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Insertable Cardiac Monitors Detect Afib in Stroke Patients Better Than Standard Care

June 26, 2014 9:34 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. has announced results from the CRYSTAL AF (CRYptogenic STroke And underLying Atrial Fibrillation) Clinical Trial have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The Trial found that continuous cardiac monitoring...

Heart Muscle Can Regenerate Itself in Very Limited Amounts

June 25, 2014 8:29 am | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

Researchers from UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research are the first to directly measure the division of heart muscle cells, proving that while such division is very rare, it does occur. The study...

GlobalData Analysts: Strategic Benefits, Not Tax Avoidance, the Main Motivation for Medtronic Megadeal

June 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Medtronic’s $42.9 billion merger with Covidien, which created last week the world’s largest medical devices company, was primarily motivated by future market gains rather than tax inversion, according to analysts with research and consulting...

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A New Tool for the Early Detection of Heart Failure

June 24, 2014 11:49 am | by Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Until recently, a reliable, low-cost, non-invasive method to measure changes that occur in the water content of the lungs did not exist. Yet, having such a device could be an important tool for the early detection of heart failure, which...

Covidien Launches Pipeline Flex Embolization Device in Europe

June 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Further strengthening its broad line of neurovascular products to treat unruptured brain aneurysms, Covidien plc announced the European launch of its Pipeline Flex embolization device at the annual Live Interventional Neuroradiology &...

FDA Study: Heart Pacer-Zapper Benefits Women More

June 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Women with heart failure are less likely to get a special kind of pacemaker than men, but more likely to benefit from the device, a government analysis suggests. The findings come from the first study of its kind conducted by researchers...

Industry's Smallest Heart Rate Monitor for Portable and Wearable Devices

June 24, 2014 9:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

PixArt Imaging Inc., a leading provider of human-machine interface (HMI) solutions, today announces the release of its Heart Rate Monitor sensor for smart phones and wearable device platforms. The market for wearable computing devices is...

Self-Powered Cardiac Pacemaker Demonstrated

June 23, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker batteries last seven years...

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First Alabamian Receives New Retrievable, Nonsurgical Pacemaker

June 23, 2014 8:53 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Hoover resident Jack Brymer was driving home with his wife, Shirley, one night recently when it became clear to him his health problem was getting worse at a rapid pace. “I had been having dizzy spells, and it would feel like I was going...

Medtronic Announces Preliminary Outcomes for World’s Smallest Cardiac Pacemaker

June 19, 2014 2:48 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced preliminary results from the first human implants of the world’s smallest pacemaker, the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). Results from the first four patients to receive the Micra TPS were reported at...

Medtech Innovator 2014 Winner Announced

June 19, 2014 10:38 am | by RCT Ventures | News | Comments

267 companies submitted their plans. A panel of investor judges reviewed the entries to select the MedTech Innovator Top 10 Semi-Finalists. The investor judges included Christopher P. Martin, President, RCT Ventures; Ned Scheetz, Founder...

Microwave Helmet Differentiates Bleeding Strokes from Clot-Induced Strokes

June 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

The results from the initial clinical studies involving the microwave helmet Strokefinder confirm the usefulness of microwaves for rapid and accurate diagnosis of stroke patients. This is shown in a scientific article published on Monday...

Photos of the Day: Stroke Seeking Helmet

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Strokefinder enables earlier diagnosis than current methods, which improves the possibility to counteract brain damage.In the article, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital...

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NDC Implements Voluntary Recall of Guidewire

June 19, 2014 9:41 am | by FDA | Nitinol Devices & Components, Inc. | News | Comments

Nitinol Devices & Components, Inc. (NDC) announced today a voluntary recall of its HydroFinity Hydrophilic Guidewires. The HydroFinity Guidewire is a product developed and manufactured by NDC and distributed by Covidien. It is a nitinol...

St. Jude’s Leadless Pacemaker Receives Prestigious Innovation Award

June 18, 2014 4:03 pm | by St. Jude Medical Inc. | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the Nanostim leadless pacemaker was awarded the 2014 Innovation Award at Cardiostim 2014, the 19th World Congress in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiac Techniques...

Professor Develops Verification Tool for Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems

June 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Kim Gudeman, CSL | News | Comments

Over the past few decades, information systems have increasingly replaced human operators and processes, with technology assisting in everything from flying aircraft to regulating heartbeats. As the movement toward more autonomous systems...

Collaboration Aims to Accelerate Biomedical Research Innovations into the Marketplace

June 18, 2014 11:35 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

A collaboration between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health will give NIH-funded researchers training to help them evaluate their scientific discoveries for commercial potential, with the aim of accelerating...

MedTech Prices Lag Behind CPI, Other Medical Goods

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

Medical technology prices continue their trend of consistently low growth, increasing at approximately one-third the rate of prices in the overall economy and one-fifth the rate of prices for other medical goods and services over a 23-year...

Cardiopad Brings Heart Health to Remote Cameroon Communities

June 17, 2014 10:37 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A touch screen tablet invented by a 22-year-old Cameroonian engineer is helping doctors perform heart examinations on patients in remote, rural locations beyond the reach of specialists...          

Life-Saving, Smart Regulation on Behalf of Patients with Aortic Stenosis

June 17, 2014 9:50 am | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., Director – Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

At FDA’s medical devices center, we have a vision — it’s what we strive for each day in our review and assessment of new medical technology. And patients are at the very core of that vision: “Patients in the U.S. have access to high-quality...

Edwards Lifesciences Launching SAPIEN XT Valve in the U.S.

June 16, 2014 6:29 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, has announced that it has received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Edwards SAPIEN XT...   

Unleashing Clinical Measurements

June 16, 2014 2:38 pm | by Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, PrismTech | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices are an essential element of modern medicine as they provide accurate clinical measurements such as oxygen saturation, blood pressure and temperature, x-ray and ultrasound imaging, as well as automatically administer intravenous...

BIOTRONIK Presents New Heart Stimulator at Cardiostim Conference

June 16, 2014 11:37 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, is presenting its new heart stimulator at the Cardiostim 2014 electrophysiology and cardiology congress. With a market-leading position in Europe, BIOTRONIK's cardiac...

How to Market Your Device

June 16, 2014 9:34 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Medical devices marketed in the United States are subject to the regulatory controls in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the regulations in Title 21- Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) Parts 1-58, 800-1299... 

Medtronic to Buy Covidien

June 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Josh Boak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock. The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland's lower...

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