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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...

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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...

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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...

Stem Cells May Be More Widespread and with Greater Potential than Previously Believed

June 30, 2014 11:37 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

With the plethora of research and published studies on stem cells over the last decade, many would say that the definition of stem cells is well established and commonly agreed upon. However, a new review article appearing in the July 2014...

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A Step Closer to Bio-Printing Transplantable Tissues and Organs

June 30, 2014 10:40 am | by University of Sydney | News | Comments

Researchers have made a giant leap towards the goal of 'bio-printing' transplantable tissues and organs for people affected by major diseases and trauma injuries, a new study reports. Scientists from the Universities of Sydney, Harvard... 

Trends and Developments in the European Companion Diagnostics Market

June 27, 2014 4:04 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Frost & Sullivan recently released a report entitled, “Western European Companion Diagnostics Market.” This study provides a global outlook of the companion diagnostics market, specifically focusing on Western Europe. The report discusses...

Filling Information Gaps for Women in Medical Device Clinical Trials

June 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by David Strauss, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Officer, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

At FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), results from clinical trials often serve as the foundation for our decisions to approve the most important medical devices — devices, such as implantable heart devices, that carry...

Notorious Pathogen Forms Slimy 'Streamers' to Clog Up Medical Devices

June 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A group of researchers from the U.S. has moved a step closer to preventing infections of the common hospital pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, by revealing the mechanisms that allow the bacteria to rapidly clog up medical devices. In a study...

2014/2015 Buyers' Guide Digital Edition

June 26, 2014 4:57 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

The MDT Buyers' Guide is a comprehensive directory that includes an array of technology and service categories critical to designers and manufacturers of medical devices. From products to services, the Guide covers a full range of resources needed...

Mount Sinai Heart Establishes Pioneering Center for Medical Devices to Advance Cardiovascular Medicine

June 26, 2014 3:17 pm | by Mount Sinai Health System | News | Comments

Mount Sinai Heart at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has created an innovative Center for Medical Devices to advance the field of cardiovascular medicine and accelerate the delivery of promising medical devices to cardiac patients...

New Technology to Treat Sepsis

June 26, 2014 10:40 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation has just awarded $200,000 to engineers at Oregon State University who have developed a new technology that they believe could revolutionize the treatment and prevention of sepsis. Sepsis is a "hidden killer"...

Insertable Cardiac Monitors Detect Afib in Stroke Patients Better Than Standard Care

June 26, 2014 9:34 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. has announced results from the CRYSTAL AF (CRYptogenic STroke And underLying Atrial Fibrillation) Clinical Trial have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The Trial found that continuous cardiac monitoring...

Heart Muscle Can Regenerate Itself in Very Limited Amounts

June 25, 2014 8:29 am | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

Researchers from UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research are the first to directly measure the division of heart muscle cells, proving that while such division is very rare, it does occur. The study...

GlobalData Analysts: Strategic Benefits, Not Tax Avoidance, the Main Motivation for Medtronic Megadeal

June 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Medtronic’s $42.9 billion merger with Covidien, which created last week the world’s largest medical devices company, was primarily motivated by future market gains rather than tax inversion, according to analysts with research and consulting...

A New Tool for the Early Detection of Heart Failure

June 24, 2014 11:49 am | by Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Until recently, a reliable, low-cost, non-invasive method to measure changes that occur in the water content of the lungs did not exist. Yet, having such a device could be an important tool for the early detection of heart failure, which...

Covidien Launches Pipeline Flex Embolization Device in Europe

June 24, 2014 10:17 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Further strengthening its broad line of neurovascular products to treat unruptured brain aneurysms, Covidien plc announced the European launch of its Pipeline Flex embolization device at the annual Live Interventional Neuroradiology &...

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