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Novartis, Google to Develop 'Smart' Contact Lens

July 15, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drug developer Novartis will team with technology giant Google to develop a "smart" contact lens that could improve some eye conditions or help diabetics manage their disease. Terms of the agreement between the companies were not...

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Rice Nanophotonics Experts Create Powerful Molecular Sensor

July 15, 2014 10:09 am | by Jade Boyd, Rice University | News | Comments

Nanophotonics experts at Rice University have created a unique sensor that amplifies the optical signature of molecules by about 100 billion times. Newly published tests found the device could accurately identify the composition and structure...

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Capturing Cancer: A Powerful New Technique for Early Diagnosis

July 15, 2014 9:40 am | by Richard Harth, The Biodesign Institute | News | Comments

Despite impressive medical strides, cancer remains a leading killer and overwhelming burden to health care systems, causing well over a half million fatalities per year, with a projected cost of $174 billion by 2020, according to the National...

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Misonix BoneScalpel Reported to Save Blood Loss in Spinal Fusions with Similar Diagnosis

July 15, 2014 9:22 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Misonix, Inc., an international surgical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ultrasonic products for spine surgery, skull based surgery, neurosurgery, wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic...

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World's First ProMRI Quadripolar CRT-D System Implanted to Treat Heart Failure

July 15, 2014 9:00 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced the first implantations worldwide of its new ICD and CRT-D series (implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators...

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Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark for TAVI System

July 15, 2014 8:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark and begun the European commercial launch of its new 25 mm Lotus Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) System, complementing the currently available 23 mm and 27 mm valve sizes... 

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Cretex Companies Acquires Wickstrom Manufacturing

July 15, 2014 8:48 am | by Business Wire | JunoPacific, Inc. | News | Comments

Cretex Companies has announced that is has acquired the assets of S. Wickstrom Manufacturing, Inc., a quick-turn injection molding company focused on serving the medical device and surgical instrument markets. Wickstrom, located in Redwood...

Zero-Drift Instrumentation Amplifier

July 14, 2014 11:50 pm | by MDT Staff | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the expansion of its instrumentation amplifier portfolio with the new zero-drift MCP6N16. This self-correcting architecture maximizes DC performance by enabling ultra-low offset, low-offset drift, and superior common-mode and power-supply rejection...

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Versatile Grade TPU for Injection Molding

July 14, 2014 9:05 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

APS Elastomers has developed a versatile thermoplastic polyurethane specifically formulated for injection molding applications. The polyester-based TPU exhibits excellent abrasion resistance and toughness and has good hydrolytic stability, oil, fuel and solvent resistance...

Dual Contrast Agent to Light Up Arterial Health Risks

July 14, 2014 2:10 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke | News | Comments

Two degrees plus two scan energies and one heavy metal equals a new way to detect dangerous plaques in the coronary arteries. Potentially. Jeffrey Ashton, a biomedical engineering graduate student in Duke University’s  MD-PhD program, has...

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AdvaMed Statement on H.R. 4718

July 14, 2014 2:05 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) today issued the following statement by Ashley Wallin, executive director of AdvaMed’s Emerging Growth Company Council, on upcoming action by the House of Representatives to address section...

Breakthrough MitraClip Procedure Repairs One Heart Structurally, Another Emotionally

July 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Mary York knew the walk from the living room to the bedroom should not have been difficult for her husband, Bill, despite his age, but the 83-year-old could not walk anywhere in his house without stopping to rest for minutes at a time. “He...

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Blood Test Identifies Heart-Transplant Rejection Earlier than Biopsy Can

July 14, 2014 1:27 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University researchers have devised a noninvasive way to detect heart-transplant rejection weeks or months earlier than previously possible. The test, which relies on the detection of increasing amounts of the donor’s DNA in the blood...

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Photos of the Day: Squishy Surgical Robots

July 14, 2014 12:12 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Working with robotics company Boston Dynamics, the researchers began developing the material as part of the Chemical Robots program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The agency was interested in “squishy” robots...

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Phase-Changing Material to Allow Robots to Switch Between Hard and Soft States

July 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

In the movie “Terminator 2,” the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between...

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