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7 medtech stories we missed this week: Sept. 8, 2017

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 15:06
[Image from unsplash.com]From BrainScope’s pediatric traumatic brain injury assessment device to EOS Imaging releasing new surgery planning software, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. BrainScope to develop pediatric traumatic brain injury assessment device BrainScope announced in a Sept. 7 press release that it will immediately start creating a pediatric capability for its BrainScope One medical neurotechnology. The technology is an FDA-cleared handheld medical device that is designed to assess the full spectrum of traumatic brain injury. The company says that the pediatric version of its BrainScope One will be similar to the one that is currently available. The current device is easy-to-use and rapid and helps clinicians a...

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Villafa ña-founded artificial vessel developer Medical 21 looks to raise $15m

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 16:57
St. Jude Medical founder Manny Villafaña’s newest medtech play, Medical 21, is looking to raise $15 million in an equity round of funding, according to an SEC filing posted recently. The company is developing an artificial blood vessel as an alternative to harvesting blood vessels for coronary artery bypass surgeries, and has already begun animal testing of the technology, according to a Twin Cities Business report. Bypass surgeries, which are performed over 500,000 times a year in the US, require surgeons to harvest blood vessels from a patient’s body to be stitched into the heart to repair the circulatory system. The development of an artificial vessel could significantly change how the procedures are performed, according to the report – a goal that Medical 21 hopes to see...
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3D-printed organ dev BioLife4D registers for $50m IPO

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 14:44
Biological 3D printing developer BioLife4D has filed for a $50 million initial public offering as it looks to commercialize its cardiac tissue regeneration and organ replacement processes. The Chicago-based company said yesterday it is developing technologies with an end goal of creating a 3D bioprinted viable human heart suitable for transplant. Funds from the offering are slated to support working capital and fund initiatives which include expanding personnel, acquiring additional laboratory space and licensing related technologies. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide – killing one in four men and one in three women while outpacing all forms of cancer combined. BioLife4D is committed to transforming the treatment of heart disease, capitalizing on recent medical...
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Google ’ s Verily is developing AI-powered heart disease test using retinal images

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 14:35
Google (NSDQ:GOOG) parent Alphabet‘s (NSDQ:GOOGL) Verily is developing a new artificial-intelligence powered test that searches for indicators of heart disease risk present in retina images, according to a new study. The study, which has not yet been peer reviewed but has been published by Cornell University, details a new machine-learning powered system designed by Verily to “discover new knowledge from retinal fundus images.” The system operates on data from 284,335 patients, validated on 2 independent datasets of 12,026 and 999 patients, to predict cardiovascular risks “not previously thought to be present or quantifiable in retinal images,” according to the study publication. Researchers claim they were able to use the system to determine a patient’s a...

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NaviGate touts 1st 52mm transcatheter tricuspid valve procedure

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 14:59
NaviGate Cardiac Structures touted this week that its Gate catheter-guided tricuspid atrioventricular valved stent was implanted six weeks ago into a patient’s transplanted heart. The patient’s transplanted heart was failing due to severe tricuspid valve insufficiency. The successful implantation at the Policlinico of the University of Padua, Italy, is the first European-based patient treated with the company’s tricuspid replacement heart valve. Three hours after the procedure, the patient was showing improved renal function, NaviGate reported. Two months after the intervention, the 67-year-old male patient has improved clinically and boasts excellent valvular function, according to the company. This procedure brings the total number of NaviGate tricuspid implant cases th...

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NHS no longer uses post-it notes for heart transplants

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:47
The pioneering system is 300 times faster, NHS Blood and Transplant experts claim, and has removed around 40 lengthy steps from the organ matching process. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Advocating for Bridget: Coping with Hirschsprung ’s disease

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 12:00
On June 20, Bridget Landry celebrated a very special day with a hearty steak dinner. But it wasn’t her birthday. Instead, the 10-year-old and her family were marking the sixth anniversary of the day her ostomy bag was removed. As she enjoyed her meal, her parents, Carl and Laura, marveled at just how far their daughter had come. “For her first birthday, she couldn’t even take a bite of cake,” remembers Carl. Bridget’s first few months of life were similar to those of most infants: She had a typical birth, nursed and met all her milestones. Yet at six months, her parents began to notice something was amiss. She wouldn’t eat solid food, wasn’t having bowel movements and her belly looked distended. Her pediatrician suggested that she might just be constipated. “But in our hear...
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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 28, 2017

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:00
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Resonetics acquires Aduro Laser Resonetics announced that it has acquired Aduro Laser. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We are very excited to partner with Grayson Beck and Demian Backs, who have created raving fans with Aduro’s disruptive business model,” Tom Burns, Resonetics’ CEO, said. “We share a similar culture with an emphasis on innovation, speed and cust...

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Abbott wins FDA nod for HeartMate 3 pump

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 12:00
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today that the FDA approved its HeartMate 3 implantable pump for heart failure patients awaiting a transplant. The approval is the latest for the HeartMate line of left ventricular assist devices first developed by Thoratec, which was later acquired by St. Jude Medical before a $25 billion merger brought it to Abbott earlier this year. Abbott said HeartMate 3 features full magnetic levitation for the pump’s impeller, aiming to cause less trauma to blood cells as they pass through the pump. Although it is smaller than its predecessor, Abbott claimed it has the industry’s largest “pump pathway.” The device won CE Mark approval in the European Union in October 2015. “Heart failure is a crippling and costly disease and the HeartMate 3 syst...
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Many Heart Failure Patients Don ’ t Recognize the Risks of Their Illness Many Heart Failure Patients Don ’ t Recognize the Risks of Their Illness

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 18:40
Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Eleven-Year-Old Boy Receives Kidney for Christmas at Duke

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 17:39
Treatment TermsPediatric Kidney Transplant Author Hallie Potocki Overview After battling kidney disease his entire young life, 11-year-old Kaleek Beatty got the best present he could ask for, just five days before Christmas 2016. Duke Children's Hospital called to say they had found a kidney for him. Hero Imagekaleekbeatty_blog.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Born with Kidney Disease ContentAsk a typical 11-year-old, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and you’re likely to hear “sports superstar” or “rock musician.” Ask Kaleek Beatty, though, and his unhesitating reply is, “kidney transplant doctor.”“I want to be able to help other kids the way the doctors at Duke helped me,” answered Kaleek, reflecting the same upbeat, can-do attitude of...
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Fewer antibiotic prescriptions are being filled, a new analysis finds

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:00
The use of antibiotics among Americans with commercial health insurance has decreased during the past several years, according to a new analysis that nevertheless shows lingering variations for different ages and in different parts of the country. The study released on Thursday provides the latest evidence of how doctors and patients have begun to heed warnings […]Related:NIH unit deletes references to climate ‘change’Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse? Here’s what you need to know.A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy’s life. But he died on his first day of school. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Many heart failure patients don ’t recognize the risks of their illness

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:35
(Reuters Health) - Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Medical Extrusion Technologies loses trademark bid

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:09
A U.S. trademark board last week shot down a bid by Medical Extrusion Technologies to trademark its name, ruling that the name is not distinct enough to trademark. MET applied to trademark its name for “polyurethanes in the form of sheets, films, pellets, granules, and tubes for use in the manufacture of medical devices, medical diagnostic devices, artificial vascular grafts, stents, pacemaker leads, artificial heart pump diaphragms, catheters, drug delivery devices, orthopedic and spinal implants, blood glucose monitors, and blood gas analyzers.” Get the full story at our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing. The post Medical Extrusion Technologies loses trademark bid appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
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New Use of Blood Cleaning Device Saves High-Risk Patients With Liver Failure

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 23:00
Severe acute liver failure (ALF), a rare but life-threatening illness, is associated with high death rates if patients don’t receive timely treatment or a liver transplant. Unlike the heart or the kidneys, there is no established mechanical device to replace the liver’s function. Now, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought. (Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine News Headlines)
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Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse? Here ’ s what you need to know.

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:37
So you looked directly at the sun while trying to watch the solar eclipse. Maybe you didn't read the warnings or couldn't get your hands on a pair of eclipse glasses. Or maybe you did have them but couldn't resist, just for a few seconds, staring straight at the sun with your naked eyes, experts be darned. […]Related:A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy’s life. But he died on his first day of school.Elderly couple got ‘deepest wish’ — to die together — in rare euthanasia caseTibetan Buddhism-based ‘compassion’ training for doctors targets burnout (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Boy with heart transplant dies on first day of school

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:14
Peyton West's parents would never have thought that his first day of school this year was going to be his last. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Boy who had heart transplant dies on first day of school

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:14
Peyton West's parents don't know what went wrong with his heart (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy ’ s life. But he died on his first day of school.

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 13:39
Peyton West woke up early Thursday morning, his first day back to school. Carrying his red backpack, wearing his gray shirt and his red-framed glasses — red and gray are his favorite colors — he posed for a first-day-of-school picture outside his family's house in Ohio, just outside Cincinnati. The 13-year-old, who was born with only […]Related:Elderly couple got ‘deepest wish’ — to die together — in rare euthanasia caseTibetan Buddhism-based ‘compassion’ training for doctors targets burnoutThere’s plague in Arizona. Authorities warn of fleas that can infect people and pets. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Risk Assessment Differs for Doctors, Heart Failure Patients

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:00
Doctors consider most patients with advanced heart failure to be at high risk for transplant, LVAD, death (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

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