Complications of diabetes are more easily treated when they are found early. Researchers at National Taiwan University Hospital have developed a wearable optical device to detect diabetic autonomic neuropathy, a common diabetic complication, that could be better than existing detection methods.
Data from a European postmarket registry show that Abbott's Absorb BVS bioresorbable stent performs at a level similar to today's conventional drug-eluting stents on several measures, but not stent thrombosis. The risk of the stent being blocked by a blood clot was 3.4% after one year, a level of performance similar to prior generation drug-eluting stents, according to a recent EuroIntervention study.
Intuitve Surgical had to defend its robotic surgery platform again, this time from a study which reports that insurance claims data shows that bladder cancer patients had a similar complication rate and length of hospital stay regardless of whether their bladder was removed robotically or in a more invasive open procedure.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.