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Photos of the Day: Body Parts from the Lab

April 11, 2014 11:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy...

Covidien Implements Voluntary Recall of its Pipeline Embolization Device and Alligator Retrieval Device

April 11, 2014 10:14 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc has announced that it has notified customers of a voluntary recall to address an issue with certain lots of its Pipeline Embolization Device and Alligator Retrieval Device where the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating applied...

Spectranetics Announces FDA Clearance for Mechanical Lead Extraction Devices

April 11, 2014 10:02 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

The Spectranetics Corporation today announced FDA clearance of two new mechanical lead extraction platforms that expand physicians' options for safe removal of cardiac leads. Each incorporates innovative designs for mechanical extraction...

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First Patient in U.S. to Receive MRI Scan in Clinical Study of MRI-Compatible Pacemaker

April 10, 2014 8:36 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation to conduct an MRI scan of a patient implanted with a new MRI-compatible pacemaker – a breakthrough because metal implants often exclude patients from this imaging...

Medtronic CRT Devices Now Approved to Treat Patients with AV Block and Reduced Heart Function

April 10, 2014 7:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an expanded indication for biventricular (BiV) pacing with Medtronic cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemakers and -defibrillators (CRT-P and CRT-D)...

Synthetic Collagen Promotes Natural Clotting

April 10, 2014 2:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Synthetic collagen invented at Rice University may help wounds heal by directing the natural clotting of blood. The material, KOD, mimics natural collagen, a fibrous protein that binds cells together into organs and tissues. It could improve...

Top-Paid Medicare Doctors Say They Have Reasons

April 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | News | Comments

How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare? Explanations for Wednesday's eye-popping numbers from Medicare's massive claims database ranged from straightforward to what the government considers suspicious, as...

Photos of the Day: 3D Printing a Heart

April 10, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

So far, the University of Louisville team has printed human heart valves and small veins with cells, and they can construct some other parts with other methods, said Stuart Williams, a cell biologist leading the project. They have also... 

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Philips Handheld Blood Test Shows Further Promise in Clinical Setting

April 10, 2014 10:37 am | by Philips Electronics | News | Comments

Royal Philips has completed its first field study for its Minicare handheld cardiac Troponin-I (cTn-I) blood test, demonstrating the platform’s potential to produce lab-equivalent results with finger prick samples within minutes. The...

Scientists Try 3D Printer to Build Human Heart

April 10, 2014 8:33 am | by Dylan Lovan - Associated Press | News | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to...

Dallen Medical’s Compressyn Band Honored as Finalist for the MD+DI 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards

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

Dallen Medical, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Compressyn™ Band has been selected as a finalist in the Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products Category of the 17th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. Finalists were...

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...

AAMI Journal Probes the Challenges of Battery Management

April 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation | News | Comments

Batteries are ubiquitous in the healthcare delivery system, powering everything from infusion pumps, to patient beds, to ultrasound machines. The new issue of AAMI’s peer-reviewed journal BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology)...

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CE Mark for Medtronic’s MRI-Safe ICD

April 9, 2014 12:32 pm | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic today announced CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark and European launch of the Evera MRI SureScan implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) System, the first and only ICD system approved for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans...

Florida Lawmakers Look To Expand, Regulate Telehealth

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren't any neurologists on call. Within 15 minutes, a...  

Toward a Faster, More Accurate Way to Diagnose Stroke

April 9, 2014 11:45 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

When someone suffers from a stroke, a silent countdown begins. A fast diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death. So scientists are working on a new blood test that one day could rapidly confirm whether someone...

Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a...

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...

Corindus Vascular Robotics to Present at Design of Medical Device Conference

April 8, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Corindus Vascular Robotics, a leading developer of precision vascular robotics, today announced that Tal Wenderow, Co-founder and EVP of Product & Business Development of Corindus, will present at the upcoming Design of Medical Device...

CardiacAssist Receives Health Canada Approval for Its TandemHeart Circulatory Support Platform

April 8, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CardiacAssist, Inc., a privately-held medical device company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today announced that it has received a Class 4 medical device license for its TandemHeart System from Health Canada. The TandemHeart...

Mitralign Completes Enrollment in EU Study for its Novel Catheter-based Valve Repair Device

April 8, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitralign Inc., a cardiac device company, announced today it has completed enrollment in a study in Europe investigating its lead device, the Mitralign System, in patients with functional mitral regurgitation (FMR). Pending successful outcomes...

'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...

5 Takeaways from Conversations with Leading Providers at HIMSS

April 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by Lindsay Sanchez, Citrix | Blogs | Comments

The HIMSS conference attracted 38,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors this year; an indication of the role HIT is predicted to play in healthcare transformation. However, the breadth of technologies displayed made you wonder how providers...

New Study Casts Doubt on Heart Regeneration in Mammals

April 4, 2014 11:43 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

The mammalian heart has generally been considered to lack the ability to repair itself after injury, but a 2011 study in newborn mice challenged this view, providing evidence for complete regeneration after resection of 10% of the apex, the...

Photos of the Day: Stretchable, Stick-On Patient Monitoring Patch

April 4, 2014 11:00 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring. The new device was developed by John A. Rogers of Illinois and Yonggang...

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