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Scientists Find Genetic Recipe to Turn Stem Cells into Blood

July 14, 2014 10:08 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step closer to reality. Writing today in the journal Nature Communications, a group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison...

Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark for Ranger Drug-Coated Balloon

July 14, 2014 9:31 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Demonstrating its continued leadership in the development of innovative solutions for peripheral vascular disease, Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark for the Ranger Paclitaxel-Coated PTA Balloon Catheter. The technology is...

FDA Approval of IDE for VENITI VICI Venous Stent System

July 14, 2014 9:16 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

VENITI, Inc., a company dedicated to providing innovative technology for the treatment of venous disease, announced that it has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an Investigational Device Exemption...

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Sunshine Act Will Reveal Manufacturers’ Payments to Docs in September

July 11, 2014 2:04 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

When many of us have a medical appointment we're concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What's our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. That's because nearly...

Cook Medical Reintroduces its Evolution RL Lead Extraction Products to the United States Market

July 10, 2014 3:38 pm | by Cook Medical | News | Comments

Effective immediately, Cook Medical customers in the United States will again have access to its Evolution RL and Evolution Shortie RL Controlled-Rotation Dilator Sheath Sets. Distribution of these products within the U.S. market was suspended...

Making a Wire-Free Future

July 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of...

Covidien Launches Self-Expanding Peripheral Stent in Australia and New Zealand

July 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien plc today announced the launch of its EverFlex Self-expanding Peripheral Stent with Entrust Delivery System in Australia and New Zealand. The latest version of the EverFlex stent features the new Entrust Delivery System, which enables...

Minimally Invasive Heart Stents Prove Safer

July 10, 2014 9:02 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the safety benefits of aortic stent grafts inserted during minimally invasive surgery to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms – weaknesses in the body's...

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New Type of Stent Could Help Some Brain Aneurysm Patients

July 10, 2014 8:34 am | by Northwestern Memorial Hospital | News | Comments

After Susan Wakulich was told she had an aneurysm, she figured an invasive brain surgery and lengthy recovery lay ahead of her. "I was devastated," said Wakulich, who is 56 years old and lives in Chicago's western suburbs. "I knew this was...

New Technology to Remove Blood Clots

July 9, 2014 2:43 pm | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

When a large blood clot was discovered attached to the end of a catheter inside the right atrial chamber of a patient’s heart, doctors faced a daunting challenge. If the clot came loose, the consequences would likely be catastrophic for the...

Covidien Launches Next-Generation Trellis Peripheral Infusion System

July 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien today announced the commercial launch of its next generation Trellis peripheral infusion system. The redesigned system continues to be the only pharmacomechanical thrombolysis device that enables focused treatment of blood clots...

Applying the Data Distribution Service in an IoT Healthcare System

July 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, PrismTech | Blogs | Comments

In my last post, I described how the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard is used to provide ubiquitous access to clinical measurements. In this post, I will be introducing the foundations of this enabling technology that can allow healthcare...

Study Examines Survival Following Repair of Failed Bioprosthetic Aortic Valves

July 9, 2014 10:01 am | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | News | Comments

In an analysis of about 460 patients with failed bioprosthetic aortic valves who underwent transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation, overall survival at one year was 83 percent, with survival associated with surgical valve size and mechanism...

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First U.S. Patients Undergo Full-Body MRI Scans with BIOTRONIK DX Technology

July 9, 2014 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced today that the first device patients to undergo full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans in the United States have been implanted with the BIOTRONIK DX...

Reverse Medical Announces New U.S. Patent for the BARREL Vascular Reconstruction Device

July 9, 2014 8:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reverse Medical Corporation has announced that the United States Patent Office has notified the Company that a new patent (8,771,341) has issued entitled “Protuberant Aneurysm Bridging Device and Method of Use.” This new patent grants six...

Cardiac Implant Medical Device Market Worth US$27 Billion by 2017

July 8, 2014 8:58 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The cardiac implant medical device market is forecasted to grow in single digit percent per year during 2010-2017 and is likely to exceed US$27 Billion by 2017. Growth in this sector is anticipated to grow despite continuing product recalls...

Preventive Placement of ICDs for Less Severe Heart Failure May Improve Survival

July 7, 2014 3:20 pm | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | News | Comments

An examination of the benefit of preventive placement of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) in patients with a less severe level of heart failure, a group not well represented in clinical trials, finds significantly better survival...

First Evidence for Painless Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

July 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

The first evidence for a shockless treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF) was presented Friday at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting was organized by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science...

New Insights on Conditions for New Blood Vessel Formation

July 7, 2014 10:22 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Angiogenesis, the sprouting of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is essential to the body's development. As organs grow, vascular networks must grow with them to feed new cells and remove their waste. The same process, however, also...

Bioelectronics Could Lead to a New Class of Medicine

July 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Imagine having tiny electronics implanted somewhere in your body that can regulate nerve signals and make symptoms of various disorders go away. That’s the vision of the field of bioelectronic medicine — the emerging discipline that has made...

Efforts to Cut Unnecessary Blood Testing Bring Major Decreases in Healthcare Spending

July 2, 2014 8:29 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient...

Using Geometry, Researchers Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Organize Themselves

July 1, 2014 2:55 pm | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

About seven days after conception, something remarkable occurs in the clump of cells that will eventually become a new human being. They start to specialize. They take on characteristics that begin to hint at their ultimate fate as part of...

Tourniquets Make Comeback with American Police

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Ramit Plushnick-masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rushing into a Houston home, police officer Austin Huckabee encountered a drunken, combative man bleeding profusely on the kitchen floor. He quickly realized the blood was spurting in rhythm with the man's heart, and cardiac arrest was just...

Spectranetics Completes Acquisition of AngioScore Inc.

June 30, 2014 4:18 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

The Spectranetics Corporation has announced that it has completed the acquisition of AngioScore Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of cardiovascular, specialty balloons, for $230 million in cash, along with additional contingent...

GE Healthcare Introduces a New Level of Cardiovascular Ultrasound Performance

June 30, 2014 3:44 pm | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

GE Healthcare has announced clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new Vivid T8 cardiovascular ultrasound device. The 129-pound, mobile system features innovative quantitative features, stress echo and TEE capabilities...

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