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May 31, 2013 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

One of the most interesting things about my position is seeing the changes in one of the most dynamic industries around—the medical device industry (and, in a broader sense, the healthcare industry). In my 13+ years of reporting on this industry, I’ve seen many changes and technological advances. It truly is remarkable to think about how far certain sectors of the industry have come in what is really a very short period of time.

Lead Acts to Trigger Schizophrenia

May 31, 2013 12:04 pm | by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health | News | Comments

Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say their findings suggest a synergistic effect between lead exposure and a genetic risk factor, and open an avenue to better understanding the complex gene-environment interactions that put people at risk for schizophrenia and other mental disorders.

Immune System to Fight Brain Tumors

May 30, 2013 4:41 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

Research at Lund University in Sweden gives hope that one of the most serious types of brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, could be fought by the patients' own immune system. The tumors are difficult to remove with surgery because the tumor cells grow into the surrounding healthy brain tissue. A patient with the disease therefore does not usually survive much longer than a year after the discovery of the tumor.

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Home Healthcare and Home-Use Medical Device Design

May 30, 2013 3:14 pm | by Kristina Bosland, Sr. Human Factors Engineer, Farm Design | Farm | Blogs | Comments

Home healthcare and the use of medical devices outside of the professional healthcare environment are on the rise. Modern medicine allows us to live longer and provides those with chronic diseases the ability to receive medical care at home. Examples of home-use devices are oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, sleep apnea monitors, body-worn nerve and muscle stimulators, and dialysis machines, just to name a few.

Medical Device Technology: Our Best Hope for Delivering Global Healthcare

May 29, 2013 11:36 am | by Simon Karger, Associate Director, Surgical & Interventional, Cambridge Consultants | Cambridge Consultants Inc | Blogs | Comments

The technology at the heart of the next generation of medical devices is critical to our ability to offer comprehensive care in the coming decades. While our current systems of care have served us well thus far, they are crumbling under the pressures of modern expectations of care, economics, scale, and the sheer breadth of medical science.

The Analysis of Medical Images Is Improved to Facilitate the Study of Psychotic Disorders

May 29, 2013 10:00 am | by UPNA/NUP-Public University of Navarre | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the UPNA/NUP-Public University of Navarre has developed new super resolution and segmentation methods for magnetic resonance images so that they can be applied to the structural study of psychosis. The aim is to be able to identify the differences that are produced in specific parts of the brain in psychotic patients with respect to their healthy relatives or other people.

Vycor Issued Strategically Significant U.S. Patent for Its ViewSite(TM) Brain Access System (VBAS)

May 29, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vycor Medical, Inc. ("Vycor") (OTCBB: VYCO), a medical device company with a suite of FDA cleared products, announced that U.S. patent #12/545719, which relates to its ViewSite™ Brain Access System ("VBAS"), has been issued. The claims of this patent cover methods for accessing a...

Spine Function Improves Following Cell Replacement Therapy with Fetal Human Stem Cells

May 28, 2013 10:06 am | by BioMed Central | News | Comments

Human fetal stem cell grafts improve both motor and sensory functions in rats suffering from a spinal cord injury, according to research published this week in BioMed Central's open access journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. This cell replacement therapy also improves the structural integrity of the spine, providing a functional relay through the injury site.

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Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark Approval For GUIDE™ DBS System

May 27, 2013 5:15 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval for use of the GUIDE™ DBS System, the world's first deep brain stimulation (DBS) visualization system.  GUIDE DBS provides clinicians with 3D visualization information that simulates stimulation output, which may reduce programming time and enable more precise targeting of therapy.

New Imaging Techniques Used to Help Patients Suffering from Epilepsy

May 23, 2013 11:00 am | by Canadian Association for Neuroscience | News | Comments

New techniques in imaging of brain activity developed by Jean Gotman and his colleagues lead to improved treatment of patients suffering from epilepsy. The combination of electroencephalogram and functional magnetic resonance imaging leads to more precise localization of the areas generating epileptic seizures, giving neurosurgeons a better understanding of the optimal ways of intervention, if appropriate.

Israel Brain Technologies Announces Israel's 1st International Brain Technology Conference

May 23, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) has announced the launch of BrainTech Israel 2013, Israel's 1st International Brain Technology Conference, which will take place on October 14th-15th in Tel Aviv, recently ranked as the 2nd most innovative...

New Data Show Long-Term Benefit of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Difficult-to-Treat Patients with Depression using NeuroStar TMS Therapy System

May 21, 2013 5:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New data released today at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association show that the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System® induced statistically and clinically meaningful response and remission in patients with Major Depressive...

Study Finds that Sleep Apnea and Alzheimer's Are Linked

May 20, 2013 11:25 am | by American Thoracic Society | News | Comments

A new study looking at sleep-disordered breathing and markers for Alzheimer's disease risk in cerebrospinal fluid and neuroimaging adds to the growing body of research linking the two. But this latest study also poses an interesting question: Could AD in its "preclinical stages" also lead to SDB and explain the increased prevalence of SDB in the elderly?

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The Ohio State University Commences Key Comparative Study of Vycor's Patented ViewSite Brain Access System

May 20, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vycor Medical, Inc. ("Vycor") (OTCQB: VYCO), a medical device company with a suite of FDA approved products, announced today that the Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery Program at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) has commenced an animal study to evaluate a comparison of tissue damage...

Statistical Challenges in Medical Device Trail Evaluation

May 17, 2013 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical devices are any medical items that are neither a drug nor a biological product. In light of their different mechanisms, actions and regulatory requirements, medical device (MD) trail evaluations are much more complicated than drug trails due to their unique clinical practices....

UT Arlington Physicist's Tool Has Potential for Brain Mapping

May 17, 2013 11:48 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A new tool being developed by UT Arlington assistant professor of physics could help scientists map and track the interactions between neurons inside different areas of the brain. The journal Optics Letters recently published a paper by Samarendra Mohanty on the development of a fiber-optic, two-photon, optogenetic stimulator and its use on human cells in a laboratory.

EuroMedtech™ 2013 Helps Create Collaborative Pathways to Getting Medtech Innovation to Market

May 16, 2013 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ZURICH & DUESSELDORF, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2013--The fifth annual EuroMedtech™ partnering conference concluded last week in Duesseldorf, Germany. EuroMedtech is Europe’s leading medical technology partnering conference where participants engage with potential partners around in-...

UCB and IBM Collaborate to Personalize Care for Epilepsy Patients

May 15, 2013 9:47 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

UCB and IBM today announced the completion of the initial phase of a project designed to harness the power of analytics to help healthcare providers deliver more highly personalized care to people living with epilepsy. The milestone marks the critical first step in the path towards eventually harnessing the transformative power of cognitive computing capabilities, such as IBM Watson, for epilepsy care.

Gov’t Stops Study Seeking to Prevent Type of Stroke

May 14, 2013 11:34 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The government has halted a study testing treatments for a brain condition that can cause strokes after early results suggested invasive therapies were riskier than previously thought. The condition involves a kind of tangle in the brain called an arteriovenous malformation, or AVM. Arteries and veins grow knotted together until eventually some of them burst, causing a bleeding stroke.

Why Medtech Startups Are Moving to Ireland

May 13, 2013 2:33 pm | by Eddie Goodwin, Manager, Boston Office, Enterprise Ireland | Blogs | Comments

It’s no secret that getting a medical device to market can be a lengthy, frustrating process. Facing the new medical device excise tax and lack of clarity from the FDA around regulatory policies, medtech startups are now starting to rethink launching in the U.S.

Life Care Medical Devices Ltd Announces Addition Of Dublin, Ireland Based European Subsidiary

May 10, 2013 7:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Life Care Medical Devices Ltd (OTCBB:LCMD) today announced the opening of their European subsidiary offices in Dublin, Ireland.  Life Care Medical Devices Ltd, Ireland will manage all aspects of the company's European business. "With a strong, solid history in the medical device arena,...

From Wireless Age to Consumer Age

May 8, 2013 11:54 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

Wireless healthcare is upon us. Each day, it seems more devices and technology are becoming untethered or new capabilities are being added to wireless devices. No longer are the applications of wireless devices limited to patient monitoring, but rather an array of therapies are now available for treating patients at home or even on the go.

The Brain-Gut Connection: A Link Between Depression and Common Hospital-Acquired Infection

May 7, 2013 11:47 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Adults with depression and who receive certain types of anti-depressants have an increased risk of developing Clostridium difficile, a costly and serious hospital-associated infection, according to a new University of Michigan Health System study.

The Future of Energy-Based Surgical Systems

May 6, 2013 2:43 pm | by Steven Walsh, Ph.D., VP of R&D, and Nikolay Suslov, Ph.D., EVP and CTO, Plasma Surgical | Blogs | Comments

Unique energy-based surgical devices afford broad clinical use in the cutting, coagulation, and ablation of tissues using a high velocity jet of thermal plasma, and the PlasmaJet surgical system is one example of this medical device evolution. Plasma is formed when sufficient energy is added to remove outer electrons from a gas to form ions.

Researchers Reveal More Precise Method of Performing Electroconvulsive Therapy

May 6, 2013 11:06 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Electroconvulsive therapy is the most effective acute treatment for severe major depression. However, even with newer forms of ECT, there remains a significant risk of adverse cognitive effects, particularly memory problems. Current theories hold that the regions that need to be stimulated to treat the depression are different and separate from the regions that result in memory problems.

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