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U.S. Marine Receives First-Ever Prosthetic Arm Controlled By Implantable Sensors

March 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Curiosity got the best of U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. James Sides. When approached with the opportunity to serve as the first test recipient of a new, innovative, and potentially beneficial implantable myoelectric sensor (IMES) system for long...

FDA Approval of Abbott’s Supera Stent for Peripheral Artery Disease

March 28, 2014 2:37 pm | by Abbott | News | Comments

Abbott today announced that its Supera Peripheral Stent System has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to treat people with blocked blood vessels in the upper leg caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD occurs...

Abbott Announces FDA Approval of Its Supera Stent to Treat People with Peripheral Artery Disease

March 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott has announced that its Supera Peripheral Stent System has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to treat people with blocked blood vessels in the upper leg caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD occurs when...

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Committee Developing Proposed Standard for Unicondylar Knee Joint Replacements

March 28, 2014 10:45 am | by ASTM International | News | Comments

A proposed new ASTM International standard will cover fatigue testing of metallic tibial trays, which are components used in partial knee joint replacement. ASTM WK45235, Practice for Cyclic Fatigue Testing of Metal Tibial Tray Components...

World's First Pacemaker Series with Event-Triggered IEGM Transmissions Gains CE Mark

March 28, 2014 10:40 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced CE approval for its new Eluna pacemaker series today. The new generation of pacemakers includes single and dual-chamber as well as cardiac resynchronization...

CAN Calls on DoJ to Investigate J&J for Document Destruction

March 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Corporate Action Network | News | Comments

The Corporate Action Network (CAN) has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Johnson and Johnson and its top executives, including Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky for destroying documents critical to lawsuits brought...

'Mini Heart' Helps Return Venous Blood

March 27, 2014 3:47 pm | by The George Washington University | News | Comments

George Washington University (GW) researcher Narine Sarvazyan, Ph.D., has invented a new organ to help return blood flow from veins lacking functional valves. A rhythmically contracting cuff made of ...        

First Implant of Smaller Left Ventricular Assist Device a Success

March 27, 2014 11:45 am | by Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

“Today, we’re going to make history,” said 18-year-old Eric Ramos on the day UT Southwestern Medical Center doctors operated on his ailing heart. Eric, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is one of only three patients in the United States with the condition to receive ...

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Artificial Hearts May Help Patients Survive Until Transplant

March 27, 2014 11:01 am | by Beth Casteel, American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

The largest single-center study of patients implanted with a total artificial heart finds the device may help patients in severe heart failure survive until they can receive a heart transplant. Researchers studied 22 patients implanted with total artificial hearts at ...

Photo of the Day: A Surrogate Organ System

March 26, 2014 10:51 am | by DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Some 40 percent of pharmaceuticals fail their clinical trials, and there are thousands of chemicals whose effects on humans are simply unknown. Providing a realistic, cost-effective and rapid screening system ...      

Desktop 'Body' Could Reduce Need for Animal Drug Tests

March 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Nancy Ambrosiano, DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents. ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing ...

Next-Gen Drug Delivery Brings New Promise for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

March 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Dr. Kevin Nelson, Founder and CSO, TissueGen Inc. | Articles | Comments

While the combination of drugs or biologics with medical devices is no longer a groundbreaking marriage of technologies, there are areas where it is making significant advances. The incorporation of pharmaceuticals with implantable medical...

A New Way to Make Muscle Cells from Human Stem Cells

March 21, 2014 2:27 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

As stem cells continue their gradual transition from the lab to the clinic, a research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered a new way to make large concentrations of skeletal muscle cells and muscle progenitors from...

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Suit Charges St. Jude Riata Heart Lead Is a Defective Device

March 21, 2014 10:27 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Fabrice N. Vincent and Wendy R. Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, have announced that Robert Loiseau of Southampton, Pennsylvania, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against St. Jude...

Stent-Based Technologies Could Prove Viable Alternatives for Aneurysm and Stroke Treatment

March 21, 2014 9:30 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Among the various neurointerventional devices that have been developed for challenging indications, such as intracranial aneurysms and acute ischemic stroke (AIS), flow diverters and stent retrievers have shown particular promise as viable...

Northwestern's Senate Response Deadline Approaches Regarding Unauthorized Human Experimentation

March 21, 2014 8:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Allegations continue surrounding the testing of two annuloplasty rings, invented by the chief of cardiac surgery, Dr. Patrick McCarthy at Northwestern University, the Myxo Ring, and the IMR Ring (invented by McCarthy, and colleagues). Both...

Scientists Create Stem Cells From a Drop of Blood

March 20, 2014 12:04 pm | by A*STAR | News | Comments

Scientists at A*STAR’s Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have developed a method to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) from a single drop of finger-pricked blood. The method also enables donors to collect...

Building Heart Tissue That Beats

March 20, 2014 9:18 am | by American Chemical Society (ACS) | News | Comments

When a heart gets damaged, such as during a major heart attack, there’s no easy fix. But scientists working on a way to repair the vital organ have now engineered tissue that closely mimics natural heart muscle that beats, not only in a lab...

European Launch of St. Jude's Spinal Cord Stimulation System with Burst Technology

March 20, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the CE Mark approval and European launch of its Prodigy Chronic Pain System with Burst Technology. As the first and only implantable neuromodulation system that delivers...

Self-Powered Medical Monitoring Devices: Harnessing Free Ambient Energy

March 19, 2014 3:58 pm | by Niranjan Pathare, Sr. Market Development Manager — Battery Management Solutions, Texas Instruments Inc. | Texas Instruments Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Advances in semiconductor design have opened up the possibility of self-powered medical devices in the near future. Typical use cases would be for personal fitness or medical heath monitoring. A self-powered device would be able to energize...

Making Diagnostic Imaging Possible for Patients with Cardiac Implants

March 19, 2014 12:31 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is on the forefront of making diagnostic imaging possible for patients with cardiac implants. Electrophysiologist Eric D. Good, D.O., has implanted the state’s first patient with... 

Small Step Toward Growing Tissue in the Lab

March 19, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

University of Adelaide mathematicians have devised a method for identifying how cell clusters have formed by analyzing an image of the cluster. Published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, their mathematical modelling tool will be useful...

Toward 'Vanishing' Electronics and Unlocking Nanomaterials' Power Potential

March 18, 2014 10:54 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Brain sensors and electronic tags that dissolve. Boosting the potential of renewable energy sources. These are examples of the latest research from two pioneering scientists selected as this year's Kavli lecturers at the 247th National... 

3D Printed Devices Save Baby’s Life

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

In his 18 months of life, Garrett Peterson has never gone home, spending his days in hospital beds tethered to ventilators that even at the highest settings couldn't prevent his breathing from periodically stopping. His condition was so tenuous...

Photos of the Day: 3D Printing Life Saving Tech

March 18, 2014 10:18 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Garrett (the patient) is just the second person whose life was saved with a new, bioresorbable device developed at the University of Michigan by Glenn Green, M.D., associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology and Scott Hollister, Ph.D...

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