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Watching Fish Thoughts Form

February 1, 2013 4:14 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Scientists record the neuronal activity of a fish brain as the animal watches its prey. Scientists in Japan have recorded the neuronal activity of a fish as it eyes its dinner, the first live recording of the brain processes behind a natural behavior. The study was published online in Current Biology on Thursday.

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AdvaMed: More Competitive Bidding Compromises Patient Access

February 1, 2013 3:54 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Medical device industry lobby AdvaMed warns that expanded competitive bidding programs may prevent patients from access to their preferred medical devices. Medical device industry lobbying group AdvaMed spoke out against an expansion to Medicare's competitive bidding programs, warning that the changes may deprive patients of their preferred devices.

Edap TMS asks FDA to OK Ablatherm prostate treatment

February 1, 2013 3:52 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

French medical device company Edap TMS asks the FDA for pre-market approval of its Ablatherm treatment for prostate cancer. EDAP (NSDQ:EDAP) said it filed for pre-market approval of its Ablatherm-HIFU prostate cancer treatment from the FDA.

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Bringing Critical Mass to the Movement to Repeal the Medical Device Excise Tax

February 1, 2013 2:37 pm | by Thomas Allen Malm | Comments

Strategy consultant and author, Thomas Allen Malm, is proposing a way to shift the burden of the medical device excise tax (MDET) that he says will open a new dialog and solve two problems at once. He understands the optimism of manufacturers and industry associations growing from the number of Representatives in Congress crossing party lines to support the repeal of the 2.3% tax...

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Nanomaterials Key to Developing Stronger Artificial Hearts

February 1, 2013 2:30 pm | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | Comments

On January 30, 2013 ACS Nano published a study by Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, MASc, a researcher in the division of biomedical engineering at Brigham and Women's Hospital, detailing the creation of innovative cardiac patches that utilize nanotechnology to enhance the conductivity of materials to induce cardiac tissue formation. Creation of these ultra-thin cardiac patches put medicine a step closer to durable, high-functioning artificial tissues that could be used to repair damaged hearts and other organs.

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Bioelectric Signals Can Be Used to Detect Early Cancer

February 1, 2013 2:27 pm | by Tufts University | Comments

Biologists at Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences have discovered a bioelectric signal that can identify cells that are likely to develop into tumors. The researchers also found that they could lower the incidence of cancerous cells by manipulating the electrical charge across cells' membranes.

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Updated HHS Mandate Continues Attack on Religious Freedom

February 1, 2013 2:25 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

WASHINGTON , Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Responding to a new proposed regulation today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Family Research Council (FRC) expressed strong opposition to HHS and the Obama administration's continued violation of religious freedom through its "contraceptive mandate."

GE Healthcare announces Class I recall of infant resuscitation kits

February 1, 2013 2:25 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Healthcare giant GE recalls a resuscitation upgrade kit installed in certain infant warmers over concerns that mix-ups in labeling could lead to significant harm. The FDA gave Class I status to GE Healthcare's (NYSE:GE) recall of upgrade kits for some infant warmers over concerns that mislabeling in the kits may result in neonatal patients getting the wrong oxygen concentrations.

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First U.S. Case Performed with Endosense’s TactiCath® Quartz Contact-Force Sensing Ablation Catheter

February 1, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

GENEVA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 1, 2013--Endosense, a pioneer and leader in contact-force sensing technology focused on improving the efficacy and safety of catheter ablation for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, has announced that its new generation TactiCath Quartz contact-force sensing...

Tiny Sensors Could Give an Atom-Level View of Proteins

February 1, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

The advance could help researchers better understand the role of proteins in disease.Two reports published online in Science on Thursday open up the possibility that researchers may be able to determine the structure of individual proteins in living cells. Although the work is still in early stages, the potential is that researchers could get a better handle on the role of proteins in disease.

AtriCure to Present at the Leerink Swann 2013 Global Healthcare Conference

January 31, 2013 5:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

WEST CHESTER, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 31, 2013--AtriCure, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATRC), a medical device company and a leader in cardiac surgical ablation systems for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, or AF, and systems for the exclusion of the left atrial appendage, today announced that it will...

Alliance HealthCare Services to Transfer Stock Listing to NASDAQ

January 31, 2013 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 31, 2013--Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AIQ), a leading national provider of outpatient diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy services, today announced that it will transfer its stock exchange listing to the NASDAQ Global Market from the...

Cascade Microtech to Present at the Stifel Nicolaus Annual Technology Conference

January 31, 2013 4:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cascade Microtech, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCD), a leading expert at enabling precision measurements of integrated circuits at the wafer level, today announced it will present to the investment community attending the Stifel Nicolaus Annual Technology Conference on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The...

Cardica Announces Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Financial Results

January 31, 2013 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cardica, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRDC) today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter and six months ended December 31, 2012. Cardica's management will hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the financial results and provide an update on the company's business. ...

Helix Medical Completes 50% Acquisition of Cambus Medical

January 31, 2013 3:15 pm | Helix Medical | Comments

Helix Medical, LLC, a global manufacturer for the medical device and healthcare industries, today announced the completion of a 50% acquisition of Cambus Medical, a Galway, Ireland-based medical technology company. This proposed transaction was initially announced in August 2012 to be completed in January 2013.

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