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Surgeon Working to Bring New Stent for Aortic Aneurysms to Patients in U.S.

January 27, 2014 11:18 am | by Temple University Health System | News | Comments

Temple University Hospital (TUH) could be among the first U.S.-based hospitals to test a new device known as a multilayer stent in patients suffering from aortic aneurysm, a condition characterized by the formation of a potentially life...

New Method Increases Supply of Embryonic Stem Cells

January 27, 2014 11:16 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

A new method allows for large-scale generation of human embryonic stem cells of high clinical quality. It also allows for production of such cells without destroying any human embryos. The discovery is a big step forward for stem cell research...

Robotic Operation for Heart Valve Reconstruction Holds Promise

January 27, 2014 11:05 am | by Temple University Health System | News | Comments

A potentially fatal bacterial disease of the heart, infective endocarditis frequently affects the heart's tricuspid valve, often resulting in permanent tissue damage. But a reconstructive technique, in which the valve is repaired with a...

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First Patient Enrolled in Gore TAG Thoracic Branch Endoprosthesis LSA Feasibility Study

January 27, 2014 8:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates today announced that Himanshu Patel, MD and David Williams, MD at The University of Michigan enrolled the first patient in the Gore TAG Thoracic Branch Endoprosthesis LSA Feasibility Study, a U.S.-based, multi...

St. Jude Medical Announces Implant of World’s First Leadless Pacemaker in the UK

January 27, 2014 1:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the first post-approval implant of the Nanostim leadless pacemaker in the U.K. The world’s first retrievable leadless pacemaker was implanted at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital...

Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute At Morristown Medical Center Implants Newly Approved Device To Replace Failing Aortic Heart Valves

January 24, 2014 4:38 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center today became the first hospital in the tri-state area to adopt a new minimally invasive medical device to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis who are too ill or frail...

Helping to Shape the Future of Medical Device Design

January 23, 2014 2:39 pm | by Renjith Ponnappon, Product Manager, eInfochips | Blogs | Comments

I think mobile device technology is changing the world of medical device design, the components used, and the skills needed to succeed. If you want to help me shape the future of medical device design, or you want to know what other designers...

Growing Blood Vessels for Enhanced Tissue Treatment

January 23, 2014 1:28 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah bioengineers showed that tiny blood vessels grow better in the laboratory if the tissue surrounding them is less dense. Then the researchers created a computer simulation to predict such growth accurately—an early step...

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Holographic Diagnostics

January 23, 2014 11:29 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Responsive holograms that change color in the presence of certain compounds are being developed into portable medical tests and devices, which could be used to monitor conditions such as diabetes, cardiac function, infections, electrolyte...

Medtronic Pacing Systems First to Be Approved for Full Body MRI Scans Without Positioning Restrictions

January 23, 2014 11:10 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the Medtronic SureScan pacing systems—the first and only pacing systems in the United States that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with magnetic resonance imaging...

Toward Fixing Damaged Hearts Through Tissue Engineering

January 23, 2014 11:04 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In the U.S., someone suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds—their heart is starved of oxygen and suffers irreparable damage. Engineering new heart tissue in the laboratory that could eventually be implanted into patients could help, and...

Many CV Devices Approved by Process that Often Does Not Require New Clinical Data

January 23, 2014 10:40 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Many cardiac implantable electronic device models currently in use were approved via a Food and Drug Administration review process in which the models were assumed safe and effective based on approval of prior versions of the device, according...

Most High-Risk Cardiac Devices in Use Approved as Modifications to Previously Approved Devices

January 22, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that high-risk medical devices, such as implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and pacemakers, are safe and effective through its premarket approval (PMA) pathway, during which manufacturers...

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Covidien to Exit OneShot Renal Denervation Program

January 21, 2014 10:46 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien plc has announced it will exit its OneShot Renal Denervation program. This voluntary action is primarily in response to slower than expected development of the renal denervation market. The OneShot system is an over-the-wire...   

What’s Behind the CV Risk Calculator Controversy?

January 21, 2014 10:20 am | by AB Newswire | News | Comments

November’s dispute over the accuracy of the cardiovascular risk calculator, unveiled with great fanfare at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, highlights both the power and limitations of “big data” in healthcare, according...

Here Comes the Sun to Lower Your Blood Pressure

January 21, 2014 10:11 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure and thus cut the risk of heart attack and stroke, a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests. Research carried out at the Universities of Southampton...

Enhancing Medical Devices with Force Sensing Technology

January 20, 2014 2:04 pm | by Mark Lowe, VP of Sensor Business, Tekscan Inc. | Tekscan, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Getting the most functionality and benefits out of medical devices is a common goal among designers. One technology that offers an array of advantages that enhance the quality of treatment a device can provide is force sensors. These components...

Pulmonary Embolism Trial Comparing Endovascular Ultrasound to Anticoagulation Published

January 20, 2014 12:41 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

EKOS Corporation, a BTG International group company, located in Bothell, Washington in the United States, today announced the publication of the results of its Ultrasound Accelerated Thrombolysis of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) trial (ULTIMA) in...

New Energy Harvesting Technology Set to Reduce Number of Open-Heart Surgeries

January 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a new technology that could dramatically reduce the number of open-heart surgeries for people with pacemakers. Professor Armaghan Salehian’s research group has developed wideband...

Cardialen brings in close to $3M

January 20, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Cardialen is closing in on a $4 million equity round, after raising $2.5 million from 18 unnamed investors. Minneapolis and St. Louis-based Cardialen is developing a low-energy implant for atrial fibrillation designed to control the fibrillation...

Ceram Leads Project to Develop New Biomaterials and New Arterial Stents

January 20, 2014 10:19 am | by Ceram | News | Comments

As coordinator of the European project ‘ReBioStent’, Ceram, the international materials technology company, is pleased to announce that the project, to develop new biomaterials and new arterial stents, has been awarded Euro 5.874M by the...

Global Telehealth Market Set to Expand Tenfold by 2018

January 17, 2014 12:15 pm | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The global telehealth market is expected to grow by more than a factor of 10 from 2013 to 2018, as medical providers increasingly employ remote communications and monitoring technology to reduce costs and improve the quality of care, according...

CEA Joins Industry Groups in Sponsoring Educational Series on Health App Development Under FDA Regulation

January 17, 2014 11:53 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

Today, the Consumer Electronics Association announced its sponsorship of an educational program series called the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow: Managing App Development under FDA Regulation,” joining a consortium of six leading... 

Silver Nanowire Sensors Hold Promise for Prosthetics, Monitoring

January 17, 2014 11:26 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have used silver nanowires to develop wearable, multifunctional sensors that could be used in biomedical, military or athletic applications, including new prosthetics, robotic systems and flexible...

Medtronic CoreValve System Obtains Early FDA Approval on Exceptional Clinical Performance

January 17, 2014 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the self-expanding transcatheter CoreValve System for severe aortic stenosis patients who are too ill or frail to have their aortic valves replaced through traditional...

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