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Bah Humbug: Heart Woes Can Spike This Time of Year

December 24, 2013 12:28 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

'Tis the season—for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year. It's not just a Western phenomenon; recent research in China found the same thing. The increase includes fatal and...  

Transitioning Epithelial Cells to Mesenchymal Cells Enhances Cardiac Protectivity

December 24, 2013 12:16 pm | by Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair | News | Comments

Cell-based therapies have been shown to enhance cardiac regeneration, but autologous (patient self-donated) cells have produced only "modest results." In an effort to improve myocardial regeneration through cell transplantation, a research...

BioMonitor Now Approved for Full-Body MR Scans

December 23, 2013 9:59 am | by Biotronik | News | Comments

According to a well-known Berlin cardiologist, monitoring devices enable physicians to treat patients more effectively. The BioMonitor from BIOTRONIK is now approved for full-body MR scans. As the medical director of the Department of... 


First-In-Man Implantation of CARMAT’s Bioprosthetic Artificial Heart

December 23, 2013 9:43 am | by CARMAT | News | Comments

CARMAT, the designer and developer of the world’s most advanced total artificial heart project, providing an alternative for people suffering from end-stage heart failure, announces the first implantation of its artificial heart, as part...

$3.5M Awarded for Commercialization of Medical Devices for Children

December 23, 2013 9:09 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) has been awarded $3.5 million over five years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assist scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs in bringing medical devices for children to the market...

Baxter lands CE Mark for VIVIA multi-setting hemodialysis system

December 20, 2013 1:52 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Illinois medical device maker Baxter's won European regulatory approval for its VIVIA hemodialysis system, designed for use in multiple settings and therapy regimens. The VIVIA system, designed to be operated primarily by a patient, is... 

Implantables: Market Challenged by Safety Concerns and Restricted Innovation

December 19, 2013 4:28 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

Implantable medical devices (IMDs) make up one of the most competitive and challenging markets in the industry, with issues of security and biocompatibility challenging the marketability of emerging products. The most established area for...

Newly Insured Bring New Opportunities and Challenges

December 19, 2013 4:12 pm | by Michael Frank, Healthcare Industry Expert, PA Consulting Group | Blogs | Comments

The medical device sector has emerged from the winter of the great recession into a much more price sensitive market. Pressure is mounting to reduce cost of devices where there are cheaper alternatives. While the 2.3% medical device excise...


AtriCure Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Estech

December 19, 2013 4:05 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

AtriCure, Inc., a leading Atrial Fibrillation medical device provider, and Endoscopic Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Estech, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which AtriCure has agreed to acquire Estech...

Harrisburg-based Cardiovascular Institute Performs First MitraClip Procedure in Pennsylvania

December 19, 2013 10:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Last week, Brijeshwar Maini, MD, Cardiologist and Director of Cardiovascular Research and Education at PinnacleHealth, and Mubashir Mumtaz, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at PinnacleHealth, performed the first catheter-based valve repair...

Reverse Medical Announces CE Mark for BARREL Vascular Reconstruction Device for the Treatment of Intracranial Bifurcation Aneurysms

December 19, 2013 6:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Reverse Medical Corporation today announced CE Mark approval for European commercialization of their BARREL ® Vascular Reconstruction Device (VRD) and the first European clinical case. The BARREL ® Vascular Reconstruction Device is intended...

Wireless, Disposable Sensors for Patient Monitoring on the Way

December 18, 2013 4:11 pm | by Jonathan Sbert, Product Line Manager for Healthtech, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Technology that enables wireless and disposable human diagnostic sensors for ECG, pulse oximetry, heart monitoring, temperature, and other measurements will be prevalent in 2014. Imagine the day when a patient lies in a hospital bed completely...

Polymer Coatings Based on Molecular Structures

December 18, 2013 4:05 pm | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A novel method developed by researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jacobs University Bremen enables manufacturing of polymer layers with tailor-made properties and multiple functions: A stable porous gel (SURGEL)...   


Intact Vascular Announces Initiation of the Tack Optimized Balloon Angioplasty Below-the Knee (TOBA- BTK) Study

December 17, 2013 7:09 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Intact Vascular, Inc., a developer of medical devices for minimally invasive peripheral vascular procedures, today announced the start of enrollment in the Tack Optimized Balloon Angioplasty Below the Knee (TOBA-BTK) study. This multi-center...

ISO/IEEE Personal Health Device Profiles Help Make Seamless Communication a Reality

December 17, 2013 2:59 pm | by Dr. Malcolm Clarke, IEEE 11073 PHD Working Group | Articles | Comments

Successful end-to-end data systems are typically comprised of a collection of dovetailing technologies managed by a comprehensive set of global standards that make interoperability possible at the product level. The strict regulations, rigorous...

CE Mark and First Implants of Boston Scientific’s X4 Quadripolar CRT-D Systems

December 17, 2013 10:02 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval of its X4 line of quadripolar CRT-D systems, including the AUTOGEN X4, DYNAGEN X4, and INOGEN X4 cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds), a suite of ACUITY X4... 

SynCardia raises $14M for smaller total artificial heart

December 17, 2013 9:28 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

SynCardia said it brought in another $14 million funding round, led by a $10 million contribution from SWK Holdings, that it plans to use to develop a smaller version of its total artificial heart. Tucson-based SynCardia said Athyrium Capital...

Total Artificial Heart Manufacturer SynCardia Secures $14M in Growth Financing

December 17, 2013 6:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Privately held SynCardia Systems, Inc. announced today that it had raised $14 million to fund the rapid growth of the only approved medical device that eliminates the symptoms and source of end-stage heart failure, the SynCardia temporary...

Henry Ford Hospital Implants New Defibrillator for People at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

December 16, 2013 1:12 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A new internal defibrillator, on the cusp of a new standard of care in American cardiology to treat patients for a major heart risk, is being used at Henry Ford Hospital. Compared to the current devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrest...

Clot-Busters, Caught on Tape

December 16, 2013 12:38 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Ultrasound-stimulated microbubbles have been showing promise in recent years as a non-invasive way to break up dangerous blood clots. But though many researchers have studied the effectiveness of this technique, not much was understood... 

New Way to Predict Prognosis in Patients with Heart Failure

December 16, 2013 12:16 pm | by George Washington University | News | Comments

Researchers at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have identified a new method to determine whether a patient’s heart will fail, which in the future...

Study Breaks Blood-Brain Barriers to Understanding Alzheimer’s

December 16, 2013 11:51 am | by NIH | News | Comments

A study in mice shows how a breakdown of the brain’s blood vessels may amplify or cause problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The results published in Nature Communications suggest that blood vessel cells called pericytes may provide...

Designing Medical Devices to Meet FDA Security Guidelines

December 13, 2013 3:18 pm | by Alan Grau, President and Co-Founder, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

The FDA and Department of Homeland Security recently issued an alert urging medical device makers and medical facilities to upgrade security protections to protect against potential cyber threats. This was issued in response to an ICS-CERT...

Through Emerald Lenses

December 13, 2013 2:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I had the pleasure of a media tour to Ireland. While weather-wise, the Fall is not the ideal time of year to visit the island (although as I was informed, you don’t go to Ireland for the weather), it was fantastic timing in terms...

Revolutionary Method for Gluing Gels and Biological Tissues

December 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by CNRS | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered an efficient and easy-to-use method for bonding together gels and biological tissues. A team headed by Ludwik Leibler, involving researchers from the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie (CNRS/ESPCI ParisTech) and...

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