31 Jul 2018

U.S. HEALTHCARE SPENDING NEARING 20 PERCENT OF GDP

Seeking Alpha cites a Wall Street Journal   report  on July 31 that healthcare spending in the United States will soon reach 20 percent of Gross Domestic Product, a significantly higher proportion than any other major economy. The key cost driver has been price hikes, not increased demand. Since 1960,

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28 Jul 2018

POLIDOCANOL INJECTABLE FOAM: WHEN VEINS DON’T TAKE A STRAIGHT PATH

Patient presents with bilateral bulging varicosities   By Ajit Naidu, MD An estimated one-third of the population in Western countries has untreated venous disease.[i] Some of these individuals have lived with debilitating symptoms of venous insufficiency for a decade or more because their primary care physicians or OB/GYNs have told

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28 Jul 2018

OBITUARY: Frank Spencer Cole, MD

OBITUARY: Frank Spencer Cole, MD The Departments of Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at NYU Langone Health are deeply saddened by the loss of Frank Cole Spencer, MD. Dr. Spencer was accepted to medical school at age 17 and proceeded to complete his surgical training at Johns Hopkins. During the Korean

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26 Jul 2018

STRADIS HEALTHCARE FACILITY EARNS ISO; 2 EXECS HIRED; WEBSITE REDESIGNED

  Stradis Healthcare, a provider of custom procedure trays and minor kits, has had several big events this summer, including earning ISO 13485:2016 certification for its Waukegan, Ill., facility; hiring two new executives; and overhauling its website, stradishealthcare.com. .               Stradis serves more than 1,500 surgical centers, private practices and purchasing

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26 Jul 2018

VIEWRAY CLEANS HOUSE IN SEARCH OF GROWTH, SHAREHOLDER VALUE

ViewRay Inc., the Oakwood Village-based maker of an MRI-guided radiation therapy system called MRIdian, has named medical device industry veterans Scott Drake as president and CEO, and Shar Matin as COO, effective immediately. Both men had been executives at Spectranetics Corp., a developer and manufacturer of minimally invasive cardiovascular devices,

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25 Jul 2018

ECHONOUS VEIN DESIGNED TO IMPROVE FIRST-TIME STICKS

EchoNous, a Seattle provider focused on delivering intelligent medical tools, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the EchoNous Vein, an ultrasound-based tool designed specifically for nurses to improve peripheral IV (PIV) catheter placements. Developed for usage across a wide range of patients including both adults

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17 Jul 2018

PREPARING A NEW GENERATION OF PHYSICIANS FOR A NEW KIND OF HEALTH CARE

 By David Muhlestein, PhD, JD and Lia Winfield, PhD Dramatic changes in the demographics of our physician population are happening at the same time as our healthcare system is making equally dramatic changes in how it organizes and pays for care. This new generation of physicians is likely to be

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17 Jul 2018

TELEFLEX TO ACQUIRE QT VASCULAR ASSETS, TAKES OPTION ON CHOCOLATE HEART DCB

QT Vascular has agreed to sell its non-drug coated coronary products to Teleflex, including its Chocolate XD and Glider, with an option to purchase its Chocolate Heart drug-coated coronary balloon catheter which is currently under development. Singapore-based QT Vascular has not released any financial details of the agreement, but said that it

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17 Jul 2018

SONAVEX RECEIVES FDA CLEARANCE FOR MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICES

Canton, Ohio-based medical device startup Sonavex. A John Hopkin spinout, received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market implantable devices to be used with ultrasound imaging, CEO David Narrow said. The 510(k) clearance means the Johns Hopkins spinout startup has regulatory approval for its initial product. The Echomark devices are designed to

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16 Jul 2018

APPLE UPDATES APP ALLOWING PATIENTS TO SEE HEALTH RECORDS ON THEIR IPHONE

  Apple has updated the Health app with the iOS 11.3 beta, debuting a feature for customers to see their medical records right on their iPhone. The updated Health Records section within the Health app brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Health app to make it easy for consumers

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