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Exercise for Stroke Patients' Brains

June 12, 2013 9:56 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

A new study finds that stroke patients' brains show strong cortical motor activity when observing others performing physical tasks—a finding that offers new insight into stroke rehabilitation. A team of researchers monitored the brains of 24 individuals as they watched others performing actions made using the arm and hand that would be difficult for a person who can no longer use their arm due to stroke.

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New Tasks Become as Simple as Waving a Hand with Brain-Computer Interfaces

June 12, 2013 9:51 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

Small electrodes placed on or inside the brain allow patients to interact with computers or control robotic limbs simply by thinking about how to execute those actions. This technology could improve communication and daily life for a person who is paralyzed or has lost the ability to speak from a stroke or neurodegenerative disease.

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Twenty Patients Implanted in Functional Neuromodulation’s ADvance Study of Deep Brain Stimulation for Alzheimer’s Disease

June 12, 2013 9:07 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Functional Neuromodulation Ltd.’s ADvance Study has implanted 20 mild Alzheimer’s patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) systems, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved expansion of the study from 20 to 30 U.S. patients in combination with 20 subjects approved in Canada.

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Approval Of Boston Scientific's Watchman Device Will Support Rapid Growth In The Global Heart Defect Closure Device Market

June 12, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, the anticipated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Boston Scientific's WATCHMAN device will drive rapid growth in the market for global heart defect closure devices. ...

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RTI Biologics Announces Agreement to Acquire Pioneer Surgical Technology

June 12, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

RTI Biologics Inc., a leading provider of orthopedic and other biologic implants, announced today its intent to acquire privately held Pioneer® Surgical Technology (Pioneer), headquartered in Marquette, Mich. Pioneer is a leading medical technology company that manufactures and distributes metal and synthetic products in the orthopedics, biologics, spine, trauma and cardiothoracic markets.

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Class I Medical Device Recall: Symbios GOPump and GOBlock Kits

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

The affected products may have excessively high flow rates. As a result, medications could be delivered too quickly from the balloon to the surgical site and cause patient toxicity due to the rapid influx of medication. This can lead to serious illness...

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Teleflex Acquires Innovative Technology for Laryngeal Masks and other Airway Management Devices

June 11, 2013 7:30 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, today announced it has acquired the assets of Ultimate Medical and its affiliates. Ultimate Medical is a leading supplier and innovator of airway management devices with a portfolio of patented products and a full range of laryngeal mask airways.

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Flame-Retardant Polymer Technology

June 11, 2013 5:41 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Lubrizol Corporation announced the launch of a flame-retardant thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) product suitable for medical applications. Developed by Lubrizol LifeScience Polymers, this product is the first of its kind to feature high flame properties, low halogen content and a soft, matte or gloss finish.

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Dual Entry Fume Hoods Feature Double Side Access

June 11, 2013 5:39 pm | by MDT Staff | HEMCO Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The unique design of the UniFlow Dual Entry Hood features safety glass sashes front and rear that allows observers a clear view as well as easy access to procedures. Ideal for schools and industrial where additional access is required. Fume Hood is equipped with a vapor proof light fixture and switch. All electrical components and services are UL and CSA listed.

Smallest Magnetic Latching Solenoid

June 11, 2013 5:31 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Johnson Electric announced a new magnetic latching solenoid platform for compact locking mechanisms. Locks of all varieties including those found in vaults, safes, medical devices, data storage and industrial equipment require compact and powerful solenoids in electrically coded or biometric access systems. 

Patented Alloy Provides Breakthrough Parts Characteristics and One-Step Parts Processing

June 11, 2013 5:21 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Based on a scientific breakthrough developed at Caltech, the Department of Defense, and NASA, Liquidmetal Technologies has introduced an amorphous metal alloy that can be used in the production of highly complex parts via an efficient injection-molding process.

Improving the Reliability of Usability Evaluations

June 11, 2013 4:27 pm | by Linda Pellegrino, Senior Usability Specialist, and James Rudolph, Senior Designer, Farm | Blogs | Comments

In this blog, we’ll explore challenges associated with conducting reliable usability evaluations and offer insights as to how to overcome these challenges. We’ll also discuss how to improve usability testing practices to ensure we are identifying the most important issues.

St. Jude Medical Announces FDA Approval of High-Voltage Devices with New Safety Features

June 11, 2013 4:05 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its next-generation Ellipse™ and SJM Assura™ portfolio of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds). The new devices are designed to lower the risk of lead abrasion and to ensure high-voltage therapy delivery.

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Diagnostics: A Focus on Imaging, Portability, and Regulations

June 11, 2013 3:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Articles | Comments

Diagnostic technology covers a broad range of equipment, tests, and medical fields, and recent advancements in technique and materials means that innovations are widespread and growing rapidly. Though economic conditions are preventing huge advancements in diagnostic imaging—if hospitals can’t afford the new technology, there is no point in designing it—the medical imaging community is focusing on refinement, rather than redesign.

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Seapine Software Launches 2013 State of Medical Device Development Survey

June 11, 2013 2:08 pm | by Seapine Software | News | Comments

Over the next three months, Seapine Software will be polling medical device developers for its 2013 State of Medical Device Development Survey. The online survey will establish industry benchmarks and identify the challenges facing the development of new healthcare technologies.

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