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JAMA: Power morcellator devices increase levels of undetected cancers in women

Amid growing safety concerns over the use of power morcellator tools in gynecological procedures, new research shows that a significant number of women undergoing laparoscopic surgery with the device have increased levels of undetected cancer.

Catheters for deep vein thrombosis may do more harm than good

Catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) has been used in an effort to reduce the incidence of post-thrombotic syndrome in deep vein thrombosis. But a newly published observational study suggests that not only is catheter use ineffective at preventing post-thrombotic syndrome, but it is actually associated with higher rates of adverse events.

Patient groups argue for faster med tech FDA approvals at industry meeting

The president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and founder of the Children with Diabetes Foundation made their case for faster approvals at a July 17 AdvaMed hearing in Washington, DC. 

Researchers developing state-changing surgical robots

Robotics company Boston Dynamics and MIT are teaming up to develop the next generation of robots. The duo developed a new composite material that can quickly transform from a rigid state into a softer one by softening its joints with heat.

USGI Medical prepares U.S. pivotal data for obesity device

USGI Medical, a California-based devicemaker focused on incisionless, endoscopic procedures for weight loss, reflux and advanced therapeutic endoscopy, said enrollment has been completed for a pivotal study to evaluate the company's POSE (Primary Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal) procedure.

JAMA study adds to robotic surgery safety concerns

A recent study found that the adoption of the da Vinci Surgical System in 2005 resulted in increased complications in minimally invasive prostatectomies because surgeons were learning on the job--to the detriment of patients.

Stomach-draining obesity device headed for FDA submission in 2015

A device to treat obesity, although it may be a bit difficult to stomach, is headed for an FDA submission in June 2015. Aspire Bariatrics has completed enrollment of a pivotal trial for its AspireAssist Aspiration Therapy and plans to submit a PMA then.

How it works: Anti-venom devices may neutralize mosquito bites

Mosquito-bite induced scratch attacks might be a thing of the past, if you're willing to heat your bites with electric shocks, a process rumored to soothe the itch.

Surgeons tout benefits of Google Glass in operating room

As wearable devices pick up speed as viable surgical tools, physicians are touting the benefits of Google Glass technology for use in operating room procedures.

Study: Insulin pumps control glucose better than daily shots for Type 2 diabetics

Insulin pumps do a better job of helping control glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes than multiple daily injections, according to results from a new study funded by medical device maker Medtronic.