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Weekly Vitals: At the Heart of ESC 2012

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 30, 2012
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress was held in Munich this week and served as a platform for announcing the launch of various products and the results of exciting trials, particularly for medtech powerhouses such as Medtronic and St. Jude. Hot topics such as fractional flow reserve and renal denervation played a prominent role at the conference. Read more about some of the big news to come out of ESC in our weekly roundup below....Continue

Noninvasive Biosensor Could Eliminate Needles from Blood Glucose Monitoring

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 29, 2012
Developing an alternative approach to blood glucose monitoring that does not rely on lancets and pinpricks has been a primary goal of diabetes device R&D in recent years. Contributing to this effort, researchers at Purdue University have engineered a noninvasive, low-cost biosensor capable of detecting glucose in concentrations as low as 0.3 micromolar in blood, urine, saliva, and tears....Continue

Weekly Vitals: St. Jude Medical Gets FDA Surprise, More Backlash

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 23, 2012
Bad press has plagued St. Jude Medical's ICD leads since the Riata recall in December and the company is now riding out the latest wave. During the past week, the company received a surprising order from FDA to conduct studies on the recalled Riata as well as the non-recalled Durata and other leads....Continue

Cardiologist Proves to be Thorn in St. Jude’s Side for ICD Leads

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 23, 2012
Noted cardiologist Robert Hauser can’t seem to stop giving St. Jude Medical palpitations....Continue

Big Corporations Set to Outshine Startups in 'Fourth Era of Innovation'

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 16, 2012
Pioneering startups have often been credited with pushing the boundaries of medtech innovation for the past several decades. And while medical device powerhouses such as Medtronic and Boston Scientific have also been instrumental in developing progressive technologies, they often look to the little guys for both inspiration and acquisition potential....Continue

Retinal Implant Could Crack the Code to Restoring Sight in the Blind

Posted in Ophthalmology by Shana Leonard on August 15, 2012
The three blind mice immortalized in nursery rhyme could have had entirely different fates today, thanks to a breakthrough in retinal implants that has restored sight in blind mice....Continue

Novel Wrist-Worn Device May Mitigate mHealth Security Risks

Posted in Medical Computing by Shana Leonard on August 15, 2012
Wearable technologies are on track to be a $6-billion industry by 2016. But despite the potential mHealth, wearable sensing, and telemedicine applications hold, such wireless medical technologies also pose significant vulnerabilities to patients in terms of security and privacy....Continue

Northern Indiana Pursues Development of Medical Packaging Cluster

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 15, 2012
Home to Warsaw, IN—also known as the "Orthopedic Capital of the World"—Northeast Indiana boasts $12 billion in total regional orthopedic device industry revenues in addition to nearly 100 life sciences, orthopedic, and medical device companies. Looking to leverage and support these local thriving orthopedics and life sciences sectors, Northeast Indiana's Whitley County Economic Development Corp....Continue

Weekly Vitals: Ossur Shines at Olympics, 'Smart' Devices Give Patients Power, and More

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 15, 2012
Among the most-talked-about stories at this year's London Olympics was that of South African Sprinter Oscar Pistorius. A double amputee, Pistorius simultaneously won over crowds and fellow athletes alike and generated debate as to whether his artificial limbs, made by Ossur, gave him any sort of unfair advantage. Plus, the Wall Street Journal examined smart prostheses and other medical devices....Continue

Anemia-Detecting Cell Phone Device Could Impact Pregnant Moms, Newborns in Developing Countries

Posted by Shana Leonard on August 9, 2012
Innovative and tech-savvy university researchers have been pioneering the development of low-cost medical devices that leverage cell phones, which are often much more accessible in developing countries than traditional medical devices or technologies....Continue
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