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Report: Johnson & Johnson sees Vision Care biz grow, looks to expand beyond contacts

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:21:42 +0100

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) saw its vision care sales grow 34% last quarter over its previous first quarter as it looks to significantly grow the business into the surgical and device segments, according to a CNBC report. The company added a number of surgical products alongside a contact subscription service, which come in addition to its existing popular Acuvue contact lens line, according to the report. The investment has seen a significant return for the company, becoming one of its fastest-growing platforms. Johnson & Johnson only began investing in eye surgery two years ago after announcing it would acquire Abbot Medical Optics for $4.3 billion. The acquisition put products covering cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery and consumer eye health into its portfolio, which...

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Newly Designed Pulsed-Dye Laser Found Effective for Rosacea

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:15 +0100

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 -- A pulsed-dye laser with a novel 15-mm diameter treatment beam improves the appearance of rosacea, according to a study published online April 10 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Eric F. Bernstein, M.D., from the Mainline... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)



Sensus Healthcare inks multiple distro deals, launches global expansion project

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:52:51 +0100

Superficial radiation therapy device developer Sensus Healthcare (NSDQ:SRTSU) today released plans for a global expansion, including new distribution agreements in China, Germany, Mexico, Cuba and Costa Rica. Sensus makes low-energy photon X-ray systems for treating non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, and keloids. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company refers to the technology as superficial radiation therapy, and claims that the tech has been sued to “effectively and safely treat oncological and non-oncological skin conditions.” “Following our new partnership with Cellmark, the opening of our Tel Aviv office earlier this year, as well as Sensus’ SRT-100 keloid treatment launch in China and market clearance in Mexico in late 201...



The Medical Device Behind the Discovery of a New Human Structure

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:54:54 +0100

What on Earth is this thing? That is the question David Carr-Locke, MD, and his colleagues asked when they discovered a microanatomical network of interconnected spaces, filled with fluid and lined by collagen with a unique arrangement, that appears to be present throughout the body. Whether or not this network is actually a newly discovered human organ is debatable. What is clear, however, is that this discovery is very widespread throughout the body and contains a lot of fluid, said Carr-Locke, clinical director of the Center for Advanced Digestive Care at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the president of the International Society of Endomicroscopy. He first noticed the new structure in the clinical arena, which is somewhat unusual these days. Don't...



FDA clears presbyopia treatment indications for Lensar ’ s Laser System

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:36:54 +0100

Lensar said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Lensar Laser System with Streamline IV designed to create corneal pockets and flaps used in presbyopia treatments. With the new clearance, the Lensar Laser System is now indicated for use in procedures to implant presbyopic inlay devices, the Orlando, Fla.-based company said. The newly cleared features of the Lensar Laser System with Streamline IV include a curved contact patient interface that enables the creation of corneal pockets and flaps, and will be launched to Lensar users this year. “This latest innovation from Lensar speaks to the company’s strong partnership with its customers. Adapting the Lensar platform for stromal pockets and corneal flaps delivers on their promise to expand the platform capabilities to facilitate...



Solid Outcomes for Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery Solid Outcomes for Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:32:00 +0100

A new study shows the benefit of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery.Medscape Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Medtronic wins CE Mark for Visualase brain surgery device

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:28:37 +0100

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its Visualase brain surgery device. Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said the MRI-guided Visualase system uses a small-diameter probe to deliver laser energy to ablate soft tissue in the brain. It’s been approved in the U.S. since 2007, the company said. “The introduction of Visualase to European physicians ensures that more patients will have access to this beneficial technology,” brain therapies president Brett Wall said in prepared remarks. “This latest milestone is a testament to our commitment to expanding therapeutic options for physicians and their patients.” Medtronic said it’s “involved” in a 150-patient pivotal U.S. study it hopes to use in backing...



How playing laser tag and war gaming help me run my practice

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:39:27 +0100

Business manager Nicola Hewitson, who has been a practice manager for six years, spends between five to eight hours a week playing laser tag, while she plays table top war gaming once a fortnight. Firing infrared beams and thinking up war gaming strategies have turned out to be important assets for Nicola, who makes full use of these skills even when managing her practice, Thorpe Road Surgery in Peterborough, where she has worked for three years.  Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)



How playing laser tag and war gaming helps me run my practice

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:39:27 +0100

Business manager Nicola Hewitson, who has been a practice manager for six years, spends between five to eight hours a week playing laser tag, while she plays table top war gaming once a fortnight. Firing infrared beams and thinking up war gaming strategies have turned out to be important assets for Nicola, who makes full use of these skills even when managing her practice, Thorpe Road Surgery in Peterborough, where she has worked for three years.  Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)



Iridex dives after cutting outlook on eye laser component recall

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:50:54 +0100

Iridex (NSDQ:IRIX) shares took a big hit today after the company said last week that it’s recalling a component used with its eye laser surgery device after receiving three reports of permanent injuries associated with it. Mountain View, Calif.-based Iridex said Feb. 23 that it’s pulling all 104 of its TriFocus Lio Premier ophthalmoscopes. The three injury reports “stated that the procedures resulted in patients experiencing permanent damage to the eye, including focal cataracts and iris burns.” “Customers who have the TruFocus LIO Premiere should stop using it. Iridex is notifying its distributors and customers via FedEx and is arranging for return of all recalled products,” the company said. The recall prompted Iridex to cut its top-line outlook for b...



Understand the Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:24:29 +0100

Treatment TermsCataracts Overview While seeing more clearly is the main goal of cataract surgery, new lasers and premium lenses have made it possible to also achieve better vision."Now we have the ability to improve people's vision so they can see distance or up close, often without glasses," said Anupama B. Horne, MD, a Duke cataract surgeon."The laser assists us in giving people clearer vision faster, more consistently and very often without glasses." Content Blocks Section Header Image/Videoblog_cataracts_1932x862_009.jpg Section Features Images/Media Text Content Section Header Image/Videoblog_cataracts_1932x862_083.jpg Section Features Images/Media Text Content Header Should You Consider Laser Cataract Surgery? ContentWhile laser cataract surgery...

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3 simple ways to naturally support your vision and shock your eye doctor with the results

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:38:35 +0100

(Natural News) It is estimated that at least 6 out of 10 people in the Unites States use corrective lenses to help support their vision. Many are also turning to laser eye surgery, a procedure not without its risks, to “permanently” fix their eyesight for good. The primary fuel behind this trend is that people have... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Solving the mystery of a shapeshifting neck tumor

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:50:25 +0100

Jaedin, 10 years old, holds the control for a remote-controlled race car, Christmas 2017. Amanda Brown couldn’t shake an uneasy intuition that something just seemed “off” throughout her second pregnancy. During a scheduled caesarian section at her local hospital in North Carolina, her instinct proved to be true. “I had given birth to my first son by C-section so I knew what to expect,” Amanda says. “But this time around, as the surgeons totally stalled in the middle of the delivery, I thought to myself, ‘it doesn’t take this long to pull a baby out.’” When her son Jaedin was finally delivered, Amanda and her husband were shocked by their first sight of him. “Jaedin had a huge mass on the left side of his neck that looked like it was growing out of his ear,” Amanda s...



FLACS vs Phaco for Cataract Extraction and IOL Implantation FLACS vs Phaco for Cataract Extraction and IOL Implantation

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:14:37 +0100

What benefits might femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery offer over conventional phacoemulsification?Current Opinion in Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Glaukos wins FDA nod for IDE trial of iStent SA

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:04:45 +0100

Glaukos (NYSE:GKOS) said today it won FDA investigational device exemption to launch a pivotal study of its iStent SA trabecular micro-bypass system designed to treat glaucoma. The San Clemente, Calif.-based company’s iStent SA is designed to reduce intraocular pressure in psuedophakic, mild-to-moderate open-angle, pigmentary or psuedoexfoliative glaucoma patients, the company said. The system includes 2 micro-scale titanium stents in an auto-injection system which can be injected into trabecular meshwork locations through a single corneal entry point to restore physiological outflow of aqueous humor into the Sclemm’s canal. “We are delighted that our successful collaboration with the FDA allows Glaukos to begin the pivotal phase of this first-ever standalone Micro-Invas...



Mauna Kea wins expanded FDA 510(k) for Cellvizio

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:28:43 +0100

Mauna Kea (ENT:MKEA) said today it won expanded FDA 510(k) clearance for its Cellvizio confocal laser endomicroscopy platform and its Confocal Miniprobe devices. 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, Mauna Kea said. With the expanded clearance, the device is now indicated for identification of cells and vessels and their organizations and architecture, the Paris-based company said. The clearance was based on data from peer-reviewed medical journals which Mauna Kea said validated the platform’s ability to image internal microstructur...

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Medical News Today: What you should know about laser hair removal versus electrolysis

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0100

A look at laser hair removal versus electrolysis. Included is detail on how the procedures differ. ADD MORE ADD MORE ADD MORE ADD MORE ADD MORE (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Vascular Dynamics taps ex-Ellipse Tech CEO Roschak as chief exec | Personnel Moves December 15, 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:25:48 +0100

Vascular Dynamics said early this month it tapped former NuVasive Inc. (NSDQ:NUVA) exec and Ellipse Technologies CEO Ed Roschak as its new president and chief executive. Prior to joining Mountain View, Calif.-based Vascular Dynamics, Roschak served as prez and CEO of Ellipse Technologies, which he saw through a $410 million acquisition by NuVasive. He then took up a position as CEO of NuVasive’s specialized orthopedics business. “We are fortunate that Ed has decided to join the VDI Team as CEO.  He has extensive experience in managing the IDE/PMA process with the FDA, raising capital to finance complex clinical studies, managing a rapid revenue ramp for novel, clinically superior devices and successfully guiding companies through the exit process. These skills make Ed an exc...



7 medtech stories we missed this week: Nov. 17, 2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:50:09 +0100

[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. iReliev launches wearable arthritis-treatment EMS/Tens patch iReliev recently introduced its PlayMakar Wireless EMS + TENS Unit that helps treat chronic pain from arthri...



The Making of a Surgical Robot

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:20:22 +0100

  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 them change the process based on me being there. And I want to observe the pain points, the 'whoopsies' and ... I don't want to come in with a solution and say 'hey, what do you think about that?' ...  P...



Mauna Kea touts Cellvizio pancreatic cyst diagnosis study data

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:52:57 +0100

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)

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‘Please take good care of our baby sister’: Help for Addison’s hemangioma

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:12:37 +0100

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 only weren’t Addison’s hemangiomas going away — the one on her neck was growing at an alarming pace. “It bled a lot,” says Dianne. “And because of where it was located, it was causing ...



Laser hair removal cooling methods and operator safety

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Source: Cosmetic Surgery Times)



Will Cementless Total Knee Replacements & #039;Mako & #039; a Comeback?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:01:21 +0100

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 Stryker's joint replacement division told MDDI Qmed. "It should be good for long-term outcomes and make sure that [the] implant stays fixed in the patient for a very long time." Ce...



SculpSure Laser Treatment Cleared for Reduction of Double Chin SculpSure Laser Treatment Cleared for Reduction of Double Chin

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:52:22 +0100

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)



Cook Medical urology biz launches Mauna Kea ’ s Cellvizio in US

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:43:13 +0100

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 offers them an opportunity to quickly determine potential options for patients,” Cook urology biz VP Jean-Marc Creissel said in a press release. “We are pleased...

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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 28, 2017

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:00:23 +0100

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 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 cust...



Resonetics acquires Aduro Laser

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:48:07 +0100

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 and more engineering resources to keep lead times the best in the industry.” Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing. The post Resonetics acquires Aduro Laser...



Carl Zeiss acquires cataract surgery planning software dev Veracity Innovations

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:21:46 +0100

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. Efficiently bringing together relevant information and making smart use of data in a secure way, along with artificial intelligence, is reshaping how medicine is practiced today...



Allergan gel-based stents are treating glaucoma

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:19:47 +0100

[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 glaucoma cases expecting to more than double by 2050, a minimally-invasive treatment couldn’t come soon enough. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design & Ou...



What is laser eye surgery? Patients explain cost of 'miracle' procedure and aftercare

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:50:00 +0100

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)

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Eye care firm to donate free laser surgery to nurses

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:48:00 +0100

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)



Imaging Tracks Changes in Gastric Microcirculation During Surgery Imaging Tracks Changes in Gastric Microcirculation During Surgery

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:30:52 +0100

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)



Clever catheter lets surgeons see inside arteries to trim plaque

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:35:33 +0100

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 capability and catheter technology, which is getting better at transmitting torque,” said Bart Beasley, the vice president of marketing with developer Avinger (Redwood City, Calif.). “The pr...



How Does PRP Therapy Work

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:21:36 +0100

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 critical for wound healing. And they regenerate injured or aging tissues and organs.1 Platelets also attract stem cells to damaged or aging tissue. Once they get there, the st...



Nigeria: Centre Offers Affordable, Corrective Eye Surgery

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:26:06 +0100

[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)

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Monteris Medical raises $27m Series C for NeuroBlate brain surgery device

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:20:14 +0100

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 raising process. The success of this financing is a strong indication of the long-term value proposition that our current investors, as well as the new investors we were fortunate enough to...



6 Unexpected Ways Your Body Changes After Pregnancy

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:38:38 +0100

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 Sports Medicine. “Some women are alarmed that they can lean forward or do a sit-up and see this bulge in between these muscles,” explains Jonathan Schaffir, MD,...



Crosslinking, IOLs, and Femtosecond Laser Prominent at ASCRS Crosslinking, IOLs, and Femtosecond Laser Prominent at ASCRS

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:22:11 +0100

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)



Data analysis finds lower risk of infection with LASIK than with contacts over time

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(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)



Cataract surgery: When is the laser method a good idea?

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100

(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)

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Ditch contact lenses after 10 years or risk going BLIND

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:53:02 +0100

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)



UCLA surgeons use minimally invasive procedure to cure boy with rare form of seizures

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:00 +0100

​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 witnessed it ourselves, who knows how long these would have gone on?”The Chos brought Justin toUCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital, where he was treated byDr. Aria Fallah, a pediatric neurosurgeon.“Justin had wha...



Physician Who Tricked Patients Into Surgery Gets 10 Years Physician Who Tricked Patients Into Surgery Gets 10 Years

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:46:09 +0100

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)



The 7 Most Common Causes Of Itchy Red Bumps

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:29:19 +0100

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 if it lasts for over two weeks, or goes away and comes back” or if your itch cream is not bringing you relief, it’s a good idea to visit your dermatologist &...

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How the cold weather could make you go BLIND

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:40:11 +0100

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)



Johnson & Johnson completes acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0100

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)



Johnson & Johnson adds to its eye health brand

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:34:31 +0100

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)



MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for February 27, 2017

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:00:46 +0100

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 last week. The Plainsboro, N.J.-based medical device company posted profits of $28.2 million, or 35¢ per share, on sales of $255.7 million for the 3 months ended Dec. 31, for ...

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Johnson & Johnson closes $4.3B Abbott Medical Optics buy

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:23:17 +0100

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 eye health,” chairwoman Ashley McEvoy said in a press release. “Sight is precious, it’s the sense people fear losing the most. By bringing on board surgical solutions that are s...



Current, Effective Advantages of Femto Phaco Current, Effective Advantages of Femto Phaco

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0100

What benefits does femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery offer over manual phacoemulsification?Current Opinion in Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)



Current, Effective Advantages of Femto Phacoemulsification Current, Effective Advantages of Femto Phacoemulsification

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:06:02 +0100

What benefits does femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery offer over manual phacoemulsification?Current Opinion in Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Lord Martin Rees: We Are Living Through A Political And Scientific Transformation

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:24:04 +0100

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 genome, and we heard about experiments on the influenza virus to make it more virulent and transmissible. These techniques are developing very fast and have huge potentia...



Martin Rees: We Are Living Through A Political And Scientific Transformation

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:24:04 +0100

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 genome, and we heard about experiments on the influenza virus to make it more virulent and transmissible. These techniques are developing very fast and have huge potentia...

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From Interventional Radiologist to Medtech CEO: Interview with Dr. Bob Smouse, Founder of BrightWater Medical

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:54:10 +0100

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 member for a host of medical device companies including Boston Scientific, Cook Medical, Endotronics, Novate Medical, Crocks Biomedical, Endoshape, the Medicines Company, and Varian Med...



Slow Medicine: Eyeing the Evidence for Laser Surgery

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Scant data on this ubiquitous procedure (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Laser May Be Best Skin Primer for Photodynamic Therapy Laser May Be Best Skin Primer for Photodynamic Therapy

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:28:27 +0100

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)



Are you seeing ghosts? Get yourself to an optician NOT an exorcist, leading expert warns

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:12:46 +0100

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)



Lessons Learned Building Acclarent from Scratch: Interview with Bill Facteau, President and CEO of Earlens

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:48:00 +0100

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 & Johnson via the $800M dollar acquisition of Acclarent where he served as President, CEO, and a member of the Board of Directors since the company’s formation in 2004. Under Bill’s lead...

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Ivantis raises $25m in Series C to support Hydrus microstent

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:20:09 +0100

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 launch, and at the same time we warmly welcome RA Capital Management and Merieux Developpement to our multinational syndicate of valued investors. With well-earned reputations for deep di...



What--and Why--the Neonatologist Should Know About Twin-To-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0100

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. The Quintero staging system is widely used to characterize the features and severity of the disease in a given pregnancy and to guide decisions regarding therapy. The advent of endoscopic feto...



Better tool to help assess LASIK Patients

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:00:15 +0100

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 risks with all medical procedures – and the risks associated with LASIK are well known – FDA teamed up with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Defense...



MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for December 20, 2016

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:00:05 +0100

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 devices that incorporate already approved drugs. The Hatch-Waxman Act, named for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), was approved in 1984. It was design...



Laser-activated drug offers new hope for prostate cancer treatment

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 19:46:53 +0100

A new laser-based treatment for prostate cancer has shown promise as a new therapy, without the need for surgery. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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New laser therapy for low-risk prostate cancer shows promise

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +0100

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 follow-up. However, there are some points to note to put the study in context. Researchers only included men with a very low-risk localised prostate cancer. The results...



Prostate cancer laser treatment could be a game changer for men

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:58:07 +0100

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 calling UCL ever since the news got out.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Prostate cancer laser treatment could be a gamechanger for men

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:58:07 +0100

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 patients, who have been calling UCL ever since the news got out.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Prostate cancer laser treatment 'truly transformative'

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:59:52 +0100

Surgeons describe a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as "truly transformative". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Laser-activated drug a 'leap forward' for prostate cancer treatment

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 06:26:06 +0100

New therapy does not cause side-effects such as impotence and urinary incontinence, researchers sayA drug activated by laser light successfully destroys early prostate cancer while avoiding side-effects that commonly occur with surgery, trial results have shown.The new technique, called vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy (VTP), involves injecting a light-sensitive drug into the bloodstream. The drug is then “switched on” by laser pulses fired through optical fibres inserted into the prostate.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Laser therapy technique that can wipe out prostate cancer

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:52:04 +0100

The technique, in which a light-sensitive chemical is activated by a laser when it reaches cancer cells, could spare many patients the trauma of surgery or radiotherapy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Lensar files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:05:19 +0100

Lensar Inc. today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it needs to reduce its debt and strengthen its balance sheet and platform for future growth. The Orlando, Fl.-based company was supported by its senior secured lender, PDL BioParhma Inc. In December 2015, healthcare and social commerce company Alphaeon bought the laser cataract treatment company for $59 million. Lensar said it anticipates that the company will file a plan to reduce its debt and convert a portion of PDL’s outstanding debt into equity. In the meantime, Lensar will continue to pay all employee wages and provide benefits, as well as pay all current operating expenses. “Given the growing aging population globally, with more than 22 million cataracts treated annually, I am very optimistic about th...



Percutaneous Surgery for Epidural Spinal Cord Compression Percutaneous Surgery for Epidural Spinal Cord Compression

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:09:30 +0100

The authors describe the use of spinal laser interstitial thermotherapy with percutaneous spinal stabilization for the treatment of epidural spinal cord compression caused by metastatic tumors.Neurosurgical Focus (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



FDA Voice blog: Better Tool to Help Assess LASIK Patients

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0100

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 satisf... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)



Endurance through criticism: The legendary career of Dr. John Simpson

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:12:32 +0100

Avinger executive chairman Dr. John Simpson 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. John Simpson.  Even if you’re a medical device newbie, you’ve probably heard of him.  He’s credited with inventing and commercializing the first over-the-wire balloon catheter used for percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA).  This single idea created the field of interventional cardiology as we know it today. Over the course of his renowned medtech career, Dr. Simpson has founded and successfully exited companies like ACS and DVI (both acquired by Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY)), CVIS (acquired by Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX)), Perclo...

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Grooming pubic hair linked to increased STI risk

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0100

Conclusion This US questionnaire-based study aimed to assess the link between the grooming of pubic hair and lifetime history of STIs. The findings showed that grooming was associated with a higher rate of STIs. The study has strengths in that it included a large number of both men and women with a very small number excluded from the analysis. The team made attempts to make the survey as fair as possible and provided a laptop computer and free internet service to those without access to the internet. They also carried out a pilot survey to make sure it was valid and easy to understand. However there are some important limitations to this research that overall mean that it can't prove conclusively that grooming pubic hair directly increases your risk of STIs. By design this cross-sectiona...



Some Lasik patients report 'halo' effect up to a year later

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:12:44 +0100

Randy Dotinga, HealthDay News Nine out of 10 Lasik laser eye surgery patients report satisfaction afterward. But a sizable percentage experience new visual disturbances. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



' Halo' Effect Common After Lasik Eye Surgery

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +0100

But post-op problems typically clear up over time, specialist says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Laser Eye Surgery (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Survey Finds Many Experience New Problems After LASIK Survey Finds Many Experience New Problems After LASIK

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:08:49 +0100

Many people who undergo laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery to correct their vision experience new eye problems months after the procedure, according to a new study from the U.S. government.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)

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Many LASIK Patients Have New Eye Problems After Surgery

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:54:48 +0100

A significant percentage of people who undergo LASIK eye surgery to correct their vision may experience side effects from the surgery, according to a new study. Researchers found that, three months after the participants had LASIK surgery, more than 40 percent of them reported experiencing new visual symptoms, such as seeing glare or halos around objects, that they did not experience before undergoing the surgery. “To our knowledge, our study is one of the few that have reported the development of new visual symptoms” after the surgery, the researchers at the Food and Drug Administration wrote in the study, published today (Nov. 23) in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology. [The 7 Biggest Mysteries of the Human Body] In the study, the researchers followed two groups of people for...



New Visual Symptoms Common After LASIK (FREE)

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:00:00 +0100

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH Patients undergoing LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) surgery often develop new visual symptoms afterward, according to a study in JAMA Ophthalmology.Roughly 240 … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



Survey finds many experience new problems after LASIK

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 02:11:03 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Many people who undergo laser surgery to correct their vision experience new eye problems months after the procedure, according to a new study from the U.S. government. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Step inside the operating room as surgeons use new laser method to attack B.C. woman's brain tumour

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:34:39 +0100

Twenty-seven Canadians a day are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Often, the prognosis isn't good, but a new technique that targets tumours deep inside the brain that are too dangerous to remove surgically might offer some hope. (Source: CBC | Health)



Watch surgeons attack B.C. woman's brain tumour with new laser method

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:34:39 +0100

Twenty-seven Canadians a day are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Often, the prognosis isn't good, but it might be improved thanks to a new technique that targets tumours deep inside the brain that are too dangerous to remove surgically. (Source: CBC | Health)

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What is it Like to Have PRK Surgery?

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:21:11 +0100

What is it like to get PRK corrective eye surgery? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Eric Kolovson, had PRK surgery in both eyes, on Quora: I got PRK done on each eye, one at a time. Both eyes have been healing on slightly different timelines, but here's the general experience: Day 0: The surgery itself is relatively painless. I would compare it to going to the dentist for a cleaning, where you have to lie still for a certain amount of time and endure a bit of discomfort, but there is no real pain. The major difference is that since they are working on your eye, everything is right up in your face and you can't really zone out. In fact, they pry your eye open like that scene in ...



To the Brain and Back - "Fantastic Voyage" pulsed by Anatomy from Asimov

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:56:02 +0100

Autumn 1966: A Medical Operation that's critical to Military Operations - ... an operation vitally urgent to the security of the free world... a voyage into inner space, into the living body, via a submarine and everyone in it shrunk down to the size of a single cell... inserted hypodermically and transported by the body's circulatory system, through the heart and the lungs, into the brain... so that a laser beam might dissolve a life-threatening blood clot, in a brain that holds an earth-imperiling secret.... ... $4 million will be spent to make this milestone of entertainment and showmanship. That was the 1966 promotional pitch to motion picture distributors and theater owners. A 1966 ad for Fantastic Voyage proclaimed, "You've never been HERE before!" A 1966 magazine review describ...



Woman Farts During Surgery And The Results Are Ghastly

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:04:44 +0100

A woman who went into a Tokyo hospital for surgery needed to be treated for burns after one of her farts apparently started a fire in the operating room. The fire happened April 15 at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital when a doctor was using a laser on the cervix of a woman in her 30s, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Doctors believed the patient passed gas that was then ignited by the laser. The resulting fire burned most of the patient’s body, waist and legs, according to a News.com.au. According to a report about the incident, no flammable materials were in the operation room during the surgery and that equipment was functioning normally. According to the report: When the patient’s intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with th...



Woman Farts During Surgery, Setting Fire To Laser In Operating Room

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:04:44 +0100

A woman who went into a Tokyo hospital for surgery needed to be treated for burns after one of her farts apparently started a fire in the operating room. The fire happened April 15 at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital when a doctor was using a laser on the cervix of a woman in her 30s, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Doctors believed the patient passed gas that was then ignited by the laser. The resulting fire burned most of the patient’s body, waist and legs, according to a News.com.au. According to a report about the incident, no flammable materials were in the operation room during the surgery and that equipment was functioning normally. According to the report: When the patient’s intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with th...

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Improve Kidney Function With IV Laser Treatment

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:44:32 +0100

If you're one of the more than 20 million Americans who suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), your doctor has probably told you there isn't much they can do for you. Mainstream medicine doesn't have a cure for CKD. What they do have is a lot of drugs to treat the symptoms of it. And most of the drugs will leave you worse off than before you started taking them… Like ESAs, which are prescribed to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney disease. These dangerous drugs can cause strokes, heart attacks, blood clots and seizures. And if your kidneys fail, your only options are dialysis or a kidney transplant. It's enough to leave you feeling hopeless… But I'm here to tell you there IS hope. It's called intravenous laser blood therapy, or IV laser treatment. ...



How Medical Tattoos Can Help People With Skin Grafts And Scars

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:54:08 +0100

By Lisa Rapaport(Reuters Health) - Patients who get tattoos to cover facial skin grafts and scars may feel happier with both their appearance and quality of life, a Dutch study suggests. The practice of using tattoos to cover damaged skin isn’t that new. Doctors even have a term for it: dermatography. These medical tattoos are not butterflies or lightning bolts; rather doctors use subtle coloration to make discolored areas match surrounding skin more closely. While it doesn’t cure disease, cosmetic changes made by tattoo needles can still have lasting health benefits, said one of the study’s authors, Dr. Rick van de Langenberg. “Scar and skin graft color abnormalities can result in impaired physical, psychological, and social well-being, especially in the facial are...



Microneedling: How To Get Rid of Wrinkles and Scars

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:36:35 +0100

Like the rest of your body, your skin accumulates damage over the years from environmental toxins and bad habits like smoking or a poor diet. You might have visible scars on your face… or skin that’s been left with pits and pocks from childhood chicken pox or acne. If you go to a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist, they’ll likely suggest an invasive and painful procedure with a long recovery. But I’m here to tell you that you don’t need a facelift if you want to look younger. And you don’t need a chemical peel to get smoother skin. How To Help Restore Your Skin I’ve been helping my patients restore their youthful skin through microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). And it just may be the hottest aesthetic anti-aging therapy I’ve found. One...



MRI Interventions' ClearPoint & #194; & #174; Neuro-Navigation System to be Featured at ...

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:32:21 +0100

ClearPoint System’s one-room procedural workflow addresses intra-hospital transportation risk and patient comfort IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 21, 2016 - MRI Interventions, Inc. (OTCQB:MRIC) today announced that its ClearPoint Neuro Navigation System will be utilized at a Practical Clinic entitled“Laser Ablation Surgery: Opportunities, Indications, Technique and Outcomes” during the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) taking place on September 24 - 28, 2016, in San Diego,...This story is related to the following:Health, Medical,& Dental Supplies and EquipmentSearch for suppliers of:Navigation Systems | (Source: Industrial Newsroom - Health, Medical and Dental Supplies)

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What You Can Learn From Talking To A 90-Year Old

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:47:33 +0100

Pretty good shape for 90 - must be those G&Ts Last week we celebrated my father-in-law's 90th birthday. There was a time when even getting to 90 was a major achievement, and if someone were lucky enough to make it to 90, they were generally frail, wheelchair bound and barely aware of the celebration going on around them. I remember when my great grandmother hit 90. She was in a nursing home, bent over, in a wheelchair. She barely knew where she was, or who she was. That was some time ago. For my father-in-law, Ken Pattenden, nothing could be further from the truth. The man still stands a lean and wiry six foot plus (as I am only 5'6", I find this alone intimidating), has a full head of hair, a crushing handshake, an athlete's build and more than all his marbles. I suppose it's a tribu...



Some Wild Facts About Our Eyes

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:42:51 +0100

I spent a good 12 hours yesterday in front of my laptop monitor. I didn't plan to go that long, but hey, life happens, and things need to get done. The upside: I got a ton of things done. The downside: my eyes were seriously strained at the end of the day. When I went to bed last night, still feeling the burn, so to speak, I got to thinking about how much we take our peepers for granted. I mean, how much do we really know about them, apart from the fact we use them to see and they come in a variety of cool colors? And so today, I scoured the web to compile a list of pretty fascinating eye trivia. Let's get our learn on! Our eyes have two million working parts, seven million cones which help us see colour and detail, plus 100 million cells (a.k.a. rods) that provide our night vision. T...



MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 19, 2016

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:00:34 +0100

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. Edwards Lifesciences wins expanded CE Mark for Sapien 3 replacement heart valve Edwards Lifesciences said today that it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for an expanded indication for its Sapien 3 transcatheter aortic valve replacement. The expanded indication covers patients at intermediate risk for open heart surgery, Irvine, Calif.-based Edwards said. Last month the FDA also expand...



J & J to Buy Abbott Vision Care Biz for $4.3B

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:57:00 +0100

Products in areas including cataract surgery, laser vision correction and corneal care products (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)



Johnson & Johnson to buy Abbot optics biz for $4.3B

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:09:04 +0100

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) said today it inked a deal to pick up Abbott‘s (NYSE:ABT) Medical Optics business for $4.3 billion in cash. The deal includes Abbott’s subsidiary Abbot Medical Optics, which reported sales of $1.1 billion, along with its portfolio of ophthalmic products covering cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery and consumer eye health. “Eye health is one of the largest, fastest growing and most underserved segments in health care today. With the acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics’ strong and differentiated surgical ophthalmic portfolio, coupled with our world-leading Acuvue contact lens business, we will become a more broad-based leader in vision care.  Importantly, with this acquisition we will enter cataract surgery – one of the most...

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Johnson & Johnson to buy Abbott optics biz for $4.3B

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:09:04 +0100

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) said today that it inked a deal to pick up Abbott‘s (NYSE:ABT) medical optics business for $4.3 billion in cash. The deal for Abbott’s subsidiary Abbott Medical Optics, which reported sales of $1.1 billion, includes its portfolio of ophthalmic products covering cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery and consumer eye health. “Eye health is 1 of the largest, fastest-growing and most underserved segments in health care today. With the acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics’ strong and differentiated surgical ophthalmic portfolio, coupled with our world-leading Acuvue contact lens business, we will become a more broad-based leader in vision care. Importantly, with this acquisition we will enter cataract surgery – 1 of the most co...



Abbott to sell Abbott Medical Optics to Johnson & Johnson for $4.325 billion

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:00:00 +0100

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced today that it will sell Abbott Medical Optics, its vision care business, to Johnson & Johnson for $4.325 billion in cash. Abbott's vision business has products in areas including cataract surgery, laser vision correction (LASIK) and corneal care products (contact solution, eye drops, etc.). (Source: World Pharma News)



FDA approves Carl Zeiss Meditec ’ s VisuMax Femtosecond laser

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:48:36 +0100

The FDA today granted premarket approval to Carl Zeiss Meditec (ETR:AFX) for its VisuMax Femtosecond Laser, with indications for small incision lenticule extraction procedures to reduce or eliminate nearsightedness in patients 22 or older. The newly cleared laser is designed to incise the cornea to create a disc-shaped piece of tissue that is surgically removed to shape the cornea and correct nearsightedness, according to the FDA. “This approval expands the surgical treatment options available to patients for correcting nearsightedness,” FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health ophthalmic and ear, nose and throat devices division director Dr. Malvina Eydelman said in a press release. Approval came with support from a clinical study which reported stable vision correcti...



Monteris Medical wins FDA IDE nod for another NeuroBlate brain cancer trial

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:52:01 +0100

Monteris Medical said today it won FDA investigational device exemption to explore the use of its NeuroBlate system in patients newly diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme. The NeuroBlate system is designed to ablate, necrotize or coagulate soft tissue during neurosurgery procedures through laser thermotherapy, and is not intended for any specific disease or lesion type, the company said. With the investigative approval, Plymouth, Minn.-based Monteris said it expects to launch a new study of its device in the 4th quarter of this year, with enrollment slated for 5 sites in the U.S. “Glioblastoma multiforme continues to be one of the most lethal cancers, and new approaches for managing this disease are urgently needed. Preliminary data suggest that LITT may have potential in newly d...