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An Invisible Tug-of-War behind Bad Hearts and Power Outages

June 18, 2013 1:56 pm | by Morgan Kelly, Princeton University | News | Comments

Systems such as a beating heart or a power grid that depend on the synchronized movement of their parts could fall prey to an invisible and chaotic tug-of-war known as a "chimera."                     

Next-Gen Self-Expanding Clot Removal Device Obtains CE Mark

June 18, 2013 11:31 am | by Codman Neuro | News | Comments

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, has obtained CE marking for REVIVE SE, a next-generation self-expanding clot removal device for use in treating acute ischemic stroke.

Is There an Invisible Tug-of-War Behind Bad Hearts & Power Outages?

June 17, 2013 12:35 pm | by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications, Princeton University | News | Comments

Systems such as a beating heart or a power grid that depend on the synchronized movement of their parts could fall prey to an invisible and chaotic tug-of-war known as a "chimera." A chimera state arises among identical, rhythmically moving components — known as oscillators — when a few of those parts spontaneously fall out of sync while the rest remain synchronized.

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To Ease Shortage Of Organs, Grow Them In A Lab?

June 17, 2013 10:38 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Growing lungs and other organs for transplant is still in the future, but scientists are working toward that goal. In North Carolina, a 3-D printer builds prototype kidneys. In several labs, scientists study how to build on the internal scaffolding of hearts, lungs, livers and kidneys of people and pigs to make custom-made implants.

HeartWare Receives Conditional Approval From FDA to Enroll Supplemental Patient Cohort in Destination Therapy Trial

June 17, 2013 8:50 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

HeartWare International has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted conditional approval to an IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) Supplement that allows HeartWare to commence enrollment in an additional patient cohort for ENDURANCE, the Company's pivotal, Destination Therapy clinical study.

Codman Neuro Obtains CE Mark for Thrombectomy Device

June 13, 2013 4:33 pm | by Codman Neuro | News | Comments

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, has obtained CE marking for REVIVE SE, a next-generation self-expanding clot removal device for use in treating acute ischemic stroke, the company announced today at the Live Interventional Neuroradiology & Neurosurgery Course (LINNC) in Paris.

The Pulse: New Interface Rewires Nerves from Amputated Limbs

June 13, 2013 9:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, rewired nerves from amputated limbs allow for prosthetic control with existing muscles, a bioengineered blood vessel is transplanted, diabetes is diagnosed through breath analysis alone, and a new technology is paving the way for low-cost electronic devices that work in direct contact with living tissue inside the body.

Wristband Revolutionizes Blood Pressure Measurement

June 12, 2013 11:33 am | by Empa | News | Comments

The consequences of high blood pressure are one of the most common causes of death worldwide. Despite this, according to the World Health Organization WHO, fewer than one in two of those affected measures their blood pressure regularly.

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Micell Technologies Receives CE Mark Approval for MiStent SES

June 12, 2013 11:03 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Micell Technologies, Inc. received CE (Conformite Europeenne) Mark approval for its MiStent® Sirolimus Eluting Absorbable Polymer Coronary Stent System (MiStent SES®) introducing a thin-strut stent that features elimination of the coating from the stent in 45-60 days and the complete absorption of the polymer coating within 90 days. 

Approval Of Boston Scientific's Watchman Device Will Support Rapid Growth In The Global Heart Defect Closure Device Market

June 12, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, the anticipated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Boston Scientific's WATCHMAN device will drive rapid growth in the market for global heart defect closure devices. ...

St. Jude Medical Announces FDA Approval of High-Voltage Devices with New Safety Features

June 11, 2013 4:05 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its next-generation Ellipse™ and SJM Assura™ portfolio of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds). The new devices are designed to lower the risk of lead abrasion and to ensure high-voltage therapy delivery.

Next-Generation Clot Retrieval Technology Improves Patient Outcomes vs. First- Generation Devices, Say Leading Stroke Physicians

June 11, 2013 11:59 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien brought together six of the world’s prominent thought-leaders in stroke at the 2013 European Stroke Conference. At a Covidien-sponsored symposium, the stroke experts presented and discussed data underscoring the benefits of endovascular therapy in treating acute ischemic stroke and, particularly, the important role that new devices play when this procedure is performed to remove blood clots from large vessels in the brain.

Study Shows Cardiac MRI Use Reduces Adverse Events for Patients with Acute Chest Pain

June 11, 2013 11:01 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center doctors have found that using stress cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in an Emergency Department observation unit to care for patients with acute chest pain is a win-win - for the patient and the institution.

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Heart to Heart: Cardiac PET/MR Measures Up To PET/CT

June 11, 2013 10:59 am | by Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging | News | Comments

Just a few years ago, integrated positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance (PET/MR) imaging was found only in research institutes, but little by little the technology has expanded into clinical practice. This is especially true for cardiac indications, for which the highly sensitive soft tissue contrast of MR and the functional and metabolic imaging of PET are particularly valuable.

Metabolic PET Imaging Provides Earlier Warning of Coronary Disease

June 11, 2013 10:56 am | by Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging | News | Comments

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the world’s most prevalent and silent killers. Positron emission tomography (PET), which images miniscule abnormalities in cellular metabolism, can tip off clinicians about cardiac disasters waiting to happen—including sudden death from a heart attack—better than standard angiography, researchers revealed at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting.

Abbott Initiates Randomized Clinical Trial in Japan to Evaluate the AbsorbT Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold

June 11, 2013 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced that it has initiated the ABSORB Japan randomized controlled clinical trial to evaluate the AbsorbT Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common form of heart disease.

Teleflex Receives FDA Clearance for ARROW NextStep Retrograde Femoral Length Dialysis Catheters

June 10, 2013 5:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance to market its ARROW® NextStep® Retrograde Femoral Length Dialysis Catheters. Designed for clinician ease of insertion and sustained high flow rates, the ARROW NextStep Retrograde Femoral Length Catheters further strengthen the NextStep Hemodialysis Catheter portfolio.

Quallion Medical Batteries Maintain High Performance After 10 Year Storage Test

June 10, 2013 3:29 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Quallion, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium ion batteries, released test data demonstrating the potential to power long-term implantable medical devices.  After 10 years of storage at an elevated temperature simulating conditions inside the human body, Quallion's cells showed minimal degradation in terms of calendar fade and self discharge.

MRI Detects Early Effects of Chemotherapy on Children's Hearts

June 10, 2013 10:07 am | by BioMed Central | News | Comments

MRI scans of children who have had chemotherapy can detect early changes in their hearts finds research in biomed Central's open access journal Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. Chemotherapy with anthracyclines, such as Doxorubicin, is one of the most effective treatments against many types of cancer, including leukaemia and Hodgkin's lymphoma, breast, lung, and ovarian cancer.

Judge's Ruling Challenges U.S. Transplant System

June 10, 2013 9:45 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's a life or death matter: Who gets the next scarce donated organ? In an unprecedented challenge to the nation's transplant system, a federal judge has allowed one dying child — and a day later another — to essentially jump the line in rulings that could have ramifications for thousands of people awaiting new organs.

A Laser’s Role in Medicine

June 7, 2013 3:18 pm | by Tracey Ryba, Product Manager—Lasers, TRUMPF Inc. | Articles | Comments

The use of lasers in the development of medical devices through to their actual usage in the devices themselves has been a steadily growing trend. The capabilities and functionality they offer to both design engineers as well as healthcare professionals is varied and beneficial. This article looks at the advantages lasers offer in the development of medical devices.

Patient and Healthcare Worker Safety Major Areas of Focus at B.Braun

June 7, 2013 11:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), needlestick (sharps) injuries and exposure to potentially deadly blood borne pathogens continue to be major areas of concern for healthcare workers throughout the U.S. "We are committed to addressing these issues by providing a robust portfolio of safety-engineered IV therapy devices that offer patient protection against infection and optimum safety in the workplace," said Tom Sutton.

Study Shows Medical Devices Complicate Complex Conditions in Kids

June 7, 2013 12:15 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

As modern medical advances help more children with complex conditions live longer, a new study shows a significant number suffer from complications caused by medical devices that are also necessary for their survival. Researchers report their findings online June 7 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Surgeons at Duke University Hospital Implant Bioengineered Vein

June 6, 2013 11:33 am | by Duke Medicine News & Communications | News | Comments

In a first-of-its-kind operation in the United States, a team of doctors at Duke University Hospital helped create a bioengineered blood vessel and transplanted it into the arm of a patient with end-stage kidney disease. The procedure, the first U.S. clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of the bioengineered blood vessel, is a milestone in the field of tissue engineering.

Heart Shunt Implant Shows Promise as Treatment for Millions

June 6, 2013 11:22 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Diastolic heart failure is responsible for more than half of all cardiac failure. The condition is usually treated with drugs, but now, a new device being tested in the Czech Republic could provide more effective treatment for millions of sufferers.

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