Category: Medicaldevices

A.M. Vitals: Prices Soar as Doctors Band with Hospitals

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Also in today’s health news: Patients are grappling with the cost of a device recall, an influential U.S. pediatricians group backed circumcision, and Mitt Romney reversed course to support his own Massachusetts health law.
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A.M. Vitals: Faulty Defibrillators and Doctor Burnout

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Also: Nearly 1 in 2 U.S. physicians report at least one symptom of burnout; and a decline in the number of circumcisions performed each year could actually raise health costs.
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Doctors Grapple With FDA Advice For Troubled Heart Wire

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Heart doctors say the FDA wants them to X-ray thousands of patients, but not to put the results to any meaningful clinical use.
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St. Jude’s Defibrillator Leads: Information for Patients

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The FDA is calling for even more information about St. Jude’s heart-device troubles in the wake of a series of studies regulators say left key questions unanswered.
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A.M. Vitals: Romney Works to Set His Medicare Plan Apart From From Ryan’s

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New medical devices aim to perform functions that typically require a medical provider; Changes in your eyes can reflect broader shifts in health status; A device restored the vision of blind mice; Prosecutor are investigating a deadly 2011 listeria outbreak.
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A.M. Vitals: Nanotechnology Used to Repair Damaged Heart Tissue

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Also: A study shows a miniature heart pump helps children stay alive while they wait for a donor organ; a small study appears to show a TB vaccine can help Type 1 diabetes; and 113 cases of swine flu are reported in Indiana.
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The Microcomputer In Your Chest Needs A Landline

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Matchbox-sized “smart” defibrillators wirelessly transmit to bed-side monitors, but need traditional phone lines to fire the information back to device makers.
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A.M. Vitals: Extended Breast Feeding, Obesity Drug and Heart Devices

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Here’s what’s making health news this morning:
Are You Mom Enough? (Time): Featuring a provocative cover photo of a mother breast-feeding her three-year-old child, the magazine explores attachment parenting. Its three main tenets are extended breast-feeding, co-sleeping and “baby wearing,” in which infants are physically attached to their parents by slings.
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A.M. Vitals: Heart Device Wiring Problem Persists for St. Jude

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Here’s what’s making health news this morning:
St. Jude Wiring Problem Persists (WSJ): The rate of a key failure in the Riata-series leads — wires that connect a defibrillator to the heart — rose 17% from the last company report in November.
Facebook is Urging Members to Add Organ Donor Status (NY Times): The social […]

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A.M. Vitals: Justices Question Health Law

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Here’s what’s making health news this morning:
Justices Question Health Law (WSJ): The Supreme Court’s conservative justices sharply challenged the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul Tuesday, raising the prospect that the law could be struck down, while the liberal and conservative wings seemed inclined to split evenly over the question of whether […]

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