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Sources say Baxter's near an agreement with EU regulators in $4B Gambro merger

July 11, 2013 4:45 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Healthcare giant Baxter (NYSE:BAX) may be on the verge of closing its $4 billion buyout of Swedish dialysis devices maker Gambro AB after offering to divest some of its assets in order to appease European regulators, according to anonymous sources cited by Reuters.

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Bison Stainless Tube Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

July 11, 2013 2:45 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Bison Stainless Tube LLC. is proud to announce another step in its commitment to continual improvement and excellent customer service with the certification of compliance with ISO 9001:2008 for the sales and distribution of stainless steel tubing. 

Medicare Bidding Program Puts Diabetic Patients in Danger

July 11, 2013 2:25 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

The American Association for Homecare warned today that the controversial Medicare bidding program for diabetic testing supplies is endangering beneficiaries by requiring the use of generic testing strips and monitors that are under scrutiny by physicians and the Food and Drug Administration for inaccurate readings.

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U.S. Patent Office rules in favor of Bard in W.L. Gore infringement case

July 11, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

C.R. Bard today announced that it won a favorable ruling from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, which notified the medical device maker that it intends to uphold the patentability of the stent-graft patent at the heart of a long-running infringement lawsuit with W.L. Gore & Assoc.

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Lantos Technologies lights up $5M

July 11, 2013 1:28 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Lantos Technologies lit up $5.1 million of a hoped-for $18.8 million funding round for its 3D ear canal-mapping device, according to a regulatory filing. The Wakefield, Mass.-based company reported that 18 un-named investors joined the equity and options round.

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FDA Clearance for Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope

July 11, 2013 12:53 pm | by TYRX, Inc. | Comments

  TYRX, Inc. has announced that it has received FDA clearance to market the fully resorbable AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope for use with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope received approval from Health Canada in January 2013.

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Medicare aims to level reimbursement playing field in fight between Elekta and Varian

July 11, 2013 12:45 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

A new proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would help level at least 1 battlefield between radiosurgery devices makers Elekta and Varian Medical Systems. The reimbursement proposal would offer equal payment to healthcare providers conducting single-treatment radiosurgery for brain tumors, whether the procedure is conducted with Elekta's Gamma Knife or Varian's Linac.

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Orthocare Innovations’ Microprocessor Foot Ankle System Named to R&D 100

July 11, 2013 11:58 am | by Orthocare Innovations | Comments

Orthocare Innovations continues receiving critical acclaim as its Magellan microprocessor foot ankle system has been named one of the Top 100 technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. In selecting Orthocare Innovations for its R&D Top 100 Awards, R&D Magazine placed it in elite company that includes Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Toyota.

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Cells Make Costume Changes for Cardiac Regeneration

July 11, 2013 10:57 am | by Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research | Comments

If the heart following a heart attack is not sufficiently supplied with blood, heart tissue dies. In adult humans, the ability to heal itself is hardly developed. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, together with U.S. colleagues, have now observed in the embryo of the zebrafish that muscle cells migrate from the undamaged atrium into the ventricle and thus significantly contribute to regeneration.

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3D-Printed Splint Saves Infant’s Life

July 11, 2013 10:38 am | by The Institute for Genomic Biology | Comments

Half a millennium after Johannes Gutenberg printed the bible, researchers printed a 3D splint that saved the life of an infant born with severe tracheobronchomalacia, a birth defect that causes the airway to collapse. While similar surgeries have been preformed using tissue donations and windpipes created from stem cells, this is the first time 3D printing has been used to treat tracheobronchomalacia—at least in a human.

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Researchers Create Method to Rapidly Identify Specific Strains of Illness

July 11, 2013 10:25 am | by Boston University School of Medicine | Comments

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and George Washington University have developed a method to rapidly identify pathogenic species and strains causing illnesses, such as pneumonia, that could help lead to earlier detection of disease outbreaks and pinpoint effective treatments more quickly.

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Jagged Graphene Can Slice into Cell Membranes

July 11, 2013 10:22 am | by Brown University | Comments

A collaboration of biologists, engineers, and material scientists at Brown University has found that jagged edges of graphene can easily pierce cell membranes, allowing graphene to enter the cell and disrupt normal function. Understanding the mechanical forces of nanotoxicity should help engineers design safer materials at the nanoscale.

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Researchers Perform DNA Computation in Living Cells

July 11, 2013 10:10 am | by Tracey Peake, North Carolina State University | Comments

Chemists from North Carolina State University have performed a DNA-based logic-gate operation within a human cell. The research may pave the way to more complicated computations in live cells, as well as new methods of disease detection and treatment.

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Corgenix Announces Contract Manufacturing Agreement with EDP Biotech

July 11, 2013 9:15 am | by Business Wire | Comments

Corgenix Medical Corporation (OTC BB: CONX), a worldwide developer and marketer of diagnostic test kits, announced today that it has entered into a contract manufacturing agreement with EDP Biotech, a medical device company focused on the development and...

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Primal Pictures Launches iPad Version of its Award-Winning Anatomy & Physiology Online Learning Tool

July 11, 2013 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Primal Pictures has launched an iPad-enabled version of its award-winning Anatomy & Physiology Online subscription, the most complete and medically accurate interactive 3D model of the human body and its systems. The new version, Anatomy & Physiology Online for iPad, is touch screen enabled, allowing users to rotate anatomy views and add or remove anatomical layers, all with the swipe of a finger.

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