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Scientists Transform Skin Cells into Functioning Liver Cells

February 24, 2014 10:56 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

The power of regenerative medicine now allows scientists to transform skin cells into cells that closely resemble heart cells, pancreas cells and even neurons. However, a method to generate cells that are fully mature—a crucial prerequisite...

Medical Researchers Use Light to Quickly and Easily Measure Blood’s Clotting Properties

February 24, 2014 10:48 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Defective blood coagulation is one of the leading causes of preventable death in patients who have suffered trauma or undergone surgery. The body’s natural defense against severe blood loss is the clotting process, in which platelets, plasma...

New Biological Scaffold Home, Sweet Home, for Stem Cells

February 24, 2014 10:38 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Our cells don’t live in a vacuum. They are surrounded by a complex, nurturing matrix that is essential for many biological functions, including growth and healing. In all multicellular organisms, including people, cells make their own...  

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Adapting Missile Defense Analytics for Early Sepsis Detection

February 24, 2014 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Using analytical technology developed to detect launched missiles, Lockheed Martin has discovered a way to identify sepsis, a potentially fatal blood condition, between 14 to 16 hours earlier than physicians currently do. "Vitals and lab data...

Second 510(k) Premarket Notification for the Paragonix Sherpa Cardiac Transport System

February 24, 2014 6:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Paragonix Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has received clearance for its second Premarket Notification (510(k)) with the US Food and Drug Administration for its Paragonix Sherpa Pak Cardiac Transport System. The Sherpa Pak Cardiac...

‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Is (Part 1)

February 21, 2014 2:55 pm | by Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare | Analog Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When the term “home health monitoring” was coined, the reference was not limited to the four walls we live between but rather to the monitoring of an individual’s vital signs when he or she was outside the hospital environment. Since the...

Survey Reveals Real World Impact of Medical Device Tax

February 21, 2014 12:22 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has released new survey results examining the first-year impact of the medical device excise tax. The survey found a significant reduction in jobs, R&D, and U.S. investment. To...

Molecular 'Cocktail' Transforms Skin Cells into Beating Heart Cells

February 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

The power of regenerative medicine appears to have turned science fiction into scientific reality—by allowing scientists to transform skin cells into cells that closely resemble beating heart cells. However, the methods required are complex...

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Drug-Eluting Balloon Angioplasty Treatment Shows Encouraging Results in a Diabetic Population

February 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | News | Comments

Despite good immediate results, in up to 40 percent of patients, obstructed arteries in the leg treated with a stent will again become blocked. This in-stent restenosis is typically treated with balloon angioplasty to clear the artery. The...

How Can Healthcare Providers Cut Expenditure in Cardiology?

February 20, 2014 3:07 pm | by Holly Ingram, Analyst, IHS Technology | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare expenditure has been increasing throughout the last decade, and is beginning to become unmanageable. The American Heart Association has estimated that, in 2010, spending on cardiovascular disease reached $273 billion dollars...

Kinetic Battery Chargers Get a Boost

February 20, 2014 10:40 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

New technology to capture the kinetic energy of our everyday movements, such as walking, and to convert it into electrical energy has come a step closer thanks to research to be published in the International Journal Biomechatronics and...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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