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New Diabetes Therapy to Replace Insulin Injections

April 25, 2014 9:26 am | by Sernova | News | Comments

Last week, a New York Times article by Elisabeth Rosenthal accused the medical industry of, "borrowing business models from technology companies like Apple," pointing out that "the captive audience of Type 1 diabetics has spawned lines of...

Engineers Help Make Advances in Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | by Rosie Gochnour and Joe Kullman, Arizona State University | News | Comments

Some firsts in the history of artificial heart implantation are being achieved by an Arizona State University research group and medical professionals at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They have performed what they believe is the first virtual...

Photos of the Day: Implanting a Heart...Virtually

April 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

ASU engineer David Frakes examines a 3D print of an optimized, patient-specific artificial heart that was virtually implanted into a pediatric patient. Frakes has been working with technology developed by the Tucson-based company SynCardia...

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Scripps Is First in Region to Implant Wireless Cardiac Pacemaker

April 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Scripps Health became the first health care provider in Southern California to implant the investigational Nanostim™ leadless pacemaker, the world's first wireless pacemaker totally implanted in the heart, as part of the Leadless II Clinical...

Gene Therapy May Boost Cochlear Implants

April 23, 2014 3:37 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing. The approach reported Wednesday...

AdvaStim Enters Neuromodulation Device Market

April 23, 2014 12:17 pm | by AdvaStim Inc. | News | Comments

AdvaStim’s novel hardware and software platform gives developers capabilities to address current and emerging clinical indications. AdvaStim Inc., a leading developer of advanced technology platforms for neuromodulation therapies, announced...

Brain Stimulator Offers Hope for Individuals with Uncontrolled Epilepsy

April 23, 2014 11:40 am | by Rush University Medical Center | News | Comments

A recently FDA-approved device has been shown to reduce seizures in patients with medication-resistant epilepsy by as much as 50 percent. When coupled with an innovative electrode placement planning system developed by physicians at Rush...

New Heart Assist Pump Allows Minimally Invasive Approach

April 23, 2014 11:33 am | by Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute | News | Comments

Sometimes smaller is better. This is especially true of left ventricular assist devices, the mechanically operated heart pumps that are implanted in heart failure patients to bridge them to transplantation. Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute...

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Michigan Man Among 1st in U.S. to Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 10:22 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation...

Photos of the Day: Restoring Sight in Michigan

April 23, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical...

Boston Scientific Begins Clinical Trial for Pacing Leads

April 23, 2014 9:24 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has conducted the first implant in the clinical trial of the next generation ACUITY X4 left-ventricular (LV) pacing leads and RELIANCE 4-FRONT defibrillation (ICD) leads. The clinical trial is designed to establish...

First U.S. Implant of ICD System that Allows Full-Body MRI Scans

April 22, 2014 10:22 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic has announced the first U.S. implant of the Evera MRI SureScan implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) System, following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application...

Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission

April 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

It's a familiar trope in science fiction: In enemy territory, activate your cloaking device. And real-world viruses use similar tactics to make themselves invisible to the immune system. Now scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for...   

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Federal Appeals Court Agrees to Medtronic Request to Postpone Injunction

April 22, 2014 9:18 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today granted a request from Medtronic, Inc. to postpone the implementation of an injunction that would have prevented the company from selling its CoreValve System in the United States. This means the...

Plates Give Surgeon Customized Design

April 21, 2014 10:53 am | by DePuy Synthes CMF | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF (Craniomaxillofacial), a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction and part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of Patient Specific Plates for Mandible (PSPM)...

Endurant AAA Stent Graft Continues Exceptional Long-Term Performance

April 21, 2014 10:18 am | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

The Endurant AAA stent graft system from Medtronic, Inc. continues to demonstrate exceptional long-term performance in the endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, according to new clinical data presented for the first time...

Court Agrees to an Expedited Appeal in CoreValve System

April 21, 2014 9:13 am | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today issued an updated statement on the recent ruling by Federal District Court of Delaware. The ruling granted in part Edwards Lifesciences' motion for a preliminary injunction that prevents Medtronic from selling or offering...

Heart Device Lawsuits Continue Against St. Jude Over Defective Riata Lead Wires

April 18, 2014 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Torkzadeh Law Firm (TorkLaw) is now representing over 100 clients against St. Jude Medical, Inc. related to the recalled St. Jude Medical, Inc. Riata leads. In November 2011, the FDA issued a Class 1 recall of the St. Jude Medical Riata...

Leading Boston-Based Plastic Surgeon Launches New Line of Facial Implants

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matrix Surgical | News | Comments

Boston’s leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Michael Yaremchuk, has announced a partnership with Matrix Surgical USA to manufacture and distribute his new line of patented facial implants. The craniofacial implant system will be marketed under...

Adhesive Gel Facilitates Organ Repair

April 17, 2014 2:59 pm | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | News | Comments

A significant breakthrough could revolutionize surgical practice and regenerative medicine. A team led by Ludwik Leibler from the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie (CNRS/ESPCI Paris Tech) and Didier Letourneur from the Laboratoire Recherche...

ulrich medical USA Releases New Spinal Implant for U.S. Market

April 17, 2014 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ulrich medical USA, Inc. has announced the U.S. market release of the tezo spine implants for multiple surgical approaches to lumbosacral interbody fusion. "We are experiencing a segmental market shift in the degenerative spine sector...

Biomedical Applications of Shape-Memory Polymers: How Practically Useful Are They?

April 17, 2014 10:52 am | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Polymers that exhibit shape-memory effect (SME) are an important class of materials in medicine, especially for minimally invasive deployment of devices. Professor Subbu Venkatraman and his group from School of Materials Science and...  

Photos of the Day: Commercializing 3D Printed Organs

April 16, 2014 10:56 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A University of Oxford spin-out, OxSyBio, will develop 3D printing techniques to produce tissue-like synthetic materials for wound healing and drug delivery. In the longer term the company aims to print synthetic tissues for organ repair...

University Spin-Out Aims to 3D Print Synthetic Tissues, Organs

April 16, 2014 10:53 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A University of Oxford spin-out, OxSyBio, will develop 3D printing techniques to produce tissue-like synthetic materials for wound healing and drug delivery. In the longer term the company aims to print synthetic tissues for organ repair...

FDA Approval for New Defibrillators and Heart Failure Devices

April 16, 2014 10:17 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received FDA approval for its latest generation of defibrillators and heart failure devices designed to advance patient care. The newly approved devices include the DYNAGEN MINI and INOGEN MINI ICDs, as well as...

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