UCLA led the nation in organ transplants in 2017
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center led the nation in the number of solid organ transplants performed in 2017, with 641 procedures that included kidney, pancreas, lung, heart and intestine transplants, according to statistics from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.UCLA recorded 363 kidney transplants in 2017, making it the year ’s top kidney transplant center.Other medical centers with a high number of solid organ transplants in 2017 were UC San Francisco; Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri; and the University of Wisconsin ’s University Hospital in Ma...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 17, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Medtronic ’s HVAD System Just Became Less Invasive
Medtronic has gained FDA approval for a less-invasive implant approach of its HVAD System, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for advanced heart failure patients. The Dublin-based company picked up the technology when it acquired HeartWare in 2016. The firm said the technology is the only LVAD approved in the U.S. for implant via thoracotomy, a small lateral, surgical incision between the patient's ribs on the left side of the chest. FDA approval for HVAD implantation via thoracotomy is based on data from the LATERAL prospective clinical trial, in which 144 patients, with end-stage heart failure who were eligible for ...
Source: MDDI - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Business Source Type: news

Medtronic wins FDA nod for thoracotomy-based HVAD procedure
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it won FDA approval for thoracotomy-based implantation procedures with its HVAD left ventricular assist device, which it said is a less-invasive implantation approach. The Fridley, Minn.-based medtech giant touted the approval as the first for any commercially available LVAD in the US, and said that the clearance came based on data from the Lateral clinical trial of the device. The 44-patient trial met its primary endpoint of non-inferiority, with data indicating an 88.1% rate of survival at six months free from disabling stroke or device explant or exchange due to malfunction. Results ...
Source: Mass Device - July 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Medtronic Source Type: news

Dr. J. Wesley Alexander, father of UC transplant program, dies at 84
Dr. J. Wesley Alexander, a UC Health surgeon who started the organ transplant program at the University of Cincinnati in 1967 and directed it for more than 30 years, died July 7 at age 84. Alexander performed the first kidney transplant at the UC Medical Center on Dec. 11, 1967, when it was known as Cincinnati General Hospital.  He joined Dr. David Melvin in performing the first adult heart transplant in Cincinnati on Dec. 17, 1985. Alexander also performed UC’s first combined k idney-pancreas… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Dr. J. Wesley Alexander, father of UC transplant program, dies at 84
Dr. J. Wesley Alexander, a UC Health surgeon who started the organ transplant program at the University of Cincinnati in 1967 and directed it for more than 30 years, died July 7 at age 84. Alexander performed the first kidney transplant at the UC Medical Center on Dec. 11, 1967, when it was known as Cincinnati General Hospital.  He joined Dr. David Melvin in performing the first adult heart transplant in Cincinnati on Dec. 17, 1985. Alexander also performed UC’s first combined k idney-pancreas… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 10, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

the healing edge: Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments
An unusual transplant may revive tissues thought to be hopelessly damaged, including the heart and brain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GINA KOLATA Tags: Transplants Babies and Infants Heart Mitochondria Surgery and Surgeons Tissue (Human) Deaths (Fatalities) Boston Children's Hospital Source Type: news

How Scientists Are Testing Cancer Drugs to Slow Down Aging
Aging is a perfectly natural process, but that doesn’t mean that humans won’t try everything in their power to slow it down. In recent years, researchers who study aging have become intrigued by the idea of slowing the march of time by ridding the body of its population of older cells. In a new study published in Nature Medicine, scientists led by Dr. James Kirkland, director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at Mayo Clinic, show that the proportion of older, aging cells in mice is indeed related to aging-related symptoms, from frailty to lower endurance and slower walking speeds. Kirkland and his ...
Source: TIME: Health - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Aging healthytime Innovation Health Source Type: news

Cleveland Clinic receives $2.8 million grant to improve heart transplant outcomes
(Cleveland Clinic) The National Institutes of Health has awarded Cleveland Clinic researcher Eileen Hsich, M.D., $2.8 million over four years to evaluate disparities in survival among heart failure patients before and after heart transplantation and to create tools that would optimize outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Primary Graft Dysfunction After Heart Transplantation Primary Graft Dysfunction After Heart Transplantation
Which factors may influence the incidence of primary graft dysfunction after heart transplantation?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Long working hours heightens risk of diabetes in women
Working more than 45 hours a week linked to greater risk of diabetes in women but not men Related items fromOnMedica Preventing type 2 diabetes Job strain linked to heightened risk of early death in men with heart disease/diabetes Artificial pancreas ‘safe and effective’ for type 1 diabetes, concludes study Type 2 diabetes drugs vary in impact on survival (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cardiac Cell Transplants Help Monkeys & rsquo; Hearts
The organ’s blood-pumping capacity improved with the infusion of cells, a study shows. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - July 2, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Pulmonx wins FDA approval for Zephyr endobronchial valve
The FDA today granted pre-market approval under its breakthrough devices designation to the Zephyr endobronchial valve made by Pulmonx for treating severe emphysema. Emphysema, a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, causes irreversible damage to the lung’s alveoli, trapping air during exhalation that in turn can cause the diseased tissue to grow larger and pressure healthy lung tissue. The Zephyr device is designed to decrease the volume of the chest to improve function in the heart, respiratory muscles and healthy lung tissue. Inserted via bronchoscopy, the pencil-eraser-sized valves prevent air from ent...
Source: Mass Device - June 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Respiratory Pulmonx Source Type: news

Health Highlights: June 26, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Houston Hospital's Heart Transplant Program to Lose Medicaid Funding Medicaid funding for a Houston hospital's renowned heart transplant program... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Safe Pregnancy Possible After Heart Transplantation Safe Pregnancy Possible After Heart Transplantation
Women can experience safe pregnancies after heart transplantation, but several factors affecting the mother and her offspring need to be considered, researchers from Italy report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Sex and Heart Drugs; CMS Rejects Transplant Program; Heart Monitor for Cancer Survivors
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - June 25, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Stealthy NuPulseCV lands $4.5m for intravascular ventricular assist system
Stealthy NuPulseCV last week reported a funding round worth nearly $4.5 million for the intravascular ventricular assist system it’s developing. Raleigh, N.C.-based NuPulseCV said the equity offering, which began June 11, hopes ultimately to raise $25 million. Thirteen unnamed investors participated, according to a regulatory filing. The device is designed to be a less-invasive alternative to left ventricular-assist devices, heart pumps that require an open surgical procedure to implant. Inserted through the left subclavian artery, the pump and electrodes are connected to a six-pound external drive. NuPulseCV is runn...
Source: Mass Device - June 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat NuPulseCV Source Type: news

Baylor St. Luke ’s heart transplant program to lose Medicare approval
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services informed Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center on June 22 that the hospital’s heart transplant program would no longer be eligible for Medicare funding as of Aug. 17. The latest news comes just a week after the hospital reactivated the program following a voluntary two-week suspension. According to a letter from CMS post ed by ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle, the hospital was informed in January of the plans to terminate Medicare approval. The hospital… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 25, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Health Highlights: June 25, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Houston Hospital's Heart Transplant Program to Lose Medicaid Funding Medicaid funding for a Houston hospital's renowned heart transplant program... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 25, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Houston Hospital's Heart Transplant Program to Lose Medicaid Funding
Title: Houston Hospital's Heart Transplant Program to Lose Medicaid FundingCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/25/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/25/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - June 25, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Houston heart transplant hospital could lose Medicaid funds
A Houston hospital that suspended its renowned heart transplant program for two weeks amid scrutiny following the deaths of two patients could lose federal Medicaid funding (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Bay Labs wins FDA clearance for AI-based echocardiogram analysis
Bay Labs has received 510(k) clearance from U.S. FDA for use of its EchoMD AutoEF software product to provide fully automated clip selection and calculation of left ventricular ejection fraction (EF), the San Francisco–based company said today. The EF is the percentage of blood leaving a heart each time it contracts. Bay Labs in its news release desribed it as the single most-used measurement of cardiac function when it comes to clinical decisionmaking. Get the full story on our sister site Medical Design & Outsourcing. The post Bay Labs wins FDA clearance for AI-based echocardiogram analysis appeared f...
Source: Mass Device - June 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) News Well Software / IT artificial intelligence baylabs startups Source Type: news

Paragonix Technologies aims to boost survival of donated lungs
Image courtesy of Paragonix Technologies Many lungs being transported for transplant arrive in such bad shape that they cannot be used. Paragonix Technologies, Inc. aims to change that with SherpaLung, a specialized cooler that keeps lungs properly inflated and at the right temperature to survive an airplane trip. Paragonix Technologies just landed support from the Lung Transplant Foundation to continue developing and commercialize SherpaLung, the latest in its series of specialized organ transport carriers. Braintree, MA-based Paragonix launched similar devices for hearts and kidneys within the past several months, a...
Source: Mass Device - June 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Business/Financial News News Well Transplants Lung Transplant Foundation Paragonix Technologies Source Type: news

Heart Transplant Program Restart; Exercise BP Excursions; Precision NOAC?
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Texas hospital's heart transplant program resumes after 2-week suspension
Baylor St. Luke's performed nine heart transplants in 2018 and, according to the hospital CEO, they've had three deaths so far (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baylor St. Luke ’s reactivates heart-transplant program following review
Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center announced June 15 that it has reactivated its heart-transplant surgery program and is accepting donor hearts for transplants again. The hospital voluntarily suspended the surgery program on June 1. The two-week suspension did not affect other heart-failure procedures, such as he art-pump implants, or any other transplant programs across the hospital.  According to a message posted on the hospital’s website, the following steps have been taken since June 1: A… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Texas heart transplant program resumed after suspension
A Houston hospital has resumed its renowned heart transplant program two weeks after suspending all medical procedures following the deaths of several patients this year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Jamestown Post-Journal Sportswriter Scores a New Heart
Jamestown sportswriter Cody Crandall felt like he hit a grand slam when UR Medicine transplant cardiologists shared news that a matching heart was available for him. The 24-year-old former baseball standout at Jamestown High School waited more than six months for a new heart at UR Medicine ’s Strong Memorial Hospital, and just hearing the words felt like a victory. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - June 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Renowned heart transplant program on hold after recent patient deaths
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston has temporarily put its renowned heart transplant program on hold. It comes following an investigation showing a number of recent patient deaths. CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Widow seeks "truth" amid patient deaths at renowned heart transplant program
Out of nine heart transplants performed at the hospital in 2018, three have ended in death (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Houston heart transplant program suspended amid patient deaths
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston has temporarily closed its world-renowned heart transplant program following an investigation by the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica. Their report revealed the departure of several top doctors and an unusual number of patient deaths in recent years. Two more heart transplant patients died in May. Mark Strassmann reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The last gift: what it ’ s like to work with organ donors
If a heart, liver, or other vital organ becomes available to someone on a transfer list in the North East, it’s likely that Michelle Pearson and Rachel Pritchard will take care of it. Death is often a taboo subject, and there aren’t many people with a keener understanding of it than specialist nurses in organ donation. UNISON members Michelle and Rachel work for Northern Organ Donation Services. If an organ becomes available for transfer in the North East, it’s their job to respond. There are two specialist nurses in organ donation (SN-ODs) like them on call in the region at any time, with embedded roles ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 6, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Lucy Shaddock Tags: Magazine blood and transplant health healthcare nurses Source Type: news

Baylor St. Luke ’s suspends heart-transplant program, reviewing recent deaths
Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center is voluntarily suspending its heart-transplant surgeries for 14 days, the hospital announced June 1.  For the next two weeks, the hospital will not accept donor hearts for transplant. However, the suspension does not affect other heart-failure procedures, such as heart-pump imp lants, or any other transplant programs across the hospital, according to a statement posted on the hospital’s website.  “The hospital will use the time to complete a medical review… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 2, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Baylor St. Luke ’s suspends heart-transplant program, reviewing recent deaths
Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center is voluntarily suspending its heart-transplant surgeries for 14 days, the hospital announced June 1.  For the next two weeks, the hospital will not accept donor hearts for transplant. However, the suspension does not affect other heart-failure procedures, such as heart-pump imp lants, or any other transplant programs across the hospital, according to a statement posted on the hospital’s website.  “The hospital will use the time to complete a medical review… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 2, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Pioneering Heart Surgeon's History of Research Violations, Poor Outcomes Pioneering Heart Surgeon's History of Research Violations, Poor Outcomes
Over decades, Bud Frazier has played a leading role in the development of mechanical heart pumps and an artificial heart. He's been accused of putting his quest to make history ahead of the needs of some patients.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Saint Thomas rolls out Tennessee's first artificial heart program
Saint Thomas Health is adding a new program to its high-profile cardiac service line: artificial hearts. The program, which started May 25, is the first of its kind in Tennessee, according to a news release. Saint Thomas has the largest heart treatment program in the state, according to the release, serving more than 5,000 heart patients each year in physician practices and hospitals. In recent yea rs, both TriStar Centennial Medical Center, HCA Healthcare Inc.'s flagship hospital, and Vanderbilt… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Medtronic Gets Huge Surge in Sales from Diabetes and Valves
Medtronic topped estimates in its latest earnings, fueled by sales from valves and diabetes products. For the Dublin-based company’s 4Q18 earnings it brought in about $8.14 billion, a 6.5 percent increase. The firm’s Cardiac and Vascular group (CVG) earned $3.1 billion and grew by 10.1 percent. Within CVG group, the Coronary & Structural Heart businesses had the best showing. “Coronary & Structural Heart delivered impressive 12.8% growth, driven by the rollout of our Resolute Onyx, drug-eluting stent in the U.S. and Japan as well as, low 20s growth in the transcatheter aortic valves,” said O...
Source: MDDI - May 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Can AI reliably measure carotid intima-media thickness?
Artificial intelligence (AI) software that combines deep-learning and machine-learning...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Radiology leaders must counter hype over AI in radiology Can mild carotid atherosclerosis hurt mental cognition? Mount Sinai Heart launches BioImage-2 study Elastography can help evaluate carotid plaque US spots subclinical atherosclerosis in low-risk women (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 25, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Are doctors obsolete? "Deep learning" AI system trounced doctors in predicting heart failure in patients, boasting 97 percent accuracy
(Natural News) Autonomous cars are controversial, but proponents point out that they are far safer than traditional cars because the artificial intelligence systems controlling them are not vulnerable to human error. The computer, they say, won’t fall asleep at the wheel, get distracted checking its text messages, or drive while intoxicated. It’s better at math... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Her search for new lungs begins with changed heart
Claire Wineland vowed she wouldn't have a lung transplant, but her decline from cystic fibrosis made her reconsider. Now she's fighting for a chance at survival. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients Suffer as a Renowned Heart Transplant Program Loses Its Luster Patients Suffer as a Renowned Heart Transplant Program Loses Its Luster
The hospital and its legendary surgeon Denton Cooley performed some of the world ’ s first heart transplants back in the 1960s. In recent years, though, it has had some of the worst heart transplant outcomes in the country.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

AI may help overcome barriers to medical 3D printing
How can artificial intelligence (AI) help ameliorate the high cost and long...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Study: 3D-printed mandibles may reduce OR time 3DHeals: Emerging technologies complement 3D printing Aether combines AI with 3D printing software Flexible 3D-printed heart replicates size, texture SIR: 3D printing aids US-guided procedure simulation (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 21, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Filmed for the first time: the amazing transplant of a 'warm, beating donor heart'  
The amazing moment a British transplant patient becomes one of the first to receive a ‘warm and beating’ donor heart has been captured for the first time by television cameras. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rutgers researchers create a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater, moves objects
(Rutgers University) Rutgers University-New Brunswick engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also lead to artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Medical Devices
Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) have long been heralded as the future of transformative technologies. From diagnostic and imaging technologies to therapeutic applications and robotics, the potential for machine learning and AI technologies reaches almost every corner of the medtech world. So, what does that mean for the development and application of next-gen medical devices? Dave Saunders is the chief technology officer of Galen Robotics, an emerging surgical robotics company that specializes in a new line of robotic technologies that provide a cooperatively controlled surgical platform. The company aims...
Source: MDDI - May 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Kristopher Sturgis Tags: Software Digital Health Source Type: news

Robert Jarvik: An Innovator with Heart
Robert Jarvik, MD, remembers Dec. 2, 1982, as vividly as if it were last week. He was 36 at the time and a device he designed, the Jarvik 7 artificial heart, was about to be implanted into a human patient for the first time. That patient, a retired dentist named Barney Clark, had been at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City for about a week, and his medical team, lead by William DeVries, MD, planned to put off the surgery just a little while longer in hopes of getting Clark as strong as possible for the operation. But Clark wasn't getting stronger. Robert Jarvik, MD, will receive the MDEA Lifetime Ac...
Source: MDDI - May 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: MD & M East (New York) Cardiovascular Design Source Type: news

New algorithm more accurately predicts life expectancy after heart failure
(UCLA Samueli School of Engineering) A new algorithm developed by UCLA researchers more accurately predicts which people will survive heart failure, and for how long, whether or not they receive a heart transplant. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Software Co. Combines AI and Wearables For Glucose Monitoring
Artificial Intelligence (AI), wearables, and diabetes monitoring are arguably three of the hottest sectors in medtech at the moment. LifePlus, a small software startup, has the distinction of belonging to all three markets. The Menlo, CA-based company is developing LifeLeaf, a non-invasive continuous blood glucose monitoring (CGM) multi-sensor wearable device that uses AI. The device is currently involved in five clinical trials across the world. “We’re a young company that has been in stealth mode for almost three years working on this problem,” John Trobough, chairman and CEO of LifePlus, told MD+D...
Source: MDDI - May 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Software Source Type: news

CoreMedic launches first-in-human study of ChordArt mitral repair device
German medtech developer CoreMedic this week announced the launch of a first-in-man trial of its ChordArt mitral valve repair device, touting the trial as the first of its kind to treat patients with ruptured or elongated mitral chords. The company’s ChordArt implant is designed to replace ruptured or elongated mitral chordae and to re-establish the connection of the valve leaflets with the papillary muscle to restore functionality. In the trial, researchers will explore the use of the system in up to 40 patients at six European centers, CoreMedic said. “The first clinical use of ChordArt is a major milestone i...
Source: Mass Device - May 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials coremedic Source Type: news

Ancora Takes on FMR and Heart Failure with AccuCinch
Ancora Heart is making a play for the functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) treatment market – which is currently populated by medtech juggernauts Abbott Laboratories and Edwards Lifesciences. The Santa Clara, CA-based company came closer to its goal to participate in the market after it received FDA approval to expand the enrollment for an early feasibility study of the AccuCinch. Ancora Heart said it can now enroll a second group of patients and expand to 15 heart centers across the U.S. “The AccuCinch System is a left ventricular repair technology and it really is a new category and class of therapy,” ...
Source: MDDI - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Implants Source Type: news

AHA: Heart Transplant Survivor Shakes Off Sheltered Childhood to Enjoy Life
TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Kendra Plumley didn't spend her childhood running around with other kids on her street, having friends over for sleepovers, or spending lazy summer days by the pool. Instead, she spent most of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news