Devicemakers relying on overseas sales; Case against maker of hernia repair patches goes to court;

> Medical device makers are relying on overseas sales to drive growth as the U.S. economy struggles to right itself, a trend likely to persist as big U.S. markets for heart products and other technologies mature. Report

> The first of more than 3,000 lawsuits accusing a Rhode Island company of manufacturing and marketing faulty hernia repair patches went to trial Monday in U.S. District Court. Story

> Senate votes down measure to kill medical device tax. Story

> A study published in Annals of Surgery has shown that Medtronic's InterStim Therapy can be used to treat fecal incontinence. Item

> Dr. Christian Spaulding is leaving his post as director of the cath lab at Cochin Hospital in Paris to become the new worldwide vice president of medical affairs for the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Cordis, the company announced Monday. Article

> A flexible, implantable medical device about the size of a nickel treats abnormal rhythms by wrapping around the heart to produce a high density map of electrical activity. Story

> Roche Diagnostics announced that the FDA has granted CLIA-waived status to the CoaguChek XS Plus system, a point-of-care anticoagulation monitor that offers connectivity and data management tools to help healthcare professionals manage PT/INR (blood clotting time) testing. Release

> If a proposal to allocate radio spectrum for a wireless medical network is approved, many patients may no longer need to travel to a health care facility to be tethered to large machines that monitor their health. Report

And Finally... Australia on Tuesday unveiled a prototype bionic eye designed to restore sight to those with failing vision which supporters hope could be the biggest breakthrough since the Braille alphabet. Story