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Trovagene collaborates with USC in clinical study evaluating cancer monitoring technology

September 6, 2013 5:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Trovagene, Inc., a developer of molecular diagnostics for cancer monitoring, today announced that the Company has entered into a clinical collaboration agreement with the University of Southern California to study genomic characterizations of metastatic colorectal cancers using Trovagene's proprietary cell-free DNA assays.

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Class action lawsuit against NuVasive proves a huge draw

September 5, 2013 3:36 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

California spinal devices maker NuVasive Inc. has recently gotten very popular with law firms, which began piling onto a class action lawsuit following the revelation that the company is under investigation by the Health & Human Services Dept.'s Office of the Inspector General.

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Siemens' high-risk recall affects more than 78,000 antimicrobial tests

September 5, 2013 1:59 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

FDA regulators put their highest-risk Class I label on Siemens' (NYSE:SI) recall of more than 78,000 of its MicroScan Synergies plus and MicroScan rapID/S plus antimicrobial tests, warning that false test results could hinder patient care.  

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High-tech imaging behind overkill surgery, Mayo Clinic says

September 5, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

High tech imaging has led to unnecessary, costly and risky treatment of low-risk cancers, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the most recent issue of the British Medical Journal. Researchers examined use of various imaging techniques, finding that their use has spurred a surge in surgical thyroid removal in cases that may have been better left alone.

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ASTM Medical and Surgical Materials Committee Approves New Orthopedic Hip Implant Standard

September 5, 2013 12:09 pm | by ASTM International | Comments

A new ASTM International standard will provide a consistent method for analyzing hip stems used in hip replacement surgery. The new standard, ASTM F2996, Practice for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of Nonmodular Metallic Orthopaedic Hip Femoral Stems, was developed by Subcommittee F04.22 on Arthroplasty, part of ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices.

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Cook Medical Announces LithAssist to Streamline Stone Management and Treatment

September 5, 2013 11:39 am | by Cook Medical | Comments

Cook Medical has a new device to simplify percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) procedures, during which physicians break up and remove large kidney stones, or can use it in the bladder to break up large bladder stones. LithAssist™ combines suction control and provides access for a laser fiber.

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Bismuth-Carrying Nanotubes Show Promise for CT Scans

September 5, 2013 10:54 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | Comments

Scientists at Rice University have trapped bismuth in a nanotube cage to tag stem cells for X-ray tracking. Bismuth is probably best known as the active element in a popular stomach-settling elixir and is also used in cosmetics and medical applications.

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Abbott's Test May Offer More Accurate Diagnosis of Heart Attacks in Women

September 5, 2013 10:41 am | by Abbott | Comments

Abbott announced today promising preliminary results from a study presented at the ESC Congress 2013, suggesting that its high sensitive troponin test may help doctors improve the diagnosis and prognosis of patients presenting with symptoms of a heart attack.

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Your Finger's Pulse Holds the Key to Your Heart's Health

September 5, 2013 10:28 am | by Jennifer Patterson, University of Iowa | Comments

A University of Iowa physiologist has a new technique to measure the stiffness of the aorta, a common risk factor for heart disease. And it can be as simple as measuring the pulse in your finger. The new procedure works by placing an instrument called a transducer on the finger or over the brachial artery...

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New Laser-Based Tool Could Dramatically Improve the Accuracy of Brain Tumor Surgery

September 5, 2013 10:23 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

A new laser-based technology may make brain tumor surgery much more accurate, allowing surgeons to tell cancer tissue from normal brain at the microscopic level while they are operating, and avoid leaving behind cells that could spawn a new tumor.

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Clinton Defends Federal Health Care Law in Speech

September 5, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Demillo, Associated Press | Comments

Bill Clinton urged opponents of the federal health care law Wednesday to stop trying to repeal it and instead work to improve it, as the White House enlisted the former president to make the case for its signature domestic accomplishment. Speaking at his presidential library in downtown Little Rock, Clinton offered a detailed defense and explanation of the law as a key part of its implementation nears.

Medtronic opens doors on innovation center in Singapore

September 5, 2013 8:59 am | by Mass Device | Comments

Medtech titan Medtronic opened the doors on a new Center of Excellence in Singapore, where new business models will be designed, tested and scaled for Asian markets. Based in Medtronic's existing Singapore facility, the new center will also develop commercial models that may eventually extend to various markets around the globe after passing muster in a single country.

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Ximedica Joins Theorem Clinical Research Strategic Alliance Group

September 5, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | Ximedica | Comments

Theorem Clinical Research has announced the addition of Ximedica, a medical product development firm, to its roster of strategic alliances. With deep expertise in human factors engineering, industrial design, mechanical, electrical and software engineering, advanced manufacturing services and regulatory requirements...

TauTona Group Sells Surgical Marker Technology to Novadaq

September 5, 2013 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

TauTona Group, a medical device incubator and investor focused on the rapid development of innovative surgical products, today announced the sale of its Surgical Marker technology to Novadaq® Technologies Inc. Novadaq is a developer of clinically-relevant imaging solutions for use in surgical and outpatient wound care procedures.

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Heart Imaging Tech lands NIH grant to build "Corelab of the Future"

September 5, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | Comments

Durham, N.C.-based Heart Imaging Technologies won a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in support of efforts to build a "corelab of the future." HeartIT pioneered the WebPAX system, which the company calls the 1st FDA-approved zero-footprint medical imaging workstation.

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