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Abbott Completes Enrollment of AbsorbT Randomized Clinical Trials in the U.S., Japan, and China

April 10, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott has announced it has completed enrollment of three clinical trials to support approvals of the company's revolutionary AbsorbT Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) in the United States, Japan and China. Combined, the U.S., Japan and...

St. Jude Medical Recognized as Innovative Technology Supplier of the Year

April 9, 2014 12:19 pm | by St. Jude Medical Inc. | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, was recognized by Novation as the 2013 Innovative Technology Supplier of the Year. Novation members selected the St Jude Medical ILUMIEN PCI Optimization System based on their experience...

New Anspach High Speed Drill System Debuts at AANS Annual Meeting

April 9, 2014 10:46 am | by DePuy Synthes Power Tools | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Power Tools* announced the global launch of the Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System, a next generation high-speed electric drill with multiple attachments and accessories, designed for use in neurosurgery, otology and spinal...

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Cardiac Device Keeps Heart Going

April 8, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jennifer R. Lloyd, San Antonio Express-News | News | Comments

With a weak heart muscle and heart valve problems, Ruben Rivera said he was apprehensive about having a new type of battery-powered defibrillator implanted under his skin that could shock his heart if it sensed an irregular rhythm. But the...

GE Healthcare Receives FDA Clearance For Q.Clear Technology

April 8, 2014 9:34 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, has announced that it received U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance of its Q.Clear technology – technology that can provide up to two times improvement in both quantitative accuracy and image quality...

Boston Scientific's Endoscopic Ultrasound Needle Is for Use During Fine Needle Aspiration Procedures

April 7, 2014 6:31 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE Mark approval in Europe for the Expect™ Slimline (SL) Needle, which is now globally available for Endoscopic Ultrasound-Fine Needle...

'IN.PACT Admiral' Drug-Coated Balloon from Medtronic Outperforms Standard Angioplasty

April 7, 2014 10:34 am | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Patients with peripheral artery disease in the upper leg experienced significantly better outcomes at 12 months after treatment with the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon from Medtronic, Inc. than with standard balloon angioplasty, according to a landmark...

Installation of World's First High-Field MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy System

April 7, 2014 10:27 am | by Elekta | News | Comments

Elekta, Royal Philips and University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht (the Netherlands) announced today that the initial components of the world's first high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guided radiation therapy system are being installed...

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Transvaginal Mesh Patient Awarded $1.2 Million in Ethicon Mesh Lawsuit, Announces Baron and Budd

April 4, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dallas jury found transvaginal mesh manufacturer Ethicon and its parent company Johnson & Johnson liable for defects associated with the company’s TVT-O transvaginal mesh sling. The mesh patient, Linda Batiste, was awarded $1.2 million...

World's First and Only Upgradeable Spinal Cord Stimulation System Receives FDA Approval

April 4, 2014 8:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the approval of its Protégé IPG from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Protégé is the first and only neurostimulation system that allows spinal cord stimulation...

J&J Accepts $4B Carlyle Offer for Diagnostics Unit

April 2, 2014 11:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson has accepted an offer of about $4 billion from the private equity firm The Carlyle Group to buy its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business. J&J said Monday that the deal for the blood-testing unit should close by mid...

New Long-term Data Demonstrate Patients with Mild Heart Failure Sustained Lower Mortality Rates after Receiving Boston Scientific CRT Defibrillators

March 31, 2014 12:27 pm | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

In the longest follow-up to date of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for mild heart failure patients, Boston Scientific Corporation's (NYSE: BSX) exclusively sponsored and landmark Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial...

GE Healthcare Debuts Connected Cardiovascular Care at ACC 2014

March 31, 2014 12:04 pm | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), today showcased a suite of connected cardiovascular innovations – including several new and advanced imaging technologies and software capabilities – at the 63rd annual American College...

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Study Backs Nonsurgical Way to Fix Heart Valves

March 31, 2014 11:52 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. The results...

Photos of the Day: Repairing the Heart Without Surgery

March 31, 2014 11:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead...   

Stryker Sustainability Solutions Brings Record-Setting $255 Million In Reprocessing Savings To U.S. Hospitals

March 31, 2014 8:24 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Growth of Stryker Sustainability Solutions' single-use medical device reprocessing and remanufacturing services produced a record-setting $255 million in supply cost savings for its more than 2,500 hospital and health system customers in...

Medtronic CoreValve® System Demonstrates Long-Term Durability

March 31, 2014 8:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the final follow-up results from the CoreValve® CE Pivotal Study, which demonstrated excellent long-term durability at four years in patients with severe aortic stenosis who were treated with the self-expanding...

World's First Transcatheter Valve, Medtronic Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Shows Positive Clinical Outcomes in Real-World Study

March 30, 2014 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the one-year results of the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV) U.S. Post-Approval Study, which found that real-world use of the Melody TPV was associated with high procedural success, excellent valve...

Medtronic CoreValve System Results Superior to Open-Heart Surgery at One Year in U.S. Pivotal Trial

March 29, 2014 8:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the CoreValve System showed results superior to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) at one year in the High Risk Study of its CoreValve U.S. Pivotal Trial, which evaluated patients with severe aortic...

Baxter Splitting into Two Separate Businesses

March 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Following a rival's lead, Baxter International Inc. said it's planning a breakup into two health care companies as it tries to boost innovation and profitability and reward shareholders. Thursday's news could mark a recent trend as Wall...

Abbott Announces FDA Approval of Its Supera Stent to Treat People with Peripheral Artery Disease

March 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott has announced that its Supera Peripheral Stent System has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to treat people with blocked blood vessels in the upper leg caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD occurs when...

CAN Calls on DoJ to Investigate J&J for Document Destruction

March 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Corporate Action Network | News | Comments

The Corporate Action Network (CAN) has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Johnson and Johnson and its top executives, including Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky for destroying documents critical to lawsuits brought...

Suit Charges St. Jude Riata Heart Lead Is a Defective Device

March 21, 2014 10:27 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Fabrice N. Vincent and Wendy R. Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, have announced that Robert Loiseau of Southampton, Pennsylvania, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against St. Jude...

Philips to Establish Research & Innovation Hub in Africa

March 21, 2014 9:57 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips has announced the establishment of its Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, which underlines the company’s commitment to invest in Africa. The Philips Africa Innovation Hub will work both on the creation of new inventions...

European Launch of St. Jude's Spinal Cord Stimulation System with Burst Technology

March 20, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the CE Mark approval and European launch of its Prodigy Chronic Pain System with Burst Technology. As the first and only implantable neuromodulation system that delivers...

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