Nancy Crotti

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 San Jose, CA, recently com... 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

Hope For Women With Low Sex Drive

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on December 20, 2016
Brain stimulation may decrease sexual dysfunction, according to recent research study.Nancy CrottiWomen with decreased sex drive may have another alternative to the failed “female Viagra” pill that FDA approved last year.Researchers in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh have found that certain types of ... Continue

Detecting Infections with Electricity

Posted by Nancy Crotti on December 15, 2016
Researchers have developed a thin-film sensor to find infections in prostheses and joint implants.Nancy CrottiIn the image above, (a) a plastic rod was used as a prosthesis surrogate, (b) the rod was coated with a pH-sensitive thin film sensor and (c) tested experimentally using a prototype ECT mapp... Continue

Researchers Invent Silly Putty Pressure Sensor

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on December 14, 2016
A cross between graphene and flexible silicone, the material has implications for medical devices.Nancy CrottiWhat do you get when you embed sheets of graphene in lightly cross-linked polysilicone? Italian and British researchers came up with supercharged Silly Putty--a highly flexible substance wit... Continue

Next-Gen Blood-Gas Monitor Expands Its Market

Posted in by Nancy Crotti on December 14, 2016
 Sphere Medical’s Proxima 4 can now be used for diabetics and cardiac surgery patients.Nancy CrottiThe Proxima 4 received CE Mark in September 2016.Sphere Medical Holdings PLC has launched the next generation of its blood gases monitor in Europe. The Proxima 4, which also analyzes electrolyte... Continue

Next-Gen Blood-Gas Monitor Expands Its Market

Posted by Nancy Crotti on December 14, 2016
 Sphere Medical’s Proxima 4 can now be used for diabetics and cardiac surgery patients.Nancy CrottiThe Proxima 4 received CE Mark in September 2016.Sphere Medical Holdings PLC has launched the next generation of its blood gases monitor in Europe. The Proxima 4, which also analyzes electrolyte... Continue