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Harvard researchers hope artificial stingray can help them engineer a human heart

Researchers at Harvard University developed an artificial stingray powered by rat heart muscle cells that they hope may lead them to engineer a human heart.

HeartWare recalls batteries for its ventricular assist device

HeartWare voluntarily recalled batteries for its HeartWare ventricular assist device (HVAD) on June 29 after discovering the batteries may lose power prematurely due to faulty cells.

Imaging method may help identify risk of brain bleeding following stroke

An analysis of patients who received endovascular therapy within 12 hours of stroke onset found that the amount of blood-brain barrier disruption on pretreatment MRIs was associated with the severity of intracranial hemorrhage.

Device for irregular heartbeat may be more cost-effective than medication

A study by a Yale researcher has found that the use of The Watchman, a catheter-delivered device, used for patients suffering from irregular heart rhythms is more cost effective that medication.

Nokia introduces scale that measures BMI, standing heart rate

On June 8, Nokia Technologies introduced the Withings Body Cardio, a wireless scale that measures a person’s weight, body mass index, body composition and standing heart rate.

Lumason earns Innovative Technology designation from Vizient

Bracco Diagnostics, the U.S. subsidiary of Bracco Imaging, announced this week that Lumason, the company’s ultrasound contrast agent, has received Vizient’s Innovative Technology designation. The designation was determined by reviews of Lumason at Vizient’s Innovative Technology Expo in November 2015.

Decision Support: Improving Data Quality, Improving Cardiology Decision-making

Mountain States Health Alliance headquartered in Johnson City, Tenn., is one health system leading the charge and reaping the benefits of a more intelligent, decision support-enabled CVIS with a built-in quality control engine that ensures data entered into the report are consistent.

Medtronic launches Barrx 360 Express RFA balloon catheter

Medtronic announced this week that it has launched a new catheter for treating Barrett’s esophagus, a significant complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease.

ACC.16: Mobile health intervention helps participants increase exercise and lose weight

CHICAGO – Participants in a low-cost, workplace-based, physical activity and wellness mobile health intervention program had significant increases in daily step counts, exercise days and weight loss.

Dexcom recalls glucose monitoring systems

Dexcom recalled its continuous glucose monitoring systems, which are used to monitor blood sugar levels of patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes.