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Boston Scientific To Acquire C.R. Bard Electrophysiology Business

June 28, 2013 8:30 am | News | Comments

In a move that would significantly boost its capabilities in the fast-growing market for advanced electrophysiology procedures, Boston Scientific has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bard EP, the electrophysiology business of C.R. Bard, for $275 million in cash.

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Class I Medical Device Recall: Medtronic Sutureless Connector Intrathecal Catheter Products ? Catheter Occlusion

June 28, 2013 12:00 am | News | Comments

The Sutureless Connector Intrathecal Catheter connector has been redesigned to reduce the potential for occlusion, which is the blockage or stoppage of drug flow due to misalignment at the point where the catheter connects to an implantable pump. Medtronic is removing all unused products that were manufactured with the previous design.

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Class I Medical Device Recall: Medtronic SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps - Failure of Priming Bolus

June 28, 2013 12:00 am | News | Comments

The SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps (SynchroMed Implantable Infusion Pumps) contain and administer prescribed drugs to a specific site inside the patient’s body. Currently, the approved drugs for use with the SynchroMed Infusion Pump are Infumorph, Lioresal, Prialt (Ziconotide), Floxuridine, Methotrexate and Gablofen.

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GPS-Like Technology for CPR More Than Doubles Survival from Leading Cause of Death in the US

June 27, 2013 5:22 pm | News | Comments

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that survival from one of the leading causes of death in the United States, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, more than doubled from 26% to 56% when paramedics in Mesa, Arizona utilized ZOLL’s CPR feedback technology in combination with scenario-based training.

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Pacemaker Family Features Technology for Adapting Pacing to Respiration

June 27, 2013 4:48 pm | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation is launching a new family of pacemakers in Europe. These pacemakers monitor respiration, adjust pacing accordingly, and support insight into the patient’s overall heart failure status. Comprising of the INLIVEN cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker...

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A Telescope for the Eye: New Contacts May Improve Sight for Macular Degeneration Patients

June 27, 2013 4:18 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the United States and Switzerland, led by University of California San Diego Professor Joseph Ford, has created a slim, telescopic contact lens that can switch between normal and magnified vision. With refinements, the system could offer AMD patients a relatively unobtrusive way to enhance their vision.

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Pneumonia Revealed in a Cough

June 27, 2013 4:12 pm | News | Comments

A new method, which analyzes the sounds in a child's cough, could soon be used in poor, remote regions to diagnose childhood pneumonia reliably. According to Udantha Abeyratne from the University of Queensland in Australia and colleagues, this simple technique of recording coughs with a microphone on the patient's bedside table, has the potential to revolutionize the management of childhood pneumonia in remote regions around the world.

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Polymers Key to Oral Protein-Based Drugs

June 27, 2013 4:05 pm | News | Comments

In a new study, a “bioadhesive” coating developed at Brown University significantly improved the intestinal absorption into the bloodstream of nanoparticles that someday could carry protein drugs such as insulin. Such a step is necessary for drugs taken by mouth, rather than injected directly into the blood.

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New Red Blood Cell Simulator Invented At Queen Mary

June 27, 2013 3:58 pm | News | Comments

Engineers from Queen Mary, University of London have developed the most precise computer simulation of how red blood cells might travel around the body to help doctors treat people with serious circulatory problems. Understanding how damaged red blood cells might interact with each other or their neighboring cells could be useful in realizing blood flow in patients who are diabetic or have had surgery to address circulation complications.

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High-Resolution Mapping Technique Uncovers Underlying Circuit Architecture of the Brain

June 27, 2013 3:53 pm | News | Comments

In the latest issue of Neuron, a team led by Gladstone Investigator Anatol Kreitzer, PhD, and Salk Investigator Edward Callaway, PhD, combined mouse models with a sophisticated tracing technique—known as the monosynaptic rabies virus system—to assemble brain-wide maps of neurons that connect with the basal ganglia, a region of the brain that is involved in movement and decision-making.

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Regenerate Our Own Insulin Cells?

June 27, 2013 3:48 pm | News | Comments

Researchers show that, in mice, the pancreas contains cells capable of being converted into insulin-producing β cells, something that can be done at any age. They also demonstrate that all pancreatic β cells can be regenerated several times and that chemically-induced diabetes in mice can thus be “treated” repeatedly.

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Insights into How Brain Compensates for Recurring Hearing Loss Point to New Glue Ear Therapies

June 27, 2013 3:39 pm | News | Comments

Important new insights into how the brain compensates for temporary hearing loss during infancy, such as that commonly experienced by children with glue ear, are revealed in a research study in ferrets. The Wellcome Trust-funded study at the University of Oxford could point to new therapies for glue ear and has implications for the design of hearing aid devices.

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How Small Medical Manufacturers Can Maximize Cash Flow

June 27, 2013 3:24 pm | Avicenna Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The single greatest objective of every business, no matter its size, industry, or history, is to achieve and maintain a positive cash flow, a condition where cash coming in equals or exceeds cash going out. According to Chad Carson, president of the Avicenna Division of Ametek Engineered Medical Components, the primary key to [business] success is cash flow, an opinion shared by most successful business professionals.

Multi-Touch Control Wheel Reads Gestures for Intuitive Equipment Control and Image Manipulation

June 27, 2013 3:14 pm | Grayhill, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Grayhill has announced the release of its latest model in a line of Multi-Touch Human Interface Devices as part of its Instinct Touch Technology control system. The new Series T2 Multi-Touch Control Wheel offers an expanded array of sensor data options.

Custom Machined Fittings Offer Tight Sealing

June 27, 2013 2:58 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom machined fittings, adapters, and flanges with intricate features and close tolerances for use with precision instruments, manifolds, and valves are being introduced by Specialized Turning. Specialized Custom Machined Fittings feature intricate details with close tolerances to 0.001” and surface finishes to 8 RMS, depending upon the material.

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