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DNA Blood Tests Show Prenatal Screening Promise

February 27, 2014 11:35 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A DNA test of a pregnant woman's blood is more accurate than current methods of screening for Down syndrome and other common disorders, new research finds. If other studies bear this out, it could transform prenatal care by giving a more...

Photos of the Day: Twisting Heart Inspires Better Implantables

February 27, 2014 10:20 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

Now a team of researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has developed a low-cost, programmable soft actuated material that gives...   

Artificial Muscles That Do the Twist

February 27, 2014 10:14 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

In the heart, as in the movies, 3D action beats the 2D experience hands down. In 3D, healthy hearts do their own version of the twist. Rather than a simple pumping action, they circulate blood as if they were wringing a towel. The bottom...

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DMC Cardiovascular Institute Announces First Use of Miniature Cardiac Monitor

February 26, 2014 2:34 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) announced that it is one of the first hospitals in the world to implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System in a patient, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device... 

Gemalto Delivers Secure Connectivity for Innovative Health and Wellness M2M Hub

February 26, 2014 12:46 pm | by Gemalto | News | Comments

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces its Cinterion M2M technology is providing secure wireless connectivity for a next generation smart health and wellness M2M hub, developed by Vignet Corp. This award-winning and cost...

FDA Grants U.S. Clearance to Market Wearable Ultrasound Therapy Device

February 26, 2014 12:34 pm | by ZetrOZ Inc. | News | Comments

ZetrOZ Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for the marketing of its ultrasound pain management device sam, a wearable, long-duration, ultrasonic diathermy device for use in...

New Blood Analysis Predicts Risk of Death

February 26, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

The general state of a person's metabolism can be diversely illustrated with a new scientific blood analysis. With the aid of the analysis biomarkers predicting short-term mortality have now been discovered. If a person belongs to a risk...

Photos of the Day: 3D Printing a Heart Prosthetic

February 26, 2014 10:55 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Engineers and materials scientists have created a 3D elastic membrane made of a soft, flexible, silicon material that is precisely shaped to match the heart’s epicardium, or the outer layer of the wall of the heart. Current technology is two...

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3D Printer Creates Transformative Device for Heart Treatment

February 26, 2014 10:25 am | by Beth Miller, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Using an inexpensive 3D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could transform treatment and prediction of cardiac disorders. Igor Efimov, PhD, at the School of Engineering...

Nonin Medical's Finger Pulse Oximeter Wins 2014 Bluetooth Breakthrough Award

February 25, 2014 6:57 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Nonin Medical, Inc., the inventor of finger pulse oximetry and a leader in noninvasive medical monitoring, today announced that the Nonin Bluetooth Smart  Model 3230 Finger Pulse Oximeter was awarded the 2014  Bluetooth Breakthrough...

Premarket Approval Update for AEDs and Accessories

February 25, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jeff Lind, President, Compliance West, and Jamie Young, Operations Manager, CALM Technologies | Compliance West USA | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturers of AEDs and accessories take notice: By docket number FDA-2013-N-0234, the FDA is considering requiring a premarket approval application or notice of completion of a product development protocol for AED systems and accessories...

3M Announces Next Generation of Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings

February 25, 2014 10:58 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions today announced enhancements to its 3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings aimed at improving securement, wear time and proper application. In clinical evaluations of the upgrades, more than...

FDA Approval for First Catheter Ablation Therapy in the U.S. with Direct Contact Force Technology

February 25, 2014 10:46 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Biosense Webster, Inc., a worldwide leader in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, announced that it has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH Catheter... 

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‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Is (Part 2)

February 24, 2014 2:19 pm | by Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare | Articles | Comments

Many reports, papers, and studies have been written about the benefits of remote health monitoring, but when you look at the number of companies and institutions that are investing time and energy incorporating VSM (vital sign monitoring)...

Researchers Find That Going with the Flow Makes Bacteria Stick

February 24, 2014 11:17 am | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine...

Scientists Transform Skin Cells into Functioning Liver Cells

February 24, 2014 10:56 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

The power of regenerative medicine now allows scientists to transform skin cells into cells that closely resemble heart cells, pancreas cells and even neurons. However, a method to generate cells that are fully mature—a crucial prerequisite...

Medical Researchers Use Light to Quickly and Easily Measure Blood’s Clotting Properties

February 24, 2014 10:48 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Defective blood coagulation is one of the leading causes of preventable death in patients who have suffered trauma or undergone surgery. The body’s natural defense against severe blood loss is the clotting process, in which platelets, plasma...

New Biological Scaffold Home, Sweet Home, for Stem Cells

February 24, 2014 10:38 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Our cells don’t live in a vacuum. They are surrounded by a complex, nurturing matrix that is essential for many biological functions, including growth and healing. In all multicellular organisms, including people, cells make their own...  

Adapting Missile Defense Analytics for Early Sepsis Detection

February 24, 2014 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Using analytical technology developed to detect launched missiles, Lockheed Martin has discovered a way to identify sepsis, a potentially fatal blood condition, between 14 to 16 hours earlier than physicians currently do. "Vitals and lab data...

Second 510(k) Premarket Notification for the Paragonix Sherpa Cardiac Transport System

February 24, 2014 6:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Paragonix Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has received clearance for its second Premarket Notification (510(k)) with the US Food and Drug Administration for its Paragonix Sherpa Pak Cardiac Transport System. The Sherpa Pak Cardiac...

‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Is (Part 1)

February 21, 2014 2:55 pm | by Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare | Analog Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When the term “home health monitoring” was coined, the reference was not limited to the four walls we live between but rather to the monitoring of an individual’s vital signs when he or she was outside the hospital environment. Since the...

Survey Reveals Real World Impact of Medical Device Tax

February 21, 2014 12:22 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has released new survey results examining the first-year impact of the medical device excise tax. The survey found a significant reduction in jobs, R&D, and U.S. investment. To...

Molecular 'Cocktail' Transforms Skin Cells into Beating Heart Cells

February 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

The power of regenerative medicine appears to have turned science fiction into scientific reality—by allowing scientists to transform skin cells into cells that closely resemble beating heart cells. However, the methods required are complex...

Drug-Eluting Balloon Angioplasty Treatment Shows Encouraging Results in a Diabetic Population

February 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | News | Comments

Despite good immediate results, in up to 40 percent of patients, obstructed arteries in the leg treated with a stent will again become blocked. This in-stent restenosis is typically treated with balloon angioplasty to clear the artery. The...

How Can Healthcare Providers Cut Expenditure in Cardiology?

February 20, 2014 3:07 pm | by Holly Ingram, Analyst, IHS Technology | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare expenditure has been increasing throughout the last decade, and is beginning to become unmanageable. The American Heart Association has estimated that, in 2010, spending on cardiovascular disease reached $273 billion dollars...

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