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J&J Faces Second Trial in Recalled Hip Controversy

March 14, 2013 8:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson denied claims this month in the second of tens of thousands of patient injury lawsuits over its implanted metal-on-metal hips. The company countered complaints brought by Carol Strum, who claimed that her ASR hip implant failed due to a defect in design and that she required revision surgery after just three years.

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U.S. Physicians Report Diabetic Nephropathy as the Renal Condition with the Highest Unmet Need for Treatment

March 14, 2013 8:17 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

BioTrends Research Group, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms for specialized biopharmaceutical issues, finds that nephrologists believe that diabetic nephropathy is the renal condition with the highest unmet need for treatment, followed closely by acute kidney injury and polycystic kidney disease, according to TreatmentTrends.

KARL STORZ C-MAC® Pocket Monitor Named among EMS Top Innovation Award Recipients for 2012

March 14, 2013 6:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 14, 2013--KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., a leader in endoscopy and operating room integration solutions, is pleased to announce that its C-MAC® Pocket Monitor was selected as one of EMS World magazine’s Top 20 Innovations for 2012 during the recent EMS...

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Consumer Information on: ArterX Surgical Sealant - P100030

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

  This is a brief overview of information related to FDA’s approval to market this product. See the links to the Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data (SSED) and product labeling for more complete information on this product, its indications for use, and the basis for FDA’s approval.  

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New Disease Registry Gives Patients Some Privacy

March 14, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new venture lets patients choose how their data is used for medical research and offers sophisticated privacy settings. As advances in genomics, molecular analysis, and data processing have propelled disease research forward, scientists and drug developers still face a formidable challenge: recruiting patients for their studies.

Satiety Inc. Escapes Stomach Stapling Lawsuit

March 13, 2013 5:02 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Satiety Inc. can put a 4-year personal injury lawsuit in its rearview mirror now that the case has been dismissed by a federal judge. The plaintiff, Lucia Burgos, failed to prove that the Palo Alto, Calif.-based medical device company's stomach stapling device violated the protocols of its investigational device exemption from the FDA.

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Medtronic Seeks to Claw Back $10M Patent Lawsuit Loss

March 13, 2013 4:47 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device giant Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) is looking for avenues to reverse a $10 million patent infringement loss over angiography catheters. In January 2012 an Oklahoma jury ordered Medtronic to pay $9.9 million in back royalties for willfully infringing on a guidance catheter patent

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Sunshine Heart Appoints Jon Salveson to Board of Directors

March 13, 2013 4:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sunshine Heart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSH) (ASX: SHC) today announced that Jon W. Salveson has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Salveson is the Vice Chairman, Investment Banking and Chairman of the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Piper Jaffray Companies...

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EyeTechCare Raises $13M for Ultrasound Glaucoma Treatment

March 13, 2013 4:08 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

EyeTechCare said it landed nearly $13 million in its 3rd round of funding, aiming to use the cash to fund a clinical trial of its EyeOP1 ultrasound glaucoma treatment, which has been on the market in Europe since Rillieux-la-Pape, France-based EyeTechCare said the backers include private investor Dr. Bernard Chauvin and prior investors Omnes Capital and France's SHAM insurance company.

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Getting Stroke Patients Back on Their Feet with Robots

March 13, 2013 3:43 pm | by SINTEF | News | Comments

A robot is now being built to help stroke patients with training, motivation, and walking. In Europe, strokes are the most common cause of physical disability among the elderly. This often result in paralysis of one side of the body, and many patients suffer much reduced physical mobility and are often unable to walk on their own.

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Biological Wires Carry Electricity

March 13, 2013 3:41 pm | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

Slender bacterial nanowires require certain key amino acids in order to conduct electricity, according to a study to be published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, on Tuesday, March 12.

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A High-Resolution Endoscope as Thin as a Human Hair

March 13, 2013 3:30 pm | by Andrew Myers, Associate Director of Communications, Stanford University School of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers at Stanford have developed a prototype single-fiber endoscope that improves the resolution of these much-sought-after instruments fourfold over existing designs. The advance could lead to an era of needle-thin, minimally invasive endoscopes able to view features out of reach of today’s instruments.

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Simbionix Announces License Agreement for Surgical Videos

March 13, 2013 2:08 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

CLEVELAND , March 13, 2013 /- Simbionix USA Corporation, the world's leading provider of medical simulators and education solutions, is pleased to announce an agreement with Duke University to license surgical videos and other instructional materials. These resources were developed by Duke physicians and they cover the advanced skills and procedures addressed in Phase 2 of...

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VertiFlex®, Inc. Announces Sale of Certain Non-Core Spinal Implant Technologies to Stryker

March 13, 2013 12:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 13, 2013--VertiFlex®, Inc., a leading innovator of advanced minimally invasive spinal surgery technologies , today announced the sale of certain assets to Stryker Corporation’s Spine Division relating to spinal implants that are not core to the ongoing...

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Chip Resistors Offer Resistance Values Up To 10G Ohms

March 13, 2013 12:09 pm | by MDT Staff | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The HMC Series from Stackpole is a thick film based chip resistor series capable of high resistance values. This series utilizes special high resistance inks and volume production to achieve a chip resistor that is capable of extremely high resistance values without significant cost increase.

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