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  • UPDATE 1-FDA approves AcuFocus' corneal implant Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:37 PM ET

    April 17- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AcuFocus Inc's corneal implant to improve vision in patients with presbyopia, an age-related eye disorder. The device, KAMRA inlay, is the first implantable device to correct vision in patients who have not had cataract surgery, the FDA said in a statement on Friday. The FDA, however, warned that the device...

  • FDA approves AcuFocus' corneal implant Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 5:49 PM ET

    April 17- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AcuFocus Inc's corneal implant to improve vision in patients with presbyopia, an age-related eye disorder. The device, KAMRA inlay, is the first implantable device to correct vision in patients who have not had cataract surgery, the FDA said in a statement on Friday. Presbyopia is a condition associated...

  • NEW YORK, April 12- Medical researchers call it the "Angelina Effect," the surge in demand for genetic testing attributable to movie star Angelina Jolie's public crusade for more aggressive detection of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. But there's a catch: Major insurance companies including Aetna, Anthem and Cigna are declining to pay for the latest...

  • April 1- NuVasive Inc said Chief Executive Office Alex Lukianov resigned after an independent investigation showed he had not complied with the medical device maker's expense reimbursement and personnel policies. The company said the amounts involved were not material to financial results. NuVasive also appointed board member Greg Lucier as interim CEO.

  • GENEVA- SAUDI-LED COALITION MEMBERS BLOCKING PLANE CARRYING RED CROSS MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM LANDING IN SANAA, YEMEN- ICRC SPOKESWOMAN.

  • SHANGHAI, March 31- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's healthcare subsidiary will tie-up with Zhejiang DiAn Diagnostics Co Ltd to help develop an online hospital platform, the diagnostics firm said in a filing late on Monday. Ali Health is looking to leverage technology to overhaul China's fragmented healthcare market, which suffers from an under-supply of...

  • *Company estimates India has about 800,000 paraplegics. March 27- ReWalk Robotics Ltd plans to launch its wearable robotic exoskeleton device in India by the second quarter of 2015, Chief Executive Larry Jasinski said. The company will launch the device in north India through a deal with New Delhi- based surgical products distributor Saimed Innovations.

  • March 24- Merck& Co Inc said on Tuesday that it would stop a large study of its Keytruda melanoma treatment early because an independent monitoring committee determined the drug succeeded in its goal of prolonging survival in previously untreated patients at advanced stage of the disease. The medicine, a PD-1 inhibitor that works by taking the brakes off the...

  • March 16- A minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to implant a new heart valve supplying blood to the body is safe for low-risk patients, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting in San Diego. Samir Kapadia, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The results presented Sunday are of particular interest for...

  • The FDA action followed reports last month that hundreds of patients may have been exposed to pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," after flexible tubes called duodenoscopes were not properly disinfected between patients. The recommendations are based on draft proposals the FDA released for public comment in 2011 but never put into...

  • UPDATE 1-FDA says panel to discuss "superbug" spread Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 10:46 AM ET

    The gastroenterology and urology devices panel would meet on May 14-15, FDA said on Thursday. A top FDA official said earlier this month that manufacturers' tests of procedures to clean medical scopes linked with "superbug" outbreaks contained flaws that render their cleaning instructions unreliable. Olympus Corp, Fujifilm Holdings Corp and Pentax Medical...

  • In a letter released on Wednesday, the organization urged Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to withdraw the proposal, saying pharmaceutical companies could "sell more drugs by making them seem safer than FDA has judged them to be." The FDA said it would allow distribution of new information in medical journals showing that the severity or...

  • Got diabetes? There's an app for that Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 6:34 PM ET

    CHICAGO, March 9- U.S. health researchers said on Monday they are targeting millions of smartphone users with Apple Inc's new software tool, hoping to collect an unprecedented amount of data on major diseases by tracking their behaviors via iPhone. Scientists from Stanford University School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College are among the first to...

  • CHICAGO, March 9- Apple Inc on Monday released ResearchKit, an open-source software tool designed to give scientists a new way to gather information on patients by using their iPhones. They include Stanford University School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College. "With hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world, we saw an opportunity for...

  • SEATTLE, March 5- A Washington state woman has filed a lawsuit against a hospital and a leading medical-device manufacturer claiming her husband died from a drug-resistant "superbug" he contracted from a contaminated medical scope, her lawyer said on Thursday. Theresa Bigler, of Woodway, is seeking unspecified monetary damages for the death of her husband...

  • The scopes were linked to the exposure of 179 patients to drug-resistant bacteria at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles and may have contributed to two deaths. In early 2014, following a superbug outbreak at a hospital in Illinois, the FDA asked Fujifilm Holdings Corp, Olympus Corp and Pentax, which make the devices, to submit their test results...

  • *Cyberonics will have 54 pct of new group; Sorin 46 pct. MILAN, Feb 26- Italian medical device maker Sorin and its smaller U.S. peer Cyberonics Inc announced a merger on Thursday to create a global leader in cardiac surgery and neuromodulation with an equity value of $2.7 billion. Sorin's boss Andre-Michel Ballester will become chief executive and the board will be...

  • MILAN, Feb 26- United States- based medical device maker Cyberonics Inc has agreed to buy Sorin SpA in an all-stock deal that the Italian company said values it at about $1.4 billion. Cyberonics will hold a 54 percent stake in the new company and Sorin the rest. Cyberonics shareholders will receive one share of the new company for every share held, while Sorin...

  • Feb 17- Medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp on Tuesday said it has agreed to pay $600 million to Johnson& Johnson to settle a long-running lawsuit over Boston Scientific's 2005 acquisition of rival Guidant. J&J had sought more than $7 billion in damages after it lost a bidding war to Boston Scientific following an initial deal to buy Guidant for $21.5...

  • Feb 17- Medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp on Tuesday said it has agreed to pay $600 million to Johnson& Johnson to settle a long-running breach of merger lawsuit over Boston Scientific's 2005 acquisition of rival Guidant. J&J, which agreed to permanently dismiss its action without acknowledgment of liability by Guidant, had sought more than $7...