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Medtronics Manipulates Safety Data -- When a Fine Should Become a Crime

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Spencer Aronfeld

It is perfectly legal and common for physicians to prescribe medication and medical devices for "off-label" use. But the FDA prohibits manufacturers from directly promoting the unapproved use of their products.

World's Tiniest Telescope Treats Blindness

Barbara Dehn | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

Thanks to technological advances in microsurgery and space-age breakthroughs, people like James Hindman with Age-related Macular Degeneration have new hope from the world's tiniest telescope that's implanted into the person's eye.

Nanomedicine: Big Potential for Small Products

Julielynn Wong, M.D. | Posted 04.06.2013 | Technology
Julielynn Wong, M.D.

While more nanomedicine products are becoming available to consumers, big questions remain about their long-term impact on the environment and human health, experts say.

Yes, You Can Hack a Pacemaker (and Other Medical Devices Too)

XPRIZE | Posted 03.04.2013 | Health News

By Tarun Wadhwa Tarun Wadhwa is a Research Fellow with Singularity University studying how exponential technologies can be used to solve public policy...

10 Diabetes Advances in 2012

Riva Greenberg | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

As we count down the days to the end of the year, here's a round up of 10 diabetes products, drugs, gadgets, and insights that occurred in 2012.

In The Future, Medical Devices Will Dissolve Inside You

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 11.27.2012 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — As consumers we want our electronic gadgets to be durable. But as patients, we might want them to dissolve — inside our bodies. ...

What New Advances In Medical Devices Are Doing For Aging Americans

Posted 07.09.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Mark Baard Science's latest wonders, from a telescopic eye implant to artificial joints with microchip monitors N...

Boehner Aide Draws Scrutiny For Ties To Lobby

Republic Report | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

Earlier today, the House of Representatives moved to help save $30 million dollars for medical device companies while defunding programs designed to e...

White House Threatens Bold Action On Obamacare Provision

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — White House officials threatened a veto Wednesday of a Republican bill that would repeal a tax on the makers of many medical device...

Patients' Voices Are Changing Medical Devices

Riva Greenberg | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Traditionally pharma and medical device companies design health tools for health care professionals and in clinical settings. What's been missing is any thought about the end user: the patient.

Janean Chun

From Tragedy, A Life-Saving Idea | Janean Chun | Posted 04.29.2012 | Small Business

Marie Guion-Johnson lived an idyllic life -- she was working on her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, her 41-year-old husband, Robert Guion, was a...

A Novel Way to Create American Jobs: Brought to You By the Medical Device Industry and Congress

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

At stake is whether medical devices that are put in your body, cardiac stents, heart valves, knee and hip implants, among others, will be subject to safety tests in humans before they are approved by the FDA.

Engineering a Healthy Tomorrow for the Poorest Billion

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

It is not everyday that you hear the words big Pharma, billionaires, philanthropists and eradication of diseases in the same sentence. Well, Monday, January 30th was one such spectacular day.

Healthcare Giant Recalls Motrin Pills That May Work Too Slowly

AP | By LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 12.22.2011 | Business

TRENTON, N.J. -- Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson has issued another recall of Motrin pain relievers, at least the sixth in two years. It's part of...

A Furry Friend For Grandma?

Los Angeles Times | Karen Ravn | Posted 12.19.2011 | Fifty

It's a medical device that looks like a baby harp seal, and someday it just might be your best friend. Which leads to some interesting questions....

Alicia Ciccone

Helping Kids Battle Diabetes In Style | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 09.06.2011 | Small Business

Like many great moms-turned-entrepreneurs, Julie DeFruscio found herself faced with a challenge on the homefront and turned her homegrown solution int...

Is More Government Regulation Needed to Prevent Recalls?

Debbie Hines | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Debbie Hines

We are used to recalls of automobile parts, children's toys, electronic devices and grocery items, but few expect recalls of defective body implants already implanted in patients.

J&J Buys Swiss Company For Nearly $22 Billion

Posted 06.27.2011 | Business

ZURICH (By Katie Reid) - Johnson & Johnson is to buy Swiss medical devices maker Synthes Inc for 19 billion Swiss francs ($21.6 billion) in its la...

FDA Whistleblower Allegations Shouldn't Be Swept Under the Carpet

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Secretary Sebelius can't let this issue be swept under the carpet. The lives of patients will continue to be put at risk until the FDA's house is put in order.

FDA Claims It Was Pressured Into Approving Medical Devices

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — For the second time this year, federal inspectors have dismissed allegations by Food and Drug Administration scientists who say the...

Amy Baxter, Buzzy: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.30.2011 | Home

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Medical Misconceptions: Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

As a doctor, I appreciate when patients put their trust in me. It means I've demonstrated I can do my job well. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't actively ask your doctors questions about your care.

FDA Moves Toward Tighter Medical Device Oversight

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Makers of X-ray machines, drug pumps and other medical devices would have to submit more safety information to win federal approval...

Medical Device Problems Hurt 70,000+ Kids Annually

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — More than 70,000 children and teens go to the emergency room each year for injuries and complications from medical devices, and contac...

Extremely Affordable Healthcare: $25 Incubator

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

Rather than simply looking to control treatments or reduce payments to physicians, the medical-industrial complex itself should be carefully scrutinized.