Gene therapy creates a ‘biological pacemaker’ that could someday replace implanted ones

Gene therapy creates a ‘biological pacemaker’ that could someday replace implanted ones

July 16, 2014 5:03 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Researchers have succeeded in turning ordinary cardiac muscle cells into specialized ones that deliver a steady heartbeat using a gene therapy procedure they predict could become an…


New business models & a metaphorical punch in the mouth: 10 gems from Converge day 1

New business models & a metaphorical punch in the mouth: 10 gems from Converge day 1

July 15, 2014 6:11 pm by | 0 Comments

A health system CEO imagined what education and care will look like in his system in 10 years. Investors explained how new models of early-stage funding are paving opportunities for…



Avoiding dead in bed: Why hospitals need better patient monitoring tech

Avoiding dead in bed: Why hospitals need better patient monitoring tech

July 15, 2014 1:54 pm by | 0 Comments

Update below A discussion about wearable technology highlighted the need for hospitals to develop more effective ways of patient monitoring to avoid the grim reality of finding patients dead in…


DePuy Mitek’s new sports medicine products target knee pain, platelet rich plasma production

DePuy Mitek’s new sports medicine products target knee pain, platelet rich plasma production

July 14, 2014 12:54 pm by | 0 Comments

Mitek Sports Medicine, a company involved in orthopaedics sports medicine and a part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, has launched its MONOVISC High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan,…


Motion capture technology + mobile app makes fake feet work more like real ones

Motion capture technology + mobile app makes fake feet work more like real ones

July 12, 2014 6:07 am by | 0 Comments

Phones aren’t the only smart devices any more. One of the health industries that has greatly benefited from mobile technology is prosthetics. Orthocare Innovations has combined a prosthetic foot with…


5 young healthcare entrepreneurs have figured out that age is just a number

5 young healthcare entrepreneurs have figured out that age is just a number

July 12, 2014 5:20 am by | 0 Comments

I have a confession to make . . . I’m only an intern at MedCity News. I just graduated high school and even though I’m young, I’ve already gotten a…


Neurometrix receives FDA OK for OTC use of its wearable chronic pain gadget

Neurometrix receives FDA OK for OTC use of its wearable chronic pain gadget

July 11, 2014 4:04 pm by | 0 Comments

Massachusetts-based Neurometrix just received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter use of its wearable gadget that treats chronic pain. The lightweight device, which is still under development…



The politics of innovation: Ideomed CEO offers perspective on mobile health regulation

The politics of innovation: Ideomed CEO offers perspective on mobile health regulation

July 11, 2014 7:08 am by | 2 Comments

The shift in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approach to regulating some mobile health applications is benefiting companies such as Ideomed. The 4-year old company’s app Abriiz helps users…


This is why warning labels on medical devices should be taken seriously

This is why warning labels on medical devices should be taken seriously

July 10, 2014 2:22 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new case report from France offers a reminder of why people who use medical devices like asthma inhalers should take warnings on the product…


Merit Medical cleared to market tracheobronchial stent system in China

Merit Medical cleared to market tracheobronchial stent system in China

July 10, 2014 1:09 pm by | 0 Comments

Disposable medical devices company Merit Medical Systems (NasdaqGS:MMSI) said on Wednesday that it will now market its Aero Tracheobronchial Stent System in China following the Chinese Food and Drug Administration’s…


Venture-backed healthcare deals rise to $2.7B in Q2

Venture-backed healthcare deals rise to $2.7B in Q2

July 10, 2014 8:01 am by | 2 Comments

About $13.88 billion in venture capital backed 974 deals in the second quarter, the highest level since the first quarter of 2001, according to a new report by CB Insights….


CombiMatrix offers answers for women who have had multiple miscarriages

CombiMatrix offers answers for women who have had multiple miscarriages

July 10, 2014 5:49 am by | 0 Comments

It’s a little discussed fact that many pregnancies end in miscarriage – and it can be hard to understand why. CombiMatrix, an Orange County-based fetal diagnostic company, has developed a…


From The Pill to The Chip? A birth control implant you turn off with a remote is on the way

From The Pill to The Chip? A birth control implant you turn off with a remote is on the way

July 9, 2014 7:54 am by | 0 Comments

Wouldn’t it be nice if family planning were as simple as turning on the TV? Well, it might be in the near future, thanks to a contraceptive computer chip slated for…


Surgical innovations are great, but doctors say the process by which they’re adopted needs help

Surgical innovations are great, but doctors say the process by which they’re adopted needs help

July 8, 2014 5:33 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Patients may be more likely to have complications when a new surgical device is first being adopted, suggests a new study looking at prostate removal….


FDA investigating uterine fibroids procedure tied to spread of rare cancer

FDA investigating uterine fibroids procedure tied to spread of rare cancer

July 8, 2014 1:59 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – A uterine surgical technique that has been linked with the spread of a rare type of cancer poses a serious concern to regulators that will be addressed this…