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Market & Industry Briefs

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Brief summaries of recent medtech market and industry developments. This month we cover use of fractional flow reserve PCI to avoid unecessary stenting; new European Society of Cardiology guidelines that should increase the use of implantable loop recorders; treating obesity with neurostimulation devices; Asthmatx's positive recommendation from an FDA panel; and the decrease in the number of 510(k) clearances.

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New Developments in Obesity Intervention

With soaring medical costs weighing heavily on the US economy, it's not surprising that obesity has become a target in the health care reform debate. Obesity is costly because it significantly increases the risk of many chronic diseases. Exercise, dieting and prescription drugs have had a limited effect in stemming the tide of obesity, leaving bariatric surgery and other interventional techniques as the primary treatment options for this potentially multi-billion dollar market. But device manufacturers have a challenge ahead of them--to develop more effective, safer, and less invasive obesity therapies that will not only result in long-term weight loss, but will also cut treatment costs and better manage comorbidities.

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