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Predicting Risk of Heart Failure in Kidney Disease Patients

October 7, 2014 10:04 am | by American Society of Nephrology (ASN) | News | Comments

Two blood markers are strongly linked with the development of heart failure in individuals with mild to severe kidney disease, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN)...

New Device Can Slow, Reverse Heart Failure

October 7, 2014 9:58 am | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

A new, implantable device to control heart failure is showing promising results in the first trial to determine safety and effectiveness in patients, according to lead researcher Dr. William Abraham of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical...

Identifying the Brain’s Role in High Blood Pressure

October 6, 2014 2:32 pm | by University of Maryland Medical Center | News | Comments

New research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and the Ottawa Heart Institute has uncovered a new pathway by which the brain uses an unusual steroid to control blood pressure. The study, which also suggests...

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$514 Billion in Global MedTech Sales by 2020

October 6, 2014 10:49 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

The medical technology sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5 percent per year between 2013 and 2020, according to the latest forecasts from market intelligence firm Evaluate Ltd. Its new report, “EvaluateMedTech World...

Infographic: MedTech World Preview 2014

October 6, 2014 10:47 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

2014 marks a year of rapid change for the global medical device market, particularly within the cardiology and orthopedic spaces, which have been dominated by megamergers. If the deal between Covidien and Medtronic goes through, we could see...

Impending 3D Printing Revolution in Medicine

October 3, 2014 2:59 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A new eBook, 3D BioPrinting: Printing Parts for Bodies, released this week, tells the story of this impending revolution in medicine that will involve the ability to re-grow and repair human tissue including bone, cartilage, muscle and nerves...

The World's Most Intelligent Stethoscope

October 3, 2014 2:47 pm | by Eko Devices | Videos | Comments

Eko is a device that converts an analog stethoscope into a powerful digital tool. It offers an array of features including audio visualization, record and playback, collaboration with associates, and real time analysis.    

Research Aims for Better Understanding of Microvascular Diseases

October 3, 2014 11:25 am | by University of Houston | News | Comments

New technologies being developed by a University of Houston researcher to produce three-dimensional models of tissue and whole organ microstructures offer the promise of better diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases. David Mayerich...

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Genetic Test Reveals Risk of Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

October 3, 2014 10:38 am | by Lund University | News | Comments

Many of those who are genetically predisposed to develop atrial fibrillation, which dramatically raises the risk of stroke, can be identified with a blood test. This is shown by new research from Lund University in Sweden. The number of people...

Philips Announces Collaboration with PET to Commercialize Innovative Wind-Up Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

October 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips has announced a partnership with South Africa based not-for-profit organization, PET (PowerFree Education Technology), to further develop, test and commercialize a Wind-up Doppler Ultrasound Fetal Heart Rate Monitor (in short...

Hybrid 'Patch' Could Replace Transplants

October 1, 2014 11:00 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Because heart cells cannot multiply and cardiac muscles contain few stem cells, heart tissue is unable to repair itself after a heart attack. Now Tel Aviv University researchers are literally setting a new gold standard in cardiac tissue...

The FDA Takes Steps to Strengthen Cybersecurity of Medical Devices

October 1, 2014 10:29 am | by FDA | News | Comments

To strengthen the safety of medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and information. The final guidance, titled...

CE Mark for LoneStar Heart’s Hydrogel Implant for the Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure

October 1, 2014 10:25 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

LoneStar Heart, Inc. has announced that it received the CE Mark for its Algisyl-LVR hydrogel implant, the company's lead product for the treatment of advanced heart failure (HF). Classified in Europe and in the U.S. as a medical device, Algisyl-LVR...

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Tissue Valves as Safe as Mechanical Valves in Middle-Aged Patients

October 1, 2014 9:39 am | by Mount Sinai Health System | News | Comments

New Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai research findings published in the October 1 issue of JAMA show there was no significant difference in 15-year survival or stroke rates in patients aged between 50 and 69 years who had aortic valve...

Homeland Security and FDA Address Medical Device Cybersecurity

September 30, 2014 11:53 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security is joining forces with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to tackle the issue of medical device cybersecurity—a tacit recognition of the emerging vulnerabilities associated with healthcare technology...

AliveCor Launches New App to Auto Detect Atrial Fibrillation in an ECG Recording

September 30, 2014 9:53 am | by AliveCor | News | Comments

AliveCor, Inc. announced today the launch of the latest version of the AliveECG app, which provides patients with free real-time atrial fibrillation (AF) detection in ECG recordings using its new FDA-cleared algorithm. The new app helps...

CE Mark for CVRx's Barostim neo System for the Treatment of Heart Failure

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

CVRx, Inc., a private medical device company, announced today it received CE Mark approval from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) of the Barostim neo System for the treatment of heart failure.  The therapy is approved for use...

CE Mark for ReFlow Medical’s Wingman35 Crossing Catheter and SpeX Shapeable Support Catheter

September 26, 2014 4:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

ReFlow Medical, Inc. (ReFlow) has announced the initial clinical use of their Wingman35 Crossing Catheter and speX Shapeable Support Catheter by Dr. Andrej Schmidt at University Leipzig, Germany. The devices were recently granted European...

Heart Hospital of Austin First in Texas To Offer New Heart Failure Monitoring System

September 26, 2014 3:46 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On Sept. 24, 2014, Heart Hospital of Austin became the first facility in Texas to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure (HF). The CardioMEMS HF System is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure...

Photos of the Day: Color-Changing Heart and Skin Monitoring Patch

September 25, 2014 2:38 pm | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | News | Comments

The small device, approximately five centimeters square, can be placed directly on the skin and worn 24/7 for around-the-clock health monitoring. The wireless technology uses thousands of tiny liquid crystals on a flexible substrate to sense...

‘Skin-Like’ Device Monitors Cardiovascular and Skin Health

September 25, 2014 11:05 am | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | News | Comments

A new wearable medical device can quickly alert a person if they are having cardiovascular trouble or if it’s simply time to put on some skin moisturizer, reports a Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study...

September 2014 Digital Edition

September 24, 2014 4:57 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

Designers developing medical devices that are introduced into the body through a catheter or similar solution have very specific characteristics that need to be achieved for that transfer system. Streamlined Process for Wire-Reinforced Catheters and...

Skin Cells Can Be Engineered into Pulmonary Valves for Pediatric Patients

September 24, 2014 11:38 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Researchers have found a way to take a pediatric patient's skin cells, reprogram the skin cells to function as heart valvular cells, and then use the cells as part of a tissue-engineered pulmonary valve. A proof of concept study published in...

Boston Scientific Enrolls First Patients In U.S. Trial Of The Lotus Valve System

September 24, 2014 10:42 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has initiated the REPRISE III clinical trial, a pivotal study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Lotus Valve System in patients with severe aortic stenosis and who are considered to be at either high...

NOVAPLUS Contract for Disposable Blood Pressure Cuffs Awarded to Welch Allyn

September 24, 2014 10:06 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, Inc., a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, and Novation, a leadinghealth care services company, today announced a new three-year contract for disposable blood pressure...

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