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23andMe Seeks FDA Approval for Personal DNA Test

July 30, 2012 2:50 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Genetic test maker 23andMe is asking the FDA to approve its personalized DNA test in a move that, if successful, could boost acceptance of technology that is viewed skeptically by leading scientists who question its usefulness.

"Diving Board" Sensors Key to DNA Detection

July 30, 2012 2:40 pm | by Britt Faulstick, Drexel | News | Comments

A tiny vibrating cantilever sensor could soon help doctors and field clinicians quickly detect harmful toxins, bacteria and even indicators of certain types of cancer from small samples of blood or urine.

Ebola Infects Multiple Villages in Uganda

July 30, 2012 11:13 am | by Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six more patients suspected to have Ebola have been admitted to the hospital days after investigators confirmed an outbreak of the highly infectious disease in a remote corner of western Uganda, a health official said on Monday.


New Biotech Company Launches After Discovery

July 30, 2012 11:03 am | by Casandra Andrews, Press-Register | News | Comments

The business, Exscien -- which in Latin means 'for science' -- was recently awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health to support the development of a new drug aimed at preventing and reversing acute lung injury.

Roper Industries Buys Sunquest for $1.42B

July 30, 2012 10:51 am | by AP | News | Comments

Medical and industrial equipment maker Roper Industries is buying hospital software company Sunquest Information Systems for approximately $1.42 billion.

Photo of the Day: New Device Combines MEG & MRI Technology

July 30, 2012 10:47 am | by Aalto University | News | Comments

The innovative MEG-MRI device combines the whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.

Unprecedented Accuracy in Locating Brain Electrical Activity with New Device

July 30, 2012 10:41 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have developed the world's first device designed for mapping the human brain that combines whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Works for Depression

July 30, 2012 10:18 am | by Women & Infants Hospital | News | Comments

In one of the first studies to look at transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in real-world clinical practice settings, researchers confirmed that it is an effective treatment for patients with depression.


Verify Brand Supports the Proposed FDA Unique Device Identification (UDI) System for Medical Devices

July 26, 2012 11:48 am | News | Comments

On July 10, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration released its proposed rule for Unique Device Identification (UDI) of medical devices in the United States. The system focuses on creating standardized device identifiers that are applied to packaging and devices...

Adult Stem Cells From Liposuction Used to Create Blood Vessels in the Lab

July 26, 2012 11:39 am | News | Comments

Adult stem cells extracted during liposuction can be used to grow healthy new small-diameter blood vessels for use in heart bypass surgery and other procedures, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association's Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2012 Scientific Sessions.

Rehrig Healthcare Systems Introduces New 17 Gallon Reusable Sharps Container

July 26, 2012 11:36 am | News | Comments

Rehrig Pacific Company, a market leader in reusable transport packaging, environmental waste & recycling collection containers, asset management & tracking solutions, reverse logistics, as well as packaging & container recovery services, introduces Rehrig Healthcare System’s Sharps Tank, an FDA 510(k) cleared, 17 gallon reusable sharps container.

Sound Surgical Technologies Launches VASERsmooth

July 26, 2012 10:18 am | News | Comments

Sound Surgical Technologies, a Colorado-based company that prides itself on a solid reputation for high quality, effective body shaping products and reliable service, announced the launch of VASERsmooth, the latest minimally invasive cellulite solution to hit the aesthetic market.

Applying Tech: Implantables

July 25, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mark Russell, Tricia Rodewald, and Michael Klayman | Pro-Dex, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Articles | Comments

How are you influencing implantable devices?


NAMSA Acquires The Integra Group, Expanding Imaging and Clinical Services

July 23, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NORTHWOOD, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 23, 2012--NAMSA, the world’s leading medical device research organization, has acquired The Integra Group, a preclinical and clinical research organization located near Minneapolis. The medical device research, regulatory approval and commercialization...

San Diego Medical Device Developers - MEDevice Forum San Diego Returns September 19-20

July 20, 2012 3:45 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

SAN DIEGO, July 20, 2012 /- UBM Canon is pleased to announce the return of the MEDevice Forum San Diego . The two-day event will be held from Wednesday, September 19 - Thursday, September 20 at The San Diego Convention Center. (Photo: ) (Logo: ) (Logo: http://pho...

Intuitive Surgical's dive continues on prostate surgery study

July 20, 2012 2:04 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A study showing that surgery for prostate cancer is unnecessary sends shares of Intuitive Surgical down another 8% today. Wall Street investors are taking another bite out of Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) today, sending its share price down nearly 8% on a study showing that prostate surgery is un-necessary for many men. ISRG shares dropped fast on Wall Street yesterday afternoon, fueled by the study and soft prostatectomy procedure volumes.

FDA OKs Renaissance robot system for brain surgery

July 20, 2012 1:23 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Mazor Robotics wins FDA clearance to extend its Renaissance robotic platform into brain surgery. Mazor Robotics (PINK:MZRTF) won FDA clearance extending use of its Renaissance robotic system into brain surgery, the company announced this week.

FDA scientist's lawsuit history raises eyebrows

July 20, 2012 12:47 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA scientist behind allegations of in-house surveillance and overlooked safety concerns at the federal watchdog agency is no stranger to lawsuits. One of the whistle-blowing scientists who accused the FDA of persecuting and spying on employees has a few lawsuits under his belt, a charge that may damage his credibility in an ongoing case against the federal watchdog agency. Radiologist Dr. Robert Smith, a member of the so-called "FDA 9," joined colleagues in suing the FDA and its leadership for alleged retaliation against them when they raised questions agency decisions about some mammogram and colonoscopy systems.

Home wrinkle treatment wins FDA clearance

July 20, 2012 11:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA clears Cynosure's home anti-wrinkle device for over-the-counter sales. Aesthetic devices maker Cynosure (NSDQ:CYNO) won FDA clearance for its home-use anti-facial wrinkle device, the company reported today. Developed in conjunction with consumer goods maker Unilever (NYSE:UL), the as-yet-unnamed device was cleared for over-the-counter sales in the U.S.

Exciting New Cancer Treatment Receives Approval For Human Clinical Trials

July 20, 2012 9:41 am | News | Comments

Chances are, you know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. One out of every three women will contract the disease in their lifetime; for men the odds are even greater. Now, an exciting new protocol has received approval from the FDA and WIRB (Western Institutional Review Board)...

Research and Markets: Roche Diagnostics Medical Device Company Intelligence Report

July 19, 2012 7:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 19, 2012--Research and Markets ( ) has announced the addition of the "Roche Diagnostics Medical Device Company Intelligence Report" company profile to their offering. Headquartered in Basel,...

Study Reveals Antimicrobial Copper Reduced Bacteria in ICUs by 83%

July 17, 2012 3:55 pm | News | Comments

Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) objects made from antimicrobial copper harbor 83% less bacteria on average, compared to stainless steel, plastic, and wood touch surfaces, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

IVD Market Exceeded 50 Billion Dollars in 2011: Kalorama

July 17, 2012 3:54 pm | News | Comments

The worldwide in vitro diagnostic (IVD) market broke $50 billion last year on the strength of an aging population, product innovations and sales to emerging markets, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher revealed its finding, which will be included in the upcoming report to be published later this month, The Worldwide Market for In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) Tests, 8th Edition.

The Design and Manufacture of DentalVibe Injection Comfort System

July 17, 2012 3:46 pm | by BING Innovations | Articles | Comments

No more painful dental injections. That would be music to the ears of millions of people in the U.S. and around the world who fear going to the dentist. According to studies from the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington Dental School in Seattle, upwards of 50 million Americans avoid the dentist due to their fear of pain. Most often, it’s the pain associated with dreaded dental injections. The fact is that dentistry itself doesn’t hurt – injections do.

Disposables Could Help Defeat Hospital Acquired Infections

July 17, 2012 10:33 am | News | Comments

Growing concerns about hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are driving the demand for disposable needles and syringes, according to a new report by healthcare experts GBI Research. The new report* states that demand for disposable hospital supplies is growing across the world, as they reduce risks of cross-contamination. The globally swelling diabetes population, and increasing numbers with access to state healthcare coverage mean that more and more patients will face the risk of infection through hospital contagion.

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