May 6, 2011 Last year, almost half of the $16 million collected by the Heart Rhythm Society came from makers of drugs and devices, ProPublica reports. More than $5 million in industry largesse came in the form of sponsorships and support of the group's big annual meeting.
March 8, 2011 The cartridge leaks could mean people get less insulin than they need or lead the alarms on their pumps to fail. The recall of leaky cartridges is the latest in a parade of quality-related problems at Johnson & Johnson.
February 14, 2011 An analysis finds most of the Food and Drug Administration's most urgent recalls of medical devices involved risky products that made it to market without having been subjected to clinical trials.
February 14, 2011 Alarms on various monitors ring, beep, and do just about everything short of firing off a flare to get a nurse's attention. All that noise tends to wear nurses down, and often it masks the truly important warnings.
February 9, 2011 Medtronic makes the gizmo, called the Revo MRI SureScan Pacing System. In a clinical test that included nearly 500 patients, none had any MRI-related complications.
January 5, 2011 A 6-month-old's mysterious illness leads one doctor to question the value of humidifiers for treating routine colds. Many pediatricians recommend humidifiers to relieve symptoms but hard evidence is lacking.
January 4, 2011 Some 23 percent of implanted cardioverter defibrillators don't meet guidelines, researchers found. Some patients who received implants were recovering from a heart attack or heart bypass surgery.
January 3, 2011 An experimental plastic chip could be used to find even a few cancer cells floating in the blood. Now the health products giant Johnson & Johnson is investing in the technology being developed at a Boston hospital.
December 8, 2010 A federal appeals court says the FDA can regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products but not as medical devices or drugs. That means the FDA, which got sweeping powers to regulate tobacco products in 2009, can't ban electronic cigarettes.
December 6, 2010 Some gases used to anesthetize patients for surgery are hundreds of times more potent at warming the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. The volume of anesthesia gases used worldwide for surgery is about as bad for the climate as 1 million cars.
November 15, 2010 Laymen can save people's lives by using automatic external defibrillators to shock their hearts back to life. But the Food and Drug Administration says a pattern of design and manufacturing problems shows improvements are needed.
November 8, 2010 Doctors are taking less money from industry than they did in 2004, a national survery finds. But it's still the case that most doctors have a financial relationship of some sort with industry. Free drug samples, food and drinks remain common.
November 5, 2010 The 20 percent mortality reduction found for lung CT screening for heavy smokers is in the same ballpark as the probable benefit from mammograms – which reduce breast cancer deaths by 10 to 30 percent, depending on the age of those screened.