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Electrical Device Helps Paralyzed Men Move Legs

April 8, 2014 12:16 pm | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts...

Photos of the Day: Growing Body Parts

April 8, 2014 11:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears, and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working...

UK Scientists Make Body Parts in Lab

April 8, 2014 11:45 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working...

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CardiacAssist Receives Health Canada Approval for Its TandemHeart Circulatory Support Platform

April 8, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CardiacAssist, Inc., a privately-held medical device company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today announced that it has received a Class 4 medical device license for its TandemHeart System from Health Canada. The TandemHeart...

First MAGEC Surgery in the United States Completed

April 8, 2014 7:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ellipse Technologies, Inc., a global medical device company, announced today that for the first time since gaining FDA 510(k) Clearance, the MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) Spinal Bracing and Distraction System was successfully implanted...

Addressing Unmet Need for Real Innovation in Orthopedics

April 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Martha Shadan, President/CEO, Rotation Medical | Blogs | Comments

Of all the musculoskeletal conditions that affect both professional and weekend athletes, complete tears of the rotator cuff tendon(s) remain one of the most significant therapeutic challenges to the orthopedic surgeon. Rotator cuff tears...

Transvaginal Mesh Patient Awarded $1.2 Million in Ethicon Mesh Lawsuit, Announces Baron and Budd

April 4, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dallas jury found transvaginal mesh manufacturer Ethicon and its parent company Johnson & Johnson liable for defects associated with the company’s TVT-O transvaginal mesh sling. The mesh patient, Linda Batiste, was awarded $1.2 million...

Scientist Developing Materials, Electronics that Dissolve when Triggered

April 4, 2014 11:09 am | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

A medical device, once its job is done, could harmlessly melt away inside a person’s body. Or, a military device could collect and send its data and then dissolve away, leaving no trace of an intelligence mission. Or, an environmental sensor...

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FDA Clearance for the First Suture-Like Mesh Fixation System for Hernia Repair

April 4, 2014 10:46 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Via Surgical Ltd., a leading developer of hernia mesh fixation technologies, today announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance to commercialize FasTouch. FasTouch fixation system is intended for fixation of prosthetic material to...

World's First and Only Upgradeable Spinal Cord Stimulation System Receives FDA Approval

April 4, 2014 8:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the approval of its Protégé IPG from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Protégé is the first and only neurostimulation system that allows spinal cord stimulation...

Edwards Intuity Elite Valve System Receives CE Mark

April 4, 2014 3:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, today announced it has received CE Mark for the advanced Edwards Intuity Elite valve system. This next-generation, rapid deployment...

First Patients Implanted with ICDs in BIOTRONIK ProMRI Study

April 3, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced today that the first patients across the United States have received implants of the new Iforia implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). Implants occurred...

The Pulse: Replacing a Skull with a 3D Printed Version

April 3, 2014 9:01 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we’re 3D printing a human skull for implantation, checking blood pressure with a patch, helping disabled children learn to walk, and monitoring pressure sores. This episode features:       

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IlluminOss Medical Strengthens Intellectual Property Estate with Three New Patents for Orthopedic Implant System

April 2, 2014 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IlluminOss Medical, a privately held, commercial stage medical device company pioneering the development of minimally invasive fracture fixation technologies, announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and...

Japan Lab Says Stem Cell Research Data Falsified

April 1, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese government-funded laboratory says it has found data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper was falsified, holding one researcher responsible for the fabrication. The research results were seen as a possible groundbreaking...

Self-Healing Engineered Muscle Grown in the Laboratory

April 1, 2014 10:56 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal muscle that looks a lot like the real thing. It contracts powerfully and rapidly, integrates into mice quickly, and for the first time, demonstrates the ability to heal itself both inside the...

Photos of the Day: Self-Healing Muscle

April 1, 2014 10:54 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal muscle that looks a lot like the real thing. It contracts powerfully and rapidly, integrates into mice quickly, and for the first time, demonstrates the ability to heal itself both inside the...

Rotation Medical Receives 510(k) Clearance for Implantable Collagen Scaffold Technology for Treating Rotator Cuff Disease

April 1, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rotation Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing new technologies to treat rotator cuff disease, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its implantable...

The Internet of Things and Medical Device Product Development: Practical Strategy Suggestions

March 31, 2014 2:21 pm | by Joe Kreidler, Director of Electrical and Software Engineering, and Joe Wascow, Principal and CMO, Optimal Design | Articles | Comments

With an astonishing 25 billion devices predicted to be connected to the Internet by 2015, the Internet of Things (IoT) stands to become a multi-trillion dollar market by the end of the decade. Wireless sensors are being used on everything...

Drug-Eluting Stents Demonstrate Better Outcomes After One Year than Bare Metal Stents in At-Risk Patients

March 31, 2014 2:12 pm | by The American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

Use of drug-eluting stents is associated with a lower risk of major cardiovascular events at one year compared to bare metal stents when followed by an individualized course of blood-thinning medication among patients previouly thought...

Gel Allows for Targeted Therapy After Heart Attack

March 31, 2014 12:32 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Combatting the tissue degrading enzymes that cause lasting damage following a heart attack is tricky. Each patient responds to a heart attack differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another, but existing treatments...

New Long-term Data Demonstrate Patients with Mild Heart Failure Sustained Lower Mortality Rates after Receiving Boston Scientific CRT Defibrillators

March 31, 2014 12:27 pm | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

In the longest follow-up to date of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for mild heart failure patients, Boston Scientific Corporation's (NYSE: BSX) exclusively sponsored and landmark Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial...

Major Breakthrough in Stem Cell Manufacturing Technology

March 31, 2014 12:10 pm | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have developed a new substance which could simplify the manufacture of cell therapy in the pioneering world of regenerative medicine. Cell therapy is an exciting and rapidly developing area of medicine...

New Gel to Promote Bone Growth on Implants

March 31, 2014 12:04 pm | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

A research group at Uppsala University, Sweden has developed a new responsive coating for implants used in surgery to improve their integration into bone and to prevent rejection. Neutron scattering experiments at the Institut Laue-Langevin...

Study Backs Nonsurgical Way to Fix Heart Valves

March 31, 2014 11:52 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. The results...

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