Category Archives: Surgery

Say it with me… Google Glass is the next big thing in healthcare

Physicians and surgeons are going to flock to Google Glass. That’s my bold prediction and I’m sticking to it. I mean come on, just look at the impact the i-Pad has had on healthcare facilities across the country – sorry…

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We’ve come a long way baby!

I have had may share of personal experiences with medical technology. Some were painful, some humiliating, and some downright scary. But looking at a humorous list from ViralNova (www.viralnova.com) of 15 vintage medical devices, I’m reminded of how far medical…

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Rising to the Challenge

When I signed up for my first half-marathon, which took place recently on the Las Vegas strip at night, I knew I was in for a tremendous challenge. But I had no idea I would be finishing the 13.1 mile…

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What’s up, doc? Survey says ‘lying weasel’ doesn’t only apply to miscreant football coaches

The recent hubbub about ex-University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino, which centered on the latest examples of his propensity for lying to his superiors, got me to thinking. Not so much about how proven prevaricator Petrino finally lied his…

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J.P. Morgan healthcare meeting augurs trends for 2012 and beyond

Hopefully not lost in all the comings and goings of more than 8,500 people at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week were some important take-home messages about the future of med-tech, a future that promises many challenges…

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On the Short Regulatory Horizon

  As the saying goes, there are things we know we don’t know, but here are three things we do know, namely guidances that will affect device makers. One of these might have the effect of making some clinical trials…

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Forget the naysayers: interventional cardiology’s outlook is great

Top 10 reasons interventional cardiologists should be happy By MARK McCARTY Medical Device Daily Washington Editor Dear Interventional Cardiologist, Worried about Medicare reimbursement for the Next Great Stent? Concerned that FDA’s massive regulatory girth will squash your drug-eluting balloon groove?…

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Green-eyed with med-tech envy

I’m not proud to admit this, but once in a while I do get bit by the green-eyed monster – only when it comes to medical innovation though. Hey, nobody’s perfect – right? About eight years ago I had major…

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TAVR looked upon as next med-tech blockbuster, but is it ready for primetime?

It’s easy to understand the excitement about the PARTNER trial, sponsored by Edwards Lifesciences (Irvine, California), the company that makes the much talked about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device, called the Sapien. After all, given the choice between open…

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