• American Medical Systems (Minnetonka, Minnesota) reported the results of three major clinical studies that each point to a high degree of efficacy and patient satisfaction with AMS' minimally invasive treatment options for female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and vaginal prolapse. Alongside these positive outcomes, the studies also revealed that each treatment resulted in minimal post-operative pain for patients and a low incidence of adverse events. The multiple-center studies independently evaluated three AMS products – the MiniArc Single-Incision Sling System for treating female SUI, the Elevate Prolapse Repair System and the Perigee Prolapse Repair System.

• Flexible Stenting Solutions (FSS; Eatontown, New Jersey) said that it has received conditional investigational device exemption (IDE) approval for its FlexStent Femoropopliteal Self Expanding Stent System. FSS believes that this femoropopliteal stent and delivery system can significantly improve patient care in the peripheral vascular segment. The FlexStent provides an atraumatic, highly durable, fatigue resistant stent. It has radial stiffness, as well as excellent conformability to and mobility with the treated vessel. FSS says the delivery system provides simplicity, ease-of-use and accurate, uniform stent placement for the vascular interventionalist. Janet Burpee, FSS's CEO said, "We believe our device could provide the physicians a viable solution for treatment of long, difficult, and diffuse lesions in the femoropopliteal arteries."

• GE (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) has introduced the Venue 40, a miniaturized ultrasound system with touch-screen technology. Venue 40 is portable, allowing physicians to perform rapid diagnostics and needle-guided procedures right at a patient's bedside, providing real-time results. The company says the five innovative applications, designed for specific procedures and diagnostic exams to meet the needs of various clinical settings: vascular access, anesthesia, interventional, musculoskeletal, and point of care.

• Initiate Systems (Chicago) reported the launch of its Initiate Provider Management solution, an offering that allows healthcare organizations to create a provider registry to ensure that all systems using provider data operate from the same up-to-date information. Initiate Provider Management enables organizations to create a master view of each provider by linking together different representations of provider data. This capability makes it easy to maintain up-to-date contact and credentialing information, while sharing this information with downstream systems and processes across a network. It also provides visibility into the relationships between providers and their patients that exist in the data.

Neurologist Moacir Schnapp, MD, of Memphis, Tennessee, creator of the iPosture, reported the launch of his posture improvement device for golfers – the iPosture Golf-Pro. The small device was created to help golfers improve their posture during day-to-day activities, which, in turn, will help improve their golf game. Worn as a pendant, clipped to clothing or adhered directly to the skin, the iPosture Golf-Pro immediately begins improving a user's posture by vibrating intermittently when the user slouches and continuing to vibrate until posture is corrected. The iPosture Golf-Pro is designed to be worn for approximately four hours per day for the first two to four weeks in order to ingrain good posture behavior.