Teleflex sells surgical unit for $25M; Device makers expect strong 2010;

> Limerick, PA-based Teleflex said today that it's selling its SSI Surgical Services to a privately-owned healthcare company for $25 million. Teleflex story

> Medical device makers and contract manufacturers are seeing an uptick in demand for medical plastics, something they say indicates 2010 is off to a strong start. Article

> Orthepedics company Small Bone Innovations has received 510(k) pre-market clearance notifications for Mini-Rail Fixation System and large Cannulated Screw System for use in lower limb reconstruction and repair procedures. Release

> Patients at risk for having a stroke are more likely to benefit from surgery to strip fatty plaque out of the arteries in the neck than from a stent, or tube-like device implanted to hold the artery open, a study found. Story

> Stryker has announced that its board has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share payable on April 30, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 30, 2010.  Release

> 3M Health Information Systems has released 3MMobile Dictation Software on the iPhoneplatform, giving physicians greater control over their dictation workflow. The advanced mobile application, also available on the BlackBerryand Windows Mobile platforms, offers physicians the freedom of using a single device for phone, email, and dictation, and provides "anytime, anywhere" access via Wi-Fi or 3G wireless service. Release

> Medical device maker and drug developer Derma Sciences Inc. said Thursday it finalized a deal to license worldwide rights to Medihoney wound and skin care products from Comvita New Zealand. Report

> BD Biosciences, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) has announced the launch of the BD FACSAria III Cell Sorting System, a next-generation flow cytometer with the ability to run complex multicolor experiments using up to six lasers. Release

> Smith & Nephew's Endoscopy Division has launched the DYONICS RF System, which incorporates a compact generator with a family of probes for aggressively removing defects and smoothing soft tissue during arthroscopic surgery. Release

And Finally... Virtual reality game technology using Wii may help recovering stroke patients improve their motor function, according to research presented as a late breaking poster at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2010. Release