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FDA Issues Stern Warning On Medtronic Devices

November 18, 2013 7:56 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials say that defects in some Medtronic devices used in heart procedures are severe enough that they could cause serious injury or death. The warning covers about 15,000 recalled guidewires, which are inserted through an artery and used to guide other devices into place, such as stents to hold open blocked arteries.

Robots Let Doctors 'Beam' Into Remote Hospitals

November 18, 2013 7:50 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam" themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies. A growing number of hospitals in California and other states are using telepresence robots to expand access to medical specialists, especially in rural areas where there's a shortage of doctors.

German Firm Found Liable In Breast Implants Case

November 14, 2013 1:50 pm | News | Comments

A French court has ruled that a German product testing company failed its duty to check and control silicone breast implants used by tens of thousands of women worldwide that turned out to be prone to leakage.         


Sealed Air Selling Medical Package Unit For $125M

November 13, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Sealed Air President and CEO Jerome Peribere said in a statement Wednesday that the business "no longer presents a strategic fit for us." He added that the company will still make packaging products for the medical and pharmaceutical industry.   

In Boston, Helping Amputees Is This Family's Business

November 6, 2013 12:05 pm | by Bridget Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

When amputees take their first steps on artificial legs, that moment of triumph can be tinged with a sudden sense of disappointment that things will never be the way they were before. Paul Martino, president of a family-run Massachusetts prosthetics company, has seen it many times. Lately, he has seen it with survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Inside One Of The Only RIM Facilities In The U.S.

October 31, 2013 9:05 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) was invented in Germany in the 1970s, and made its way to America about 10 years later. Originally used for producing automotive components, RIM is a low-pressure, low-temperature process that uses urethane thermoset resins.

FDA Approves GE Brain Imaging Tool For Alzheimer's

October 25, 2013 12:17 pm | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a radioactive imaging chemical from General Electric to help screen for Alzheimer's disease. The drug, Vizamyl, is an injection of radioactive material designed to highlight abnormal brain plaque in medical imaging scans.

Stryker To Pay $13.3M To Resolve SEC Inquiry

October 25, 2013 8:05 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stryker will pay the U.S. government $13.3 million to settle allegations it made illegal payments to government employees in five countries. The SEC said Stryker subsidiaries made $2.2 million in illegal payments to government employees in Mexico, Poland, Romania, Argentina, and Greece between August 2003 and February 2008.


Boston Scientific To Cut Up To 1,500 Jobs

October 24, 2013 10:26 am | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corp. says it plans to shed as many as 1,500 jobs worldwide, or about 6 percent of its work force, in an effort to cut costs. The company also says its CFO is leaving. Boston Scientific is promoting its corporate controller to replace him.

Why 3D Printing Could Be A Manufacturing And Logistics Game Changer

October 23, 2013 9:44 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Blogs | Comments

Could 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David."

Boston Scientific, Guidant To Pay $30M Settlement

October 18, 2013 7:47 am | News | Comments

The Justice Department says Boston Scientific Corp. and its Guidant subsidiaries will pay $30 million to settle allegations that Guidant knowingly sold defective heart devices that health care facilities implanted in Medicare patients from 2002 to 2005.

UN Sees Mercury Use Phase-Out Within 3 Decades

October 17, 2013 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Achim Steiner, the executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, says the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which was formally adopted as international law last week, sends "a very clear signal" that the use of mercury in industrial processes, cosmetics and medical equipment is essentially over.

U.S. Research Team Wins $1M Prize In Israel

October 16, 2013 8:27 am | News | Comments

An Israeli nonprofit group has awarded a $1 million prize to a U.S.-based research team that is developing technology that allows paralyzed people to move things with their thoughts.Israel Brain Technologies presented the award on Tuesday to BrainGate.


The Vital Signs Of American Manufacturing

October 15, 2013 1:04 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Short term improvements in jobs or sales are like a sick person getting some medicine from the doctor and feeling better the next day. A very thorough examination of all of the vital signs might show that the patient actually has a debilitating disease that will eventually render the patient bedridden over time.

Flexible Part Production Protects Against Market Uncertainty

October 15, 2013 12:56 pm | by Del Williams | News | Comments

Whether launching a new product, improving a product, entering a new market, meeting customer demands, or responding to market or technology changes, manufacturers need the ability to swiftly adapt their products to satisfy new requirements or conditions.

Study Ties Chemical To Possible Miscarriage Risk

October 14, 2013 9:47 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The work is not nearly enough to prove a link, but it adds to "the biological plausibility" that BPA might affect fertility and other aspects of health, said Dr. Linda Giudice, a California biochemist who is president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

St. Jude Gets EU Approval For Wireless Pacemaker

October 14, 2013 12:02 am | News | Comments

The first-of-a-kind device was developed by California-based startup, Nanostim, with funding from St. Jude. The Minnesota-based device giant also said it would acquire of the smaller company for $123 million, under a previously negotiated option agreement between the two companies.

'Bionic Man' Walks, Breathes With Artificial Parts

October 11, 2013 12:22 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The artificial "man" is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts that range from a working kidney and circulation system to cochlear and retina implants.

Swiss University Launches Human Brain Project

October 7, 2013 1:51 pm | News | Comments

The Human Brain Project, co-funded by the European Union, plans to use supercomputers to model the brain and then simulate drugs and treatments for diseases that cost hundreds of billions of euros annually in Europe alone.      

Innovation Dares To Be Different

October 7, 2013 11:07 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Unfortunately, because innovative ideas are ones no one else has, we can’t know for certain how successful those ideas will be. Likewise, because they are new and different, the development expense of innovative ideas is often high. The bottom line is that the risk of new and different ideas is great.

Need Different Types of Tissue? Just Print Them

October 4, 2013 12:02 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

What sounds like a dream of the future has already been the subject of research for a few years: simply printing out tissue and organs. Now scientists have further refined the technology and are able to produce various tissue types.     

Why Everyone Should Understand Process Improvement

October 3, 2013 2:02 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Making best use of resources is good, but figuring out how isn’t necessarily a Lean Event. Five-S is a good practice, but declaring an emergency just to clean up appearances for a visitor completely misses the intent. Quotas of activity do not necessarily beget improved performance.

Doctors: Mo. Execution Plan Jeopardizing Hospitals

October 1, 2013 8:12 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists statement followed an Associated Press report last week citing possible European export controls if propofol is used in a U.S. execution. Missouri is the only U.S. state where prison officials plan to use the powerful anesthetic for a lethal injection, citing a shortage in the drugs usually used for executions.

Senate Rejects House Conditions On Spending Bill

September 30, 2013 2:42 pm | News | Comments

On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating. The Senate also stripped a provision that would have eliminated the tax on medical devices.

The NEXThaler: A New Type Of Inhaler

September 27, 2013 1:46 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

More than 235 million people worldwide suffer from asthma, according to the World Health Organization. So, when Italian pharmaceutical company, ChiesiFarmaceutici, developed a new medicine in the form of a powder, they turned to product development firm Cambridge Consultants for a revolutionary inhaler design.

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