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MHIF Given the Chance at Its First Implant of World’s Smallest Cardiac Pacemaker

May 5, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) | News | Comments

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) today announced its first implant of the world’s smallest pacemaker: the Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) in the Midwest. The device was implanted by Dr. Charles Gornick...

Medical Implants, Ultra-Low Power Sensors, and Energy Harvesting

May 5, 2014 8:10 am | by Rich Miron, Digi-Key Technical Content Team | Texas Instruments Inc., Digi-Key | Articles | Comments

Medical implants have considerable potential for energy harvesting with the body itself providing the energy source. Today’s ultra-low power circuits and sensors are accelerating efforts to exploit energy harvesting with the objective being...

World's Smallest, Leadless Heart Pacemaker Implanted at Ohio State

May 2, 2014 12:37 pm | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

It’s about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Doctors at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital...

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Researchers Find the Accelerator for Molecular Machines

May 2, 2014 11:14 am | by University of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

How hard can it be to make a wheel rotate in a machine? Very hard actually, when the wheel sits in one of those nano-small molecular machines that are predicted to be running our future machines. But before the molecular machines become... 

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern...

Man Without a Human Heart Completes 4.2-Mile Walk

May 2, 2014 10:46 am | by SynCardia | News | Comments

Randy Shepherd’s 4.2-mile walk in Pat’s Run April 26, 2014, in the Phoenix area was more than a test of his endurance. It was part of his training for the most crucial event of his life — a heart transplant. Last June 20, Shepherd, 40, had...

Photos of the Day: Walking Without a Heart

May 2, 2014 10:46 am | by SynCardia | News | Comments

Randy and Tiffany Shepherd share smiles before walking in Pat's Run. Randy made history that day by becoming the first SynCardia Total Artificial Heart patient to enter and complete the 4.2-mile course. Doctors at the University of Arizona...

Engineers Grow Functional Human Cartilage in Lab

May 1, 2014 2:40 pm | by Columbia Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers at Columbia Engineering announced today that they have successfully grown fully functional human cartilage in vitro from human stem cells derived from fat tissue. Their study, which demonstrates new ways to better mimic the... 

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FDA Approves First-of-a-Kind Sleep Apnea Implant

May 1, 2014 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sleep deprived Americans have a new option to address hard-to-treat nighttime breathing problems: a first-of-kind device that keeps airways open by zapping them with an electrical current. The Food and Drug Administration approved the... 

Experiment Grows New Muscle in Men's Injured Legs

May 1, 2014 11:15 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists implanted thin sheets of scaffolding-like material from pigs into a few young men with disabling leg injuries — and say the experimental treatment coaxed the men's own stem cells to regrow new muscle. The research, funded by the...

Biocompatible Piezoelectric Mechanical Energy Harvesters for Heart and Lung

May 1, 2014 11:07 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Canan Dagdeviren, PhD Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering, was recognized for outstanding innovation by receiving the $20,000 Illinois Innovation Prize last Friday, April 25th. This award is administered by the Technology...   

Medtronic’s Viva Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy-Pacemaker Gains CE Mark

May 1, 2014 10:10 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark receipt and the European launch of its newest cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemaker, Viva CRT-P. The Viva CRT-P is not approved for sale in the United States. The Viva... 

HeartWare International Issues Voluntary Device Correction For HeartWare Batteries

May 1, 2014 7:34 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

HeartWare International, Inc. has issued a voluntary Urgent Medical Device Correction related to all HeartWare Ventricular Assist System batteries, product codes 1650 and 1650-DE.  In letters to clinicians and patients, the company reports...

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Boston Scientific Launches Everolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent In Japan

May 1, 2014 12:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Continuing to advance leading drug-eluting stent (DES) technology, Boston Scientific Corporation has launched the Promus PREMIER™ Everolimus-Eluting Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System in Japan.  This advanced DES system recently...  

Endo to Pay $830M to Settle Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits

April 30, 2014 6:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drug and medical device maker Endo International says it will pay $830 million to resolve roughly 20,000 personal lawsuits from patients who say they were injured by the company's vaginal mesh implants. The Irish company said in a statement...

Self-Renewing Mouse Heart Cells May Lead to Repairing Ours

April 30, 2014 12:31 pm | by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine | News | Comments

A type of cell that builds mouse hearts can renew itself, Johns Hopkins researchers report. They say the discovery, which likely applies to such cells in humans as well, may pave the way to using them to repair hearts damaged by disease...

Positive Outcomes for CoreValve Patients Treated via Alternative Access Routes

April 30, 2014 10:19 am | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today revealed new data demonstrating positive outcomes for extreme risk patients with severe aortic stenosis who were treated with the CoreValve System via alternative access approaches. The compelling data were unveiled...

Organs Printed on Demand: The Challenges of Taking Engineered Tissue from Lab to the Bedside

April 30, 2014 10:03 am | by NC State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering | News | Comments

As remarkable advancements in lab-created organs and tissues continue, the challenge becomes how to move the technology from the laboratory to the operating room. NC State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (NC State ISE) is the only...

Renal Denervation May Reduce Hypertension in Patients with Renal Artery Stents

April 30, 2014 9:15 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | News | Comments

Patients with hypertension after renal artery stenting who do not respond to drug treatment may have another option. Renal sympathetic denervation can help lower blood pressure by desensitizing nerve endings in the vascular wall. However, recent...

Self-Expanding Medical Device for Implantable Drug Delivery

April 29, 2014 11:59 am | by TissueGen Inc. | News | Comments

TissueGen Inc., developer of cutting-edge biodegradable polymer technology for implantable drug delivery across a wide variety of therapeutic applications, today announced that the company has been issued a patent from U.S. Patent and...  

FDA Addresses Surgical Mesh Risks for Transvaginal Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

April 29, 2014 10:16 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued two proposed orders to address the health risks associated with surgical mesh used for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). If finalized, the orders would reclassify surgical...

Medtronic’s Sutureless Heart Valve First to Show Five-Year Safety and Efficacy Outcomes

April 29, 2014 10:13 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced five-year follow-up data demonstrating the safety and performance of the Medtronic 3f Enable Aortic Bioprosthesis - the world's first commercially available sutureless tissue heart valve.  The longest follow...

As Stryker Hip Lawsuits Mount, Company Details Costs Associated with Stryker Rejuvenate, ABG II Modular Hip Stem Recall

April 28, 2014 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As hundreds of Stryker hip lawsuits continue to move forward in courts around the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that Stryker recently released its 2014 first quarter earnings report, which among other things, details costs associated...

Collagen for the Knee

April 28, 2014 12:16 pm | by Fraunhofer Institute IGB | News | Comments

Five million people suffer cartilage damage to the knee every year in Germany. Cartilage injuries are not only painful; they can lead to osteoarthritis decades later. In the course of the disease, the protective shock absorbing cartilage...

GS Medical USA’s AnyPlus T/PLIF Cage Gets FDA Clearance

April 28, 2014 11:04 am | by GS Medical USA | News | Comments

GS Medical USA, LLC (GSM), a global manufacturer and supplier of spinal implants, instrumentation, and developer of innovative surgical solutions, today announced that the AnyPlus T/PLIF Cage has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

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