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Biomedical Engineering Professor Presents at International Bioprinting Congress

July 22, 2014 10:21 am | by Louisiana Tech University | News | Comments

Dr. Mark DeCoster, the James E. Wyche III Endowed Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University, will present as an invited speaker at the International Bioprinting Congress, July 24-25 at the Biopolis Research and Development...

FDA Approval for Boston Scientific’s REBEL Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System

July 22, 2014 9:06 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received FDA approval for the REBEL Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System, the company's latest generation bare-metal stent for the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). Bare-metal stents continue...

Medical Technology: Benefits Far Outweigh Costs

July 21, 2014 11:48 am | by Milken Institute | News | Comments

As America ages and sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets become more common, experts agree the nation is suffering a sharp rise in the prevalence of chronic disease. So as the 21st century unfolds, some in the healthcare industry argue...

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FDA 510(k) Clearance for Varian Medical Systems’ Calypso Soft Tissue Beacon Transponder

July 21, 2014 10:18 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Varian Medical Systems today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a Calypso soft tissue Beacon transponder that can help enhance the precision of radiotherapy and radiosurgery...

FDA Clearance for Expanding Orthopedics’ Flxfit 3D Expandable Interbody Cage

July 21, 2014 10:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Expanding Orthopedics Inc. (EOI), a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative expandable devices for spine surgeries, is excited to announce that its FLXfit, the world's first 3D expandable...

Medical Center Cuts Average ER Wait Time by 92 Minutes Using Technology Suite

July 21, 2014 8:45 am | by Geneva Healthcare | News | Comments

The Geneva Healthcare Suite, an innovative technology platform for managing data from cardiac devices, has cut emergency room wait times by an average of 92 minutes at the UC San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center, according to a recent study... 

New Lawsuits Filed in Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Litigation

July 18, 2014 2:01 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wendy Fleishman and Lexi Hazam, of the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, has announced that over the past month 20 hip replacement patients represented by Lieff Cabraser have filed personal injury lawsuits...

Implantable Tech Developed to Understand How the Brain Retrieves Memories

July 18, 2014 1:57 pm | by Donald B Johnston, LLNL | News | Comments

Livermore scientists are developing electrode array technology for monitoring brain activity as part of a collaborative research project with UC San Francisco to better understand how the neural circuitry of the brain works during memory...

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Discovery May Make It Easier to Develop Life-Saving Stem Cells

July 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

Not unlike looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack, a team of Michigan State University researchers have found a gene that could be key to the development of stem cells – cells that can potentially save millions of lives by morphing...

Trying Gene Therapy to Create Biological Pacemaker

July 17, 2014 2:41 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. The study, published Wednesday, is...

Squid Skin Protein Could Improve Biomedical Technologies

July 17, 2014 2:35 pm | by University of California - Irvine | News | Comments

The common pencil squid (Loliginidae) may hold the key to a new generation of medical technologies that could communicate more directly with the human body. UC Irvine materials science researchers have discovered that reflectin, a protein...

FDA Approves Freedom Portable Driver for the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

July 17, 2014 12:08 pm | by SynCardia | News | Comments

The Freedom portable driver received FDA approval on June 26, 2014 for use with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplantation in cardiac transplant candidates who are clinically stable. “With the FDA approval...

Adoption Increases for VeriTeQ’s “Q Inside” Breast Implant Safety Technology

July 17, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | Veriteq,A Vaisala Company | News | Comments

VeriTeQ Corporation, a provider of implantable medical device identification and radiation dose measurement technologies, announced today that the adoption of its Q Inside Safety Technology continues to increase across Europe. There are now...

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Clemson University Bioengineering Center Lands $11 Million for Tissue Research

July 17, 2014 10:32 am | by Clemson University | News | Comments

Clemson University has been awarded $11 million to expand a bioengineering center that helps mentor junior faculty members as they research how lab-grown tissue can treat some of the world’s most debilitating diseases, ranging from heart...

Transplantation of New Brain Cells Reverses Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Disease Model

July 16, 2014 9:48 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

A new study from the Gladstone Institutes has revealed a way to alleviate the learning and memory deficits caused by apoE4, the most important genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, improving cognition to normal levels in aged mice...

What 3D Printing Means for Healthcare

July 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Steve Erickson, Vice President, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

Medical care might not be the most obvious place for 3D printing applications, but 3D-printed kidneys and 3D-printed prosthetic eyes say otherwise. 3D-printed plastics are being used for medical tools and devices, models for surgical training...

World's First ProMRI Quadripolar CRT-D System Implanted to Treat Heart Failure

July 15, 2014 9:00 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced the first implantations worldwide of its new ICD and CRT-D series (implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators...

Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark for TAVI System

July 15, 2014 8:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark and begun the European commercial launch of its new 25 mm Lotus Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) System, complementing the currently available 23 mm and 27 mm valve sizes... 

Breakthrough MitraClip Procedure Repairs One Heart Structurally, Another Emotionally

July 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Mary York knew the walk from the living room to the bedroom should not have been difficult for her husband, Bill, despite his age, but the 83-year-old could not walk anywhere in his house without stopping to rest for minutes at a time. “He...

Blood Test Identifies Heart-Transplant Rejection Earlier than Biopsy Can

July 14, 2014 1:27 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University researchers have devised a noninvasive way to detect heart-transplant rejection weeks or months earlier than previously possible. The test, which relies on the detection of increasing amounts of the donor’s DNA in the blood...

Photos of the Day: Squishy Surgical Robots

July 14, 2014 12:12 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Working with robotics company Boston Dynamics, the researchers began developing the material as part of the Chemical Robots program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The agency was interested in “squishy” robots...

Phase-Changing Material to Allow Robots to Switch Between Hard and Soft States

July 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

In the movie “Terminator 2,” the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between...

Why Contraception by Remote Control Is a Troubling Idea

July 14, 2014 10:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

Forget about remembering to take a contraceptive pill. In just a few years, keeping track of your remote control may be as essential to family planning as it is to watching TV. MicroCHIPS, a small, Massachusetts company with backing from Bill Gates...

Titan Spine Receives FDA Clearance to Launch Endoskeleton TL Device for Lateral Spinal Fusion

July 14, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commercially release...

Sunshine Act Will Reveal Manufacturers’ Payments to Docs in September

July 11, 2014 2:04 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

When many of us have a medical appointment we're concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What's our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. That's because nearly...

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