Medtronic won a patent for a "3-dimensional antenna that may be used in an implantable medical device," describing it as a "meandering" or "serpentine" antenna with multiple segments and performance-enhancing features.
St. Jude’s patent was awarded for a suite of medical devices such as "deflectable sheaths or catheter-introducers, having a generally planar element wrapped in spiral pattern about the sheath or catheter-introducer," intended to allow better steering through a patient’s vasculature.
Surgery as a front line for tongue cancer
Patients who underwent surgery as a 1st course of treatment for tongue cancer fared far better than those who received chemotherapy, according to a small Michigan study which was halted early on dismal patient outcomes.
Hospital group accused of "massive, nationwide fraud"
Whistleblowers accused Health Management Associates Inc. of perpetrating a wide-scale scheme to defraud Medicare by encouraging doctors to push expensive, unnecessary tests.
Transplant mis-matching may be putting patients at risk
A novel analysis of organ transplant protocols suggests that failure to match organs to recipients by sex of the donor and size of the heart may results in better outcomes than matching based on body weight.
Baxano opts for merit-based CEO salary
Baxano (NSDQ:BAXS) CEO Ken Reali’s entire award of restricted stock units has been tied to performance, pending a 30% increase in the company’s top-line for 2 successive quarters.