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Varian Radiation Treatment Lawsuit Settled for $15M

September 9, 2013 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a lung cancer patient who suffered injuries after he was exposed to overdoses of radiation has settled a lawsuit for $15 million in compensation. Zacarias Chichioco Jr. received about 2.5 times the appropriate amount of radiation he should have received because of a programming error in software developed and sold by a medical services company, according to the lawsuit.

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Unique New PIR Knee System Receives CE Mark

September 9, 2013 4:20 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Moirai Orthopaedics, L.L.C., a Metairie, Louisiana based orthopaedic implant development company, is pleased to announce it has received CE mark approval for its new Pyrocarbon Implant Replacement (PIR) System.  The PIR System, developed in conjunction with the not-for-profit Fellowship of Orthopaedic Researchers, is intended to treat patients with focal chondral and osteochondral defects of the medial femoral condyle of the knee.

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NanoString Technologies Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Prosigna™ Breast Cancer Prognostic Gene Signature Assay

September 9, 2013 4:10 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

NanoString Technologies, Inc., a provider of life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Prosigna ™ Breast Cancer Prognostic Gene Signature Assay.

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The Plastic Protecting the First UL-Approved Lithium Autoclavable Surgical Battery

September 9, 2013 3:39 pm | by Solvay Specialty Polymers | Solvay Specialty Polymers | Articles | Comments

ConMed Corp., a leading global supplier of arthroscopic devices, multi-specialty endoscopic medical video systems, and powered surgical instruments, faced several stiff challenges when it embarked on the development of the industry’s first UL-approved autoclavable battery.

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The New FDA Draft Guidance for Biocompatibility: What You Need to Know

September 9, 2013 2:27 pm | by Thor Rollins B.S. RM(NRCM), Biocompatibility Expert, Nelson Laboratories | Nelson Laboratories, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In a draft guidance document, FDA has placed its summary of ideas regarding biocompatibility and possible changes that could eventually replace FDA G-95 Blue Book Memorandum #G95-1 on biocompatibility. The draft document has been out since April and is widely available, though it has not been formally released.

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European Launch of New Version of Codman Neuro’s Revive SE Thrombectomy Device for Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke

September 9, 2013 2:06 pm | by Codman Neuro | News | Comments

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the European launch of the REVIVE™ SE Thrombectomy Device, a next generation clot removal device offering enhanced navigation through the cerebral vasculature and rapid restoration of blood flow to the brain after an ischemic stroke.

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CardioMEMs' 2nd chance with the FDA is good news for backer St. Jude Medical

September 9, 2013 1:17 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Once-rejected CardioMEMs will get another shot at FDA approval for its Champion implantable heart failure monitoring systems when the agency's Circulatory System Devices Panel convenes next month, according to a notice in the Federal Register.  

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Capturing Brain Activity with Sculpted Light

September 9, 2013 12:16 pm | by Universität Wien | News | Comments

Researchers in Vienna develop new imaging technique to study the function of entire nervous systems Scientists at the Campus Vienna Biocenter have found a way to overcome some of the limitations of light microscopy. Applying the new technique, they can record the activity of a worm’s brain with high temporal and spatial resolution, ultimately linking brain anatomy to brain function.

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Breath Tests Could Be Used to Diagnose Lung Cancer

September 9, 2013 12:09 pm | by European Lung Foundation | News | Comments

Collecting samples of exhaled breath from people at a high risk of lung cancer could be a cheap and non-invasive method of diagnosing the disease, according to new research. The findings will be presented today at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress in Barcelona.

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Synthetic mRNA Can Induce Self-Repair and Regeneration of the Infarcted Heart

September 9, 2013 12:05 pm | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

A team of scientists at Karolinska Institutet and Harvard University has taken a major step towards treatment for heart attack, by instructing the injured heart in mice to heal by expressing a factor that triggers cardiovascular regeneration driven by native heart stem cells.

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Programmable Glue Could Help Build Human Tissue

September 9, 2013 12:02 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | News | Comments

A team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has found a way to self-assemble complex structures out of bricks smaller than a grain of salt. The self-assembly method could help solve one of the major challenges in tissue engineering...

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Living Kidneys 3D Printed in China

September 9, 2013 9:39 am | by China View | Videos | Comments

Researchers at a university in eastern Zhejiang Province have used a 3D printer to create living kidneys, which is expected to be used for transplants in the future.              

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New 'Artificial Nose' Device Can Speed Diagnosis of Sepsis

September 9, 2013 9:38 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Disease-causing bacteria stink — literally — and the odor released by some of the nastiest microbes has become the basis for a faster and simpler new way to diagnose blood infections and finger the specific microbe. The new test produces ...

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iSonea Achieves CE Mark for AirSonea

September 9, 2013 9:34 am | by iSonea | News | Comments

Medical technology company iSonea Limited has announced that testing and technical documentation has been completed for the AirSonea Wheeze Monitor to receive the Conformité Européenne or CE Mark.         

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KineSpring Knee Implant System: A First Surgical Option

September 9, 2013 9:28 am | by MoxiMed | News | Comments

The KineSpring System is designed to be a first surgical option for patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). It is intended to treat the symptoms of pain and loss of knee function secondary to OA of the medial compartment of the knee.    

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