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St. Jude’s Leadless Pacemaker Receives Prestigious Innovation Award

June 18, 2014 4:03 pm | by St. Jude Medical Inc. | Comments

St. Jude Medical Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the Nanostim leadless pacemaker was awarded the 2014 Innovation Award at Cardiostim 2014, the 19th World Congress in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiac Techniques...

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Tax Savings Not Only Benefit to Medtronic-Covidien Deal

June 18, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kalorama | Comments

U.S.-based Medtronic said it would purchase Ireland-based Covidien for $42.9 billion, combining two of the world’s biggest medical device makers and helping Medtronic savings with a headquarters change. Kalorama estimates the deal will come...

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New Manufacturing Methods Needed for 'Soft' Machines, Robots

June 18, 2014 2:40 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique that might be used to produce "soft machines" made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices and consumer electronics. Such an elastic technology...

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Professor Develops Verification Tool for Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems

June 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Kim Gudeman, CSL | Comments

Over the past few decades, information systems have increasingly replaced human operators and processes, with technology assisting in everything from flying aircraft to regulating heartbeats. As the movement toward more autonomous systems...

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Collaboration Aims to Accelerate Biomedical Research Innovations into the Marketplace

June 18, 2014 11:35 am | by National Institutes of Health | Comments

A collaboration between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health will give NIH-funded researchers training to help them evaluate their scientific discoveries for commercial potential, with the aim of accelerating...

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MedTech Prices Lag Behind CPI, Other Medical Goods

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by AdvaMed | Comments

Medical technology prices continue their trend of consistently low growth, increasing at approximately one-third the rate of prices in the overall economy and one-fifth the rate of prices for other medical goods and services over a 23-year...

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WebMD Launches Health App to Make Biometric Data Understandable and Actionable

June 18, 2014 10:48 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

WebMD Health Corp. has launched WebMD Healthy Target, an integrated health improvement program that uses biometric device data from activity trackers, wireless scales and glucose meters to deliver tailored, physician-reviewed, contextually...

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3D Breast Imaging Could Revolutionize Cancer Screening

June 18, 2014 10:19 am | by American Roentgen Ray Society | Comments

In community-based radiology practice, mammography screening with 3D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) yielded lower recall rates, an increased overall cancer detection rate, and an increased detection rate for invasive cancer compared with...

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AACC Urges NY to Rescind Blood Glucose Meter Policy

June 18, 2014 9:34 am | by American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) | Comments

On January 13, the New York State (NYS) Department of Health issued a directive limiting the ways in which NYS medical laboratories can use blood glucose meters to help patients. Although AACC shares the Department’s desire to ensure that...

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Technique Could Make Sub-Wavelength Images at Radio Frequencies

June 18, 2014 9:30 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Imaging and mapping of electric fields at radio frequencies (RF)* currently requires the use of metallic structures such as dipoles, probes and reference antennas. To make such measurements efficiently, the size of these structures needs...

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CareFusion Launches Comprehensive Line of Micro-Laparoscopic Instruments

June 18, 2014 8:42 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

CareFusion, a leading global medical technology company, today announced the commercial launch of its new micro-laparoscopic line of surgical instruments, one of the most comprehensive lines available in the industry. The CareFusion MicroLap...

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Study to Test Possible Oral Cancer Detection Tool

June 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Department of Otolaryngology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center will collaborate on a pilot study to examine whether an abundance of naturally occurring antibacterial...

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Technology Detects Bacterial Pathogens in Soldiers' Combat Wounds

June 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Stephen P Wampler, LLNL | Comments

A biological detection technology developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists can detect bacterial pathogens in the wounds of U.S. soldiers that have previously been missed by other technologies. This advance may, in time...

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Regenerating Our Kidneys

June 17, 2014 9:38 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

Doctors and scientists have for years been astonished to observe patients with kidney disease experiencing renal regeneration. The kidney, unlike its neighbor the liver, was universally understood to be a static organ once it had fully...

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Leatt Corporation Introduces Watershed Knee Brace

June 17, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Leatt Corporation, a developer and marketer of protective equipment and ancillary products for all forms of sports, especially extreme high-velocity sports, including the award winning Leatt-Brace, announced today that its new 3-point...

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