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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...

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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...

SI-BONE, Inc. Closes $33 Million Growth Capital Financing

April 28, 2014 7:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that has pioneered the use of the iFuse Implant System@, a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device used to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint, announced today the completion of a $33 million growth capital...

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the...

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Photos of the Day: Are Engineers Really Qualified? (Infographic)

April 25, 2014 10:22 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As the world of technology advances quickly, engineers are forced to adapt to a fast-changing landscape and sometimes skills and talents may diminish. New hires may have a degree, but do they really know how to engineer? With the industry...

New Diabetes Therapy to Replace Insulin Injections

April 25, 2014 9:26 am | by Sernova | News | Comments

Last week, a New York Times article by Elisabeth Rosenthal accused the medical industry of, "borrowing business models from technology companies like Apple," pointing out that "the captive audience of Type 1 diabetics has spawned lines of...

Engineers Help Make Advances in Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | by Rosie Gochnour and Joe Kullman, Arizona State University | News | Comments

Some firsts in the history of artificial heart implantation are being achieved by an Arizona State University research group and medical professionals at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They have performed what they believe is the first virtual...

Photos of the Day: Implanting a Heart...Virtually

April 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

ASU engineer David Frakes examines a 3D print of an optimized, patient-specific artificial heart that was virtually implanted into a pediatric patient. Frakes has been working with technology developed by the Tucson-based company SynCardia...

Scripps Is First in Region to Implant Wireless Cardiac Pacemaker

April 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Scripps Health became the first health care provider in Southern California to implant the investigational Nanostim™ leadless pacemaker, the world's first wireless pacemaker totally implanted in the heart, as part of the Leadless II Clinical...

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Gene Therapy May Boost Cochlear Implants

April 23, 2014 3:37 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing. The approach reported Wednesday...

AdvaStim Enters Neuromodulation Device Market

April 23, 2014 12:17 pm | by AdvaStim Inc. | News | Comments

AdvaStim’s novel hardware and software platform gives developers capabilities to address current and emerging clinical indications. AdvaStim Inc., a leading developer of advanced technology platforms for neuromodulation therapies, announced...

Brain Stimulator Offers Hope for Individuals with Uncontrolled Epilepsy

April 23, 2014 11:40 am | by Rush University Medical Center | News | Comments

A recently FDA-approved device has been shown to reduce seizures in patients with medication-resistant epilepsy by as much as 50 percent. When coupled with an innovative electrode placement planning system developed by physicians at Rush...

New Heart Assist Pump Allows Minimally Invasive Approach

April 23, 2014 11:33 am | by Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute | News | Comments

Sometimes smaller is better. This is especially true of left ventricular assist devices, the mechanically operated heart pumps that are implanted in heart failure patients to bridge them to transplantation. Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute...

Michigan Man Among 1st in U.S. to Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 10:22 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation...

Photos of the Day: Restoring Sight in Michigan

April 23, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical...

Boston Scientific Begins Clinical Trial for Pacing Leads

April 23, 2014 9:24 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has conducted the first implant in the clinical trial of the next generation ACUITY X4 left-ventricular (LV) pacing leads and RELIANCE 4-FRONT defibrillation (ICD) leads. The clinical trial is designed to establish...

First U.S. Implant of ICD System that Allows Full-Body MRI Scans

April 22, 2014 10:22 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic has announced the first U.S. implant of the Evera MRI SureScan implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) System, following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application...

Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission

April 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

It's a familiar trope in science fiction: In enemy territory, activate your cloaking device. And real-world viruses use similar tactics to make themselves invisible to the immune system. Now scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for...   

Federal Appeals Court Agrees to Medtronic Request to Postpone Injunction

April 22, 2014 9:18 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today granted a request from Medtronic, Inc. to postpone the implementation of an injunction that would have prevented the company from selling its CoreValve System in the United States. This means the...

Plates Give Surgeon Customized Design

April 21, 2014 10:53 am | by DePuy Synthes CMF | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF (Craniomaxillofacial), a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction and part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of Patient Specific Plates for Mandible (PSPM)...

Endurant AAA Stent Graft Continues Exceptional Long-Term Performance

April 21, 2014 10:18 am | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

The Endurant AAA stent graft system from Medtronic, Inc. continues to demonstrate exceptional long-term performance in the endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, according to new clinical data presented for the first time...

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