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Photos of the Day: The Back Story: An Evolution of Spine Care

September 30, 2014 | by LDR Spine | Comments

This infographic, courtesy of LDR Spine, covers advancements in cervical spine care from 1500 BCE thru today. These advancements include meat stabilization techniques used by the ancient Egyptians, medieval era inversion chairs and present...

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CE Mark for LoneStar Heart’s Hydrogel Implant for the Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure

October 1, 2014 10:25 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

LoneStar Heart, Inc. has announced that it received the CE Mark for its Algisyl-LVR hydrogel implant, the company's lead product for the treatment of advanced heart failure (HF). Classified in Europe and in the U.S. as a medical device, Algisyl-LVR...

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Global Demand for Medical Disposables to Reach $245 Billion

October 1, 2014 10:02 am | by The Freedonia Group Inc. | Comments

Global demand for medical disposables is forecast to rise 6.6 percent annually to $245 billion in 2018. The strongest influence on growth will involve the upgrading and stricter enforcement of infection prevention protocols by hospitals and...

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Tissue Valves as Safe as Mechanical Valves in Middle-Aged Patients

October 1, 2014 9:39 am | by Mount Sinai Health System | Comments

New Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai research findings published in the October 1 issue of JAMA show there was no significant difference in 15-year survival or stroke rates in patients aged between 50 and 69 years who had aortic valve...

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NIH Taps Lab to Develop Sophisticated Electrode Array System to Monitor Brain Activity

September 30, 2014 2:06 pm | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | Comments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a grant today to develop an electrode array system that will enable researchers to better understand how the brain works through unprecedented...

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Race for Proteomics Knowledge Spurs Investment and Partnerships

September 30, 2014 1:56 pm | by Kalorama Information | Comments

Proteomics is a focus point for investment and collaboration, according to a new report from Kalorama Information.  The healthcare market research publisher said that over 100 deals had occurred in proteomics in the past two years. The activity...

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Homeland Security and FDA Address Medical Device Cybersecurity

September 30, 2014 11:53 am | by AAMI | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security is joining forces with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to tackle the issue of medical device cybersecurity—a tacit recognition of the emerging vulnerabilities associated with healthcare technology...

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NIH Awards Initial $46 Million for BRAIN Initiative Research

September 30, 2014 11:44 am | by National Institutes of Health | Comments

The National Institutes of Health announced today its first wave of investments totaling $46 million in fiscal year 14 funds to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. More than...

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Bionic Vision Australia Successfully Completes Clinical Trial of Implant in Retinitis Pigmentosa

September 30, 2014 11:35 am | by Bionic Vision Australia | Comments

Bionic Vision Australia (BVA), a consortium of researchers working together to develop bionic eye devices to restore a sense of vision to people with profound vision loss, today announced the successful completion of the first clinical trial...

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Selectively Rewiring the Brain's Circuitry to Treat Depression

September 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Elsevier | Comments

On Star Trek, it is easy to take for granted the incredible ability of futuristic doctors to wave small devices over the heads of both humans and aliens, diagnose their problems through evaluating changes in brain activity or chemistry, and...

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New Material Steals Oxygen from the Air

September 30, 2014 11:15 am | by University of Southern Denmark | Comments

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen...

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Clear Guide Medical Receives FDA Clearance on First Product, the Clear Guide ONE

September 30, 2014 10:23 am | by Clear Guide Medical | Comments

Clear Guide Medical announces that its first clinical product, the Clear Guide ONE was cleared by the United States' Food and Drug Administration on September 19, 2014. This opens the way for marketing and sale of the device in the United States...

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Oxford Isis Fund Invests in Oxtex and Brainomix to Improve Stroke Diagnosis

September 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Isis Innovation | Comments

The £1.25 million University of Oxford Isis Fund, set up by Parkwalk Advisors and Isis Innovation in February, has made its first investments in medical device spin-out Oxtex and in Brainomix, a start up from the Isis Software Incubator which...

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AliveCor Launches New App to Auto Detect Atrial Fibrillation in an ECG Recording

September 30, 2014 9:53 am | by AliveCor | Comments

AliveCor, Inc. announced today the launch of the latest version of the AliveECG app, which provides patients with free real-time atrial fibrillation (AF) detection in ECG recordings using its new FDA-cleared algorithm. The new app helps...

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A Safer Approach for Diagnostic Medical Imaging

September 30, 2014 9:44 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

Medical imaging is at the forefront of diagnostics today, with imaging techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computerized tomography), scanning, and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) increasing steeply over the last two decades...

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Modeling Shockwaves Through the Brain

September 30, 2014 9:39 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Since the start of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 soldiers have returned to the United States with traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by exposure to bomb blasts — and in particular, exposure to improvised...

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