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CE Mark for CVRx's Barostim neo System for the Treatment of Heart Failure

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

CVRx, Inc., a private medical device company, announced today it received CE Mark approval from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) of the Barostim neo System for the treatment of heart failure.  The therapy is approved for use...

CE Mark for ReFlow Medical’s Wingman35 Crossing Catheter and SpeX Shapeable Support Catheter

September 26, 2014 4:00 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

ReFlow Medical, Inc. (ReFlow) has announced the initial clinical use of their Wingman35 Crossing Catheter and speX Shapeable Support Catheter by Dr. Andrej Schmidt at University Leipzig, Germany. The devices were recently granted European...

Heart Hospital of Austin First in Texas To Offer New Heart Failure Monitoring System

September 26, 2014 3:46 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On Sept. 24, 2014, Heart Hospital of Austin became the first facility in Texas to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure (HF). The CardioMEMS HF System is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure...

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Mechanized Human Hands Improve Function Lost to Nerve Damage

September 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created...

'Aging in Place' and Staying Active

September 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Carly Dumas, Software Engineering Manager, Breck Petrillo, Director of Engineering, Andrew Leoncyzk, Sr. Electrical Engineer; Ximedica | Ximedica | Blogs | Comments

Ximedica is helping our customers leverage consumer electronics as adjuncts, or alternatives, to dedicated user interfaces and device controls. This is common in home based wellness devices, with connectivity to near field cell phones and...

September 2014 Digital Edition

September 24, 2014 4:57 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

Designers developing medical devices that are introduced into the body through a catheter or similar solution have very specific characteristics that need to be achieved for that transfer system. Streamlined Process for Wire-Reinforced Catheters and...

Skin Cells Can Be Engineered into Pulmonary Valves for Pediatric Patients

September 24, 2014 11:38 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Researchers have found a way to take a pediatric patient's skin cells, reprogram the skin cells to function as heart valvular cells, and then use the cells as part of a tissue-engineered pulmonary valve. A proof of concept study published in...

Boston Scientific Enrolls First Patients In U.S. Trial Of The Lotus Valve System

September 24, 2014 10:42 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has initiated the REPRISE III clinical trial, a pivotal study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Lotus Valve System in patients with severe aortic stenosis and who are considered to be at either high...

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Biosensors in Smartphones and Tablets

September 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Karthik Soundar, Segment Manager, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Assembly technologies that were developed to enable miniaturization of smart phones and to support high-volume production over the last 5-10 years are finding their way into health/fitness and medical devices. Examples include wafer chip scale...

Researchers Testing Artificial Liver as Potential Therapy for Patients with Alcohol-Related Organ Failure

September 23, 2014 11:52 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Cedars-Sinai physicians and scientists are testing a novel, human cell based, bioartificial liver support system for patients with acute liver failure, often a fatal diagnosis. “The quest for a device that can fill in for the function of...

House Supports Repeal of Medical Device Tax

September 23, 2014 11:22 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes a repeal of the 2.3% medical device, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the Senate, and previous roll-back efforts have fallen short. HR 4, the “Jobs for America Act,”...

Looking Ahead: Whole Eye Transplant Under Development

September 23, 2014 9:19 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

The basic idea is straightforward: Doctors would implant a donor eye in the recipient's eye socket. The vascular system to the eye would be re-established, as would the eye’s musculature to enable normal movement. The greater challenge – and...

From the Hospital to the Home

September 23, 2014 8:30 am | by John DiCristina, Medical Equipment Director, Strategic Marketing Group | Blogs | Comments

The main efficiency driver is the elimination of the package and moving to wafer level packages (WLP). This allows for better cost efficiencies and for dense pin outs reducing the PCB board area. We also have the ability to package multiple...

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One-Year Outcomes Are Good for Patients Treated with Superficial Femoral Artery Stent

September 22, 2014 10:52 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | News | Comments

The use of stents has improved management and outcomes of coronary artery disease, and clinical trials are attempting to prove the same will be true for superficial femoral artery disease. Randomized trials have shown favorable results for self...

CE Mark and European Launch of Medtronic’s TYRX Absorbable Antibacterial Envelope

September 22, 2014 10:33 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark for the TYRX Absorbable Antibacterial Envelope. This innovative mesh envelope covers an implantable cardiac device to help stabilize the device after implantation and reduce surgical...

Study: Magnetic Implant Is an Important Breakthrough in the Treatment of Reflux Disease

September 22, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Torax Medical announced today the publication of new data comparing the LINX Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation Device and laparoscopic fundoplication surgery in 249 patients. Data from this study significantly adds to the growing body of evidence...

CE Mark Grants St. Jude’s Pacing Lead Expanded Patient Access to MRI Scans

September 22, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, has announced CE Mark approval of updated labeling for its Tendril STS and IsoFlex Optim pacing leads, allowing existing and future patients with the devices access to magnetic resonance...

First-in-Man Procedure Utilizes a New Method of Stem Cell Delivery

September 19, 2014 3:50 pm | by PR WEB | News | Comments

The Translational Research Institute “TRI Medical” announced today that its new ND Infusion Catheter is being used in a first-in-man procedure at the University of Frankfurt. The study commenced on September 4th, 2014 at the University of...

4WEB Medical Unveils 3D-Printed Osteotomy Truss System

September 19, 2014 1:54 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

4WEB Medical announces the formal launch of the largest offering of 3D-printed foot and ankle osteotomy implants on the market today at this weekend's American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society annual meeting in Chicago. The Osteotomy Truss...

A New Molecule Allows for an Increase in Stem Cell Transplants

September 19, 2014 9:49 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Investigators from the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) at the Université de Montréal have just published, in the prestigious magazine Science, the announcement of the discovery of a new molecule, the first of its kind...

Stanford Researcher Leads International Trial to Compare Heart-Disease Treatments

September 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Tracie White, Science Writer, Stanford University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers have announced the enrollment of the first patient in an international, multicenter clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of two different treatments for multivessel coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is the...

'Smart Material' Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing

September 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable...

Recruiting Bacteria to Be Technology Innovation Partners

September 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of "bad" biofilms around – they even cause pesky dental plaque and a host of other more serious medical problems – a team at...

Accelerated Heart Valve Durability Testing

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Bose Corporation has introduced DuraPulse, a new instrument for accelerated durability testing of heart valve replacement devices. Featuring proprietary Bose controls and linear motor technology, the DuraPulse system enables research and development engineers to run tests at high frequencies...

Silicone Gel System with Dual Matrix Technology

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Applied Silicone Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Applied Silicone Corporation, a global supplier of long term implantable silicones for the medical device and critical healthcare market, introduces a high strength, responsive silicone gel for the implantable medical device market. The Dual Matrix Gel System incorporates...

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