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February 2005

Apnea-risk evaluation system for home use receives clearance for sale in EU
The Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES) for diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has received the CE Mark, allowing it to be marketed in the European Union. The ARES combines a miniaturized, battery-powered device to measure blood oxygen levels, pulse rate, snoring sounds, nasal pressure and head position/movement with a questionnaire to assess known risk factors.

SpineVision Receives FDA Clearance for PediGuard surgical drill
SpineVision(R) has received from the US FDA clearance to market the Company's PediGuard(TM) instrument as an FDA Class II device. PediGuard is a drilling instrument that constantly monitors the electrical conductivity of the tissue at its tip throughout the drilling process.

Edwards Lifesciences pays tribute to Dr Jeremy Swan's contributions to medical technology
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation paid tribute today to the late Jeremy Swan, M.D., chairman emeritus of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's division of cardiology and co-inventor of the Edwards Swan-Ganz pulmonary artery catheter. The device has helped clinicians evaluate cardiovascular performance during heart surgery in more than 25 million patients.

ECRI evaluates patient monitoring systems
ECRI offers purchasing guidance on six physiologic monitoring systems in its January 2005 issue of Health Devices. The patient monitoring systems were evaluated and rated for seven separate applications.

Biotel revenues up 25%
Biotel Inc. has announced revenues for the second quarter ended December 31, 2004 were up 24.8% to $2,596,000 versus revenues of $2,080,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2003.

Cambridge University cooperates with Evolution Robotics Software for research in vision technology
Cambridge University Machine Intelligence Laboratory's robotics research focuses on the areas of 3D object shape recovery, object and person-recognition, video surveillance, image-based localization, and human-machine interaction. The department's overarching goal is to develop intelligent robotic applications that "see and learn" to eventually be used in a variety of devices.

Nexense launches home monitoring products based on contactless biosensors
The new product line is based on Nexense’s biosensor platform, which offers contact-free monitoring of vital signs, including heart and pulse rate, in a non-intrusive and non-radiating manner.

Siemens and NextGen Healthcare announce strategic alliance
Siemens Medical Solutions and NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, provider of ambulatory electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management software, announced a worldwide strategic alliance to meet the unique healthcare IT needs of the physician practice market.

The 2nd Annual Global Healthcare Conference
More than 240 companies are scheduled to present at the Rodman & Renshaw Techvest 2nd Annual Global Healthcare Conference in Paris in May

La 2° edizione annuale Healthcare Conference si terrà

La 2e conférence internationale annuelle de la Santé

Der 2. jährliche Global Healthcare Konferenz

European Commission launches public consultation on RFID data-protection issues

Study shows effectiveness of blood pressure monitor in emergency transport
Medwave's Vasotrac blood pressure monitor performed with a high degree of accuracy in the in ground ambulance, helicopter and jet air transport vehicles.

Advanced breast cancer diagnosis system installed in Washington hospital
Providence Centralia Hospital is the first health care facility in Washington to use breast specific gamma imaging, the most technologically advanced method of detecting breast cancer.

New image sensor for revolutionary swallowable camera
Given Imaging has launched a new version of its PillCam, a swallowable diagnostic device which takes high-quality, high-speed photos as it passes through a patient's oesophagus.

Health plans attempt to rein in radiology costs
While prescription cost increases have moderated, radiology costs grow almost 20% a year, according to new research from HealthLeaders-InterStudy.

Gish cardiopulmonary bypass equipment used in pioneering transfusion-free surgery

Second CT laser mammography system sold in Italy
Imaging Diagnostic Systems announced that it has shipped and sold a second CTLM system to its distributor Biomedical International SNC for installation at the Biomedical Mammography Center, Alba Adriatica, Teramo, Italy.

US Medicaid cuts will hurt most-vulnerable citizens
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania said that the proposed $60 billion in Medicaid reductions over ten years shifts the burden of deficit reduction to the most vulnerable citizens.

American Diabetes Association disappointed with Bush's budget cuts for chronic disease prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is slated for a 6.11% funding cut and areas within the CDC responsible for responding to the diabetes epidemic are slated for a 6.5% funding cut. There are currently 18.2 million Americans living with diabetes and more than 40 million with pre-diabetes.

Ingen Technologies to launch second-generation OxyALERT
Ingen Technologies announced that it has received approval to complete the final phase of development for OxyALERT, device that can detect the remaining time of oxygen flow within an oxygen cylinder.

President Bush lauded for support of medical liability reform
The Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Healthcare (CARH) applauded President Bush's continued call for meaningful medical liability reform in his State of the Union Address

Business Roundtable applauds President Bush's bold State of the Union agenda
Business Roundtable President John J Castellani hailed President Bush's State of the Union address, saying it promoted innovative, pro-growth approaches that will benefit all Americans.

Thousands of UK heart failure deaths could be prevented, according to new survey
One of the largest surveys ever undertaken on heart failure shows that inadequate awareness, diagnosis and treatment may be contributing to thousands of preventable deaths every year. In the UK, heart failure claims at least 24,000 lives each year

Thermo Electron reports 16% revenue growth and record operating income in the fourth quarter
Thermo Electron Corporation reported fourth quarter 2004 revenues of $613 million, a 16%increase from $529 million in the fourth quarter of 2003.

25th birthday of lithotripsy system
9 February 2005 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first successful treatment of a patient using Dornier's lithotripsy systems. This method is easy on the patient, making open surgical operations superfluous, and it has revolutionized the treatment of patients suffering from the stone.

Un'innovazione celebra il suo 25esimo compleanno

Se celebra el 25 aniversario de una innovación científica

Le 25e anniversaire d'une solution novatrice

'Future Vision 2005' to feature innovation in endoscopy
Innovation, research and emerging endoscopic techniques are some of the topics that will be discussed at "Future Vision 2005," March 10-11, Rancho Mirage, California.

Imaging Sciences International earns ISO standards of quality management

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