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Cardinal Health Offers to Buy J&J Unit for $1.94 Billion

March 3, 2015 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cardinal Health is offering to buy a unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes heart devices for approximately $1.94 billion. Johnson & Johnson's Cordis business, which is based in Fremont, California, had 2014 revenue of about $780 million...

4 Medical Devices that Changed from 'Oops!' to 'Eureka!'

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You know the old axiom: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One would think this philosophy can’t...

Low-Risk Medical Apps Will Not Need FDA Regulation

March 2, 2015 8:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Makers of health apps can breathe easier now that the FDA has outlined new standards for what...

Urine Test Predicts Heart Failure Patients’ Risk of Kidney Injury

February 27, 2015 9:00 am | by American Society of Nephrology | News | Comments

Levels of a protein in the urine may help clinicians predict which patients with acute heart...

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Top 5 Medical Applications for Smart Fabric Technology

February 26, 2015 4:13 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Smart fabric technology has a great deal to offer patient monitoring. Sensors integrated right into the textile provide the least annoying way to monitor vitals, because you’ll notice it about the same as you would notice any other type...

HeartWare International Recalls Older Clinical Trial Controllers

February 24, 2015 11:54 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

HeartWare International, Inc. is issuing a voluntary Urgent Medical Device Recall in the United States related to older HeartWare Ventricular Assist System Controllers, which were distributed in the U.S. during the clinical...

An Alarming Problem with Medical Technology

February 23, 2015 2:33 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

During my recent visit to ECRI to hear more about their watch list for safety innovations in healthcare, the topic of alarm fatigue was brought up. In fact, it’s an item that comes up quite often at ECRI in terms of their hazards lists [#1 concern on the list for the past four years (check out the...

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Magnetic Nanoparticles Could Stop Blood Clot-Caused Strokes

February 23, 2015 10:52 am | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

By loading magnetic nanoparticles with drugs and dressing them in biochemical camouflage, Houston Methodist researchers say they can destroy blood clots 100 to 1,000 times faster than a commonly used clot-busting technique. The...

FDA Approves Closure System to Permanently Treat Varicose Veins

February 23, 2015 9:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the VenaSeal closure system (VenaSeal system) to permanently treat varicose veins of the legs by sealing the affected superficial veins using an adhesive agent. There are two...

Doctors Say Fitness Trackers, Health Apps Can Boost Care

February 23, 2015 9:21 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might...

European Market Could Facilitate Prosthetic Heart Valve Advancements

February 21, 2015 12:00 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

In light of a recent American Heart Association report stating that US mitral valve regurgitation prevalence was 1.7% in 2014, a significant opportunity exists for prosthetic heart valve manufacturers to develop an effective transcatheter...

Blood Test Rules Out Heart Attacks to Reduce ER Burden

February 20, 2015 9:33 am | by Bournemouth University | News | Comments

A new test that rules out heart attacks in patients could reduce hospital admissions by as much as 40%, for patients with chest pain, according to research published by Bournemouth University (BU). The research found that a quick protocol...

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Adjustable Prosthetic Among Pediatric Award Winners

February 20, 2015 9:27 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Five companies were chosen to receive $50,000 each to support of new products that fill unmet pediatric needs. These five winners, named on Feb. 12, were deemed the most promising out of 31 submissions and 12 finalists in the National Capital...

Biomedical Engineering Department To Create Heart Science Program

February 20, 2015 9:14 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Biomedical Engineering has been awarded a grant from the American Heart Association to create a program to train undergraduate students to apply their biomedical engineering education...

Medical Tools and Technologies from Solutions Found in Nature

February 20, 2015 8:46 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Jeff Karp, bioengineer and Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, illuminates the art and science of developing medical tools, treatments, and technologies from solutions found in nature...    

'Nanodrones' Could Deliver Drugs to Prevent Heart Attacks

February 18, 2015 4:14 pm | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

Nanometer-sized "drones" that deliver a special type of healing molecule to fat deposits in arteries could become a new way to prevent heart attacks caused by atherosclerosis, according to a study in pre-clinical models by scientists at...

Turning Smartphones into Personal, Real-Time Pollution Monitors

February 18, 2015 11:12 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

As urban residents know, air quality is a big deal. When local pollution levels go up, the associated health risks also increase, especially for children and seniors. But air pollution varies widely over the course of a day and by location...

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Empowering Medical Technology

February 13, 2015 3:41 pm | by Louis Adams, Regional Sales Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Advanced lithium battery technology is powering the development of a new generation of medical devices. These products are becoming increasingly sophisticated, feature-rich, and miniaturized, necessitating the use of the lithium options. This...

Stroke Training with Mannequins and Other Simulation Techniques

February 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

One of the most challenging cases that a first-year neurology resident physician can face is a stroke patient in the emergency department. The physician must quickly decide whether the patient is a candidate for the clot-busting drug tPA...

5 Devices to Keep Close to Your Heart this Valentine's Day

February 13, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Ah, Valentine’s Day – a tribute to happy couples marked by romantic dinners, endless boxes of chocolate, and Hallmark-generated tidings of love. For those of us without a significant other, the gooey romanticism of the holiday can seem...

New MRI Technique to Improve Heart Disease Diagnosis

February 12, 2015 3:06 pm | by Heart Research UK | News | Comments

Researchers are to develop a new heart imaging technique that could help give a more accurate diagnosis of heart disease. A team at Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College London have been given a three year grant of just over...

2-Minute Screening Test Now Required for All Newborns in Michigan

February 12, 2015 1:51 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

At birth, Payton was the image of perfect health - rosy cheeks, weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and eating like a champ. But just minutes before parents Holly and Rob Morris expected to take her home from Hillsdale Community Health Center...

Are All Defibrillators Created Equal?

February 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by Valley Health System | News | Comments

The Valley Hospital has been selected as the United States Coordinating Center for the PRAETORIAN trial, an international trial designed to compare for the first time the traditional implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) with a newer...

SFU Lab Creates Potentially Life Saving Heart Cells

February 11, 2015 3:23 pm | by Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

A group of Simon Fraser University researchers’ cultivation of dozens of beating heart cells in Petrie dishes could one day save or improve the lives of patients with inherited heart arrhythmias. They are genetic mutations that...

Miniaturized Cardiac Monitors Detect Atrial Fibrillation in Stroke Patients

February 11, 2015 11:01 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced the results of a new “real-world” study of patients who have had a cryptogenic stroke (stroke of unknown cause), in which the Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) detected atrial...

Country’s Smallest Pediatric Mechanical Heart Valve

February 11, 2015 10:46 am | by St. Jude Medical | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc.,  a global medical device company, today announced the launch of the HALO U.S. IDE Trial. The trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the St. Jude Medical Masters HPTM Series 15mm heart...

First Person in US Receives Evaheart Left Ventricular Assist Device

February 10, 2015 3:06 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

George “Mac” McAllister had already endured two heart attacks, quadruple-bypass surgery, myopathy, ischemia of the heart and a congestive heart failure diagnosis by the time he arrived at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heart...

Analyzing Cures Before They Reach Veterans

February 10, 2015 2:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A new testing center for medical products used to help veterans has been opened at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Pittsburgh, the VA announced on Jan. 30. The Center for Medical Product End-user Testing is responsible for evaluating...

Injectable Nanoparticles Can Restore Normal Oxygen Levels

February 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism. Scientists at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine...

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