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Johnson & Johnson can exclude recall evidence in DePuy ASR bellwether lawsuit

August 9, 2013 1:13 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Evidence of the recall of the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant can be excluded from a bellwether trial over the device, a federal judge ruled last month. Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics division pulled the DePuy ASR device from the market in 2010, prompting thousands of personal injury lawsuits across the country.

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Abbott’s Investigational Absorb Bioresorbable Scaffold Recognized in R&D 100

August 9, 2013 12:31 pm | by Abbott | News | Comments

Abbott’s investigational Absorb™ Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold was recently named one of R&D Magazine’s 2013 top 100 technologies as part of its 51st annual R&D 100 Awards. Absorb joins a number of innovative technologies being honored by the awards, which recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.

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Scientists Watch Live Brain Cell Circuits Spark and Fire

August 9, 2013 12:25 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Scientists used fruit flies to show for the first time that a new class of genetically engineered proteins can be used to watch nerve cell electrical activity in live brains. The results, published in Cell, suggest these proteins may be a promising new tool for mapping brain cell activity in multiple animals and for studying how neurological disorders disrupt normal nerve cell signaling.

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Telemedicine Consultations Significantly Improve Pediatric Care in Rural Emergency Rooms

August 9, 2013 12:16 pm | by University of California - Davis Health System | News | Comments

Telemedicine consultations with pediatric critical-care medicine physicians significantly improve the quality of care for seriously ill and injured children treated in remote rural emergency rooms, where pediatricians and pediatric specialists are scarce, a study by researchers at UC Davis Children's Hospital has found.

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Common Condiment Could Enable New High-Tech Industry

August 9, 2013 12:12 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Chemists at Oregon State University have identified a compound that could significantly reduce the cost and potentially enable the mass commercial production of silicon nanostructures – materials that have huge potential in everything from electronics to biomedicine and energy storage.

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The Future of Intubation

August 9, 2013 12:01 pm | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Videos | Comments

Graduates of the Hebrew University’s Biodesign program revealed a robotic intubation device that automatically identifies the lungs using an infrared source and navigates toward it. The device was successfully tested on cadavers at Hadassah Medical Center, and clinical trials will begin as soon as next year.

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Missouri Woman Builds Lego Leg to Inspire Others

August 9, 2013 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

As a child, Christina Stephens filled her parents' home with castles and pirate ships made of Legos. When she put her Lego-building skills to work to make a prosthetic leg out of the children's toy, she became an Internet sensation.     

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Robotic Intubation Prototype Crawls to the Lungs in Difficult Situations

August 9, 2013 11:55 am | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Graduates of the Hebrew University’s Biodesign program revealed a robotic intubation device that automatically identifies the lungs using an infrared source and navigates toward it. The device was successfully tested on cadavers at Hadassah Medical Center, and clinical trials will begin as soon as next year.

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Boston Scientific prices $1B debt offering

August 9, 2013 11:37 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Boston Scientific said it plans to use the proceeds of a $1.05 billion debt offering to retire some of its other debt coming due over the next few years. The Natick, Mass.-based medical device company said it will offer $600 million worth of 2.65% senior notes due Oct. 1, 2018, and another $450 million worth of 4.125% notes due Oct. 1, 2023.

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George W. Bush Heart Surgery Will Drive Misguided US Stenting Trend, Says GlobalData

August 9, 2013 11:30 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Former President George W. Bush’s recent heart stent operation will further increase the popularity of what is often an unnecessary and wasteful procedure, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. The ex-US President received a stent to prop open a clogged coronary artery on Tuesday morning, following a regularly scheduled visit to his doctor.

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Robot Uses Steerable Needles to Treat Brain Clots

August 9, 2013 10:38 am | by David Salisbury | News | Comments

Surgery to relieve the damaging pressure caused by hemorrhaging in the brain is a perfect job for a robot. That is the basic premise of a new image-guided surgical system under development at Vanderbilt University. It employs steerable needles about the size of those used for biopsies to penetrate the brain with minimal damage and suction away the blood clot that has formed.

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RTI Surgical™ Announces Launch of Tritium™ Sternal Cable Plating System

August 9, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

RTI Surgical Inc. has announced today the full market launch of the Tritium Sternal Cable Plating System for closing median sternotomies following open heart procedures. The Tritium SCP System enhances the stability and strength of traditional sternal closure techniques by using a unique load-sharing concept.

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A proverbial 'Disneyland Sweepstakes' in med device sends 1 company to AdvaMed 2013

August 9, 2013 7:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

It's the proverbial "Disneyland Sweepstakes" in the medical device world: an all-expenses-paid trip to AdvaMed's 2013 conference will go to 1 start-up company through a scholarship contest sponsored by RCT BioVentures. The winner will have to prove true start-up chops - a company with a great technology but not a lot of walking-around money.

Heart attack survival rates higher in gyms, study says

August 9, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Surviving sudden cardiac arrest depends largely on the people around you and easy access to an automated defibrillator, or AED. It turns out that the gym is the best indoor location for cardiac arrest victims' survival chances, likely because of the increased presence of AEDs and well-placed instruction manuals.

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PMA Final Decisions for May 2013

August 9, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Below are Premarket Approvals (PMA), Product Development Protocols (PDP), Supplement and Notice Decisions. This list is generated on a monthly basis. A PDF document that contains the "Approval letter and Summary of Safety and Effectiveness" is being added to this listing for each PMA.

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