April 24, 1995 |
Dr. David Scharp figures he just got the chance of a lifetime. For two decades, the noted St. Louis surgeon has been working on new treatments for diabetics. He joined Neocrin Inc. recently and found himself in the thick of a race to develop a new method for attacking diabetes. The small research firm is on the cutting edge of technology as it experiments with an implant that can act like a pancreas and eliminate the need for insulin injections. "This is the assault on the summit!"
September 24, 1999 |
For the first time, doctors appear to have restored fertility in a menopausal woman by reimplanting into her abdomen several pieces of her ovaries that had been removed and frozen when she was younger. The experimental procedure, performed on an American ballerina, could lead to greatly expanded reproductive options for women by allowing them to become pregnant years or decades later in life than is now possible, doctors said.
March 11, 2008 |
An Irvine-based marketing contractor for Mentor Corp., a Santa Barbara-based maker of silicone breast implants, agreed to pay $166,644 to settle Securities and Exchange Commission claims that he illegally traded on inside information. In November 2006, after learning that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the sale of Mentor's MemoryGel implants, Kent Barkouras, the largest shareholder and chief executive of closely held MyPrint Corp., bought options giving him the right to buy 546 Mentor shares at a set price, the SEC said.
October 7, 2003 |
Shares of Staar Surgical Co. fell 13% on Monday after a Food and Drug Administration panel expressed concern about the company's experimental implanted lens for treating nearsightedness. On Friday, an FDA advisory panel recommended that the agency approve the device with several conditions, including longer-term patient follow-up exams. Members of the panel said they were troubled by cell loss in the cornea after surgery. The FDA usually follows its panel's advice.
March 2, 1992 |
Lucille Rinaudo says she has been in pain since 1986, when her jaw implant proved faulty. Rinaudo, 36, of Rochester, N.Y., says the device--installed to help ease problems caused by temporomandibular joint dysfunction, which hinders jaw movement--worsened her condition and caused serious side effects. "At times I feel like I'm on fire inside my head," she says. In 1989, the Food and Drug Administration investigated consumer complaints about jaw implants manufactured by Vitek Inc.
September 1, 1993 |
In a decision that could cost medical device manufacturers millions of dollars each year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it has imposed a new rule requiring makers of implant devices to track patients who use their products. The rule, spurred by controversies surrounding the Bjork-Shiley heart valve and Dow Corning silicone breast implants, also affects makers of ventilators, breathing monitors and heartbeat regulators designed for use at home, the FDA said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1998 |
They flutter from telephone poles all over the city: homemade fliers with blurry photos of lost dogs or cats, posted by desperate pet lovers. Now, the Los Angeles Department of Animal Regulation believes that it may have a technological solution to the problem of wandering pets: computer chips. By implanting a chip the size of a grain of rice under the skin of a pet's neck, the department hopes to reunite lost pets and their owners and cut down on the number of animals that it must kill.
January 20, 1991 |
Keith Hollingsworth, 79, a retired farmer from central Florida, was disturbed by stories that he read several weeks ago in the Orlando Sentinel about fatal fractures of a heart valve manufactured by Shiley Inc. of Irvine. The stories troubled Hollingsworth because he had such a device implanted in 1981 after he suffered a massive heart attack. Anxious for more information, he called Shiley, who, in turn, referred him to Medic Alert Foundation International in Turlock.
September 4, 1990 |
Casey Correia was 5 when he lost his hearing as a complication of meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the spinal cord or brain. Hearing aids were of no use to the Yorba Linda boy. Within weeks of becoming deaf, his speech deteriorated. Frankie and Jack Correia seized upon the only remaining alternative for their son: a cochlear implant.
July 24, 1996 |
Steri-Oss Inc., a fast-growing maker of dental implants, will be sold by its giant parent, Bausch & Lomb, to its top executives and a private investment fund, the companies said Tuesday. The Finisterre Fund of New York, which invests in health-care businesses, would receive the majority stake in Steri-Oss, though the company's local management team would continue to run the company, officials said.