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Abbott announces initiation of ABSORB IV heart stent clinical trial

Abbott announces initiation of ABSORB IV heart stent clinical trial

Abbott announced today the start of the ABSORB IV clinical trial, which will test whether its Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) is more cost-effective and offers a higher quality of life than a best-in-class, permanent, metallic drug eluting stent. [More]
UT Southwestern offers new, innovative four-flap breast reconstruction after mastectomy

UT Southwestern offers new, innovative four-flap breast reconstruction after mastectomy

UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of only two places in the world that offers a new, innovative and highly successful approach to breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. [More]
Four new styles of MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants get FDA approval

Four new styles of MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants get FDA approval

Mentor Worldwide LLC, the U.S. market leader in breast aesthetics, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved four additional styles of the MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants, expanding its suite of silicone breast implant products. [More]
Research roundup: Prevention services for seniors; drug shortages

Research roundup: Prevention services for seniors; drug shortages

This policy brief reports the findings of a systematic review conducted by the Community Health Innovations in Prevention for Seniors (CHIPS) project. ... Clinical preventive services such as colorectal cancer screening and pneumococcal immunization can help reduce rates of premature death and disability. Yet, many older adults are not receiving the full set of clinical preventive services that have been proven effective and are considered "high value" in terms of their costs per life saved. Rates are particularly low among racial and ethnic minority older adults compared to national goals. [More]
People who take antidepressants are twice as likely to have dental implants fail

People who take antidepressants are twice as likely to have dental implants fail

A team from McGill University has discovered that people who take the most common antidepressants (such as Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac, and Zoloft, the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs) are twice as likely to have dental implants fail as those who are not taking SSRIs. [More]
Justice Dept. sues spinal surgeon for alleged Medicare fraud

Justice Dept. sues spinal surgeon for alleged Medicare fraud

The Justice Department sued a neurosurgeon and the operators of a network of doctor-owned implant distributorships, alleging they defrauded Medicare of millions of dollars with unnecessary spinal surgeries. [More]
Facial rejuvenation to address multiple signs of aging face can be performed safely at 1 time

Facial rejuvenation to address multiple signs of aging face can be performed safely at 1 time

A total facial rejuvenation that combines three procedures to address the multiple signs of an aging face and neck can be performed safely at one time, a new study shows. [More]
Treatment with SSRIs linked with increased failure risk of osseointegrated implants

Treatment with SSRIs linked with increased failure risk of osseointegrated implants

The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have published a paper titled "SSRIs and the Risk of Osseointegrated Implant Failure - A Cohort Study. [More]
New vaccine in bid to move away from needles and syringes to skin delivery procedures

New vaccine in bid to move away from needles and syringes to skin delivery procedures

Drug delivery technologies that improve access and overall efficacy are becoming an essential part of the entire drug development process. [More]
Researcher presents new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on automatic wristwatch

Researcher presents new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on automatic wristwatch

A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. The prototype device does not require battery replacement. [More]
EDGE gets FDA clearance for VIEW Plating System and REDUCE Fracture Plating System

EDGE gets FDA clearance for VIEW Plating System and REDUCE Fracture Plating System

EDGE Orthopaedics, a new entry in the orthopedic medical device space, is excited to announce they have received their second FDA 510(k) clearance for the VIEW Plating System and REDUCE Fracture Plating System. [More]
TOBI project aims to improve quality of life for people with serious physical disabilities

TOBI project aims to improve quality of life for people with serious physical disabilities

People with serious physical disabilities are unable to do the everyday things that most of us take for granted despite having the will - and the brainpower - to do so. This is changing thanks to European projects such as TOBI (Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction). People with limited mobility can write emails and even regain control of paralysed limbs through thought alone. [More]
Women could benefit from Affordable Care Act's mandate for contraceptive coverage

Women could benefit from Affordable Care Act's mandate for contraceptive coverage

Women could benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act's mandate for contraceptive coverage, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. [More]
Chemical engineers devise new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth factors

Chemical engineers devise new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth factors

MIT chemical engineers have devised a new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth factors that are released slowly over a few weeks. When applied to bone injuries or defects, this coated scaffold induces the body to rapidly form new bone that looks and behaves just like the original tissue. [More]
Queen's University scientists make breakthrough in fight against hospital superbugs

Queen's University scientists make breakthrough in fight against hospital superbugs

Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have made a breakthrough in the fight against the most resistant hospital superbugs. [More]
Neovasc revenues increase 58% to $4,404,515 in Q2 2014

Neovasc revenues increase 58% to $4,404,515 in Q2 2014

Neovasc Inc. ("Neovasc" or the "Company") today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2014. All results are reported in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated. [More]
"Self-fitting" material precisely fills bone defects and acts as scaffold for new bone growth

"Self-fitting" material precisely fills bone defects and acts as scaffold for new bone growth

Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person's appearance. [More]
State highlights: Aging inmate care outside prison; Colo.'s teen birth rate drop; Minn. rural doc shortage

State highlights: Aging inmate care outside prison; Colo.'s teen birth rate drop; Minn. rural doc shortage

Providing health care to an aging prison population is a large and growing cost for states. Not only do inmates develop debilitating conditions at a younger age than people who are not incarcerated, but caring for them in the harsh environment of prisons is far more expensive than it is on the outside. [More]
First Edition: August 12, 2014

First Edition: August 12, 2014

Today's headlines include stories about how the federal government's experience with healthcare.gov has led to the creation of the U.S. Digital Service. [More]
First peer-reviewed comprehensive expert guidance on the use of neurostimulation for pain

First peer-reviewed comprehensive expert guidance on the use of neurostimulation for pain

Reflecting groundbreaking international consensus regarding a group of rapidly evolving medical interventions for chronic pain, the International Neuromodulation Society announced it will soon publish the first peer-reviewed comprehensive expert guidance on the appropriate use of neurostimulation for pain. [More]