed as well as an Entrepreneur in Residence at New Enterprise Associates. Previously, Bill was at Johnson & Johnson from early 2010 through early 2012 as Worldwide President of their ENT Division. Facteau joined Johnson & Johnso...
Source: Mass Device - January 10, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Scott Nelson Tags: Blog EarLens medsider Source Type: news

Ivantis raises $25m in Series C to support Hydrus microstent
Ivantis said today it raised $25 million in a Series C round of financing to support its Hydrus microstent device designed for treating glaucoma. The round was led by newly invested RA Capital Management and joined by new investor Mérieux Développement and existing investors. Money raised will extend Irvine, Calif.-based Ivantis’ runway into 2020 and help support US commercialization of the Hydrus Microstent upon receiving FDA approval, which the company expects to receive in 2018. “We are pleased to complete this financing, which we expect will fund Ivantis well beyond the Hydrus microstent launc...
Source: Mass Device - January 9, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Optical/Ophthalmic Ivantis Source Type: news

What--and Why--the Neonatologist Should Know About Twin-To-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome results from unbalanced vascular anastomoses in monochorionic twin gestations. This condition, affecting 2,500 pregnancies each year in the United States, is most commonly identified with ultrasonography on the basis of unequal amniotic fluid volumes in a monochorionic, diamniotic pregnancy. Hemodynamic alterations in the syndrome lead to oligohydramnios, intrauterine growth restriction, and frequently, anemia in the "donor" twin while the "recipient" has polyhydramnios and polycythemia. In severe cases, both twins are at risk of developing hydrops fetalis and death. Th...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - January 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Bliss, J. M., Carr, S. R., De Paepe, M. E., Luks, F. I. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Better tool to help assess LASIK Patients
By: Malvina Eydelman, MD LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) eye surgery is an alternative for patients who need glasses or contacts to see well. Some 600,000 to 800,000 patients undergo LASIK in the U.S. each year, and a very high number of those patients are satisfied with their surgical outcomes. However, some patients develop unwanted visual symptoms following surgery, symptoms that can have a significant impact on their daily lives. Patients who see starbursts, glare, ghosting, or halos—or those who experience severe dry eye—may have their daily lives change in negative ways. While there are risk...
Source: Mass Device - December 21, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog FDA Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for December 20, 2016
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’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. 21st Century Cures Act adds Hatch-Waxman rule to drug-device combos Section 3038 of the 21st Century Cures Act applies Hatch-Waxman rules to certain drug-device combination products, addressing the regulatory pathway for device...
Source: Mass Device - December 20, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Laser-activated drug offers new hope for prostate cancer treatment
A new laser-based treatment for prostate cancer has shown promise as a new therapy, without the need for surgery. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New laser therapy for low-risk prostate cancer shows promise
Conclusion This large randomised controlled trial indicates that the new treatment vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy for men with low-risk prostate cancer results in a greater chance of being declared cancer-free, and slows the progress of the disease. The treatment also reduced the number of men who needed to have further surgery or radiotherapy to 6%, compared with 29% in the active surveillance group. This is a well-designed trial conducted in several countries that followed men for a reasonably long period of time. It also analysed all men included in the study, regardless of whether they completed treatment or ...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Older people Source Type: news

Prostate cancer laser treatment could be a game changer for men
A drug that can kill cancerous cells without the side-effects of radical surgery is causing massive excitement for good reasonProstate has long been the Cinderella of cancers, lagging behind others – in particular breast cancer – when it comes to diagnosis, treatment and the funding that goes into research.But scientists at University College London have made what they believe is a real breakthrough using a drug derived from bacteria found at the bottom of the sea,injected into the bloodstream and activated in the prostate by laser beams. There is also massive excitement from from patients, who have been callin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 20, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Tags: Cancer Cancer research Health Medical research Science Society Health policy Politics Public services policy & wellbeing Life and style UK news Source Type: news