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Report: Prices drop for major medical implants

September 23, 2013 1:57 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Hospitals in 2011 paid an average of 34% less for drug-eluting stents than they did in 2007, according to a new report. They also paid 27% less for bare metal stents and 26% less for both pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators.

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Sagentia Partners with Senseonics to Develop Novel Connected Health Solution to Improve Diabetics’ Lives

September 23, 2013 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sagentia Inc., a global technology and product development company, announced today that it has developed a medically regulated iPhone app for the Senseonics Glucose Monitoring System. The system has been designed to provide self-management assistance to diabetes patients and enable sufferers to live more confidently and easily.

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mHealth: LabStyle's diabetes management device and mobile app lands E.U. approval

September 23, 2013 12:26 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Two-year-old LabStyle Innovations Corp. made the shift from an R&D-stage company to a commercial enterprise with CE Mark approval in the European Union to market its smartphone diabetes management system, the Dario all-inclusive blood glucose monitoring device and mobile data management system.

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Photo of the Day: Mind over Prosthetics

September 23, 2013 11:45 am | by NC State University | Comments

Researchers from NC State and the University of Houston (UH) are hoping to solve the “disconnect” between the mind’s signals and the response (or lack thereof) from a prosthetic device with a new four-year, $1.2 million collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Researchers Seek to Control Prosthetic Legs with Neural Signals

September 23, 2013 11:44 am | by Matt Shipman, NC State University | Comments

Most people don’t think about the difference between walking across the room and walking up a flight of stairs. Their brains (and their legs) automatically adjust to the new conditions. But for people using prosthetic legs, there is no automatic link between their bodies and the prosthetics that they need to negotiate the new surroundings.

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Reduced Risk of Atrial Fibrillation for Patients with Medtronic’s AdaptivCRT

September 23, 2013 11:14 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced clinical trial results showing that heart failure patients treated with its exclusive AdaptivCRT feature experienced a nearly 50 percent reduction in atrial fibrillation (AF) risk. Pioneered by Medtronic, the AdaptivCRT technology is a feature on certain cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillators...

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Alphatec to lay off 76 from Scient'x, Surgiview subsidiaries

September 23, 2013 11:03 am | by Mass Device | Comments

Alphatec said it plans to cut 76 positions from a pair of French subsidiaries, in amove it expects to save between $2 million and $6 million a year. Carlsbad, Calif.-based Alphatec said the cuts will be made at its Scient'x and Surgiview subsidiaries and will cost about $11 million through fiscal 2014.

Improving Patient Outcomes, Practice Workflow Drives Innovation at Welch Allyn

September 23, 2013 11:00 am | by Business Wire | Comments

American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly—Innovative solutions that help improve patient outcomes and practice workflow will be on display at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Scientific Assembly this week in San Diego.

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Clearance for the Third Generation PillCam SB System in Japan

September 23, 2013 10:57 am | by Globe Newswire | Comments

Given Imaging has announced that Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency has granted approval for the PillCam SB 3 system. The innovative technology in this third-generation system will provide physicians throughout Japan with the most advanced PillCam capsule endoscopy technology to detect and monitor small bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease.

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Innovation Initiative Seeks DIY Nurses

September 23, 2013 10:44 am | by MakerNurse | Comments

Nurses are solving challenges encountered at the bedside every day, improvising workarounds and fabricating new devices to improve patient care. Spearheaded by the Little Devices Lab at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, MakerNurse will elevate and accelerate the ingenuity of nurses working across the United States.

Nanotube Technology for Better Dental Implants

September 23, 2013 10:29 am | by Michigan Technological University | Comments

A brighter, better, longer-lasting dental implant may soon be on its way to your dentist's office. Dental implants are posts, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone and topped with artificial teeth. More than dentures or bridges, implants mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.

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Smartphones and Tablets Could Provide Universal Access to Medical Monitoring

September 23, 2013 10:10 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Do you have a smartphone in your pocket or purse? If so, you may be carrying the future of mobile medical monitoring technology, according to a special article in the October issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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Paul: We Probably Can't Get Rid of 'Obamacare'

September 23, 2013 9:53 am | by Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press | Comments

Republican Sen. Rand Paul says President Barack Obama's health care law probably can't be defeated or gotten rid of. And he's suggesting there are few ways and little time for him and other congressional Republicans to stop it. Speaking to reporters Saturday at a gathering of Michigan Republicans...

One Week to Go Until Government Shutdown Deadline

September 23, 2013 9:47 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press | Comments

With a week left to hammer out a deal to avoid a government shutdown, some lawmakers seem resigned—if not rushing—to that end. Most say they don't want the first government shutdown since 1996. But if the government happens to shut down, so be it. Republicans say it is part of their effort to dismantle Democrats' health care overhaul...

Study Suggests that a Single Session of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (Lung Radiosurgery) is a Promising Approach for Treating Inoperable Early-Stage Lung Cancer

September 23, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Treating inoperable early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with a single session of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) may be a viable option in some cases, according to the results of a multi-institutional randomized phase II trial led by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and reported yesterday in a presentation at the 2013 ASTRO Annual Meeting.

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