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DNA in Blood May Help Detection of Artery Disease

July 1, 2013 9:41 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

DNA fragments in your blood may someday help doctors quickly learn if chest pain means you have narrowed heart arteries, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

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Thoratec Acquires DuraHeart® II Ventricular Assist System

July 1, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Thoratec has acquired the DuraHeart II ventricular assist system from Terumo Corporation for an upfront cash payment of $13 million and potential future milestone payments, based on regulatory approvals and product sales, of up to $43.5 million. 

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Covidien Completes Separation of Pharmaceuticals Business

July 1, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced it has completed the separation of its Pharmaceuticals business, which is now held by Mallinckrodt plc, a new independent company. Mallinckrodt will begin “regular way” trading on the New York Stock Exchange today under the symbol "MNK."

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TCXOs with Tighter Stabilities to ±1 ppm

June 28, 2013 4:23 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Fox Electronics is now offering its XpressO TCXO with tighter stabilities in custom frequencies up to 250 MHz. Available with ±1.5 ppm from -40°C to +85°C as well as down to ±1 ppm from 0°C to +70°C, the new XpressO-TC HCMOS TCXO oscillators can be delivered in ten working days or less.

Medical Grade Acrylic Alloy Designed to Reduce Processing Costs

June 28, 2013 4:14 pm | by MDT Staff | Altuglas International/Arkema Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Altuglas International has introduced Altuglas Luctor polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) alloy that flows twice far as conventional transparent medical polymers in thin wall injection mold cavities.

Veracyte Completes $28 Million Series C Financing Round With GE Ventures as a New Investor

June 28, 2013 2:45 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Veracyte, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company in the field of molecular cytology, today announced the completion of the final tranche of its $28 million Series C financing. The financing included GE Ventures as a new investor, as well as existing investors Domain Associates, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, TPG Biotech, and Versant Ventures.

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Developing Devices Anyone Can Use

June 28, 2013 11:32 am | by Jason D. Keiser, Project Manager, Precision Medical Products | Blogs | Comments

The greatest challenge [in designing for the consumer] is recognizing the limited knowledge and abilities of a home user. There needs to be an understanding that the home patient is not a medical professional and is not exposed or practiced with the multitude of technologies the designer may have previous experience with.

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Device Shrinkage Achieved Through Consideration of Assembly Factors

June 28, 2013 10:49 am | by Yousef Heidari, VP of Engineering, SigmaTron and Andrew Vo, Director of Test Engineering, SigmaTron | Articles | Comments

As medical devices continue to get smaller in size, the assembly of the internal electronics becomes more critical. Like a puzzle, fitting all the necessary pieces together in a smaller space is no simple task. When outsourcing is involved, synergy between teams is critical. The earlier a medical device manufacturer’s design team and their contractor’s team begin working together, the better.

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Poland - a New Player in Medical Tourism Sector

June 28, 2013 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Is it possible, that in 2-3 years Brits, Germans, Scandinavians, and Russians will undergo cancer treatment, orthopaedic, or cardiac surgery procedures in Polish medical facilities more often? Treat teeth and get implants in dental clinics; take a cure in Polish sanatoriums?

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Hospitals Seek High-Tech Help for Hand Hygiene

June 28, 2013 8:39 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hospitals have fretted for years over how to make sure doctors, nurses and staff keep their hands clean, but with only limited success. Now, some are turning to technology — beepers, buzzers, lights and tracking systems that remind workers to sanitize, and chart those who don't.

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Boston Scientific To Acquire C.R. Bard Electrophysiology Business

June 28, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

In a move that would significantly boost its capabilities in the fast-growing market for advanced electrophysiology procedures, Boston Scientific has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bard EP, the electrophysiology business of C.R. Bard, for $275 million in cash.

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Class I Medical Device Recall: Medtronic Sutureless Connector Intrathecal Catheter Products ? Catheter Occlusion

June 28, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The Sutureless Connector Intrathecal Catheter connector has been redesigned to reduce the potential for occlusion, which is the blockage or stoppage of drug flow due to misalignment at the point where the catheter connects to an implantable pump. Medtronic is removing all unused products that were manufactured with the previous design.

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Class I Medical Device Recall: Medtronic SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps - Failure of Priming Bolus

June 28, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps (SynchroMed Implantable Infusion Pumps) contain and administer prescribed drugs to a specific site inside the patient’s body. Currently, the approved drugs for use with the SynchroMed Infusion Pump are Infumorph, Lioresal, Prialt (Ziconotide), Floxuridine, Methotrexate and Gablofen.

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GPS-Like Technology for CPR More Than Doubles Survival from Leading Cause of Death in the US

June 27, 2013 5:22 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that survival from one of the leading causes of death in the United States, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, more than doubled from 26% to 56% when paramedics in Mesa, Arizona utilized ZOLL’s CPR feedback technology in combination with scenario-based training.

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Pacemaker Family Features Technology for Adapting Pacing to Respiration

June 27, 2013 4:48 pm | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation is launching a new family of pacemakers in Europe. These pacemakers monitor respiration, adjust pacing accordingly, and support insight into the patient’s overall heart failure status. Comprising of the INLIVEN cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker...

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