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Designer T Cells Fight Viruses After Transplants

June 26, 2014 7:36 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists are developing protection for that risky period until their new immune system kicks in — injections of cells specially designed to fend off up to five different viruses at once.              

USDA Gives Initial Approval To Pig Virus Vaccine

June 25, 2014 11:21 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of baby pigs since it showed up in the United States last year, and pork prices have been rising for months. For consumers, the worst may be yet to come because the most deaths happened last winter. 

FDA Outlines Nanotechnology Policy

June 25, 2014 8:07 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA regulators want companies to consult with them before launching nanotechnology products, though the decision whether to go to market will essentially rest with manufacturers.                   


FDA: Heart Pacer-Zapper Benefits Women More

June 24, 2014 7:52 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Women with heart failure are less likely to get a special kind of pacemaker than men, but more likely to benefit from the device, a government analysis suggests.                

$1,000-A-Pill Sovaldi Jolts Health Care System

June 18, 2014 8:01 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

Leading medical societies recommend the drug as a first-line treatment, and patients are clamoring for it, but insurance companies and state Medicaid programs are gagging on the price.            

Medtronic Buying Irish Medical Device Maker

June 16, 2014 7:46 am | by Josh Boak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic announced Sunday night that it has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.                 

AMA Policy Backs Strict E-Cigarette Restrictions

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The American Medical Association is pledging to use its lobbying power to seek strict limits on electronic cigarettes.                          

Report: Robot Usage To Increase In The Pharmaceutical Sector

June 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, Market Development, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies | News | Comments

By 2018, robots are projected to be used for 27 percent of new line installations for medical device primary packaging — compared to just 3 percent in 2013.                            


Why Does This Tax Credit Need A Revival?

June 5, 2014 10:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, established back in 2000 to spur economic development in blighted communities around the U.S., actually doesn’t exist anymore. But if the story of Mölnlycke Health Care and Brunswick, Maine, means anything, it's that the tax credit is about due to be revived.

Siemens Donates $2B In Software To Va. Colleges

June 5, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Siemens, based in Germany, is donating the same software the company and its clients use in the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical device, electronics, shipbuilding and apparel industries.            

Regulator: Making Embryos From 3 People Doesn't Look Unsafe

June 4, 2014 8:26 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Britain's fertility regulator says controversial techniques to create embryos from the DNA of three people "do not appear to be unsafe" even though no one has ever received the treatment, according to a new report.           

Museum Shows Live Replica Of Van Gogh's Ear

June 3, 2014 1:00 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using some of the Dutch artist's genetic material.                     

Former Medical Device Company Execs Convicted Of Fraud

June 3, 2014 8:24 am | News | Comments

A federal jury has convicted the former top two executives of a Texas medical device company for taking part in a scheme that defrauded shareholders and investors out of more than $400 million.            


Government Warns Against Tanning Beds For Minors

May 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Makers of sun lamps and related devices must include a bold label, known as a black box warning stating that they should not be used by people under age 18.                   

FDA Clears Remote Monitor For Heart Failure

May 29, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new implantable device to help doctors monitor patients with severe heart failure as they go about their day.                

Science Prizes Given Out For Findings In Brain, Cosmos

May 29, 2014 9:52 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Nine scientists won awards Thursday for theories about the first moments of the universe, discoveries about the brain and techniques to let researchers see ever-tinier things.             

Doctors Design Dialysis Machine For Babies

May 23, 2014 10:03 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Doctors in Italy have designed a miniature dialysis machine for babies, used for the first time last year to save a newborn girl, according to a new report.                

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.               

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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