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House Bill Preserves Medicare Patient Access to Doctor-Prescribed Equipment Says AAHomecare

April 25, 2013 1:53 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicare patients are one step closer to ensuring continued access to much-needed home medical equipment thanks to the bipartisan efforts of Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) Late last night, the two...

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A World of Custom Switches Allow Medical Device OEMs to Integrate Signaling

April 25, 2013 12:49 pm | by MDT Staff | Tapeswitch Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Tapeswitch offers a wide variety of pressure sensitive, general purpose signaling switches for use with medical equipment and devices that function as control switches for operation in various applications. Available models include ribbon switches, touch pads, foot switches, hand switches, and sensing cells.

Glasses Read to the Blind

April 25, 2013 11:24 am | by Florida International University | Videos | Comments

A unique pair of eyeglasses developed by a Florida International Univ. student team could revolutionize the lives of the blind, enabling them to walk into a library or a store, pick up any book or a can of soup and read it. The Eyetalk concept has been hailed by venture investors as a potentially breakthrough product that could make a difference for disabled people worldwide.

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Binge Eating Curbed by Deep Brain Stimulation in Animal Model

April 25, 2013 10:57 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) in a precise region of the brain appears to reduce caloric intake and prompt weight loss in obese animal models, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, reported in the Journal of Neuroscience, reinforces the involvement of dopamine deficits in increasing obesity-related behaviors such as binge eating...

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US Device will Screen for Fake Medicines Overseas

April 25, 2013 10:34 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health officials are making a high-tech screening device available in Africa to help spot counterfeit malaria pills in hopes that the technology may eventually be used to combat the fake drug trade worldwide. The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that U.S. partners in Ghana will begin using a U.S.-developed handheld device...

Making a Name for Yourself in the Industry

April 25, 2013 10:27 am | by Jonathan Gosberg, Principal, Gosberg Public Relations, LLC | Blogs | Comments

2012 was a year marked by a great deal of uncertainty for medical device manufacturers in the U.S. with several key issues up in the air, including proposed changes to the FDA’s device review and approval process, healthcare reforms, and the medical device excise tax. That said, analysts are still predicting growth in the medical device market, moving forward.

K2M Grows Biologics Offering with Expansion of VESUVIUS Product Family

April 25, 2013 10:08 am | by K2M | News | Comments

K2M, Inc., the largest privately held spinal device company in the world focused on developing innovative solutions for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies and minimally invasive procedures, today announced another expansion of the company’s U.S. biologics offering with the addition of a new product line to the VESUVIUS™ Osteobiologic Systems.

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HelpMeSee Selects Moog to Develop Virtual Reality Eye Surgery Simulator

April 25, 2013 10:04 am | by HelpMeSee | News | Comments

HelpMeSee has achieved a significant milestone in medical simulation by successfully testing virtual reality surgical training simulators as a proof of concept. This success led HelpMeSee to select Moog for a joint development contract to design and produce a high-fidelity virtual reality Eye Surgery Simulator and courseware model to train cataract surgeons...

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Implant Brings High Hopes for Back Pain Relief

April 25, 2013 9:35 am | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

A new spinal implant developed in Israel, has radically improved the life of at least one patient who, four years ago, believed he would spend his twilight years in constant pain. Seventy-nine-year-old Moshav farmer Yehuda Schwartz suffered from a debilitating back condition common among senior citizens but says, since receiving the implant, he's been given a new lease on life.

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Vycor Adds Two Patents for Its New Spinal ViewSite(TM) Cervical Access System

April 25, 2013 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vycor Medical, Inc. announced today it has secured two new patents (2008-518369 and 11/993280) covering its Spinal ViewSite™ Cervical Access System (VCAS). The addition of these patents brings Vycor's total patent portfolio to 34 issued and 21 pending. The Company's...

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Ethicon Launches Next Generation Energy Device at American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ Annual Meeting

April 25, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To expand choice and help surgeons provide greater precision, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. today announces the launch of the HARMONIC ACE + Shears with Adaptive Tissue Technology (HARMONIC ACE + Shears), the next generation product in the best-in-class HARMONIC portfolio of ultrasonic surgical devices that can handle multiple surgical jobs

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A*STAR and Veredus Laboratories Create Market's First Lab-on-Chip for the Detection of Multiple Tropical Infectious Diseases

April 25, 2013 3:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Veredus Laboratories, a leading supplier of innovative molecular diagnostic tools, announced the launch of VereTrop™, the first biochip in the molecular diagnostics market that can identify 13 different major tropical diseases from...

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Profound Medical Announces Initiation of TULSA Clinical Trial for Treatment of Localized Prostate Cancer

April 25, 2013 12:01 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Profound Medical Inc. today announced the commencement of its Health Canada approved, multi-center TULSA clinical trial for its minimally invasive, novel ablation device used to facilitate prostate cancer treatment. In the world's first procedure of its kind, a patient was treated in a collaborative effort with London Health Sciences Center...

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Meeting Announcement: July 24-25, 2013 Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee

April 25, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

On July 24, 2013, the committee will discuss, make recommendations, and vote on information related to the premarket approval application for the Kineflex/C Cervical Artificial Disc sponsored by SpinalMotion.  The Kineflex/C is a metal-on-metal (cobalt chrome molybdenum alloy) cervical total disc replacement device.

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510(k) Device Modifications: Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Device, May 17, 2013

April 25, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss FDA’s past, present, and future policy on 510(k) Modifications with external stakeholders. FDA seeks comment from stakeholders on different options, both in the form of submissions to the docket for the Federal Register notice associated with this meeting and in discussion during the public meeting.

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