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Allergan enters into an agreement to acquire Aquesys and its XEN45 program

Allergan enters into an agreement to acquire Aquesys and its XEN45 program

Allergan plc, a leading global pharmaceutical company, and AqueSys, Inc. a private clinical stage medical device company focused on developing ocular implants that reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) associated with glaucoma, today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Allergan will acquire AqueSys in an all-cash transaction. [More]
HeartWare International signs definitive agreement to acquire Valtech

HeartWare International signs definitive agreement to acquire Valtech

HeartWare International, Inc., a leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart failure, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Valtech Cardio, Ltd. [More]
Leadless cardiac pacemakers could overcome complications of conventional transvenous pacemakers

Leadless cardiac pacemakers could overcome complications of conventional transvenous pacemakers

A leadless cardiac pacemaker showed "good safety and reliable function" during the initial six months of follow-up in the LEADLESS II study, investigators reported during a Hot Line presentation at the ESC congress 2015. [More]
Arthrosurface inlay implant dramatically reduces progression of osteoarthritis

Arthrosurface inlay implant dramatically reduces progression of osteoarthritis

A recent study by Feucht et al, published in the KSSTA Knee Journal, compared the Arthrosurface HemiCAP Wave implant, which is based on an "inlay" Arthroplasty design, versus an "onlay" design implant for isolated patellofemoral disease. While both implant groups showed similar improvements in function and pain scores, none of the patients in the "inlay" group showed progression of osteoarthritis (OA). [More]
Researchers examine how small wireless sensors integrated into orthopedic implants can help detect SSI

Researchers examine how small wireless sensors integrated into orthopedic implants can help detect SSI

A team of researchers, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Eric Ledet, will investigate whether small wireless sensors incorporated into orthopedic implants could be used to detect surgical site infections. The research is supported by a $429,560 grant from the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Brief exposure to sudden sounds or mild trauma can form long-term memories

Brief exposure to sudden sounds or mild trauma can form long-term memories

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found how even brief exposure to sudden sounds or mild trauma can form permanent, long-term brain connections, or memories, in a specific region of the brain. Moreover, the research team, working with rats, says it was able to chemically stimulate those biological pathways in the locus coeruleus -- the area of the brain best known for releasing the "fight or flight" hormone noradrenaline -- to heighten and improve the animals' hearing. [More]
SI-BONE announces publication of results from INSITE and SIFI studies

SI-BONE announces publication of results from INSITE and SIFI studies

SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that pioneered the use of the iFuse Implant System, a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device indicated for fusion for certain disorders of the sacroiliac (SI) joint, announced the publication of one-year results from two separate prospective multicenter clinical trials as well as the publication of a systematic review of 18 MIS SI joint fusion studies. [More]
Women's contraceptive choices often driven by relationships, sexual activity

Women's contraceptive choices often driven by relationships, sexual activity

Women's contraceptive choices are more often driven by current relationships and sexual activity than by long-term pregnancy intentions, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. [More]
Innovative metamaterial sensing system could increase functionalities for hearing aids, cochlear implants

Innovative metamaterial sensing system could increase functionalities for hearing aids, cochlear implants

People trying to talk to Siri may soon no longer have to look like they're about to eat their iPhones, thanks to a new technology demonstration that solves the "Cocktail Party" conundrum. [More]
Rice and UTHealth scientists awarded $1.02 million NSF grant to examine how the brain processes language

Rice and UTHealth scientists awarded $1.02 million NSF grant to examine how the brain processes language

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.02 million grant to scientists at Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School to study how the brain processes language. The joint research may one day help people who lose the ability to communicate. [More]
Molecular on-off switch controls how mouse brain responds to vision loss

Molecular on-off switch controls how mouse brain responds to vision loss

KU Leuven biologists have discovered a molecular on-off switch that controls how a mouse brain responds to vision loss. [More]

C.R. Bard agrees to pay over $200 million to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims

MT Services LLC, a Lawsuit Settlement News Reporting Company which operates lawsuitsettlementnews.com, reports today that C.R. Bard Inc. has recently settled at least 3,000 cases against them, agreeing to pay more than $200 million to the women plaintiffs who were injured by the company's vaginal-mesh inserts. [More]
St. Luke’s neurosurgeon partners with Medtronic to perform first live feed neurosurgery

St. Luke’s neurosurgeon partners with Medtronic to perform first live feed neurosurgery

St. Luke’s University Health Network’s functional neurosurgeon Steven Falowski, MD, has partnered with Medtronic medical device company to promote faster and better product development within the field of neuromodulation for patients with pain and disability related to nerve disorders. [More]
Allergan receives FDA approval to market 28 additional styles of Natrelle 410 silicone-filled breast implants

Allergan receives FDA approval to market 28 additional styles of Natrelle 410 silicone-filled breast implants

Allergan, plc. today announced that the company has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market 28 additional styles of Natrelle 410 silicone-filled breast implants, giving surgeons and patients more options to achieve desired outcomes. [More]

First drug produced by 3D printing is approved by FDA

Levetiracetam manufactured using three-dimensional (3D) printing has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of epilepsy. [More]
Implanted biochemical sensor could allow doctors to better monitor, adjust cancer treatments

Implanted biochemical sensor could allow doctors to better monitor, adjust cancer treatments

In the battle against cancer, which kills nearly 8 million people worldwide each year, doctors have in their arsenal many powerful weapons, including various forms of chemotherapy and radiation. What they lack, however, is good reconnaissance — a reliable way to obtain real-time data about how well a particular therapy is working for any given patient. [More]
Northwestern gets $17.5 million NIH grant to invent, develop implantable drug delivery system for HIV prevention

Northwestern gets $17.5 million NIH grant to invent, develop implantable drug delivery system for HIV prevention

Northwestern Medicine scientists have received a five-year, $17.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for an interdisciplinary project that aims to invent, develop and test an implantable drug delivery system to protect high-risk individuals from HIV infection for up to a year at a time. [More]
Scientists develop artificial blood vessels that are resistant to blood clot formation

Scientists develop artificial blood vessels that are resistant to blood clot formation

Scientists from ITMO University developed artificial blood vessels that are not susceptible to blood clot formation. The achievement was made possible by a new generation of drug-containing coating applied to the inner surface of the vessel. [More]
FAU pre-medical student and surgeon work together on revolutionary procedure alternative to radical mastectomy

FAU pre-medical student and surgeon work together on revolutionary procedure alternative to radical mastectomy

Elizabeth Hopkins, an aspiring physician and pre-medical student in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University, has spent more than 640 hours shadowing Hilton Becker, M.D., a local plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and an affiliate professor in FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Together, with Jeffrey Lind II, M.D., they authored a publication in the current issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, which describes a revolutionary procedure developed by Becker that is an alternative to radical mastectomy. [More]
Consuming alcohol at conception increases diabetes risk in offspring

Consuming alcohol at conception increases diabetes risk in offspring

Babies conceived by women who drink alcohol around the time of conception face dramatically increased risks of type 2 diabetes and obesity in early middle age, a University of Queensland study has found. [More]
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