Current Headlines

  1. St. Jude Medical’s New Ablation Catheter Receives FDA Approval
    1/30/2015

    Catheter ablation, a clinical technique for treating cardiac arrhythmias, has a brand new tool at its disposal. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved St. Jude Medical’s FlexAbility ablation catheter for clinical use, and developers hope the new design will assist electrophysiology (EP) specialists with conducting safer procedures in more challenging cases.

  2. Stomach Acid-Fueled Micromotors Show Promise For Diagnostics, Drug Delivery
    1/30/2015

    Scientists from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have set stomach acid-fueled micromotors loose inside the stomach of a mouse. Researchers claim the technology may someday be useful as a novel drug delivery system and diagnostic tool.

  3. Fusing MRI And Ultrasound Could Improve Cancer Diagnostics
    1/30/2015

    Using a new combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound, researchers from the University of Maryland have developed a more accurate diagnostic method for detecting prostate cancer. The dual imaging approach guides prostate biopsy collection in a way that is much more effective than standard biopsy methods. Distinguishing between high-risk and low-risk cancers may now be much more straightforward, enabling a more personalized treatment approach.

  4. Philips, Teva Launch Israeli Medtech Incubator
    1/30/2015

    Philips Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. recently launched Sanara Ventures — an incubator for Israeli medtech and pharmaceutical companies with global aspirations.

  5. FDA Releases cGMP Draft Guidance For Combination Products
    1/30/2015

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued draft guidance outlining current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) requirements for combination products. The draft guidance intends to clarify cGMP requirements for combination products and provides hypothetical scenarios illustrating compliance considerations for certain types of combination products.

  6. Stryker To Focus On Acquisitions, Disruption
    1/29/2015

    Stryker Corporation continues to consider relevant acquisitions that disrupt the market, according to remarks recently made by the company’s top executive. The comments came in the midst of speculation that Stryker will soon acquire fellow orthopedic device maker Smith & Nephew.

  7. Robotic Hands Develop Better Motor Skills
    1/29/2015

    Researchers from the German Primate Center have recently developed a way to predict hand movements by measuring neuronal activity. Studies performed with a subfamily of primates called macaques have identified the neural activity involved in many hand grasping movements, which is knowledge that could be applied to controlling robotic prostheses.

  8. MIT’s Implantable Polymer Fibers Could Revolutionize Neural Prosthetics
    1/29/2015

    Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed new polymer fibers that are capable of transmitting multiple brain signals simultaneously, delivering drugs, and wirelessly recording brain functions. The new technology improves on many of the drawbacks encountered in traditional neural prosthetic devices.

  9. Portable X-Ray Services Are On The Rise
    1/29/2015

    Instead of waiting at an emergency room to be examined, many patients are now opting to have X-rays taken in their homes. Especially convenient for the elderly or patients with significant illnesses, portable X-ray machines can take as little as 20 minutes and may even be able to digitally transmit information to a radiologist.

  10. Tear-Jerking Implant Could Treat Dry Eye
    1/28/2015

    A former Stanford Biodesign fellow is currently developing an implantable neurostimulator that could alleviate the symptoms of dry eye. If successful, the device could meet a significant area of unmet need in ophthalmology.

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