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Next-Generation Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements Will Drive Rapid Market Growth

March 28, 2015 10:00 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The global market value for transcatheter heart valves will expand at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.7%, from almost $881 million in 2013 to around $3.02 billion by 2020, according to research and consulting firm...

FDA Approves Blood Pump System for High-Risk Cardiac Procedures

March 28, 2015 8:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Impella 2.5 System, a miniature blood...

Organ Printing, Regulation in the Spotlight on MDT Live

March 27, 2015 3:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Articles | Comments

3D printing for medical devices is still a wild frontier without thorough regulation, which can...

Google Developing Surgical Robots

March 27, 2015 3:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Google-brand robots may one day be the most high-tech item in the operating room. Johnson &...

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Laws That Kill Innovation Will Ultimately Kill People

March 27, 2015 2:02 pm | by Emily Cross, Ph.D., Director of Media and Communication, TecMed Inc. | Blogs | Comments

February 2014 can be defined by updated DFA proposals supporting updated standards specific to blood glucose monitor accuracy standards for devices used in both home consumer and healthcare facilities. Twelve months later, February 2015 is...

Maker of Tainted Medical Scopes Issues New Cleaning Guide

March 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of medical scopes that have been linked to two recent "superbug" outbreaks at California hospitals has issued new cleaning instructions for the devices amid scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals. Olympus...

6 Mantras for Medical Device Manufacturers

March 27, 2015 11:32 am | by Bart Reitter, Director, QAD Life Sciences | Articles | Comments

If the physician’s maxim is Primum non nocere – first, do no harm – then a similar phrase can be applied to medical device manufacturers: produce safe, high-quality products with a reasonable return on investment. Lengthier and less succinct...

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Pilot Study of a Neuromodulation System for Overactive Bladder

March 27, 2015 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bioness, Inc. announced today that four (4) patients have successfully been implanted with the StimRouter Neuromodulation System, for an ongoing Canadian pilot study to evaluate device use in the treatment of overactive bladder symptoms…

Nanoparticles Promote Wound Healing

March 27, 2015 11:02 am | by Albert Einstein College of Medicine | News | Comments

An experimental therapy developed by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University cut in half the time it takes to heal wounds compared to no treatment at all. Details of the therapy, which was successfully tested...

New System Aims to Simplify Patient Transfers in Emergency

March 27, 2015 10:54 am | by Anisse Gross, Stanford University | News | Comments

In an emergency, hospitals need to be able to quickly and safely transport patients to other facilities, along with all the specialized equipment, such as ventilators and intravenous medications, that patients need. That can be a monumental...

First Fully-Implantable Micropacemaker Designed for Fetal Use

March 27, 2015 10:15 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute | News | Comments

A team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed the first fully implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a fetus with complete heart block. The team has done preclinical...

Wearable Device Helps Visually Impaired Avoid Collision

March 27, 2015 9:46 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls and collisions...

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Carnival Game Mimics Eye Growth

March 27, 2015 9:35 am | by Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology | News | Comments

The motion of coins in a "Penny Pusher" carnival game is similar to the movement of cells in the eye's lens, as described in a new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). This new insight may help scientists...

To Improve MRI Cancer Detection, Just Add Sugar

March 27, 2015 9:31 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Imaging tests like mammograms or CT scans can detect tumors, but figuring out whether a growth is or isn't cancer usually requires a biopsy to study cells directly. Now results of a Johns Hopkins study suggest that MRI could one day make...

Novel Coatings Combine Protection with Color Effects

March 27, 2015 9:24 am | by INM - Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH | News | Comments

New colored protective coatings offer the same corrosion and wear protection as colorless coatings while their coloration opens new opportunities. Red could for instance be used as a warning color on surfaces which can get very hot. The new...

New Blood Test for Colorectal Cancer Possible

March 27, 2015 9:18 am | by VIB - Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology | News | Comments

Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer globally and the second most common cause of cancer deaths. The chance of a cure is high if the cancer is detected early enough, but early detection is not a given. Researchers from...

Complex Life-Support System Takes Over for Heart and Lungs

March 26, 2015 3:41 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

An advanced form of life support that takes over for the failing hearts and lungs of critically ill patients saves lives. But for adults, the odds of surviving depend on which hospital provides the life-supporting treatment - with the best odds...

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Enhancing Your Perception Through a Vest

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Employing motors similar to those used in cell phones, this vest offers sensations to a person’s back based on the inputs provided. As illustrated through the video, that input can be generated by sound, news feeds, stock market data, or...

How Can the Maker Movement Drive Medical Innovation?

March 26, 2015 3:08 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

The Maker Movement has been defined as one driven by inventors, designers and tinkerers. It is fueled by a convergence of hackers and artisans who leverage open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology to solve...

Sea Slug Provides New Way of Analyzing Brain Data

March 26, 2015 2:39 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists say our brains may not be as complicated as we once thought - and they're using sea slugs to prove it. Led by graduate student Angela Bruno, researchers at The University of Manchester and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine...

Lawmaker Questions Maker of Scopes Tied to 'Superbug' Issues

March 26, 2015 1:45 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A federal lawmaker is seeking details from the manufacturer of medical scopes that have been linked to several "superbug" bacteria outbreaks at U.S. hospitals, increasing pressure on the company. U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., wants to know...

Full Body Scanner Simplifies Early Skin Cancer Detection

March 26, 2015 11:07 am | by Saxony-Anhalt | News | Comments

Researching doctors and medical technicians in Magdeburg have developed a device that has brought the early detection of skin cancer a major step forwards: the full body scanner is set to simplify the work of dermatologists and provide...

'DNA Chip Card' Simultaneously Tests for 14 Major Food-Borne Pathogens

March 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT | News | Comments

Conventional methods for testing food-borne pathogens is based on the cultivation of pathogens, a process that is complicated and time consuming. So there is demand for alternative methods to test for food-borne pathogens that are simpler...

Robotic Supported Training Helps Chronic Spinal Patients Recover

March 26, 2015 10:50 am | by Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT | News | Comments

Loss of strength and coordination may inhibit the mobility of spinal injury patients long after recovery in the nervous system is complete. An investigation by researchers in Germany and Japan has now demonstrated significant mobility improvements...

New Stent Devices Fight Strokes

March 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

Elizabeth Celli was experiencing a moderate-to-severe stroke when she arrived at Loyola University Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Mrs. Celli was weak on her left side, had difficulty speaking and was unable to walk. But after being...

Novel Plastic Could Spur New 'Artificial Muscles'

March 26, 2015 10:06 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers of the material to make even more electricity for a...

Scalp Cooler Prevents Hair Loss in Chemotherapy Patients

March 26, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

Hair loss is one of the most distressing side-effects of cancer treatment and can even deter some patients from undergoing life-saving chemotherapy. But researchers at the University of Huddersfield are establishing the scientific basis...

Direct Brain Communication with Carbon Nanotubes

March 26, 2015 9:29 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotube fibers invented at Rice University may provide the best way to communicate directly with the brain. The fibers have proven superior to metal electrodes for deep brain stimulation and to read signals from a neuronal network...

3D Respiratory Tissue Model Measures Chemical Impact on Lungs

March 26, 2015 9:23 am | by R&D at British American Tobacco | News | Comments

A 3-dimensional model of human respiratory tissue has been shown to be an effective platform for measuring the impact of chemicals, like those found in cigarette smoke, or other aerosols on the lung. Effective lab-based tests are required...

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