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Brain Inflammation Linked to More Severe Parkinson’s Symptoms

August 29, 2013 11:03 am | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

Reversing inflammation in the fluid surrounding the brain’s cortex may provide a solution to the complex riddle of Parkinson’s, according to researchers who have found a link between pro-inflammatory biomarkers and the severity of symptoms such as fatigue, depression and anxiety in patients with the chronic disease.

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St. Jude’s New Renal Denervation System Reduces Total Ablation Time by More Than 80%

August 29, 2013 10:51 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the CE Mark approval of its next-generation EnligHTN Renal Denervation System for treating patients with drug-resistant, uncontrolled hypertension. The system features an advanced generator that delivers simultaneous ablations via a multi-electrode catheter...

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The Science of Collaboration

August 29, 2013 10:12 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The future of biomedical innovation depends in part on a new trend for all players in biomedical innovation to work together for the common goal, say two MIT researchers. It's a long, expensive, risky road to turn a scientific breakthrough into a treatment that can help patients.

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Growing Brains on Demand

August 29, 2013 9:54 am | by Institute of Molecular Biotechnology | News | Comments

Complex human brain tissue has been successfully developed in a three-dimensional culture system established in an Austrian laboratory. The method described in the current issue of NATURE allows pluripotent stem cells to develop into cerebral organoids – or "mini brains" – that consist of several discrete brain regions.

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WPI Receives Almost Two Million for Research on Cardiac Regeneration

August 29, 2013 9:45 am | by Worcester Polytechnic Institute | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $1.94 million grant to a biomedical research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) working at the forefront of cell therapies for healing cardiac muscle damaged by heart attack or chronic disease.

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CardioKinetix Announces First Heart Failure Patients Treated in Asia with Minimally Invasive Structural Heart Device

August 29, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

CardioKinetix Inc., a medical device company pioneering a catheter-based treatment for heart failure, today announced a new first with four patients successfully treated this week with the novel catheter-based Parachute ® Ventricular Partitioning Device in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Low Cost 10MHz DDS Function Generator with Quasi-Analog Control

August 28, 2013 4:02 pm | by MDT Staff | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company has introduced the TG1006 - a DDS-based 1mHz to 10MHz function generator that, unlike other digital generators, can be operated over any frequency range using analog control in addition to numeric or spin-wheel frequency entry.

Packaging Provides Initial Dataset Necessary for Patient Confidentiality

August 28, 2013 3:49 pm | by Tom Egan, Vice President, Industry Services, PMMI | Blogs | Comments

Making sure patient information is secure begins with coding on the package. No matter to whom the medical device is targeted—for a specific patient, hospital, or doctor—the coding placed on the package is the first part of the data set used to track the device.

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HDM Series Moisture Resistant Carbon Film Resistors

August 28, 2013 3:38 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole’s HDM Series utilizes special materials, processing, and controls to achieve a level of moisture withstanding far better than comparable film resistors. The HDM Series remains stable after 1000 hours at 93% humidity and 1% bias.

Security for EHRs

August 28, 2013 3:32 pm | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions, Southco | Southco, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

While the adoption of electronic health records helps healthcare facilities streamline data collection and retention, it also presents challenges when it comes to security. Traditional paper file storage in healthcare facilities is being replaced by computers and portable electronic devices that are often more exposed to threats.

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Your Data Is Only as Secure as Your Device

August 28, 2013 3:24 pm | by Alan Grau, CEO, Icon Labs | Blogs | Comments

The inherent insecurity of many medical devices was highlighted in a recent FDA and Homeland Security alert. Over 300 devices have been identified that utilize a hard code password, creating a huge security loophole. With so many medical devices now collecting and storing patient data, this raises the question of how secure is the data stored on these devices?

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The Fine Art of Machining

August 28, 2013 3:15 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Crescent Industries, Inc. | Articles | Comments

While machining may not be specified as much as it once was in the medical device industry (outside of the orthopedic realm, that is), it is still very much a necessary component fabrication process for this industry. In fact, machining is being utilized across an array of device sectors, from surgical tools, fixation devices, and dental implants to components for medical pumps, instrumentation, and implantables.

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Aluminum Nitride Heater Exhibits New Heating Technology

August 28, 2013 3:08 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Durex Industries recently announced successfully developing an Aluminum Nitride (AlN) Ceramic Heater technology with an embedded Tungsten RTD sensor. This RTD sensor provides the fastest possible heater measurement and response to changes in temperature.

Disposables in the O.R.

August 28, 2013 3:03 pm | by James B. Schultz, Executive Vice President, ECA Medical Instruments | Articles | Comments

While the use of disposables in healthcare is certainly nothing new, their implementation as instrumentation in orthopedic procedures is. Offering an array of benefits for OEMs and hospitals alike, such as cost savings, improved efficiencies, and enhanced safety, without sacrificing the durability and strength of more traditional instruments, it’s no wonder this trend is occurring.

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The Exciting Future of Advanced Cardiovascular Devices

August 28, 2013 2:51 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

Within the medical device technology industry, the cardiovascular sector is one of the largest and most stable, due to immediate demand and necessity. As with all areas in the field, engineers continuously strive to design more minimally invasive devices, but with cardiovascular diseases at the top of the list in a growing elderly population, there is an urgent need for continuous advancement.

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