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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...

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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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Medtronic’s Sutureless Heart Valve First to Show Five-Year Safety and Efficacy Outcomes

April 29, 2014 10:13 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced five-year follow-up data demonstrating the safety and performance of the Medtronic 3f Enable Aortic Bioprosthesis - the world's first commercially available sutureless tissue heart valve.  The longest follow...

Exploring a Mobile App to Promote Physical Activity for Childhood Cancer Survivors

April 28, 2014 11:15 am | by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey | News | Comments

While advances in cancer treatments have led to an increase in the number of childhood cancer survivors in the United States, this population faces significant health risks including early cardiovascular disease. To address this concern...

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the...

Photos of the Day: Are Engineers Really Qualified? (Infographic)

April 25, 2014 10:22 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As the world of technology advances quickly, engineers are forced to adapt to a fast-changing landscape and sometimes skills and talents may diminish. New hires may have a degree, but do they really know how to engineer? With the industry...

Engineers Help Make Advances in Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | by Rosie Gochnour and Joe Kullman, Arizona State University | News | Comments

Some firsts in the history of artificial heart implantation are being achieved by an Arizona State University research group and medical professionals at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They have performed what they believe is the first virtual...

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Photos of the Day: Implanting a Heart...Virtually

April 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

ASU engineer David Frakes examines a 3D print of an optimized, patient-specific artificial heart that was virtually implanted into a pediatric patient. Frakes has been working with technology developed by the Tucson-based company SynCardia...

Ultrasound Device May Aid in Detecting Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

April 24, 2014 10:08 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack...

Scripps Is First in Region to Implant Wireless Cardiac Pacemaker

April 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Scripps Health became the first health care provider in Southern California to implant the investigational Nanostim™ leadless pacemaker, the world's first wireless pacemaker totally implanted in the heart, as part of the Leadless II Clinical...

Airport Security-Style Technology Could Help Doctors Decide on Stroke Treatment

April 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Imperial College of London | News | Comments

A new computer program could help doctors predict which patients might suffer potentially fatal side-effects from a key stroke treatment. The program, which assesses brain scans using pattern recognition software similar to that used in airport...

New Heart Assist Pump Allows Minimally Invasive Approach

April 23, 2014 11:33 am | by Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute | News | Comments

Sometimes smaller is better. This is especially true of left ventricular assist devices, the mechanically operated heart pumps that are implanted in heart failure patients to bridge them to transplantation. Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute...

Boston Scientific Begins Clinical Trial for Pacing Leads

April 23, 2014 9:24 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has conducted the first implant in the clinical trial of the next generation ACUITY X4 left-ventricular (LV) pacing leads and RELIANCE 4-FRONT defibrillation (ICD) leads. The clinical trial is designed to establish...

Needlefree Connector Associated with Reduction of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections in Hemodialysis Patients

April 23, 2014 8:33 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ICU Medical, Inc. today announced that a new peer-reviewed study in the April 2014 issue of the International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease shows that the use of the company's Tego® needlefree connector on hemodialysis... 

Students Take Clot-Buster for a Spin

April 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

In the hands of some Rice University senior engineering students, a fishing rod is more than what it seems. For them, it’s a way to help destroy blood clots that threaten lives. Branding themselves as “Team Evacuator,” five students have...

Photos of the Day: Blood Clot Buster

April 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University engineering students have created a device to break up blood clots in the bladders of patients. Rice senior Lung-Ying Yu demonstrates how the device attached to a fishing rod and reel assembly breaks up clumps of gelatin...

First U.S. Implant of ICD System that Allows Full-Body MRI Scans

April 22, 2014 10:22 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic has announced the first U.S. implant of the Evera MRI SureScan implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) System, following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application...

Federal Appeals Court Agrees to Medtronic Request to Postpone Injunction

April 22, 2014 9:18 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today granted a request from Medtronic, Inc. to postpone the implementation of an injunction that would have prevented the company from selling its CoreValve System in the United States. This means the...

Hardware-Based Solutions Counter Medical Device Security Concerns

April 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Renesas Electronics Corporation | Articles | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep...

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