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Medical device industry news and trends - and the resources to understand and act on them.

 

A Cool New Way to Prevent Cancer Hair Loss — Literally

Baby, It's Cold Outside, especially in Texas, where a clinical trial showed a new cooling cap system can prevent hair loss in cancer patients.

The ongoing trial involved 95 women with early stage breast cancer. After four cyles of chemotherapy, 48 of the patientsor 51 percentretained their hair. Meanwhile, 47 control patients had no hair after four rounds of chemotherapy. The results were so striking that researchers decided to stop the study early and report their findings at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium last week. 

The Med Device Industry (and the FDA) Embrace 3D Printing Innovation

Just this week the world's first 3D-printed office opened in Dubai. It took all of 17 days to print a 2,700-square-foot building at half the price of conventional methods. In short, this 3D printing thing has some legs... and we mean that literally, too.

3D printing is definitely a hot topic across the medical device industry. This ground-breaking technology that began in the 80s has advanced into a valuable tool for manufacturers, and even earned itself draft guidance from the FDA earlier this month.

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