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Nexstim’s navigated brain stimulation for neurosurgery planning receives FDA approval
Nexstim Oy, a medical device company has received US FDA appproval for its navigated brain stimulation system for use in the assessment of the primary motor cortex for pre-procedural planning. 17 Dec 2009

Siemens Acuson P10 handheld ultrasound evaluated for range of clinical applications
An evaluation of the Acuson P10 ultrasound system from Siemens Healthcare suggests that use of the handheld unit may reduce the number of people referred for full ultrasound examinations. 17 December 2009

Garment-based electrotherapy system for recovery from knee conditions
Mobilis Rolyan has launched in the UK a garment-based EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) system, the Kneehab, which is designed to treat thigh muscle wastage, or quadriceps atrophy. 17 Dec 2009

ATS Medical gains CE approval for ATS 3f Enable aortic valve
platform that combines the novel 3f tubular pericardial valve design with its superior hemodynamic profiles and a self-expanding frame to hold the valve in its optimal position. 17 Dec 2009

Sigma-Aldrich launches 'What's Your Favorite Gene?' application On Facebook
The application provides a platform that can enable scientists and researchers to network with each other and facilitate discussion based on their favourite genes, identifiable via gene functionality and biological pathways. 17 Dec 2009

First patient in China implanted with rechargeable neurostimulator for chronic pain
A 62-year-old man from Shenzhen, Guangdong province has become the first patient in China to be implanted with St Jude Medical's Eon neurostimulator, a rechargeable device used to help manage chronic pain. 17 Dec 2009

Zyomyx point-of-care test selected for initiative to treat HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries
Zyomyx, Inc. has announced that its readerless CD4 point-of-care (POC) technology was selected by Imperial College London’s CD4 Initiative as the best-performing point-of-care test method for measuring CD4 T-cell count in HIV/AIDS patients. 17 December 2009

Leica releases new digital camera for fluorescence applications
The detection and documentation of low light fluorescence signals in live cell experiments is a particular challenge for digital cameras. To meet this demand, Leica Microsystems has added the new Leica DFC345 FX to its portfolio of powerful digital cameras. 17 December 2009

World first cartilage treatment at UK hospital
Spire Alexandra Hospital in Kent is providing a groundbreaking new treatment for cartilage defects — the first of its kind worldwide.
The treatment enables damaged cartilage to be replaced by a specially developed purified atelocollagen gel. 17 Dec 2009

Blood clot prevention measures will prevent 25,000 UK hospital deaths a year
The UK Department of Health (DH) has made venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention mandatory for NHS trusts in the Operating Framework for the NHS in 2010/11. 17 Dec 2009

Lung cancer and melanoma genomes decoded
Research teams led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have achieved the first comprehensive analyses of these two cancer genomes.. 16 Dec 2009

3-D modelling of heart enables robotic surgery on beating heart
A team at the Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics in France has developed a computerized 3D model that allows surgeons to use robotics to operate on a beating heart. 15 Dec 2009

Faster flu vaccine production process based on insect cells
A researcher at Wageningen University has developed an alternative process for producing large quantities of safe and effective vaccines at over twice the usual speed based on using insect cells in bioreactors instead of fertilised chicken’s eggs. 15 December 2009

European 'incubator' to accelerate medical device development launched
The European Medical Device Accelerator (MDA) based at the Science Park next to Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, aims to accelerate the development of revolutionary medical device technology ideas in Europe. 15 Dec 2009

Sagentia helps reduce cost of pharmaceutical production in UK
Sagentia, part of a consortium led by GlaxoSmithKline, is delivering a step change improvement in advanced secondary pharmaceutical manufacturing in the UK. 15 Dec 2009

Lifebridge gains FDA clearance for cardio-pulmonary support device
German-based Lifebridge AG has received clearance from the US FDA for a compact, lightweight, mobile heart-lung machine, a first for any manufacturer worldwide. 15 Dec 2009

Aerotel launches wireless telehealth systems for remote patient monitoring
Aerotel Medical Systems, a global supplier of advanced remote monitoring solutions for personal telehealth and telecare, has launched new innovative wireless telehealth and homecare solutions. 15 Dec 2009

Nicast announces plans to launch NovaMesh Intra-abdominal hernia mesh in Europe in 2010
NovaMesh is the first intra-abdominal hernia mesh to utilize the special properties of electrospun nanofabric. 15 Dec 2009

B2B matchmaker for the pharmaceutical industry launched, a new outsourcing portal for the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry matches the demand against the supply of all services to be outsourced in the pharmaceutical industry and of active pharmaceutical ingredients. 15 Dec 2009

Siemens echocardiography suite captures full-volume heart image in one beat
This new release of the Acuson SC2000 system features unique technologies and applications that improve diagnostic confidence and workflow in echocardiography to deliver vastly more diagnostic information than today’s conventional systems. 9 Dec 2009

The RFID sensor next to a US pennyGE develops wearable RFID sensor to detect airborne chemical agents
GE Global Research has been awarded US$2 million to develop wearable RFID sensors to alert people to the presence of environmental chemical agents in the air and signs of disease present in exhaled breath. 9 Dec 2009

iMDsoft launches MVexpress anaesthesia system for European market
It supports and enhances the workflow from pre-op through intra-op to the post anaesthesia care unit and generates a billable anaesthesia record. 9 December 2009

Use of implantable cardiac devices in Europe doubles, but uptake variable
The use of implantable devices for the treatment of heart failure increased "enormously" in Europe between the years 2004 and 2008, but there still remain large differences between countries. 9 Dec 2009

Chemical produced by fatty tissue makes obese people develop diabetes
Many people who are overweight or obese develop insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes at some stage in their lives. A European research team has now discovered that obese people have large amounts of the chemical CXCL5, produced by certain cells in fatty tissue. 9 Dec 2009

Online tool for teaching medical staff how to spot a sick child
Spotting the Sick Child is aimed at all front line professionals in the field of child health and teaches the basic facts and relevant examination of the seven commonest presenting complaints in acutely ill children. 9 Dec 2009

A patient with bionic fingers holding a nutWorld's first bionic finger restores grip for partial-hand patients
Scottish company Touch Bionics, which developed the well-known i-Limb bionic hand, has now launched the world's first powered bionic finger for patients with missing fingers. 9 Dec 2009

Welch Allyn converges diagnostics with  electronic connectivity
Welch Allyn showcased its newest suite of core diagnostics product offerings with next-generation electronic connectivity at Medica 2009 in Dusseldorf last week. 4 Dec 2009

Toshiba showcases patient-friendly 3T MRI
Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., has developed a comfortable and efficient 3T MR, the Vantage Titan 3T open bore MR to overcome the common patient complaints with 3T MR imaging of claustrophobia and acoustic noise. 4 Dec 2009

Canon celebrates production of 10,000 digital radiography systems at RSNA 2009
Canon USA, Inc. will celebrate the achievement of a Canon Inc. medical equipment manufacturing milestone as cumulative production of Canon CXDI Digital Radiography (DR) systems surpassed the 10,000 unit mark. 4 Dec 2009

Philips helps hospitals strike balance between innovation and value
Royal Philips Electronics is demonstrating a new range of healthcare imaging and informatics solutions at RSNA2009 this week that reflect a desire for value, modular price points and easy upgradability. 4 Dec 2009

GE Healthcare focuses on Healthymagination products at RSNA 2009
GE Healthcare is displaying products under its healthymagination intitiative — its new commitment to healthcare and to those professionals who deliver it. 4 Dec 2009

Open source initiative offers cheaper, rapid development path for medical devices
A unique medical innovation initiative launched by Cranfield University could shape the way the medical device sector introduces new innovations. 4 Dec 2009

Colon cancer screening programmes using the Viatronix V3D virtual colonoscopy platform
Viatronix has announced that several successful screening programs using the company's virtual colonoscopy technology were highlighted at the 10th International Symposium on Virtual Colonoscopy. 3 Dec 2009

Sigma Aldrich in licensing agreement to market novel ZNA oligonucleotides
Sigma-Aldrich has announced a worldwide licensing agreement with Strasbourg-based company Polyplus-transfection to manufacture and commercialize Zip Nucleic Acid (ZNA) oligonucleotides, a new technology that provides solutions for increased affinity for nucleic acids. 3 Dec 2009

Michelson Diagnostics presents advantages of OCT laser imaging for cancer diagnostics at RSM innovation summit
UK medical imaging firm Michelson Diagnostics Ltd (MDL) presented to an audience of around 300 Royal Society of Medicine Fellows and Members how MDL’s revolutionary new laser-based medical imaging technology could radically improve cancer diagnostics. 2 December 2009

3M's Littman electronic stethoscope wins innovation of the year award
The 3M Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 with Zargis Cardioscan software was named Innovation of the Year by Popular Science magazine. The award highlights outstanding innovation, vision and execution in technologic, scientific and medical advances for the year. 2 December 2009

Cambridge University and Life Technologies collaborate to set up high throughput sequencing hub
The University of Cambridge and Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:LIFE), are collaborating to make next-generation sequencing technology available to the European research and clinical communities. 2 December 2009

Foot Mentor Pro helps stroke patients recover muscular control of foot and ankle
Kinetic Muscles, Inc., has launched the Foot Mentor Pro, which helps stoke survivors recover from “foot drop” and regain proper muscular control of the foot and ankle. 2 December 2009

St Trudo Hospital tracks patients and devices with WiFi system
St Trudo Hospital in Belgium is tracking the location of ambulatory patients and Wi-Fi devices. Patients are tracked either by having AeroScout Tags or by wearing Dräger Wi-Fi telemetry monitors. 2 December 2009

Minimally invasive disc treatment gives long-term relief from chronic back pain
A comparison of standard medication-based therapy to a minimally invasive treatment called percutaneous disc decompression for painful herniated disc revealed that while both treatments help patients in the short run, only disc decompression kept patients pain free up to two years later. 2 December 2009

Part of an elastogram of a skin cancerHigh frequency ultrasound and skin elasticity can identify skin cancer
High-frequency ultrasound with elastography can help differentiate between cancerous and benign skin conditions, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). 2 December 2009

An Egyptian mummyCT scans of mummies show atherosclerosis common in ancient Egyptians
A new study has found that atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, was common in ancient Egyptians, challenging a belief that vascular disease is a modern affliction caused by current-day risk factors such as stress and sedentary lifestyles. 1 December 2009

Siemens launches advanced diagnostic imaging tools for multiple specialties
Siemens is enabling advanced visualization to become common practice in the clinical routine with the introduction of its syngo.via imaging software at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago this week. 1 December 2009

Telemis makes platform-independent PACS technology available to OEMs
Telemis Group, a specialist in picture archiving and communication systems, has announced that it is to make its platform-independent technologies available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other third parties for the first time. 1 December 2009

Radiologists diagnose appendicitis remotely by using smart phone
Radiologists can accurately diagnose acute appendicitis from a remote location with the use of a handheld device or mobile phone equipped with special software, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) this week. 1 December 2009

Philips showcases radiology systems to support minimally invasive surgery at RSNA
Royal Philips Electronics is highlighting its portfolio in the field of interventional radiology/oncology at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago this week. 1 December 2009

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