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Intuitive Surgical boosts buyback to about $1.5B

July 29, 2013 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Robotic surgery device maker Intuitive Surgical Inc. is increasing its current share buyback by $779 million to approximately $1.5 billion and is entering an accelerated repurchase program with Goldman Sachs. President and CEO Dr. Gary Guthart said in a statement on Monday that the increase to its repurchase program and the accelerated buyback shows Intuitive Surgical's confidence in its da Vinci surgical system.


Human Stem Cell-Derived Hepatocytes Regenerate Liver Function

July 29, 2013 10:27 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News | News | Comments

Researchers have generated functional hepatocytes from human stem cells, transplanted them into mice with acute liver injury, and shown the ability of these stem-cell derived human liver cells to function normally and increase survival of the treated animals.


Breakthrough in Detecting DNA Mutations Could Help Treat Tuberculosis, Cancer

July 29, 2013 10:24 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Modern genomics has shown that just one mutation can be the difference between successfully treating a disease and having it spread rampantly throughout the body. Now, researchers have developed a new method that can look at a specific segment of DNA and pinpoint a single mutation, which could help diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis.


Silky Brain Implants May Help Stop Spread of Epilepsy

July 29, 2013 10:15 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Silk has walked straight off the runway and into the lab. According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, silk implants placed in the brain of laboratory animals and designed to release a specific chemical, adenosine, may help stop the progression of epilepsy.


Advanced Catheter Therapies Awarded Patent

July 29, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Advanced Catheter Therapies, Inc. (ACT) has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 8398589 B2 for its catheter technology. ACT is a research and development medical device company with a portfolio of innovative catheter technologies initially targeting vascular disease and restenosis.


InspireMD Announces First Patient Enrolled in U.S. Registration Trial for MGuard™ Prime EPS

July 29, 2013 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

InspireMD, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NSPR) ("Inspire" or the "Company"), a leader in embolic protection stents, said the first patient has been enrolled in the Master II IDE clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the MGuard™ Prime Embolic Protection Stent (EPS) in patients suffering from ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI).  


BioLineRx Announces CE-Mark Registration Trial Submission for Novel Treatment for Removal of Skin Lesions

July 29, 2013 8:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

BioLineRx (NASDAQ: BLRX) (TASE: BLRX), a biopharmaceutical development company, announced today that it has filed the necessary regulatory submissions to commence a pivotal, CE-Mark registration trial for BL-5010P - for the non-surgical removal of skin lesions - with the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), as well as with the relevant ethics committees.


Cook Medical Partners with IU Health for Study on Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatment

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

Cook Medical has partnered with IU Health to evaluate a potential treatment for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a vascular disease of the legs. The treatment involves the placement of a stent, which is a small, metal mesh tube that is inserted into the artery to treat blockages of blood flow.


DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company, Announces the First TaperFill Hip Stem Implanted

July 29, 2013 7:35 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

DJO Global, Inc., a leading provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, announced that the first TaperFill™ Total Hip Replacement (THR) was implanted. TaperFill was developed to accommodate a minimally invasive procedure.


MedConnections Released PACE Health Connect App To Allow Patients To Manage Health Care Faster And Easier

July 29, 2013 6:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

MedConnections launched its new mobile app, PACE Health Connect, featuring a patent pending interactive messaging system. Enterprise customers can provide employees, patients and members interactive messaging on 35 medical conditions with over 1,000 different messages, alerts and reminders to enhance their disease and lifestyle management.


RainDrop System Unlocks Power of Trovagene's Urine-Based Mutation Detection Technology

July 29, 2013 5:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV) and RainDance Technologies announced today that Trovagene has adopted RainDance's RainDropTM Digital PCR System for research and development, and for eventual use in the Trovagene CLIA laboratory.  Trovagene has also announced successful development of a cell-free DNA mutation assay leveraging the RainDrop platform.


Public Workshop - The Patient Preference Initiative: Incorporating Patient Preference Information into the Medical Device Regulatory Processes, September 18-19, 2013

July 29, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss ways to incorporate patient preferences on the benefit-risk trade-offs of medical devices into the full spectrum of the Center for Devices and Radiological Heath (CDRH) regulatory decision making. It also aims...


Class I Medical Device Recall: GE Healthcare Nuclear Medicine Systems

July 29, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Reason for Recall: GE Healthcare became aware of an incident at a VA Medical Center facility in the US. A patient died due to injuries sustained while being scanned on an Infinia Hawkeye 4 Nuclear Medicine System. On July 03, 2013 GE notified hospitals...


Hacker Discussing Hacking Pacemakers Dies

July 27, 2013 1:29 am | by Sudhin Thanawala - Associated Press | News | Comments

A prominent hacker who discovered a way to have automatic teller machines spit out cash and was set to deliver a talk about hacking pacemakers and other wireless implantable medical devices has died in San Francisco, authorities and his employer said.


New Membrane Potentiometers

July 26, 2013 5:53 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for applications that require a linear position sensing device in a narrow space or tight budget, Novotechnik’s LFP Series membrane potentiometers provide some unique advantages besides a thin profile. This includes linearity to ±0.3% and life of over 25 million cycles. These values set a standard for membrane potentiometers.


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