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Making a Wire-Free Future

July 10, 2014 | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of...

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Cook Medical Reintroduces its Evolution RL Lead Extraction Products to the United States Market

July 10, 2014 3:38 pm | by Cook Medical | Comments

Effective immediately, Cook Medical customers in the United States will again have access to its Evolution RL and Evolution Shortie RL Controlled-Rotation Dilator Sheath Sets. Distribution of these products within the U.S. market was suspended...

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Covidien Launches Self-Expanding Peripheral Stent in Australia and New Zealand

July 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Business Wire | Comments

Covidien plc today announced the launch of its EverFlex Self-expanding Peripheral Stent with Entrust Delivery System in Australia and New Zealand. The latest version of the EverFlex stent features the new Entrust Delivery System, which enables...

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RTI Surgical Unveils PACK Precision Allograft Cartilage Instrument Kit

July 10, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

RTI Surgical Inc., a leading global surgical implant company, is unveiling the new Precision Allograft Cartilage Kit (PACK) at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) annual meeting in Seattle this week. PACK, the company’s...

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Smith & Nephew to Bring Robotic Navigation to JOURNEY UNI Knee Procedure

July 10, 2014 8:56 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, today announced a new commercial agreement with Blue Belt Technologies (BBT), makers of the Navio Orthopaedic Surgical System, the next generation of orthopaedic robotic surgical...

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New Type of Stent Could Help Some Brain Aneurysm Patients

July 10, 2014 8:34 am | by Northwestern Memorial Hospital | Comments

After Susan Wakulich was told she had an aneurysm, she figured an invasive brain surgery and lengthy recovery lay ahead of her. "I was devastated," said Wakulich, who is 56 years old and lives in Chicago's western suburbs. "I knew this was...

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Quantel Medical's Optimis Fusion Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

July 9, 2014 4:05 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Quantel Medical today announced FDA 510(k) clearance for its Optimis Fusion integrated laser platform. The Optimis Fusion system combines advanced selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) photoregeneration therapy and traditional YAG photodisruption...

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Scientists Turn to Public to Help Pay for Research

July 9, 2014 3:51 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | Comments

In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she's getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas. It's her...

SomnoMed Receives 510(K) Clearance for SomnoDent Fusion

July 9, 2014 3:41 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

SomnoMed Limited has announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance from the US Department of Health & Human Services for its new SomnoDent Fusion Classic and SomnoDent Fusion Flex oral devices. The new designs were introduced...

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Working Toward a Single-Molecule Biosensor: An Interview with Pietro Gucciardi

July 9, 2014 3:38 pm | by Alexander Hellemans, youris.com | Comments

Until now, few biosensors have had the required sensitivity to detect single molecules. A novel approach for improved biosensor sensitivity has opened new avenues for developing new kinds of biosensors. It relies on light irradiation of tiny...

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Tiny DNA Pyramids Enter Bacteria Easily — and Deliver a Deadly Payload

July 9, 2014 3:18 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Bacterial infections usually announce themselves with pain and fever but often can be defeated with antibiotics — and then there are those that are sneaky and hard to beat. Now, scientists have built a new weapon against such pathogens in...

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MyChart Use Skyrocketing Among Cancer Patients

July 9, 2014 3:14 pm | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | Comments

There has been a sharp increase in the number of cancer patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center using MyChart, the online, interactive service that allows patients to view laboratory and radiology results, communicate with their healthcare...

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New Technology to Remove Blood Clots

July 9, 2014 2:43 pm | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | Comments

When a large blood clot was discovered attached to the end of a catheter inside the right atrial chamber of a patient’s heart, doctors faced a daunting challenge. If the clot came loose, the consequences would likely be catastrophic for the...

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Covidien Launches Next-Generation Trellis Peripheral Infusion System

July 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

Covidien today announced the commercial launch of its next generation Trellis peripheral infusion system. The redesigned system continues to be the only pharmacomechanical thrombolysis device that enables focused treatment of blood clots...

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Projecting a 3-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 2:22 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving an artificial three-dimensional...

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Finding Real Value in Big Data for Public Health

July 9, 2014 11:51 am | by San Diego State University | Comments

Media reports of public health breakthroughs made possible by big data have been largely oversold, according to a new study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Many studies deserve praise for being the first of...

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