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Spectranetics Announces FDA Clearance for Mechanical Lead Extraction Devices

April 11, 2014 10:02 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

The Spectranetics Corporation today announced FDA clearance of two new mechanical lead extraction platforms that expand physicians' options for safe removal of cardiac leads. Each incorporates innovative designs for mechanical extraction...

Baxano Surgical Receives 510(k) Clearance for the Avance MIS Pedicle Screw System

April 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Baxano Surgical, Inc., a medical device company focused on designing, developing and marketing minimally invasive products to treat degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine, today announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug...   

First Patient in U.S. to Receive MRI Scan in Clinical Study of MRI-Compatible Pacemaker

April 10, 2014 8:36 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation to conduct an MRI scan of a patient implanted with a new MRI-compatible pacemaker – a breakthrough because metal implants often exclude patients from this imaging...

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Medtronic CRT Devices Now Approved to Treat Patients with AV Block and Reduced Heart Function

April 10, 2014 7:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an expanded indication for biventricular (BiV) pacing with Medtronic cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemakers and -defibrillators (CRT-P and CRT-D)...

Varian Medical Systems Settles Patent Dispute with University of Pittsburgh

April 10, 2014 5:36 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Varian Medical Systems today is reporting that it has settled patent litigation with the University of Pittsburgh.  Varian will pay a lump sum of approximately $35 million to fully settle this matter.  The settlement will be largely...

Bxtel Releases iPhone Tinnitus App

April 10, 2014 3:41 pm | by Bxtel | News | Comments

Bxtel LLC, maker of healthcare mobile apps, has announced the release of its tinnitus treatment app, Serene Ears. Tinnitus is most often an annoying ringing sensation that affects the hearing of up to 80% of all adults. Serene Ears soothes...

The Sore Problem of Prosthetic Limbs

April 10, 2014 3:31 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

What drove David Sengeh to create a more comfortable prosthetic limb? He grew up in Sierra Leone, and too many of the people he loves are missing limbs after the brutal civil war there. When he noticed that people who had prosthetics weren’t...

3D Implantable Marker Reported to Clearly Identify Surgical Area in Breast Cancer Patients

April 10, 2014 3:20 pm | by Focal Therapeutics | News | Comments

The BioZorb three-dimensional surgical marker improved the ability of radiation oncologists to target radiation treatment for breast cancer, according to a scientific presentation at the 2014 American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) Annual...

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Infographic: The Impact of Electrical Engineering on 21st Century Innovations

April 10, 2014 3:03 pm | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Electrical engineering is a science that has played a major role the lives we live in the 21st century. In today’s technology driven world, electrical engineering is the cornerstone and driver of innovation of the devices we utilize daily...

Synthetic Collagen Promotes Natural Clotting

April 10, 2014 2:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Synthetic collagen invented at Rice University may help wounds heal by directing the natural clotting of blood. The material, KOD, mimics natural collagen, a fibrous protein that binds cells together into organs and tissues. It could improve...

Researchers Looking to Create New Bone Tissue Generation Technique

April 10, 2014 11:25 am | by UT Arlington | News | Comments

UT Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital are investigating whether bone grown from the body’s own stem cells can replace traditional types of bone grafting. The process, which has been successful in previous lab experiments...

From the Drawing Board to the OR, Part I

April 10, 2014 11:02 am | by Lynn Manning, Science and Technology Writer | Ximedica | Articles | Comments

Robotic surgery has become a widely-accepted medical procedure over the past decade, offered by an increasing number of hospitals worldwide. The tele-manipulator and software of robotics restore intuitive movement control to the surgeon...

Top-Paid Medicare Doctors Say They Have Reasons

April 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | News | Comments

How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare? Explanations for Wednesday's eye-popping numbers from Medicare's massive claims database ranged from straightforward to what the government considers suspicious, as...

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Photos of the Day: 3D Printing a Heart

April 10, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

So far, the University of Louisville team has printed human heart valves and small veins with cells, and they can construct some other parts with other methods, said Stuart Williams, a cell biologist leading the project. They have also... 

Philips Handheld Blood Test Shows Further Promise in Clinical Setting

April 10, 2014 10:37 am | by Philips Electronics | News | Comments

Royal Philips has completed its first field study for its Minicare handheld cardiac Troponin-I (cTn-I) blood test, demonstrating the platform’s potential to produce lab-equivalent results with finger prick samples within minutes. The...

Scientists Try 3D Printer to Build Human Heart

April 10, 2014 8:33 am | by Dylan Lovan - Associated Press | News | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to...

Dallen Medical’s Compressyn Band Honored as Finalist for the MD+DI 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards

April 10, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dallen Medical, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Compressyn™ Band has been selected as a finalist in the Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products Category of the 17th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. Finalists were...

Abbott Completes Enrollment of AbsorbT Randomized Clinical Trials in the U.S., Japan, and China

April 10, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott has announced it has completed enrollment of three clinical trials to support approvals of the company's revolutionary AbsorbT Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) in the United States, Japan and China. Combined, the U.S., Japan and...

Advances in Thick-Gauge Thermoplastic Parts for Medical Equipment Design

April 9, 2014 3:35 pm | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | Kintz Plastics, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Although technology is the star in medical devices from MRI and blood analysis machines to CT and PET scan equipment, it could not function without the custom covers, panels, housings, enclosures and other parts that provide sensitive... 

AAMI Journal Probes the Challenges of Battery Management

April 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation | News | Comments

Batteries are ubiquitous in the healthcare delivery system, powering everything from infusion pumps, to patient beds, to ultrasound machines. The new issue of AAMI’s peer-reviewed journal BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology)...

CE Mark for Novel Esophageal Cooling Device

April 9, 2014 2:01 pm | by RegnierValdez | News | Comments

Emerging medical device manufacturing company, Advanced Cooling Therapy (ACT), has received CE marking for its first product, the Esophageal Cooling Device (ECD) to control patient temperature.  The product is now available to medical professionals...

FDA 510(K) Clearance for NEC Display Solutions’ Diagnostic Review Monitor

April 9, 2014 1:50 pm | by NEC Display Solutions | News | Comments

NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the Food and Drug Administration 510(k) market clearance of the 30-inch MultiSync MD302C4 LCD, a widescreen display for...

CE Mark for Medtronic’s MRI-Safe ICD

April 9, 2014 12:32 pm | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic today announced CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark and European launch of the Evera MRI SureScan implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) System, the first and only ICD system approved for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans...

Japan Stem Cell Researcher Says Results Valid

April 9, 2014 12:16 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese scientist accused of falsifying data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper said Wednesday the results are valid despite mistakes in their presentation. Haruko Obokata, 30, struggled to maintain her composure during a...

Prototype Flexible Health Patch Weighs Just 10g

April 9, 2014 12:12 pm | by imec | News | Comments

Holst Centre and imec have unveiled a prototype flexible health patch weighing just 10g – half the weight of current products. The patch uses real-time electrocardiogram (ECG), tissue-contact impedance and accelerometer information to accurately...

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