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FDA Approves Blood Test to Diagnose Diabetes

May 28, 2013 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it approved a new blood test from Roche to help doctors diagnose diabetes. The Cobas Integra 800 is a blood test that measures a patient's average blood sugar level over the previous three months. In particular, the test measures an oxygen-carrying blood component known as hemoglobin.


Mom's Obesity Surgery May Help Break Cycle in Kids

May 28, 2013 10:54 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Obese mothers tend to have kids who become obese. Now provocative research suggests weight-loss surgery may help break that unhealthy cycle in an unexpected way — by affecting how their children's genes behave. In a first-of-a-kind study, Canadian researchers tested children born to obese women, plus their brothers and sisters who were conceived after the mother had obesity surgery.


Valeant to Buy Bausch + Lomb for $8.7B

May 28, 2013 10:29 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $8.7 billion to buy Bausch + Lomb, one of the world's best-known makers of contact lenses, in a massive expansion of Valeant's smaller ophthalmology business. Valeant said Monday that the cash deal will help it capitalize on increasing demand for contact lenses and other products because of aging populations, growing demand in emerging markets and increasing rates of diabetes.


Sports Seem OK for Many with Heart-Zapping Device

May 28, 2013 10:18 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

New research is challenging medical guidelines that say people with a heart-zapping device in their chests should avoid intense sports like basketball and soccer in favor of golf or bowling. Lots of patients ignore that take-it-easy advice and stay in the game, and Monday's findings suggest vigorous exercise may be safe for many of them after all.


Full Spectrum Endoscopy Procedure Reduces 'Miss Rate'

May 28, 2013 10:16 am | by EndoChoice | News | Comments

Although colonoscopy exams prevent many colon cancer deathsand are considered the most sensitive method for detecting colorectal cancers, the procedure is not completely effective in preventing cancer cases. EndoChoice has unveiled research that shows that its new Fuse system significantly improves the accuracy of this procedure and greatly reduces the number of adenomas missed by colonoscopists.


Imaging Technology for Joint Replacements and Implanted Devices

May 28, 2013 10:13 am | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) has introduced MAVRIC SL, a novel magnetic resonance (MR) imaging technique designed to address the growing clinical need to more accurately image soft tissue and bone in patients with MR Conditional-labeled implants, such as joint replacements and other instrumentation.


Spine Function Improves Following Cell Replacement Therapy with Fetal Human Stem Cells

May 28, 2013 10:06 am | by BioMed Central | News | Comments

Human fetal stem cell grafts improve both motor and sensory functions in rats suffering from a spinal cord injury, according to research published this week in BioMed Central's open access journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. This cell replacement therapy also improves the structural integrity of the spine, providing a functional relay through the injury site.


High-Tech Industry Big Immigration Bill Winner

May 28, 2013 10:04 am | by Erica Werner, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than any other group, the high-tech industry got big wins in an immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, thanks to a concerted lobbying effort, an ideally positioned Senate ally and relatively weak opposition. The result amounted to a bonanza for the industry.


Heli-FX™ Guide Designed to Treat Wide Neck Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Receives FDA Clearance

May 28, 2013 8:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Aptus Endosystems, Inc. announced today that it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its 28mm Tip Reach Heli-FX™ Guide. A line extension of the original Heli-FX System, the new product enhances treatment of wide neck abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).


OrSense Non Invasive Hemoglobin Monitor Shown Safe and Accurate for Pre-Donation Screening in Blood Banks

May 28, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

OrSense Ltd., developer of monitors for non-invasive measurements of various blood parameters, announced today that its non-invasive Hemoglobin (Hb) NBM-200 monitor was the topic of multiple recent studies highlighting the clinical value of the device.


Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark Approval For GUIDE™ DBS System

May 27, 2013 5:15 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval for use of the GUIDE™ DBS System, the world's first deep brain stimulation (DBS) visualization system.  GUIDE DBS provides clinicians with 3D visualization information that simulates stimulation output, which may reduce programming time and enable more precise targeting of therapy.


OrbusNeich Launches World's First Dual Therapy Stent That Addresses Challenges of Delayed Coronary Artery Healing Associated with Monotherapy Drug Eluting Stents

May 27, 2013 3:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OrbusNeich today launched the world's first dual therapy stent - the COMBO Dual Therapy Stent - to address the challenges of delayed healing of the coronary artery associated with monotherapy drug eluting stents (DES), the current standard of care for the treatment of coronary artery disease...


Biosensors Completes Spectrum Dynamics Assets Acquisition

May 26, 2013 8:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Biosensors International Group, Ltd., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative medical devices, today announced the completion of its acquisition of substantially all assets of Spectrum Dynamics, a leader in advanced functional assessment technologies, including those used to evaluate patients for cardiac interventions.


Commentary: Obamacare’s Other Surprise

May 25, 2013 7:13 am | by Thomas L. Friedman, Associated Press | News | Comments

We’ll just have to wait and see whether the Affordable Care Act, as the health care law is officially known, surprises us on the downside. But there is one area where the law already appears to be surprising on the upside. And that is the number of health care information startups it’s spurring.


Intuitive Surgical Rises on Lawsuit Verdict

May 24, 2013 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Intuitive Surgical Inc. rose Friday after a jury ruled the company did not owe damages to the family of a patient who suffered complications following a surgery performed with Intuitive's da Vinci robotic system. THE SPARK: The Washington State jury found Intuitive was not negligent in...



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