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Quidel and Life Technologies Receive FDA Clearance for Clostridium difficile Assay and Quantstudio(TM) DX and 7500 Fast DX Real-Time PCR Instruments

March 18, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL) and Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) announced today that they received 510(k) clearances from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Quidel Molecular Direct C. difficile Assay with Life Technologies'...

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IPG Speaks at World Health Care Congress: Greater Use of Cost Transparency & Quality Metrics to Transform the Healthcare System

March 18, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 18, 2013--IPG, the leading nationwide provider of implantable Device Benefit Management™ (DBM) solutions is pleased to announce their President and Chief Executive Officer, Jay Ethridge, will speak at the 10th Annual World Health Care Congress (WHCC) in Washington,...

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Cynosure Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Palomar Medical Technologies

March 18, 2013 7:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a transaction that creates one of the world's premier aesthetic laser and light-based companies, Cynosure, Inc. and Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement, pursuant to which Cynosure will acquire Palomar in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $294 million.

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MAKO Surgical Corp. Showcases Pioneering MAKOplasty(R) Treatment Options for Total Hip Replacement and Partial Knee Resurfacing Surgeries at AAOS 2013 Annual Meeting

March 18, 2013 6:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

MAKO Surgical Corp., the leader in robotic arm assisted partial knee and total hip arthroplasty worldwide, today announced that it will showcase its MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) and Partial Knee Resurfacing applications at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2013 Annual Meeting (AAOS), March 20-23 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Alaska Family Sonograms Adds Toshiba Ultrasound Systems for Better Patient Care

March 18, 2013 3:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TUSTIN, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 18, 2013--To upgrade its ultrasound exam capabilities with the most advanced and durable technology available, Alaska Family Sonograms installed three Aplio TM 500 ultrasound systems from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., the first Aplio 500 systems in...

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Harvard’s Wyss Institute and Sony DADC Announce Collaboration on Organs-on-Chips

March 18, 2013 2:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 18, 2013--Today the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Sony DADC announced a collaboration that will harness Sony DADC’s global manufacturing expertise to further advance the Institute’s Organs-on-Chips technologies.

Photovoltaic Polymer Lets Damaged Retinas See the Light

March 17, 2013 2:00 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A light-sensitive polymer could offer a new way to develop artificial retinas. A team of neuroscientists and materials scientists has shown that a photovoltaic polymer can restore light-sensing capabilities to damaged retinas, offering hope of a simple way to restore vision to many people with degenerative eye disease.

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More Near-Cures for HIV

March 15, 2013 5:18 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Early treatment may be key to a drug-free life for a small percentage of patients.Last week, scientists reported that a baby had been “functionally cured” of HIV. Now, other researchers report in PLoS Pathogens that 14 HIV-infected adults have survived with the virus in check even though they have stopped taking their antiretroviral medications.  

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Intuitive Falls on OB/GYN Group Comments

March 15, 2013 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of robotic surgery system maker Intuitive Surgical Inc. fell Friday after the president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists discouraged the use of robotic systems in hysterectomies. THE SPARK: In a statement published Thursday, Dr. James Breeden said vaginal surgery...

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InspireMD Wins CE Mark for MGuard Blood Clot Stent

March 15, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

InspireMD said it won a nod from European regulators for its MGuard embolic protection stent, designed to prevent strokes after carotid artery stenting procedures. The company said the MGuard device is wrapped with its MicroNet mesh to prevent embolisms – blood clots – from occurring during and after the placement of a carotid stent.

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Economist: Medical Device Tax Would Push 146,000 Jobs Overseas

March 15, 2013 1:46 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The medical device tax, a 2.3% levy on all U.S. medtech sales, could push 146,000 jobs overseas, conservative economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth told a U.S. House of Representatives committee this week. Furchtgott-Roth told the House Energy & Commerce Committee that the medical device tax enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act would "shift production offshore."

The Medtronic Foundation Launches Its "Save a Life" Campaign with the Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio

March 15, 2013 1:26 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Rising Timberwolves basketball star Ricky Rubio is the face of the Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) Foundation's new televised public service announcement, " The Heart Rescue Project." This new campaign for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the leading cause of death among young athletes, debuted online last month.

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Information Update - Health Canada informing healthcare professionals of safe use of fibrin sealants

March 15, 2013 1:15 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

OTTAWA, March 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Health Canada and manufacturers are strengthening the labeling and instructions for the use of spray fibrin sealants following three deaths outside of Canada. Fibrin sealants, also known as topical hemostatic agents, are used during surgery to help...

High-Purity Medical Elastomers for Wire and Cable

March 15, 2013 11:48 am | by MDT Staff | Teknor Apex Company | Product Releases | Comments

Three new thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) wire and cable compounds from Teknor Apex Company combine the rubber-like durability and flexibility valued by hospital and clinical professionals and the high degree of purity required for meeting stringent medical standards.

Semi-Automatic, Multi-Step Stripping Machine

March 15, 2013 11:34 am | by MDT Staff | Schleuniger, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The CoaxStrip 5200 is a semi-automatic, multi-step stripping machine for coaxial, multi-conductor cable and single conductor wire.

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