Nancy Crotti

J&J to Swallow Up GERD-Prevention Device Maker

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on February 22, 2017
Torax Medical makes a magnetic device that keeps stomach acid in place.Nancy CrottiA subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson is buying a small company that makes a surgical solution to gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD).Cincinnati-based Ethicon, Inc. announced the purchase of competitor Torax Medica... Continue

Here's The Scoop On Scopis Scoping U.S. Market

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on February 15, 2017
Scopis recently opened an office in Cambridge and is cultivating investors in the U.S.Nancy CrottiScopis offers target-guided surgery via augmented reality. A German company that sells augmented reality products for minimally invasive surgery has landed in the United States.Found... Continue

J&J Sued Over Silicone Breast Implants

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on February 6, 2017
The complaint may signal a new wave of lawsuits similar to those that overwhelmed implant-makers in the 1990s.Nancy CrottiA California woman has sued Johnson & Johnson and two of its subsidiaries, claiming that leaking silicone breast implants caused muscle pain and nausea.Filed in Superior Cour... Continue

New Charges for Ex-Starkey Execs

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on January 31, 2017
A superseding indictment adds filing false tax returns to the existing charges faced by former Starkey executives accused of stealing $20 million from the company.  Nancy CrottiTwo fired executives of hearing aid manufacturer Starkey Laboratories face new charges in a federal embezzlement ... Continue

Spinal Cord Stimulation May Reduce Opioid Use

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on January 26, 2017
A new study funded by St. Jude Medical showed that most patients took fewer painkillers after being implanted with a spinal cord stimulation device.Nancy CrottiSt. Jude Medical's Prodigy Spinal Cord Stimulation System is used totreat chronic pain. Opioid use by chronic pain patients either drop... Continue

Innovative Breast-Tissue Expander Gets FDA Nod

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on January 19, 2017
The device could represent the first major change in expansion procedures in 40 years.Nancy CrottiFDA has granted de novo clearance to the first breast-tissue expander that uses air instead of saline and shortens the process from mastectomy to reconstruction.AirXpanders of Palo Alto, CA, recently co... Continue

How Philips is Using Augmented Reality to Improve the Accuracy of Spinal Surgery

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on January 18, 2017
In a preclinical study, neurosurgeons using augmented reality were able to more precisely place screws in cadavers’ spines.Nancy CrottiA preclinical study showed that Philips's augmented reality technologyhelped increase the accuracy of pedicle screw placement in thethoracic spines of cadaver... Continue

Will Congress Repeal the Medical Device Tax for Good?

Posted by Nancy Crotti on January 9, 2017
Maybe, but whether it would happen separately or as part of the repeal/replacement of the Affordable Care Act is anybody’s guess.Nancy CrottiWith nearly a year to go before the medical device tax suspension expires and Congressional Republicans determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), w... Continue

How Deep Brain Stimulation Might Treat Paralysis

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on January 6, 2017
A clinical trial's first-in-human implant seeks to determine whether brain stimulation can help restore motor function in stroke survivors.Nancy CrottiSurgeons at Cleveland Clinic have performed the first deep-brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to improve stroke recovery in humans.The six-hour procedur... Continue

Blood Test Predicts Cancer Survival Time

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on December 22, 2016
New models based on test results may help doctors and patients decide whether and when to discontinue aggressive treatment.Nancy CrottiA routine blood test can predict how long cancer patients in palliative care will survive, researchers reported at an oncology conference in Singapore this week.Rese... Continue