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First Patient Receives HeartAssist5 VAD Following CE Mark Approval

June 9, 2014 5:23 pm | by ReliantHeart | News | Comments

Privately-held ReliantHeart, a leading innovator in mechanical circulatory support therapies, announced the first advanced stage heart failure patient received its next generation HeartAssist5 Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) since the company...

Hansen Medical's Sensei X Robotic Catheter System to Be Featured at Cardiostim Congress

June 9, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc., a global leader in intravascular robotics, will showcase its new Sensei X2 Robotic System prototype at Cardiostim Congress from June 18 - 21 at the Acropolis Convention Center in Nice, France. The Sensei X2 features...

Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery Markets to Reach $4.6 Billion in 2019

June 9, 2014 10:25 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

According to a new report from BCC Research, the global market for medical robotics and computer-assisted surgical (MRCAS) technologies is expected to grow to $4.6 billion by 2019, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7%...

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The Quest for Long-Lasting Blood

June 9, 2014 8:58 am | by University of Essex | News | Comments

A team of scientists at the University of Essex are hoping to develop a one-size-fits-all, third generation artificial blood substitute. Every day thousands of people around the world have their lives saved or improved thanks to someone...

Photos of the Day: Life-Saving Shirt

June 9, 2014 8:51 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems. The students say their design improves upon a wearable...

Heart-Shocking ‘Shirt’ May Save Lives when Paramedics Are Not Nearby

June 9, 2014 8:51 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems. The students say their design improves upon a wearable...

Shifamed Introduces Coaxial Steerable Catheter Technology In 4 Fr Size

June 9, 2014 7:27 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Shifamed LLC, a medical technology incubator, today announced that it will formally introduce its patented coaxial steerable catheter technology in 4 Fr size at MD&M East on June 10-12, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New...

Cloud Technology in e-Health

June 6, 2014 3:04 pm | by Mary Lynne Nielsen, Technology Initiatives Director, IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

Innovation across an array of technology areas—personal health device communications, cloud computing, the smart grid, cyber-security and “Big Data” analytics, among them—have helped the global healthcare community to envision a whole new...

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CardiAQ Valve Technologies Files Lawsuit Against Neovasc

June 6, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CardiAQ Valve Technologies, a leader in the field of Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation, announced today that it has filed a federal lawsuit in Boston, Mass. against Neovasc, Inc. for fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of...

Rural Clinics Increasingly Turn to Telemedicine

June 6, 2014 10:40 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the...

Experts Recommend Blood, Urine Testing to Diagnose Rare Adrenal Tumors

June 5, 2014 11:13 am | by The Endocrine Society | News | Comments

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the diagnosis and treatment of two types of rare adrenal tumors – pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas – that can raise the risk of cardiovascular disease and even...

Implanted Heart Device Linked to Increased Survival

June 4, 2014 3:45 pm | by Duke Medicine | News | Comments

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are associated with improved survival among heart failure patients whose left ventricles only pump 30 to 35 percent of blood out of the heart with each contraction, according to a study from the...

The Pulse: Sperm-Inspired Microbots and Seinfeld’s ‘Bro’

June 4, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re checking out Apple’s Health and Healthkit, developing sperm-inspired microrobots for biomedical applications, wearing the Bro (Manssiere), and growing cartilage from stem cells derived from fat tissue.  

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Lasers and Night-Vision Technology Help Improve Imaging of Hidden Lymphatic System

June 4, 2014 11:05 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

The human lymphatic system is an important but poorly understood circulatory system consisting of tiny vessels spread throughout the body. This "drainage" network helps guard against infections and prevents swelling, which occasionally... 

New Challenges/Opportunities for Medical Device Manufacturers Forged by the ACA

June 3, 2014 4:04 pm | by Claudio Bellini, COO, COSMED USA | Blogs | Comments

Amid all the back-and-forth political discussion and controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act, one fact is clear: more people will have access to traditional healthcare services than ever before. And with that reality, it has become...

Covidien Announces CE Mark of Nellcor Respiration Rate Technology

June 3, 2014 2:54 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien plc, a leading global provider of health care products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, today announced the European commercial launch of its Nellcor Respiration Rate System. In addition...

Medtronic Unveils Online Community to Connect People with Medical Devices Who ‘Live On. Give On.’

June 2, 2014 11:24 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today opened 2014 award applications for the Bakken Invitation, a global program designed to celebrate and connect people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving...

Building a Better Blood Vessel

June 2, 2014 11:12 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

The tangled highway of blood vessels that twists and turns inside our bodies, delivering essential nutrients and disposing of hazardous waste to keep our organs working properly has been a conundrum for scientists trying to make artificial...

Medtronic Launches Advisa and Ensura SR MRI SureScan Pacemaker Systems in Europe

June 2, 2014 10:22 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc., today announced CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark and commercial launch of the Advisa and Ensura SR MRI SureScan single chamber pacemaker devices in Europe. Both pacemakers are approved for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...

New Hands-Only CPR Device Significantly Increases Results While Reducing Fatigue

June 2, 2014 9:53 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Imagine having to perform CPR on a friend, loved one or stranger. One in four Americans say they've been in that situation, however most (70%) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don't know what to do, or their... 

Using Gold Nanoprobes to Unlock Your Genetic Profile

May 30, 2014 2:58 pm | by A*STAR | News | Comments

A fast and cost-effective genetic test to determine the correct dosage of blood thinning drugs for the treatment of stroke, heart problems and deep vein thrombosis has been developed by researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and...

Full 2-Year Mimics Data Confirm Long-term Patency Protection with BioMimics 3D Stent

May 30, 2014 9:48 am | by Veryan | News | Comments

Full two-year data from the Mimics study, presented for the first time today at the 15th Annual New Cardiovascular Horizons (NCVH) Conference, have confirmed that BioMimics 3D provides a significant improvement in long-term patency compared...

FDA Allows Marketing of Blood Test to Identify Cause of Certain Kidney Disease

May 30, 2014 9:42 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the first test that can help determine if a specific type of kidney disease, called membranous glomerulonephritis (MGN), is due to the body’s rejection of its own kidney tissue...

eCardio and Yocaly Will Jointly Advance Remote Cardiac Monitoring in the U.S.

May 29, 2014 4:28 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

eCardio Diagnostics, LLC (eCardio), a leader in remote cardiac arrhythmia monitoring services in the United States, and Shandong Yocaly Information Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (Yocaly), a remote, real-time medical cardiac monitoring...

Innovation Prize Winner Helps Create Flexible Piezoelectric Energy Device

May 29, 2014 3:47 pm | by Mike Koon, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Canan Dagdeviren has always been interested in science. At a very young age, this Turkish native tried to find the atom by cutting stones into pieces. Her supportive father introduced her to electron microscopy, where she realized that was...

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