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  • April 22- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday proposed speeding up medical device approvals for patients who have no other treatment options through a new program focused on earlier and more frequent interactions between companies and FDA staff.

  • The proposed Expedited Access Premarket Approval Application program would feature earlier and more frequent interactions between companies and FDA staff. The program is not a new pathway to market, the FDA said, but rather a change in approach aimed at reducing the time it takes to develop a product and get it to market.

  • April 22- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed on Tuesday a new, more collaborative approach for faster approval of high-risk medical devices intended to treat patients with serious conditions with no other treatment options.

  • April 15- U.S. health regulators have approved four Boston Scientific Corp implantable devices for heart patients, including a next generation of smaller defibrillators to treat abnormal heart rhythms, the company said on Tuesday.

  • April 15- ConMed Corp, a surgical device maker that has been fighting off activist investors, is exploring a sale and has contacted large medical device companies to gauge their buyout interest, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

  • J&J beats forecasts, helped by new medicines Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    Johnson & Johnson turned in a solid first quarter Tuesday, topping analysts' profit and revenue estimates and increasing its 2014 earnings forecast by 5 cents a share.

  • April 14- Shares of medical device maker Medtronic Inc fell as much as 6 percent after a U.S. court temporarily halted sales of its aortic heart valve replacement system in the country.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- A non-surgically implanted heart valve meant to delay open heart surgery in children with congenital heart defects worked well for all but a few patients during a year of follow-up observation, in line with favorable results seen in original clinical trials of the Medtronic Inc product.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- A non-surgically implanted heart valve meant to delay open heart surgery in children with congenital heart defects worked well for all but a few patients during a year of follow-up observation, in line with favorable results seen in original clinical trials of the Medtronic Inc product.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The minimally invasive aortic heart valve replacement system from Edwards Lifesciences Corp performed better than a rival product sold by Medtronic Inc in the first head-to-head study of the two, according to data from a small German trial presented at a major heart meeting on Sunday.

  • March 27- Alimera Sciences Inc said it has applied a fourth time for U.S. regulatory approval to start selling an eye implant that delivers a drug to treat a form of blindess in diabetes patients. The FDA asked for a new trial of the drug-device combination, but Alimera's partner, Psivida Corp, said that additional trials were not necessary.

  • Gates Foundation fighting dirty water deaths Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 2:15 PM ET
    An exhibitor demonstrates the use of a toilet tap where water is recycled and reused, during the Reinvent The Toilet Fair in New Delhi on March  21, 2014.

    The Gates Foundation has awarded $2 million in grants to several Indian organizations to help improve sanitation by building a high-tech toilet.

  • New Year’s resolutions hazardous to your health? Sunday, 5 Jan 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Diving into New Year's resolutions to get fit or lose weight may be hazardous to your health.

  • Breaking a sweat on Wall Street     Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 12:53 PM ET

    Inform Fitness uses a 20-minute high intensity workout each week. Founder Adam Zickerman puts "Fast Money" trader John Najarian to work. Intensity is key to results, says Zickerman.

  • Icahn reports large stake in medical device maker Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 10:25 AM ET
    Carl Icahn, billionaire investor and chairman of Icahn Enterprises Holdings LP

    Activist investor Carl Icahn reported a 12.63 stake in medical device maker Hologic, prompting the company to seek protection from a hostile takeover

  • A tax on medical devices stirred the budget debate Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 2:52 PM ET

    A detailed look at how a tax on medical devices divided so many over the White House's Affordable Care Act.

  • Why Jamie Dimon and Bill Gates have teamed up Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 9:42 AM ET
    Bill Gates

    JPMorgan Chase, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others have launched an investment fund focused on late-stage healthcare technology trials.

  • Big data’s powerful effect on tiny babies Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | 5:23 PM ET
    A nurse takes care of a premature baby.

    A research project that gathers more information from hospital monitors than ever before is improving the prognosis of premature infants.

  • Forget smartwatches, consider crowdfunding this Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Daniel Yachia, left, and Sedat Barokas

    A new Web company is offering to connect inventors of smaller medical devices with people who can give them the cash they need to get off the ground.

  • Community Health, HMA set $7.6 billion handshake Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | 7:16 AM ET
    An ambulance leaves Community Health's Pottstown Memorial Hospital in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

    Community Health Systems announced it would buy Health Management Associates in a deal valued at approximately $7.6 billion, including about $3.7 billion in debt.