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Scientists discover how the brain ages

September 12, 2012 3:38 pm | by Newcastle University | News | Comments

The ageing process has its roots deep within the cells and molecules that make up our bodies. Experts have previously identified the molecular pathway that react to cell damage and stems the cell's ability to divide, known as cell senescence. However, in cells that do not have this ability to divide, such as neurons in the brain and elsewhere, little was understood of the ageing process.

Automation GT designs micro solution for the treatment of Prostate Cancer

September 12, 2012 2:56 pm | by Automation GT | News | Comments

California based Life Science specialist, Automation GT, has developed automated machines to assist the manufacturing of products to treat prostate cancer. The machines, operating at micro-level, were developed for a medical company that specializes in the manufacture of products for cancer treatment. Automation GT designed automated systems to inspect and measure radioactive seeds...

Demand for Imaging in Healthcare Drives Sales of Imaging Agents

September 12, 2012 2:52 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

The market for contrast agents and radiopharmaceuticals is expected to sustain decent growth in the next few years, with much of that growth coming from the MRI, ultrasound and nuclear medicine modalities. Annual growth for medical contrast media during the next five years appears to be holding its own, despite the recession slowing capital equipment purchases.

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Getting In Your Head: An Interview with Professor Edward S. Boyden

September 11, 2012 2:37 pm | by Jeff Reinke | Articles | Comments

Professor Edward S. Boyden is probably one of the few individuals on the planet who is actually best described as a brainiac. Currently serving as the principal investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Synthetic Neurobiology Group, Boyden’s mission is to develop tools for controlling and observing the dynamic circuits of the brain.

‘Invisible’ Hearing Aids are the Future

September 11, 2012 9:41 am | by GBI Research | News | Comments

Hearing aids are set to make big noise in the medical devices market, as innovative new technologies shrink hearing aids to turn up their cosmetic appeal, states a new report by medical devices experts GBI Research. The new report* states that growing elderly populations, government healthcare initiatives in emerging countries...

First Of Its Kind ARAMIS Cervical Disc Prosthesis—Revolutionary Cervical Disc Design Incorporates MOTIS High Performance Polymer to Reduce Wear Rate & Extend Service Life

September 11, 2012 9:36 am | by OSIMPLANT | News | Comments

OSIMPLANT today announced its selection of MOTIS® polymer (from Invibio® Biomaterial Solutions, the market leader in providing PEEK-based biomaterials to medical device manufacturers around the world), for its CE marked ARAMIS cervical disc prosthesis. The groundbreaking device is the first to incorporate an inlay made from carbon fiber-reinforced MOTIS polymer.

Cook Medical Launches Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Division

September 10, 2012 2:56 pm | by BUSINESS WIRE | News | Comments

Cook Medical, a world leader in minimally invasive medical device technology, has launched its new Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) clinical division to bring the benefits of the company’s devices for non-surgical procedures to a new group of physicians and the patients they treat. Recognizing the need for specialized minimally invasive devices in otolaryngology...

Memphis medical device start-up launches new surgical solution for ‘hammertoe’ deformity

September 10, 2012 2:52 pm | by PR NewsChannel | News | Comments

When podiatric surgeon Scott Roman, DPM, of the Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia in Atlanta designed a new device for surgical repair of proximal interphalangeal joint flexion deformity, the often painful condition known as “hammertoe,” a professional associate urged him to contact Patrick Mullaney for assistance in launching the device. After all, Roman needed to stay focused on his thriving practice...

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ENTrigue Surgical Announces Sinus Surgery Collaboration with fiagon GmbH

September 6, 2012 2:03 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

ENTrigue Surgical, Inc., a San Antonio, Texas-based company that designs, develops, manufactures and distributes medical devices used for Ear, Nose and Throat surgical procedures, announced today a collaboration agreement with fiagon GmbH, a company based in Berlin, Germany, that develops and manufactures a new generation of intelligent and highly portable navigation systems for ENT...

K2M Launches SERENGETI Complex Spine Minimally Invasive Retractor System at Scoliosis Research Society 47th Annual Meeting

September 5, 2012 3:16 pm | by K2M | News | Comments

K2M, Inc., the largest privately held spinal device company in the world focused on developing innovative solutions for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies and minimally invasive procedures, today announced the launch of the SERENGETI® Complex Spine Minimally Invasive Retractor System at the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) 47th Annual Meeting in Chicago.

NC State to Lead NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center on Self-Powered Health Monitoring

September 5, 2012 1:38 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

North Carolina State University will lead a national nanotechnology research effort to create self-powered devices to help people monitor their health and understand how the surrounding environment affects it, the National Science Foundation announced today. The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies...

New Era Starts as ReWalk Exoskeleton Technology is Available to Take Home

September 4, 2012 4:10 pm | News | Comments

Exoskeleton technology leader, ARGO Medical Technologies, along with mobility solutions provider, Cyclone Technologies, announced today that Claire Lomas has become the first person to take home an exoskeleton system for personal use. Claire demonstrated her personal ReWalk™ at the annual International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) meeting held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center.

2012 RAPS: The Regulatory Convergence

August 31, 2012 10:33 am | Events

It’s time to turn questions into answers. Ideas into accomplishments. Time to rise up and meet the challenges of a global regulatory environment.

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Maquet Study Results May Invalidate Industry Standard for Treating Cardiogenic Shock

August 30, 2012 3:46 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Primary results from an ongoing trial conducted by Maquet Cardiovascular, a subsidiary of the Swedish Getinge Group, investigating the use of intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP) as an adjuvant treatment for myocardial infarction (MI) complicated by cardiogenic shock have shown no difference in patient survival compared to standard care alone.

Minimally Invasive Surgery is Boosting Outpatient Procedures

August 30, 2012 2:26 pm | by GBI Research | News | Comments

More and more surgical procedures are being performed globally every year, driving the demand for new and improved surgical equipment, states a new report by healthcare experts GBI Research. The new report* shows that this increase in surgical procedures is due to improving healthcare infrastructure in emerging countries...

AngioDynamics Earns FDA Clearance for First Vascular Access Product With BioFlo Technology to Reduce Catheter-Related Thrombus

August 30, 2012 2:24 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIRE | News | Comments

AngioDynamics (Nasdaq:ANGO), a leading provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices for vascular access, surgery, peripheral vascular disease and oncology, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) clearance for its BioFlo peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) with Endexo technology...

TAVI restricted to very old or very sick patients

August 30, 2012 2:21 pm | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Cardiologists are restricting the use of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) to very old or very sick patients at high surgical risk, according to research presented at the ESC Congress today. The first results of the Transcatheter Valve Treatment (TCVT) Sentinel Pilot Registry were presented by registry chairman Professor Carlo Di Mario.

Tibion Introduces World's First Wireless 'Bionic Leg'

August 29, 2012 10:42 am | News | Comments

Patients who can't use their legs from the effects of multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, partial spinal cord injury and other debilitating conditions have been given a new 'leg up' with the introduction of the only wearable, lower limb, robotic trainer activated by the patient's intent to move - the Tibion Bionic Leg.

Medtronic launches Resolute integrity coronary stent system in Japan

August 29, 2012 10:28 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Expanding global access to proven cardiovascular treatment options, Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) announced today the launch of the Resolute Integrity™ Coronary Stent System in Japan, the world’s second largest market for medical devices. Indicated for the treatment of coronary artery disease, the Resolute Integrity drug-eluting stent offers a combination of superior deliverability...

ESC Acute Cardiovascular Care Association launched

August 29, 2012 10:17 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

The Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) was created today after a vote at the ESC Congress General Assembly. ACCA was previously the ESC Working Group on Acute Cardiac Care. Today it becomes one of six ESC Associations, whose presidents are invited to ESC Board meetings.

German aortic valve registry (GARY) aims to determine best valve disease treatment

August 29, 2012 10:10 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

The German Aortic Valve Registry (GARY) was started in July 2010 and is the only registry so far to include both transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and conventional aortic valve replacements and repair. The intention is to deliver a complete picture of current and future practice of treating aortic valve disease and to deliver reliable data on the short and long-term outcome of different treatment strategies.

Kimberly-Clark’s Cooled Radiofrequency Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain Now Health-Insurance-Reimbursed by New Jersey Insurer

August 27, 2012 9:34 am | by Kimberly-Clark | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark announced today that its SInergy Cooled Radiofrequency (RF) System, has become eligible for reimbursement under a new sacroiliac joint denervation policy* adopted by Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc., New Jersey’s oldest and largest health insurer. The policy, which provides coverage for sacroiliac joint denervation for those patients diagnosed with chronic sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain, temporarily destroys the nerve endings to the sacroiliac joint.

Women with acute heart failure have similar in-hospital mortality to men but are less treated

August 27, 2012 9:30 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Women with acute heart failure have similar in-hospital mortality to men but are less treated in the real world, according to results from the global ALARM-HF registry presented today at the ESC Congress 2012. The findings were presented by Dr John T. Parissis from Greece. Acute heart failure (AHF) is a frequent clinical situation with high short- and long-term mortality...

Drug eluting stents used less often in women than men

August 27, 2012 9:28 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Drug eluting stents (DES) are used less often in women treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for coronary artery disease than men treated with PCI for the same condition, according to research presented today at the ESC Congress 2012. The findings from a country-wide Germany registry were presented by Dr Martin Russ.

Non-invasive fractional flow reserve in identification of flow-restricting arterial blockage patients suspected coronary artery disease

August 27, 2012 9:25 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

The DeFACTO study - ESC press release - ESC Congress 2012 - Munich, Germany – 26 August 2012: Data presented today from the prospective Determination of Fractional Flow Reserve by Anatomic Computed Tomographic Angiography (DeFACTO) study show that, when compared to standard coronary angiography (CT), the non-invasive assessment of fractional flow reserve by computed tomography...

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