MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The FDA’s medical device review arm unveiled a new organization scheme, adding a pair of new review divisions and 12 new branches.
The Center for Devices & Radiological Health began operating under the new plan at the start of the month, featuring separate divisions for surgical and for neurological/physical medicine devices.
The agency hopes to "reduce the manager to staff ratios and better align product areas as well as accommodate the new MDUFA hires that will be coming into the Center," according to the FDA Law Blog.
Ear-powered medical device makes waves
MIT researchers demonstrate that a natural biological "battery" in the inner ear could be used to power implantable electronic devices without obstructing hearing.
Brain-powered prosthetic leg climbs closer to realization
High-tech prosthetic leg developer Freedom Innovations announced that research participant and amputee Zac Vawter successfully climbed 103 floors using a neurally controlled, powered prosthetic limb.
Healthcare costs overtaking federal budget, CBO report says
The Congressional Budget Office called for cuts to Medicare spending, warning that the program is fast outgrowing its share of the federal budget.
Mobile ECG technology for stroke prevention
Researchers conclude that AliveCor’s iPhone ECG device and related software may be an important tool in diagnosing atrial fibrillation and preventing strokes.