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Heart separation device improves 3 year outcomes in heart failure patients

August 27, 2012 9:22 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

A novel non-invasive device which separates healthy and damaged heart muscle and restores ventricle function improves 3 year outcomes in patients with ischemic heart failure, according to research presented at the ESC Congress 2012. The findings were presented by Professor William T. Abraham at an ESC press conference on 25 August and by Dr Marco Costa at an ESC Congress scientific session on 27 August.

Continuous spinal cord stimulation improves heart function

August 27, 2012 9:21 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Spinal cord stimulation improves heart function and could become a novel treatment option for heart failure, according to research presented at the ESC Congress 2012 today by Professor Hung-Fat Tse from Hong Kong. Heart failure is a progressive weakening of the heart muscle. It is a chronic condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump blood to meet the body’s needs.

Future of Healthcare: Could robots replace surgeons?

August 24, 2012 9:12 am | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

Philips Healthcare has become the exclusive distributor of Corindus’ robotic-assisted CorPath 200 system, as on August 22, 2012, Philips announced its agreement with Corindus to distribute the interventional cardiology system in the US. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease and is characterized by the buildup of plaque and narrowing of the coronary arteries. Over time, CAD weakens the heart muscle...


Medtronic reports first quarter earnings

August 23, 2012 6:09 am | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

The Company reported worldwide first quarter revenue of $4.008 billion, an increase of 5 percent on a constant currency basis after adjusting for a $119 million negative foreign currency impact or 2 percent as reported. As reported, first quarter net earnings were $864 million, or $0.83 per diluted share...

Blood Type May Influence Heart Disease Risk

August 15, 2012 2:21 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIRE | News | Comments

People with blood type A, B, or AB had a higher risk for coronary heart disease when compared to those with blood type O, according to new research published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, an American Heart Association journal. People in this study with the rarest blood type -- AB, found in about 7 percent of the U.S. population...

Sound Interventions Updates Results From "SOUND-ITV" Trial Of Ultrasound-based Renal Denervation For Resistant Hypertension

August 15, 2012 12:29 pm | by PRNewswire-USNewswire | News | Comments

Sound Interventions, Inc. today released three-month data from the company's First-In-Human clinical study (SOUND-ITV) to treat resistant hypertension through the use of catheter-based ultrasound. In addition to office-based blood pressure measurements, patients in the study underwent 24-hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring...

Cook Medical’s Ongoing Zilver PTX Trial Data Show Higher Freedom From Target Lesion Revascularization (TLR) Rates Compared to Angioplasty and Bare Metal Stenting After Three Years

August 13, 2012 1:37 pm | News | Comments

Previously unreleased three-year data from the Zilver PTX Randomized Controlled Trial of Paclitaxel-Eluting Stents for Femoropopliteal Disease indicate that Cook Medical’s paclitaxel-eluting peripheral vascular stent demonstrated 83.0 percent freedom from TLR at 36 months in the PTX group...

American Heart Association Awarded $1.2M Grant from the Edwards Lifesciences Fund for Valvular Disease Education

August 8, 2012 9:53 am | News | Comments

The American Heart Association will launch a fully interactive valvular disease patient education center thanks to a grant from The Edwards Lifesciences Fund. The donor-advised fund will award $1.2 million to the American Heart Association over the next four years...


Implantable Defibrillators Lead to Decrease in Cardiac Arrests

August 7, 2012 11:43 am | by Circulation | News | Comments

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators account for one-third of the decrease in cardiac arrests caused by ventricular fibrillation in North-Holland, according to research in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.

New Service Creates Needed Marketplace for Hospitals to Buy and Sell Excess Inventory

August 7, 2012 11:09 am | by | News | Comments

There is a new solution of materials managers dealing with excess inventory. is a members-only, on-line exchange that helps hospitals and surgical centers buy and sell unused, new medical devices and implants; purchase needed inventory at market-determined prices and recover some of the costs of their idle surgical inventory.

Harvard Clinical Research Institute Successfully Completes Randomization in the DAPT Study

August 7, 2012 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 7, 2012--The Harvard Clinical Research Institute (HCRI) announced today the successful completion of randomization in the DAPT Study, with the total number of patients randomized exceeding the upper goal set for the Study. The DAPT Study is a four-year clinical trial...

Vascular Solutions Launches SuperCross FT Microcatheter

August 6, 2012 2:56 pm | News | Comments

Vascular Solutions, Inc. today announced that it has launched the SuperCross FT, a new flexible-tip version of its line of SuperCross microcatheters. SuperCross FT has been designed to address the majority of complex interventional procedures in which a flexible tipped microcatheter is needed.

Inappropriate Medical Equipment Donated to Developing Countries

August 3, 2012 1:26 pm | by Lancet | News | Comments

An estimated 40% of healthcare equipment in developing countries is out of service, compared with less than 1% in high-income countries. The inappropriate deployment of medical technologies from wealthy countries plays a major part in this high failure rate.


The Defibrillator That Fails May Be the One You Need

August 3, 2012 10:34 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | News | Comments

A disturbing number of AEDs out there fail to do their job, or would fail if called upon to work.

Detecting Thyroid Disease by Computer

August 2, 2012 2:32 pm | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Researchers in India have developed an improved expert system for the diagnosis of thyroid disease.

HCOs Find Risks & Opportunities in Quest for Reduced Costs & Improved Quality

August 2, 2012 10:05 am | News | Comments

Groundbreaking report in Mayo Clinic Proceedings examines the implications of the Accountable Care Organization component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

MA Lawmakers Approve Health Care Cost Bill

August 1, 2012 2:55 pm | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to a bill designed to save up to $200 billion in health care costs over the next 15 years.

Principal Scientist Wants More Transparency to Minimize Research Bias

July 31, 2012 2:59 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Bias may be completely unintentional, but everyone has it to one degree or another. It is the responsibility of ethical scientists to acknowledge those biases so that research data can be viewed more accurately and science is not slanted.

Experts: Better Systems Needed for Medical Device Cybersecurity

July 31, 2012 10:17 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | News | Comments

Medical devices save countless lives, but an interdisciplinary research team warns that federal regulators need to improve how they track security and privacy problems in medical devices.

New Biotech Company Launches After Discovery

July 30, 2012 11:03 am | by Casandra Andrews, Press-Register | News | Comments

The business, Exscien -- which in Latin means 'for science' -- was recently awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health to support the development of a new drug aimed at preventing and reversing acute lung injury.

Roper Industries Buys Sunquest for $1.42B

July 30, 2012 10:51 am | by AP | News | Comments

Medical and industrial equipment maker Roper Industries is buying hospital software company Sunquest Information Systems for approximately $1.42 billion.

Adult Stem Cells From Liposuction Used to Create Blood Vessels in the Lab

July 26, 2012 11:39 am | News | Comments

Adult stem cells extracted during liposuction can be used to grow healthy new small-diameter blood vessels for use in heart bypass surgery and other procedures, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association's Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2012 Scientific Sessions.

Applying Tech: Implantables

July 25, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mark Russell, Tricia Rodewald, and Michael Klayman | Pro-Dex, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Articles | Comments

How are you influencing implantable devices?

1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Implant Performed in New England

July 12, 2012 11:27 am | News | Comments

SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has performed New England’s first implant of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.

FDA Clears Cook Medical’s Evolution Colonic Controlled-Release Stent

July 9, 2012 10:58 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Cook Medical 510(k) clearance for the Evolution® Colonic Controlled-Release Stent, Cook announced today. The new stent expands Cook's line of Evolution controlled-release stents...

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