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Scientists Create First Living Organism with Added Pair of DNA

May 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA "letters," or bases, not found in nature. The cells of this unique bacterium can replicate the unnatural...

App Turns Cell Phone Into a Medical Monitor

May 7, 2014 2:25 pm | by University of Illinois - Chicago | News | Comments

By simply carrying around their cellphones, patients who suffer from chronic disease could soon have an accurate health monitor that warns their doctors when their symptoms worsen. GaitTrack, an app developed by researchers at the University...

CASMED Receives FDA Approval for Oximeter in Non-Cerebral Tissue

May 7, 2014 12:15 pm | by CAS Medical Systems Inc. | News | Comments

CAS Medical Systems, Inc. (CASMED), a leader in medical devices for non-invasive patient monitoring, today announced receipt of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of an expanded label claim for the Company's FORE-SIGHT ELITE...

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FDA Approves BIOTRONIK Entovis Pacemaker System with ProMRI Technology

May 7, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for its Entovis pacemaker system with ProMRI ® technology. The Entovis system allows patients...

Underpenetrated Chinese CRM Device Market Will Expand To Over $1.1 Billion by 2022

May 6, 2014 11:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Decision Resources Group finds that cardiac rhythm management device implantations in China will expand strongly through 2022 as the population ages and the incidences of obesity and hypertension rise with more affluent, sedentary lifestyles...

Half-Billion-Year-Old Heart Found More Complex than Today’s

May 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer, Bioscience Technology | Articles | Comments

It was the heart of an ancient shrimp, and quite a heart it was. For it, and its vascular system, have been found to be more complex than that of modern shrimp, researchers reported in a recent Nature Communications. Its cardiovascular system...

Boston Scientific Joins Optum Labs as Founding Medical Device Partner

May 6, 2014 7:37 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has joined Optum Labs as the Founding Medical Device Partner to help pioneer new research into effective treatments for heart failure and related cardiac conditions. Optum Labs is an open collaborative healthcare...

MHIF Given the Chance at Its First Implant of World’s Smallest Cardiac Pacemaker

May 5, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) | News | Comments

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) today announced its first implant of the world’s smallest pacemaker: the Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) in the Midwest. The device was implanted by Dr. Charles Gornick...

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Shining a Light on Heart Disease

May 5, 2014 1:48 pm | by University of Strathclyde | News | Comments

The project, led by the University of Strathclyde and involving researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and Warwick, is being supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Principal Investigator Professor...

Medical Implants, Ultra-Low Power Sensors, and Energy Harvesting

May 5, 2014 8:10 am | by Rich Miron, Digi-Key Technical Content Team | Texas Instruments Inc., Digi-Key | Articles | Comments

Medical implants have considerable potential for energy harvesting with the body itself providing the energy source. Today’s ultra-low power circuits and sensors are accelerating efforts to exploit energy harvesting with the objective being...

World's Smallest, Leadless Heart Pacemaker Implanted at Ohio State

May 2, 2014 12:37 pm | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

It’s about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Doctors at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital...

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern...

Man Without a Human Heart Completes 4.2-Mile Walk

May 2, 2014 10:46 am | by SynCardia | News | Comments

Randy Shepherd’s 4.2-mile walk in Pat’s Run April 26, 2014, in the Phoenix area was more than a test of his endurance. It was part of his training for the most crucial event of his life — a heart transplant. Last June 20, Shepherd, 40, had...

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Photos of the Day: Walking Without a Heart

May 2, 2014 10:46 am | by SynCardia | News | Comments

Randy and Tiffany Shepherd share smiles before walking in Pat's Run. Randy made history that day by becoming the first SynCardia Total Artificial Heart patient to enter and complete the 4.2-mile course. Doctors at the University of Arizona...

Biocompatible Piezoelectric Mechanical Energy Harvesters for Heart and Lung

May 1, 2014 11:07 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Canan Dagdeviren, PhD Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering, was recognized for outstanding innovation by receiving the $20,000 Illinois Innovation Prize last Friday, April 25th. This award is administered by the Technology...   

Medtronic’s Viva Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy-Pacemaker Gains CE Mark

May 1, 2014 10:10 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark receipt and the European launch of its newest cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemaker, Viva CRT-P. The Viva CRT-P is not approved for sale in the United States. The Viva... 

HeartWare International Issues Voluntary Device Correction For HeartWare Batteries

May 1, 2014 7:34 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

HeartWare International, Inc. has issued a voluntary Urgent Medical Device Correction related to all HeartWare Ventricular Assist System batteries, product codes 1650 and 1650-DE.  In letters to clinicians and patients, the company reports...

Boston Scientific Launches Everolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent In Japan

May 1, 2014 12:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Continuing to advance leading drug-eluting stent (DES) technology, Boston Scientific Corporation has launched the Promus PREMIER™ Everolimus-Eluting Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System in Japan.  This advanced DES system recently...  

Stem Cells Repair a Salamander’s Heart and Excite Researchers

April 30, 2014 2:04 pm | by American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | News | Comments

Imagine filling a hole in your heart by regrowing the tissue. While that possibility is still being explored in people, it is a reality in salamanders. A recent discovery that newt hearts can regenerate may pave the way to new therapies...

Self-Renewing Mouse Heart Cells May Lead to Repairing Ours

April 30, 2014 12:31 pm | by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine | News | Comments

A type of cell that builds mouse hearts can renew itself, Johns Hopkins researchers report. They say the discovery, which likely applies to such cells in humans as well, may pave the way to using them to repair hearts damaged by disease...

Positive Outcomes for CoreValve Patients Treated via Alternative Access Routes

April 30, 2014 10:19 am | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today revealed new data demonstrating positive outcomes for extreme risk patients with severe aortic stenosis who were treated with the CoreValve System via alternative access approaches. The compelling data were unveiled...

Recall Report: Locking Mechanism in Ventricular Assist System May Fail

April 30, 2014 9:50 am | by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) | News | Comments

The company received reports where the driveline connector locking mechanism has failed to engage as a result of a faulty manufacturing assembly process. This failure could result in the pump stopping and potentially lead to serious adverse...

Renal Denervation May Reduce Hypertension in Patients with Renal Artery Stents

April 30, 2014 9:15 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | News | Comments

Patients with hypertension after renal artery stenting who do not respond to drug treatment may have another option. Renal sympathetic denervation can help lower blood pressure by desensitizing nerve endings in the vascular wall. However, recent...

Microfluidic Technology Reveals Potential Biomarker for Early Pancreatic Cancer

April 29, 2014 12:18 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Cancer cells are on the move in the bloodstream in the very early stage of pancreatic cancer, and can be detected before cancer is diagnosed, according to research by the University of Michigan Health System. In a study of 51 patients... 

Self-Expanding Medical Device for Implantable Drug Delivery

April 29, 2014 11:59 am | by TissueGen Inc. | News | Comments

TissueGen Inc., developer of cutting-edge biodegradable polymer technology for implantable drug delivery across a wide variety of therapeutic applications, today announced that the company has been issued a patent from U.S. Patent and...  

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