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Engineers Help Make Advances in Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation

April 24, 2014 | by Rosie Gochnour and Joe Kullman, Arizona State University | Comments

Some firsts in the history of artificial heart implantation are being achieved by an Arizona State University research group and medical professionals at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They have performed what they believe is the first virtual...

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Proto Labs Acquires FineLine Prototyping; Launches New Additive Manufacturing Service

April 24, 2014 2:35 pm | by Proto Labs Inc. | Proto Labs, Inc., FineLine Prototyping, Inc. | Comments

Proto Labs Inc., a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer, has announced today the launch of its additive manufacturing service through the acquisition of privately held FineLine Prototyping Inc. a leading provider of...

Photos of the Day: Implanting a Heart...Virtually

April 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

ASU engineer David Frakes examines a 3D print of an optimized, patient-specific artificial heart that was virtually implanted into a pediatric patient. Frakes has been working with technology developed by the Tucson-based company SynCardia...

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BD Launches New Point-of-Care System for HIV/AIDS Patients

April 24, 2014 9:26 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

BD Biosciences, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, today announced the launch of the BD FACSPresto Near Patient CD4 Counter system that provides absolute and percentage results of...

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Luna Receives Second Payment of $6 Million from Intuitive Surgical

April 24, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Luna Innovations Incorporated, which develops and manufactures new-generation products for the telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, energy, and defense markets, today announced that it has received the second payment of $6 million...

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Scripps Is First in Region to Implant Wireless Cardiac Pacemaker

April 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Scripps Health became the first health care provider in Southern California to implant the investigational Nanostim™ leadless pacemaker, the world's first wireless pacemaker totally implanted in the heart, as part of the Leadless II Clinical...

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Gene Therapy May Boost Cochlear Implants

April 23, 2014 3:37 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer | Comments

Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing. The approach reported Wednesday...

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Personalized Surgery Tools Enable Surgeons to Operate on the Smallest Patients

April 23, 2014 2:25 pm | by 3D Systems | Comments

3D Systems announced today that its Medical ModelingVirtual Surgical Planning (VSP) technology - the combination of its production grade 3D printing and personalized surgery tools - has enabled surgeons to conduct complex surgical procedures...

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Airport Security-Style Technology Could Help Doctors Decide on Stroke Treatment

April 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Imperial College of London | Comments

A new computer program could help doctors predict which patients might suffer potentially fatal side-effects from a key stroke treatment. The program, which assesses brain scans using pattern recognition software similar to that used in airport...

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Empowering the Disabled with Technology

April 23, 2014 1:45 pm | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT News Office | Comments

From Boston to Bangalore, MIT senior Priyanka Saha uses technology to empower people with disabilities. For as long as she can remember, Priyanka has been fascinated by the complex workings of life. “When I was really little, maybe 4, I remember...

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AdvaStim Enters Neuromodulation Device Market

April 23, 2014 12:17 pm | by AdvaStim Inc. | Comments

AdvaStim’s novel hardware and software platform gives developers capabilities to address current and emerging clinical indications. AdvaStim Inc., a leading developer of advanced technology platforms for neuromodulation therapies, announced...

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New Patenting Guidelines Are Needed for Biotechnology

April 23, 2014 11:51 am | by Rice University | Comments

Biotechnology scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Published in the current issue of the...

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Brain Stimulator Offers Hope for Individuals with Uncontrolled Epilepsy

April 23, 2014 11:40 am | by Rush University Medical Center | Comments

A recently FDA-approved device has been shown to reduce seizures in patients with medication-resistant epilepsy by as much as 50 percent. When coupled with an innovative electrode placement planning system developed by physicians at Rush...

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New Heart Assist Pump Allows Minimally Invasive Approach

April 23, 2014 11:33 am | by Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute | Comments

Sometimes smaller is better. This is especially true of left ventricular assist devices, the mechanically operated heart pumps that are implanted in heart failure patients to bridge them to transplantation. Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute...

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Collaboration Developing Hi-Res Camera for Oral Cancer Detection

April 23, 2014 11:19 am | by Roswell Park Cancer Institute | Comments

Biomedical, Inc., a leader in biophotonic diagnostics, is working with Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) to further enhance its flagship Zenascope product by adding a high-resolution camera to the system. The new device, designated the...

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New Technique Can Monitor a Protein’s Subcellular Travels

April 23, 2014 11:07 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

In science, “simple and accessible detection methods that can rapidly screen a large cell population with the resolution of a single cell inside that population has been seriously lacking,” said Virginia Tech chemical engineer Chang Lu. In the Royal...

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