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Toddler Who Received Lab-Made Windpipe Dies

July 8, 2013 4:13 pm | by Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A 2-year-old girl who was implanted with a windpipe grown from her own stem cells has died, three months after she became the youngest person to receive the experimental treatment. Hannah Warren died Saturday at Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, hospital spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff said.

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CPAP Therapy Reduces Nightmares in Veterans with PTSD and Sleep Apnea

July 8, 2013 4:03 pm | by American Academy of Sleep Medicine | News | Comments

A new study suggests that CPAP therapy reduces nightmares in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and obstructive sleep apnea. Results show that the mean number of nightmares per week fell significantly with CPAP use, and reduced nightmare frequency after starting CPAP was best predicted by CPAP compliance.

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Device Enables Blind to ‘See’ with Ears

July 8, 2013 3:59 pm | by Frontiers | News | Comments

The vOICe sensory substitution device is a revolutionary tool that helps blind people to use sounds to build an image in their minds of the things around them. A research team, led by Dr Michael Proulx, from the University's Department of Psychology, looked at how blindfolded sighted participants responded to an eye test using the device.

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Medical Device Leak Testing Technology Innovations Continue

July 8, 2013 3:26 pm | by David Selin, Managing Director, Uson Ltd. (UK) | Uson, L.P. | Blogs | Comments

I regularly run into manufacturing engineers and other support staff throughout Europe who do not clearly understand the basic principles of leak detection for the medical device industry. As a result, they continue to run compromised assembly lines.

How MedTech Manufacturers Save by Outsourcing Their Warehousing

July 8, 2013 2:48 pm | by Dennis Deming, Agency Owner, ICAT Logistics, Portland | Articles | Comments

Warehousing products can be a costly proposition for medical technology and device manufacturers. It requires leasing and management of a facility, as well as the overhead that goes along with that proposition. Using a warehousing provider can offer a more cost-effective and hassle-free way to fulfill orders.

Medical device tax: Congressional duo launches tax reform tour

July 8, 2013 2:48 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device industry lobbying groups rallied behind Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) as the Congressional duo embarked on a nation-wide tax reform tour, a possible boon to efforts to repeal the medical device tax.  

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Bimba Announces Acquisition of Acro Associates

July 8, 2013 12:08 pm | by Bimba Manufacturing Company | Bimba Manufacturing Company | News | Comments

Bimba Manufacturing Company, an industry-leading provider of pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric solutions, has announced the acquisition of Acro Associates, Inc., headquartered in Concord, CA. Acro Associates is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic and solenoid pinch valves, and occlusion devices for flexible tubing paths and control boards.

AdvaMed Supports Comprehensive Tax Reform Repeal of the Medical Device Tax

July 8, 2013 12:06 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), released the following statement in response to tax-writing committee Chairmen Camp and Baucus as they begin their nationwide listening tour in favor of a simpler, fairer U.S. tax code.

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University Experts Spot Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

July 8, 2013 12:02 pm | by Birmingham City University | News | Comments

Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease can be detected years before diagnosis, according to researchers at Birmingham City University. The study found that sufferers of a specific type of cognitive impairment have an increased loss of cells in certain parts of the brain, which can be vital in detecting which patients will progress to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

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Roche dishes out $220M for Constitution Medical Investors

July 8, 2013 11:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Biotech titan Roche acquired Boston, Mass.-based medical device company Constitutional Medical Investors for a reported $220 million plus possible milestones. The Swiss company intends to beef up its diagnostics arm, Roche Diagnostics, with CMI's technology and announced plans to open a Center for Excellence in Hematology at CMI's Boston location.

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Natus Medical plunges on missed Q2 sales

July 8, 2013 11:11 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Natus Medical (NSDQ:BABY) took a hit after the company announced missed 2nd-quarter sales, sending prices down more than 12% on Wall Street. The San Carlos, Calif.-based company said it expects to post sales of $81 million to $82 million for the 3 months ended June 30, down 5.8%-8.9% from its prior guidance of $86 million to $90 million.

FDA Clearance for Philips' AlluraClarity X-Ray System

July 8, 2013 11:08 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

In close collaboration with leading clinicians in the field of minimally-invasive medicine, Philips has been driving innovation in interventional imaging for more than 50 years, helping to guide procedures such as the catheter-based treatment of obstructed coronary arteries, brain aneurysms, heart rhythm disorders and defective heart valves.

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FDA wants to downgrade blood access devices

July 8, 2013 10:57 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA recommended bumping blood access devices down from Class III to Class II regulatory status, based on mounting evidence that these implanted tubes, catheters and cannulae belong in a lower-risk category. The federal watchdog agency said there's enough safety and efficacy data to peel off a layer of regulatory oversight.

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Sugar Makes Cancer Light-Up in MRI Scanners

July 8, 2013 10:23 am | by University College London | News | Comments

A new technique for detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar with magnetic resonance imaging has been unveiled by UCL scientists. The breakthrough could provide a safer and simpler alternative to standard radioactive techniques and enable radiologists to image tumors in greater detail.

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Research that Holds Water

July 8, 2013 10:15 am | by The University of Akron | News | Comments

Dr. Jie Zheng and Dr. Robert Weiss are among the most recent to contribute to the growing research of hydrogels, the gelatinous substance that, because of its toughness and plasticity, has several biomedical applications, including cartilage repair, implants for minimally invasive surgery and drug delivery.

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