Medela gets warned on smoking breast pumps; Given Imaging gets expanded clearance for PillCam;

> The FDA has slapped Medela with a warning letter related to reports that the company's breast pumps were smoking or catching fire. Item

> Given Imaging has announced updated clearance from the FDA for the PillCam SB video capsule, including clearance to promote its use in monitoring lesions that may indicate Crohn's disease. Given Imaging release

> Leading medical device maker Medtronic plans to hire more than 600 people in India as the company expects business from emerging markets to increase in the coming years. Report

>  The FDA has approved a surgical kit that allows neurosurgeons to reroute blood flow around an aneurysm or a tumor in the brains of patients at greater risk of stroke during standard bypass surgery. FDA release

> The second season of trainees from the PrepMD, a medical-device training company in Braintree, will graduate today after completing the intensive, six-month program. Story

> These are tense times for the more than 13,000 employees of American medical device and diagnostic companies in Japan and their employers back stateside, as the country tries to recover from a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. The impact of the quake will be felt far beyond the shores of the Pacific Ocean and into the heart of the medical device industry. News

> The market for Saudi Arabian medical devices is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 12 percent during 2010-2012, RNCOS said in its "Saudi Arabian Healthcare Market Forecast to 2012" report. Item

And Finally... Doctors associated with the teams of Kenya and South Africa, which participated in the Commonwealth Games held in the capital last year, have not returned a costly medical equipment despite repeated reminders from the health officials. Article