MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for July 25, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. How a single drop of blood can detect sepsis Sepsis can be identified by a single drop of blood, thanks to a lab-on-a-chip device from the University of Illinois. Researchers at the University of Illinois and the Carle Foundati...
Source: Mass Device - July 25, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

The clinical significance of isolated traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage in mild traumatic brain injury: a meta-analysis - Nassiri F, Badhiwala JH, Witiw CD, Mansouri A, Davidson B, Almenawer SA, Lipsman N, Da Costa L, Pirouzmand F, Nathens AB.
BACKGROUND: The rates of clinical and radiographic progression, and need for neurosurgical intervention in patients with isolated traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (itSAH) after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI, GCS 13-15) has not been well established. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: TBI Source Type: news

Amy Castanon and her dog SURVIVE being hit by lightening
The strike stopped Amy Castanon's heart and gave her a brain haemorrhage. The 30-year-old, from New Mexico, also suffered  broken bones and ear drums. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother and her dog SURVIVE being hit by lightening
The strike stopped Amy Castanon's heart and gave her a brain haemorrhage. The 30-year-old, from New Mexico, also suffered  broken bones and ear drums. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cerebral alterations following experimental multiple trauma and hemorrhagic shock - Vogt N, Herden C, Roeb E, Roderfeld M, Eschbach D, Steinfeldt T, Wulf H, Ruchholtz S, Uhl E, Sch öller K.
Multiple trauma (MT) associated with hemorrhagic shock (HS) might lead to cerebral hypoperfusion and brain damage. We investigated cerebral alterations using a new porcine MT/HS model without traumatic brain injury (TBI) and assessed the neuroprotective pr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Adolescent Obesity Fuels Rising Midlife Stroke Rates Adolescent Obesity Fuels Rising Midlife Stroke Rates
An increase in body mass index during adolescence was associated with a raised risk for both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke during adulthood in a new study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Traumatic brain injury research and expression of caveolin-1 and its relationship with disease prognosis - Wang X, Ren X, Wang Y, Li J, Guo T, Li F, Zhao Z.
The objective of this paper is to study the expression of caveolin-1 in the traumatic brain injury patients and its relationship with disease prognosis. Caveolin-1 was measured in 52 patients with ventricular hemorrhage within 8h, 24h, 48h, 72h and 1 week ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Brain Trust: Poking Holes to Find Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - July 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Brain Trust Source Type: news

Overweight teen boys have increased risk of stroke in later life
Conclusion The findings of this large longitudinal cohort study seem to demonstrate a link between being overweight aged 20 and an increased risk of stroke. This risk was regardless of whether the boy had been overweight aged 8 or not. There seemed to be no increased risk for boys who were overweight aged 8 but were a normal weight by the age of 20. The study was conducted before the obesity epidemic, and might be even more relevant today. But there are a number of considerations to take into account before we draw any conclusions: Participants were followed up until they were 52-68, so all the strokes occurred at...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Obesity Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Post-traumatic headache in patients with minimal traumatic intracranial hemorrhage after traumatic brain injury: a retrospective matched case-control study - Hong CK, Shim YS, Sim SY, Joo JY, Kwon MA, Kim YB, Chung J.
BACKGROUND: No evidence is available on the risks of neurologically asymptomatic minimal traumatic intracranial hemorrhage (mTIH) in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) for post-traumatic headache (PTH). The purpose of this study was to investigate ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Being overweight, not just obese, still carries serious health risks
Conclusion This impressively large global study demonstrates that the prevalence of obesity is increasing worldwide among both children and adults. It supports what has long been thought, that increased body mass index (BMI) contributes to a range of illnesses and is ultimately responsible for a large number of deaths, particularly from cardiovascular disease. One potential limitation is the use of self-reported BMI or health outcome data in some of the studies, although the majority used a specific independent measurement so this is unlikely to have biased results too much. It is also always difficult from observational d...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Obesity Source Type: news

Cirrhosis Tied to Increased Stroke Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Strongest association seen with subarachnoid and intracerebral hemorrhage (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - June 6, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Drug combo combats stroke, Yale researchers find
A combination of existing drugs can ease symptoms of a cerebrovascular disorder that in severe cases can lead to brain hemorrhage, a team of Yale researchers have found. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - June 1, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Yale News Source Type: news

Stroke in Childhood: Clinical guideline for diagnosis, management and rehabilitation (2017)
This updated guidance sets out how stroke care should be provided, covering the whole pathway from identification, diagnosis and management of children and young people with arterial ischaemic stroke and haemorrhagic stroke until their transition to adult care. The clinical guideline is accompanied by a parent / carer guideline (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keeping up with Amanda: Life after brain surgery
In most ways, Amanda LePage is just like any other rambunctious fourth grader. She loves school, dance class, playing basketball and keeping up with her twin sister Macy and older brother Nathan. Sometimes it just takes her a little longer to do these everyday things. That’s because Amanda has been through a lot in her short nine years. Amanda was just 5 months old when she was brought by helicopter to Boston Children’s Hospital for a hemorrhage in her brain from an intracranial aneurysm, a type of vascular malformation. Despite long odds, Amanda survived two life-saving brain surgeries and a massive strok...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 22, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Our Patients’ Stories brain aneurysm Dr. Caroline Robson Dr. Craig McClain Dr. Edward Smith Dr. Peter Manley Hydrocephalus low-grade glioma pediatric stroke Source Type: news

Non-aneurysmal and non-traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage after attempted suicide by incomplete hanging - Kim TH, Lee SH, Kim DH, Kim SC, Jin W, Kim SY, Shin SH, Lee SB.
Hanging is a common method of suicide that is being reported more frequently in many countries. Several complications including injuries to the cervical spine, neck vessels, and brain can occur after attempted suicide by hanging. There are only a few repor... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Drowning, Suffocation Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Hemorrhagic stroke: Causes, symptoms, and treatments
In this article, we take a close look at hemorrhagic stroke. Who is at risk? What are the symptoms, how is it diagnosed, and what can you do to prevent it? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

A new life for Lynkin after encephalocele surgery
When you meet Lynkin Bell, the first things you notice are her big personality and chubby cheeks. You might also see how she adores her brother Lukis and hamming it up for the camera. But you’d never guess that this playful 14-month-old from Texas wasn’t expected to survive, never mind talk, stand or play peekaboo like a pro. And yet, thanks to her parents’ faith and persistence — and surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital — Lynkin can do all those things, and lots more, with the gusto befitting any toddler her age. “It’s a miracle,” says Kaylen Gaston, Lynkin’s mo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 24, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Craniofacial Program Dr. John Meara Dr. Mark Proctor encephalocele Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Brain hemorrhage: Causes, symptoms, and treatments
A brain hemorrhage is bleeding in the brain. It is life-threatening medical condition, and it is essential to receive medical treatment right away. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Possible new treatment for neuroinflammation in stroke
Researchers have identified a potential new treatment to reduce the effects of intracerebral hemorrhage, or ICH, a severe form of stroke causing brain bleeds. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potential new treatment strategy for neuroinflammation related to severe type of stroke
Scientists have discovered a potential new treatment to reduce the effects of intracerebral hemorrhage. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 17, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Potential new treatment strategy for neuroinflammation related to severe type of stroke
(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Scientists have discovered a potential new treatment to reduce the effects of intracerebral hemorrhage. This research has been published online in The FASEB Journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Organovo CEO Murphy steps away, Crouch steps up | Personnel Moves – April 14, 2017
Organovo (PINK:ONVO) said earlier this week that Taylor Crouch has been appointed as CEO, replacing Keith Murphy who is stepping away from the company. The changes are slated to go into effect on April 21. Prior to being tapped for  the corner office, Crouch operated as CEO of investigative clinical research company eStudySite, the San Diego, Calif.-based company said. “I am extremely proud of the progress we have made in the last ten years achieving our vision for Organovo.  Our 3D bioprinted human tissues are a disruptive and game-changing technology.  Founding Organovo and guiding us to our lea...
Source: Mass Device - April 15, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice staff Tags: Business/Financial News Active Implants AdvaMed Alphatec Holdings Inc. Anika Therapeutics Inc. Apollo Endosurgery Aurora Spine Baxter Biocorp Biogen Idec Biolase Technology Inc Bioventus LLC Bonesupport Clal Biotech Delcath Sys Source Type: news

Opportunity to reduce transfer of patients with mild traumatic brain injury and intracranial hemorrhage to a Level 1 trauma center - Yun BJ, White BA, Benjamin Harvey H, Prabhakar AM, Sonis JD, Glover M, Vallillo E, Choi S, Borczuk P, Raja AS.
OBJECTIVE: Current guidelines do not address the disposition of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and resultant intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). Emergency medicine clinicians working in hospitals without neurosurgery coverage typically transfer... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

My blue-eyed boy: The decision to donate life
Hot, humid air arrived that last week in June 2014. Our family was looking forward to a summer of entertaining, barbecuing and sharing our newly built patio with friends. Spending time as a family hiking, traveling or just hanging out at home was important to us. Aidan was ready to head off to a three-day goalie lacrosse camp. It was something he had begged to do all winter long. Aidan loved life and he lived it with passion. Aidan or AJ, depending on who you asked, had his future completely planned. He played basketball, swam and skied. As a Boy Scout, he had spent many days camping and hiking throughout New England and h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Krista Skinner Tags: Parenting Donate life month National Donate Life Month organ donation Source Type: news

HVAD Leads to Fewer Hemorrhagic Strokes Than HeartMate II HVAD Leads to Fewer Hemorrhagic Strokes Than HeartMate II
This study'will hammer home the importance of managing blood pressure,'said one expert, but'a 15% stroke rate is probably still unacceptable in our patient population,'said another.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 7, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

ISHLT 2017: Medtronic HVAD trial misses primary endpoint, reports lowered stroke rates
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that results from the Endurance supplemental trial of its HVAD heart pump system did not meet its primary endpoint, but did report  lowered stroke rates compared to standard treatment. The trial aimed to evaluate the use of the HVAD system, which it picked up along with HeartWare last year, as a destination therapy for patients who require a left ventricular assist device and received improved blood pressure management, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. Data from the study was presented at the 2017 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Scientific Meeting in ...
Source: Mass Device - April 5, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Clinical Trials HeartWare International Inc. Medtronic Source Type: news

Young Doctor Diagnosed With A Death Sentence Hopes To Cure Himself -- Before It's Too Late
David Fajgenbaum has nearly died five times. He’s had his last rites read to him, and he knows he could relapse at any moment. Still, the 32-year-old doctor doesn’t waste energy on self-pity. He can’t. He’s too busy trying to find a cure for the rare disease that’s come so close to killing him. “I realized that if I didn’t dedicate the rest of my life to trying to cure this disease, that no one else was going to do it,” Fajgenbaum said. “I didn’t have many more shots.” When Fajgenbaum was 25 and in his third year at the Perelman School of Medicine at t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nico wins CE Mark for BrainPath
Nico Corp said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its BrainPath neurosurgery access device. The BrainPath system uses a shunt and specially designed instrumentation to give surgeons access to the subcortical section of the brain. “Gaining CE Mark approval for BrainPath is our first step in answering increasing global interest in a systems approach to subcortical brain surgery using a standardized approach. We intend to take a planned approach to global expansion and look forward to making a positive difference in the worldwide brain tumor and stroke incidence rate,” CEO Jim Pearso...
Source: Mass Device - April 3, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Neurological Regulatory/Compliance Surgical Nico Corp. Source Type: news

A risk score based on admission characteristics to predict progressive hemorrhagic injury from traumatic brain injury in children - Hu GW, Lang HL, Guo H, Wu L, Zhang P, Kuang W, Zhu XG.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death and disability in children, and progressive hemorrhagic injury (PHI) post TBI is associated with poor outcomes. Therefore, the objective of this study was to develop and validate a prognost... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 30, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

He Treated The Very First Ebola Cases 40 Years Ago. Then He Watched The World Forget.
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. KINSHASA, Congo ― In early 2014, few people worried that the Ebola virus, which is up to 90 percent fatal, would pose a global threat. So the World Health Organization sent shockwaves around the world when it announced that Ebola was spreading out of control in West Africa. Before the epidemic was over two years later, it had killed thousands of people. They died in terrifying and painful ways, often passing the disease on to family members before and even after death....
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

He Treated The Very First Ebola Cases 40 Years Ago. Then He Watched The World Forget.
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. KINSHASA, Congo ― In early 2014, few people worried that the Ebola virus, which is up to 90 percent fatal, would pose a global threat. So the World Health Organization sent shockwaves around the world when it announced that Ebola was spreading out of control in West Africa. Before the epidemic was over two years later, it had killed thousands of people. They died in terrifying and painful ways, often passing the disease on to family members before and even after death....
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Bizarre Side Effect 1 In 100 People Experience During Sex
For SELF, by Zahra Barnes. As your sexual arousal ramps up on the trippy journey to orgasm, pleasure is probably the only thing on your mind. Unfortunately, for some people, pain interrupts the party. At least one percent of adults experience coital cephalalgia, or “sex headaches,” aka head pain that occurs before, during, or after orgasm. Here’s what you need to know about this condition, which is basically the unpleasant epitome of a buzzkill. Mayo Clinic spotlights two kinds of sex headaches. The first is “a dull ache in the head and neck that intensifies as sexual excitement increases,” a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liver Cirrhosis Tied to Increased Stroke Risk Liver Cirrhosis Tied to Increased Stroke Risk
A study challenges the notion that ischemic stroke does not occur in patients with liver cirrhosis and calls for heightened awareness of the risk for hemorrhagic stroke in these patients, researchers say.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 7, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

4 Key Insights When Raising Money for Your Medtech Startup: Interview with Bruce Shook, CEO of Intact Vascular
Welcome to the Medsider interview series, a regular feature at MassDevice. All interviews are conducted by Scott Nelson, Founder of Medsider and Group Director for WCG. We hope you enjoy them! Bruce Shook joined Intact Vascular in 2014 as President and CEO. A highly-experienced, medical device executive with more than 30 years of industry experience, Bruce was previously Co-founder, Director, President, and CEO of Neuronetics, which is a privately held medical device company that markets a non-invasive brain stimulation technology for the treatment of depression. Previously, Shook was Co-founder, Director, P...
Source: Mass Device - February 27, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog medsider Source Type: news

ICH Survivors at High Risk for Depression, Then Dementia ICH Survivors at High Risk for Depression, Then Dementia
Depression is not an isolated phenomenon following hemorrhagic stroke but may identify those who are likely to develop dementia, a new study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 23, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Penumbra: Stroke study shows aspiration system equal to stent retrievers
Penumbra (NYSE:PEN) touted data from the Aster trial evaluating its aspiration system compared to a stent retriever as a first-line thrombectomy approach for acute ischemic stroke. The data showed that the company’s direct aspiration, first-pass technique (Adapt) compared favorably with a stent retriever – 85.4% of patients treated with Penumbra’s aspiration system met the study’s revascularization primary endpoint, compared to 83.1% of their counterparts treated with stent retrievers. “The Aster study provides evidence that starting with Penumbra aspiration first as part of the Adapt techniqu...
Source: Mass Device - February 22, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Vascular Wall Street Beat Penumbra Inc. Source Type: news

Bleeding Strokes Take Heavy Toll on Brain
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 -- Survivors of the most deadly type of stroke face a higher risk for developing depression and dementia, new research suggests. Often called " bleeding strokes, " hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel ruptures and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 22, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

On the move: Lilith ’s dramatic recovery from arteriovenous fistula
It began like any typical late summer day. Lilith Borden and her mom, Victoria, had stopped by a farm near their Concord, New Hampshire, home where the 3-year-old could enjoy an ice cream cone — and burn off some energy playing in a nearby field. “We were running through the grass, when Lilith suddenly grabbed the back of her neck and screamed that she had a boo-boo,” Victoria remembers. Within seconds, she seemed to have trouble moving. As Victoria called for help, the little girl collapsed to the ground. At first, the cause of Lilith’s emergency seemed apparent. A small red mark on her neck, ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 22, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories arteriovenous fistula AVF Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center Dr. Darren Orbach endovascular embolization Source Type: news

What Causes Hyperammonemia?
Discussion Reye’s syndrome (RS)is named for Dr. Douglas Reye who along with Drs. G. Morgan and J. Baral described encephalopathy and fatty accumulation and degeneration in children in a 1963 Lancet article. RS usually affects children but can occur at all ages. All organs can be affected but the liver and brain are primarily affected causing liver failure and encephalopathy as toxic metabolites (especially ammonia) accumulate, and intracranial hypertension and cerebral edema occurs. As the ammonia levels begin to rise (> 100 mg/dL) patients lose their appetite, have nausea and emesis and mental status changes whic...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Factors associated with adverse outcomes in patients with traumatic intracranial hemorrhage and Glasgow Coma Scale of 15 - Kreitzer N, Hart K, Lindsell CJ, Betham B, Gozal Y, Andaluz NO, Lyons MS, Bonomo J, Adeoye O.
Patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) with associated intracranial injury, or complicated mTBI, are at risk of deterioration. Clinical management differs within and between institutions. We conducted an exploratory analysis to determine which of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Routine neurosurgical consultation is not necessary in mild blunt traumatic brain injury - Lewis PR, Dunne CE, Wallace JD, Brill JB, Calvo RY, Badiee J, Sise MJ, Bansal V, Sise CB, Shackford SR.
BACKGROUND: The Brain Trauma Foundation guidelines provide indications for neurosurgical intervention in traumatic brain injury (TBI) with moderate or severe intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). In TBI patients with less severe ICH, the utility of neurosurgical ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Nico launches trial for brain surgery shunt
Nico Corp said today it enrolled the 1st patient in the Enrich clinical trial which aims to explore the use of its BrainPath Approach for treating intracerebral hemorrhages. The trial will examine the procedural safety as well as economic and functional benefit of early surgical removal of intracerebral hemorrhages using its BrainPath Approach system. “Our initial clinical results with this approach for early clot removal have been exciting and provided a wake-up call to what has been missing in hemorrhagic stroke care,” trial principal investigator Dr. Daniel Barrow said in a press release....
Source: Mass Device - January 11, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Neurological Nico Corp. Source Type: news

Stroke Care: A Balanced Approach to the tPA Debate
In conclusion, alteplase is the only treatment available for acute ischemic stroke that is effective in some patients. In order to improve tPA effectiveness and minimize risks, patients with symptoms suggestive of an AIS should get rapid assessment and treatment with tPA after careful review of the contraindications. Given that smaller strokes can still be associated with considerable long term neurological morbidity, treatment should still be considered in those patients after weighing the risks and benefits and in consultation with the patient and family. Advanced age should also not be a limiting factor. Although the NI...
Source: EPMonthly.com - December 31, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Logan Plaster Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Frostbite
With the cold months here people need to be made aware of injuries that may occur during these months. Exposure to a temperature below freezing usually leads to severe soft tissue damage (Figure 1). How does the body protect itself from cold? Thermoregulation The body has the ability to maintain a core body temperature by the process of thermoregulation. During extreme cold, the body receives a signal from sensory receptors. For example, there receptors are present in the hands or the feet (Figure 2). These sensory receptors will respond to the cold and send a signal up to the brain. The posterior hypothalamus is respo...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stryker ’ s Concentric Medical wins Class II FDA label for Trevo clot retrieval devices
The FDA today announced it has relabelled Stryker (NYSE:SYK) subsidiary Concentric Medical‘s Trevo mechanical thrombectomy devices as Class II. Concentric Medical submitted a request for reclassification of the Trevo ProVe and XP ProVue retrievers in October last year, according to the FDA. The federal watchdog reviewed the order, and said that on September 2 it issued an order to reclassify the device types, given the generic name of neurovascular mechanical thrombectomy devices for ischemic stroke treatment, as Class II. In relabeling the devices, the FDA identified 5 possible risks, including advers...
Source: Mass Device - December 27, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Vascular Concentric Medical Inc. Stryker Source Type: news

OB-GYN Group Issues Major New Cord Clamping Recommendation
More and more research has said there are benefits to keeping the umbilical cord attached for several minutes after childbirth ― a practice known as “delayed cord clamping.” But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has held off from endorsing the practice, saying there was insufficient evidence to support it universally. This week ACOG issued new guidelines changing its stance. In the first policy opinion on the topic issued since 2012, the group now recommends that doctors and midwives hold off on clamping all healthy newborns’ cords for at least 30 to 60 seconds. “While t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

J & J ’ s Codman Neuro picks up Pulsar Vascular
Johnson & Johnson‘s (NYSE:JNJ) Codman Neuro said last week it picked up Pulsar Vascular, which produces the PulseRider device for treating brain aneurysms, for an undisclosed amount. The PulseRider is designed to shore up the blood vessels around wide-necked aneurysms at or near a bifurcation of the basilar tip or carotid terminus and facilitate the implantation of an embolization coil, without obstructing blood flow through the vessels, according to the company’s website. Codman Neuro said the acquisition will complement its portfolio of products covering hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. “T...
Source: Mass Device - December 13, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Mergers & Acquisitions Vascular Codman Neuro Johnson and Johnson Pulsar Vascular Source Type: news