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Legal: Ivera takes another swing at rival catheter cap maker

October 15, 2013 1:00 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Ivera Medical is taking a new tactic in targeting rival Catheter Connections, accusing the company of falsely advertising its catheter protection caps as U.S.-made. Ivera is asking for a jury trial to determine whether Cather Connections' label...

Newly Discovered Mechanism Propels Micromotors

October 15, 2013 10:12 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Scientists studying the behavior of platinum particles immersed in hydrogen peroxide may have discovered a new way to propel microscopic machines. The new mechanism is described in The Journal of Chemical Physics, which is produced...   

Covidien Releases Clinical Data Supporting Treatment and New Approach to Peripheral Arterial Disease

October 14, 2013 4:15 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products, has released positive final results from its DURABILITY II study and promising preliminary data from its DEFINITIVE AR trial at the Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) 2013 conference...

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CardioKinetix Announces First Heart Failure Patients Treated in China With Novel Minimally Invasive Structural Heart Device

October 14, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

CardioKinetix Inc., a medical device company pioneering a catheter-based treatment for heart failure, today announced a new first with two patients successfully treated this week with the new catheter-based Parachute Ventricular Partitioning Device...

St. Jude Gets EU Approval for Wireless Pacemaker

October 14, 2013 12:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical says it will announce Monday that it received European approval to market the first pacemaker that does not require wires to attach to the heart. The first-of-a-kind device was developed by California-based startup, Nanostim...

Bringing the Incredible Bionic Man to Life

October 11, 2013 2:59 pm | by Smithsonian Channel | Videos | Comments

Rich Walker, managing director of Shadow Robot Co. and the lead roboticist on the project, and James Pope race against the clock as they assemble the Bionic Man. The device parts hail from 17 manufacturers around the world. The Bionic Man...

Photos of the Day: The 'Bionic Man'

October 11, 2013 2:45 pm | by CBSNews24x7 | News | Comments

The artificial "man" is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts...  

'Bionic Man' Walks, Breathes with Artificial Parts

October 11, 2013 2:02 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The term "bionic man" was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called "The Six Million Dollar Man" chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts... 

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Boston Scientific Reports Favorable Clinical Trial Results Assessing the OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System

October 11, 2013 11:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Boston Scientific OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System demonstrated excellent performance in facilitating the treatment of complete blockages in the major arteries that supply blood to the legs. These blockages, called chronic total occlusions...

Creating a Permanent Bacteria Barrier for Implantables

October 11, 2013 10:38 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Any medical device implanted in the body attracts bacteria, proteins, and other microbes to its surface, causing infections and thrombosis (blood clotting) that lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths annually. Devices can be coated...  

Packaging Stem Cells in Capsules for Heart Therapy

October 11, 2013 10:23 am | by Woodruff Health Sciences Center | News | Comments

Stem cell therapy for heart disease is happening. Around the world, thousands of heart disease patients have been treated in clinical studies with some form of bone marrow cells or stem cells. But in many of those studies, the actual impact...

Boston Scientific Begins Clinical Trial of Peripheral Vascular Drug-Eluting Stent System

October 10, 2013 11:16 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Launching a key clinical trial expected to serve as the foundation for global regulatory approvals, a physician in Auckland, New Zealand has performed the first patient implant of the Boston Scientific Innova Drug-Eluting Stent (DES) System...

AliveCor Unveils Versatile Mobile Heart Monitor

October 10, 2013 10:14 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

AliveCor announced today at the University of Southern California Body Computing Conference its new versatile Heart Monitor that easily attaches to any compatible smartphone or smartphone case. This new universal design includes the proprietary...

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FDA Clears New Continuous Blood Pressure Technology From Sotera Wireless

October 10, 2013 7:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sotera Wireless, Inc. today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the Company's patented continuous non-invasive blood pressure (cNIBP) technology, a new feature of the ViSi Mobile@ wireless patient monitoring system...

From Slowdown to Shutdown—US Leadership in Biomedical Research Takes a Blow

October 9, 2013 10:49 am | by American Society for Cell Biology | News | Comments

ASCB Executive Director Stefano Bertuzzi, PhD, told reporters that shutting down the driving engines of American bioscientific research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), will have effects well beyond...

New Technique Enables Accurate, Hands-Free Measure of Heart and Respiration Rates

October 9, 2013 10:34 am | by Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University | News | Comments

A simple video camera paired with complex algorithms appears to provide an accurate means to remotely monitor heart and respiration rates day or night, researchers report. The inexpensive method for monitoring the vital signs without touching...

California startup lands $20M to support bioresorbable scaffold

October 9, 2013 10:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Mountain View, Calif.-based Amaranth Medical announced a $20 million Series B funding round in support of development of the company's flagship Fortitude bioresorbable scaffold, a device-based treatment for coronary artery disease...  

BSD Reports Successful Promotion of the MicroThermX® Microwave Ablation System at CIRSE by Terumo Europe (NV)

October 9, 2013 9:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

BSD Medical Corporation, today reported the successful promotion of the MicroThermX® Microwave Ablation System (MicroThermX) at the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) conference in Barcelona, Spain...

Global Peripheral Vascular Devices - Asia-Pacific is the Fastest Growing Region with a CAGR of 11.6% Driving a Market Value of US$1.4 Billion by 2015

October 8, 2013 6:39 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Global peripheral vascular devices sector forecasts to reach at US$5.5 billion by 2015 at a CAGR of 9.7% during the analysis period 2009-2015. The North American segment accounts for nearly 40% of the global value while Europe claims more...

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Expanded Indication for Medtronic's CRT Devices

October 8, 2013 6:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Circulatory Systems Devices Advisory Panel today voted that biventricular (BiV) pacing with Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) devices is beneficial for treating patients who have atrioventricular (AV) block...

Independent Study Examines Battery Life in CRT-D Devices

October 8, 2013 5:45 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

An independent and first-of-its-kind study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, published online this week in EP EuroPace, shows there are significant differences in battery longevity between contemporary cardiac resynchronization...

New Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Stent Study Data Shows Excellent SFA Patency Results at Four Years

October 8, 2013 3:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Four-year data from the Zilver PTX Randomized Controlled Trial of Paclitaxel-Eluting Stents for Femoropopliteal Disease from Cook Medical presented today at the 2013 Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) meeting demonstrates 75 percent...

New Ultrafast Lasers Expand the State of the Art for Stent Manufacturing

October 8, 2013 12:47 pm | by Rajesh Patel, Spectra Physics, and Victor Matylitsky, High Q Laser | Spectra Physics | Articles | Comments

As medical device sizes shrink, their designs increasingly push the limits of feature complexity and material properties. Advances in fabrication technologies must keep pace with the demands of cost-effectively manufacturing these increasingly micro-scale, sophisticated devices.

The FDA’s UDI Rule is Final! What Now?

October 8, 2013 12:02 pm | by Ken Koldan, Business Development Manager, FLEXcon | Flexcon | Blogs | Comments

The FDA published the final rule for the unique device identification system (UDI) during the UDI Conference in Baltimore, MD and released it on September 24, 2013. This much anticipated rule will provide a consistent way to identify medical devices and ensure that proper safety regulations are being followed.

New Method of Measuring Blood Pressure

October 8, 2013 10:45 am | by STBL Medical Research AG | News | Comments

Worldwide more than one billion people are affected increasing the risk of heart attack, cerebral haemorrhage or a stroke. Unfortunately, most affected people don’t measure their blood pressure regularly as the measurement method is too complicated...

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