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Covidien Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit over Ethicon's Ultrasonic Surgical Devices

June 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Business Wire | Comments

Covidien has announced that it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut against Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. The lawsuit alleges that Ethicon’s latest ultrasonic surgical...

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Medivators Launches JET PREPT Device to Improve Polyp Detection

June 24, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medivators Inc., a Cantel Medical company and a leading medical device manufacturer with over thirty years in endoscopy technology, announces the debut of the JET PREPT Endoscopic Flushing Device, a novel irrigation and suction device that...

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FDA Study: Heart Pacer-Zapper Benefits Women More

June 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer | Comments

Women with heart failure are less likely to get a special kind of pacemaker than men, but more likely to benefit from the device, a government analysis suggests. The findings come from the first study of its kind conducted by researchers...

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Industry's Smallest Heart Rate Monitor for Portable and Wearable Devices

June 24, 2014 9:41 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

PixArt Imaging Inc., a leading provider of human-machine interface (HMI) solutions, today announces the release of its Heart Rate Monitor sensor for smart phones and wearable device platforms. The market for wearable computing devices is...

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'Flight Simulator' Technology Gives Neurosurgeons a Peek Inside Brain Before Surgery

June 23, 2014 3:49 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center | Comments

NYU Langone Medical Center is now using a novel technology that serves as a "flight simulator" for neurosurgeons, allowing them to rehearse complicated brain surgeries before making an actual incision on a patient. The new simulator, called...

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Delivering Drugs on Cue

June 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | Comments

Current drug-delivery systems used to administer chemotherapy to cancer patients typically release a constant dose of the drug over time — but a new study challenges this "slow and steady" approach and offers a novel way to locally deliver...

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Growing Unknown Microbes One by One

June 23, 2014 3:20 pm | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | Comments

Trillions of bacteria live in and on the human body; a few species can make us sick, but many others keep us healthy by boosting digestion and preventing inflammation. Although there's plenty of evidence that these microbes play a collective...

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Drug-Eluting Patch Stops Scar Growth and Reduces Scar Tissues

June 23, 2014 2:35 pm | by World Scientific | Comments

Scars — in particular keloid scars that result from overgrowth of skin tissue after injuries or surgeries — are unsightly and can even lead to disfigurement and psychological problems of affected patients. Individuals with darker pigmentation...

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Self-Powered Cardiac Pacemaker Demonstrated

June 23, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker batteries last seven years...

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Next-Generation Artificial Pancreas System Gears Up for Test Drive

June 23, 2014 2:16 pm | by JDRF | Comments

For several years, JDRF-funded researchers at the University of Virginia Center for Diabetes Technology have been hard at work designing an artificial pancreas system that would allow individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to go about their...

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Portable Brain-Mapping Device Allows Researchers to 'See' Where Memory Fails

June 23, 2014 2:11 pm | by University of Texas at Arlington | Comments

UT Arlington researchers have successfully used a portable brain-mapping device to show limited prefrontal cortex activity among student veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when they were asked to recall information from simple...

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Cal-BRAIN Kickstarts California Efforts to Map the Brain

June 23, 2014 11:49 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

The California budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 20 creates a statewide research grants program called Cal-BRAIN, an initiative led by UC San Diego. With an initial allocation of $2 million, Cal-BRAIN – short for California Blueprint...

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Photos of the Day: Cancer Metastasis on a Chip

June 23, 2014 11:33 am | by Eindhoven University of Technology | Comments

The recent development of the concept of organs on a chip opens the possibility of realistically studying human organs without the use of patients or animal testing. Professor Jaap den Toonder even goes one step further: he intends to make...

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Organ Network in Transparent Chip for Detailed Study of How Cancer Cells Spread

June 23, 2014 11:33 am | by Eindhoven University of Technology | Comments

The recent development of the concept of organs on a chip opens the possibility of realistically studying human organs without the use of patients or animal testing. Professor Jaap den Toonder, who gave his inaugural lecture at Eindhoven...

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Neurological Device Designers Latest to Benefit from Medical Materials Database

June 23, 2014 11:06 am | by ASM International | Comments

Granta Design, leaders in materials information technology, and ASM International, the world's largest professional society for materials engineering, today announced a new Neurological module in the ASM Medical Materials Database. The new...

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