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CardiAQ Valve Technologies Files Lawsuit Against Neovasc

June 6, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CardiAQ Valve Technologies, a leader in the field of Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation, announced today that it has filed a federal lawsuit in Boston, Mass. against Neovasc, Inc. for fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of...

Medical Technology Highlights of 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits

June 5, 2014 4:01 pm | by Jeffrey Gealow, Circuits Program Chair, 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits | Blogs | Comments

The integration of more advanced electronics technology into medical devices for patient monitoring, diagnosis and treatment continues at an ever-increasing rate, with new developments being announced daily. Among these significant technology...

Implanted Heart Device Linked to Increased Survival

June 4, 2014 3:45 pm | by Duke Medicine | News | Comments

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are associated with improved survival among heart failure patients whose left ventricles only pump 30 to 35 percent of blood out of the heart with each contraction, according to a study from the...

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The Pulse: Sperm-Inspired Microbots and Seinfeld’s ‘Bro’

June 4, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re checking out Apple’s Health and Healthkit, developing sperm-inspired microrobots for biomedical applications, wearing the Bro (Manssiere), and growing cartilage from stem cells derived from fat tissue.  

AxoGen Receives DoD Funding for Next Generation Peripheral Nerve Repair Research

June 4, 2014 10:35 am | by AxoGen | News | Comments

AxoGen Inc., the emerging leader of the $1.6 billion U.S. peripheral nerve repair market, announced that it would share in the award of two Department of Defense Grants totaling approximately $1.9 million with Brigham and Women’s Hospital...

Arthrosurface Implants the First ToeMotion Total Toe in the U.S.

June 4, 2014 9:59 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface, Inc., a developer of less-invasive joint restoration systems, performed its first ToeMotion total toe surgeries with Dr. Carl Hasselman last week at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Hasselman, who has been using the HemiCAP system...

Implantable Extraocular Sensor Measures Intraocular Pressure in Glaucoma Patients

June 3, 2014 10:42 am | by Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH | News | Comments

Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH and Professor Peter Szurman, Head of “Section Experimental Ophthalmic Surgery” at Eye Hospital of University Tübingen, have started pre-clinical studies for the first implantable, permanent extraocular...

Joint Implants Without an Expiration Date

June 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Empa | News | Comments

Artificial joints have a limited lifespan. After a few years, many hip and knee joints have to be replaced. Much more complex are intervertebral disc implants, which cannot easily be replaced after their "expiry date" and which up to now...

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Photos of the Day: Eliminating the Expiration Date on Implants

June 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Empa | News | Comments

After a few years, many hip and knee joints have to be replaced. Much more complex are intervertebral disc implants, which cannot easily be replaced after their "expiry date" and which up to now have had to be reinforced in most cases. This...

Implanted Bone Infection Prevention

June 2, 2014 3:39 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Hospital germs can be fatal, since they are resistant to antibiotics. As a result, alternative methods of defense against bacteria are in demand. Fortunately, a German-French research team has been able to develop bone implants that keep...

Researchers See Stem Cells Take Key Step Toward Development

June 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

The gap between stem cell research and regenerative medicine just became a lot narrower, thanks to a new technique that coaxes stem cells, with potential to become any tissue type, to take the first step to specialization. It is the first...

Photos of the Day: Stitching Soft Medical Machines

June 2, 2014 12:08 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have used a standard sewing machine to create this new type of low-cost flexible metal interconnect for "soft" robotics, wearable electronics and implantable medical systems that might be made of elastic materials capable of...

Simple Sewing Machine Has High-Tech Role in Future 'Soft' Machines

June 2, 2014 12:07 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

The humble sewing machine could play a key role in creating "soft" robotics, wearable electronics and implantable medical systems made of elastic materials that are capable of extreme stretching. New stretchable technologies could lead to...

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Medtronic Unveils Online Community to Connect People with Medical Devices Who ‘Live On. Give On.’

June 2, 2014 11:24 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today opened 2014 award applications for the Bakken Invitation, a global program designed to celebrate and connect people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving...

Hydrogel Can Move Through Body Similar to a Worm

June 2, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Next time you spot an earthworm sliding through fresh dirt, take a closer look. What you're seeing is an organic movement called peristaltic locomotion that has been meticulously refined by nature. Jarod Gregory, an undergraduate student in...

Medtronic Launches Advisa and Ensura SR MRI SureScan Pacemaker Systems in Europe

June 2, 2014 10:22 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc., today announced CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark and commercial launch of the Advisa and Ensura SR MRI SureScan single chamber pacemaker devices in Europe. Both pacemakers are approved for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...

Neural Transplant Reduces Absence Epilepsy Seizures in Mice

May 30, 2014 12:23 pm | by Tracey Peake, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

New research from North Carolina State University pinpoints the areas of the cerebral cortex that are affected in mice with absence epilepsy and shows that transplanting embryonic neural cells into these areas can alleviate symptoms of the...

Gravity-Beating Ultrasonic Tweezers Provide a Sound Route to Bio-Engineering

May 30, 2014 11:47 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

Pioneering ‘tweezers’ that use ultrasound beams to grip and manipulate tiny clusters of cells under electronic, push-button control could lead to life-changing medical advances, such as better cartilage implants that reduce the need for knee...

Full 2-Year Mimics Data Confirm Long-term Patency Protection with BioMimics 3D Stent

May 30, 2014 9:48 am | by Veryan | News | Comments

Full two-year data from the Mimics study, presented for the first time today at the 15th Annual New Cardiovascular Horizons (NCVH) Conference, have confirmed that BioMimics 3D provides a significant improvement in long-term patency compared...

Engineering a Better Way to Rebuild Bone Inside the Body

May 29, 2014 3:53 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Traumatic bone injuries such as blast wounds are often so severe that the body can't effectively repair the damage on its own. To aid the recovery, clinicians inject patients with proteins called growth factors. The treatment is costly...  

Innovation Prize Winner Helps Create Flexible Piezoelectric Energy Device

May 29, 2014 3:47 pm | by Mike Koon, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Canan Dagdeviren has always been interested in science. At a very young age, this Turkish native tried to find the atom by cutting stones into pieces. Her supportive father introduced her to electron microscopy, where she realized that was...

Medtronic Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $9.9M

May 29, 2014 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. will pay the U.S. Department of Justice $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of giving doctors gifts in return for using its defibrillators and pacemakers. Medtronic has not admitted...

IDEM Calls for Paper-Submissions by June 23

May 28, 2014 2:21 pm | by International Electron Devices Meeting | News | Comments

The 60th annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) has issued a Call for Papers seeking the world's best original work in all areas of microelectronics research and development. The paper submission deadline is Monday, June 23...

FDA Approved CardioMEMS HF System Monitors Patients with Class III Heart Failure

May 28, 2014 12:22 pm | by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the CardioMEMS HF System that measures the pulmonary artery (PA) pressures and heart rates of patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure who have been hospitalized...

Coating Stents with Vitamin C Could Reduce Clotting Risks

May 28, 2014 10:59 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Every year, more than 1 million people in the U.S. who have suffered heart attacks or chest pain from blocked arteries have little mesh tubes called stents inserted into their blood vessels to prop them open. The procedure has saved many lives...

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