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2010-11-22 16:06:20

Engineers have developed a new type of microchip muscle stimulator implant that will enable people with paraplegia to exercise their paralysed leg muscles. It is the first time that researchers have developed a device of this kind that is small enough to be implanted into the spinal canal and incorporates the electrodes and muscle stimulator in one unit. The implant is the size of a child's fingernail. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) project is being led by...

2010-11-11 07:00:00

PLEASANTON, Calif., Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Thoratec Corporation (Nasdaq: THOR), a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, said today it will be hosting an investor event on Tuesday, November 16 at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2010. Gary F. Burbach, president and chief executive officer of Thoratec, will be discussing highlights from data presentations during AHA regarding the...

2010-11-03 07:25:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A deaf man takes a chance on a risky surgery in hopes of hearing for the first time in his life. The award-winning documentary film FROM SILENCE TO SOUND (WINNER - Best Inspirational Documentary, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival), from Brooklyn Girl Productions, teams up with Cinesouq at this year's American Film Market (AFM), which starts today and runs through Wednesday, November 10, 2010 in Santa Monica,...

2010-10-13 22:36:00

SARATOGA, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices, today announced upcoming scientific presentations on the company's Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz) which was recently approved by the FDA to improve vision in patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Two podium presentations are scheduled as follows: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual...

2010-08-26 16:51:29

The UK's first operation to fit a single cochlear implant capable of giving sound in both ears takes place this Friday, thanks to the work of the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre, based at the University of Southampton The UK's first operation to fit a single cochlear implant capable of giving sound in both ears takes place this Friday (27 August), thanks to the work of the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre (SOECIC), based at the University of Southampton. A cochlear implant is...

2010-07-06 08:00:00

SARATOGA, Calif., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company's Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz) to improve vision in patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). VisionCare's first-of-kind telescope implant is integral to a new patient care program, CentraSight, for treating patients with...

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2010-06-30 11:26:32

More electrodes and a thinner, more flexible wire inserted further into the inner ear could improve conventional cochlear implants, a team of Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say. Candidates for cochlear implants"”an estimated million in the United States alone"”include children and adults with profound deafness in both ears. An implant does not restore normal hearing but simulates sounds in the environment, including speech. More...

2010-06-18 07:30:00

PLEASANTON, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thoratec Corporation (Nasdaq: THOR), a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, said today that it will be participating in the Wells Fargo Securities Healthcare Conference on Thursday, June 24. Gary F. Burbach, president and chief executive officer, will provide an update on the company, beginning at 10:15 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time (7:15 a.m., Pacific Daylight...

2010-06-14 15:10:00

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and SYDNEY, June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HeartWare International, Inc. (Nasdaq: HTWR; ASX: HIN), a leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart failure, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted HeartWare conditional approval to begin enrollment in an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) destination therapy clinical study for the...

2010-05-27 14:59:12

A state-of-the-art heart pump, designed to maintain a continuous flow of blood in end-stage cardiac patients with damage to the left side of the heart, also improves function on the right side of the heart, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute. "Very little has been published regarding the ability of continuous flow pumps to have similar effects on the right ventricle," says study lead author Jeffrey Morgan, M.D., director of Cardiac Surgery Research...