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Abbott will pay $560M to acquire 2 med tech firms

Abbott Laboratories announced Monday it would pay a combined $560 million to acquire two privately-held companies focused on coronary implants and laser-assisted eye surgery. Full story

First Bioengineered Blood Vessel Successfully Implanted

A patient with late-stage kidney disease just became the first person to receive a bioengineered blood vessel implant. Full story

Brain Surgery Is an Option for Patients with Severe OCD, Study Suggests

A type of brain surgery appears to be a relatively effective treatment for people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) who have not responded to other treatments, a new study suggests. Full story

Dental pioneer Nobel Biocare seeks way back to sales success

ZURICH (Reuters) - When Swede Goesta Larsson died in 2006, the titanium screw-in teeth put in his mouth more than 40 years earlier were still in good working order. Full story

The process of reconstruction after breast cancer

   The Melissa Harris-Perry panel looks at one woman’s personal decision to have a double mastectomy. The panelists also discuss how people who do die from the disease should still be viewed as strong fighters.

Maker of faulty French breast implants apologizes

MARSEILLE (Reuters) - The head of a French company accused of selling sub-standard breast implants apologized for the first time on Wednesday, just days after denying that the homemade gel used to fill them posed any danger to women. Full story

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Illinois jury finds in favor of J&J in hip implant case

Black women may gain more weight with contraceptives

Implant Monitors Blood in Real Time

Jury orders J&J unit to pay $8.3 million in metal hip trial

Small trial shows "brain pacemaker" may ease severe anorexia

Premia Spine launches alternative implant for spinal surgery

Cochlear implants aid adults with hearing loss: study

Cochlear implants aid adults with hearing loss

FDA approves new silicone breast implant from Allergan

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  Deaf woman weeps at hearing family for first time

Amy Barber, 26, who was born deaf, hears the voices of her family members for the first time thanks to a cochlear implant. NBC’s Natalie Morales reports on the touching YouTube video that has gone viral.