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VeriTeQ Receives First Order for Its Q Inside Implantable Microchip

August 14, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Digital Angel Corporation, a provider of implantable medical device identification and radiation dose measurement technologies following its recent share exchange with VeriTeQ Acquisition Corporation, announced today that it has received its first order for its Q Inside implantable microchip for unique device identification from Establishment Labs, S.A., the Company’s partner in the breast implant market, for September delivery.

Carestream and Buffalo Bills Kick off Collaboration Focusing on Early Detection of Traumatic Brain Injuries

August 14, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Carestream Health and the Buffalo Bills have entered into an agreement that will aid Carestream’s development of advanced medical imaging technology designed to help with earlier detection and monitoring of brain injuries. This partnership focuses on the need for new technology to help address key concerns in sports medicine, particularly those related to head injuries.

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Low-grade Prostate Cancers May Not Become Aggressive With Time — Adds Support for “Watch and Wait” Approach

August 14, 2013 12:05 am | by AACR | News | Comments

Researchers found that after the introduction of widespread prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, the proportion of patients diagnosed with advanced-stage cancers dropped by more than six-fold in 22 years, but the proportion diagnosed with high Gleason grade cancers did not change substantially.

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Class I Medical Device Recall: Hospira Intravascular Administration Sets

August 14, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

It was discovered that there was a potential for the piercing pin on certain ISO-compliant Hospira blood sets to puncture the outer wall of the non-ISO-compliant blood bags during insertion of the pin into the blood bag. This can lead to the leakage of blood and health care provider exposure to blood products.

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Mouse Heart Beats Again with Human Cells

August 13, 2013 5:33 pm | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

A mouse heart was able to contract and beat again after its own cells were stripped and replaced with human heart precursor cells. The findings show the promise that regenerating a functional organ by placing human induced pluripotent stem cells in a three-dimensional scaffold could have for transplantation, drug testing models and understanding heart development.

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Proton Therapy Offers New, Precise Cancer Treatment for Children

August 13, 2013 5:26 pm | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Proton therapy, using high-energy subatomic particles, may offer a precise, organ-sparing treatment option for children with high-risk forms of neuroblastoma. For patients in a new study of advanced radiation treatment, proton therapy spared the liver and kidneys from unwanted radiation, while zeroing in on its target.

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Ambient Backscatter Eliminates Power Needs for Wireless Device Communication

August 13, 2013 5:18 pm | by University of Washington | Videos | Comments

University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

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Wireless Devices Go Battery-Free with New Communication Technique

August 13, 2013 5:13 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

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Rapid Changes with Portable Medical Devices

August 13, 2013 2:05 pm | by Kirk Barker, Electronic Product Manager, maxon motors | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Kirk Barker, electronic product manager at maxon motors, was a part of the staff written article, “Portability Is the Name of the Game.” He took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.

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Spectranetics takes Thermopeutix to court over distribution deal

August 13, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Spectranetics and Thermopeutix are engaged in a full-on legal battle over the Tapas catheter, an infusion system the companies agreed sell using pooled resources in a distribution deal inked in late 2011. Now Spectranetics is suing San Diego-based Thermopeutix for attempting to cancel the deal.

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Cardica shoots for Japanese approval

August 13, 2013 1:23 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Cardica and its distribution partner Century Medical are shooting for Japanese regulatory approval for the stapling cartridge components of Cardica's MicroCutter Xchange surgical device. Redwood City, Calif.-based Cardica sent in the cartridge design validation application to Japan's Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Agency today.

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Elekta, Varian settle trade theft, rep-poaching lawsuit

August 13, 2013 1:15 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Elekta and Varian Medical Systems settled a lawsuit accusing the Swedish medical device company of stealing trade secrets when it poached sales reps from its U.S. rival Varian. Varian sued Elekta last year in a Texas state court, accusing the Stockholm-based radiological device maker of swiping proprietary information when it lured a pair of sales reps away from Palo Alto-based Varian.

GPOs: Medtronic, St. Jude, Boston Scientific land new deals from Premier

August 13, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Premier Healthcare Alliance awarded several new contracts for drug-eluting stents, traditional stents and other intervention products to 8 heavy hitters in the cardiology space. Abbott, Boston Scientific, and Medtronic all landed supplier deals for drug-eluting and traditional stents.

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Alere MobileLink Receives FDA Clearance

August 13, 2013 12:08 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Alere Connect has been granted a 510(k) market clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the Alere MobileLink. The new product offering is one of Alere's connected device technologies designed to empower patients by allowing self-testing at home and delivering data quickly and seamlessly to clinical systems accessed by their healthcare providers.

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Personalized Asthma Therapy for Kids

August 13, 2013 12:04 pm | by Qualcomm Incorporated | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated, through its Qualcomm Wireless Reach initiative, Qualcomm Life, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the primary pediatric health provider serving San Diego, Imperial and southern Riverside counties, today announced their collaboration on a 3G-enabled kit for monitoring the activities of asthmatic children.

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