Archive for ◊ June, 2013 ◊

• Friday, June 28th, 2013

Social phobias affect about 15 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and surveys show that public speaking is high on the list of such phobias. For some people, these fears of social situations can be especially acute: For example, individuals with Asperger’s syndrome often have difficulty making eye contact […]

• Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The age of wearable computing is upon us: There are now wristbands from Nike (NKE), clip-on devices from Fitbit, and eyewear from Google (GOOG). We’ve come this far because we’ve been able to shrink computing power from something the size of a room to a box that sat atop a desk, to a smaller box that fits […]

• Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The latest episode in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series describes bacteria that are “addicted” to caffeine in a way that promises practical uses ranging from decontamination of wastewater to bioproduction of medications for asthma. Based on a report by Jeffrey Barrick, Ph.D., and colleagues in the journal ACS Synthetic Biology, […]

• Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The FDA is urging medical device makers and health care facilities to make sure there are proper safeguards in place to protect their medical devices from cyber threats. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) said on Thursday that its warning is directed specifically at biomedical engineers, health care IT and procurements staff, medical device user […]

• Monday, June 24th, 2013

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a method for creating “nano-volcanoes” by shining various colors of light through a nanoscale “crystal ball” made of a synthetic polymer. These nano-volcanoes can store precise amounts of other materials and hold promise for new drug-delivery technologies. The researchers create the nano-volcanoes by placing spherical, transparent polymer […]

• Friday, June 21st, 2013

Three technology companies expect to create 991 jobs in the Denver area during the next five years and may receive a combined $8.2 million in state tax incentives for the growth. DigitalGlobe, the Longmont-based satellite imaging company; Terumo BCT, a Lakewood-based medical device maker; and Sympoz, Denver online software company behind the instructional video website […]

• Thursday, June 20th, 2013

MENTOR RECEIVES FDA APPROVAL FOR MENTOR MEMORYSHAPE BREAST IMPLANTS SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Mentor Worldwide LLC, the U.S. market leader in breast aesthetics, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants, providing new options for women looking for a more natural shape and youthful […]

• Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

At the risk of sounding a bit mean, CareFusion (NYSE:CFN) doesn’t get all that much attention in the market. The company has a solid business between its operations in pharmaceutical dispensing, infusion, respiratory care, and procedural disposables, but it never really seems to get much attention unless/until there’s another round of news about infusion pumps – a […]

• Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Medtronic, Inc. : First-of-Its-Kind Independent Review of INFUSE Bone Graft Coordinated by Yale University is Complete MINNEAPOLIS – June 17, 2013 – Medtronic, Inc. [NYSE: MDT] acknowledged today the publication of the findings from Yale University’s third-party, independent review of INFUSE Bone Graft, a proprietary formulation of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) that was […]

• Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

AUDIENCE: Risk Manager, Health Professional ISSUE: On May 13, 2013, Endologix, Inc. initiated a recall of AFX Introducer System Model S17-45 due to reports of the dilator breaking during procedures. BACKGROUND: The AFX Introducer System is intended to help introduce catheters and other medical devices into blood vessels during procedures with minimal blood loss. This […]