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Is Johnson & Johnson eyeing Edwards, St. Jude? | MassDevice.com On Call

May 2, 2012 by MassDevice staff

Johnson & Johnson, already the world's largest health products maker, could have its eye on Edwards Lifesciences and St. Jude Medical as potential acquisitions, analysts say.

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Hacker demonstrates insulin pump attack from 300 ft. away | MassDevice.com On Call

March 1, 2012 by MassDevice staff

A hacker and McAfee researcher demonstrates how an insulin pump can be controlled wirelessly and forced to inject a lethal dose from a distance.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A modern insulin pump can be hacked from 300 feet away and told to deliver a lethal dose of insulin, a hacker and researcher for computer security giant McAfee proved.

Using a laptop and a custom-made antennae, Barnaby Jack's software broke through the insulin pump's security and altered its program to dump its contents, injected a potentially lethal dose of the hormone into a dummy pancreas used for demonstration purposes.

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Diabetes: Medtronic launches new remote glucose monitor | MassDevice.com On Call

January 4, 2012 by MassDevice staff

Medtronic lands FDA approval for its mySentry remote glucose monitor.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) landed FDA approval for its mySentry remote glucose monitor, which delivers real-time insulin pump stats and glucose trends.

The Minneapolis, Minn.-based medical device titan's system links with the MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump to allow caregivers to set alarms and remotely monitor patients' glucose levels.

MassDevice Reader's choice | The 5 best reads of 2011

December 27, 2011 by Emily Greenhalgh

Bin Laden's kidney disease, St. Jude's CEO slams Medtronic, med-tech to save Steve Jobs, DNA tests show incest and Bill Hawkins on leaving MDT were the most popular medical device stories of 2011.

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Welcome to MassDevice's annual audit of the ups, downs and in-betweens of the year that was. For the medical device industry, 2011 was more or less defined by a nagging sense of uncertainty that hung over the world's med-tech companies like a grey cloud above a summer picnic.

But what did we learn from all the conjecture? In truth, not much. The year ends much as it began, full of questions with no cut and dry answers as we turn the calenFdar over into the new year.

Breast cancer: Faulty breast implants in France | MassDevice.com On Call

December 21, 2011 by MassDevice staff

French authorities may ask 30,000 women to have a potentially defective type of breast implant removed.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — French authorities need to decide whether or not they're going to ask 30,000 women to have their breast implants removed.

The potentially defective implants were supplied by Poly Implant Prothese and contain a non-authorized silicone gel that causes high rupture rates.

"We have to remove all these implants," Dr. Laurent Lantieri, a plastic surgeon on a special committee investigating the issue told the Liberation newspaper. "We're facing a health crisis, linked to a fraud."

Diabetes: WPI team gets $1.2M for diabetes care app | Funding Roundup

December 13, 2011 by MassDevice staff

A research team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute lands $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a diabetes care smart phone app.

A research team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute won a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a smart phone app for people with advanced diabetes.

The proposed application, currently named "sugar," will link a patient's smart phone, glucose meter and scale to track and archive blood sugar levels and weight. Patients with foot ulcers will be able to use the phone's camera to capture and analyze images of the lesions.