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Imagine being able to use 3D printing to build an advanced medical device, which provides assistance to people suffering from knee disabilities or recovering from knee surgery. A Chinese science and technology company did just that, developing a 3D-printed exoskeleton called BioNEEK, that makes use of PEEK material. PEEK (an acronym for Polyether Ether Ketone) is a high-performance 3D printing filament that is often used for medical applications. The company joined hands with INTAMSYS (Intelligent Additive Manufacturing Systems) to develop a passive exoskeleton for the knee. INTAMSYS offers top quality 3D printed parts in a variety of high-performance materials, of which...

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It took the FDA about 30 days to clear Ceterix Orthopaedics' next-generation meniscal repair instrument. With roughly one million meniscus repairs performed annually, this is one of the most common arthroscopic procedures in the U.S. Meniscal tears are most often treated via a meniscectomy, where a surgeon removes the torn tissue. Ceterix says their newly cleared device is designed to allow surgeons to place stitches arthroscopically in tight joint compartments, to treat meniscal tears that had previously been unrepairable. Peter Kurzweil M.D., president of Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group, said that Ceterix’s NovoStitch Pro Meniscal Repair System "represents a significant improvement...

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A common treatment for full thickness chondral defects (deep areas of cartilage damage down to the bone) is microfracture. Essentially this involves, drilling multiple shallow holes, or microfractures, into the exposed bone which allows blood and bone marrow cells to form a 'clot' that completely covers the damaged area and matures into repair tissue. The problem with this procedure is that microfracture leads to the growth of fibrocartilage repair tissue, rather than native hyaline-like cartilage, which is less durable in the long-term. Efforts to augment the microfracture technique and yield true hyaline-like cartilage have led to the development of BioCartilage. BioCartilage is...

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It's undeniable we live in an ever increasingly virtual world. No where is that more evident than in the fact that physical therapy can be done remotely. Enter Reflexion Health, a virtual rehabilitation therapy company dedicated to bringing patients technology that helps them recover at home. The company's flagship product, VERA™, is an FDA-cleared Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant that is able to support and remotely monitor physical therapy exercises in real-time. VERA brings the guidance of a physical therapist into the home to coach, motivate and assess adherence to prescribed physical therapy recovery exercises. Pretty cool right? In a new...

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Inflammation, whether it be from surgery or a chronic injury, can be an ongoing, very frustrating battle. In addition to the RICE protocol, which greatly reduces inflammation, many foods have the potential to offer additional relief. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory foods: Turmeric This golden yellow spice is known for exhibiting a wide range of health benefits. There are more than 10,000 research works that study the health merits of turmeric. The antioxidant content of the spice is high and turmeric also boasts anti-inflammatory properties from a compound...

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