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Will Another Durata Failure Report Drag St. Jude Down?

March 28, 2013 1:31 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Wall Street didn't move much on news of another insulation-related failure in St. Jude Medical's next-generation Durata defibrillator leads this week. The case report included a detailed analysis of an incident in which a Durata lead failed due to inside-out abrasion...

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Biotronik Lands CE Mark for MRI-Safe Iforia Defibrillator

March 28, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Biotronik said it's planning a mid-year launch in Europe for its Iforia MRI-safe pacemaker now that EU regulators have given the device CE Mark approval. The German medical device company said the Iforia is the world's 1st ICD/CRT-D device using the DF4 connector to be approved for magnetic resonance imaging, according to a press release.

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FDA Makes Vascular Solutions' Catheter Valve Recall Class I

March 28, 2013 11:26 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA slapped its most serious designation on the recall of hemostasis valves made by Vascular Solutions (NSDQ:VASC). The Minneapolis-based company last month recalled its Guardian II and Guardian II NC valves "due to a risk that air may be introduced into the device which may lead to an air embolism," according to the federal watchdog agency.

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T2 Biosystems' Series E Round Reaches $40M

March 28, 2013 11:11 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

T2 Biosystems reels in a $40 million Series E round for its MR-based molecular diagnostic test for the Candida fungus, a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections. T2 Biosystems, which is developing a diagnostic device that uses magnetic resonance technology to deliver nearly instant test results, said it raised a $40 million Series E round it plans to use for its T2Candida test for a common cause of hospital-acquired infections.

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MedSolutions Launches Comprehensive Post-Acute Care Management Product

March 28, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKLIN, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 28, 2013--MedSolutions, the leading provider of medical cost management services, launched today an innovative new product designed to lower overall post-acute care (PAC) costs and reduce hospital readmissions. Spending on PAC has grown by about 9 percent...

Metal Pushbutton Switch Radiates White Ring

March 28, 2013 9:31 am | by MDT Staff | Schurter, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter is pleased to announce the expansion of its popular MSM series metal pushbutton switch to include a version with white ring and point illumination. Existing color options include red, green, yellow and blue.

Precision-Grade Optical Breadboards

March 28, 2013 9:27 am | by MDT Staff | Newport Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Newport Corporation, a worldwide leader in laser and photonic solutions that Make, Manage, and Measure Light, introduces precision-grade (PG) optical breadboards with patented modal damping to improve dynamic performance.

Gamma Knife Perfexion System Supplied by American Shared Hospital Services Begins Treating Patients at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida

March 28, 2013 8:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 28, 2013--AMERICAN SHARED HOSPITAL SERVICES (NYSE MKT:AMS), a leading provider of turnkey technology solutions for advanced radiosurgical and radiation therapy services, announced today that the Gamma Knife ® Perfexion TM system it supplied to Sacred Heart...

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Varian Medical Systems Appoints Deepak "Dee" Khuntia M.D. Vice President of Medical Affairs

March 28, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) today announced the appointment of Deepak "Dee" Khuntia, M.D., to vice president, Medical Affairs.  He will report to Kolleen Kennedy, corporate senior vice president and president of Varian's Oncology Systems business, the world's leading provider of ...

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CardioReady Cautions FDA on New Review for Public Defibrillators

March 28, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA this month issued a new proposal on the regulatory oversight of automated external defibrillators, but at least 1 medical device maker is worried that enhanced oversight may harm public safety. Philadelphia-based CardioReady, maker of AED systems, urged that the FDA ensure that any new oversight not jeopardize the proliferation of AEDs, in the interest of public health.

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Gut Microbes Could Help Us Lose Weight

March 27, 2013 5:40 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Microbes in the gut may be a key to helping people lose weight, according to two tantalizing new studies. One study in mice found that gastric bypass surgery may aid weight loss not just by reducing the size of the stomach but also by changing the composition of the microbial population.

Recall: Spacelabs Healthcare Pulls Anesthesia Workstations over Excess CO2 Risk

March 27, 2013 4:33 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Washington-based Spacelabs Healthcare recalled a slate of its Spacelabs BleaseSirius and BleaseFocus anesthesia workstations as well as certain absorbers contained in service kits over concerns that they may contain a defect which could result in excess carbon dioxide in the gas delivered to a patient. The FDA slapped the recall with Class I status...

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FDA Cleared ChromaGen Lenses Are A Life-Changing Aid For People Struggling With Dyslexia And Other Reading Problems

March 27, 2013 3:30 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Words that move from left to right or up and down, words that are blurry or come in and out of focus or words that appear to float on the page, seeing double words or double sentences, re-reading the same lines - these are some of the...

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The Dawn of Genome Trolling

March 27, 2013 3:18 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Putting genome data into the public domain advances science, but nearly all of it can be linked to someone. Last week European scientists were shamed into cutting off public access to a genome sequence. As far as I know, it’s the first instance of a genome pulled from the public record.

nSpire Health, Inc. and 4sigma GmbH Partner to Advance Respiratory Disease Management

March 27, 2013 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONGMONT, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 27, 2013--nSpire Health, Inc. and 4sigma GmbH today announced a broad partnership significantly enhancing 4sigma’s HEALTH MANAGEMENT SERVICES while expanding nSpire Health’s CLINICAL TRIAL SERVICES offering and reach in Germany and other key European markets. ...

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