A handful of medical device companies have stepped up lately to address obesity, which wasn't even widely-recognized as a disease until a few years ago. Ethicon (Cincinnati) reported a $3.2 million investment in clinical research to better understand how earlier surgical intervention may improve obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Healthcare IT has generated a lot of press coverage lately, but to hear providers tell it, HIT does not generate enough coverage (or reimbursement) of the Medicare kind. It's fun to speculate that more reimbursement might lead to less media coverage because more jingle should fix the problem, but it hasn't worked out that way to date.
PARIS Citing clinical results they qualified as "fabulous," and "impressive," two key opinion leaders affiliated with Edwards Lifesciences (Irvine, California) are calling for an end to the dominance of open-chest surgery as the gold standard for treating patients with stenosis of the aortic valve.