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Predicting Prostate Cancer: Pitt-Developed Test Identifies New Methods for Treatment

September 15, 2014 2:08 pm | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

A genetic discovery out of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is leading to a highly accurate test for aggressive prostate cancer and identifies new avenues for treatment. The analysis, published today in the American Journal of...

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What makes us get sick? Look upstream.

September 15, 2014 12:19 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream"...

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Blood-Cleansing Biospleen Device Developed for Sepsis Therapy

September 15, 2014 12:12 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

Things can go downhill fast when a patient has sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in a patient's blood – often too fast for antibiotics to help. A new device inspired by the human spleen and developed by...

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Genetic Testing Can Identify Men at Six-Fold Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer

September 15, 2014 11:58 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Scientists can now explain a third of the inherited risk of prostate cancer, after a major international study identified 23 new genetic variants associated with increased risk of the disease. The study brings the total number of common genetic...

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Study Shows Abbott's Dissolving Heart Device Comparable to the World's Leading Heart Stent

September 15, 2014 10:49 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Abbott announced today positive one-year clinical results from ABSORB II, the world's first prospective, randomized, controlled trial comparing the safety and effectiveness of the dissolving Absorb heart device to Abbott's market-leading metallic...

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Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: FDA Authority and Adverse Events

September 15, 2014 10:27 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on FDA’s notification to Congress at the end of July that it intends to issue draft guidance on a framework for oversight of laboratory...

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Medtronic Launches SEEQ Wearable Cardiac Monitoring System in United States

September 15, 2014 10:18 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the U.S. launch of the SEEQ Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT) System, an external, wire-free, adhesive heart monitor that can be worn for up to 30 days to help detect and diagnose the cause of irregular heartbeats in...

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Medtronic’s CoreValve System Sustains Positive Outcomes Through Two Years in Extreme Risk Patients

September 15, 2014 10:14 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced new data showing that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the CoreValve System continued to provide safe and effective treatment, while maintaining exceptional rates of survival out to two years for...

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Toughening Up Hydrogels for 3D-Printed Cartilage

September 15, 2014 10:11 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

Thanks to their composition (mostly water), hydrogels hold much promise for use in medical bionic applications, their softness being more readily acceptable to the body than hard materials. However, despite naturally occurring hydrogels (like...

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Researchers Take Up Challenge of Reviving Cartilage

September 15, 2014 10:03 am | by Stanford | News | Comments

Constance Chu was a medical student observing a surgery performed by her teacher when she caught her first glimpse of human articular cartilage, the smooth, glistening coating that covers the ends of bones as they meet at the ankle, knee and...

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Quantel Medical's Vitra PDT Laser Receives CE Mark Approval

September 15, 2014 9:48 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Quantel Medical today announced CE Mark approval for its Vitra PDT photodynamic therapy laser platform, for the treatment of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) and central serous retinopathy (CSR). Quantel, the sole manufacturer of this...

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Significant Patient Benefits With Edwards Sapien Valve Demonstrated

September 15, 2014 9:47 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, today announced the presentation of five-year clinical outcomes for inoperable patients treated in The PARTNER Trial, the world's...

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12-Month Data from St. Jude's Renal Denervation System Show Continued Safety and Efficacy

September 15, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced 12-month outcome data from the EnligHTN III study, which demonstrated a continuation of safe, rapid and effective treatment with the next-generation EnligHTN Renal Denervation...

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Venezuela's Newest Shortage: Breast Implants

September 15, 2014 9:44 am | by Hannah Dreier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices...

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FDA Approves New Styles Of The MENTOR MemoryShape Silicone Breast Implant

September 15, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mentor Worldwide LLC, the U.S. market leader in breast aesthetics, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved four additional styles of the MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants, expanding its suite of silicone breast...

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