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Secant Medical Names Jeff Robertson President

October 10, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | Secant Medical, Inc. | Comments

Secant Medical, Inc. appointed Jeff Robertson president, effective Monday, October 7, 2013. Robertson has been with the company since August 2011, during which time he has managed the strategic oversight of business development, marketing...

FDA Clears New Continuous Blood Pressure Technology From Sotera Wireless

October 10, 2013 7:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sotera Wireless, Inc. today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the Company's patented continuous non-invasive blood pressure (cNIBP) technology, a new feature of the ViSi Mobile@ wireless patient monitoring system...

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The medtech tax is bad for animal care, too, vets say

October 10, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | Comments

Veterinarian groups have joined up with medical device industry lobbyists in opposing the 2.3% medical device sales tax contained in the Affordable Care Act. Designed to help fund healthcare reform, the tax unfairly affects veterinarians...

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IBM Research to Accelerate Big Data Discovery

October 10, 2013 12:02 am | by IBM | Comments

Scientists from IBM today announced the Accelerated Discovery Lab, a new collaborative environment specifically targeted at helping clients find unknown relationships from disparate data sets. The workspace includes access to diverse data sources...

FLASH: FDA panel issues mixed vote on CardioMEMs Champion device

October 9, 2013 7:39 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

An FDA panel today issued a mixed recommendation on CardioMEMs Champion permanently implantable pressure measurement system for daily pulmonary arterial pressure measurements, voting against its effectiveness due to confounding factors... 

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Delcath lays off 33% of its employees

October 9, 2013 2:25 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Medical device company Delcath fired 33% of its workforce, amounting to 21 employees, as the company looks for avenues to save some cash and "increase operating efficiencies." As of the end of last month Delcath had about $28 million in cash...

Photos of the Day: 3D-Printed Bacterial Zoos

October 9, 2013 2:12 pm | by The University of Texas at Austin | Comments

The researchers use a novel 3-D printing technology to build homes for bacteria at a microscopic level. The resulting structures can be of almost any shape or size, and can be moved around in relationship to other structures…   

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3D-Printed Microscopic Cages Confine Bacteria in Tiny Zoos

October 9, 2013 2:02 pm | by The University of Texas at Austin | Comments

  By caging bacteria in microscopic houses, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are studying how communities of bacteria, such as those found in the human gut and lungs, interact and develop infections. In a recent experiment...    

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Flawed Diamonds: Gems for New Technology

October 9, 2013 11:30 am | by University of Arizona | Comments

A team of researchers led by University of Arizona assistant professor Vanessa Huxter has made the first detailed observation of how energy travels through diamonds that contain nitrogen-vacancy centers – defects in which two adjacent carbon atoms...

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From Slowdown to Shutdown—US Leadership in Biomedical Research Takes a Blow

October 9, 2013 10:49 am | by American Society for Cell Biology | Comments

ASCB Executive Director Stefano Bertuzzi, PhD, told reporters that shutting down the driving engines of American bioscientific research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), will have effects well beyond...

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New Urine Test Could Diagnose Eye Disease

October 9, 2013 10:39 am | by Duke University | Comments

You might not think to look to a urine test to diagnose an eye disease. But a new Duke University study says it can link what is in a patient's urine to gene mutations that cause retinitis pigmentosa, or RP, an inherited, degenerative disease...

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New Technique Enables Accurate, Hands-Free Measure of Heart and Respiration Rates

October 9, 2013 10:34 am | by Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University | Comments

A simple video camera paired with complex algorithms appears to provide an accurate means to remotely monitor heart and respiration rates day or night, researchers report. The inexpensive method for monitoring the vital signs without touching...

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A Better Breathalyzer

October 9, 2013 10:30 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

To gauge whether suspects involved in accidents or routine traffic stops have been driving drunk, police officers pair field sobriety tests with breathalyzers, which signal the presence of alcohol in the breath. Most breathalyzers are expensive...

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California startup lands $20M to support bioresorbable scaffold

October 9, 2013 10:29 am | by Mass Device | Comments

Mountain View, Calif.-based Amaranth Medical announced a $20 million Series B funding round in support of development of the company's flagship Fortitude bioresorbable scaffold, a device-based treatment for coronary artery disease...  

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Tandem Diabetes files for IPO of up to $100M

October 9, 2013 9:29 am | by Mass Device | Comments

Tandem Diabetes Care this week filed registration documents ahead of an initial public offering that the San Diego company estimated may be worth up to $100 million. Tandem shares will be listed on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker 'TNDM'...

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