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One-Year Outcomes Are Good for Patients Treated with Superficial Femoral Artery Stent

September 22, 2014 10:52 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | News | Comments

The use of stents has improved management and outcomes of coronary artery disease, and clinical trials are attempting to prove the same will be true for superficial femoral artery disease. Randomized trials have shown favorable results for self...

CE Mark and European Launch of Medtronic’s TYRX Absorbable Antibacterial Envelope

September 22, 2014 10:33 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark for the TYRX Absorbable...

Study: Magnetic Implant Is an Important Breakthrough in the Treatment of Reflux Disease

September 22, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Torax Medical announced today the publication of new data comparing the LINX Magnetic Sphincter...

CE Mark Grants St. Jude’s Pacing Lead Expanded Patient Access to MRI Scans

September 22, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, has announced CE Mark approval of...

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First-in-Man Procedure Utilizes a New Method of Stem Cell Delivery

September 19, 2014 3:50 pm | by PR WEB | News | Comments

The Translational Research Institute “TRI Medical” announced today that its new ND Infusion Catheter is being used in a first-in-man procedure at the University of Frankfurt. The study commenced on September 4th, 2014 at the University of...

4WEB Medical Unveils 3D-Printed Osteotomy Truss System

September 19, 2014 1:54 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

4WEB Medical announces the formal launch of the largest offering of 3D-printed foot and ankle osteotomy implants on the market today at this weekend's American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society annual meeting in Chicago. The Osteotomy Truss...

A New Molecule Allows for an Increase in Stem Cell Transplants

September 19, 2014 9:49 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Investigators from the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) at the Université de Montréal have just published, in the prestigious magazine Science, the announcement of the discovery of a new molecule, the first of its kind...

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Stanford Researcher Leads International Trial to Compare Heart-Disease Treatments

September 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Tracie White, Science Writer, Stanford University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers have announced the enrollment of the first patient in an international, multicenter clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of two different treatments for multivessel coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is the...

'Smart Material' Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing

September 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable...

Recruiting Bacteria to Be Technology Innovation Partners

September 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of "bad" biofilms around – they even cause pesky dental plaque and a host of other more serious medical problems – a team at...

Accelerated Heart Valve Durability Testing

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Bose Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Bose Corporation has introduced DuraPulse, a new instrument for accelerated durability testing of heart valve replacement devices. Featuring proprietary Bose controls and linear motor technology, the DuraPulse system enables research and development engineers to run tests at high frequencies...

Silicone Gel System with Dual Matrix Technology

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Applied Silicone Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Applied Silicone Corporation, a global supplier of long term implantable silicones for the medical device and critical healthcare market, introduces a high strength, responsive silicone gel for the implantable medical device market. The Dual Matrix Gel System incorporates...

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Flowonix Submits PMA Supplements for Prometra Implantable Pump System

September 16, 2014 8:58 am | by Flowonix | News | Comments

Flowonix Medical Inc., a medical device company focused on providing advanced, implantable drug delivery solutions, today announced that it has submitted Premarket Approval (PMA) supplements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Polymer Tubing: The Hidden Hero Behind Innovative Neurovascular Procedures

September 16, 2014 8:30 am | by Emily Barnes, Market Specialist, Zeus, Inc. | Zeus | Articles | Comments

For nearly 50 years, Zeus polymer technology has been a precursor and enabler for the advancement of innovative therapies and lifesaving technologies within the neurovascular field. Our history as a critical supplier of delivery device components...

Study Shows Abbott's Dissolving Heart Device Comparable to the World's Leading Heart Stent

September 15, 2014 10:49 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Abbott announced today positive one-year clinical results from ABSORB II, the world's first prospective, randomized, controlled trial comparing the safety and effectiveness of the dissolving Absorb heart device to Abbott's market-leading metallic...

Medtronic’s CoreValve System Sustains Positive Outcomes Through Two Years in Extreme Risk Patients

September 15, 2014 10:14 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced new data showing that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the CoreValve System continued to provide safe and effective treatment, while maintaining exceptional rates of survival out to two years for...

Toughening Up Hydrogels for 3D-Printed Cartilage

September 15, 2014 10:11 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

Thanks to their composition (mostly water), hydrogels hold much promise for use in medical bionic applications, their softness being more readily acceptable to the body than hard materials. However, despite naturally occurring hydrogels (like...

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Researchers Take Up Challenge of Reviving Cartilage

September 15, 2014 10:03 am | by Stanford | News | Comments

Constance Chu was a medical student observing a surgery performed by her teacher when she caught her first glimpse of human articular cartilage, the smooth, glistening coating that covers the ends of bones as they meet at the ankle, knee and...

Significant Patient Benefits With Edwards Sapien Valve Demonstrated

September 15, 2014 9:47 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, today announced the presentation of five-year clinical outcomes for inoperable patients treated in The PARTNER Trial, the world's...

Venezuela's Newest Shortage: Breast Implants

September 15, 2014 9:44 am | by Hannah Dreier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices...

FDA Approves New Styles Of The MENTOR MemoryShape Silicone Breast Implant

September 15, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mentor Worldwide LLC, the U.S. market leader in breast aesthetics, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved four additional styles of the MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants, expanding its suite of silicone breast...

Symetis Receives CE Mark Approval for TAVI System

September 12, 2014 2:55 pm | by Symetis | News | Comments

Symetis SA, the leading European developer of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) systems, announced today the launch of ACURATE neo, its 15F compatible transfemoral TAVI system. Commercial implantations started early September after...

Ventricular Assist Devices Gaining Popularity, but Artificial Hearts Remain the Ideal

September 11, 2014 11:15 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Robert Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData's Senior Analyst covering Medical Devices, says: “Since the first implantation of the Jarvik 7 in 1982, artificial heart devices have evolved significantly in size, design and power usage, but many problems...

Findings Suggest How Swimming Cells Form Biofilms on Surfaces

September 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

New research findings point toward future approaches to fighting bacterial biofilms that foul everything from implantable medical devices to industrial pipes and boat propellers. Bacteria secrete a mucus-like “extracellular polymeric substance...

International Experts on Artificial Vision Coming to Detroit

September 10, 2014 11:10 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Soldiers returning from duty who have lost both eyes may be able to have some level of vision restored in the foreseeable future with an implant in the brain. This is one of many topics to be discussed when more than 30 internationally renowned...

First U.S. Implants in Clinical Study of Medtronic’s Recapturable CoreValve Evolut R

September 10, 2014 9:39 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the first U.S. implants in the CoreValve Evolut R Clinical Study, which will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the new Medtronic CoreValve Evolut R System. This novel investigational self-expanding valve...

Improving Stimulation Treatments for Patients with Chronic Pain

September 9, 2014 10:36 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

An official at a life sciences startup based on a Purdue University innovation says his company may increase the quality of life for patients who suffer from chronic pain that cannot effectively be managed through conventional drug therapy...

J&J's Ethicon Loses Another Mesh Trial

September 9, 2014 9:11 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, reported today that a Federal Jury in West Virginia awarded a husband and wife $3.27MM in damages, according to Bloomberg News, against Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson's mesh product division...

Titan Spine Announces Guarantee for Its Spinal Interbody Fusion Devices

September 8, 2014 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced that the Company is offering a warranty for its Endoskeleton® line of spinal interbody fusion devices...

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