Hospitals Struggle To Beat Back Serious Infections

Infections

While Ebola stokes public anxiety, more than 1 in 6 hospitals — including some top medical centers — are having trouble stamping out less exotic but sometimes deadly infections, federal records show. Nationally, about 1 in 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection. Some 75,000 people die each year from them — more than from car…

X-spine Systems launches portfolio of biologics products

X-spine

MIAMISBURG, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–X-spine Systems, Inc., a global medical device manufacturer of class-leading products for spinal surgery, announces the addition of a broad line of biologics to their product portfolio. The initial launch of biologics includes Axograft™ DBM Putty, Axograft™ Cancellous Crushed Allograft, Axograft™ Crunch Allograft and Axograft™ Amniotic Membrane. “We are excited to expand our…

Cybersecurity Flaws in Medical Devices and Hospital Equipment Under Investigation

Cybersecurity

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. The products under review by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or…

Invisible Sensors for a Better View of the Brain

Invisible Sensors

Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers’ efforts to understand the brain. The team described its technology, which has applications in fields ranging from neuroscience to cardiac care and even contact lenses, in the Oct. 20 issue of the online journal…

Bionic Spine Stimulation to Help People Move Again

Spine Stimulation

Technologies to help paralyzed people move again have come a long way since “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve died 10 years ago. While a paralysis “cure” remains far from reality, the strides made in the past decade would make Reeve “excited,” his son said. Electrical stimulation, brain-computer interfaces, exoskeletons and pharmaceutical therapies have proven somewhat effective…