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Cardiovascular Systems Receives FDA Clearance for Diamondback Devices Designed to Expand the Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease

March 10, 2014 8:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI), announced today it has received FDA clearance of its new Diamondback 360 60cm Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy Systems (OAS) for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). “Receiving FDA clearance...

$1.9 Million Grant to Lead Artificial Platelet Study

March 7, 2014 11:57 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A research team led by Case Western Reserve University and collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation has received a $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop injectable artificial platelets that halt bleeding by...

President’s Budget Proposal Could Decrease Access to Lab Tests Vital to Patient Care

March 6, 2014 3:33 pm | by American Association for Clinical Chemistry | News | Comments

The following statement is attributable to AACC CEO Janet B. Kreizman: “Healthcare professionals routinely use laboratory tests to diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions ranging from high cholesterol and diabetes to cardiac disease...

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Medtronic Wins European Patent Office Ruling

March 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the European Patent Office has invalidated, in its entirety, the Edwards Lifesciences EP2055266 Spenser patent which was the basis for the Aug. 26, 2013  injunction prohibiting sales of the CoreValve System...

Supply Chain Deficiencies Keeping Hospital Operating Rooms in the 'Stone Age'

March 5, 2014 11:02 am | by GHX | News | Comments

Despite the fact the healthcare industry is fueled by scientific advancement, too many hospitals find themselves stalled at a crossroads, struggling to embrace business-focused technologies and best practices that will allow them to flourish...

Infographic: Hospital Supply Chain Deficiencies

March 5, 2014 11:02 am | by GHX | News | Comments

The GHX survey of hospital senior executives indicates that operating room (OR) supply chain deficiencies have slowed organizational decision-making, increased costs and inefficiency -- and ultimately impact the delivery of patient care...

Thoratec Issues Correction Letter to Update Labeling Regarding Use of the HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller

March 4, 2014 5:31 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On March 4, 2014, Thoratec Corporation initiated a voluntary worldwide Medical Device Correction in order to update its labeling and training materials for the HeartMate II® LVAS Pocket System Controller (the "Pocket Controller"). This...

Carotid Artery MRI Helps Predict Likelihood of Strokes and Heart Attacks

March 4, 2014 12:22 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with MRI can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online in the...

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Electrical Frequencies that Help Heal Chronic Wounds

March 4, 2014 11:32 am | by M.B. Reilly, University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Hard-to-heal wounds, like diabetic ulcers, fester because of insufficient blood supply at the wound site. However, the application of an electrical stimulus can promote the growth of blood vessels, and new UC research examines the best... 

Photos of the Day: Electrical Healing Fields

March 4, 2014 11:30 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

University of Cincinnati physics and biomedical engineering researchers recently tested for the most-effective magnitude and frequency when applying an external low-amplitude electric field to vascular cells, which are key to healing chronic...

CE Approval of the First 4F MR Conditional Lead

March 4, 2014 10:38 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology that specializes in heart failure therapy, announced the first implantations of the Sentus ProMRI lead today. BIOTRONIK's bipolar cardiac resynchronization therapy lead...

A Simple Way to Treat Kidney Failure

March 4, 2014 10:15 am | by International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics | News | Comments

Kidney failure results in a build up of toxins and excess waste in the body. Dialysis is the most common treatment, performed daily either at home or in hospital. However, dialysis machines require electricity and careful maintenance, and...

Blockade Medical Announces 510(k) Clearance and CE Mark of Two New Additions to the Barricade Coil System

March 4, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blockade Medical L.L.C., a privately held company focused on the development of catheter based therapeutic devices for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms, announced today two additions to the Barricade TM Coil System including an Enhanced...

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Alcohol May Ease the Nerves that Cause Atrial Fibrillation

March 3, 2014 12:21 pm | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

Doctors in the U.S. and Japan have devised a way to treat atrial fibrillation by adding a little alcohol to minimally invasive therapies that target a cluster of misbehaving nerves known to trigger arrhythmia. In the most recent Journal...

3D Printed Heart Model Helps Surgeons Save Baby’s Life

March 3, 2014 11:34 am | by Materialise | Materialise | News | Comments

Materialise, a world leader in software for segmenting medical image data and 3D Printing, played a pivotal role in helping surgeons save a baby boy’s life through the use of a 3D printed heart model. Kosair Children’s Hospital was presented...

Coating Could Prevent Blood Clots Associated with Implanted Devices

March 3, 2014 11:11 am | by Matthew Chin, UCLA | News | Comments

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Michigan has developed a material that could help prevent blood clots associated with catheters, heart valves, vascular grafts and other implanted biomedical devices. Blood clots at or...

Photos of the Day: Samsung's Heart Monitoring Smartphone

March 3, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and a Samsung Gear 2 are displayed at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in New York. Last week, Samsung unveiled a new smartphone with a built-in heart rate monitor to complement three upcoming fitness devices, as...

Samsung Unveils Phone with Heart-Rate Monitor

March 3, 2014 9:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Last week, Samsung unveiled a new smartphone with a built-in heart rate monitor to complement three upcoming fitness devices, as the Korean companies tries to turn its technological wizardry into lifestyle products that matter. The new Galaxy...

Device Allows Continuous Remote Monitoring for Abnormal Heart Rhythms

February 28, 2014 2:36 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Like a third of all stroke patients, Barbara Manning of Chicago never knew what caused the medical event. Now, Manning might be getting some answers as one of the first people in the United States living with a small cardiac monitoring device...

Photos of the Day: A Monitoring Baby Onesie

February 28, 2014 10:45 am | by Rest Devices | News | Comments

Rest Devices' Mimo kimono has sensors embedded on the two green fabric stripes, resembling a vine with leaves that track respiration. Attached at the end of the “vines” is a mount for a plastic module, resembling a turtle, that captures the...

Smart Baby Monitors in Onesie

February 28, 2014 10:39 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

One of today’s rising tech trends, wearable technology — such as fitness-tracking bracelets, smartwatches, and smartglasses — figured prominently at this January’s Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas. Among the wearable technology...

Medical Device Platforms: Times They Are a Changin’

February 27, 2014 11:54 am | by Renjith Ponnappan, Product Manager, eInfochips | Blogs | Comments

What do a BMW, a fridge and a portable ultrasound have in common? Ten years ago the answer would have been “nothing”, but the answer now is “low-power GPµs” spawned from the world of mobile phones. Ten years ago the answer would have been...

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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