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Implanted Sensors Monitor Cerebral Pressure

January 20, 2014 11:31 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

If the pressure in a patient’s brain is too high, physicians implant a system in the head that regulates the pressure. A sensor can now measure and individually adjust brain pressure. The sensor system is approved for use as a long-term...

Manufacturing Organs

January 16, 2014 3:40 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Since 2008, eight patients have been given a new chance at life when surgeons replaced their badly damaged tracheas with man-made versions. This highly experimental technology is now moving from research labs to a manufacturing facility as...

Making Biomaterials from Seaweed for Implants

January 16, 2014 2:38 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

University of Wollongong researchers are growing jobs and materials from the sea for medical treatments through a project in the Shoalhaven area to farm and process seaweeds that will then be used for biomaterials such as cell carriers in...

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CorMatrix Cardiovascular Receives U.S. Patent for Injectable Biomaterial

January 16, 2014 11:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc., a leading medical device developer, today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,568,761 for an augmented injectable extracellular matrix (ECM) bioscaffold. The augmented ECM bioscaffold induces stem cell...

Jury says Medtronic owes Edwards about $390M

January 16, 2014 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury ruled Wednesday that medical device maker Medtronic infringed on a patent held by Edwards Lifesciences and ordered Medtronic to pay its competitor about $390 million in damages. Edwards said it will seek a permanent injunction...

Device Reduces Sleep Apnea Episodes by 70%

January 16, 2014 11:18 am | by UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

Implantation of a sleep apnea device called Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy can lead to significant improvements for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a study published today in the New England Journal...

Photos of the Day: Sleeping Soundly

January 16, 2014 11:17 am | by UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

The Inspire UAS therapy device is designed to sense breathing patterns and deliver mild stimulation to a patient’s airway muscles to keep the airway open during sleep. Patients used a “controller” to turn on the device at night, so it is...

AqueSys, Inc. Successfully Closes $43.6M Series D Round

January 16, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AqueSys, Inc., a medical device company that develops, manufactures, and internationally markets the XEN Gel Stent technology for treating glaucoma, today announced that it has secured $43.6 million in Series D financing. The round was led...

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Option ELITE Retrievable Vena Cava Filter Receives FDA Clearance for an Over-The-Wire Delivery Technique

January 16, 2014 7:22 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Argon Medical Devices, Inc. announced today that the company has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to begin marketing the Option™ELITE retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter with a new over-the-wire delivery...

Remote Follow-Up of Patients with Implantable Defibrillators Significantly Reduces Ambulatory Costs

January 15, 2014 11:45 am | by BIOTRONIK | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring significantly reduces the cost of follow-up in patients with implantable defibrillators (ICDs). New data from the ECOST (Effectiveness and Cost of ICD Follow-Up Schedule with Telecardiology) study show remote...  

On-X Life Technologies Reports CE Mark Approval to Sell Its Mechanical Aortic Heart Valve

January 15, 2014 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On-X Life Technologies announced today that its previously CE (Conformité Européenne)-marked On-X Prosthetic Heart Valve has received European regulatory approval for an expanded labeling claim, which now permits the company to market its...

Elixir Medical Announces First Commercial Implant Of The DESolve Novolimus Eluting Coronary Scaffold System in Europe

January 15, 2014 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marking a milestone in the evolution of fully-bioresorbable drug-eluting scaffolds for interventional cardiology, the first commercial implant of Elixir Medical’s CE Mark-approved DESolve Novolimus Eluting Coronary Scaffold was performed in Germany...

Swedish Doctors Transplant Wombs into Nine Women

January 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Malin Rising and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed. The women were born without a uterus or had it... 

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Absorbable Vascular Stents Are Subject of New Surgical Devices Standard

January 13, 2014 11:50 am | by ASTM International | News | Comments

Patients with blockages in their coronary vasculature have historically been treated with permanent metallic stents, metal mesh tubes that open clogged blood vessels, restore blood flow and keep the vessel open over time. Certain patients...

The Cyborgs Era Has Started

January 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. In their review entitled...

Photos of the Day: Artificial Bone Marrow

January 13, 2014 10:30 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells. A prototype has now been developed by scientists of KIT, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Tübingen University. The porous structure...

Researchers Develop Artificial Bone Marrow

January 13, 2014 10:29 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells. A prototype has now been developed by scientists of KIT, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Tübingen University. The porous structure...

BioTime Reports Results of Clinical Safety Trial of Renevia

January 13, 2014 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BioTime, Inc. today announced the completion of a safety trial evaluating Renevia ™, a proprietary injectable matrix designed to facilitate the stable engraftment of transplanted cells, and the results of that study. The ten healthy volunteers...

RTI Surgical Announces Agreement to Supply Complete Surgical Specialties Portfolio to Yankee Alliance Members

January 13, 2014 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RTI Surgical Inc., a leading global surgical implant company, announced a new agreement with Yankee Alliance, a group purchasing organization with more than 14,700 members. The agreement covers RTI’s complete line of surgical specialties implants...

Looking Deep into Heart Valve Replacement

January 10, 2014 2:16 pm | by Christina Casinelli, Science and Technology Writer | Dassault Systemes | Articles | Comments

The heart is often compared to a pump, facilitating the flow of blood between its upper and lower chambers. The heart’s valves, which open and close with each beat, regulate the pressure and course of blood throughout the body. Unfortunately...

Enhancing Stent Treatment with Groundbreaking Imaging Technology

January 10, 2014 12:07 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center hope to improve treatment and survival rates of ischemic heart disease patients by providing doctors an unprecedented look at the stents they place...

AdvaMed Signs MOU with Taiwan Med Tech Association

January 10, 2014 11:56 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan Advanced Medical Technology Association (TAMTA) to facilitate collaboration between the... 

How the Humble Hydrogel Became One of Humanity's Best Friends

January 8, 2014 3:35 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Most people probably haven't heard of hydrogels, but we are all surrounded by "hydrophilic" substances. Hydros is Greek for water; philia means love. A hydrophilic substance is attracted to water and tends to be dissolved by it. Among foods...

VeriTeQ Endorses England’s Decision to Launch Breast Implant Registry to Track Procedures and Devices

January 8, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VeriTeQ Corporation, a provider of implantable medical device identification and radiation dose measurement technologies, announced today that a new breast implant registry will be launched in England beginning early this year to track breast...

Stealthy Cardinal Spine seeks $1.3M

January 7, 2014 3:40 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Cardinal Spine is seeking $1.25 million from investors to support corporate operations, according to a regulatory filing. Louisville, Ky.-based Cardinal Spine, founded in 2008, is developing an interbody fusion device designed to stabilize...

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