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Johnson & Johnson wins first Pinnacle hip implant trial
Bloomberg | October 24, 2014
A Johnson & Johnson unit's design of a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle hip implants isn't defective, a Dallas jury concluded, ruling against a woman who said the devices poisoned her in the first case of its kind to go to trial.

Intuitive sees earnings fall even as da Vinci sales rise
By Adam Rubenfire | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Intuitive Surgical, a surgical robotics company, reported a 21% decrease in earnings in the third quarter, despite broader adoption of its flagship da Vinci system worldwide.

Robots in OB-GYN surgery questioned
By Jaimy Lee | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A study is questioning the use of robots in gynecological surgery after they produced inferior outcomes and had higher costs compared with laparoscopy, the major alternative.

Average cost for anesthesia systems rises as hospitals seek more-advanced units
By Jaimy Lee | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The average cost of anesthesia systems went up 28% in July because of an increase in the number of hospitals buying higher-acuity systems, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

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Surgical robot use criticized in new report
By Jaimy Lee | October 14, 2014
Using surgical robots for procedures on the ovaries, fallopian tubes or ovarian cysts does not produce better outcomes and also has higher costs, a study published this month argues.

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Las Vegas medical company offers tool to fight Ebola
Las Vegas Review-Journal | October 14, 2014
The chief medical officer of a Las Vegas company could be meeting within days with the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about a monitoring device that could be a pivotal tool in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

How labs test for Ebola
By Adam Rubenfire | October 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
As medical professionals prepare for the possible spread of the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released interim guidance this week for the handling of specimens tested for the deadly illness.

Video | Debating the value of innovation
Modern Healthcare | October 10, 2014
The medical device industry argues that risk-based payment models are pushing providers out of their traditional roles as advocates on behalf of patients for access to new technology and aligning them with insurers as gatekeepers on cost.

Biomet Q1 sales gains wiped out by rising expenses
By Rachel Landen | October 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Biomet reported a steep 76.5% decline in its first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2015 as rising expenses eliminated gains from higher sales across nearly all segments.

Health officials tell medical technology group to 'prove it'
By Sabriya Rice | October 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
“Prove it.” That was the resounding message to medical-device manufacturers during the annual Advanced Medical Technology Association conference in Chicago this week. Innovation is needed to advance medicine and better patients' quality of life, but gone are the days of sticking higher...



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