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Breast cancer: Hologic touts 'excellent' results from 7-year MammoSite registry

October 4, 2013 10:29 am | by Mass Device | Comments

Massachusetts women's health company Hologic rang in Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the release of registry data from the MammoSite trial, a 7-year study of more than 1,400 patients treated with breast brachytherapy. MammoSite therapy is a breast-conserving treatment that delivers targeted radiation to areas deemed most likely for the re-emergence of cancerous growth.

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Putnam Plastics Reports Increased Interest in Catheter Innovation

October 4, 2013 10:17 am | by Putnam Plastics | Putnam Plastics Corp. | Comments

Putnam Plastics Corporation, a leader in advanced extrusion for minimally invasive medical devices, reports increased interest in integrated catheter components made by medical device companies. These components leverage continuous manufacturing to combine sub-component processes, eliminate assembly steps and reduce manual labor, thus allowing device companies to reduce overall costs.

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Researchers Find Potential Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

October 4, 2013 10:13 am | by UF Health | Comments

Oral bacteria from poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue degeneration, according to new evidence from an international team of researchers, including one at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. UF’s Lakshmyya Kesavalu, B.V.Sc., M.Sc., S.C.C., an associate professor in the College of Dentistry department of periodontology...

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Delivering Clarity on FDA’s Updates to mHealth and Wireless Guidelines

October 4, 2013 9:58 am | by The Technology Partnership | Comments

Last week the FDA's mHealth guidance was published in its final form, after being in draft status since 2011. This marks significant progress in developing opportunities for mHealth and connected medical services and follows publication of supporting technical recommendations on wireless and mHealth technologies for use in medical devices in August and September this year.

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BioTime Announces Additional Products in Development Based on HyStem® Technology

October 4, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | Comments

BioTime today announced that it has initiated the development of two new products based on its HyStem hydrogel technology platform. The first of these new products is ReGlydeTM, a cross-linked thiol-modified hyaluronan hydrogel for the management and protection of tendon injuries following surgical repair of the digital flexor or extensor tendons of the hand.

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The FIRST Single-Use HD Rigid Camera Scope Chip on a Tip

October 3, 2013 6:00 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Olive Medical announces the first public demonstration of the SkopEon Single-Use HD Rigid Camera Scope chip on the tip technology at American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2013 Technical Exhibits October 7-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

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Intuitive Surgical: What's with all the adverse event reports?

October 3, 2013 5:05 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

A harsh Citron Research analysis accuses Intuitive Surgical of ignoring a surge of adverse events associated with the da Vinci robot-assisted surgical system, but the medical device maker says a boost in reporting isn't the same as an increase in incidents.

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NuVasive(R) Announces the U.S. Launch of the XLIF Decade(TM) Plate

October 3, 2013 4:39 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to announce the domestic launch of the XLIF Decade™ Plate. The XLIF Decade Plate is the Company's latest advancement in providing surgeon customers with an option for a single-approach XLIF® and fixation.

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Reimbursement process begins in Switzerland, Germany for GI Dynamics' EndoBarrier

October 3, 2013 3:23 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

GI Dynamics said Swiss and German regulators took the 1st steps toward reimbursement in those countries for its EndoBarrier weight loss and diabetes device. Lexington-Mass.-based GI Dynamics said the German Institute of Medical Documentation & Information granted preliminary codes for the EndoBarrier to treat Type II diabetes and/or obesity.

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Invuity Features Its Eigr Illumination Technology at Novation Innovative Technology Expo

October 3, 2013 3:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Invuity announced that Novation selected its portfolio of surgical illumination and visualization devices incorporating Eigr Illumination Technology for the Novation Innovative Technology Expo. The event provided an opportunity for the company to present its devices to on-site clinical experts and health care providers and discuss the impact its products have on improving patient care and reducing risk to patients and caregivers.

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AngioDynamics Announces First Patient Enrolled in PICC Related Obstruction of Flow (PROOF) Study

October 3, 2013 2:45 pm | by GlobeNewswire | Comments

AngioDynamics  announced the enrollment of the first patient at University of Miami Hospital in a randomized multi-center study investigating whether the BioFlo PICC will be associated with a reduced incidence of catheter-related venous thrombosis...

Photos of the Day: Patient Monitoring via Google Glass

October 3, 2013 2:18 pm | by Philips | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture today announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass head-mounted display for researching ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performing surgical procedures. The demonstration connects Google Glass to Philips IntelliVue Solutions...

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First Proof of Concept for Delivering Vital Patient Data via Google Glass

October 3, 2013 2:08 pm | by Philips | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture today announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass™ head-mounted display for researching ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performing surgical procedures. The demonstration connects Google Glass to Philips IntelliVue Solutions...

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Judge tosses whistleblowers' lawsuit against Masimo

October 3, 2013 1:35 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Masimo won the dismissal of a whistleblowers' False Claims Act lawsuit after a federal judge found that the plaintiffs, a trio of former Masimo sales reps, failed provide any evidence of fraud or fraudulent intent. The whistleblowers sued in October 2010...

Cascade TEK Announces Drying Process Development for Temperature-Sensitive Implantable Medical Devices

October 3, 2013 12:00 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

In response to medical device manufacturers’ need to dry temperature-sensitive products as quickly as possible, Cascade TEK now offers “Drying Process Development.” This service saves process and manufacturing engineers the time, trial and error of discovering the best drying process and equipment to get the job done.

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