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Trying Gene Therapy to Create Biological Pacemaker

July 17, 2014 2:41 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. The study, published Wednesday, is...

Squid Skin Protein Could Improve Biomedical Technologies

July 17, 2014 2:35 pm | by University of California - Irvine | News | Comments

The common pencil squid (Loliginidae) may hold the key to a new generation of medical technologies that could communicate more directly with the human body. UC Irvine materials science researchers have discovered that reflectin, a protein...

FDA Approves Freedom Portable Driver for the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

July 17, 2014 12:08 pm | by SynCardia | News | Comments

The Freedom portable driver received FDA approval on June 26, 2014 for use with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplantation in cardiac transplant candidates who are clinically stable. “With the FDA approval...

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Clemson University Bioengineering Center Lands $11 Million for Tissue Research

July 17, 2014 10:32 am | by Clemson University | News | Comments

Clemson University has been awarded $11 million to expand a bioengineering center that helps mentor junior faculty members as they research how lab-grown tissue can treat some of the world’s most debilitating diseases, ranging from heart...

What 3D Printing Means for Healthcare

July 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Steve Erickson, Vice President, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

Medical care might not be the most obvious place for 3D printing applications, but 3D-printed kidneys and 3D-printed prosthetic eyes say otherwise. 3D-printed plastics are being used for medical tools and devices, models for surgical training...

A Tool to Fix One of the Most Dangerous Moments in Surgery

July 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by TEDx | Videos | Comments

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical...

World's First ProMRI Quadripolar CRT-D System Implanted to Treat Heart Failure

July 15, 2014 9:00 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced the first implantations worldwide of its new ICD and CRT-D series (implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators...

Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark for TAVI System

July 15, 2014 8:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark and begun the European commercial launch of its new 25 mm Lotus Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) System, complementing the currently available 23 mm and 27 mm valve sizes... 

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Dual Contrast Agent to Light Up Arterial Health Risks

July 14, 2014 2:10 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke | News | Comments

Two degrees plus two scan energies and one heavy metal equals a new way to detect dangerous plaques in the coronary arteries. Potentially. Jeffrey Ashton, a biomedical engineering graduate student in Duke University’s  MD-PhD program, has...

Breakthrough MitraClip Procedure Repairs One Heart Structurally, Another Emotionally

July 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Mary York knew the walk from the living room to the bedroom should not have been difficult for her husband, Bill, despite his age, but the 83-year-old could not walk anywhere in his house without stopping to rest for minutes at a time. “He...

Blood Test Identifies Heart-Transplant Rejection Earlier than Biopsy Can

July 14, 2014 1:27 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University researchers have devised a noninvasive way to detect heart-transplant rejection weeks or months earlier than previously possible. The test, which relies on the detection of increasing amounts of the donor’s DNA in the blood...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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