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Medtronic's Ishrak completes the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' for ALS research (video)

August 18, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak douses himself with ice-water to raise awareness and money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The so-called Ice Bucket Challenge has reached the medtech sphere in a big way, with Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) CEO Omar Ishrak getting in on the viral video phenomenon with a short video showing him pouring a bucket of ice water over his head for charity.

Study: Afib doubles stroke risk after surgery

August 13, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Surgical patients who experience atrial fibrillation may see a doubled stroke risk in the months following their procedure, according to a new study published in JAMA.

Study: Post-surgery afib heightens lifetime stroke risk

Results from a new study suggest that atrial fibrillation (AF) may pose a significant threat to patients undergoing surgery, especially those having non-cardiac procedures.

In an analysis of more than 1.7 million patients, researchers found that perioperative AF was associated with twice the risk of stroke in patients who had non-cardiac surgery. Patients who underwent a cardiac procedure saw a 30% increase in their stroke risk.

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Study: Prostate cancer screening saves lives, but dangers remain | MassDevice.com On Call

August 7, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

A 13-year study of prostate cancer screening finds it helps reduce deaths by 21%, but researchers still aren't sure the tests help more than they harm.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The prostate cancer screening debate rages on as a new study published in the journal Lancet vindicates the life-saving potential of testing but cautions against introducing routine screening programs.

SoCal innovators team up for pediatric medical devices | MassDevice.com On Call

July 29, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

OCTANe and the Southern California Center of Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics join forces to spur innovation in pediatric medical devices and get more products to market.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Orange County, Calif., technology-backer OCTANe is teaming up with the Southern California Center of Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) to advance medical devices for chidren's health.

OCTANe plans to set up shop at the Children's Hospital of Las Angeles (CHLA), which operates the CTIP, to help commercialize new pediatric device with its "LaunchPad process of predictive analytics-based acceleration."

DARPA taps NeuroPace for memory loss trial

July 23, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

NeuroPace teams up with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to examine use of implanted neurostimulators to help restore memory.

DARPA taps NeuroPace for memory loss trial

Epilepsy treatment devices maker NeuroPace hopes to expand its clinical applications by supporting a research initiative to evaluate neurostimulation implants in treatment of memory deficits.

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Robot surgery becomes a poster child for curbing new health tech

July 11, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Researchers use Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robotic surgery system as a cautionary tale about the rapid adoption of new technologies that require physician training.

Robot surgery becomes a poster child for curbing new health tech

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Docs announce lab-made 'mini retina'

June 11, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Researchers at Johns Hopkins hospital successfully created a type of functioning human retina tissue made from stem cells.

Docs announce lab-made 'mini retina'

Johns Hopkins researchers reported what may be a major breakthrough in vision-saving medicine, creating a functioning "mini retina" made out of human stem cells.

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