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Synchronizing a failing heart

November 14, 2010 6:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Ottawa Heart Institute) One of the largest, most extensive worldwide investigations into heart failure, led by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, conclusively proves that a new therapeutic implant synchronizes and strengthens a fading heart beat while reducing...

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Adding INSPRA® (eplerenone) to Standard Therapy Significantly Reduces the Risk of CV Mortality and Morbidity in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure With Mild Symptoms, Study ...

November 14, 2010 6:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2010 /- Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE ) today announced results from the EMPHASIS-HF trial(1) showing a statistically significant reduction in risk of cardiovascular (CV) death or heart failure (HF) hospitalization for patients with chronic heart failure with mild symptoms...

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HeartWare Achieves Primary Endpoint with 92% Success in Pivotal Bridge-to-Transplant Clinical Trial, ADVANCE

November 14, 2010 6:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and SYDNEY, Nov. 14, 2010 /- HeartWare International, Inc. (Nasdaq: HTWR ) (ASX: HIN), a leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart failure, today announced that data from its...

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Panasonic Unveils CardioHealth® Station - First Comprehensive Screening Solution to Detect Heart Disease in Asymptomatic Population

November 14, 2010 6:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2010 /-WHAT:You are invited to demo a new tool for personalized preventive medicine called CardioHealth® Station from Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd. Currently applying for FDA clearance, this comprehensive risk assessment tool, includes a powerful ultrasound engine,...

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Smoking among some adults dropped dramatically in past three decades

November 14, 2010 6:33 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Heart Association) Smoking among some adults dropped during the past three decades, with greater decreases among those with higher incomes and more education. Even those who continued to smoke dramatically reduced the number of cigarettes smoked per day. However, young women...

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Sigma Spectrum Infusion Pump Model 35700: Class 1 Recall: Risk of Over-Infusion

November 14, 2010 6:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Unit may fail suddenly, causing inaccurate flow,back flow,over-infusion, and free flow. Pump does not issue an alarm when this occurs and could result in serious injury or death.

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Saturday news tips: Resuscitation Science Symposium

November 13, 2010 5:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Heart Association) This release contains summaries of presentations at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010. All tips are embargoed for 8:30 a.m. CT, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.

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Study suggests physicians wait longer for brain recovery after hypothermia Rx in cardiac arrest

November 13, 2010 5:32 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions) Heart experts at Johns Hopkins say that physicians might be drawing conclusions too soon about irreversible brain damage in patients surviving cardiac arrest whose bodies were for a day initially chilled into a calming coma.

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Skin Closure System Reclassified, Special Controls Guidance Issued

November 12, 2010 4:32 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Closure Medical may soon have more competition for its Prineo skin closure system now that the FDA has downgraded tissue adhesive with adjunct wound closure devices from Class III to Class II.

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FDA, Health Canada to Pursue Joint Third-Party Inspections(2)

November 12, 2010 4:32 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Giving devicemakers two inspections for the price of one, the FDA and Health Canada (HC) have agreed to move forward with a joint third-party inspection program.

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FDA, Health Canada to Pursue Joint Third-Party Inspections

November 12, 2010 4:31 pm | News | Comments

Giving devicemakers two inspections for the price of one, the FDA and Health Canada (HC) have agreed to move forward with a joint third-party inspection program.

Rapid, low-cost test for multi-drug resistant TB gains WHO endorsement

November 12, 2010 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wellcome Trust) A rapid, low cost test for diagnosing tuberculosis -- including multi-drug resistance -- has been endorsed by the World Health Organization for use in resource-poor settings.

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Recognition given for ground-breaking advancements in digitalizing health data and information

November 12, 2010 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Medical Informatics Association) AMIA, the association for informatics professionals, honors four leaders in biomedical and health informatics on Nov. 13, 2010, with the annual presentation of its Signature Awards. The awards are to be announced on Monday, Nov. 15 at the...

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Medicare Advantage enrollment season starts Monday

November 12, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Open enrollment season starts Monday for Medicare Advantage plans, and customers will find, on average, about two dozen plans to choose from, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.Customers will have until Dec. 31 to review health and prescription drug coverage and join plans or make...

Class I Medical Device Recall: SIGMA Spectrum Infusion Pump Model 35700

November 12, 2010 11:34 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

These units may fail suddenly causing inaccurate flow conditions during use, ranging from back flow to over-infusion, including free flow. The pump does not issue an alarm when this occurs. These conditions could result in serious injury or death.

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