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Researchers Develop Sticky Nanoparticles to Fight Heart Disease

February 20, 2014 10:34 am | by Clemson University | News | Comments

Clemson University researchers have developed nanoparticles that can deliver drugs targeting damaged arteries, a non-invasive method to fight heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers...

An Essential Step Toward Printing Living Tissues

February 20, 2014 10:22 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with...

Photos of the Day: Bioprinting Living Tissue

February 20, 2014 10:21 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

In the human body, interconnected networks of fine blood vessels nourish tissue and remove waste. Jennifer Lewis and her team have developed a method for printing 3D tissue constructs that weaves multiple cell types within the extracellular...

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First U.S. Implant of World's Smallest, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Pacemaker

February 20, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Continuing its leadership in advanced pacing technology and device miniaturization, Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), today announced the first U.S. implant of the world's smallest pacemaker: the Micra(TM) Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). The...

Gore REVISE Clinical Study Demonstrates Superiority of GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis

February 20, 2014 8:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced that it will present the results of the Gore REVISE Clinical Study, the only randomized, controlled study of stent-grafts to investigate both stenotic and thrombotic occlusive arteriovenous...

The Connected Person and Healthcare

February 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by Alpesh Shah, Director of Global Business Strategy and Intelligence, IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

The advent of technology has pushed the concepts of healthcare to a different level. Areas of healthcare (diagnostic, well-being, assisted living) are benefitting from these technological advances today and for the unforeseeable future...

Single Chip Device Provides Real-Time 3D Images from Inside the Heart

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed the technology for a catheter-based device that would provide forward-looking, real-time, three-dimensional imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels. With its volumetric imaging...

Photos of the Day: Imaging the Heart from the Inside

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | by Rob Felt, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The device integrates ultrasound transducers with processing electronics on a single 1.4 millimeter silicon chip. On-chip processing of signals allows data from more than a hundred elements on the device to be transmitted using just 13 tiny...

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Global Launch of Medtronic’s Miniature Cardiac Monitor

February 19, 2014 9:39 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance, CE Mark, and the global launch of its Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor System, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available for patients...

'Mobile Health' Shows Big Potential from Small Beginnings

February 19, 2014 2:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Mobile connected health devices, such as blood pressure monitors and personal weighing scales, are showing strong increase in sales in European countries, despite still being a minority market. According market data from GfK, the number of...

Editorial Guidance

February 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I’m pleased to introduce the members of MDT’s first editorial advisory board. Representing the industry from supplier to medical device OEM to consultant, I’ve reached out to these individuals to help me tailor the scope of MDT’s editorial...

Device Enables New Way to Prevent Some Strokes

February 18, 2014 12:33 pm | by Northwestern Memorial Hospital | News | Comments

Larry Ambrose woke up one night, wandered into his kitchen but couldn't completely read the time on his microwave. A few days later when he noticed his blood pressure was unusually high, he went to the hospital and was diagnosed as having...

Study: Insertable Cardiac Monitors Detect Atrial Fibrillation in Stroke Patients Better than Standard Care

February 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced results from the CRYSTAL AF (CRYptogenic STroke And underLying Atrial Fibrillation) Clinical Trial, which found that continuous cardiac monitoring with the Reveal XT Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) was superior...

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Philips Announces Achievement of Major Milestone in Largest Ever Sleep Apnea Clinical Trial

February 18, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips, a major sponsor of the Sleep Apnea cardioVascular Endpoints (SAVE) study, today announced that the study has reached its enrollment goal of 2,500 patients, spread across seven countries and 84 hospitals and  medical institutions...

Scarring Cells Turned to Beating Muscle

February 13, 2014 11:38 am | by Kate McAlpine, University of Michigan | News | Comments

Poets and physicians know that a scarred heart cannot beat the way it used to, but the science of reprogramming cells offers hope--for the physical heart, at least. A team of University of Michigan biomedical engineers has ...   

Medtronic Launches 'TOTAL Across' Crossing Catheter in Europe

February 13, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aligned with its commitment to provide innovative medical technology for the interventional treatment of peripheral artery disease, Medtronic, Inc. has initiated the European launch of the TOTAL across crossing catheter, which recently... 

Data Supports Use of iRhythm's ZIO Service to Identify Cardiac Arrhythmias

February 13, 2014 8:15 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

iRhythm Technologies, Inc., a healthcare information services company, today announced that new study data support the use of its ZIO Service to help identify underlying cardiac arrhythmias in patients who have had a stroke or transient...

New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition

February 12, 2014 2:53 pm | by Marla Paul, Northwestern University | News | Comments

A new imaging technique for measuring blood flow in the heart and vessels can diagnose a common congenital heart abnormality, bicuspid aortic valve, and may lead to better prediction of complications. A Northwestern Medicine team reported ...

Capillaries Will Measure Diffusion and Help in More Efficient Medical Treatment

February 12, 2014 11:40 am | by Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

How strongly do two dissolved analytes react with each other? Such information is of paramount importance not only in chemistry and molecular biology, but also in medicine or pharmacy, where it is ...        

CVD Early-Detection Efforts to Drive Global Diagnostic Cardiology Device Market to $913.2M

February 11, 2014 4:22 pm | by IHS | News | Comments

Healthcare providers’ efforts to combat the rising incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with early detection will help drive the global market for diagnostic cardiology devices 15 percent higher from 2012 to 2017 ...      

SAPIEN XT Valve Approved in Europe for Transcatheter Mitral and Aortic Valve-in-Valve Procedures

February 10, 2014 10:45 am | by Edwards Lifesciences Corporation | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation has announced that it has received CE Mark in Europe for valve-in-valve procedures using the SAPIEN XT transcatheter heart valve, providing a minimally invasive treatment option for patients whose ...    

Nanoparticle Pinpoints Blood Vessel Plaques

February 7, 2014 10:36 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A team of researchers, led by scientists at Case Western Reserve University, has developed a multifunctional nanoparticle that enables magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to pinpoint blood vessel plaques caused by atherosclerosis. The technology...

First Guidelines Issued to Prevent Stroke in Women

February 6, 2014 8:16 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Just as heart attack symptoms may differ between men and women, so do stroke risks. Now, the American Heart Association has issued its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women. They focus on birth control, pregnancy, depression and...

Merging Healthcare with Modern Communications Technology

February 6, 2014 2:07 pm | by Carrie Yang, Senior Healthcare Analyst, Results Healthcare | Blogs | Comments

Modern communications technology is starting to have a real impact on the way patients are managing their diseases and the delivery of healthcare. By collecting and transmitting real-time data, it is now possible to get a much better picture...

Bioengineer to Create New Nanoparticle System to Shore Up Arterial Walls

February 6, 2014 1:44 pm | by UT Arlington | News | Comments

A UT Arlington bioengineer has received a four-year, $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to create a nanoparticle system to shore up arterial walls following angioplasty and stenting procedures to treat coronary arterial disease...

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