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Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark for RELIANCE® 4-FRONT™ Defibrillation Lead

Boston Scientific has received regulatory approval to market the RELIANCE® 4-FRONT™ lead, its next generation implantable defibrillation lead now available in Europe and Asia.   According to the press release, “The RELIANCE 4-FRONT lead is built upon the demonstrated performance and reliability of the RELIANCE lead platform with design enhancements intended to simplify the implant procedure.

 
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Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark of Vercise™ Deep Brain Stimulation System

Boston Scientific Corporation received CE Mark approval for use of its Vercise™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The Vercise DBS System is the first and only commercially available DBS system to incorporate multiple independent current control, which is designed to selectively stimulate targeted areas in the brain. This system is

 
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First Human Use of 24-Electrode Retinal Implant by Bionic Vision Australia

Bionic Vision Australia researchers announced on August 30, 2012 that they successfully performed the first implantation of an early prototype bionic eye with 24 electrodes. According to the press release:

 
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Cognitive Prosthesis Enhances Short-Term Memory and Decision-Making in Primates

Scientists at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina reported using a neural implant to stimulate higher-level thinking in monkeys, providing the first demonstration in primates of the sort of brain prosthesis that could eventually help people with damage from dementia, strokes or other brain injuries.  The study was published on Sept.

 
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One for History Buffs: Pacemaker Made in Brasil

My friend Daniel Villamil from CCC Medical in Uruguay sent me these pictures of a very unique device in his colection.  It is a late-1960s/early 1970s pacemaker made in Sao Paulo, Brasil. UPDATE Oct 3, 2012: CCC’s CEO Julio Arzuaga recalled that this pacemaker was manufactured in the early 1960s by the Instituto de Cardiologia Dante Pazzanese in

 
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St. Jude Medical Receives CE Mark Approval of Eon Mini to Treat Chronic Migraine

St. Jude Medical announced it has received European CE Mark approval of its Eon™ family of neurostimulators for treating patients with intractable chronic migraine. According to the press release: “Intractable chronic migraine is one of the most difficult-to-treat headache disorders,” said Professor Gennaro Bussone, M.D., head of the Neurological Department at Istituto Besta in Milan

 
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Boston Scientific Receives FDA Approval of S-ICD® for Patients at Risk of SCA

  On Sept. 28, 2012 Boston Scientific announced that the FDA granted regulatory approval for its S-ICD® System, the world’s first and only commercially available subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD) for the treatment of patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The S-ICD System sits entirely just below the skin without the need for leads to be

 
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Human Implants of Vestibular Prostheses at the Maastricht University Medical Center

Physicians at the Maastricht University Medical Center implanted two patients with vestibular prostheses.  These implants are similar to a cochlear implant, but instead of sound, conveys orientation and acceleration information to the vestibular organ that assists in preserving balance. According to lead implanter Prof. Robert Stokroos, preliminary assessment is promising, and research will be conducted to determine if the brain can

 
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TEDxCambridge Talk Calls for Open Data from AIMDs

In this TED talk, Hugo Campos explains his frustration with the fact that his ICD collects data, but he – as a patient – is unable to access these data as a diagnostic tool to help make good choices about eating, exercise and other activities.

 
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