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Cheaper Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer Risks in 2014?

December 31, 2013 1:48 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

That natural human genes cannot be patented was one of the biggest biotechnology stories of 2013 and the effects of that Supreme Court decision are already threatening defendant Myriad Genetics. The Salt Lake City-based molecular diagnostic...

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Mederi Therapeutics closes $19M funding round

December 31, 2013 12:59 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Connecticut-based Mederi Therapeutics closed a Series B financing round, bringing in $18.5 million through sales of preferred stock and venture debt. Funding was led by Acadia Woods Partners, LLC, Respiratory Diagnostics Inc., and Horizon...

Reverse Medical lands FDA 510(k) win for vascular plug

December 31, 2013 11:59 am | by Mass Device | Comments

Reverse Medical this month won 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its MVP-5 micro vascular plug system. The MVP-5 is indicated for the treatment of peripheral vessel embolization. The vascular plug is designed to obstruct or reduce the rate...

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CSA Medical closes $16M financing round

December 31, 2013 10:59 am | by Mass Device | Comments

CSA Medical said it raised $16 million, closing a series C financing round led by Ascension Ventures. The Baltimore-based medical device company manufactures advanced spray cryotherapy technology that flash freezes unwanted tissue inside the...

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Looking to Obtain Bone Substitute with Synthetic Materials

December 31, 2013 10:53 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | Comments

When Lucia Téllez Jurado and her research team at the National Polytechnic Institute were working in the synthesis of diverse materials, they realized that the Hydroxylapatite, medullar component of the bone, when obtained synthetically and...

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NIH to Fund Research Workforce Diversity Program

December 31, 2013 10:44 am | by National Institutes of Health | Comments

The National Institutes of Health is releasing three new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to develop approaches to engage researchers, especially from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive...

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Vapor Nanobubbles Rapidly Detect Malaria Through the Skin

December 31, 2013 10:37 am | by Rice University | Comments

Rice University researchers have developed a noninvasive technology that accurately detects low levels of malaria infection through the skin in seconds with a laser scanner. The “vapor nanobubble” technology requires no dyes or diagnostic...

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Cadet-Designed System Aids Stroke Victim Recovery

December 31, 2013 10:20 am | by Amy Gillentine, U.S. Air Force | Comments

An entrepreneurial collaboration between the Air Force Academy and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is creating a device to help patients recover their full range of motion after suffering a stroke or injury. The project - called Neumimic...

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Lung Cancer Scans Urged for Some Smokers, Not All

December 31, 2013 10:14 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation's top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday—even as they stressed that the tests aren't for everyone...

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New Strategy to Improve Odds of Corneal Transplant Acceptance

December 31, 2013 10:06 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | Comments

For the estimated 10 percent of patients whose bodies reject a corneal transplant, the odds of a second transplant succeeding are poor. All that could change, however, based on a UT Southwestern Medical Center study that has found a way...

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Imaging Technology Could Unlock Mysteries of a Childhood Disease

December 31, 2013 9:59 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

By the time they're two, most children have had respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and suffered symptoms no worse than a bad cold. But for some children, especially premature babies and those with underlying health conditions, RSV can lead...

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Stryker Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. for $120 Million

December 31, 2013 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Stryker Corporation announced today a definitive agreement to acquire Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. for $2.22 per share, with an aggregate purchase price of $120 million. Patient Safety Technologies conducts its business through its wholly...

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CareFusion Completes Vital Signs Acquisition In U.S., China

December 31, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

CareFusion, a leading global medical technology company, today announced the completion of its acquisition of the Vital Signs division from GE Healthcare in the U.S., China and certain other geographies. CareFusion agreed to purchase Vital...

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Henry Schein Completes Strategic Investment in Dental Implant Manufacturer BioHorizons

December 31, 2013 7:19 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today announced the completion of a 60% equity investment in BioHorizons, Inc., a U.S.-based...

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More work needed at Invacare facility, says 3rd party auditor

December 30, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Invacare has a few more items to address before winning certification for its Ohio facility, a 3rd-party auditor told company executives. Although the company has made "significant progress" in addressing the FDA's quality control concerns...

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