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Mazor Robotics to Present at Barclays Global Healthcare Conference

March 11, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CAESAREA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 11, 2013--Mazor Robotics Ltd. (TASE:MZOR), the developer of Renaissance™, an innovative surgical guidance system and its complementary products, today announced that Ori Hadomi, Mazor Robotics’ Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Barclays Global...

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St. Jude Medical Announces Launch of 3D Vessel Reconstruction Technology in Japan

March 11, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 11, 2013--St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, today announced the launch of its ILUMIEN ™ OPTIS ™ System, a next-generation technology designed to help physicians make personalized stenting decisions based on each patient’s...

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American Academy of Private Physicians (AAPP) Selects Itamar-Medical’s EndoPAT™ and WatchPAT™ Products to Promote Patient Wellness

March 11, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CAESAREA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 11, 2013--Itamar-Medical (TASE: ITMR), the world's leader of noninvasive technology for diagnosis of cardiovascular health, announced today that it has an agreement with the American Academy of Private Physicians (AAPP) to include Itamar's EndoPAT &...

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iCAD and Invivo Announce Global Strategic Agreement to Deliver MRI Solutions Worldwide

March 11, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GAINESVILLE, Fla. & NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 11, 2013--Invivo, a Philips Healthcare Business, and a worldwide leader in MRI, and iCAD, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICAD), a leading provider of advanced imaging and radiation therapy technologies for the detection and treatment of cancer, today...

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The Six Lines of Code that Could Bring Down a Hospital

March 11, 2013 6:00 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Using fairly rudimentary hacking techniques, researchers have exposed vulnerabilities in a variety of medical devices, most recently in a Philips Xper hospital management system that buckled under the force of a mere 6 lines of code. The Xper device often connects with hospital machines and patient databases that could be compromised by someone with the know-how and motive to infiltrate the system.

IBM Taps Next Generation Leaders to Fuel Watson Innovations; USC Students Aim High in First-Ever West Coast Case Competition

March 11, 2013 4:06 am | by IBM | News | Comments

Two years after Jeopardy!, IBM is putting Watson to work in ways that will forever change how business and healthcare leaders solve problems. And while company researchers are hard at work developing new commercial applications for the cognitive computing innovation, IBM is also turning to brilliant young minds in academia for big ideas on where Watson should work next.

Gore Launches Lower Profile GORE® EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis Contralateral Leg Components in US and Europe

March 11, 2013 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 11, 2013--W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) has announced the US and European launch of lower profile contralateral leg components for the GORE® EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). The reduced profile sizes...

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Trio of Biomarkers May Help Identify Kidney Cancer in Early Stages

March 11, 2013 12:05 am | by AACR | News | Comments

A new immunoassay that tests for the presence of three biomarkers appears to be a valid screening method for the early detection of malignant kidney cancer, according to data published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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A Wireless Brain-Computer Interface

March 11, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new wireless brain implant could be an important step toward technology that lets people with mobility problems control a computer or wheelchair with their thoughts. The implant was developed by a team at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Consumer Information on: Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System - H110002

March 11, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is the first implanted device to treat adults with severe retinitis pigmentosa. The System has three parts: a small electronic device implanted in and around the eye, a tiny video camera attached to a pair of...

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Hauser's FDA Rx: The FDA needs an NTSB

March 10, 2013 10:25 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Dr. Robert Hauser hopes to push a major change at the FDA, looking to shift the monitoring of medical devices and drugs that are already on the market from the FDA to an independent entity. Hauser, a long-time patient safety advocate and vocal FDA critic, is aiming to sell Capitol Hill on a new structure for the U.S. healthcare regulation system akin to how the nation deals with transportation safety.

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Early results "encouraging" for Edwards' redesigned Sapien XT valve

March 10, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device maker Edwards Lifesciences unveiled results from the 1st randomized study of its Sapien XT transcatheter aortic valve replacement system, reporting non-significant improvements in safety when compared with the original Sapien system. The PARTNER II trial's Cohort B was designed to demonstrate that the Sapien XT was at least non-inferior to Sapien classic...

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New Data Reinforce Significant Blood Pressure Reduction Sustained to Two Years Using the Symplicity(TM) Renal Denervation System

March 10, 2013 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. announced 24-month data from Symplicity HTN-2, the first randomized clinical trial investigating renal denervation. Presented for the first time today at the 62nd Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology, the data show patients treated with the Symplicity renal denervation system (n=66) sustained a significant drop in blood pressure.

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The Boston Scientific PROMUS Element™ Platinum Chromium Stent Demonstrates Continued Low Event Rates Through Three Years

March 10, 2013 11:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

NATICK, Mass., March 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) reported clinical endpoint data from the PLATINUM workhorse clinical trial comparing the safety and effectiveness of the PROMUS Element™ Everolimus-Eluting Platinum Chromium (PtCr) Coronary...

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Abbott's Minimally Invasive MitraClip® System for Mitral Regurgitation Demonstrates Positive Clinical and Quality-of-Life Results for Patients Too High Risk for Surgery

March 10, 2013 11:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, March 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced data from the EVEREST II (Endovascular Valve Edge-to-Edge REpair STudy) High Surgical Risk cohort evaluating the company's first-in-class catheter-based MitraClip® System for the treatment of mitral...

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