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The University of Sydney and ResMed partner to accelerate research in sleep-disordered breathing and biomedical engineering

May 13, 2013 4:30 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SYDNEY, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Sydney and ResMed Limited today announced a new partnership that includes significant and long-term funding of research at the University, ultimately benefitting the hundreds of millions of sufferers of sleep-disordered breathing worldwide.

Printable 'Bionic' Ear Melds Electronics and Biology

May 2, 2013 11:59 am | by Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Scientists at Princeton University used off-the-shelf printing tools to create a functional ear that can "hear" radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability. The researchers' primary purpose was to explore an efficient and versatile means to merge electronics with tissue.

May Is the Ideal Time to "Window Shop" for Hearing

May 1, 2013 4:40 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is encouraging people with questions about their hearing to take advantage of the warm days of spring and go out and "window shop" by visiting a...

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2-Year-Old Girl Gets Windpipe Made from Stem Cells

April 30, 2013 2:04 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment. Hannah Warren has been unable to breathe, eat, drink or swallow on her own since she was born in South Korea in 2010.

Hearing the Call for Rapid Prototyping

April 26, 2013 12:22 pm | by Avi Cohen, Manager, Dental and Medical, Objet | Articles | Comments

The manufacture of hearing aids has traditionally involved a time-consuming, manual process that limited the amount of production that could be achieved by a single technician. However, with the implementation of rapid prototyping technology alongside CAD/CAM solutions, this process has been sped up exponentially. This article looks at the changing trend for the production of hearing aids.

3v07 Medical Advertising Introduces Social Anthropology Product

April 23, 2013 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 23, 2013--Healthcare advertising is seeing more medical device companies going direct to consumers thanks to the effectiveness of the Internet in reaching people looking for answers online to their medical conditions. This has made it important for...

KY Jury Awards $7.2M for Defective Hearing Aid

April 18, 2013 1:11 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE - Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Kentucky family won a $7.24 million verdict after a jury concluded that a company that makes implantable hearing aids knowingly sold a defective device that shocked a 6-year-old girl. The jury in federal court in Louisville awarded $6.25 million in punitive damages and $994,000 in...

Sophono Alpha 2 Hearing System Receives FDA Clearance for Use with MRI

April 11, 2013 2:14 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Sophono, Inc., manufacturer of abutment-free, implantable, bone conduction hearing devices, has received clearance from the FDA for magnetic resonance imaging. With the clearance, individuals in the United States who have the Sophono Alpha 2 System can undergo MRI in both 1.5 and 3-tesla magnetic fields without removing the magnetic implant.

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Sleep Nation, Inc. Wins All 100 Medicare Competitive Bid Areas

April 11, 2013 2:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sleep Nation, Inc., a national provider of CPAP supplies, today announced a major accomplishment as it has signed contracts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  to be reimbursed for all competitive bid...

First Clinical Study Demonstrates Vent-Os Sinus Dilation System Effectively Establishes and Maintains Patency of Maxillary Sinus Ostia

April 11, 2013 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 11, 2013--SinuSys Corporation, an innovative sinus health company, today announced that the Vent-Os™ Sinus Dilation System met its primary safety and effectiveness endpoints in its initial clinical study. The Vent-Os System is designed to gently open the...

Henkel Hosts Loctite Medical Device Adhesive Seminar

April 10, 2013 3:54 pm | by Henkel Corporation | News | Comments

Henkel Corporation will host the first Loctite Medical Device Adhesive Seminar of 2013 on Tuesday, May 21, in Minneapolis, Minn. This comprehensive program will  provide design, product and manufacturing engineers with an overall knowledge of adhesive technologies used in the design and assembly of medical devices.

Regaining Proper Hearing at Last

April 9, 2013 10:38 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Around 17 million people in Germany suffer from impaired hearing. For many of them, their hearing is so damaged that a standard hearing aid is no longer enough. A new device will improve patients’ hearing and can be implanted during outpatient surgery.

Demonstration: Adaptive Material Inspired by Tears

April 8, 2013 3:33 pm | by Kristen Kusek, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Videos | Comments

As demonstrated in these videos, sitting at rest, the adaptive and multifunctional material is smooth, clear and flat; droplets of water or oil on its omniphobic surface flow freely down its surface. Stretching or bending it makes the fluid surface rougher. The rough surface is opaque, and also confers the ability to precisely control the movement of water or oil droplets.

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Researchers Design New Adaptive Material Inspired by Tears

April 8, 2013 11:42 am | by Kristen Kusek, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

Imagine a tent that blocks light on a dry and sunny day, and becomes transparent and water-repellent on a dim, rainy day. Or highly precise, self-adjusting contact lenses that also clean themselves. Or pipelines that can optimize the rate of flow depending on the volume of fluid coming through them and the environmental conditions outside.

HiRes Optima™ Sound Processing from Advanced Bionics Receives Worldwide Approval

March 20, 2013 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 20, 2013--Advanced Bionics (AB), a global leader in cochlear implant technology and a company of the Sonova Group, announced today that it received FDA, Health Canada and TÜV approval for the global distribution of HiRes Optima™* sound processing. The world’s...

Cook Medical Launches Salivary Duct Access Products as Minimally Invasive Alternative to Open Surgery

March 18, 2013 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 18, 2013--Cook Medical has launched a suite of salivary duct access products that offer minimally invasive options for the treatment of obstructive salivary gland disease. Minimally invasive treatment of obstructive salivary gland disease can reduce the need...

SinuSys Corp. Expands Executive Team

March 18, 2013 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 18, 2013--SinuSys Corporation, an innovative sinus health company, today announced recent additions to its management team as it expands its global commercialization activities for the SinuSys Dilation System and continues its progress toward FDA 510(k)...

Lantos Technologies Receives FDA Clearance for its 3D Ear Scanning System

March 18, 2013 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 18, 2013--Lantos Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has received clearance from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Lantos 3D Ear Scanning System. Initially developed in the laboratories of Massachusetts Institute of...

Satiety Inc. Escapes Stomach Stapling Lawsuit

March 13, 2013 5:02 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Satiety Inc. can put a 4-year personal injury lawsuit in its rearview mirror now that the case has been dismissed by a federal judge. The plaintiff, Lucia Burgos, failed to prove that the Palo Alto, Calif.-based medical device company's stomach stapling device violated the protocols of its investigational device exemption from the FDA.

Innovative HiFocus Mid-Scala Electrode from Advanced Bionics Receives Approval in Canada

March 4, 2013 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 4, 2013--Advanced Bionics (AB), a global leader in cochlear implant technology and a company of the Sonova Group, announced today that it received Health Canada approval for the HiFocus™ Mid-Scala* electrode. Last month, AB received TÜV approval for...

Swallow Solutions, LLC, Secures $1.046 Million Series A Financing

March 1, 2013 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 1, 2013--Swallow Solutions, LLC (Swallow Solutions), a life sciences company with a novel dysphagia treatment platform, announced today it has raised $1.046 million in Series A financing, led by Venture Management, LLC, with participation from NEW Capital Fund,...

Sonitus Medical Announces Affirmative Update Regarding Bone Conduction Oral Appliances in American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Policy Statement on Implantable Hearing Devices

February 27, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sonitus Medical, Inc., a medical device company that manufactures the world's first and only non-surgical and removable hearing device to transmit sound via the teeth, announced today that the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) approved a policy statement on...

Medtronic Adds to Intersect ENT's $30M Series D Round

February 25, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtronic is once again backing sinus implant developer Intersect ENT, this time in a $30 million Series D round led by new investor Norwest Venture Partners. All of Intersect's existing "significant" backers participated in the latest round, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, U.S. Venture Partners, PTV Sciences and Medtronic, according to a press release.

Biolase Expands Soft-Tissue Laser to New Markets

February 8, 2013 9:59 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Biolase wins a nod from the FDA to expand its soft-tissue laser to 19 different markets. Biolase (NSDQ:BIOL) won FDA approval for the use of its 940nm Diolase 10 laser in a range of different markets. The federal watchdog agency also cleared 80 new procedures for the device. The Irvine, Ca-based dental laser company said it can now sell into more than 20 new markets, including ear, nose and throat...

HiFocus Mid-Scala Electrode from Advanced Bionics Receives Approval in Europe

February 4, 2013 7:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 4, 2013--Advanced Bionics (AB), a global leader in cochlear implant technology and a company of the Sonova Group, announced today that it received TÜV approval in Europe for the HiFocus™ Mid-Scala* electrode. The latest offering in AB’s HiFocus™ electrode...

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