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Boston Scientific prices $1B debt offering

August 9, 2013 11:37 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Boston Scientific said it plans to use the proceeds of a $1.05 billion debt offering to retire some of its other debt coming due over the next few years. The Natick, Mass.-based medical device company said it will offer $600 million worth of 2.65% senior notes due Oct. 1, 2018, and another $450 million worth of 4.125% notes due Oct. 1, 2023.

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George W. Bush Heart Surgery Will Drive Misguided US Stenting Trend, Says GlobalData

August 9, 2013 11:30 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Former President George W. Bush’s recent heart stent operation will further increase the popularity of what is often an unnecessary and wasteful procedure, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. The ex-US President received a stent to prop open a clogged coronary artery on Tuesday morning, following a regularly scheduled visit to his doctor.

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Robot Uses Steerable Needles to Treat Brain Clots

August 9, 2013 10:38 am | by David Salisbury | News | Comments

Surgery to relieve the damaging pressure caused by hemorrhaging in the brain is a perfect job for a robot. That is the basic premise of a new image-guided surgical system under development at Vanderbilt University. It employs steerable needles about the size of those used for biopsies to penetrate the brain with minimal damage and suction away the blood clot that has formed.

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RTI Surgical™ Announces Launch of Tritium™ Sternal Cable Plating System

August 9, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

RTI Surgical Inc. has announced today the full market launch of the Tritium Sternal Cable Plating System for closing median sternotomies following open heart procedures. The Tritium SCP System enhances the stability and strength of traditional sternal closure techniques by using a unique load-sharing concept.

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A proverbial 'Disneyland Sweepstakes' in med device sends 1 company to AdvaMed 2013

August 9, 2013 7:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

It's the proverbial "Disneyland Sweepstakes" in the medical device world: an all-expenses-paid trip to AdvaMed's 2013 conference will go to 1 start-up company through a scholarship contest sponsored by RCT BioVentures. The winner will have to prove true start-up chops - a company with a great technology but not a lot of walking-around money.

Heart attack survival rates higher in gyms, study says

August 9, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Surviving sudden cardiac arrest depends largely on the people around you and easy access to an automated defibrillator, or AED. It turns out that the gym is the best indoor location for cardiac arrest victims' survival chances, likely because of the increased presence of AEDs and well-placed instruction manuals.

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Upcoming IDE Tracking Improvements

August 9, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Improving patient access to new medical devices by strengthening and streamlining the clinical trial enterprise is a priority for CDRH. An important part of reaching that goal is to better track milestones in clinical trial development, Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval, study initiation, and study completion. 

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PMA Final Decisions for May 2013

August 9, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Below are Premarket Approvals (PMA), Product Development Protocols (PDP), Supplement and Notice Decisions. This list is generated on a monthly basis. A PDF document that contains the "Approval letter and Summary of Safety and Effectiveness" is being added to this listing for each PMA.

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An Electric Therapy for Medical-Device Malware

August 9, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Hospital rooms beep and flash with many devices that are increasingly getting infected with malware. But for several reasons, these gadgets are often incompatible with commercial security software. Now, new technology developed by academic researchers could catch most malware on the devices just by noting subtle changes in their power consumption.

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World’s Smallest eCompass Module for Smoother and Smarter Functionality

August 8, 2013 9:53 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has leveraged its investment in advanced MEMS technology to create the world’s smallest eCompass combining a 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetometer in a single package.

Fully Integrated Drive for OEM Pumps

August 8, 2013 9:47 pm | by MDT Staff | Watson Marlow Pumps Group | Product Releases | Comments

Watson-Marlow Pumps Group introduces DriveSure, a new panel-mount OEM brushless DC gear motor with fully integrated speed controller. The highly adaptable drive is an ideal solution for biopharmaceutical, medical device, and process analysis equipment.

Composite Clad Metal Wire Superior to Silver and Gold Plated Wire

August 8, 2013 9:38 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Precious metal clad gold wire and silver wire that offers superior form-ability, ductility, solderability, and design flexibility than plated wire for use in a wide range of electronic connectors and medical devices is available from Anomet Products Inc. of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

AMC Carrier for FPGA Mezzanine Card

August 8, 2013 9:34 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vadatech has announced new Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) carrier for a FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) per VITA-57. The design allows users to utilize the popular FMCs within the AMC format of the MicroTCA architecture.

Verizon Gains FDA Clearance for Remote Health Monitoring Solution

August 8, 2013 4:15 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Verizon announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for Converged Health Management, a cloud-based, remote patient-monitoring medical device.  This marks the first time Verizon has sought and gained FDA clearance for a healthcare solution.

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Frost & Sullivan: Technology as a Competitive Differentiator Fuels Adoption of Electronic Medical Records in Brazilian Hospitals

August 8, 2013 3:59 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Intensifying competition among private hospitals in Brazil has compelled them to use advanced clinical systems as a market differentiator, thereby driving the uptake of electronic medical records (EMR). The need to reduce expenses in both public and private hospitals has further fuelled EMR installations in the country.

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