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Ventricular Assist Devices Gaining Popularity, but Artificial Hearts Remain the Ideal

September 11, 2014 11:15 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Robert Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData's Senior Analyst covering Medical Devices, says: “Since the first implantation of the Jarvik 7 in 1982, artificial heart devices have evolved significantly in size, design and power usage, but many problems...

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Findings Suggest How Swimming Cells Form Biofilms on Surfaces

September 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

New research findings point toward future approaches to fighting bacterial biofilms that foul everything from implantable medical devices to industrial pipes and boat propellers. Bacteria secrete a mucus-like “extracellular polymeric substance...

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IBA and Philips Join Forces to Advance Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer

September 11, 2014 10:25 am | by LPP | News | Comments

IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.), the world’s leading provider of proton therapy and radiopharmacy solutions, and Royal Philips today announce the signing of a global collaboration to provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for...

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Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language

September 11, 2014 10:24 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar — Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many...

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Photos of the Day: Biologically Inspired Smart Suit

September 11, 2014 10:16 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University | News | Comments

DARPA's Warrior Web program seeks to develop technologies to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries for military personnel, but the same technologies could also have civilian applications. Pictured here is the Mobility Enhancing Soft...

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Wyss Institute Awarded DARPA Contract to Further Develop Soft Exosuit

September 11, 2014 10:07 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University | News | Comments

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it was awarded a first-phase $2.9 million follow-on contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop a...

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Apple Watch an Underwhelming Offering for Mobile Healthcare

September 11, 2014 10:01 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The Apple Watch is a robust offering for health and fitness enthusiasts, as it tracks steps, heart rate and calories while allowing users to set fitness goals. However, Apple’s health and fitness trackers are largely dependent on the iPhone’s...

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Medtronic NC Euphora Coronary Balloon Receives FDA Clearance

September 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and launch of the NC Euphora Noncompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter. The new device will be featured for the first time in the United States at the...

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Monitoring the Response of Bone Metastases to Treatment Using MRI and PET

September 11, 2014 9:50 am | by European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer | News | Comments

Imaging technologies are very useful in evaluating a patient's response to cancer treatment, and this can be done quite effectively for most tumors using RECIST, Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors. However, RECIST works well for...

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Nerve Impulses Can Collide and Continue Unaffected

September 11, 2014 9:46 am | by University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute | News | Comments

According to the traditional theory of nerves, two nerve impulses sent from opposite ends of a nerve annihilate when they collide. New research from the Niels Bohr Institute now shows that two colliding nerve impulses simply pass through each...

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Artificial Lungs That Can Be Worn at Home

September 11, 2014 9:38 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University professor Keith Cook has received a four-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support research and development of artificial lungs that patients may use long term in the...

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Automated Anti-Müllerian Hormone Test to Improve Fertility Assessment and Treatment

September 11, 2014 9:29 am | by Beckman Coulter | News | Comments

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics has obtained CE Mark on its new automated Access anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) assay. The new test is the company’s latest innovation in women’s health testing and further advances Beckman Coulter’s rich 15-year...

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AdvaMedDx Supports FDA Oversight of LDTs

September 11, 2014 9:24 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

Andrew Fish, executive director of AdvaMedDx, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee today in support of FDA taking a risk-based approach to the regulation of lab-developed tests (LDTs), which have...

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AdvaMed Questions FDA Classification Proposal

September 11, 2014 9:20 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

Citing an increased burden on industry, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revisit its proposed amendments to regulations governing the classification and reclassification...

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The World's Smallest Breathalyzer

September 11, 2014 9:17 am | by Elevator Communications | News | Comments

Nearly every day a record breaking crowdfunding campaign catches the attention of the world with new devices that meld the worlds of software with hardware. And one key player in this revolution is 3D printing. The DrinkMate project, now on...

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