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Texas Firm Recalls Compounded Drugs

July 24, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors not to use compounded drugs from a Texas specialty pharmacy due to risks of contamination.                     

Head Of Troubled Anthrax Lab Has Resigned

July 24, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Dozens of CDC workers were potentially exposed to anthrax. No one got sick, but an internal...

Scientists Try To Create Biological Pacemaker

July 17, 2014 7:54 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into...

From Amoebas To Microchips: The Highs And Lows Of Contact Lenses

July 15, 2014 1:12 pm | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

While Google and Novartis are trying to develop a "smart" contact lens, a student in Taiwan has...

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Patients Want FDA Ban On Fibroid Removal Devices

July 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body.          

CDC Safety Lapses Shut 2 Labs

July 11, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Citing a recurring problem with safety, U.S. officials have suspended the shipment of potentially dangerous germs from government laboratories in Atlanta to other labs.                

Projecting A Three-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 3:26 pm | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Tel Aviv University doctoral students have developed highly efficient holography based on nanoantennas that could be used for security as well as medical and recreational purposes.             

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Unapproved Device Buys Time For New Lungs

July 2, 2014 7:50 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Sacker's struggle highlights a critical void: There is no fully functioning artificial lung to buy time for someone awaiting a transplant, like patients who need a new heart can stay alive with an implanted heart pump or those with failing kidneys can turn to dialysis.

Stryker Buying Joint Device Maker For Up To $375M

June 30, 2014 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stryker said Monday it will buy bone and joint replacement maker Small Bone Innovations for up to $375 million in cash.                   

FDA Grapples With Fecal Transplant Oversight

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Patients can contract HIV, hepatitis and other viruses and parasites from fecal matter that is not properly screened. Additionally, there are no long-term studies on potential side effects of stool transplantation.                   

Philips, Salesforce Cooperating On Medical Platform

June 27, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Philips is a major maker of medical devices and medical information systems, while San Francisco-based Salesforce.com Inc. operates an Internet-based system that helps companies keep track of their customers.              

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.              

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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.                 

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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, Manufacturing.net | 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.              

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