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St. Jude Medical Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire NeuroTherm

July 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, a global medical device company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held NeuroTherm, Inc., a manufacturer of interventional pain management therapies, for approximately $200 million...

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FDA Weighs Cancer Risk of Fibroid Removal Devices

July 14, 2014 9:18 am | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body. The panel of Food and Drug Administration...

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Titan Spine Receives FDA Clearance to Launch Endoskeleton TL Device for Lateral Spinal Fusion

July 14, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commercially release...

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FDA Approval of IDE for VENITI VICI Venous Stent System

July 14, 2014 9:16 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

VENITI, Inc., a company dedicated to providing innovative technology for the treatment of venous disease, announced that it has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an Investigational Device Exemption...

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Merck Committed to Companion Diagnostics

July 11, 2014 4:27 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

During the past month and a half, pharmaceutical giant Merck has been actively forming partnerships with IVD manufacturers to develop companion diagnostics for their drugs. The following is a rundown of these recent alliances. At the end of...

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Better Use of Electronic Health Records Makes Clinical Trials Less Expensive

July 11, 2014 3:07 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Using electronic health records to understand the best available treatment for patients, from a range of possible options, is more efficient and less costly for taxpayers than the existing clinical trial process, a new study shows. Research...

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Doctor-Entrepreneur Sets Sights on Improving Prostate Cancer Treatment

July 11, 2014 2:49 pm | by MD Anderson | News | Comments

Providing life-saving care to cancer patients, becoming an internationally renowned doctor and serving as an engineer on a nuclear submarine are crowning career credentials in their own right. But Steven Frank, M.D., MD Anderson radiation...

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Seeing the Inner Workings of the Brain Made Easier

July 11, 2014 2:21 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford University | News | Comments

Last year, Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, announced a new way of peering into a disembodied brain that provided spectacular fly-through views of its inner connections. Since...

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Patients Seek FDA Ban on Fibroid Removal Devices

July 11, 2014 2:07 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

More than a dozen people — including cancer patients, their family members and physicians — called on federal health regulators on Friday to block the use of electronic surgical tools used to remove fibroids, but which can inadvertently...

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Sunshine Act Will Reveal Manufacturers’ Payments to Docs in September

July 11, 2014 2:04 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

When many of us have a medical appointment we're concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What's our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. That's because nearly...

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Virtual Finger Enables Biological Scientists to Navigate and Analyze Complex 3D Images

July 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by Edelman Public Relations | News | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a revolutionary new way to digitally navigate three-dimensional images. The new technology, called Virtual Finger, allows scientists to move through digital images of small structures like neurons and synapses using...

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Mini High-Speed Imaging System

July 11, 2014 11:14 am | by MDT Staff | Photron USA, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Photron has introduced the FASTCAM Mini UX50, a powerful, yet rugged and lightweight high-speed camera. The new, 1.3 megapixel (1,280 x 1,024 pixels) high-speed sensor operates at 2,000 frames per second (fps) at full resolution, 2,500 fps at 720 HD resolution...

Injectable Foam Could Prevent Fatal Blood Loss in Wounded Soldiers

July 11, 2014 10:59 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Without prompt care, a badly wounded soldier can easily bleed to death while being transported to a distant medical station. Two traditional treatments—tourniquets and medicated gauze pads—often cannot stop the blood loss from a deep wound...

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Photos of the Day: Angry Birds, Robots, and Rehab

July 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A robot plays Angry Birds using a tablet. Researchers see their system as a future rehabilitation tool for children with cognitive and motor-skill disabilities. Kids teach the robot how to play Angry Birds, dragging their finger on the tablet...

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Rehabilitation Robots Play Angry Birds with Kids

July 11, 2014 10:26 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve...

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