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The Pulse: Powering Implants with the Heart & Playing Stroke Hero

February 6, 2014 11:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are powering implants with the heart, vacuuming out blood clots, controlling the TV remote with a wink, and playing stroke education video games. This episode features...        

First U.S. Patient Implant of Non-Surgical, Leadless Cardiac Pacemaker

February 6, 2014 10:21 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the first U.S. implant in the company’s LEADLESS II pivotal trial designed to evaluate the Nanostim leadless pacemaker for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Study: Hospitals Don't Follow Infection Prevention Rules

February 6, 2014 10:04 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

While most hospitals have polices in place to prevent health care-associated infections, clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based guidelines established to prevent these infections, according to new research from Columbia University School...

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Heart Valve Clinic at Heart Hospital of Austin Performs 100th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Procedure

February 5, 2014 7:48 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On Feb. 4, 2014, physicians with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons and Austin Heart performed the 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure at Heart Hospital of Austin. TAVR is a catheter-based valve replacement... 

Gore Launches Expanded Treatment Portfolio Featuring Lower Profile GORE® EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis in Australia and New Zealand

February 5, 2014 4:17 pm | by The Associated Press | W.L. Gore & Associates | News | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. has announced the Australia and New Zealand launch of an expanded treatment range, including lower profile components for the GORE EXCLUDER AAA Endoprosthesis used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms. The 31...

Invisibility Cloak for Hearing Aids and Implants

February 5, 2014 11:35 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Microsystems are at the heart of portable hearing aids and implants. Now researchers are developing a miniature, low-power wireless microsystem to make these medical aids smaller, more comfortable and more efficient. People with impaired...

3D MRI Heart Imaging to Improve Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

February 5, 2014 10:45 am | by University of Utah Health Sciences | News | Comments

A University of Utah-led study for treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation (A-fib) provides strong clinical evidence for the use of 3D MRI to individualize disease management and improve outcomes. Results of the Delayed-Enhancement...

Boston Scientific Launches OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System

February 5, 2014 9:50 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific has announced the U.S. launch and first use of the OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System, an important addition to the company's portfolio of tools to treat complete arterial blockages in the major arteries of the legs. These...

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Blood Flow Measurement Devices Market Expected to Reach USD 0.50 Billion Globally in 2019: Transparency Market Research

February 5, 2014 7:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Blood Flow Measurement Devices (Ultrasonic Doppler, Laser Doppler and Electromagnetic Blood Flowmeters) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends...

Reverse Medical® Corporation Announces New Patent for the Micro Vascular Plug (MVP®)

February 5, 2014 7:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reverse Medical Corporation announced today that the United States Patent Office has notified the Company that a new patent has issued entitled “Embolic Implant and Method of Use”. This new patent allows twenty-two claims surrounding the...

Biotelemetry Prevails in Court, Acquires Rival

February 4, 2014 12:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of wireless medical device maker BioTelemetry jumped Monday after the company announced it had prevailed in court — and subsequently acquired — a rival wireless technology company. The maker of remote heart monitors said it won...  

Arctic Cod Inspire New Way to Help Hospitals Keep Blood on Ice

February 4, 2014 12:04 pm | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

University of Warwick researchers have found a new application for a common polymer which allows blood cells to better survive being stored at freezing temperatures. The study is published in the journal Nature Communications. Polyvinyl...

Engineered Cardiac Tissue Developed to Study the Human Heart

February 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Mount Sinai Health System | News | Comments

When it comes to finding cures for heart disease, scientists at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are working to their own beat. They may have developed a tissue model for the human heart that can bridge the gap between animal models...

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Stent wars: Shrinkage concerns resurface in Medtronic/Boston Scientific DES trial

February 3, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtech giants Medtronic and Boston Scientific took their long-time stent rivalry to new heights in a 1st-of-its-kind head-to-head study of their next-generation drug-eluting stents, with researchers ultimately reporting little difference...

Growing a Business, from the Lab

February 3, 2014 12:34 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the early 1990s, MIT researcher Shuguang Zhang, then an MIT postdoc, stumbled upon peptides that could self-assemble into nanostructures, creating three-dimensional environments for cell culturing. It was, at the time, a breakthrough...

Accellent to Acquire Lake Region Medical

February 3, 2014 11:11 am | by Business Wire | Accellent | News | Comments

Accellent Inc., a leading provider of fully integrated outsourced manufacturing and engineering services to the medical device industry, and Lake Region Medical, a privately held, Original Development Manufacturer (ODM) of minimally invasive...

Successful First Human Implant of Tiara Transcatheter Mitral Valve

February 3, 2014 10:56 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

OPKO Health, Inc., a multi-national biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, today reported that Neovasc Inc., a Vancouver-based company in which OPKO has made a strategic investment, reported that a first-in-human implantation of its...

Abbott shutters Puerto Rico facility

January 31, 2014 2:04 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Abbott is reportedly shutting down a Puerto Rico manufacturing plant, with an unspecified number of employees slated for termination. The plant in question resides in a city called Barceloneta, and the facility houses pharmaceutical...  

Scientists Develop an Engineered Cardiac Tissue Model to Study the Human Heart

January 31, 2014 11:13 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

When it comes to finding cures for heart disease scientists are working to their own beat. That's because they may have finally developed a tissue model for the human heart that can bridge the gap between animal models and human patients...

Preventing HCAIs with Innovative Material Solutions

January 30, 2014 3:58 pm | by Cathleen Hess, Director of Healthcare Marketing, SABIC Innovative Plastics | Sabic Innovative Plastics | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are a dangerous and costly challenge impacting the healthcare sector on a wide scale. Based on data from the World Health Organization, hospital infections represent the most frequent adverse event...

Why Are Consumers Not Using Health Apps?

January 29, 2014 3:12 pm | by Asif Khan, CEO, Caremerge | Blogs | Comments

NPR recently released a great article on health apps and their usage to date. The article refers to a report by IMS Institute for Health Informatics that states that (as per iTunes Store June 2013) there are about 43,689 Apps categorized...

New Stem Cell Technique May Aid Medical Treatments

January 29, 2014 1:35 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A simple lab treatment can turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells, according to a surprising study that hints at a possible new way to grow tissue for treating illnesses like diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Researchers in Boston...

Israel Ministry of Health Approves Clinical Trials for BioControl Medical’s CardioFit® System in Heart Failure

January 29, 2014 7:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BioControl Medical, a medical device company headquartered in Yehud, Israel, has received approval from the Israel Ministry of Health to conduct a clinical trial of its CardioFit system in patients with chronic heart failure as part of INOVATE...

Healthcare and the ‘Internet of Things’

January 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE, Director of Special Assignments, Industrial & Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics | Blogs | Comments

A revolution in healthcare is quietly brewing. The “Internet of Things”—a global system that could eventually comprise billions of devices and applications—including sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, mobile-communication devices, nano...

Transcatheter Technologies Testing World’s First ‘Truly Repositionable’ TAVI Device

January 28, 2014 11:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Transcatheter Technologies GmbH, an emerging medical device company that is developing a third-generation transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) system—TRINITY—announced today that an independent laboratory has completed ‘advanced...

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