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Photos of the Day: Antimicrobial Glass

January 6, 2014 11:29 am | by Corning | News | Comments

As touch technologies proliferate, consumers are becoming aware of how bacteria can exist on mobile devices, particularly as we increasingly share touch-enabled surfaces at home, work, and elsewhere. Corning's Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass...

Corning Unveils World's First Antimicrobial Cover Glass

January 6, 2014 11:04 am | by Corning | News | Comments

Corning Incorporated today unveils Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass at the International Consumer Electronics Show. It is the first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass. The glass is formulated with an antibacterial agent, ionic... 

Medtronic Begins VICTORY AF Trial of Patients with Persistent or Long-Standing Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

January 6, 2014 10:40 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the first patient has been enrolled in the VICTORY AF clinical trial, a prospective, non-randomized, controlled study of patients with persistent or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation undergoing an ablation...


Topera, Inc. Announces 510(k) Clearance of its Third Generation 3D Mapping System

January 6, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Topera, Inc., a medical device company that has developed a suite of products to assist in the identification of sources that sustain complex cardiac arrhythmias, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug...

Endologix wins IDE approval for aneurysm sealing system

January 3, 2014 3:17 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Endologix said it won FDA Investigational Device Exemption for its Nellix endovascular aneurysm sealing system, paving the way for a U.S. clinical trial. The EVAS Forward-IDE study is expected to enroll 180 patients at 30 sites throughout...

FDA shifts regulatory requirements for intra-aortic balloons

January 3, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA issued a final rule reclassifying certain intra-aortic balloons and demanding more from others, according to a notice in the Federal Register. The new rule eases regulation on intra-aortic balloons and pumps indicated for acute... 

Patch Outperforms Holter for Prolonged Heart Rhythm Tracking

January 3, 2014 9:52 am | by Scripps | News | Comments

Research by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) has found that a small adhesive wireless device worn on the chest for up to two weeks does a better job detecting abnormal and potentially dangerous heart rhythms than the Holter...

Reverse Medical lands FDA 510(k) win for vascular plug

December 31, 2013 11:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Reverse Medical this month won 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its MVP-5 micro vascular plug system. The MVP-5 is indicated for the treatment of peripheral vessel embolization. The vascular plug is designed to obstruct or reduce the rate...


NIH to Fund Research Workforce Diversity Program

December 31, 2013 10:44 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health is releasing three new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to develop approaches to engage researchers, especially from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and prepare them to thrive...

Endologix Receives IDE Approval for the Nellix EndoVascular Aneurysm Sealing System

December 30, 2013 10:04 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Endologix, Inc., developer and marketer of innovative treatments for aortic disorders, announced today that it has received Investigational Device Exemption approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration to begin a pivotal...

Artificial Heart with Norwegian Sensor

December 30, 2013 9:51 am | by Åse Dragland, SINTEF | News | Comments

The Norwegian company MEMSCAP is supplying the pressure sensor that will be used in the artificial heart, and SINTEF is responsible for its 'innards'. Sigurd Moe at SINTEF ICT explains that they have been working with MEMSCAP for the last ten...

Researchers: Fructose Does Not Impact Emerging Indicator for Cardiovascular Disease

December 30, 2013 9:35 am | by St. Michael's Hospital | News | Comments

Fructose, the sugar often blamed for the obesity epidemic, does not itself have any impact on an emerging marker for the risk of cardiovascular disease known as postprandial triglycerides, new research has found. However, overconsumption...

California Family Celebrates Three Heart Transplants

December 24, 2013 12:42 pm | by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deanna Kremis remembers the exhilarating day her young sons first had the energy to race each other up a flight of stairs. The brothers, then ages 7 and 10, could barely walk before having heart transplants just a month apart. As they flew...


Higher Blood Pressure Threshold OK in Older Adults

December 24, 2013 12:33 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Many older adults with high blood pressure can be treated less aggressively, which could mean taking fewer pills to get it under control, according to new treatment guidelines from an expert panel. But not all experts are on board with the...

Bah Humbug: Heart Woes Can Spike This Time of Year

December 24, 2013 12:28 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

'Tis the season—for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year. It's not just a Western phenomenon; recent research in China found the same thing. The increase includes fatal and...  

Transitioning Epithelial Cells to Mesenchymal Cells Enhances Cardiac Protectivity

December 24, 2013 12:16 pm | by Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair | News | Comments

Cell-based therapies have been shown to enhance cardiac regeneration, but autologous (patient self-donated) cells have produced only "modest results." In an effort to improve myocardial regeneration through cell transplantation, a research...

BioMonitor Now Approved for Full-Body MR Scans

December 23, 2013 9:59 am | by Biotronik | News | Comments

According to a well-known Berlin cardiologist, monitoring devices enable physicians to treat patients more effectively. The BioMonitor from BIOTRONIK is now approved for full-body MR scans. As the medical director of the Department of... 

First-In-Man Implantation of CARMAT’s Bioprosthetic Artificial Heart

December 23, 2013 9:43 am | by CARMAT | News | Comments

CARMAT, the designer and developer of the world’s most advanced total artificial heart project, providing an alternative for people suffering from end-stage heart failure, announces the first implantation of its artificial heart, as part...

$3.5M Awarded for Commercialization of Medical Devices for Children

December 23, 2013 9:09 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) has been awarded $3.5 million over five years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assist scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs in bringing medical devices for children to the market...

Baxter lands CE Mark for VIVIA multi-setting hemodialysis system

December 20, 2013 1:52 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Illinois medical device maker Baxter's won European regulatory approval for its VIVIA hemodialysis system, designed for use in multiple settings and therapy regimens. The VIVIA system, designed to be operated primarily by a patient, is... 

Implantables: Market Challenged by Safety Concerns and Restricted Innovation

December 19, 2013 4:28 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

Implantable medical devices (IMDs) make up one of the most competitive and challenging markets in the industry, with issues of security and biocompatibility challenging the marketability of emerging products. The most established area for...

Newly Insured Bring New Opportunities and Challenges

December 19, 2013 4:12 pm | by Michael Frank, Healthcare Industry Expert, PA Consulting Group | Blogs | Comments

The medical device sector has emerged from the winter of the great recession into a much more price sensitive market. Pressure is mounting to reduce cost of devices where there are cheaper alternatives. While the 2.3% medical device excise...

AtriCure Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Estech

December 19, 2013 4:05 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

AtriCure, Inc., a leading Atrial Fibrillation medical device provider, and Endoscopic Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Estech, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which AtriCure has agreed to acquire Estech...

Harrisburg-based Cardiovascular Institute Performs First MitraClip Procedure in Pennsylvania

December 19, 2013 10:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Last week, Brijeshwar Maini, MD, Cardiologist and Director of Cardiovascular Research and Education at PinnacleHealth, and Mubashir Mumtaz, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at PinnacleHealth, performed the first catheter-based valve repair...

Reverse Medical Announces CE Mark for BARREL Vascular Reconstruction Device for the Treatment of Intracranial Bifurcation Aneurysms

December 19, 2013 6:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Reverse Medical Corporation today announced CE Mark approval for European commercialization of their BARREL ® Vascular Reconstruction Device (VRD) and the first European clinical case. The BARREL ® Vascular Reconstruction Device is intended...

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