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Heat-Based Technique Offers New Way to Measure Microscopic Particles

March 13, 2014 11:14 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new heat-based technique for counting and measuring the size of microscopic particles. The technique is less expensive than light-based techniques and can be used on a wider array of materials than electricity...

Photos of the Day: Worldwide Spending on Healthcare (Infographic)

March 13, 2014 10:42 am | by Emergo Group | News | Comments

The charts show the total global spending on healthcare in 2011 according to data compiled by the World Health Organization. They also show the growth in healthcare spending from 2001 to 2011 and in the regional share major economies in the...

U.S. Vascular Access Device Market Will Surpass $2 Billion by 2022

March 13, 2014 10:36 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Decision Resources Group finds that the United States vascular access device market will grow moderately to reach a value surpassing $2 billion by 2022. Market expansion will be supported by rising adoption of premium-priced safety and... 

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Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark Approval for REBEL Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System

March 12, 2014 7:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Continuing to advance leading stent technology, Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval for the REBEL Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System, the company's latest generation bare metal stent for the treatment of coronary...

The Pulse: Growing Stem Cells on a Chia Pet

March 12, 2014 4:39 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we’re making heart models for fewer recalls, taking vital signs with an iPhone, tracking activities with Moov, and finding a new way to grow stem cells ...             

Photos of the Day: First Ever Endoscopic Valve Replacement

March 12, 2014 10:26 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

Endoscopic surgery is already used by cardiovascular surgeons for procedures such as atrial septal defect repair and coronary artery bypass grafting. Now, Surgeons in France have ...          

First Human Totally Endoscopic Aortic Valve Replacements Reported

March 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Nicole Baritot, American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

Surgeons in France have successfully replaced the aortic valve in two patients without opening the chest during surgery. The procedure, using totally endoscopic aortic valve replacement (TEAVR), shows potential for improving quality of life of ...

Respicardia Receives Award For Top Cardiovascular Innovation

March 12, 2014 7:31 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Respicardia, Inc., a developer of implantable therapies to improve respiratory and cardiovascular health, announced that it has been awarded the Best Innovation of 2014 from Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) and CV Pipeline for...

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M&A Slowdown and Drop in FDA Approvals Stifles Growth of Medtech Sector in 2013

March 11, 2014 4:47 pm | by EP Vantage | News | Comments

At the half-year mark, the medtech sector was on course for its worst year in a decade in terms of M&A activity, EP Vantage concluded last fall in its Half Year Review 2013 report. Unfortunately, the second half of the year showed little...

SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Will Expand Life-Saving Therapy

March 11, 2014 4:35 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Recent developments surrounding the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart will make the life-saving device available to three times the number of people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure. Over 300 SynCardia Hearts...

Biomolecular Tweezers Facilitate Study of Mechanical Force Effects on Cells and Proteins

March 10, 2014 10:38 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new type of biomolecular tweezers could help researchers study how mechanical forces affect the biochemical activity of cells and proteins. The devices – too small to see without a microscope – use opposing magnetic and electrophoretic...

Smartphone App Reads Blood Oxygen Levels

March 10, 2014 10:15 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Private and public investors are injecting $2 million into a Canadian mobile health innovation that offers hope of preventing thousands of deaths and improving the health of expectant mothers, newborns and children throughout the developing...

Photos of the Day: Smartphone Oximeter

March 10, 2014 10:14 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

LionsGate Technologies, a Vancouver-based social enterprise, has secured its first major financial backers to scale up development of the Phone Oximeter, an app and medical sensor that turns a non-specialist, community-level health worker's...

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Cardiovascular Systems Receives FDA Clearance for Diamondback Devices Designed to Expand the Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease

March 10, 2014 8:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI), announced today it has received FDA clearance of its new Diamondback 360 60cm Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy Systems (OAS) for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). “Receiving FDA clearance...

$1.9 Million Grant to Lead Artificial Platelet Study

March 7, 2014 11:57 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A research team led by Case Western Reserve University and collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation has received a $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop injectable artificial platelets that halt bleeding by...

President’s Budget Proposal Could Decrease Access to Lab Tests Vital to Patient Care

March 6, 2014 3:33 pm | by American Association for Clinical Chemistry | News | Comments

The following statement is attributable to AACC CEO Janet B. Kreizman: “Healthcare professionals routinely use laboratory tests to diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions ranging from high cholesterol and diabetes to cardiac disease...

Medtronic Wins European Patent Office Ruling

March 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the European Patent Office has invalidated, in its entirety, the Edwards Lifesciences EP2055266 Spenser patent which was the basis for the Aug. 26, 2013  injunction prohibiting sales of the CoreValve System...

Supply Chain Deficiencies Keeping Hospital Operating Rooms in the 'Stone Age'

March 5, 2014 11:02 am | by GHX | News | Comments

Despite the fact the healthcare industry is fueled by scientific advancement, too many hospitals find themselves stalled at a crossroads, struggling to embrace business-focused technologies and best practices that will allow them to flourish...

Infographic: Hospital Supply Chain Deficiencies

March 5, 2014 11:02 am | by GHX | News | Comments

The GHX survey of hospital senior executives indicates that operating room (OR) supply chain deficiencies have slowed organizational decision-making, increased costs and inefficiency -- and ultimately impact the delivery of patient care...

Thoratec Issues Correction Letter to Update Labeling Regarding Use of the HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller

March 4, 2014 5:31 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On March 4, 2014, Thoratec Corporation initiated a voluntary worldwide Medical Device Correction in order to update its labeling and training materials for the HeartMate II® LVAS Pocket System Controller (the "Pocket Controller"). This...

Carotid Artery MRI Helps Predict Likelihood of Strokes and Heart Attacks

March 4, 2014 12:22 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with MRI can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online in the...

Electrical Frequencies that Help Heal Chronic Wounds

March 4, 2014 11:32 am | by M.B. Reilly, University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Hard-to-heal wounds, like diabetic ulcers, fester because of insufficient blood supply at the wound site. However, the application of an electrical stimulus can promote the growth of blood vessels, and new UC research examines the best... 

Photos of the Day: Electrical Healing Fields

March 4, 2014 11:30 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

University of Cincinnati physics and biomedical engineering researchers recently tested for the most-effective magnitude and frequency when applying an external low-amplitude electric field to vascular cells, which are key to healing chronic...

CE Approval of the First 4F MR Conditional Lead

March 4, 2014 10:38 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology that specializes in heart failure therapy, announced the first implantations of the Sentus ProMRI lead today. BIOTRONIK's bipolar cardiac resynchronization therapy lead...

A Simple Way to Treat Kidney Failure

March 4, 2014 10:15 am | by International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics | News | Comments

Kidney failure results in a build up of toxins and excess waste in the body. Dialysis is the most common treatment, performed daily either at home or in hospital. However, dialysis machines require electricity and careful maintenance, and...

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