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Boston Scientific Launches Everolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent In Japan

May 1, 2014 12:45 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Continuing to advance leading drug-eluting stent (DES) technology, Boston Scientific Corporation has launched the Promus PREMIER™ Everolimus-Eluting Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System in Japan.  This advanced DES system recently...  

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Endo to Pay $830M to Settle Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits

April 30, 2014 6:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Drug and medical device maker Endo International says it will pay $830 million to resolve roughly 20,000 personal lawsuits from patients who say they were injured by the company's vaginal mesh implants. The Irish company said in a statement...

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Stem Cells Repair a Salamander’s Heart and Excite Researchers

April 30, 2014 2:04 pm | by American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Comments

Imagine filling a hole in your heart by regrowing the tissue. While that possibility is still being explored in people, it is a reality in salamanders. A recent discovery that newt hearts can regenerate may pave the way to new therapies...

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Lab-on-a-Chip Device Overcomes Miniaturization Problems

April 30, 2014 1:41 pm | by University of New South Wales | Comments

UNSW Australia chemists have invented a new type of tiny lab-on-a-chip device that could have a diverse range of applications, including to detect toxic gases, fabricate integrated circuits and screen biological molecules. The novel technique...

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J&J Halts Sale of Electric Fibroid Removal Devices

April 30, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Johnson & Johnson is halting sales of devices used to remove growths in the uterus following a government warning that the electronic surgical tools can inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The announcement comes one...

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Self-Renewing Mouse Heart Cells May Lead to Repairing Ours

April 30, 2014 12:31 pm | by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine | Comments

A type of cell that builds mouse hearts can renew itself, Johns Hopkins researchers report. They say the discovery, which likely applies to such cells in humans as well, may pave the way to using them to repair hearts damaged by disease...

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National Coalition Tackles Alarm Management in Healthcare

April 30, 2014 11:29 am | by Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation | Comments

Close to 100 clinicians, healthcare technology experts, regulators, patient safety advocates, researchers, and leaders in the medical device industry gathered last week in Arlington, VA, to kick off an unprecedented two-year initiative to...

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Breath Analysis Offers Non-invasive Method to Detect Early Lung Cancer

April 30, 2014 10:58 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) | Comments

Researchers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine are using breath analysis to detect the presence of lung cancer. Preliminary data indicate that this promising noninvasive tool offers the sensitivity of PET scanning, and has...

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Brain Tumor Cells Penetrated by Tiny, Biodegradable Particles Carrying Genetic Instructions

April 30, 2014 10:45 am | by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine | Comments

Working together, Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers and neurosurgeons report that they have created tiny, biodegradable “nanoparticles” able to carry DNA to brain cancer cells in mice. The team says the results of their proof of principle...

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Real-time Information From Drug Monitoring Systems Improves Regimen Adherence

April 30, 2014 10:32 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

Most people want to take medications as prescribed, even if they sometimes need a little help remembering. For them, an automated system that monitors drug taking and provides feedback after the fact may be more useful than one that nags people...

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Positive Outcomes for CoreValve Patients Treated via Alternative Access Routes

April 30, 2014 10:19 am | by Medtronic Inc. | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today revealed new data demonstrating positive outcomes for extreme risk patients with severe aortic stenosis who were treated with the CoreValve System via alternative access approaches. The compelling data were unveiled...

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Organs Printed on Demand: The Challenges of Taking Engineered Tissue from Lab to the Bedside

April 30, 2014 10:03 am | by NC State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering | Comments

As remarkable advancements in lab-created organs and tissues continue, the challenge becomes how to move the technology from the laboratory to the operating room. NC State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (NC State ISE) is the only...

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Recall Report: Locking Mechanism in Ventricular Assist System May Fail

April 30, 2014 9:50 am | by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) | Comments

The company received reports where the driveline connector locking mechanism has failed to engage as a result of a faulty manufacturing assembly process. This failure could result in the pump stopping and potentially lead to serious adverse...

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Decision Diagnostics Responds to Shasta Technologies FDA Safety Warning Letter

April 30, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Decision Diagnostics Corp., and its subsidiary Pharma Tech Solutions, the FDA registered manufacturer and owner/operator for the popular GenStrip™, a medical device specifically designed to work with the Johnson & Johnson's LifeScan Ultra...

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Renal Denervation May Reduce Hypertension in Patients with Renal Artery Stents

April 30, 2014 9:15 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | Comments

Patients with hypertension after renal artery stenting who do not respond to drug treatment may have another option. Renal sympathetic denervation can help lower blood pressure by desensitizing nerve endings in the vascular wall. However, recent...

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