Medical devices

3D-printed spinal implants debut at NSUH

Surgical patients have received the first batch of 3D-printed titanium spinal implants at North Shore University Hospital. The implants were part of spinal decompression and fusion surgeries performed at the Manhasset hospital, including a procedure performed on Kim Pierre, a 54-year-old nurse from the Elmont section of Queens who suffers from spondylosis, a disease that destabilizes the spine and compresses the spinal nerves. Pierre, who reported 13 years of debilitating back pain before her procedure…

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Henry Shein ‘pleased’ with Q1’s 10% sales jump

They’re off to the races once again at Henry Schein Inc., where healthy increases in net sales and net income highlighted a strong first quarter. Coming off a stellar 2015, the aggressively expanding Melville-based healthcare products distributor reported net sales of $2.7 billion for the quarter ended March 26, an increase of 10.1 percent over net sales reported in 1Q 2015. The sales spike came despite a 1.9 percent decline in foreign currency exchange rates,…


Have a lumbar sciatica? You want the O-Arm

By GREGORY ZELLER // The first Long Island spinal surgeries incorporating a state-of-the-art “intraoperative surgical imaging system” have been successfully completed, with many more to come. In early March, Robert Kerr, chief of neurosurgery at Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital, performed a lumbar sciatica procedure on a 48-year-old Northport resident using the O-Arm, a real-time 3D-imaging system produced by Irish medical-tech giant Medtronic. About a week later, Kerr performed a lateral mass screw and rod fixation…


At Northwell, a $100K slam dunk

By GREGORY ZELLER // Fans of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will help dictate the course of scientific research at Northwell Health. A new multimedia contest featuring television commercials and online voting will pit three Northwell Health-based medical innovations against each other, with $100,000 in health system research support up for grabs. The voting is actually open to all, though the TV campaign will heavily target fans tuning into the NCAA tournament. Through deal with…


For allergy sufferers, treatment is now at hand

By GREGORY ZELLER // Most allergy-related emergencies stem from some simple problem. When a patient can’t find his auto-injector, or doesn’t know how to use it, or the medication inside is expired, bad things happen. Collectively called anaphylaxis, allergic reactions can be life-threatening events with a frighteningly fast onset. But modern medical science can stand toe-to-toe – if patients know how to store, access and apply the proper tools, according to Dr. Gregory Puglisi, a…


Henry Schein shines in Q4, full year

An impressive rise in adjusted earnings per share highlighted 2015 fourth-quarter and year-end financials released Wednesday by Henry Schein Inc. For 4Q 2015, which ended Dec. 31, the global healthcare-products provider reported EPS of $1.67, a 7.1 percent year-over-year jump. The aggressively expanding Melville company credited the quarterly increase – and a year-end EPS of $5.96, up 9.6 percent from 2014’s per-share earnings – to strong revenues across its Dental, Medical, Animal Health and Technology…


Northwell readies move into 3D markets

By GREGORY ZELLER // With 3D printing rapidly redefining what’s medically feasible, the Northwell Health system is rushing to study the commercial possibilities. Not only are scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research – the health system’s R&D arm – riding the next wave of 3D printing’s medical applications, but Northwell itself is looking at ways to take the emerging science to market. Specifically, Northwell Ventures, the system’s commercialization office, is considering two 3D-printing verticals,…