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Medtronic Announces CE Mark for Recapturable CoreValve Evolut R System

September 3, 2014 9:31 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced CE Mark for the 23 mm CoreValve Evolut R System for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The novel, self-expanding valve and 14FR equivalent delivery system offers new capabilities that  advance valve...

Wristwatch Inspires Batteryless Cardiac Pacemaker Design

September 2, 2014 2:20 pm | by ESC Press Office | News | Comments

A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. The prototype device does not require battery replacement. Mr Zurbuchen...

Pacemaker Monitor Teardown

September 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by David L. Jones, EEVblog | Videos | Comments

What's inside a dial-in pacemaker monitor system? That’s what this installment of EEVblog seeks to discover. David L. Jones is an electronics design engineer based in Sydney, Australia. He hosts the EEVblog, the world’s largest and most popular engineering...

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First Human Implant of CorMatrix CanGaroo ECM Envelope

September 2, 2014 12:19 pm | by CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc. | News | Comments

CorMatrix Cardiovascular announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the CorMatrix CanGaroo ECM Envelope for use with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED’s) including pacemakers...

Protein Glue Shows Potential for Use with Biomaterials

September 2, 2014 10:30 am | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

A paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials have shown that a synthetic protein called AGMA1 has the potential to promote the adhesion of brain cells in a laboratory setting. It is also cheaper and easier to produce...

Chinese Boy Implanted with 3D Printed Vertebra

August 28, 2014 3:14 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A 12-year-old boy suffering from bone cancer has become the first recipient of 3D printed artificial vertebra replacement. The five hour surgery was performed at Peking University in China where the boy is still recovering. Ben Gruber reports...

Heart Hospital to Implant Portico Transcatheter Aortic Valve System as Part of Clinical Trial

August 28, 2014 9:27 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On Aug. 26, 2014, physicians at Heart Hospital of Austin became the first in Texas to implant the new Portico Re-sheathable Transcatheter Aortic Valve System—an innovative, repositionable aortic heart valve and delivery system. Heart Hospital...

Medtronic Announces First Implants in Largest-Ever, Global Trial of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

August 27, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the first implants in a clinical trial that will compare patient and healthcare system outcomes - including patient mortality and hospitalizations - in heart failure patients who have cardiac resynchronization...

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President Obama Highlights Neuromodulation Tech that Helps Body Heal Itself

August 27, 2014 10:29 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The body’s peripheral nervous system constantly monitors the status of internal organs and helps regulate biological responses to infection, injury or other imbalances. When this regulatory process goes awry due to injury or illness, peripheral...

Hospital Uses 3D Printed Orthopedic Implants

August 26, 2014 2:46 pm | by Liu Zhihua, China Daily | News | Comments

Using a printer to produce lifesaving medical implants and body parts might sound like science fiction, but it is already a reality in China. Peking University Third Hospital, a top hospital in China, recently announced that its Orthopedics...

Medtronic Acquires Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation

August 26, 2014 12:08 pm | by Medtronic, Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation (Sapiens SBS), a privately held developer of deep brain stimulation (DBS) technologies for approximately $200 million in an all-cash transaction. The...

Eye Implant for Better Glaucoma Treatments

August 26, 2014 11:51 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford University | News | Comments

For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves weekly visits to eye specialists who monitor – and control – increasing pressure within the eye. Bioengineer Stephen Quake and...

University of Michigan First in Nation to Implant Device for Tricuspid Valve Replacement

August 26, 2014 11:37 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the first heart center in the nation to perform percutaneous implantation of the Edwards SAPIEN valve to replace a patient’s tricuspid valve. Percutaneous interventions...

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Violinist Plays Instrument During DBS Surgery

August 25, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

You may have heard the story of a professional musician who played the violin while having brain surgery at Mayo Clinic. That journey started back in 2009. A surgical team implanted electrodes into his brain to stop a tremor that could have...

Risky Device MMAs Should Be Regulated

August 25, 2014 2:31 pm | by Steven G. Richter, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer, Microtest Laboratories Inc. | Microtest Laboratories, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

I agree that the FDA should regulate mobile medical apps (MMA) because there is a potential that certain apps used to treat and diagnosis disease states can be harmful to patients when not working properly. When the FDA published the current...

Medtronic’s Viva Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy-Pacemaker Approved in U.S.

August 25, 2014 10:26 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its newest cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemaker, Viva CRT-P, for indicated patients with heart failure or atrioventricular (AV) block. The Viva CRT-P...

Design Innovation vs. The ‘What If?’

August 22, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-In-Chief | Blogs | Comments

There are many obstacles to a successful product design getting into the marketplace (in the medical device space, some would argue that the FDA needlessly creates even more, however, that’s for another day’s discussion). Therefore, designers...

Direct Flow Medical’s TAVI Technology Receives Additional CE Mark

August 22, 2014 1:37 pm | by Direct Flow Medical | News | Comments

Direct Flow Medical, Inc., a transcatheter heart valve innovator focused on improving patient outcomes, today announced it has received the CE Mark (Conformité Européenne) for a 23mm sized valve as part of its Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter...

FDA Clearance for Arthrosurface’s Hallux Valgus Correction System

August 22, 2014 11:35 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface, Inc., a developer of novel joint technologies, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the KISSloc Suture System, a mini plate and suture implant intended for the correction of a Hallux Valgus deformity. The KISSloc Suture System...

Photos of the Day: 3D-Printed Drug Delivering Implants

August 21, 2014 3:28 pm | by Louisiana Tech University | News | Comments

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic...

Researchers Use 3D Printers to Create Custom Medical Implants

August 21, 2014 2:18 pm | by Louisiana Tech University | News | Comments

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic...

July/August 2014 Digital Edition

August 21, 2014 10:40 am | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

As humans integrate more electronics into their bodies to monitor their health, new ICs are expected to extract ambient energy from their surroundings to power these revolutionary devices, explains Niranjan Pathare of Texas Instruments in our Cover Story...

FDA 510(k) Clearance for Philips' TAVI Precision Treatment Planning Application

August 21, 2014 10:03 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Royal Philips today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its precision planning application for Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Implantation (TAVI) treatments. Through 3D imaging, the...

Magnesium Surgical Implants Can Be Designed to Biodegrade, Promote Bone Growth

August 20, 2014 9:58 am | by University of Florida | News | Comments

Ask anyone who has a surgical pin in their body, and they likely will tell you they wish it would just go away. In the future, it just might, with help from research by Michele Manuel, an associate professor of materials science and engineering...

Implantable Heart Devices Result in Similar Survival Benefits Among Ethnic, Racial Groups

August 19, 2014 4:24 pm | by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences | News | Comments

Racial and ethnic minorities who receive implantable devices to treat heart failure derive the same substantial survival benefit from these therapies as white patients, new UCLA-led research shows. While the American College of Cardiology and...

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