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WATCHMAN Device helps reduce stroke risk, stop use of blood thinners in patients with atrial fibrillation

WATCHMAN Device helps reduce stroke risk, stop use of blood thinners in patients with atrial fibrillation

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute now offers patients with irregular heart rhythm a minimally invasive option to reduce the risk of stroke, as well as enable stopping long-term use of blood thinning medication. Physicians at MedStar Heart at MedStar Washington Hospital Center were the first in the Washington metropolitan region to successfully implant the WATCHMAN Device on June 16 in two patients with atrial fibrillation (A-fib). [More]
Afamelanotide treatment improves quality of life in people with erythropoietic protoporphyria

Afamelanotide treatment improves quality of life in people with erythropoietic protoporphyria

A novel synthetic hormone that makes certain skin cells produce more melanin significantly increases pain-free sun exposure in people with erythropoietic protoporphyria, a rare, genetic disorder resulting in excruciating pain within minutes of sun exposure. [More]

Strong Precision Technologies' two medical divisions now going to market under MedTorque brand

Strong Precision Technologies announced today that its two medical divisions will now go to market under a single brand, MedTorque. The move reflects the increasing integration of the division formerly known as Inland Midwest with MedTorque, its sister division in Kenosha, WI. [More]
FDA Grants clearance to MXO's dynaMX Compression Staple featuring Malleable Nitinol Technology

FDA Grants clearance to MXO's dynaMX Compression Staple featuring Malleable Nitinol Technology

MX Orthopedics, Corp., a leader in superelastic technologies for orthopedic implants, announces the recent FDA clearance (K143622) of its patent-pending dynaMX™ Compression Staple featuring Malleable Nitinol Technology. [More]
Implantable microfluid system can efficiently stabilize intraocular pressure

Implantable microfluid system can efficiently stabilize intraocular pressure

Elevated or diminished eye pressure impairs our ability to see, and in the worst cases, can even lead to blindness. Until now, there has been no effective long-term treatment. In response, Fraunhofer researchers are developing an implantable microfluid system that can efficiently and durably stabilize intraocular pressure. [More]
FDA grants first cervical multilevel indication to Centinel Spine’s STALIF C integrated interbody device

FDA grants first cervical multilevel indication to Centinel Spine’s STALIF C integrated interbody device

Centinel Spine, Inc., the pioneer of Stand-Alone, No-Profile, Integrated Interbody fusion devices was granted the first cervical multilevel indication for a Stand-Alone interbody device by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). [More]
STAR tumor ablation system reduces pain from spinal tumors, improves quality of life

STAR tumor ablation system reduces pain from spinal tumors, improves quality of life

Many patients with advanced cancers experience significant pain, and the pain caused by metastases (cancers that have spread to the spine) can be excruciating as tumor growth replaces bone. [More]
Cochlear Nucleus 6 Sound Processor approved by FDA for use with Nucleus 22 Cochlear Implant

Cochlear Nucleus 6 Sound Processor approved by FDA for use with Nucleus 22 Cochlear Implant

Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Cochlear™ Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor for use with the Nucleus 22 Cochlear Implant, giving those who have worn cochlear implants from the beginning (over 20 years in some cases) access to the latest breakthroughs in true wireless and automatic hearing. Released in 1985, the Nucleus 22 Implant was the first commercially available multi-channel cochlear implant in the world. [More]
CardiAQ Valve Technologies announces first human implant of transcatheter bioprosthetic mitral heart valve

CardiAQ Valve Technologies announces first human implant of transcatheter bioprosthetic mitral heart valve

CardiAQ Valve Technologies (CardiAQ), which has developed the world’s first self-conforming and self-anchoring technology for nonsurgical transfemoral-transseptal percutaneous Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation (TMVI), today announced that its second-generation bioprosthetic mitral heart valve was successfully implanted as a compassionate treatment into a 72-year-old male suffering from severe mitral regurgitation (MR 4+) with multiple co-morbidities and ineligible for alternate treatment modalities. [More]
Stanford researchers find how neurons work together to control movement in people with paralysis

Stanford researchers find how neurons work together to control movement in people with paralysis

Stanford University researchers studying how the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease, have found that groups of neurons work together, firing in complex rhythms to signal muscles about when and where to move. [More]
DC Devices announces completion of enrollment in REDUCE LAP-HF trial for diastolic heart failure treatment

DC Devices announces completion of enrollment in REDUCE LAP-HF trial for diastolic heart failure treatment

DC Devices, Inc., a medical device company pioneering first-in-class structural heart devices for heart failure, today announced that it has completed enrollment and implants in the REDUCE LAP-HF trial, an open label, multi-center, single-arm study of the InterAtrial Shunt Device (IASD) – the world's first transcatheter device for the treatment of diastolic heart failure (DHF), which is also known as heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). [More]
DePuy Synthes Companies, AO Foundation sign cooperation agreement to improve patient outcomes

DePuy Synthes Companies, AO Foundation sign cooperation agreement to improve patient outcomes

The DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced that the company has signed a five-year cooperation agreement with the AO Foundation to continue the work they began together in 1960 to deliver world-class professional education and develop new innovations that improve patient outcomes and increase efficiency of care. [More]
Research: Patients test drive pacemaker outside the skin before deciding on permanent implant

Research: Patients test drive pacemaker outside the skin before deciding on permanent implant

Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE - CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Professor Michael Giudici, director of arrhythmia services in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, US. [More]
Cardiac device wearers ought to keep safe distance from smartphones to prevent unwanted painful shocks

Cardiac device wearers ought to keep safe distance from smartphones to prevent unwanted painful shocks

Cardiac device wearers should keep a safe distance from smartphones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, reveals research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE -- CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Dr. Carsten Lennerz, first author and cardiology resident in the Clinic for Heart and Circulatory Diseases, German Heart Centre, Munich, Germany. [More]
Improved birth control advice reduces unintended pregnancy rate among young women

Improved birth control advice reduces unintended pregnancy rate among young women

Providing health workers with training on how to educate young women about intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants reduced the rate of unintended pregnancy by almost half in a study of women seeking family planning services. [More]
Centinel Spine obtains FDA clearance for STALIF MIDLINE, MIDLINE II and MIDLINE II-Ti devices

Centinel Spine obtains FDA clearance for STALIF MIDLINE, MIDLINE II and MIDLINE II-Ti devices

Centinel Spine, Inc., the pioneer of Stand-Alone, No-Profile, Integrated Interbody fusion devices receive FDA clearance for its STALIF MIDLINE, MIDLINE II, MIDLINE II-Ti (Ti-ACTIVE) devices for use with allogeneic bone graft in lumbar spinal fusion procedures. [More]

New noninvasive brain stimulator may help tamp down Parkinson's symptoms at home

Parkinson's disease patients whose symptoms such as tremor, muscle stiffness and slowed movement make it tough to hold an eating utensil steady have few options for relief outside of a hospital or clinic. Medication can help, but over time it tends to become less effective. [More]
Implantable antibiotic-laden sponges help prevent sternal wound infections during cardiac surgery

Implantable antibiotic-laden sponges help prevent sternal wound infections during cardiac surgery

Cardiac surgeons often "crack open" the flat bone that forms the middle front section of the chest, known as the sternum, in order to reach important structures. When a sternal wound infection (SWI) occurs, serious complications and even death may result. Implanting antibiotic-laden sponges between the sternal halves before closure has been adapted to prevent infections. [More]
New study suggests dental implants may improve quality of life in women with osteoporosis

New study suggests dental implants may improve quality of life in women with osteoporosis

A new study by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers suggests dental implants may be the best route to take, according to Leena Palomo, associate professor of periodontics and corresponding author of "Dental Implant Supported Restorations Improve the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Women." [More]
‘VascuBone Toolbox’ provides components required for customised vascularised bone implant

‘VascuBone Toolbox’ provides components required for customised vascularised bone implant

The EU project VascuBone was coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and has reached the end of a 5-year funding period. [More]
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