'Electronic nose' sniffs out heart failure; Roche sees austerity measures helping diagnostics unit;

> A German team has developed a non-invasive "electronic nose" to identify heart failure. The team presented its findings at the ESC Congress 2011. ESC release

> A Roche Holding executive says government austerity measures could help the company's medical diagnostics unit in the next three to 5 years thanks to broader use of tests to see which patients should use expensive treatments. Products such as a test to detect HPV and a gene test approved this month alongside Roche's new melanoma drug Zelboraf will be "solutions for how the countries divide the pies more efficiently," said Roche Diagnostics Chief Operating Officer Daniel O'Day. Item

> Toshiba America Medical Systems has received FDA clearance for the HDR-08A imaging system for Kalare. The system offers a more intuitive user interface and advanced image processing, increasing the dynamic range of fluoroscopy. Toshiba release

> Vexim has received CE Mark approval for its 6.5-mm diameter SpineJack. The company, which specializes in the development of minimally invasive solutions for the treatment of vertebral fractures, also has launched the product. Vexim release

> The Atrial Fibrillation Awareness And Risk Education (AF AWARE) campaign has announced the launch of the Atrial Fibrillation in Primary Care tool to help primary care physicians with the early diagnosis of patients with atrial fibrillation. AF AWARE release

And Finally... Steve Jobs has fought pancreatic cancer since 2004. MassDevice lists several medical devices that could help him in his fight. News

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