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Medtronic To Pay More Than $1B In Patent Settlement

May 20, 2014 9:32 am | News | Comments

Medtronic has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle long-standing patent litigation with fellow medical device maker Edwards Lifesciences over replacement heart valves.              

Britain Launches $17M Science Prize

May 19, 2014 2:20 pm | News | Comments

Britain is offering almost $17 million to whoever can solve one of humanity's biggest scientific challenges — once the public has decided what it is.                   

Bayer Selling Division To Boston Scientific For $415M

May 15, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

Germany's Bayer AG says it's selling its interventional division to the Boston Scientific Corporation for $415 million so that it can focus on growth in other areas.               

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Teen Invents, Sells Medical Devices

May 13, 2014 12:59 pm | by Amy Nile, The Daily Herald | News | Comments

Suman traveled to New York to tape the show's regular segment called "Fallonventions," which showcases the achievements of young inventors. He used his Steth IO, which turns a smartphone into a stethoscope, to listen to Fallon's heart.           

Boston Scientific Gets Subpoena For Heart Devices

May 9, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Boston Scientific said Thursday the U.S. government wants documents related to its Cognis and Teligen heart devices.                    

Experiment Grows New Muscle In Injured Legs

May 1, 2014 10:22 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists implanted thin sheets of scaffolding-like material from pigs into a few young men with disabling leg injuries — and say the experimental treatment coaxed the men's own stem cells to regrow new muscle.          

Endo To Settle Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits For $830M

May 1, 2014 8:49 am | News | Comments

Drug and medical device maker says it will pay $830 million to resolve roughly 20,000 personal lawsuits from patients who say they were injured by the company's vaginal mesh implants.             

FDA Wants Stronger Safety Rules For Pelvic Mesh

April 29, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

Makers of trouble-prone implants used to surgically repair women's pelvic problems would be subject to stricter safety requirements under a federal proposal issued Tuesday.              

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Michigan Man Among 1st To Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 8:08 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The artificial implant in Pontz's left eye is part of a system developed by Second Sight that includes a small video camera and transmitter housed in a pair of glasses.                

ACA Chips At Core Goal Of Reducing Uninsured

April 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions of affordability, eligibility, immigrant access and the response from employers and state legislatures — obstacles that existed before the Affordable Care Act took effect — mean considerable work remains to make a larger dent in the uninsured population.

Scientists Try To Build Heart With 3-D Printer

April 10, 2014 8:01 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | News | Comments

It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3-D printed heart would ever be put in a person.                

Electrical Device Helps Paralyzed Men Move Their Legs

April 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

When the implanted device is activated, the men can wiggle their toes, lift their legs and stand briefly. But they aren't able to walk and still use wheelchairs to get around.              

Scientists In UK Make Body Parts In Lab

April 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

While only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far, researchers hope they will soon be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what would be the world's first nose made partly from stem cells.

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Decoding Germs' DNA To Fight Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 8:37 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses.                

Scientists Create 3-D Wiring Diagram Of Mouse Brain

April 2, 2014 2:17 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have created a detailed, three-dimensional wiring diagram of the mouse brain. That should help researchers seek clues about how the human brain works in health and disease.             

J&J Accepts $4B Offer For Diagnostics Unit

March 31, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson has accepted an offer of about $4 billion from the private equity firm The Carlyle Group to buy its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business.                 

Study Backs Nonsurgical Heart Valve Fix

March 31, 2014 8:34 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead.                       

Women Say J&J Trashed Records In Product Injury Suits

March 27, 2014 8:01 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits.

Saving A Life With 3D Printing

March 24, 2014 12:57 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Dr. Glenn Green and Scott Hollister came up with the solution to save a young boy's life: use 3D printing to build small splints that would help keep his trachea open until it was strong enough to do so itself.          

IBM's Watson To Sequence Cancer DNA

March 19, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

IBM and its Watson cloud computing system are partnering with the New York Genome Center to help it sequence DNA for the treatment of brain cancer.                   

Fresenius To Create Over 600 Jobs At New Tenn. Plant

March 12, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

Renal services provider Fresenius Medical Care has announced it will locate its East Coast manufacturing facility in Knoxville, creating 665 jobs in the coming years.                

FDA Approves Headband To Prevent Migraines

March 12, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches.                   

Gene Therapy May Help Control HIV

March 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have modified genes in the blood cells of HIV patients to help them resist the AIDS virus, and say the treatment seems safe and promising.                  

Surgeon: 'Bone Putty' Could Accelerate Healing For Soldiers

March 3, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

Dr. Michael Heggeness is working on a $1.6 million research product — a "bone putty" — that could be a viable alternative to typical treatment options for combat-related trauma issues.                 

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Boeing's Spy Phone; Detroit's UAW Worries

February 28, 2014 2:41 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a phone that can self-destruct from an airplane manufacturer to more stress for Detroit from the United Auto Workers union.          

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