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Data registries: An extremely powerful tool, at least in theory

Data-gathering tools face a number of challenges including the integration of UDIs, differing device systems and components, and obtaining sufficient follow-up information, and capturing differences in provider experiences and training that could skew the outcomes data.

Swiss researchers create implant enabling mind-controlled protein release

Simply wishing away pain is not as far-fetched as you probably think, research from Swiss scientists shows. Using electroencephalography they were able to harness thought-specific brain waves to convert genes into proteins, or what's known as gene expression.

UPDATED: Trade agreement with China paves the way for reduction in medical device tariffs

President Obama's trip to China was a productive one. Not to be overshadowed by the countries' new climate change accord is an agreement to expand the World Trade Organization's tariff-cutting Information Technology Agreement, to include a host of new products, including medical devices.

Monteris nabs $30M to grow its less invasive neurosurgery tech

Canada's Monteris Medical announced a $30 million equity financing for its NeuroBlate robotic neurosurgical system to ablate, or destroy using heat, brain lesions like primary and metastatic tumors. 

Boston Scientific ordered to fork over $27.6M in vaginal mesh suit

Boston Scientific faced a stinging setback in its ongoing vaginal mesh litigation as a federal court jury ordered the company to pay $26.7 million to four women who claimed the devices caused them undue pain and suffering.

St. Jude 'looking' to expand production and services operations in Malaysia

Minnesota-based device giant St. Jude Medical is beating the bushes in Malaysia, possibly looking to expand its production and services operations there, Malaysia's New Straits Times reported.

Philips, Duke to collaborate on infant temperature monitoring using InnerSense probe

A lack of age-appropriate devices has led to complications in the infant temperature monitoring space. So, the news that Philips will use its InnerSense Esophageal Temperature Probe to monitor the core temperature of underweight infants in collaboration with the Duke University School of Nursing is welcome.

Congressional Republicans move full speed ahead to nix medical device tax

With positive midterm election results in tow, Republicans in the U.S. Congress are moving forward with plans to nix the medical device tax put in place two years ago under President Obama's healthcare law.

Smart earrings debut on Kickstarter

Canadian startup BioSensive Technologies is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to further develop its smart earrings, Ear-o-Smart.

Glooko merges tech data to avoid activity-triggered hypoglycemic events

Glooko, a startup focused on diabetes, has developed a tool that allows diabetics and their doctors to see what impact physical activity has on their conditions. It merges information from fitness wearables and biometric devices to help avoid hypoglycemic events.

Consultant says Sunshine Act leads to implicit coordination of payments to docs

Under the Sunshine Act, the new Open Payments database of payments made to physicians is leading life science companies to "implicitly" coordinate their payments in order to avoid being seen as the big payer to a particular doctor.

Xerox invests in HealthSpot, a telemedicine provider

Xerox, best known for its copy machines and document management systems, is investing in HealthSpot, a telemedicine provider that sets up kiosks that connect patients with physicians.

Supersensitive sensor to detect asthma/COPD receives $8.6M in funding

Pleasanton, CA's Spirometrix raised $8.6 million in funding for a sensor to detect and treat asthma and COPD, in a round led by Japan's NGK Spark Plugs, which gave $5 million.

Becton Dickinson ordered to notify customers about false-advertising claims for safety syringes

More than a year after a Texas jury told Becton Dickinson to pay $340 million in damages to Retractable Technologies in an antitrust battle over competing safety syringes, a U.S. federal court is ordering the devicemaker to notify customers that it made false claims about its product.

Ex-Apple CEO invests in telemedicine

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley sees the mobile health market as the future patient-preferred healthcare option

FDA clears first patient-specific spinal rod

France's Medicrea Group said it has received FDA clearance for the world's first patient-specific spinal osteosynthesis rod, the UNiD, enabling physicians to order customized rods that match the spinal alignment of each patient.

Medtronic borrows $16B to cover rising costs of Covidien deal

Medtronic's $43 billion acquisition of Covidien has become increasingly expensive, requiring the medical device giant to borrow more than $16 billion, the company said in a massive regulatory filing.

Aethlon to begin U.S. testing for its Ebola treatment device by year end

Aethlon Medical said it will, by the end of the year, begin U.S. clinical trials of its Hemopurifier device following news a German patient suffering from Ebola was declared free of the deadly virus despite suffering multiple organ failure.

With fresh infusion of cash in tow, Thync rolls out wearable, noninvasive device to elevate mood

As the med tech industry casts its eye toward wearable, non-invasive devices to elevate mood, startup Thync is developing a smartphone-connected product that boosts users' mood by stimulating nerves in the head.

CMS will cover lung cancer screening for smokers, pleasing industry, medical associations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services acted against the advice of its advisory committee by making the long-sought decision to offer Medicare reimbursement of CT scanning as a means of lung cancer screening among heavy smokers, earning the praise of groups like the Lung Cancer Alliance.