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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)...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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... 

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...

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...

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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...

U.S. Market for Neurostimulation Devices Will Reach Almost $4 Billion by 2022

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

Decision Resources Group finds that the approval of new indications—particularly chronic heart failure, obesity and epilepsy—will expand the patient pool and market potential for neurostimulation devices in the United States considerably...

Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a...

Deep Brain Stimulation May Improve Cognition in Dementia, Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

April 8, 2014 3:26 pm | by American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) | News | Comments

Intralaminar thalamic deep brain stimulation (ILN-DBS) has been shown to improve cognition and spatial memory acquisition. Could it have a similar effect in dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases that cause severe cognitive...   

Cardiac Device Keeps Heart Going

April 8, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jennifer R. Lloyd, San Antonio Express-News | News | Comments

With a weak heart muscle and heart valve problems, Ruben Rivera said he was apprehensive about having a new type of battery-powered defibrillator implanted under his skin that could shock his heart if it sensed an irregular rhythm. But the...

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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...

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...

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...

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