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Immune Cells May Heal an Injured Heart

January 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The immune system plays an important role in the heart’s response to injury. But until recently, confusing data made it difficult to distinguish the immune factors that encourage the heart to heal following a heart attack, for example... 

New Method to Detect Key Indicator of Heart Diseases

January 17, 2014 10:47 am | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

A team that includes Dartmouth College researchers has discovered a new way to detect cardiolipin, a key indicator of heart diseases and some genetic disorders. The results, which appear in the journal Analytical Chemistry, may eventually...

Renal denervation is 'highly unlikely,' says Medtronic study insider

January 16, 2014 6:13 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The future of renal denervation in treatment of hypertension is shaky at best, according to one of the principal investigators involved with Medtronic's disappointing clinical trial. Despite continued optimism from some of medtech's biggest players...

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Wireless Electronic Home Healthcare for All

January 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Texas Instruments Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., Ximedica | Articles | Comments

These days, it’s as though the medical device industry is more synonymous with the electronics industry than it is with healthcare. Obviously an exaggeration, but there seems to be very few device sectors where electronics are not an integral...

Multi Parameter Hospital and Cardiac Patient Monitoring Market 2019 Shares Strategies and Forecast

January 16, 2014 3:16 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The study on Hospital Patient Multi - Parameter Monitors Market has 230 pages, 102 tables and figures. Whereas cardiac monitor units were initially used in newly created critical care units, now many patients with primary disease conditions...

Infraredx Announces Nipro Corporation’s Plans for Commercial Manufacturing of TVC Imaging System in Japan

January 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Infraredx, Inc., a medical device company committed to advancing the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, today announced that Nipro Corporation, the exclusive distributor of the TVC Imaging System in Japan, has established...

CorMatrix Cardiovascular Receives U.S. Patent for Injectable Biomaterial

January 16, 2014 11:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc., a leading medical device developer, today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,568,761 for an augmented injectable extracellular matrix (ECM) bioscaffold. The augmented ECM bioscaffold induces stem cell...

Jury says Medtronic owes Edwards about $390M

January 16, 2014 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury ruled Wednesday that medical device maker Medtronic infringed on a patent held by Edwards Lifesciences and ordered Medtronic to pay its competitor about $390 million in damages. Edwards said it will seek a permanent injunction...

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Option ELITE Retrievable Vena Cava Filter Receives FDA Clearance for an Over-The-Wire Delivery Technique

January 16, 2014 7:22 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Argon Medical Devices, Inc. announced today that the company has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to begin marketing the Option™ELITE retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter with a new over-the-wire delivery...

Medtronic to Appeal Federal District Court Verdict

January 15, 2014 11:58 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

A jury in the Federal District Court of Delaware today decided in favor of Edwards Lifesciences, ruling that the Medtronic CoreValve® System infringed on Edward's Cribier patent (US Pat. No. 8,002,825). Medtronic intends to appeal. "While...

Remote Follow-Up of Patients with Implantable Defibrillators Significantly Reduces Ambulatory Costs

January 15, 2014 11:45 am | by BIOTRONIK | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring significantly reduces the cost of follow-up in patients with implantable defibrillators (ICDs). New data from the ECOST (Effectiveness and Cost of ICD Follow-Up Schedule with Telecardiology) study show remote...  

On-X Life Technologies Reports CE Mark Approval to Sell Its Mechanical Aortic Heart Valve

January 15, 2014 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On-X Life Technologies announced today that its previously CE (Conformité Européenne)-marked On-X Prosthetic Heart Valve has received European regulatory approval for an expanded labeling claim, which now permits the company to market its...

Elixir Medical Announces First Commercial Implant Of The DESolve Novolimus Eluting Coronary Scaffold System in Europe

January 15, 2014 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marking a milestone in the evolution of fully-bioresorbable drug-eluting scaffolds for interventional cardiology, the first commercial implant of Elixir Medical’s CE Mark-approved DESolve Novolimus Eluting Coronary Scaffold was performed in Germany...

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GPOs: Haemonetics inks supply deal with HemeXcel

January 14, 2014 1:44 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Haemonetics signed a 2-year exclusive supply deal with HemeXcel Purchasing Alliance LLC, providing blood collection devices to group purchasing organization HemeXcel's 5 blood centers. Altogether, HemeXcel's sites collect, process, and distribute...

Researchers Investigating How to Make PET Imaging Even Sweeter

January 14, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Mount Sinai Hospital/Mount Sinai School of Medicine | News | Comments

An international research team led by Mount Sinai Heart at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is testing its novel sugar-based tracer contrast agent to be used with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to help in the hunt for dangerous...

VC Funding in Healthcare IT Sector Reaches New Heights with $2.2 Billion in 2013

January 14, 2014 11:13 am | by Mercom Capital Group | News | Comments

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global communications and consulting firm, released its annual report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) sector in 2013. Venture capital (VC)...

ARIAD and Medinol Announce Initiation of Two Registration Trials of the NIRsupreme™ Ridaforolimus-Eluting Stent for Use in Coronary Artery Disease

January 14, 2014 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Medinol, Ltd. today announced the initiation of two registration trials of Medinol’s NIRsupreme TM Ridaforolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent System incorporating ARIAD’s mTOR inhibitor, ridaforolimus. The two NIRsupreme...

Edwards promises to 'meet force with force' in defending its TAVI footprint

January 13, 2014 9:00 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtech titan Edwards Lifesciences is poised for a "wild year" ahead in 2014, and the company is looking to move hard and fast in maintaining its leadership in the transcatheter aortic valve implantation market. Edwards is expecting to face...

St. Jude CEO: Medtronic's renal denervation miss doesn't dampen our spirits

January 13, 2014 5:55 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical CEO Daniel Starks remains steadfast in his pursuit of renal denervation in treatment of hypertension, despite the high-profile clinical trial flop suffered just last week by rival medtech titan Medtronic. St. Jude will continue with its...

Absorbable Vascular Stents Are Subject of New Surgical Devices Standard

January 13, 2014 11:50 am | by ASTM International | News | Comments

Patients with blockages in their coronary vasculature have historically been treated with permanent metallic stents, metal mesh tubes that open clogged blood vessels, restore blood flow and keep the vessel open over time. Certain patients...

The Cyborgs Era Has Started

January 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. In their review entitled...

Tweaking MRI to Track Creatine May Spot Heart Problems Earlier

January 13, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

A new MRI method to map creatine at higher resolutions in the heart may help clinicians and scientists find abnormalities and disorders earlier than traditional diagnostic methods, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the...   

Photos of the Day: Artificial Bone Marrow

January 13, 2014 10:30 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells. A prototype has now been developed by scientists of KIT, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Tübingen University. The porous structure...

Researchers Develop Artificial Bone Marrow

January 13, 2014 10:29 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells. A prototype has now been developed by scientists of KIT, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Tübingen University. The porous structure...

Medtronic's miss muddles the renal denervation landscape

January 13, 2014 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtech titan Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) rocked the renal denervation world when it reported earlier this month that it's bellwether Symplicity clinical trial failed to meet efficacy expectations when compared to a sham control arm. Physicians and...

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