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CoreValve System Benefits Patients with Prior Coronary Bypass Surgery

February 1, 2015 10:00 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc revealed new one-year clinical data showing that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the self-expanding CoreValve System offers advantages in survival and safety compared to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR)...

Roche and Qualcomm Collaborate to Innovate Remote Patient Monitoring

February 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche and Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that Qualcomm’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Life...

2015 Will Produce Innovative, Cost Effective Cardiovascular Technology

February 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Dr. Mark Carlson, Chief Medical Officer, St. Jude Medical | Blogs | Comments

This year has been a dynamic year as the medical device sector continues to adapt to the...

Expanded Indication for SYNAPSE Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic System

January 31, 2015 10:00 am | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food...

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring Market Surging

January 31, 2015 8:30 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report on continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), the total CGM market is forecast to reach a value of at least $783.9 million by 2019. This is due to the increasing acceptance of clinical trials showing the...

'Bending' Acoustic and Elastic Waves for Medical Applications

January 30, 2015 3:28 pm | by University of Missouri | News | Comments

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered “elastic” waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent...

Growing Functioning Brain Tissue in 3-D

January 30, 2015 3:17 pm | by RIKEN | News | Comments

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan have succeeded in inducing human embryonic stem cells to self-organize into a three-dimensional structure similar to the cerebellum, providing tantalizing clues in the quest to...

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Single Blood Drop Diagnostics Enhance Healthcare

January 30, 2015 3:10 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Diagnostics technology is experiencing a bit of an innovation revolution with advances and discoveries impacting the space seemingly more often today than ever before. As research continues, more diseases and medical concerns are being detected...

Implantable Device Allows Surgeons to Perform Complex Shoulder Replacements

January 30, 2015 2:51 pm | by SUNY Upstate Medical University | News | Comments

A novel, implantable device that is less invasive and allows surgeons to perform the most challenging and complex shoulder replacements is now available at Upstate Medical University through the Upstate Bone and Joint Center. Upstate is one...

Deep-Brain Imaging Reveals Separate Functions for Nearly Identical Neurons

January 30, 2015 11:56 am | by University of North Carolina Health Care | News | Comments

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have used new deep-brain imaging techniques to link the activity of individual, genetically similar neurons to particular behaviors of mice. Specifically, for the first time ever scientists watched as one...

State Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

January 30, 2015 10:51 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in...

'Lighting Up' Brain Cancer Cells to Guide Surgery

January 30, 2015 10:43 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Two new fluorescent dyes attracted to cancer cells may help neurosurgeons more accurately localize and completely resect brain tumors, suggests a study in the February issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of...   

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Bacteria-Repelling Coating May Allow More Successful Medical Implants

January 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A novel, bacteria-repelling coating material that could increase the success of medical implants has been created by researchers. The material helps healthy cells 'win the race' to the medical implant, beating off competition from bacterial...

Mayo Clinic Expert Explains Telemedicine Benefits and Policy Changes

January 30, 2015 10:21 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

If you haven’t already experienced telemedicine, you may soon have the option. Technology is helping people connect with their physicians in new ways and from a distance, and interest is growing in updating state and federal policies to help...

Medical Device Tax Led To Thousands Of Job Cuts

January 30, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A recent survey conducted by a medical technology trade group blames a tax on medical devices for about 18,500 industry job cuts in the last two years. The Advanced Medical Technology Association said the tax -- which was enacted as part of...

SXSW Names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet...

University Offers Robot-Assisted Bariatric Surgery

January 30, 2015 9:00 am | by Meridian Health | News | Comments

For many people, losing weight is a personal and ongoing battle. At the Center for Weight-Loss Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, new options are available for those making the life changing decision to lose weight, including...

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Next-Gen X-ray Imaging Will Proliferate in 2015

January 30, 2015 9:00 am | by Mila Heeman-Iliëva, Ph.D., Senior Marketing Manager, Teledyne DALSA | Teledyne Dalsa | Blogs | Comments

The introduction of thin-film-transistor (TFT) flat X-ray detectors in the late 1990s rapidly changed the landscape of the dynamic X-ray imaging market. In less than 10 years, the incumbent technology, the image intensified CCD (IICCD), has been...

Is Your New Mobile Health App Secure in 2015?

January 30, 2015 8:30 am | by David Surber, VP of Medical Products, TÜV Rheinland | Blogs | Comments

It is estimated that 500 million smartphone users worldwide will use healthcare applications in 2015 – from using the phone to detect glaucoma in the eye to taking cardiac measurements. The users include healthcare professionals, consumers, and...

3D Printing Stands to Change the Face of Healthcare

January 30, 2015 8:26 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The most exciting aspects of the medical device industry for me is focused in two parts. First, the future potential of 3D printing in the medtech sector continues to excite. The apparent ease of using 3D printing to produce unique-patient implants...

Detecting Concussions and Other Brain Injuries

January 29, 2015 4:21 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Neurosurgeon and PhD researcher Uzma Samadani is the cofounder of Oculogica, a neurodiagnostic company that specializes in using eye-tracking technology to detect concussions and other brain injuries that are invisible to radiologic scans. She...

Making Science Fiction a Reality: 3 Medical Devices Straight from Star Trek

January 29, 2015 3:56 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While we haven’t quite been able to achieve light-speed travel or teleportation just yet, science fiction has forecasted a number of technologies that are anything but fiction. Star Trek in particular offered surprising insight into technological...

3D-Printed Heart Helps Treat Child’s Rare Condition

January 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Dr. Richard Kim, a cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, used the printed model to strategize how best to treat Esther Perez, a young patient with a rare type of ventricular septal defect. Perez went in for surgery in November...

If A Single Neuron Fires in the Brain, Will Anyone See It?

January 29, 2015 11:12 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Let me introduce Andy Gotshalk, CEO of Blackrock NeuroMed. With almost 20 years of experience in the medical device industry, Gotshalk began as a field service engineer, rising through the ranks to become the Sales/Operation manager for the...

Forecasting the Flu with Social Network Analysis

January 29, 2015 10:17 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Three UC San Diego researchers say they can predict the spread of flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now. The study - appearing in Scientific Reports, an online journal...

Eye-Tracking Technology Detects Concussions and Head Injury Severity

January 29, 2015 10:09 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

New research out of NYU Langone Medical Center could move the medical community one step closer toward effectively detecting concussion and quantifying its severity. Neuroscientists and concussion experts from NYU Langone and elsewhere... 

Designing Tailored Tissue 'Glue'

January 29, 2015 10:00 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

After undergoing surgery to remove diseased sections of the colon, up to 30 percent of patients experience leakage from their sutures, which can cause life-threatening complications. Many efforts are under way to create new tissue glues that...

Ultrasound Platform for Real-Time Treatment Monitoring

January 29, 2015 9:52 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

The range of uses for ultrasound is gigantic; the applied technologies are just as diverse. Researchers are now covering a wide range of applications with a new modular system: From sonar systems to medical ultrasound technologies and all the...

Rapid Test Kit Detects Dengue Antibodies from Saliva

January 29, 2015 9:32 am | by Biomedical Sciences Institutes (BMSI) | News | Comments

Finding out whether you have been infected with dengue may soon be as easy as spitting into a rapid test kit. The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR has developed a paper-based disposable device that will allow...

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