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BDC Laboratories Announces VDT-3600i Heart Valve Accelerated Wear Test System

March 28, 2013 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 28, 2013--Positive clinical outcomes continue to be reported by researchers worldwide with transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Moreover, new technologies are in development and will, in the future, offer additional minimally invasive treatment...

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Intuitive Surgical Can't Dodge Robot-Assisted Surgery Training Lawsuit

March 28, 2013 3:19 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A Washington judge this week threw out Intuitive Surgical's bid to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the company failed to provide doctors with sufficient training on the da Vinci robot-assisted surgical system. The lawsuit was filed by the family of Fred Taylor who in 2008 underwent prostate removal by a doctor using the da Vinci device without supervision.

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Varian Medical Systems Highlights Calypso® System and Other Technologies Designed to Help Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease after Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer

March 28, 2013 2:48 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE:VAR), the world leader in radiotherapy equipment and software, is highlighting its Calypso® System as a tool designed to help doctors reduce women's risk of developing heart disease years after...

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Wellsense Announces Study of The Map System Shows Improvement in Care of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers

March 28, 2013 2:26 pm | by Wellsense | News | Comments

Recent research published in WOUNDS , the most widely read, peer-reviewed journal focusing on wound care and wound research, demonstrates the potential to improve care for patients vulnerable to hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by using Wellsense’s MAPTM System, the first-ever continuous bedside pressure mapping system.

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The Medical Device Tax Rears Its Head in the Mass. Senate Special Election

March 28, 2013 2:22 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

U.S. Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass.) offered his support to opponents of the medical device tax, saying that, had he had the chance, he would have sided with the Senate majority in voting to repeal the levy. Markey, a long-time Bay State lawmaker, is hoping to make the jump from the House to the Senate, vying for upper chamber seat left behind by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Will Another Durata Failure Report Drag St. Jude Down?

March 28, 2013 1:31 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Wall Street didn't move much on news of another insulation-related failure in St. Jude Medical's next-generation Durata defibrillator leads this week. The case report included a detailed analysis of an incident in which a Durata lead failed due to inside-out abrasion...

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Biotronik Lands CE Mark for MRI-Safe Iforia Defibrillator

March 28, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Biotronik said it's planning a mid-year launch in Europe for its Iforia MRI-safe pacemaker now that EU regulators have given the device CE Mark approval. The German medical device company said the Iforia is the world's 1st ICD/CRT-D device using the DF4 connector to be approved for magnetic resonance imaging, according to a press release.

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FDA Makes Vascular Solutions' Catheter Valve Recall Class I

March 28, 2013 11:26 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA slapped its most serious designation on the recall of hemostasis valves made by Vascular Solutions (NSDQ:VASC). The Minneapolis-based company last month recalled its Guardian II and Guardian II NC valves "due to a risk that air may be introduced into the device which may lead to an air embolism," according to the federal watchdog agency.

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T2 Biosystems' Series E Round Reaches $40M

March 28, 2013 11:11 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

T2 Biosystems reels in a $40 million Series E round for its MR-based molecular diagnostic test for the Candida fungus, a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections. T2 Biosystems, which is developing a diagnostic device that uses magnetic resonance technology to deliver nearly instant test results, said it raised a $40 million Series E round it plans to use for its T2Candida test for a common cause of hospital-acquired infections.

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MedSolutions Launches Comprehensive Post-Acute Care Management Product

March 28, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKLIN, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 28, 2013--MedSolutions, the leading provider of medical cost management services, launched today an innovative new product designed to lower overall post-acute care (PAC) costs and reduce hospital readmissions. Spending on PAC has grown by about 9 percent...

Metal Pushbutton Switch Radiates White Ring

March 28, 2013 9:31 am | by MDT Staff | Schurter, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter is pleased to announce the expansion of its popular MSM series metal pushbutton switch to include a version with white ring and point illumination. Existing color options include red, green, yellow and blue.

Precision-Grade Optical Breadboards

March 28, 2013 9:27 am | by MDT Staff | Newport Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Newport Corporation, a worldwide leader in laser and photonic solutions that Make, Manage, and Measure Light, introduces precision-grade (PG) optical breadboards with patented modal damping to improve dynamic performance.

Gamma Knife Perfexion System Supplied by American Shared Hospital Services Begins Treating Patients at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida

March 28, 2013 8:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 28, 2013--AMERICAN SHARED HOSPITAL SERVICES (NYSE MKT:AMS), a leading provider of turnkey technology solutions for advanced radiosurgical and radiation therapy services, announced today that the Gamma Knife ® Perfexion TM system it supplied to Sacred Heart...

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Varian Medical Systems Appoints Deepak "Dee" Khuntia M.D. Vice President of Medical Affairs

March 28, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) today announced the appointment of Deepak "Dee" Khuntia, M.D., to vice president, Medical Affairs.  He will report to Kolleen Kennedy, corporate senior vice president and president of Varian's Oncology Systems business, the world's leading provider of ...

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CardioReady Cautions FDA on New Review for Public Defibrillators

March 28, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA this month issued a new proposal on the regulatory oversight of automated external defibrillators, but at least 1 medical device maker is worried that enhanced oversight may harm public safety. Philadelphia-based CardioReady, maker of AED systems, urged that the FDA ensure that any new oversight not jeopardize the proliferation of AEDs, in the interest of public health.

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