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UK Man Without Human Heart Leaves Papworth Hospital with New Donor Heart

September 10, 2013 2:57 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

SynCardia Systems, Inc. announced today that Matthew Green, the UK's 1st patient to be discharged with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, has been successfully bridged to transplant after almost two years of support. Green, his wife and their 7-year-old son celebrated his new beginning with a holiday.

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Tyber Medical Receives CE Mark Approval For TyPEEK

September 10, 2013 2:07 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Tyber Medical, a privately held medical device company focused on developing innovative spine and orthopaedic devices for private label opportunities, announces CE Mark approval for TyPEEK, a proprietary titanium plasma sprayed PEEK interbody system.

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New FDA Regulations Streamlining the Governance of Combination Products Detailed in New White Paper

September 10, 2013 2:03 pm | by Microtest Laboratories | Microtest Laboratories, Inc. | Comments

New Federal Food & Drug Administration regulations have streamlined the governance of combination products — medical devices embedded with pharmaceutical or biologic components. A new white paper titled Combination Products 3.0: Applying the New FDA Regulations in 2013 discusses the implications for manufacturers.

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Elekta lands $25M Gamma Knife order from China

September 10, 2013 1:59 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Stockholm-based medical device company Elekta landed a $25 million contract to provide its Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion systems to the People's Republic of China, marking the largest order to date for the Leksell system. The new contract even further cements the Chinese market as the 2nd largest for Elekta, which has a corner on about 48% of the radiation therapy market there.

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'Obamacare' Contractors Project Confidence

September 10, 2013 1:43 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

Major contractors hooking up the internal plumbing of President Barack Obama's health care law projected confidence Tuesday that they will be ready to go by an Oct. 1 deadline, even though the system is still being tested. With just three weeks to go before new state health insurance markets launch, efforts are ongoing to reliably link up government agencies, the markets themselves and private health plans.

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Diabetes: CeQur closes $27B Series B round

September 10, 2013 12:05 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

The Horw, Switzerland-based company said the round was led by a pair of new, private investors and was joined by all existing backers, including BMC Ventures A/S, Endeavour Vision SA, Schroder & Co. Bank AG and Venture Incubator AG. The PaQ device won CE Mark approval in the European Union in November 2012 for Type II diabetes.

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Robohand Uses 3D Printing to Replace Lost Digits

September 10, 2013 11:14 am | by Carley Petesch, Associated Press | Comments

Richard Van As, a South African carpenter, lost four fingers from his right hand to a circular saw two years ago. He was unable to afford the tens of thousands of dollars to get a myoelectric hand, which detects a muscle's electric impulses to activate an artificial limb.

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Implantable ‘Sponge’ Reprograms Immune Cells to Fight Cancer

September 10, 2013 10:57 am | by Harvard University | Comments

A cross-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and clinicians announced today that they have begun a Phase I clinical trial of an implantable vaccine to treat melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer. The effort is the fruit of a new model of translational research being pursued at Harvard University that integrates the latest cancer research with bioinspired technology development.

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VT Professor Develops Drug Patch Treatment

September 10, 2013 10:44 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

An assistant professor with the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering has developed a flexible microneedle patch that allows drugs to be delivered directly and fully through the skin. The new patch can quicken drug delivery time while cutting waste, and can likely minimize side-effects in some cases, notable in vaccinations and cancer therapy.

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Damages to Organs Detected in 3D Holograms

September 10, 2013 10:35 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | Comments

Recently converted in one of the youngest residents of Silicon Valley, California, the high-tech Mexican enterprise Echopixel created software that allows the medical doctor to look and manipulate on their desk third dimension (3D) holograms of various organs obtained from ultrasound, CT or MRI scans.

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Safe Navigation for Visually Impaired Persons

September 10, 2013 9:57 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | Comments

Blind and visually impaired persons find it very difficult to move about in unknown environments. The white canes used by them are still the preferred tools for orientation. The project “A Mobility and Navigational Aid for Visually Impaired Persons” wants to help visually impaired persons to orient themselves in new environments by means of computer-aided vision.

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CardiacAssist Launches Protek17 Arterial Cannula

September 10, 2013 9:51 am | by Business Wire | Comments

CardiacAssist announced the launch of the Protek17 Arterial Cannula, a key component of the TandemHeart temporary circulatory support platform used to rest the heart and circulate blood for patients with severe cardiac dysfunction. Protek17 is designed for improved patient safety and ease of use...

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Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions

September 10, 2013 9:46 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

The birth of artificial-intelligence research as an autonomous discipline is generally thought to have been the monthlong Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence in 1956, which convened 10 leading electrical engineers — including MIT’s Marvin Minsky and Claude Shannon — to discuss “how to make machines use language” and “form abstractions and concepts.”

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MRI May Predict Heart Attack and Stroke Risk in People with Diabetes

September 10, 2013 9:38 am | by Radiological Society of North America | Comments

Whole-body MRI may serve as a valuable noninvasive tool for assessing the risk of heart attack and stroke in diabetic patients, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Diabetes is a metabolic disease characterized by an increased concentration of glucose in the blood.

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Consumers Union Calls On Medical Device Makers to Provide Warranties for Hip & Knee Implants

September 10, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Consumers Union is pushing device makers to equip patients with warranties so they will have a better understanding of how long an implant is expected to last and a clear process to follow in the event that it fails prematurely.  Ultimately, warranties will encourage companies to make their devices safer and more durable, according to Consumers Union.

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