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1-In-4 Families Don't Seek Medical Attention Because Of Financial Worries
With the latest reports suggesting that the American Health Care Act -- a budget resolution intended to repeal and replace much of the Affordable Care Act -- would leave more than 23 million consumers without insurance and facing higher out-of-pocket costs, it's no surprise that consumers are a bit uneasy when it comes to their healthcare. In fact, a new survey suggests that in the face of rising costs, some families are foregoing medical care to save a few -- or a few thousand -- bucks.
June 7, 2017
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3 Things You Should Know About Crowdfunding Medical Bills
With the Affordable Care Act in limbo, and the details of the Republican repeal-and-replace plans still not fully known, a growing number of Americans are turning to crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe or YouCaring to raise money to cover their medical bills.
June 13, 2017
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3D Printed Models Help Surgeons Work on Kids' Slipped Femurs
Individual patients undergoing hip surgeries have unique anatomies that demand personalized attention by the surgical team. In children, the level of detail is greater and it's even more crucial to achieve optimal results since the patients will want to run, jump, and swim for many years to come.
August 8, 2017
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3D Printed Skin Ready for Transplants
A collaboration of Spanish researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maran򬪠and BioDan Group, a bioengineering company, have reportedly developed a 3D printer that produces human skin ready for transplantation.
January 24, 2017
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3D Printing Strong, Flexible, Biodegradable Stents
Vascular stents typically come in a number of different lengths and diameters. the physician implanting these chooses which would best fit individual patients, but often the available sizes are not ideal for certain cases.
October 19, 2016
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3D printing technology to support bone healing acquired by DePuy Synthes
DePuy Synthes Products, Inc., part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, has acquired 3D printing technology from Tissue Regeneration Systems, Inc. (TRS). the 3D printing methods developed by TRS will help enable DePuy Synthes to create patient-specific, bioresorbable implants with a unique mineral coating intended to support bone healing in patients with orthopaedic and craniomaxillofacial deformities and injuries.
April 20, 2017
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3D-printed models provide cost-efficient tool to improve practical experience for surgeons
Cher Zhao recently had the rare opportunity to practice skills belonging to the most advanced surgeons: reconstructive cartilage grafting.
April 12, 2017
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3D-printed partial liver transplants targeted for 2020
3D-printed liver "patches" could extend the life of transplant patients for a year or two
March 27, 2017
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6 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Unused Medication
Today is National Clean Out your Medicine Cabinet Day, and chances are you haven't given much thought to the unused medications taking up space in your medicine cabinet.
March 19, 2017
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7D Surgicals Radiation-Free Image Guided Spinal Surgery System Gets U.S., Canada Clearances
7D Surgical, a company based in Toronto, Canada, won US FDA and Health Canada clearances to introduce its Machine-vision Image Guided Surgery (MIGS) system. the system allows for quick, radiation-free surgical navigation of the spine in preparation for delivering implants. Currently X-ray radiating intraoperative fluoroscopes are used to visualize the spine.
January 31, 2017
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23 Plans Earn Top Mark in Health Insurance Ratings
Twenty-three insurance plans out of more than 1,000 have received the highest score of 5.0, according to new ratings released Thursday from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
September 22, 2016
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23andMe is finally allowed to tell you if you have the genes for Parkinson's
The Food and Drug Administration finally gave 23andMe a long sought-after green light today to sell to consumers genetic tests and their accompanying health risk reports for up to 10 diseases, including late-onset Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
April 6, 2017
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97 percent of insurance denials in pediatric proton patients overturned on appeal
Penn research finds gap between policy language and eventual decisions
August 7, 2017
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111 Patients Have Died Under CA Right-to-Die Law
Government statistics show that 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions in the first six months after physician-assisted deaths became legal in the state.
June 29, 2017
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2017 was another big year for Pittcon, as global attendance and economic impacts are revealed
Pittcon 2017 brought together members from the scientific community from around the world with leading speakers, instructors and exhibiting companies.
March 16, 2017
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A community seeks answers, assurances about health care -- in 10 languages
Ten years ago, Mary Thach unexpectedly needed throat surgery to improve her breathing and spent two weeks in the hospital. Her bill: $69,000.
June 5, 2017
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A day at the Future of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Healthcare Conference
At the end of April leaders and innovators from the fields of artificial intelligence and healthcare gathered in Old Street--London's digital tech hub, affectionately known as "silicon roundabout.' the event was hosted by Innovatemedtec in partnership with Aviva Ventures and brought together participants from academia, industry, and London's substantial start-up scene.
May 10, 2017
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A day in the life of a general practitioner
In this fly-on-the-wall feature, we speak with Dr. Clare Anderson, a part-time locum general practitioner in the United Kingdom. She covers a number of practices in Worthing and Shoreham on the blustery south coast of England.
May 19, 2017
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A dual-channel biological function generator
Rice University bioengineers who specialize in creating tools for synthetic biology have unveiled the latest version of their "biofunction generator and "bioscilloscope,' an optogenetic platform that uses light to activate and study two biological circuits at a time.
May 8, 2017
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A medical trial involving the NHS and Google's DeepMind violated UK privacy law
The UK's Information Commission (ICO) has ruled that that a London hospital failed to comply with data protection laws when it issued patient information to Google's DeepMind as part of a medical trial last year.
July 3, 2017
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A modular valve simplifies diagnostic chip fabrication
Swapping delicate microscopic flow valves for a universal modular valve system has enabled A*STAR researchers to dramatically decrease the cost and complexity of microfluidic diagnostic chips – business card-sized devices that can analyse blood on the spot for a range of disease biomarkers.
January 11, 2017
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A molecular slingshot to shoot drugs onto the site of an infection
An international team of researchers from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Montreal has reported, in a paper published this week in Nature Communications ("Antibody powered nucleic acid release using a DNA-based nanomachine"), the design and synthesis of a nanoscale molecular slingshot made of DNA that is 20,000 times smaller than a human hair. this molecular slingshot could "shoot" and deliver drugs at precise locations in the human body once triggered by specific disease markers.
May 8, 2017
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A new Smartphone Sensor Detects Disease Biomarkers in Multiple Samples at Once
Point-of-care diagnostics is a growing field due to the increasing need for real-time analysis of patient samples in remote locations. These diagnostic tools need to be reliable, efficient and cheap (especially in developing countries).
October 19, 2016
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A new way of taming ions can improve future health care
A group of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology has discovered a completely new way of using lasers to accelerate ion beams. In time, the new technique could possibly give more people access to advanced cancer treatment.
September 7, 2016
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A Non-Invasive Brain-Computer Interface for Completely Locked-In Patients: Interview with Dr. Ujwal Chaudhary
Researchers have developed a non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) for completely locked-in patients. this is the first time that these patients, with complete motor paralysis but an intact cognitive state, have been able to reliably communicate. a completely locked-in state involves the loss of all motor control, including that of the eye muscles, and until now some researchers suspected that such patients were unable to communicate.
February 10, 2017
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A Pill to Replace Needles: Interview with Mir Imran, Chairman and CEO of Rani Therapeutics
Operating within InCube Labs, a multi-disciplinary life sciences R&D lab based in Silicon Valley, Rani Therapeutics is developing a novel approach for the oral delivery of large-molecule drugs such as basal insulin, which is currently delivered via injections. By replacing painful injections with a painless, easy-to-take pill, the technology has the potential to drastically improve the lives of millions of patients suffering from diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and many other chronic conditions.
July 4, 2017
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A Tube that Goes from Soft to Rigid for Snaking Through Body
At Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland researchers have designed an advanced material that can go from being highly flexible to rigid as its temperature changes. this could be useful for endoscopic applications in which tortuous anatomy prevents rigid devices from passing through, but then allowing the instrument to tense up and become useful for taking biopsies, for example.
November 1, 2016
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AARDA recognizes AARDA founder and longtime staff as its latest Autoimmune Heroes
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) announced today its latest Autoimmune Heroes - Founder and Executive Director Virginia Ladd, Director of Operations Jerry Ladd, Assistant Director Patricia Barber and InFocus Editor and Executive Assistant Eula Hoover.
December 30, 2016
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Abbott Launches EnSite Precision Cardiac Mapping System
The EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system from, developed by St. Jude Medical, now a division of Abbott, has been launched in the U.S., along with the matching Advisor FL Circular Mapping Catheter. the system, which is used to map cardiac arrhythmias in order to find targets for ablation, is already in use in a number of hospitals around the country where clinical studies were conducted, and it is now available to other clinics looking to upgrade their electrophysiology capabilities.
January 19, 2017
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Abbott's i-STAT Alinity Bedside Blood Testing System approved for Sale in Europe
Abbott won European CE Mark approval for its i-STAT Alinity blood testing system. it's a portable point-of-care device that can be used to test for a variety of metabolites, including blood chemistries and cardiac biomarkers. It works off of only two or three drops of blood and displays results within ten minutes, depending on the assay used.
December 1, 2016
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Abbott's FreeStyle Libre Pro Continuous Glucometry System for Professionals FDA Approved
Abbott won FDA approval for its FreeStyle Libre Pro continuous glucose monitoring system, a technology designed to let clinicians get a nuanced view of their patients' glucose levels. the system creates an Ambulatory Glucose Profile (AGP) that offers both graphics and numbers gathered from regular automatic readings that can help understand why levels are falling out a healthy range.
September 28, 2016
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Abbott's TactiCath Contact Force Ablation Catheter, Sensor Enabled Cleared in Europe
Abbott received Euroepan CE Mark of approval for its TactiCath Contact Force Ablation Catheter, Sensor Enabled for treatment of atrial fibrillation. the device features a pressure sensor that provides feedback on the contact force applied to cardiac tissue, helping to make sure that an appropriate amount of ablation takes place. Coupled with the company's EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system, the tip of the catheter can be guided to target lesions while having a live map of the relevant anatomy, including its electrical activity, and the catheter's location within it.
May 16, 2017
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ABHI creates membership for international companies to help drive investment in the UK
The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) has become the first UK Life Sciences industry association to create a bespoke membership offering for international companies. The unique programme will help drive growth and investment in the UK.
June 29, 2017
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Abiomed unveils 3rd Generation Impella CP Heart Pump for PCI and Cardiogenic Shock
Abiomed, the maker of implantable cardiac assistive devices, has just announced its new 3rd generation Impella CP heart pump. the device is designed to assist the native heart during percutaneous coronary interventional (PCI) procedures that can be difficult to tolerate for fragile patients, as well as to stabilize those post cardiac infarct that resulted in cardiogenic shock.
May 10, 2017
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ACA financial penalties lead to reductions in hospital readmission rates for common conditions
Financial penalties levied under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program lead to the poorest performing hospitals to achieve the greatest reductions in readmission rates for common conditions. the analysis, led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital, is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
December 27, 2016
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ACA helped reduce socioeconomic gaps in health care access, report shows
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped to close the gap in health care access between residents of poor and higher-income households, a new report by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers shows.
July 27, 2017
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Acelity PREVENA PLUS Negative Pressure Therapy for Healing Challenging Incisions
Closed incision negative pressure therapy (ciNPT) is becoming a popular way to speed up healing after operations when an incision is prone to exudate. Acelity (San Antonio, TX) is bringing to market the PREVENA PLUS incision management system to help make ciNPT easier and applicable to more cases, allowing the technology to help more patients recover.
September 12, 2016
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Active Spectrum Micro-ESR acquired by Bruker
Bruker today announced that it has acquired Active Spectrum Inc. in Foster City, California, the inventor and manufacturer of innovative benchtop micro-ESR (Electron Spin Resonance) spectroscopy systems used for chemistry teaching and research, as well as for applied and industrial applications. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
January 9, 2017
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Ada AI is your Personal, Mobile Physician
Hypochondriacs, unite! Artificial intelligence-powered app Ada provides a personalized way to assess and monitor your health--anytime, anywhere.
April 21, 2017
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Adapta Medical receives FDA market clearance for touchless urinary catheter
Adapta Medical, Inc. has received FDA market release for the PerfIC Cath® intermittent touchless urinary catheter. the sterile catheter system was designed by J. Glen House, MD, a C7 quadriplegic with limited finger dexterity.
October 7, 2016
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Adaptive Liquid Lenses and Smartphones Shrink Digital Pathology Into a Tiny Portable Device
At Ohio State University researchers have developed a portable pathology slide scanner that uses a smartphone to image, display, and share the scans. Unlike conventional microscopy, digital pathology devices image the entire slide and therefore provide a much wider field of view. this makes it easier to identify tissues that may be a and indicator of or harbinger of disease.
February 15, 2017
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Adaptive Optics Technique for Visualizing Huge Groups of Cells Simultaneously
Researchers at Purdue University have developed technology that lets them view and analyze the activity of thousands of cells simultaneously, gathering huge amounts of data that was previously only available for small groups of cells. all in all, the investigators are able to gather up to 30 million datapoints on large groups of cells every second, opening the possibility of complex, large scale studies of how different factors affect living cells and tissues.
May 15, 2017
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Adding anticoagulation medication use as EMS triage criteria could save lives of older adults
One change to field triage guidelines for emergency medical services (EMS) responding to older adults with head trauma could make a "clinically important improvement over usual care," according to a study and accompanying editorial published earlier this month in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Out-of-Hospital Triage of Older Adults with Head Injury: a Retrospective Study of the Effect of Adding 'Anticoagulation or Antiplatelet Medication Use' as a Criterion" and "Can an Out-of-Hospital Medication History Save Lives for Injured Older Adults?").
March 30, 2017
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Advance care planning often fails to communicate patient's preferences
Too few older adults plan ahead for end-of-life medical decisions. Even when they do identify a loved one to make decisions for them, their preferences are not always communicated or understood, according to a new study led by a Yale researcher.
March 19, 2017
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Advanced statistical modeling and analytic tools can make health care, medical data more meaningful
Recognizing that administrative health care databases can be a valuable, yet challenging, tool in the nation's ongoing pursuit of personalized medicine, statisticians Liangyuan Hu and Madhu Mazumdar of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed advanced statistical modeling and analytic tools that can make health care and medical data more meaningful. Hu will present their findings August 3 at the 2017 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Baltimore, Md.
August 4, 2017
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Advances in medicinal chemistry evaporators: an interview with Alison Wake, Genevac
How have High Throughput (HT) evaporator systems advanced since the 1990s?
March 8, 2016
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Aflatoxin detection in milk research, the SYMPHONY project, is completed
On 11 July 2017, Epigem celebrated the completion of its research into Aflatoxin detection in milk, as part of the EU-funded SYMPHONY project. At the same time, the company announced that it has filed a patent based on this work.
July 13, 2017
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AI networks can assess radiographs with same accuracy as human specialists
Many jobs, medical and otherwise, might one day be performed using artificial intelligence. According to a new study in Acta Orthopaedica by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Technology and Danderyd Hospital in Sweden, self-learning programs can already find fractures with the same accuracy as orthopedists.
July 4, 2017
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AI-Powered Breath Detector Diagnoses 17 Different Diseases
Our breath contains a slew of information about our health in the form of molecules whose existence and concentration can serve as biomarkers for disease. Typically breath sensors focus on a single biomarker and therefore are limited in their scope and screening ability. a worldwide scientific collaboration headed by a team from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has developed a breath sensor capable of detecting many different molecules and correlated these biomarkers to 17 different diseases.
December 28, 2016
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Aim Lab to unveil latest PathFinder automation platform at AACC Expo 2017
At the AACC Expo 2017, the Australian designer and manufacturer of lab automation systems, Aim Lab Automation Technologies Pty Ltd, will unveil its latest PathFinder automation platform -- the PathFinder 350D - for automating the de-capping and sorting of incoming blood collection tubes directly into various analyzer racks ready for analysis.
July 25, 2017
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Alere i RSV test receives FDA CLIA waiver for detection of RSV infection in children, adults
First molecular test to detect RSV infection in 13 minutes or less now widely available in a broad range of healthcare settings
March 14, 2017
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Alere wins ABFT accreditation to deliver post-mortem, human performance toxicology testing services
Alere Inc., a global leader in rapid diagnostics, today announced that its forensic toxicology division, Alere Forensics at Redwood Toxicology Laboratory, has received accreditation from the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT). the accreditation, effective December 1, 2016, encompasses post-mortem and human performance toxicology analysis, and covers driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol (DUID) testing.
March 14, 2017
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AliveCor now Combines ECG, Omron's BP Data In Single App
Last week we published our interview with Omron President and CEO Ranndy Kellogg about the efforts his company has undertook to allow app designers to access data from Omron's blood pressure monitors and pedometers. Following up on that we just got news that AliveCor, maker of popular smartphone-powered ECG accessories, will be integrating blood pressure data from compatible Omron devices into its Kardia Mobile app on the iPhone and a bit later on Android devices.
September 12, 2016
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All of Us Research Program announces funding opportunity for community partners
Diverse community support vital for a cohort program reflective of the U.S. population.
February 1, 2017
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Allhealth Insurance Services
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Alphabet seeks 10,000 volunteers -- and their health data -- for a massive medical study
Alphabet's Google division is, fundamentally, in the business of selling data. that is a useful thing to keep in mind when Alphabet's Verily comes calling for your medical data. But Google is also inarguably useful; this is why, despite knowing that my every move is being tracked by the company, I still make use of Google search, Gmail, and Google Docs, among its other myriad services.
April 19, 2017
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Alphabet's health-tech company, Verily, is getting $800 million from a Singapore investment firm
The investment should take some weight off Alphabet to fund R&D for the medical business.
January 26, 2017
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Alpine HC's new Opera profiling beds eliminate extension side rails
The update to the MHRA bed rail regulations in 2013 is a topic of conversation that has been well covered in the healthcare sector in recent years. So, I'm not going to waste your time with that right now! the impact of those regulations affect us every day because they are important and, in many instances, quite literally a matter of life and death. But, in all seriousness, do we really need extension side rails?
September 13, 2016
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AliveCor and Microlife Detected 67% and 83% of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
A study from The University of Hong Kong in a primary care setting showed that the AliveCor Heart Monitor and Microlife WatchBP Office AFIB demonstrated less than expected sensitivity. 2052 patients (mean age = 68 years old) with hypertension and/or diabetes were screened for atrial fibrillation using these two automated devices and their algorithms.
June 13, 2017
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American Health Value
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Americans Taking More Prescription Drugs Than Ever
Consumer Reports says many may be doing more harm than good
August 3, 2017
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AMPLATZER PFO Occluder OK'ed by FDA to Reduce Risk of Recurrent Ischemic Stroke in Patients with PFO
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is present in up to 25 percent of the general population. Although it's asymptomatic for most people with the condition, and most don't even know they have it, some with PFO can suffer from repeat ischemic strokes. St. Jude Medical won FDA approval to introduce its AMPLATZER PFO Occluder that can help prevent recurrent ischemic strokes by closing the passageway between the atria.
November 1, 2016
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Amputees Feel Sense of Touch Through Missing Arms
A collaboration between scientists at University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve University has led to two amputees perceiving a sense of touch in their missing hands. Last month we reported on a man who was able to feel via the fingers of a robotic arm that were equipped with pressure sensors.
November 1, 2016
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An Interview with Richard Lin, CEO of Microbiome Wellness Company Thryve
Based in Sunnyvale, California and established less than a year ago, wellness company Thryve is attempting to revolutionize the way in which individuals understand and interact with their microbiomes. Thryve offers gut testing kits and direct-to-consumer supplements to assist with balancing the bacterial, yeast, and viral content of a characterized microbiome, with the aim to implement personalized solutions to optimize individual health in the near future.
May 15, 2017
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Annual burden of norovirus infection in the UK is 800,000 greater than previously estimated
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have found that the annual number of estimated number of norovirus cases annually in the UK is approximately 800,000 greater than previously estimated.
February 10, 2017
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Antibiotic resistance: a healthcare emergency?
Antibiotic resistance has been described as 'the healthcare emergency of our time' -- is this an accurate description?
June 26, 2017
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Antibody biosensor offers unlimited point-of-care drug monitoring
A team of scientists has developed several antibody-based biosensors that have the potential to help healthcare centers in developing countries or even patients in their own homes keep track of drug concentration in the blood.
May 16, 2017
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Anticholinergic drugs linked to increased rate of emergency department and hospital visits
Anticholinergic medications, a class of drugs very commonly used by older adults, are linked to an increased rate of emergency department and hospital utilization in the United States, according to an Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Indiana University Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, and Regenstrief Institute study of community-dwelling Americans age 65 and older.
December 21, 2016
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Apple quietly acquires Beddit's sleep-tracking monitor and iOS app
Beddit uses a $150 sleep monitor to track your sleeping patterns, down to how much you snore.
May 9, 2017
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Applying Human Centered Design to IV Infusions: Interview with Dr. Beth Kolko, CEO of Shift Labs
With the aspiration to address healthcare gaps around globe by applying human centered design to medical technologies, Shift Labs, a 2015 Y Combinator company, is first tackling the infusion market with DripAssist.
November 2, 2016
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Art Medical's Technology to Prevent Pneumonia in ICU: Interview with CEO Liron Elia
Pneumonia arising from the use of ventilators and feeding tubes in the ICU are disturbingly common and often life threatening. ART MEDICAL, a company based in Netanya, Israel, has developed technology that may help prevent aspiration pneumonia and ventilator associated pneumonia. We were curious about this development and spoke with Liron Elia, CEO of ART MEDICAL, about the technology, how it works, and what clinicians should expect from it.
July 31, 2017
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Article reports increase in health care spending on children
Health care spending on children grew 56 percent between 1996 and 2013, with the most money spent in 2013 on inpatient well-newborn care, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and well-dental care, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.
December 28, 2016
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Artificial intelligence to help NHS save millions of pounds by creating virtual GPs
Artificial intelligence to help create automated virtual GPs to advise patients online in ground-breaking university partnership
March 23, 2017
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Arterys Cardio DL Application for Cardiac MRI Ventricle Segmentation FDA Cleared
Arterys, a San Francisco firm, won FDA clearance, following recent European CE Mark approval, to introduce its Arterys Cardio DL software that automates the process of segmenting ventricles on cardiac MRI imaging scans. Arterys claims that in a clinical setting the application is able to perform segmentation as accurately as experienced docs doing it manually, saving valuable time and letting physicians focus on less tedious tasks.
January 19, 2017
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As America's Malls Wither, Medical Facilities Move In
If you're looking to open a new medical facility -- not just a couple of exam rooms and a reception area, but a proper clinic -- you want something affordable, spacious, brightly lit, with good parking, and a central, convenient location. Thanks to the ongoing retail apocalypse, there are dead or dying malls around the country that fit this bill.
June 19, 2017
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As Delaware insurance options shrink, families are 'holding our breath'
Andy and Serena Ryan get their health coverage through the state's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange and are increasingly anxious about it.
June 9, 2017
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As seniors get sicker, they're more likely to drop Medicare Advantage plans
When Sol Shipotow enrolled in a new Medicare Advantage health plan earlier this year, he expected to keep the doctor who treats his serious eye condition.
July 6, 2017
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Aspect Imaging releases Compact Hand and Wrist MRI Machine
Aspect Imaging, an Israeli firm, having received U.S. FDA clearance and European CE Mark approval, is releasing its WristView hand and wrist MRI system. Unlike larger MRIs, the WristView doesn't require any shielding or other special accommodations. Patients can even use their smartphones with one hand while the other one is being imaged.
December 5, 2016
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Asynt launches new starter kit based on DrySyn Classic heating blocks
Asynt has introduced a new attractively priced starter kit based upon its DrySyn Classic heating blocks which are used in thousands of laboratories worldwide.
June 30, 2017
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Asynt's non-ducted filtration and fume cabinets to aid development of portable diagnostic devices
Leading multinational life sciences tools and diagnostics developer - QuantuMDx has invested in the Asynt professional range of non-ducted laboratory filtration and fume cabinets which sit directly on benchtop surfaces.
March 19, 2017
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At Party Retreat, GOP Still Searching for Health Law Consensus
Republicans from the House, Senate and White House gathered in Philadelphia this week searching, among other things, for some agreement on how exactly to "repeal and replace" the federal health law. by the end of the second day of the three-day retreat, however, it was clear they were not yet singing from the same hymnbook.
January 27, 2017
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ATA announces winner of John B. Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal
The American Thyroid Association (ATA) will present the John B. Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal to Kenneth D. Burman, M.D. at the ATA's 86th Annual Meeting, September 21-25, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. the John B. Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal recognizes outstanding research contributions, either conceptual or technical, to the understanding of thyroid physiology or the pathophysiology of thyroid disease, as evidenced by having a major impact on research or clinical practice related to thyroid diseases.
September 21, 2016
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Augmented Reality System to Help Understand Medical Conditions and Assist in Patient Education
At the Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom researchers are working on an augmented reality system that would help clinicians manipulate and interact with patient imaging scans, related anatomical models, and data from electronic medical records. Many practical use cases for this technology is envisioned, including helping to relay to patients the effects of their lifestyle choices, how their anatomies are impacted by various diseases, and what to expect from interventional procedures. Additionally, it may be a practical hands-free way of navigating through tomography scans during surgeries without having to worry about maintaining sterility.
June 19, 2017
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Automated CTC analysis isoflux cytation imager launched by Fluxion Biosciences
Fluxion Biosciences, Inc. announced today that it has launched a new imaging system, the IsoFlux Cytation Imager, designed to work exclusively with the IsoFlux Liquid Biopsy System and CTC Enumeration Kit.
September 15, 2016
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AxoGen Avive Soft Tissue Membrane Made from Human Umbilical Cord Unveiled
AxoGen, a company based in Alachua, Florida, is releasing its new Avive soft tissue membrane device. the Avive is made out of amnionic membrane harvested from the human umbilical cord. It is intended for use during nerve surgeries to separate certain tissues while reducing nearby inflammation and scar formation. it's competing against amniotic sac membranes which are considerably thinner and may be not as effective.
November 21, 2016
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Axsis, a new Robot for Precision Surgical Applications
Cambridge Consultants, a UK-based product design firm, is showing off a highly dextrous robotic surgical system that it developed. the Axsis robot was created to overcome the limitations of existing surgical robots, such as their large size and inability to work with highly detailed and fragile tissues.
December 1, 2016
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Baker's Yeast Now Used for Drug Discovery
Scientists at the University of Toronto and the RIKEN Center in Japan have developed a new approach to help with drug discovery. Rather than requiring human cells, the technique is based on baker's yeast, which is well-understood at a molecular level.
July 27, 2017
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Baking soda shortage has hospitals frantic, delaying treatments and surgeries
Sodium bicarbonate is used in a variety of treatments but is inexplicably scarce.
May 22, 2017
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Bandage with a voice alerts nursing staff
All too often, changing bandages is extremely unpleasant, even for smaller, everyday injuries. It stings and pulls, and sometimes a scab will even start bleeding again. And so we prefer to wait until the bandage drops off by itself.
July 4, 2017
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Baxter's HDx with THERANOVA Dialysis Technology Rolling Out Worldwide (Except U.S.)
Baxter is launching its new dialysis technology, HDx enabled by THERANOVA, in a global release of the new technology.
October 26, 2016
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BBI Solutions announces launch of Porcine Liver Esterase enzyme for Urinalysis
BBI Solutions today announced the launch of Porcine Liver Esterase, a new enzyme for Urinalysis, which is available to sample now.
December 14, 2016
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BBI Solutions introduces novel conjugate blocking technology to improve performance of lateral flow immunoassays
BBI Solutions has launched Morffi™, a novel conjugate blocking technology that enhances signal intensity and improves the sensitivity of lateral flow immunoassays, at the Lateral Flow Test Development seminar in Seattle, USA, on the 20th September.
September 21, 2016
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Bedfont Scientific receives Small Business of the Year 2017 award
Second-generation family company, wins Small Business of the Year at the Maidstone Business Awards
June 30, 2017
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Bedfont Scientific selected as finalist for Maidstone Business Awards
Second-generation family business, Bedfont®, has made it through to the final round of the Maidstone Business Awards 2017
June 8, 2017
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Bilingual support group addressing health needs of lupus patients has positive impact, study finds
A bilingual support group addressing the psychological and educational needs of patients with lupus and their families is a valuable resource to help them cope, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery.
November 14, 2016
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Bio-sensing contact lens could someday measure blood glucose, other bodily functions
Transparent biosensors embedded into contact lenses could soon allow doctors and patients to monitor blood glucose levels and a host of other telltale signs of disease without invasive tests. Scientists say the bio-sensing lenses, based on technology that led to the development of smartphones with more vivid displays, also could potentially be used to track drug use or serve as an early detection system for cancer and other serious medical conditions.
April 4, 2017
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Biocompatible Optical Fiber for Delivery of Optogenetic Light Signals, other In Vivo Applications
A collaboration of scientists from MIT and Harvard Medical School has led to the creation of a very stretchable optical fiber that may end up being used to control optogenetic therapies and to detect signs of disease.
October 20, 2016
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Biological Supercapacitors to Power Medical Implants
Patients with cardiac pacemakers and other implantable electronic medical devices end up requiring re-implantations when the batteries run out. While we've seen the slow but steady progress of battery technology, there's a great deal of opportunity for harvesting electrical energy from the body and using it to power implants.
May 16, 2017
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Biosensor Stimulates Perspiration for Long-Term Sweat Analysis
Investigators at the University of Cincinnati have developed a biosensor that can locally stimulate sweating. The device could make medical sensors that analyze sweat more reliable, as the patient doesn't need to be physically active to stimulate perspiration.
August 7, 2017
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BioSig's Pure EP System Detects Deadly Cardiac Arrhythmia Cells (Interview)
BioSig Technologies, a company out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, touts its PURE EP technology as superior electrophysiology (EP) signal recording and processing system compared to conventional devices, and is positioned to shake-up the EP market when it is launched in 2018.
June 8, 2017
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Biotechnology: a growing field in the developing world
The developing world is achieving significant growth in a broad cross-section of biotechnology fields, many of them directly tied to food production, health and other dimensions of human well-being, says a new analysis commissioned by the CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence in Biotechnolgy.
November 15, 2016
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BioTek's Vice President named member of Vermont Governor's Government Modernization and Efficiency Team
BioTek Instruments proudly announces that Vice President Adam Alpert was named a member of Vermont Governor Phil Scott's Government Modernization and Efficiency Team (GMET). this team, comprised of twelve individuals from inside and outside State government, will advise on strategic initiatives towards improving efficiencies and outcomes throughout Vermont's government.
March 23, 2017
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BioTools forms collaborative alliance with Chiral Technologies
BioTools Inc. announced today that it has entered into a cooperative agreement with Chiral Technologies Inc., West Chester, PA, the leader in enantioselective chromatography.
March 18, 2016
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BioTools reveals VCD's dramatic growth at 24th International Symposium on Chirality
Vibrational circular dichroism (VCD), a new tool for determining the absolute configuration of chiral molecules, was a key highlight of the recent 24th International Symposium on Chirality, held June 10-13 in Fort Worth, Texas. VCD pioneer, BioTools (Jupiter, FL) was on hand, not only sponsoring the exhibitor's luncheon and the poster awards, but also proudly awarding the best Poster Given by a Young Scientist for the thirteenth year.
March 18, 2016
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BioTools, Ghent University and University of Antwerp partner to create European Centre for Chirality
Ghent University, the University of Antwerp and BioTools Europe Ltd are delighted to announce a new partnership to create the European Centre for Chirality.
March 18, 2016
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Biotronik's MultiPole Pacing for CRT Defibrillators now approved in U.S.
BIOTRONIK won FDA approval for its MultiPole Pacing (MPP) technology to be introduced in the U.S. on its CRT defibrillators (CRT-Ds). it's designed to address the fact that the hearts of many patients on cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) fail to respond properly, and allowing cardiologists more pacing options can help overcome that in many cases.
May 11, 2017
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BIOTRONIK's New CRT-ICDs Alleviate Atrial Lead Without Sacrificing Diagnostics
BIOTRONIK won FDA approval and is releasing in the U.S. its Intica DX and Intica cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)-DX implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). The DX indicator refers to BIOTRONIK's technology that obviates the necessity of having an atrial lead to monitor the electrical activity in the atrium, a way that cardiologists use to spot atrial fibrillation and other more serious arrhythmic events.
July 19, 2017
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Biotronik's new Personalizable and Energy Efficient CRTs
BIOTRONIK is releasing a new line of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) implants, the Ilivia series, that are designed to improve patient response to the therapy and make it customizable for individual needs. the devices are compatible under MRI and feature the company's MRI AutoDetect capability that automatically switches the devices to a special safe mode during an MRI scan.
February 2, 2017
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Bloomberg Philanthropies to donate $300 million to create Bloomberg American Health Initiative
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health today announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by businessman, philanthropist, World Health Organization Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, and three-term mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg, will give $300 million to create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the school, the gift sets the school and its partners on a path to transform our national approach to modern public health challenges.
September 15, 2016
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Body Vision Medical's LungVision System Merges Pre-Op CT with Intraoperative Imaging
Lung lesions these days are typically found and mapped via CT scans, that provide an imaging resolution sufficient to see them. During biopsies and surgeries, fluoroscopes are used, but their lower image quality makes it usually impossible to actually see whether you're excising the correct tissue's margins. Body Vision Medical, with offices in Israel and New York City, just won FDA clearance for its LungVision system, which consists of a navigation catheter and tracking technology that superimposes pre-procedural imaging data, the intraoperative 2D imaging from the fluoroscope, and the pathway of the catheter to help guide exactly to its target.
May 17, 2017
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BodyCap wins medical CE mark for ingestible connected pill e-Celsius
Electronic pill that allows core temperature monitoring now commercially available for hospital use
March 13, 2017
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Boston Sci's Long Lasting Resonate ICDs and CRT-Ds Get FDA Approval
Boston Scientific won FDA approval to introduce its Resonate line of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D). the same products were approved in Europe via a CE Mark earlier this year.
May 11, 2017
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Boston Sci's new Resolution 360 GI Clip
Boston Scientific is launching a new endoscopic hemostatic clipping device called Resolution 360, generally intended for use in the GI tract to remove polyps, treat peptic ulcers, and work on diverticuli of the colon. as down-the-scopethe name implies, it allows for complete rotation in both directions of the clip at the distal end of the instrument, while being able to open and close the clip at the same time.
October 20, 2016
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Boston Scientific unveils Dakota Kidney Stone Retriever with OpenSure Handle
Boston Scientific is releasing in the U.S. and Europe its new Dakota nitinol kidney stone retrieval device with OpenSure handle. the device is intended to allow physicians to grab on and release kidney stones between 1 mm and 10 mm in diameter using a basket that's carefully manipulated via the sliding handle contoller.
November 10, 2016
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Brain Biopsy Needle Equipped with Video Camera to Spot Vessels In the Way
A team of researchers from the University of Adelaide have built a brain biopsy needle that allows neurosurgeons to see blood vessels, and so avoid damaging them. One of the most challenging and dangerous aspects of many brain surgeries is staying clear of the vasculature.
January 24, 2017
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BrainCool's IQool Patient Cooling System Cleared in U.S.
BrainCool, a company based in Lund, Sweden, landed FDA clearance to introduce its IQool patient cooling system. Pads filled with BrainCool's "BCCOOL' non-toxic liquid are placed around the patient's head and neck, thighs, and the torso, and a programmable chiller cools and moves the liquid through the pads.
May 18, 2017
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Breathable, Flexible Electronics Allow Long Term On-Skin Health Monitoring
At the University of Tokyo in Japan researchers have developed a new method of producing stretchable electronics that are breathable, don't irritate the skin, and weigh next to nothing. The development may lead to ubiquitous use of on-skin electronic sensors to monitor the body continuously in a variety of places and ways.
July 17, 2017
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Bruker introduces TriboLab CMP, a new process and material characterization system
Bruker's Nano Surfaces Division today announced the introduction of the TriboLab CMP Process and Material Characterization System, which provides a unique characterization capability for the development of chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) processes on the proven robust UMT TriboLab™ mechanical testing platform.
June 29, 2017
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Bruker's position in nanoanalysis strengthened through collaboration with Hysitron
Bruker recently announced that it has acquired Hysitron, Inc., a technology leader in the development, manufacture, and sale of nanomechanical test instrumentation.
January 26, 2017
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October 4, 2016
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Buoy hopes to fight fake online health news with an artificially intelligent app
Nearly every time I go to WebMD's symptom checker it somehow leads to telling me I might have some horrible, cancerous disease. Heading over to Yahoo Answers is usually no different. the last time I typed in Google for "shoulder pain" I got an ad recommending I buy a "LightStim" tool promising to shoot "Multi-wave LED technology" through my body.
March 8, 2017
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'Bureaucratic ninjas' slice red-tape to battle health disparities
When a receptionist hands out a form to fill out at a doctor's office, the questions are usually about medical issues: What's the visit for? Are you allergic to anything? Up to date on vaccines?
August 7, 2017
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CAIRE adopts new MAP Policy to protect customers' confidence in quality of products
CAIRE Inc., a Chart Industries Company, announced today the implementation of a Minimum Advertised Price Policy applicable to all distributors, retailers and resellers who advertise or sell CAIRE® products over the internet. CAIRE's MAP Policy is effective as of September 1, 2016.
August 31, 2016
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Caisson announces successful human implants of Transcatheter Mitral Valve System
NYU Langone Medical Center Implants First Patients with Groundbreaking new Investigational Device
September 21, 2016
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California joins states that protect patients against nasty surprise bills
Before Kevin Powers underwent lung cancer surgery last October, his girlfriend, Agi Orsi, meticulously checked and double-checked to be sure his Santa Monica, Calif., hospital and surgeon were in his health plan's network. They were.
June 30, 2017
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Calon Cardio's MiniVAD Left Ventricluar Assist Device Set for 2018 Clinical Trials
Working with the University of Swansea, Calon Cardio, a Welsh firm, has created the first UK-developed Left Ventricluar Assist Device (LVAD). The MiniVAD is scheduled to begin a 50 patient clinical trial in late 2018, with a full clinical rollout planned for 2020.
June 27, 2017
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Cambridge Medical Robotics Shows Off Its new Versius System
Cambridge Medical Robotics, a UK firm, is revealing its Versius robotic surgery system. the system consists of modular robotic arms, any number of which can be used depending on a procedure. the arms can have a camera or any one of the dozen or so tools attached, and they can be quickly swapped for other tools as necessary.
December 14, 2016
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Carbon Nanotube Array Opens Door for Terahertz Radiation in Medical Practice
Terahertz (THz) radiation is used today most prominently for security screening at the airport. it's the machine you stand in with your hands up as it swings its scanning arms in front and behind you. In medicine, terahertz imaging has the potential to help diagnoze certain types of cancer and to monitor a variety of health parameters to aid in assessment of overall health.
November 21, 2016
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Cardiothoracic surgeons report high level of job satisfaction despite intense demands
Despite the significant challenges associated with a career in cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung surgeons report a very high level of job satisfaction, according to a survey published today in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
September 14, 2016
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CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System Wins Clearance from FDA
Carestream won FDA clearance for its OnSight 3D Extremity System, a cone beam CT for imaging the arms and legs at the point of care. the device has a swinging door that lets the patient easily step in without, an important aspect since many people imaged by this system will have walking issues. It can be used to perform weigh-bearing and non-weight-bearing studies while delivering a lower dose of radiation compared to large conventional CT scanners.
September 12, 2016
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Case studies for the role of in-process particle measurement to complement traditional API dissolution studies
Featuring case studies from pharmaceutical companies, a new white paper discusses the role of in-process particle measurement to complement traditional Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) dissolution studies. Scientists developed process understanding for solid oral dosage formulation.
March 14, 2017
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CathVision: A Smoother Look at Cardiac Electrograms
CathVision is a Danish company that aims to reduce noisy electrogram signals during cardiac arrhythmia ablation procedures. With cleaner signals, cardiologists can better locate the areas that generate arrhythmias and ablate them. For example, with a higher signal-to-noise ratio, cardiologists can have higher confidence when probing the low-voltage areas of the heart. This is important because cardiac arrhythmias, which affect 2% of the world, remain an untreatable challenge in about 50% of ablation procedures.
July 7, 2017
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CE Mark Approval for Shift Labs' DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor
Three months ago we sat down with Dr. Beth Kolko, CEO of Shift Labs, to learn more about DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor, a device that automates the calculation of IV infusion drip rates and total infusion volumes while also being able to alert a nurse when a drip rate changes or stops. at that time, DripAssist had already been FDA approved.
February 6, 2017
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Cedars-Sinai receives $7.3 million grant to test safety of novel cell-based therapy in treating PAH
Researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Cedars-Sinai Department of Medicine are expanding their ongoing evaluation of a novel cell-based therapeutic candidate into the area of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). this work will be supported by a recently-awarded $7.3 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
December 6, 2016
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Cedars-Sinai researchers move closer to developing biological pacemaker with new $3 million NIH grant
With a new $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute investigators are moving closer to their goal of developing a biological pacemaker that can treat patients afflicted with slow heartbeats. the novel, minimally-invasive gene therapy turns patients' normal heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate heart function - potentially replacing electronic pacemakers one day.
February 21, 2017
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Centrifugal concentrators for biological applications
In life science labs around the world the task of concentration of a solute in a solution is commonly achieved using evaporator technology. Such technologies are also widely used in the concentration of pharmaceutical / natural product preparations using an extraction, precipitation and drying of the crude active agent protocol.
March 16, 2017
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Centurion's Compass now for Pleural and Intra-Abdominal Pressure Measurement
Centurion Medical Products, a company out of Williamston, Michigan, is releasing its new Compass digital pressure transducer for providing real-time measurement of pleural and intra-abdominal pressures. the disposable device can be a helpful safety tool when draining fluid from the pleural space, as well as for diagnosing intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome.
December 6, 2016
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Cheaper topical steroids could lead to potential health care and out-of-pocket savings
Although topical steroids are among the most commonly prescribed medications by dermatologists, there are limited data on spending and use for this class of drugs. In a new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital, researchers have found that although most topical steroids prescribed to patients were generic, there was a sharp increase in Medicare Part D and out-of-pocket spending for elderly patients taking these drugs.
April 28, 2017
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Chemists develop biosafe luminescent nanoparticles for imaging tumors and blood vessels
Chemists from Russia and Switzerland created biosafe luminescent nanoparticles for imaging tumors and blood vessels damaged by heart attack or stroke. the particles are made of hafnium oxide that is allowed for intravenous injection, and doped with ions of rare earth metals. the scientists hope that the development will give an alternative to toxic quantum dots and help imaging deep tissues without harming a human body.
March 21, 2017
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Chemists find efficient way to convert organic molecules into new medicines
Opening a broad vista in the search for effective pharmaceuticals, a collaboration of Chinese and U.S. chemists has laid out a highly efficient new method to convert abundant organic molecules into new medicines.
September 2, 2016
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Chris Molloy appointed new CEO of Medicines Discovery Catapult
The Medicines Discovery Catapult has appointed its first Chief Executive Officer. Chris Molloy, who has more than 25 years' experience in the international life science industry, will lead the MDC in developing new approaches for the discovery and early development of new medicines.
August 24, 2016
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Cinema giant Arri aims its cameras at surgical microscopes
While Arri isn't the first camera company to come to mind for most of us, it's one of the oldest and most successful. for nearly a century, it has been the leading provider of movie cameras to the feature film industry.
March 24, 2017
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Clarius App-Powered Wireless Ultrasounds Win FDA Clearance
Clarius Mobile Health, a company out of Burnaby, British Columbia, just won FDA clearance for its C3 and L7 Clarius Wireless Ultrasound Scanners. the devices use just about any iOS or Android phone or tablet as the display. a proprietary Clarius app is used to control the transducers and display the visualizations. the transducers feature automatic gain and frequency settings, helping to quickly locate and view the target anatomy. the app provides options to manage the images, as well as to share them securely via the firm's secure "Clarius Cloud".
December 14, 2016
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Clarius Wireless, Handheld Ultrasounds Cleared in Europe
Clarius, a company based in British Columbia, Canada, received European CE Mark approval for its wireless C3 and L7 ultrasound scanners. These devices are highly portable, battery powered, and use an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet for displaying the scans.
February 21, 2017
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CleanCision Surgical Retractor Prevents Intraoperative Wound Infections
Prescient Surgical, a company out of San Carlos, California, won FDA's de novo regulatory clearance to introduce its CleanCision Wound Retraction and Protection System. Receiving de novo clearance means this is the first device of its kind, and it is novel.
January 26, 2017
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ClearLine IV Air Bubble Clearing System Cleared in Europe
ClearLine IV, a device from ClearLine MD (Woburn, MA) designed to prevent air bubbles from entering the body via IV lines, has received the CE Mark approval allowing it to be marketed in Europe.
December 19, 2016
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ClearLLab reagents to aid the detection of leukemia and lymphoma receive FDA clearance
Beckman Coulter Life Sciences welcomes the announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it had received regulatory clearance (via the De Novo Process) to market its ClearLLab reagents for in vitro diagnostic use in the US. This is a milestone for the company as it globally expands its portfolio of clinical flow cytometry systems.
July 14, 2017
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Clinical and Digital Information Systems framework welcome newest addition, Ideagen
Ideagen is pleased to announce it has successfully achieved inclusion on a new Clinical and Digital Information Systems framework (CDIS).
December 14, 2016
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Clinical trial finds women with heavy periods can be greatly helped by GP-prescribed treatments
The largest and longest running clinical trial of medical therapies for heavy periods has found that women can be greatly helped by having treatments just from their GP, with most avoiding hospital operations.
October 12, 2016
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Clinical trials -- how can patients get the most benefit out of them?
Putting patients at the centre of clinical trial research is perhaps something that goes without saying. at the Clinical Innovation and Partnering World congress in London last week, this was much discussed, along with the need to increase efforts into engaging patients to take part in clinical trials, and the fact that patients are sometimes suspicious of research because it is not explained enough and patient engagement is poor.
March 16, 2017
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Closed Loop System Reads Brain Activity to Activate Neurostimulator Only When Needed
At the University of Washington researchers have been focusing on drastically improving the longevity and performance of deep brain stimulators for people suffering from essential tremor. These devices, implanted like pacemakers with electrode leads stretching up into the brain, run on internal batteries. The devices, not knowing when to quiet the symptoms of essential tremor are essentially kept on all the time.
July 4, 2017
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Cloud Tech for Life Sciences Research: Interview with Kara Dennis, Managing Director of mHealth at Medidata Solutions
Medidata Solutions is a global provider of cloud-based technology and data analytics for clinical research. They work with a variety of life sciences clients who conduct studies to gather, store and analyze data to help assess the safety and efficacy of their products before bringing them to market. Amassing and securely storing the enormous amounts of data generated in clinical research can be challenging, as can handling and analyzing these datasets.
June 22, 2017
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Cobiophad Device Promises Quicker, More Efficient Drug Allergy Diagnosis
The COBIOPHAD (Compact Biophotonic Platform for Drug Allergy Diagnosis) Project, an initiative of the Photonics Public Private Partnership, has led to the development of a faster, low-cost allergy detector device that project coordinators aim to have available in hospitals as soon as in the next five years.
November 9, 2016
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Coffee Helmet for Better Nose and Throat Surgery
Engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed a silicon cap filled with coffee grounds to track patient head movements and orientation during delicate nose and throat surgery. The technology was recently presented at the International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions in Barcelona, Spain.
June 26, 2017
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Colorado Therapeutics Xenograft Comes Dry for Immediate Implantation; FDA Cleared
Colorado Therapeutics, a company out of Broomfield, CO, won FDA clearance to introduce its xenogenic biologic tissue matrix. the xenograft implant can be used to surgically reinforce soft tissues and to repair soft tissue membranes that have been compromised.
October 25, 2016
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Collaboration between Hamilton Robotics and Illumina creates noninvasive streamlined prenatal testing solution
Hamilton Robotics continues to strengthen their ongoing partnership with Illumina, Inc. through the collaborative development of the VeriSeq™ NIPT Solution for high-throughput noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT).
April 14, 2017
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Common drugs, uncommon risks? Higher rate of serious problems after short-term steroid use
Millions of times a year, Americans get prescriptions for a week's worth of steroid pills, hoping to ease a backache or quell a nagging cough or allergy symptoms. But a new study suggests that they and their doctors might want to pay a bit more attention to the potential side effects of this medication.
April 14, 2017
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Common Sensing and Welkin Health Partner to Launch Health Coach-Driven Insulin Adherence Program [Interview]
At Medgadget we cover a lot of companies that either build medical hardware or create software platforms and tools for healthcare. But what happens when you align medical hardware from one company with complementary software from another to work in tandem? Arguably the best of both worlds.
February 21, 2017
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Computer Vision Algorithm Studies Laparoscopic Procedures to Understand What's Going On
Laparoscopic surgeries are often automatically recorded from the point of view of the endoscope's lens. This is thanks to built-in recording equipment that accompanies many commercial endoscopic systems. What isn't easy is reviewing all those hours of footage to find something that may be useful for training clinicians or that may be used to improve laparoscopy-related equipment.
June 22, 2017
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Computer-generated physician aims to help patients better understand test results
If viewing your latest medical test results on your doctor'ss online portal leaves you scratching your head and wondering whether to start planning your 100th-birthday bash or begin writing your will, you're not alone.
May 9, 2017
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Compressor-Free Evolve Clinical Refrigeration: Interview with Jerilin Kenney, Director at Phononic
Refrigerators are a critical component of modern healthcare, maintaining drugs and vaccines at proper temperatures, but their importance is often overlooked until a failure happens. Traditional compressor-based refrigerators can break down at any time and even before that they can be loud and imperfect at temperature management.
November 3, 2016
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Confidence in doctors leads to better patient satisfaction
Confidence in doctors, therapists and nursing staff leads to an improvement in subjectively perceived complaints, satisfaction and quality of life in patients. this is the conclusion of a meta-analysis by psychologists at the University of Basel, published in the journal PLOS ONE.
March 9, 2017
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Congressional Committees release Text of Obamacare Repeal & Replacement Bills
The piece of legislation that has been the hottest ticket in D.C. – the GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act – is beginning to take shape, with the release by the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and the House Ways & Means Committee of their proposals to undo the healthcare reform legislation.
March 6, 2017
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Conscious sedation is viable option to general anesthesia for TAVR, UCLA study finds
UCLA scientists have found that conscious sedation -; a type of anesthesia in which patients remain awake but are sleepy and pain-free -; is a safe and viable option to general anesthesia for people undergoing a minimally invasive heart procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
April 12, 2017
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Contaminated hospital floors may help to spread infection
A new study suggests that the floor may be an overlooked source of healthcare-associated infection and may help to spread pathogens such as Clostridium difficile and MRSA though contact with high-touch objects. the researchers call for further research to confirm their findings, which are based on a study of five hospitals.
March 1, 2017
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Contego Medical's Vanguard IEP Cleared in Europe for Safer Balloon Angioplasties
Contego Medical of Raleigh, North Carolina won the European CE Mark to introduce its Vanguard IEP peripheral balloon angioplasty system. the product features the firm's Integrated Embolic Protection (IEP) technology that captures embolic debris coming off occlusions being treated within the superficial femoral artery.
May 2, 2017
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Continental Who's Who recognizes Leonard A. Roudner as Pinnacle Professional in the field of Medicine
Leonard A. Roudner, M.D., F.A.C.S., is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of Medicine. Dr. Roudner is a Plastic Surgeon in private practice.
December 30, 2016
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ConvertX Nephroureteral Stent System Avoids Extra Procedure
BrightWater Medical, a company based in Murrieta, California, won FDA clearance to introduce in the U.S. its ConvertX nephroureteral catheter and stent system for use in treating ureteral obstructions in patients that require perc nephrostomy tubes. the system is intended to be used by interventional radiologists and removes a separate minimally invasive procedure that is required with current treatment.
December 6, 2016
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Cook Medical's new Acrobat 2 Calibrated Tip Wire Guide for Accessing Pancreatic and Bile Ducts
Cook Medical is releasing its new Acrobat 2 calibrated tip wire guide for navigating the pancreatic and bile ducts during cholangio-endoscopic procedures. the device has a 5.8 cm hydrophilic coated flexible tip that helps to move through difficult anatomy, while rotational rigidity allows it to offer a 1:1 "torqueability' for precise control of the tip. Pushability is also improved by about a third compared with the previous model of the Acrobat.
May 12, 2017
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Cordis Unveil New Interventional Cardiology Products
Cordis, the interventional vascular arm of Cardinal Health, has announced three new additions to its cardiology portfolio for use in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The new products were on show at EUROPCR 2017 in Paris this week and include the RAILWAY Sheathless Access System and two new percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PCTA) balloon catheters: the Ikazuchi Zero and Raiden3 under the Kaneka brand name.
May 19, 2017
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Corindus unveils CorPath GRX, a new Robotic PCI System
Corindus Vascular Robotics, a company based in Waltham, MA, won FDA clearance to introduce its CorPath GRX robotic angiography system. the new generation of the CorPath system is intended to make robotically-assisted angioplasties even more precise, make operation faster for shorter procedure times, and allow for more patients to be treated with it.
November 3, 2016
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Costs of ER Treatments a Mystery to Many Docs
Just 4 in 10 could accurately estimate charges for patients, study finds
May 30, 2017
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'Coverage gap' for poor may end, but many will still have trouble affording plans
Having long decried the failings of the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans are purporting to fix one of its loopholes with their newly unveiled health plan. The so-called coverage gap left more than 2.5 million people living below the poverty line of $11,880 for an individual ineligible for Medicaid or financial assistance to buy insurance -- even as higher earners got subsidy checks to buy theirs.
June 23, 2017
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Covered California expects 12.5% average rate rise in 2018
Covered California said Tuesday that premiums on its health insurance plans would rise by an average of 12.5 percent statewide next year, amid continuing uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act.
August 1, 2017
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Could 'curbside consultations' go digital?
It was once commonplace for primary care physicians to seek informal guidance from specialists regarding a patient's care during a "curbside consultation." this phrase, still in use today, is said to have come about as doctors walked to a hospital parking lot and paused to talk about a case at the curbside.
May 8, 2017
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Court: Nursing Homes can Continue Stripping new Residents of Their Right to day In Court
n September, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new rule that would prevent most nursing homes and other long-term care facilities from using forced arbitration to strip new residents of their right to file lawsuits against these companies. the industry soon fired back by doing the very thing it doesn't want its customers to do: filing a lawsuit. this morning, the judge in the case granted the industry's request for a preliminary injunction preventing the new rule from being enforced.
November 7, 2016
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Critical illness events linked to delayed discharge from hospital for neighboring patients
In a research letter published Dec. 27, 2016, in JAMA, University of Chicago physicians describe a new concern for patients in the hospital: distractions caused by the misfortune of other patients.
December 28, 2016
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Crowdfunding Campaign to Support IsoFlow Infusion Catheter
Vascular Designs, a company out of San Jose, California, just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to improve and re-introduce its IsoFlow infusion catheter. the device is designed to deliver medication to tumors and other targets while sparing other parts of the body from being affected.
October 18, 2016
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Crypto parasitic outbreaks related to swimming pools and water playgrounds, in the US, has doubled since 2014
According to preliminary data published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the outbreak of parasitic infection related to swimming pools and water playgrounds was doubled in 2016 compared with 2014.
May 19, 2017
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Cryopreservation reagents by AMSBIO allow long-term organoid banking
AMSBIO reports on an independent study that evaluated the use of CELLBANKER® and STEM CELLBANKER® reagents for cryopreservation and thawing of organoids.
April 25, 2017
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CT Scans May Replace Invasive Angiographies for Some: Interview with HeartFlow's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Campbell Rogers
Marc Andreessen famously proclaimed that "software is eating the world," in the sense that software keeps offering more services that were once delivered by professionals.
November 28, 2016
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CyMedica's e-vive App Controlled Muscle Stimulator OK'ed by FDA
CyMedica Orthopedics, a company out of Scottsdale, Arizona, received FDA clearance for its e-vive app-controlled muscle stimulating brace that's intended to be used by patients in preparation to or recovering from ACL or total knee replacement surgeries.
January 25, 2017
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DABRA Laser Ablates Blocked Arteries
Ra Medical, a company out of Carlsbad, California, received FDA clearance and is reporting the first commercial use of its DABRA laser-based arterial blockage ablation system. Unlike most other intravascular tools used for removing arterial plaque that rely on mechanical methods, the DABRA is an excimer laser that emits at a wavelength of 308 nm, in the UVB range. The laser essentially cooks down calcium, thrombi, and atheroma that narrow the artery into simpler components, reducing the material that ends up going through the vessel as it's cleared.
June 6, 2017
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Data Storage and Collaboration with Dropbox at the Gladstone Institutes: Interview with CIO Dr. Scott Pegg
Data storage and sharing is pivotal in research to optimize collaboration and efficiency between internal teams and external partners. with the increasing amount of data being generated in research today, local server-based storage solutions no longer meet the needs of diverse, multi-center teams.
January 9, 2017
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Deep learning in healthcare: a move towards algorithmic doctors
People are constantly trying to find more 'human' ways to interact with technology. Could the same be achieved for how we approach our health too?
March 15, 2017
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DeepMind case ought to be 'cautionary tale' for health care institutions seeking help from tech companies
Researchers studying a deal in which Google's artificial intelligence subsidiary, DeepMind, acquired access to millions of sensitive NHS patient records have warned that more must be done to regulate data transfers from public bodies to private firms.
March 16, 2017
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Designing diagnostic labs that are safe, specific and sustainable
To detect an outbreak early – whether Ebola, Zika or influenza – healthcare workers must have a local, trustworthy diagnostic lab, say researchers who are working on improving these measures.
January 24, 2017
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Determining glass transition with thermal analysis, a new webinar by Mettler Toledo
Glass transition temperature is an important property that helps determine the temperature range in which a material can be used. a free webinar from METTLER TOLEDO will explore glass transition theory and the thermal analysis techniques used to determine glass transition and glass-transition temperature.
April 12, 2017
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Device Mimics Environment of Mouth with Living Human Cells to Study new Oral Care Products
Colgate-Palmolive has partnered with Draper, an engineering firm, to develop a platform that models human gum tissues to help them develop new oral care products. the device is based on Draper's human organ systems (HOS) technology and works by introducing prepositioned samples of human cells to different drugs and chemical compounds. While within the device, the cells live in a well regulated environment that can be tweaked to mimic specific conditions.
September 29, 2016
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DiaSorin and Tecan partner to develop new platform for molecular diagnostics applications
DiaSorin and Tecan Group have announced that they have agreed to collaborate in a development under which DiaSorin will make use of Tecan's Fluent® Laboratory Automation Solution as its nucleic acid extraction platform. The new platform will be used in combination with the DiaSorin Liaison® MDX PCR system to provide the customer with a complete sample to result system for molecular diagnostics.
July 4, 2017
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DiCoMo's Novel X-Ray Detector Technology to Allow for Low-Dose, High-Resolution Imaging and Diagnosis
The DiCoMo ("Direct conversion hybrid-organic X-ray detectors on metal oxide backplane") Project promises to remove the need for diagnosticians to reconcile the value of high-resolution scanning with the safety concerns associated with exposure to high doses of ionizing radiation through the development of a novel X-ray detector.
November 11, 2016
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Did I understand you correctly, doc?
Effective communication skills are a cornerstone of primary care. When caring for patients with chronic diseases, it is particularly important to ensure that they have a good understanding of their potential complications.
July 17, 2017
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Digital communication can improve health care experience of younger patients
Using texts, emails, Skype and other digital communication methods can improve the health care experience of younger patients.
July 4, 2017
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Digital, confocal and stereo microscopes highlighted by Zeiss at MD&M East Expo
ZEISS announces it will be highlighting powerful digital and stereo microscopes ideal for medical manufacturing quality control and assurance applications at Medical Design & Manufacturing East Expo and Conference, which takes place June 13-15, 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, in New York, NY.
June 13, 2017
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DigitalHealth.London launches new Accelerator programme to support cohort of health businesses
We are excited to announce the launch of the very first cohort of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme, on 12 September 2016.
September 15, 2016
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Digitising health records could have positive impact on diagnosis and treatment of illnesses
Digitising health records to include key patient and treatment information could help identify patterns of illness, effectiveness of treatments and how these patients' gender and ethnicity influence this.
April 3, 2017
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DiLumen Endolumenal Therapy System for Procedures Inside Large Intestine FDA Cleared
Lumendi, LLC, a U.S. subsidiary of Lumendi, Ltd. out of London, England, won FDA clearance for its DiLumen endolumenal therapy system. the system is designed to isolate a section of the large intestine, to position the endoscope within it for a good viewing angle, and to help with delivery of incision-free endolumenal therapies.
December 23, 2016
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Discovery documentary First in Human gives an up-close look at how advances in medicine are made at the NIH Clinical Center
Three-part series airing in August portrays the hopes and setbacks of patients, doctors, and nurses seeking cures.
July 26, 2017
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Disposable Robotically-Assisted Colonoscope, invendoscope SC200, Gets EU Clearance
Invendo Medical, a German firm, received European CE Mark approval for its invendoscope SC200 single-use robotically-assisted colonoscope. the device has a 3.1 mm working channel, a 35 mm bending radius, and has standard features like rinsing, flushing, suction, and insufflation.
December 6, 2016
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Docs Should Ask Teen Patients About Sexual Assault
Physicians need to be comfortable screening for it, offering additional help if needed
February 27, 2017
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Doctolib raises another $28 million for its booking platform for doctors
Being able to book a restaurant table online or on your phone is pretty nice, but what about your next doctor appointment? While it doesn't sound as sexy, I'd rather call a restaurant than a doctor's office. That's why French startup Doctolib is trying to make it easier to book appointments. the company just raised another $28 million (€26 million).
January 25, 2017
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Doctors: No mentor yet? Are you missing out?
Many of you know that mentors can open doors and help to put your career on the right track, but mentoring is about more than this. What can you expect from mentors, beyond career advice? And what do mentees and mentors really want from this relationship?
July 10, 2017
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Doctors can 'Fire' Families Who don't Vaccinate
Pediatricians can dismiss families for refusing to vaccinate their children, but only as a last resort, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.
August 30, 2016
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Domino effect in pharmaceutical synthesis
Researchers forge new strategies in generation of active pharmaceutical ingredients
May 2, 2017
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Down Syndrome May not be Big Financial Burden
Having a child with the condition costs about $80 more a month in medical expenses, study finds
December 16, 2016
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Dr. Michael E. Charness to deliver 21st Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture at the National Institutes of Health
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces that Michael E. Charness, M.D., will deliver the 21st Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture. Dr. Charness is an internationally recognized neurologist and internal medicine specialist whose work has greatly advanced our understanding of how alcohol affects the development of the nervous system. Throughout his career, Dr. Charness has done groundbreaking research and has treated hundreds of patients with neurological complications of alcohol use disorder and peripheral nerve disorders.
October 28, 2016
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Drones Demonstrate Ability to Deliver AEDs Much Faster Than Ambulances
Most serious medical emergencies require trained paramedics to come to the assistance of a stricken person, but sudden cardiac arrest can often be treated by a bystander using an automated external defibrillator (AED). While AEDs are becoming commonplace in airports, sporting venues, and other places that are visited by large numbers of people, most times when these devices are needed they are brought by ambulance. Too often, though, it arrives too late and with terrible consequences.
June 19, 2017
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Drug puts a $750,000 'price tag on life'
Jana Gundy and Amanda Chaffin live within two hours of each other in Oklahoma. Each has a child with the same devastating disease, one that robs them of muscle strength, affecting their ability to sit, stand or even breathe.
August 2, 2017
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Drug/catheter combination for labor induction could save women 2.4 million hours of labor annually, study shows
Labor induction is one of the most common medical procedures in the world, with nearly one-quarter of women who deliver in the U.S. undergoing the procedure each year (totaling roughly 1 million). Despite its widespread use, labor induction is costly and still has no widely accepted "best practice."
December 5, 2016
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E200 Robotically Assisted Single-Use Colonoscopy System FDA Cleared
The FDA issued 510(k) clearance to invendo medical, a company based in Kissing, Germany, for its invendoscopy E200, a robotically assisted colonoscopy system that uses the single-use invendoscope SC200 as the colonoscope.
September 12, 2016
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EaseCentral Raises $6.5M and Launches Two Offerings for Health Insurance: Interview with CEO David Reid
EaseCentral, a cloud-based benefits enrollment software platform built for small and medium insurance brokers and employers, has announced a $6.5 million Series A round of funding led by Propel Ventures and involving current investors Freestyle Capital, Compound, Upside Partnership, and Transmedia Capital. Along with the raise is the announcement of EaseCentral's two new health insurance broker offerings.
June 21, 2017
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EasyOne Air Portable, Calibration-Free Spirometer from ndd Medical
ndd Medical Technologies, a company with offices in Andover, MA and Zurich, Switzerland, is releasing a new professional spirometer for primary care physicians. The EasyOne Air uses the company's TrueFlow ultrasound technology that does not require any calibration or maintenance, allowing it to be used for years. It has a rechargeable battery that's replenished when connected to a base station, and when disconnected it can be carried in one hand.
June 8, 2017
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Ebb Insomnia Therapy System Cools Front of Head to Help Stop Racing Thoughts
A new sleep therapy system is coming to market that works by cooling the frontal lobe. The technology is rooted in some evidence that less activity in the front of the brain is linked to better sleep. It seems related to "racing thoughts" that people sometimes experience while trying to sleep, the slowing of which may be induced by slightly reducing the temperature where they originate.
June 12, 2017
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eClinicalWorks launches healow TeleVisits for smartphone
eClinicalWorks, a leader in healthcare IT solutions, announced today that its telehealth solution is now available on the company's Health & Online Wellness (healow™) mobile app to provide patients with live video visits. This TeleVisits feature is integrated within the eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) offering and all information submitted or shared by patients using this solution can be imported into the EHR. This supports workflow, clinical research and improves patient satisfaction with access to care whenever and wherever it's needed.
June 7, 2017
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Education program improves health literacy of homeless women
When pharmacy student Megha Shah began her internship at the Ozanam Family Shelter in Edison, NJ, she was prepared to improve the health literacy of the residents. What she didn't realize was how much the residents would teach her.
July 28, 2017
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EduExo Educational Exoskeleton Robotics Kit Now on Kickstarter
Exoskeletons are an emerging field of engineering that is already allowing thousands of disabled people to regain arm movement and even paralyzed people to walk upright. To help promote the development of new devices and get people excited about exoskeletons, an educational kit is being promoted through a Kickstart funding campaign.
May 23, 2017
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Edwards INSPIRIS RESILIA Aortic Valve Now Approved in U.S.A.
Edwards Lifesciences has announced that the FDA has issued approval for its INSPIRIS RESILIA prosthetic aortic valve, which is based on the popular Carpentier-Edwards PERIMOUNT device. Cleared in Europe just under a year ago, the INSPIRIS RESILIA features flaps made from RESILIA material, a tissue developed by Edwards that helps maintain the integrity of the valve while minimizing calcification. The additional advantage of RESILIA is that it comes ready to use, which means the valve is packaged dry and prepped for implantation.
July 6, 2017
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Edwards SAPIEN 3 Cardiac Valve FDA Approved for Mitral and Aortic Valve-in-Valve Procedures
Edwards Lifesciences received FDA approval for its SAPIEN 3 transcatheter prosthetic heart valve to be used for valve-in-valve procedures. Indicated for placement within both the aortic and mitral valves in patients at risk of undergoing open heart surgery to remove an existing valve, the SAPIEN 3 can reside within a previously implanted bioprosthetic valve that has begun to fail.
June 6, 2017
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EKF POCT HbA1c testing confirmed as comparable to lab-based HPLC
EKF Diagnostics, the global in vitro diagnostics company, announces that a recent study has confirmed that its Quo-Test® A1c point-of-care testing (POCT) analyzer shows comparable performance to a lab-based HPLC system for the measurement of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). Recently published in Practical Laboratory Medicine, the study undertaken by the Diabetes Research Unit Cymru, Swansea University, UK, also observed that under the correct circumstances using WHO guidelines Quo-Test is appropriate for the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.
June 21, 2017
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Elderly carers risking own health to care for spouse or disabled family, survey finds
Caring for their sick or disabled family is taking its toll on the health of the nation's elderly generation of carers, according to a new survey by Carers Trust.
November 30, 2016
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Electrospun Nanofibers as Orthopedic Scaffolds Help Bones Heal, new Implants Settle In
Chemists at the University of Helsinki have created a method of using nanofibers and thin-film biomaterials as orthopedic scaffolds to help regenerate bones and to help implants settle into their new home.
January 19, 2017
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Elekta Introduces Unity, the First High-Field MR-Linac System
Elekta, the famous Swedish maker of radiation therapy, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy systems, is in the final stages of combining a linear accelerator therapy and magnetic resonance imaging scanner in one unified system. Many physicists and engineers thought that this would be impossible, as quickly moving charged particles shooting out of an accelerator are strongly affected by a magnetic field.
May 8, 2017
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Ellutia Chromatography Solutions opens new state-of-the-art facility in Cambridge, UK
New premises to support growth in customer delivery and support opened by International Trade Minister
March 9, 2017
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Ellutia unveils 500 Series Gas Chromatograph at Pittcon 2017
First Instrument able to Perform Conventional, Fast and Ultra Fast Gas Chromatography
March 9, 2017
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Engineering Immune Organoids : An Interview with Prof. Ankur Singh from Cornell University
Organ-on-a-chip technologies are redefining the way in which in vitro models help understand and recapitulate the in vivo environment. The immune system is particularly difficult to model in an in vitro environment because of the complexity of biological, mechanical, and chemical cues that modulate the immune cells. Prof. Ankur Singh, an assistant professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, has led the development of organ-on-a-chip models to mimic the complex immune environment.
June 30, 2017
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Ethicon's ENSEAL X1 Large Jaw Tissue Sealer FDA Cleared
Ethicon, part of J&J, won FDA clearance for its ENSEAL X1 Large Jaw Tissue Sealer, a bipolar device used in open surgeries such as colectomies and hysterectomies for sealing vessels and other tissues.
September 12, 2016
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EverSleep, a Sleep Tracker with Oxygenation Monitoring Looking for Funding on Indiegogo
SomnoHealth, a young company out of Golden, Colorado, is looking to introduce its EverSleep sleep tracker via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The device is worn around the wrist and has a pulse oximeter built-in that provides blood oxygen saturation monitoring, in addition to an accelerometer for noticing motion, and a sound monitor for detecting any snoring. A paired app will allow review of all the data and to receive personalized coaching to improve sleep based on results from prior nights.
May 17, 2017
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Everything you Need to Know About Block Grants
President Donald Trump's administration made explicit this weekend its commitment to an old GOP strategy for managing Medicaid, the federal-state insurance plan that covers low-income people – turning control of the program to states and capping what the federal government spends on it each year.
January 25, 2017
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Evidence-Based Diagnostics for Mental Health Disorders: Interview with Jack Cosentino, CEO of Medibio
Medibio, an Australian medical technology company, has developed an evidence-based test for mental health disorders such as depression, chronic stress, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Over 300 million people around the world have been estimated to suffer from depression, and depression is estimated to cost the US economy $210 billion a year.
July 14, 2017
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Excelitas Technologies to showcase X-Cite Fluorescence Illuminators for Microscopy & Analytical Instrumentation at ABRF 2017
Excelitas Technologies® Corp., a global technology leader delivering innovative, customized photonic solutions, will showcase its X-Cite® Fluorescence Illuminators for Microscopy & Analytical Instrumentation at ABRF (Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities) 2017 in San Diego, CA.
March 10, 2017
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Exceptional user comfort during long periods of routine microscope observation from Olympus CX43 and CX33 microscopes
Ergonomic and easy to use, the new Olympus CX43 and CX33 microscopes help keep users comfortable during long periods of use, maximizing work efficiency.
April 3, 2017
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Exclusive: Eko Core Advanced Digital Stethoscope now Cleared and Available in Europe
Eko Core, the digital stethoscope from Eko Devices, a Berkeley, CA firm, is now CE Mark cleared for introduction in Europe. we reviewed the Eko Core a few months ago and discovered that it's much more than a high-fidelity amplified stethoscope. you can store and share auscultations, as well as analyze and annotate them using a paired app, which wirelessly connects to the Eko Core. you can even listen to recordings shared by other clinicians through the Eko Core, so you can hear exactly what they heard when they conducted the exam.
December 14, 2016
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Expanding the Scope of Breath Testing: Interview with Billy Boyle, CEO of Owlstone Medical
Owlstone Medical has developed a microchip sensor capable of detecting biomarkers of disease on breath -- a breathalyzer for disease. this sensor, along with the company's breath sample collector, allows for the development of non-invasive, early stage disease detection and precision medicine tools for cancer as well as inflammatory and infectious diseases.
October 18, 2016
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Expansion Microscopy Swells Samples for Better Imaging
When trying to use light and conventional optics to image a biological sample at great detail, one eventually encounters the fact that objects smaller than the light's wavelength cannot be resolved. While technological tricks have been developed to overcome this limitation in some ways, a team of researchers from MIT and Harvard have instead focused on swelling the sample so it is large enough to be examined in detail using light microscopy.
July 18, 2017
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Experts defy exclusion of acupuncture in two British governmental guidelines
Even as news in the United States recently highlighted the growing inclusion of acupuncture and other complementary and integrative medicine therapies in guidelines for multiple pain conditions, the exclusion of acupuncture in two British governmental guidelines is challenged in a paper and a commentary that are presently available free on the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM) website until May 29, 2017.
April 28, 2017
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Experts develop new communication app for adult and pediatric ICU patients
The department of Intensive Care of the Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, has developed a unique communication app for adult and pediatric ICU patients, who cannot speak due to an intubation, being on a ventilator or breathing through a tracheostoma.
October 13, 2016
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Facebook plans ethics board to monitor its brain-computer interface work
Facebook will assemble an independent Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) panel to oversee its development of a direct brain-to-computer typing interface it previewed today at its F8 conference. Facebook's R&D department Building 8's head Regina Dugan tells TechCrunch, "It's early days . . . we're in the process of forming it right now.'
April 19, 2017
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Fastest Brain-Computer Interface Lets Severely Paralyzed Type Quickly
At Stanford University, researchers have given severely paralyzed people the fastest brain-computer interface yet. this is measured in terms of how fast they were able to type using an on-screen matrix of letters.
February 27, 2017
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FDA Approves AI-Powered Automated Plate Assessment System
The FDA granted approval to Clever Culture Systems, a venture between Australian medical firm LBT Innovations Limited and lab equipment maker Hettich AG of Switzerland, for the Automated Plate Assessment System (APAS). APAS aims to automate and expedite the process of analyzing microorganism cultures in order to guide and expedite patient treatment.
October 17, 2016
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FDA approves new oral medication for treating chronic idiopathic constipation in adult patients
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Trulance (plecanatide) for the treatment of Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) in adult patients.
January 19, 2017
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FDA Clears GORE SYNECOR Preperitoneal Biomaterial Hernia Repair Device
Gore received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to introduce its GORE SYNECOR Preperitoneal Biomaterial hernia repair device in the U.S. The material has both permanent and bioresorbable components and can be used in most hernia repair procedures, including for intraperitoneal and preperitoneal placement, and during traditional open, laparoscopic, or even robotic surgeries. It is designed to help treatment consist of only a single surgery and to help facilitate tissue in-growth following implantation.
June 12, 2017
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FDA Clears MAGNETOM Vida 3 Tesla MRI with BioMatrix Technology
Siemens is reporting that the FDA has cleared its MAGNETOM Vida 3 Tesla MRI scanner. The device features the new BioMatrix technology from Siemens that takes into account individual patient anatomy, physiology, and even the differences in MRI operators to produce optimal image quality.
June 16, 2017
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FDA Efforts to Regulate Innovative Technologies and Facilitate Market Access
At Medgadget we cover regulatory approvals of devices on a daily basis, and many of our readers are involved in these affairs at the companies they work for. the regulatory scene is changing to adapt to technological changes that are blurring the previously clear lines between software and devices, and between prescriptions and advice. we asked Rachelle D'Souza, an expert on these matters at Regulatory Heights Inc., to give our readers an overview of the latest regulatory adaptations the FDA has been undertaking.
December 14, 2016
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FDA OKs 1st Drug for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Exondys 51 seems to fill unmet need for devastating childhood disease, agency says
September 19, 2016
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FDA tells drug maker to pull powerful opioid off the market
Risks outweigh benefits for opioid linked to abuse and disease outbreaks, agency says.
June 9, 2017
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Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare
Each year, thousands of Americans miss their deadline to enroll in Medicare, and federal officials and consumer advocates worry that many of them mistakenly think they don't need to sign up because they have purchased insurance on the health law's marketplaces. That decision can leave them facing a lifetime of enrollment penalties.
June 6, 2017
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Feinstein Institute professor develops new tool to evaluate quality of eHealth applications
Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Assistant Professor Amit Baumel, PhD, has developed Enlight, a tool to evaluate the quality and therapeutic potential of computer and mobile-based eHealth applications. the tool could help end users (health consumers), health IT, researchers and clinicians compare different eHealth applications, identifying those with the most promising benefit for use.
March 31, 2017
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Female Doctors May Have an Edge
Older hospital patients treated by a woman were slightly less likely to be readmitted or die within 30 days
December 19, 2016
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Few Upsets in U.S. News Top Kids' Hospitals List
For the third straight year, Boston Children's Hospital took first place in the annual ranking of the best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
June 27, 2017
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Finalists for Pittcon's excellence awards released
Pittcon, the world's leading conference and exposition for laboratory science, is pleased to announce the selection of eight finalists in the first ever Pittcon Today Excellence Awards conducted by CE Communications, official publishers of Pittcon Today and Pittcon Buzz.
March 30, 2017
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Fingertip Simulator Models Nerve Activity to Introduce Sense of Touch to Prostheses
At the University of Chicago neuro researchers are working on studying how the nerves in a person's fingertips communicate with the brain to relay tactile sensations. They hope their understanding will lead to technologies that enable the sense of touch in prosthetic devices and to that end they've built a simulator that replicates the activity of 12,500 nerve fibers at a millisecond resolution.
June 29, 2017
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First comprehensive center opened in Tri-State area to mark new era in care of DMD patients
Nearly 1,000 boys in the New York Tri-State area have been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and, until now, had to travel out of the state for comprehensive care. Stony Brook Children's Hospital stepped into the void and is becoming a destination for care for those patients residing in the new York, new Jersey, Connecticut regions and beyond.
October 7, 2016
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First of its kind 45-day HERA mission incorporates sleep reduction for research purposes
After 45 days in NASA's Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), the four-man crew can hardly hold their eyes open. This mission was the first of its kind to last 45 days, as well as incorporate sleep reduction for research purposes.
July 19, 2017
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First Successful Outcomes Using COHERE Implant for Vertebral Fusion
Vertera Spine's COHERE cervical interbody fusion device is the first porous PEEK implant cleared by the FDA. Unlike conventional devices, which are typically porous metal or metal-coated PEEK implants, the COHERE is composed of Vereta Spine's PEEK (polyetheretherketone) Scoria biomaterial, an interconnected micrometer-scale porous architecture. Designed for anterior cervical fusion, this unique technology allows for bony tissue ingrowth while retaining the mechanical and imaging properties of traditional PEEK implants. the increased ingrowth is due to the porous structure of the Scoria eliciting a stronger osteogenic cellular response over implants with micro- and nano-scale roughness. the increased integration may potentially allow for more stable implant bone interface.
October 27, 2016
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Fisher & Paykel's new F&P 950 Heated Humidification System
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has unveiled its new F&P 950 Heated Humidification System. the device is the next evolution of its flagship F&P 850 system and features integrated probes, a touch screen with easy controls, and the firm's Evaqua tech that reduces the amount of condensation that forms inside the system.
August 26, 2016
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Fitness and wellness coaching before surgery could reduce patient's hospital stay, study finds
A 5K fun run shouldn't involve more physical preparation than major surgery, but that's the disconnect Michael Englesbe, M.D., sees all too often.
April 10, 2017
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Flex Robotic System, a Snake to Navigate Colon for Transanal Endoscopic Procedures
Medrobotics out of Raynham, Massachusetts won FDA 510(k) clearance to introduce its Flex Robotic System for performing colorectal endoscopic procedures. Heralding the future we live in, the robotic snake is inserted transannally and is then steered using a 3D joystick to the treatment site. It can take on different shapes, depending on the path it took to reach the target. Once in place, it will remain rigid to permit the introduction of instruments, such as graspers and needle drivers, to perform whatever procedure is necessary.
May 15, 2017
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Flexible Biopsy Catheter for Sampling Lung Tissue Coming to da Vinci Surgical Robots
Intuitive Surgical, the company that makes the popular da Vinci surgical robotic systems, is working on releasing a flexible biopsy catheter designed to take tissue samples from deep within the lungs.
August 3, 2017
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Flexible Patch with Stainless Steel Microneedles for Safe and Painless Delivery of Drugs
Scientists at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden have developed a new flexible microneedle patch that resolves some of the limitations of similar existing devices. Typically, drug delivery patches designed to penetrate only the top layers of skin, as opposed to transdermal devices, are made of a single material. While it's best to have the base rather soft to achieve optimal contact and comfort, the needles have to be rigid in order to successfully pierce the skin.
December 21, 2016
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Fluorescing Bandage Senses Wound's Healing Process
Bandages used to treat chronic wounds present a host of challenges, particularly when they're removed to examine and clean a wound. While this is necessary, the process can be very painful for the patient, difficult on the clinician, and the wound may become infected due to being exposed.
July 6, 2017
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Flourish Magnetic Device for Non-Surgical Treatment of Esophageal Atresia
The FDA is now allowing the introduction of Cook Medical's Flourish Pediatric Esophageal Atresia Anastomosis device as a non-surgical option for treatment of esophageal atresia, a birth defect in which the esophagus is not connected to the stomach due to a poorly formed esophagus.
May 16, 2017
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FluidX™ IntelliXcap™ decapper allows for rapid switching between sample tube types
The FluidX™ IntelliXcap™ decapper from Brooks Life Science Systems is a novel, cost-effective, automated 96 tube format capper/decapper that allows for rapid switching between sample tube types reducing non-productive downtime.
May 17, 2017
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Former US mental health chief left Google's life sciences arm to launch his own health startup
Tom Insel, the former head of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, has left his position at Google's life sciences company Verily to found his own mental health startup, Mindstrong.
May 10, 2017
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Fortimedix Surgical's Laparoscopic FMX314 Introduces Two Instruments Via Single Trocar
Fortimedix Surgical, a company with offices in Nuth, the Netherlands and Rancho Santa Fe, California, won FDA clearance to bring to market its FMX314 laparoscopic surgical system. the device provides surgeons the opportunity to use two instruments at once via a single port in the abdomen.
August 29, 2016
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Fraunhofer researchers plan to use electron beams to remove germs from tissue transplants
Medical products, packaging and food can be safely and efficiently sterilized with electron beams. In the future, Fraunhofer researchers also plan to use accelerated electrons to eliminate germs from tissue transplants and to change the properties of the organic material in the process.
September 7, 2016
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Fred Hutch's new Evergreen Fund to promote commercialization of research into lifesaving therapies
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced its first-ever grants from its newly established Evergreen Fund to spur researchers' efforts to advance bold ideas toward creating or partnering with a commercial entity.
December 28, 2016
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Fresenius Kabi's Aurora Xi Blood Plasma Collection System FDA Cleared
Fresenius Kabi, a company based in Germany, landed FDA clearance for its Aurora Xi Plasmapheresis System. the device is designed to improve the process of blood plasma collection, particularly speeding up the filtration process and allowing for more donors to donate in the same amount of time.
October 10, 2016
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Fujifilm Debuts ELUXEO Endoscopic System that Enhances Imaging with 4-LED Multi Light Technology
Fujifilm officially presented their new ELUXEO endoscopic system at the 24th United European Gastroenterology Week that was held last week in Vienna, Austria. ELUXEO is an innovative endoscopic system that it is equipped with 4-LED Multi Light Technology, a proprietary Fujifilm capability.
October 25, 2016
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Full Body Optoacoustic Functional Imaging of Small Animals
Researchers working at Duke University and Washington University in St. Louis developed a new photoacoustic technique called single-impulse photoacoustic computed tomography (SIP-PACT) that provides an amazing high resolution look inside small living animals such as mice. Photoacoustic imaging involves shining a laser light into tissue, which generates pulses of sound waves due to the tissue heating up and expanding.
May 17, 2017
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Future of Wireless Charging of Medical Devices: Q&A with Sanjay Gupta of WiTricity
As medical devices become smaller, more capable and easier to implant, there's a parallel need to keep up with ways to power them. Wireless power transmission may be a holy grail for this, but in many ways the technology is maturing rapidly and already being used in a myriad of applications. we spoke with Sanjay Gupta, Vice President of Product Management at WiTricity, one of the leading companies in the field of wireless charging, about how this technology can revolutionize existing therapies and bring forth new ones.
August 26, 2016
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Forget to take your meds? this smart device and app will remind you
It can be hard to remember to take your medicine, whether you're on fluoxetine or Flintstones vitamins. a new smart device wants to use technology to help you keep up with your meds.
March 8, 2016
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Former Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris has decided not to go ahead with a new $230 million health care fund
"Life is too short to not be true to yourself."
December 9, 2016
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Former Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris is raising a new $230 million fund to focus on health care
Maris left earlier this year.
December 5, 2016
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G-Tech Medical: Next-Generation Diagnostic for Gastrointestinal Disorders
Gastrointestinal disorders are the cause of significant morbidity in the United States, resulting in over $50B in healthcare expenditures by some estimates. Diagnosis of these disorders relies on largely anatomic evaluation with radiographic imaging and endoscopy.
November 28, 2016
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Gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents deposit in the brain
The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) has provided new guidance in the use of contrast agents during MRI scans. Emerging research suggests gadolinium-based contrast agents, injected in a patient's veins to brighten tissues in MRI images, accumulate in the brain. More than 300 million doses of such drugs have been administered since their introduction in 1987.
August 7, 2017
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GalaFORM 3D Scaffold FDA Cleared for Plastic, Reconstructive Surgeries
Galatea Surgical, a division of Tepha, a company based in Lexington, Massachusetts, won FDA clearance for its GalaFORM 3D scaffold, a device designed for use during reconstructive and plastic surgery to support, lift, and reinforce soft tissues. the scaffold is made of a monofilament consisting of the naturally occuring poly-4-hydroxybutyrate (P4HB) enzyme. the material slowly disintegrates after implantation, eventually completely disappearing from the body in about 18 to 24 months, and being replaced by the patient's own tissue. Moreover, it is hoped that being a monofilament will reduce the chance of infection.
May 3, 2017
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Galenica Group focuses on pharmaceuticals as it becomes Vifor Pharma Group
The Galenica Group announced today that it successfully completed the initial public offering (IPO) of Galenica Sante, its leading provider of health, beauty and well-being products and services on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX). Following the IPO, Galenica Group becomes Vifor Pharma Group and will be listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange under its new ticker, VIFN. the company has thus taken the final steps toward separating into two independent companies: Vifor Pharma Group and Galenica Sante.
April 7, 2017
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Game-like Brain Training Program First Therapy Shown Effective Against Chemobrain
The FDA has been recently cracking down on certain claims of the abilities of "brain-training" software to improve cognitive outcomes, but the results of a newly published study point to the ability of at least some programs to have a clinically significant impact.
November 2, 2016
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GE releases new Portable Ultrasound, the Vscan Extend
GE Healthcare, the company that wowed the world with its tiny Vscan ultrasound a number of years ago, is unveiling a new device for performing ultrasound exams in a variety of settings. the Vscan Extend features two ultrasound probes built into the transducer head, which is connected via a wire to a smartphone-like touchscreen display.
January 11, 2017
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GE's SIGNA Premier 3.0 Tesla MRI Built with Input from NFL Cleared by FDA
GE Healthcare won FDA 510(k) clearance to introduce its SIGNA Premier 3.0 Tesla MRI scanner and the system is already being made available to hospitals across the U.S. The device features a 70 centimeter-wide patient bore which is shorter in length compared to similar systems, a high-homogeneity magnet, digital RF transmit and receive components, including 146 independent receiver channels, and a powerful SuperG gradient system. It also includes a 48-channel head coil that can be adjusted to fit even huge American football players with big heads and wide necks, allowing for easier study of a variety of individuals.
August 4, 2017
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Genevac reports on new environmental sample preparation technique
Genevac reports on a customer paper that describes the development and advantages of a new evaporative methodology for Mass Spectroscopic (MS) analysis replacing the traditional Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) technique for preparing environmental samples.
October 28, 2016
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Genomic sequencing could become household term with new hand-held device
Within five years, consumers may begin using a device smaller than a flip phone to monitor the air, test their food or diagnose what germ caused an upset stomach. And the root of this capability points to what now is only for scientists -- genome sequencing.
June 13, 2017
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Getinge Group add their name to the list of exhibitors at Arab Health
Getinge Group, a leading global provider of innovative medical technology, announce today its continuous commitment to Arab Health, the largest healthcare exhibition and educational platform in the Middle East & Africa.
January 16, 2017
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Google DeepMind knows you well enough to save your life
The UK's National Health Service cuts a deal with the AI company to scan medical records to find at-risk patients.
November 22, 2016
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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection -- ICO
Royal Free Hospital asked to establish a 'proper legal basis' for project
July 3, 2017
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GOP health bill eases rules for some small-business plans
Some small-business owners burdened with high health care costs would get a break from an obscure provision in the Senate health bill. It offers less regulation, more bargaining power and better prices.
July 12, 2017
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GOP lawmaker drags iPhone into healthcare debate
Rep. Chaffetz says Americans must choose between new iPhone and health insurance
March 7, 2017
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Google's healthcare cousin to stick 10,000 human guinea pigs under the microscope
Four-year study will bung patient records in the cloud
April 19, 2017
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Gore's new DrySeal Flex Introducer Sheath for EVAR Procedures
Gore is making available its new DrySeal Flex Introducer Sheath following regulatory clearance in the U.S., EU, Canada, and Australia. it's intended to be used with the firm's EXCLUDER Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis for endovascular repair of iliac artery aneurysms and aortoiliac aneurysms.
August 30, 2016
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Graphene Nanoribbons May Help Heal Damaged Spinal Cords
James Tour, a chemist at Rice University, stated that a treatment procedure to heal damaged spinal cords by combining graphene nanoribbons produced with a process invented at Rice and a common polymer is expected to gain importance.
September 20, 2016
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Growing threat of cyber attacks has potential implications on public health
 
July 13, 2017
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Guardant Health adds $360 million to its war chest
Guardant Health, a four-year-old, Redwood City, Ca.-based biotech company that sells blood tests to track and potentially detect cancer, has raised a whopping $360 million from investors, bringing its total funding to $550 million. SoftBank led the round, with participation from Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, OrbiMed, 8VC, numerous funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price, and Temasek, among others.
May 12, 2017
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Gut juice could power the next generation of health gadgets
During a trip through pig intestines, devices could measure temp and deliver drugs.
February 10, 2017
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Hach's Automated CM130 Chlorine Monitoring System for Dialysis Clinics FDA Cleared
Hach, a company out of Loveland, Colorado, won the first FDA clearance for an automatic chlorine monitoring system for dialysis. the system performs checks of the water being used to prep dialysate every five minutes, making sure the levels stay low. If they rise too much, a monitor with an audio alarm on the patient floor will notify of the problem.
May 1, 2017
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Health Datapalooza 2017 day 2: Consumer Tech Ecosystems, Healthcare Policy and Two Big RWJF Announcements
Ensuring that a conference discussing health did indeed practice what it preached, day two of this year's Health Datapalooza got off to an early start with a Stride Health-sponsored 3 and 5 mile fun run. back at the conference venue, the day's content began on the main stage with Dr. Mark McClellan, Director of the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy and Former Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Mark's opening comments characterized the politics of healthcare as one of consistent bipartisan stories, since healthcare spending has historically been prioritized over much of everything else.
May 16, 2017
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Health diagnosis through bio-signal measuring electrodes on IoT devices
Professor Kyung-in Jang's research team from the Department of Robotics Engineering succeeded in developing bio-signal measuring electrodes that can be mounted on Internet of Things devices through joint research with a research team led by professor John Rogers of the University of Illinois, USA.
November 23, 2016
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Health Insurance Telemarketer Faces $82 Million Fine For Illegal Robocalls
A health insurance marketing company that allegedly placed more than 21 million illegal automated phone calls, interrupting the enjoyment of Modern Family reruns for Americans everywhere, now faces fines in excess of $82 million for violations of the Truth In Caller ID Act.
August 3, 2017
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Healthcare breaches: is your data at rest or at risk?
Records of approximately 16.6 million Americans were exposed as a result of hacks, lost or stolen devices, unauthorized disclosure and more. Good news, however, is that the overall number of compromised records has declined for the second year in a row and early indications suggest that those numbers will continue to decline in 2017.
May 5, 2017
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Healthcare costs for infections linked to bacteria in water supply systems are rising
A new analysis of 100 million Medicare records from US adults aged 65 and older reveals rising healthcare costs for infections associated with some disease-causing bacteria, such as Legionella, which can live inside drinking water distribution systems and household plumbing.
September 12, 2016
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Healthcare for mental illness is on the decline in US, say experts
More Americans than ever before are suffering from serious psychological distress (SPD), according to researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center.
April 18, 2017
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Healthcare industry lacks basic security awareness among staff
SecurityScorecard released a comprehensive analysis exposing cybersecurity vulnerabilities across 700 healthcare organizations including medical treatment facilities, health insurance agencies and healthcare manufacturing companies.
October 30, 2016
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Healthcare IT professionals are overconfident
A Dimensional Research study evaluated the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls, which must be in place to quickly detect a cyber attack in progress. Study respondents included 763 IT professionals from various industries, including 101 participants from the healthcare sector.
December 14, 2016
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Healthcare organizations boost spending on cyber security
Faced with increased requirements to digitize their records, healthcare organizations around the world are boosting their cyber security budgets according to a new report.
February 21, 2017
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Healthcare Startup Society Conference and Awards Ceremony in London
Hosted by the UK-based Healthcare Startup Society, the conference and awards ceremony on December 17th brought together nearly 200 participants, including some big name medtech innovators and startups, along with tech experts, VCs, students, and "doctorpreneurs."
December 21, 2016
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HHS takes steps to provide more information about clinical trials to the public
In an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov.
September 16, 2016
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High Speed Automated Whole Brain Slicing and Imaging System Revealed in Japan
AT Osaka University in Japan researchers have developed a new high speed system that slices and images brains significantly faster than previous approaches. These days it can take up to a week to slice, stain, image, and reconstruct brains in lab studies at a subcellular resolution. The number of slices is astounding, but by automating the process, the new block-face serial microscopy tomography (FAST) system can image the whole brain in less than two and a half hours.
July 14, 2017
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High Speed Microfluidic Guillotine Helps to Study How Cells Repair Themselves
There are single cell organisms in existence that, after being cut in two, regenerate themselves into two separate fully functional living beings. Understanding the mechanism of this ability can help to better study cancer, improve treatment for physical injuries, and track the development of neurodegenerative diseases. But, carefully splitting single cells into two is a slow and tedious manual process that produces too few samples for large scale studies. Researchers at Stanford University have now developed a microfluidic device that can cut individual cells 200 times faster than existing methods with about the same survival rates.
June 29, 2017
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High-Dose Vitamin D May Not Curb Kids' Colds
Study seems to dispel a common myth around the daily supplement, researchers say
July 18, 2017
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Highlights from 16th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference
The University of Minnesota and their industry sponsors held the 16th Design of Medical Devices Conference, touted by the organizers as the world's largest premiere medical devices conference. Hundreds of biomedical engineers, students, physicians, and industry representatives traveled from all over the world to gather in a truly unique atmosphere.
May 5, 2017
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Highlights from the Medical Alley Association's 2017 Annual Meeting
The Medical Alley Association is a community of organizations that share the noble goal of promoting medical innovation and driving healthcare reform worldwide. More than 600 companies make up the Association, including giants like Medtronic, Mayo Clinic, 3M, and Abbott. the Association was founded in 1984 in Minnesota, a state with a long history of healthcare and medical innovation. Minnesota currently ranks as the number one Health Technology Cluster for innovation in the world.
May 9, 2017
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Highly Flexible and Adhesive Electronic Body Monitoring Patch
Researchers from Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Oklahoma State University have developed an electronic patch that is extremely pliable and can be applied to the skin at just about any location and remain there without causing discomfort.
December 1, 2016
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Hill-Rom's New Envella Air Fluidized Therapy Bed Promises Gentle Contact and Air Circulation
Hill-Rom is releasing a new hospital bed designed for patients with serious wounds. The Envella Air Fluidized Therapy Bed pumps air from below a mattress-like layer of silicone beads, helping to make sure that even the tissue that is contact with the bed receives air circulation while helping to distribute pressure evenly.
May 23, 2017
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Hitgen and LEO Pharma collaborate to discover small molecule leads for multiple therapeutic targets
HitGen Ltd announced that the company has entered into a multi-target multi-year collaboration with LEO Pharma A/S, to discover novel small molecule leads for multiple therapeutic targets of interest to LEO Pharma. According to the agreement, HitGen will use its advanced technology platform, based on DNA-encoded library design, synthesis, and screening to discover novel leads which will be licensed exclusively to LEO Pharma. Under the terms of the agreement, HitGen will receive an upfront payment and be eligible for milestone payments from LEO Pharma.
August 7, 2017
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Hologic unveils NovaSure ADVANCED for Treatment of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Hologic is launching its NovaSure ADVANCED global endometrial ablation (GEA) system in the U.S. it's designed to treat abnormal uterine bleeding by ablating the endometrium, using RF energy.
February 3, 2017
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Holoxica Developing 3D Holographic Display for Interactive Visualization of Medical Imaging Data
Holoxica Limited, based out of the United Kingdom's CodeBase accelerator and working in conjunction with scientists at ACTPHAST (the Access Center for Photonics Innovations Solutions and Technology Support), is currently developing interactive holographic video technology with significant potential applications in medical imaging evaluation and manipulation.
January 9, 2017
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Honda gives $1 million gift to Nationwide Children's Hospital to enhance pediatric mobility
Nationwide Children's Hospital and Honda announced today a $1 million gift from the automaker to establish the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement designed to enhance pediatric mobility.
June 19, 2017
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Hospitals reduce bloodstream infections and healthcare costs with catheter safeguards, study shows
U.S. hospitals are reducing bloodstream infections related to catheters by implementing rigorous safeguards that also save millions of healthcare dollars each year, according to research led by Cedars-Sinai.
January 9, 2017
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Hospital room floors could be overlooked source for dissemination of pathogens, study suggests
Hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Because items in the patient's room may touch the floor, pathogens on hospital floors can rapidly move to the hands and high-touch surfaces throughout a hospital room.
February 28, 2017
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House Republicans Unveil Their Rx for Obamacare
It retains some portions of the health reform law, but axes some unpopular ones
March 7, 2017
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House seeks to cap malpractice awards as part of health care update
Last week, a jury awarded a Pennsylvania man $620,000 for pain and suffering in a medical malpractice lawsuit he filed against a surgeon who mistakenly removed his healthy testicle, leaving the painful, atrophied one intact.
June 27, 2017
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How a video-gaming programmer created a popular VR surgical simulator
About 60% of physicians already use virtual reality technology to gain expertise for surgical techniques
November 24, 2016
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How Concerned Should you be About Medical Errors?
Medical mistakes are the stuff of nightmares: operating on the wrong limb; bad drug reactions; instruments left behind. But they're all too often an unfortunate reality. Reports suggest more than 250,000 people die per year due to medical errors, while millions more are harmed by drug-related mistakes.
January 12, 2017
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How IBM Watson expanded its repertoire to become a virtual job trainer
Learn how Signature HealthCARE partnered with Cognotion to create a tablet-based Certified Nursing Assistant training program using IBM Watson to improve healthcare outcomes.
October 10, 2016
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How Stanford Uses Eye-Tracking Virtual Reality Headset to Detect Concussions in Athletes
The dangers of brain injuries, particularly concussions, have become more clear and troubling, leading militaries, sports programs, and medical professionals to give more focus to preventing and detecting concussions. Brain injuries are still poorly understood, and nobody clearly defined what a concussion is, but what is known is that when a person has poor eye tracking ability it's a good idea to get off the field and get help.
October 3, 2016
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How Tiny Are Benefits from Many Tests and Pills? Researchers Paint a Picture
Mammograms are said to cut the risk of dying from breast cancer by as much as 20 percent, which sounds like an invincible argument for regular screening.
October 12, 2016
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How to connect an accessory to Samsung Health
Connecting an accessory to Samsung Health makes tracking your progress easier than ever.
May 11, 2017
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How to Create the Impossible: Interview with XPRIZE Runner-Up Team Dynamical Biomarkers Group
For the past five years, Taiwan-based Dynamical Biomarkers Group has been developing a prototype device which pairs diagnostic algorithms with analytical methodology in a user-friendly device, all controlled through a smartphone. for their efforts, they were selected as the second-place finalist of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and received $1 million toward further development of their Tricorder.
May 4, 2017
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How to detect biological contamination of nanoparticles
Given the growing impact of nanotechnology on health care, pharmacy, and medicine, there is an increasing and urgent need for the development of reliable methods applicable to detect the biological contamination of nanoparticles.
July 24, 2017
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How to get started with Samsung Health
Samsung Health is filled with plenty of great features for you to utilize, but first you need to get set up.
May 9, 2017
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How we Might One day Communicate with Liquids
A new machine designed at Stanford University sends digital messages without electronics, using common household chemicals. Eventually, similar systems could allow tiny devices to communicate inside the body, or be adapted to environments in which traditional electronics break down.
November 15, 2016
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How will Brexit impact life sciences in Wales?
Can you please give an overview of the Life Sciences Hub Wales?
March 28, 2017
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HxRefactored 2017 Day 1: Purpose Driven Design, Health Equity, and the Clinician Experience
Welcome to Medgadget's coverage of HxRefactored taking place this week in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Now in its seventh year, HxRefactored, a Health 2.o and Mad*Pow event collaboration, brings together healthcare designers, practitioners, and technologists to learn about and discuss opportunities to improve health experiences through human centered design and technology. Over the event's couple of days, HxRefactored is bringing together a combination of keynote speakers and breakout sessions to dive into the creative intersection of healthcare and design thinking.
June 22, 2017
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HxRefactored 2017 Day 2: Healthcare Policy, a Deep Dive into Blockchain, and Yoga
Welcome back for a summary of Day 2 of HxRefactored which featured keynotes and breakout sessions around the design of healthcare processes, systems, and technologies. Matthew Holt, Chairman of Health 2.0, returned to the stage to kick things off with a keynote on the current changes taking place in Washington, D.C. and the potential impact those changes will have on healthcare systems and policies.
July 6, 2017
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HxRefactored Interview with dacadoo, an Open API Health Score and Digital Engagement Platform
On Day 1 of HxRefactored, we heard from Matt Park, VP of North American Sales for dacadoo, about the company's mobile patient engagement and Health Score technology platform. During the conference, we had a chance to sit down with Alex Rice, dacadoo's North America Business Development Manager, to learn more about the company and its technology.
June 28, 2017
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HxRefactored Panelist Interviews: Philips CMO Roy Smythe and Cleveland Clinic Director Dr. Julie Rish
During Day 1 of HxRefactored 2017, Medgadget had a chance to sit down with two panelists from the Improving the Clinician Experience panel session to learn more about their work. The interviewees were Roy Smythe, CMO of Health Informatics at Philips, and Julie Rish, PhD, Director of Patient Experience Best Practices at Cleveland Clinic.
June 26, 2017
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HyperView Tissue Oxygenation Imaging System Cleared by FDA
HyperMed Imaging, a company out of Memphis, Tennessee, won FDA clearance to introduce its HyperView tissue oxygenation imaging system. the device can be used following vascular procedures, in wound care, and in patients post amputation, among other uses.
January 12, 2017
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IBM and Rice University develop Home Assistance Robot for Elderly
IBM Research and Rice University have brought their engineering expertise together to create the IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (IBM MERA). the prototype device is just a start of a collaboration that hopes to combine a variety of sensors with so-called "cognitive computing" to help doctors and caretakers better understand the needs of stay-at-home elderly people they're caring for.
December 14, 2016
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IBM Watson, FDA to explore blockchain for secure patient data exchange
The initial focus for blockchain will be oncology-related data exchange
January 11, 2017
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IBM's hub for wearables could shorten your hospital stay
The prototype device links to a host of wearables to gather health data for doctors.
February 14, 2017
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iHealth Clear Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor: A Quick Look and Interview
iHealth Labs recently launched iHealth Clear, its newest addition to the growing product line of mHealth devices. With five other blood pressure cuffs on its line (iHealth Sense, View, Feel, Ease, and the Blood Pressure Dock), this sixth product is unique in that it offers a voice-supported smart blood pressure monitor (BPM) that uses a stand-alone display to show results and comparison charts, thereby eliminating the need to rely on a smartphone app. The iHealth Clear still has matching smartphone app, so all the advanced options such as historic tracking are available.
July 6, 2017
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Immigrant physicians: Why are they vital for U.S. healthcare?
Approximately a quarter of the country's physicians are international medical graduates. This diverse physician community, many of whom obtained their medical degrees abroad before taking up positions in the United States, play a significant but often overlooked role in U.S. healthcare.
July 4, 2017
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Implantable medical devices can be hacked to harm patients
The way to a man's heart is through his pacemaker's security flaws, researchers say
December 1, 2016
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Implanted Defibrillator Shocks and Health Costs
Even when the shock was inappropriate, many people still got invasive medical procedures afterwards, study finds
February 15, 2017
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Implementation of value-driven outcomes tool in health care system can lead to lower costs, better quality
Implementing an analytic tool that allocates clinical care costs and quality measures to individual patient encounters was associated with significant improvements in value of care for 3 designated outcomes–total joint replacement, laboratory testing among medical inpatients, and sepsis management.
September 14, 2016
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Impotence drugs may have life-prolonging effect on heart attack patients, research suggests
Common impotence drugs such as Viagra may have a life-prolonging effect on patients who have suffered a myocardial infarction, a paper published by researchers at Karolinska Institutet suggests. the finding, which is published in the scientific journal Heart, calls for the need of prospective studies of impotence drugs in heart attack patients others than only those who suffer from impotence - including women.
March 9, 2017
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Improving Patient Engagement through Artificial Intelligence: Interview with Gilad Meiri, CEO & Co-Founder of Neura
Successful patient engagement is a hallmark of success in the world of digital health. Thinking beyond the mobile app or wearable technology itself, Neura, a Silicon Valley-based company that was founded in 2013, has created a software platform that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to improve patient engagement for better health outcomes.
February 28, 2017
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Imran Noorani receives Brainlab Community Neurosurgery Abstract Award at 2016 CNS annual meeting
Imran Noorani MD, MRCS, of Cambridge, England, received the Brainlab Community Neurosurgery Abstract Award at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego. Each year, merit-based awards are granted to acknowledge the achievements of residents, fellows, and attending neurosurgeons in various categories. Dr. Noorani's study uses genetics to understand the biology of brain tumors.
September 28, 2016
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Inciner8 wins second Queen's Award for Enterprise in five years
We're pleased to announce we have been awarded our second Queen's Award for Enterprise in five years!
March 27, 2017
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Indi Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device for Non-Verbal People
Tobii Dynavox, a Swedish company that focuses on building devices that help people with various communication issues to get their voices out. Their new Indi device is a touchscreen tablet targeted for non-verbal communicators, designed to make it easier to talk with those around using pictures that are turned into sentences. Though most users will simply rely on its touchscreen interface, it can also be connected to a switch or head mouse for disabled folks.
May 2, 2017
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Individual Control of Magnetic Micromachines Within the Body
Magnetic micromachines can be delivered into the body and then controlled externally using a magnetic field. Such micromachines could be used to deliver a therapeutic agent to a specific location in a minimally invasive manner or control adaptive implants. However, in many cases multiple micromachines may be required. for example, a 'swarm' of micromachines could perform advanced medical interventions, such as effectively delivering chemotherapeutic drugs throughout the complex architecture of a solid tumor.
February 21, 2017
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Inferior vena cava filters may be overused in managed care populations, study suggests
Humana Inc. today announced research findings that suggest inferior vena cava (IVC) filters may be overused in managed care populations, and that filters may not always be removed after they are no longer needed.
July 6, 2017
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Infiniti Research completes three new market assessments in medical devices and diagnostics industry
The healthcare industry is greatly affected by fast-moving technological advances. Researchers are constantly coming up with new techniques and devices, and manufacturers need to stay on top of these trends in order to stay competitive. To help healthcare organizations better understand this market, Infiniti Research has completed three new market assessments to leading organizations identify market opportunities in the medical devices and diagnostics industry.
June 7, 2017
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Inhealthcare introduces first self-testing mobile app for warfarin users
Digital health specialist Inhealthcare is bringing to market the first self-testing mobile app for warfarin users that connects directly to doctors.
September 21, 2016
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Inhealthcare launches new mobile app to help NHS patients monitor, manage long-term conditions
Digital health specialist Inhealthcare has launched a new mobile app to help NHS patients track, monitor and manage long-term conditions including high blood pressure, Diabetes and obesity.
November 4, 2016
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Inhealthcare, Medway Community Healthcare partner to help patients manage long-term conditions at home
Digital health specialist Inhealthcare has partnered with Medway Community Healthcare to give patients the freedom to manage long-term medical conditions at home.
March 9, 2017
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Injeq IQ-Needle for Easier, Safer Spinal Taps
Thecal punctures can be tricky procedures with quite a bit of potential for serious complications. it's important to know when the needle has reached the cerebrospinal fluid and if it strayed from the target, but this is typically a matter of good training, attention to detail, and having a good hand that can feel as different tissues are penetrated.
September 15, 2016
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Innocuous start to opioid addition: A 1980 letter that started it all
In a letter to the Editor published this Wednesday (31st May 2017), a group of Canadian researchers have disclosed how a sting of words coming from a notable doctor nearly 4 decades ago was the seed that led to a nationwide epidemic of misuse and abuse of opioid painkiller drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin.
June 1, 2017
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Inside Innovation Louisiana 2016
This year's Innovation Louisiana 2016 event, sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase and hosted by the new Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC) in new Orleans, Louisiana, will take place from November 14-15. NOBIC is a technology and business incubator focused on providing meaningful resources to foster innovation and aid in commercialization of health technologies within the state of Louisiana.
November 11, 2016
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Insightec's Exablate Neuro MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound now approved with 1.5T Scanners
INSIGHTEC, maker of MR-guided focused ultrasound systems out of Israel, has received FDA approval to have its Exablate Neuro system alongside GE Healthcare's 1.5 Tesla MRI to be used for treatment of essential tremor in patients not sufficiently responding to drugs. Using MRI to image and target the ventral intermediate (VIM) thalamic nucleus in the brain, the system delivers focused ultrasound beams that ablate the tissue without having to open up the cranium.
May 11, 2017
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Insilico Medicine announces launch of intelligently-formulated nutraceuticals in Europe
Insilico Medicine, Inc, a big data analytics company applying latest advances in deep learning to drug discovery, biomarker development, and aging research today announced that the line of nutraceuticals developed in collaboration with Life Extension will be available across Europe.
April 5, 2017
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Integra offer range of high quality multichannel reservoirs with reusable bases
Unlike traditional reagent reservoirs, INTEGRA offers a range of high quality multichannel reservoirs that feature reusable bases. this environmentally-friendly design allows users to reuse the sturdy base and save money as you only replace the disposable inserts.
April 11, 2017
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Integra's guide explains benefits of using a peristaltic pump
INTEGRA has published a 'How-It-Works' guide to explain the benefits of using a peristaltic pump for pumping and dispensing a wide variety of liquids.
June 21, 2017
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Integrative health care and U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families
NCCIH's 2017 spring event schedule.
March 14, 2017
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Interview With Director of Biomaterials Research Innovation Center, Prof. Ali Khademhosseini
The fields of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery are burgeoning due to the development of new technological advancements in engineering, material science, and chemistry. At the confluence of such diverse fields lies the Biomaterials Innovation Research Center. Located in the hub of Boston, in the Brigham and Women's Hospital, the center is directed by Dr. Ali Khademhosseini.
May 31, 2017
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Instrument from Postnova represents broadest range of angles available in a commercial light scattering detector
Postnova Analytics PN3621 MALS detector sets a new standard for sensitive, precise and flexible Multi-Angle Light Scattering detection for Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) and Field Flow Fractionation (FFF) systems.
March 16, 2017
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Insurance status linked to morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing total hip replacements
Insurance status is one marker of socioeconomic standing, and research has shown that uninsured and underinsured patients have worse outcomes following medical care. that finding is now further supported by a study of patients undergoing total hip replacement. the study, conducted by researchers at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College, was selected as a best of Meeting Abstract and will be presented at the 42nd Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting next month.
March 10, 2017
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Integra introduce pipette tip range with increased hydrophobic properties
INTEGRA has introduced a new line of Low Retention pipette tips based upon its popular GripTips multi lobe design.
January 26, 2017
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INTEGRA launches new plate holder that enables 1536-well pipetting on VIAFLO 384
INTEGRA has introduced a new plate holder enabling 1536-well pipetting on its VIAFLO 384 electronic handheld pipette.
September 16, 2016
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Interstate partners with Getinge to bring OEM ventilator batteries directly to critical care providers
Interstate Batteries announced a partnership today with Maquet Medical Systems USA (now Getinge Group) to provide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) batteries to the health care industry through its all Battery Center retail stores.
August 29, 2016
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Interview with Dave Liebl, Heraeus Medical Components
Heraeus Medical Components (HMC) is known for its state-of-the-art solutions delivered to the global medical device industry. The company boasts seven production sites across the USA, Europe, Asia, and Central America, designing and manufacturing key components for leading medical devices.
May 18, 2017
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Interview with Dexcom CEO & President Kevin Sayer
For the nearly 21 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes, regular and painful finger pricks to monitor blood glucose levels are a fact of life. Dexcom has developed a glucose monitor that can continuously keep an eye on glucose levels without finger pricks. the Dexcom G5 mobile continuous glucose monitoring system involves a small, discrete device that is worn on the body, typically the abdomen, that has a tiny hair-sized sensor that sits just underneath the skin.
February 15, 2017
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Interview with Perry van Rijsingen, CEO of Preceyes Robotic Surgical Firm
Medgadget recently reported on the first successful use in patients of the Preceyes system for robotic vitroretinal surgery from Preceyes, a firm from Eindhoven, the Netherlands. we had the opportunity to ask Perry van Rijsingen, CEO of Preceyes some questions about the new technology and how the Preceyes team overcame some of the challenges medtech start-ups face.
December 6, 2016
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Interview with Rupa Basu, BIOTRONIK's Senior VP of Marketing, Corporate Accounts and Strategy
Millions of people experience heart rhythm disturbances in their lifetime. This has propelled cardiac electrophysiology to become one of the most innovative fields in medicine today. BIOTRONIK, a privately owned, global company with headquarters in Germany, is one of the leaders in the cardiac rhythm management space.
May 24, 2017
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Interview: Momentum Software Links Trained Responders with Nearby Medical Emergencies
The progress of emergency medicine and the technology that's inside of modern ambulances helped to save millions of people around the world. Yet, in many cases the response time to acute life threatening situations is still too long, with too many people dying that could have been rescued.
May 17, 2017
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Introducing Loop Vital Signs Wearable Monitor from SpryHealth
SpryHealth, previously Echo Labs, is announcing the launch of Loop, a clinical-grade wearable designed to enable improved health outcomes through continuous vital sign monitoring and early detection of clinical deterioration. SpryHealth was founded by Pierre-Jean "PJ' Cobut and Elad Ferber out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and StartX, a Stanford accelerator. they started the company to enable proactive care and reduce the nearly 28M hospital admissions attributed to chronic conditions.
May 4, 2017
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IontoDC Uses DC Electricity to Deliver Drugs Through Skin
Soterix Medical, a company based in New York City, won clearance from the FDA to introduce its IontoDC iontophoresis medication delivery system. Mostly meant for introducing soluble salt ions, but also fentanyl for pain control, into the body, the device relies on battery power to generate low current (up to 2 milliamperes) electricity that with it moves the drugs through the skin.
May 23, 2017
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iPads are the 'new stethoscope' and every doctor needs one...
Apple is becoming an essential ingredient in modern health provision
December 14, 2016
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iPhone or health care? GOP rep says that may be your dilemma
Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Americans might need to make hard choices between pricey gadgets and their own well-being.
March 7, 2017
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IQBuds Cut the Noise, Accentuate Voices Without a Prescription
A lot of people have hearing issues that make it difficult for them to hear others while surrounded by a noisy environment, yet prescription hearing aids may be too expensive and an overkill solution. IQBuds from Nuheara, a company with offices in San Francisco, CA and Perth, Australia, is a new solution unveiled at CES in Las Vegas this week, that accentuate sounds you want to hear while drowning out the surrounding noise. Moreover, they're actually a set of wireless headphones, so you can listen to your favorite music through them as well.
January 6, 2017
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IRadimed's MRI Compatible MRidium 3860+ IV Infusion Pump FDA Cleared
IRadimed, a company out of Winter Springs, Florida, won FDA clearance for its MRidium 3860+ MRI-compatible IV infusion pump. the device has non-magnetic motor and no ferrous (containing iron) components that would be affected by a magnetic field. it's safe to use around MRI machines up to 3.0 Tesla, which means just about any scanner found inside a hospital.
December 20, 2016
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IRIS Scans Come to Nursing Homes. Next Stop, your Phone
The residents of Brevillier Village love living there. the retirement community in Erie, Pennsylvania overlooks Lake Erie, and paths dotted by benches follow the shoreline. the location provides beautiful views, and a grave threat: Just beyond the fence at the edge of the property lies a cliff that plunges 30 feet to the water below.
April 25, 2017
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Is It OK to Use Uber, Lyft to Get to the ER?
The low cost and convenience of ride-booking services like Uber and Lyft have put a dent in the taxi business and other traditional ways to get around a city.
May 15, 2017
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Is The FDA Doing Enough To Keep Problematic Personal Care Products Off Shelves?
When you slather that trendy beauty lip balm on or try a new shampoo for the first time, perhaps you're under the impression that the federal government has a process in place that ensures that cosmetic or personal care product is safe before it touches your body.
June 26, 2017
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ISOBAR, a Novel Device for Temperature Controlled Vaccine Delivery Anywhere
The James Dyson Award has announced national winners for this year's contest, many of which are medically-oriented projects designed to help address current shortcomings. One particularly interesting one is the ISOBAR designed by William Broadway of Loughborough University, a winner of the UK national contest.
September 12, 2016
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IT product manager for northern Europe is appointed at Beckman Coulter
Beckman Coulter has appointed Ed Harris as its new Product Manager for IT in Northern Europe. as a product expert with a passion for healthcare and a vision of the benefits that IT can bring to patient outcomes through enhanced efficiencies, Ed is responsible for overseeing Beckman Coulter's clinical information systems portfolio.
December 14, 2016
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IT workers brace for outsourcing, layoffs at health insurer
HCSC says it is moving to a 'blended' IT model
September 21, 2016
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iTENS, a Nifty Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator to Treat Pain
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) devices intended for consumers to use themselves are nothing new anymore. They've been even getting a bit stale, often looking similar and relying on pads that are individually connected by wire to the control unit. the iTENS, a product of an Ohio company by the same name, is a rethought and redesigned TENS unit that we took an opportunity to try for ourselves.
September 6, 2016
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ITL Virginia to support North American roll-out of Endomag's Sentimag system
ITL Virginia Inc, the US subsidiary of medical design and manufacturing company ITL, will be supporting the North American roll-out of the Sentimag® system following Endomag's signing of a major distribution deal. this will include US-based product maintenance, support and servicing training and may eventually extend to manufacturing.
September 2, 2016
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J.G. Finneran Associates acquired by Porvair plc
Porvair Sciences is pleased to welcome J. G. Finneran Associates into the Porvair family following its acquisition by Porvair plc earlier today.
April 5, 2017
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Jarvik Heart's new Tiny Pediatric Pump Cleared by FDA for Clinical Trial
Jarvik Heart has announced that its new pediatric heart pump is going on a clinical trial thanks to an FDA Investigational Device Exemption. the Jarvik 15mm left ventricular assist device (LVAD), being about the size of a AA battery, is small enough even for implantation into infants.
October 28, 2016
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Juvenescence AI to develop first compounds generated by Insilico's deep-learned drug discovery engines
Insilico Medicine, a Baltimore-based leader in artificial intelligence ("AI") for drug discovery and biomarker development, is pleased to announce a multi-year drug development agreement with the biotechnology company Juvenescence AI Limited ("Juvenescence AI"). Juvenescence AI will develop the first compounds generated by Insilico's deep-learned drug discovery engines, which train over structural, functional, and phenotypic data in order to predict the biological activity of compounds.
July 28, 2017
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Karolinska Institutet opens research centre for regenerative medicine in Hong Kong
Today the Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine is being inaugurated in Hong Kong. the centre is Karolinska Institutet's first hub outside of Sweden. Researchers from around the world will be able to conduct research within regenerative medicine at the new facility with the goal of eventually being able to replace damaged or lost tissue.
October 7, 2016
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Karolinska Institutet researchers find solutions for nerve stimulation
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a method for producing flexible plastic electrodes capable of releasing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine upon an electrical trigger.
December 14, 2016
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Kessler Foundation receives Spinal Cord Injury Model System Grant from NIDILRR
Kessler Foundation has been awarded a Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) grant valued at $2,300,000 over 5 years (2016-2021) from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). this federal grant, one of only 14 awarded to centers across the U.S. this year, continues funding for the Northern new Jersey SCI System (NNJSCIS).
October 7, 2016
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KNAUER's new osmometer allows fast and easy analysis of aqueous liquids
The K-7400S Semi-Micro Osmometer from KNAUER allows fast and easy analysis of aqueous liquids. Using the proven technology of freezing point depression, the device determines the total concentration of all dissolved particles of a solution. this makes it suitable especially for quality control in the industrial sector and for the use in research laboratories.
April 13, 2017
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Knee Anesthetic Injection Virtual Reality Trainer Featured at AAHKS
During the final phases of a total knee replacement surgeons will sometimes opt to inject some long acting anesthetic around the knee to decrease post-operative pain and improve mobility. Data regarding the efficacy of these injections is a little equivocal, but believers state this is because of variability in injection technique, and may also have to do with the pharmacokinetics of the anesthetic itself.
December 5, 2016
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Koogeek T1 Ear and Forehead Infrared Thermometer Review
Koogeek, a company that specializes in smart vital measurement devices, sent us their T1 ear and forehead "smart thermometer" to review.
November 28, 2016
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Lack of Medicaid Expansion Hurts Rural Hospitals More Than Urban Facilities
It isn't news that in rural parts of the country, people have a harder time accessing good health care. But new evidence suggests opposition to a key part of the 2010 health overhaul could be adding to the gap.
September 12, 2016
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Laminate Medical's VasQ Fistula Supporting Device Gets FDA Investigational Device Exemption
Laminate Medical Technologies, an Israeli firm, won an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) from the FDA to begin a clinical trial of its VasQ device designed to support arteriovenous fistulas. The technology will hopefully benefit patients that receive hemodialysis via AVF in the upper extremity.
August 3, 2017
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Laser-Induced Graphene Showing Promise as Implant Material
Scientists from Rice University and Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have identified that laser-induced graphene, a material designed on purpose to have imperfections, both prevents the buildup of organic materials on its surface and can be used to electrically kill bacteria that comes in contact with it.
May 23, 2017
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Latest advances in medical imaging for personalized healthcare
After the first ever MediSens conference, 2016, it is fair to say that there is much excitement in the area of medical imaging. the industry is experiencing a drive towards a more personalized approach to healthcare, providing patients with treatment that is specific and adaptive to them.
December 21, 2016
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Leap of faith: Will health care ministries cover your costs?
Martin Estacio was shelling out $800 per month for a health plan that didn't fit his two-state lifestyle.
July 28, 2017
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Legislation Would Give FDA Mandatory Authority to Recall Drugs
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed that it had found varying and elevated levels of a potentially deadly toxin in teething tablets sold under the Hyland's brand. Despite the dangers posed by the tablets, the FDA couldn't order a recall of the products – and the manufacturer refused to. But that could change in the future, as recently introduced legislation would give the agency the authority to order mandatory recalls of drugs and homeopathic products.
February 17, 2017
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Level EX: the Future of Endoscopic Simulation Looks Bright
Level EX, a company founded by Sam Glassenberg, promises to deliver the excellence of video game development to the field of surgical simulation, and the result is impressive. Their first mobile application Airway EX (Android | iOS) is designed to teach the fundamentals of diagnostic and interventional endoscopy in the airway.
December 5, 2016
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Liftware Level Utensil System Helps People with Disabilities Eat with Confidence
Using conventional spoons and forks can be pretty frustrating for people with poor hand control, such as post stroke patients and those living with cerebral palsy. Utensils designed to better match each person's unique abilities and limitations have existed for a while, but they can still be difficult to use by many patients.
December 6, 2016
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Light environment in intensive care affects how patients feel, research shows
New research shows that the light environment in intensive care affects how patients feel - even a year after completed hospitalization. with light adapted to the time of day, health even improves for patients who are barely conscious when they are admitted for care.
April 3, 2017
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LimFlow System: a new Option for Treating Critical Limb Ischemia
If peripheral vascular disease (PAD) is not treated, it can progress toward nearly complete blockage of the arteries that supply the lower extremity with blood and result in critical limb ischemia (CLI). People suffering with the condition experience severe pain, can have gangrene, and have a drastically reduced quality of life. a new device from LimFlow, a company based in Paris, France received the European CE mark to introduce a system that can offer a new option for otherwise untreatable patients.
November 22, 2016
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Liposomes for Medicine: Q&A with President of Taiwan Liposome Company
Liposomes, the microsocopic lipid vesicles that scientists have been making in great variety, are rapidly entering clinical medicine and are expected to improve how many diseases are treated. the Taiwan Liposome Company specializes in developing liposomes to improve how drugs are delivered. While we here at Medgadget normally don't cover pharmaceuticals, anything that's engineered at the nanoscale should interest our audience and we wanted to ask one of the commercial leaders in this field a bit about the industry. George Yeh is the President of Taiwan Liposome Company (TLC) and we thank him for fielding our questions.
August 24, 2016
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LivaNova's Seizure Fighting Vagus Nerve Stimulators Approved for MRI
LivaNova, a company with offices in Texas and Belgium that makes vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) systems that help to prevent the onset of epileptic seizures, received FDA approval for patients with the implants to be free to undergo MRI scans. While some precautions are still necessary, the previous MRI related approval required special equipment to be used during scans that is rarely available.
June 22, 2017
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Live Free or Die: A Look at New Hampshire's Medical Technology Sector
There's a lot of reasons you should consider visiting New Hampshire. The 9th state in the Union is picturesque and quintessential New England in its natural beauty and architecture. Lakes, mountains, and a tiny 18-mile coastline dot the state, making it a recreation lover's paradise. And if retail therapy is more your thing, New Hampshire has no sales tax!
May 22, 2017
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Livi Automated Medication Dispenser Helps Manage Multiple Drugs
A new medication dispenser called Livi has come to market that promises to simplify the process of managing complicated drug regimens, particularly for older adults. It resembles a Keurig single-cup coffee maker, but inside has space for up to fifteen containers for different drugs. a smartphone app or browser can be used to enter a schedule for every drug taken, the containers are then loaded and placed inside the Livi.
September 23, 2016
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LOCalizer Non-Radioactive Breast Lesion Localization System now FDA Cleared
Tucson, Arizona-based Faxitron won FDA clearance to introduce its LOCalizer radio frequency identification (RFID) lesion localization system intended for tagging and subsequently honing in on breast lesions during surgeries. Radioactive tags and implanted wires are currently being used to mark neoplastic and suspicious breast lesions.
May 4, 2017
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Long use of cancer-spewing surgical device exposes weakness in FDA oversight
Passive monitoring system allowed dangerous device in ORs for years.
February 9, 2017
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LOTUS Edge Transcatheter Aortic Valve System from Boston Scientific Cleared in Europe
Boston Scientific landed the European CE Mark for its LOTUS Edge transcatheter aortic valve system. it's intended to be implanted in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are poor candidates for an open heart surgical procedure.
September 20, 2016
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Low Cost Glove Translates Sign Language, May Be Used to Practice Surgery in Virtual Reality
At the University of California San Diego engineers have developed a low-cost electronic glove capable of understanding sign language. A user simply puts it on and can sign away, with the glove wirelessly transmitting what it's interpreting to another device to be read out or for the words to appear on a screen. The cost of all the parts comes out to less than $100, including the printed stretchable electronic sensors that are attached to the top of the fingers.
July 13, 2017
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Low-cost paper-based skin patch monitors dehydration by changing color from sweat
Researchers have developed a low-cost skin patch that changes color to indicate different levels of hydration, representing a potential new medical technology.
December 6, 2016
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Lowering the cost for surface patterning plastics
Researchers at the Department of Micro- and Nanosystems at KTH have developed a new way to simultaneously shape and surface treat plastic components. the new method can reduce the manufacturing cost of medical devices, such as diagnostic tools for various diseases ("Surface Energy Mimicking: Simultaneous Replication of Hydrophilic and Superhydrophobic Micropatterns through Area-Selective Monomers Self-Assembly").
September 15, 2016
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Loyola And Gottlieb recognized as 2017 'Most Wired' hospitals
For the 14th time, Loyola University Medical Center has been named one of the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals.
July 14, 2017
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LSTM awarded £11 million by NIHR to establish new research unit and groups
LSTM has been awarded £11 million by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of their latest UK-wide call for funding into Global Health Research Units.
July 14, 2017
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Lucid M1 Brain Damage Assessment Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound System now Available
Having recently received FDA clearance, Neural Analytics, a company out of Los Angeles, California, is now making available its Lucid M1 utrasound brain damage assessment system. the device uses transcranial Doppler ultrasound to assess blood flow within the brain and to detect damaged blood vessels. it's intended to quickly help triage patients and speed toward diagnosis and treatment.
November 22, 2016
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Lucid M1 Transcranial Ultrasound Cleared in Europe to Help Assess Brain Damage
The Lucid M1 from Neural Analytics (LA, CA), an ultrasound brain damage assessment system that we named as one of Medgadget's best Medical Technologies of 2016, has now received European Union CE Mark clearance. the Lucid M1 utilizes Doppler ultrasound to help evaluate blood flow through the brain and to detect broken blood vessels.
January 26, 2017
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Lucid M1 Ultrasound Brain Damage Assessment System Cleared by FDA
Neural Analytics, a firm based in Los Angeles, CA, landed FDA clearance for its new Lucid M1 Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound System. it's intended to analyze blood flow within the brain, detecting the state of blood vessels and helping to triage patients.
November 1, 2016
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Lumee Injectable Tissue Oxygenation Sensor Cleared in Europe
Profusa, a company based in South San Francisco, CA, won European CE Mark approval for its Lumee Oxygen Platform. the tissue oxygen sensing system consists of a tiny hydrogel sensor implant that comes with its own injector, a reader that captures what the sensor is measuring, and a touchscreen interface.
October 12, 2016
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Lund researchers develop porous 'spaghetti' to grow cells more naturally
The usual way of cultivating cells is to use a flat laboratory dish of glass. However, inside a human body, the cells do not grow on a flat surface, but rather in three dimensions. this has lead researchers at Lund University in Sweden to develop a porous "spaghetti" of tissue-friendly polymers with cavities in which the cells can develop in a more natural way.
March 27, 2017
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Major General James Gilman, M.D., tapped to lead NIH Clinical Center
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced today the selection of Major General James K. Gilman, M.D., U.S. Army (Retired), as the inaugural chief executive officer of the NIH Clinical Center, the nation's largest hospital devoted to clinical research. Dr. Gilman is expected to join in early January 2017.
December 9, 2016
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Manual Standing Wheelchair Lets Users Control It Whether Sitting or Upright
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) has developed a new wheelchair that allows its users to switch between a sitting and standing positions while retaining the ability to move and steer the chair in any direction. The fully mechanical device uses bicycle chains to transfer power from a tank tread-like push bars to either the wheels or the system that lifts its user.
May 24, 2017
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Many patient-advocacy organizations do not have adequate disclosure practices, study reveals
Over the past few decades, hundreds of patient-advocacy organizations have emerged in the United States, promoting disease research and influencing FDA and health insurer policies. Now, a new study reveals a large proportion of these organizations have funding or other connections with drug or medical device makers, yet do not adequately disclose the details of these connections or have publicly accessible policies in place describing how they manage them.
March 3, 2017
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Magnet-Powered Implant releases Drugs in Controlled Fashion
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed an implantable device designed to release a drug when triggered by an external magnet. the amount of the drug that's the implant ejects into the body can be controlled by using different strength magnets.
February 16, 2017
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Masimo's EU Approved Super Sensor Monitors Variety of Physiologic Parameters
Masimo just announced receiving European approval for its new rainbow Super DCI-mini sensor, a pulse oximeter that can simultaneously monitor arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2), hemoglobin (SpHb), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO), methemoglobin (SpMet), pleth variability index (PVi), index of perfusion (Pi), and pulse rate (PR).
July 10, 2017
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Masimo's Smaller Disposable Acoustic Respiration Sensor Cleared in Europe
Masimo won European regulatory clearance for its new RAS-45 single use acoustic respiration sensor that's used with the company's rainbow Acoustic Monitoring technology. the patch-like device is attached to the skin on the neck and plugged into a compatible Masimo patient monitor. from there, signal processing software is used to identify each breath and a live measurement, as well as the running waveform, is continuously displayed on the screen.
August 29, 2016
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Masimo's TFA-1 Forehead Pulse Oximeter Cleared by FDA
The FDA has given Masimo clearance to introduce the TFA-1 disposable forehead sensor that lets clinicians get pulse oximetry readings from the forehead instead of the fingertip. the device uses Masimo's proprietary SET Measure-through Motion and Low Perfusion technology to provide accurate readings that rival traditional pulse oximeters. It can measure oxygen saturation (SpO2), pulse rate (PR), perfusion index (PI), and PVI, changes in the perfusion index that occur due to breathing.
January 3, 2017
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Maybe We Don't Need To Take So Many Prescription Drugs
Do you take any prescription drugs? If so, you're in the majority in this country. Drugs are life-saving or life-lengthening interventions most of the time, but can also interact with each other and cause further health problems.
August 3, 2017
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Mayo Clinic and nference launch startup to develop drugs for rare diseases
Today, Mayo Clinic and nference launch a startup company for drug development that will be powered by clinical expertise and artificial intelligence (AI). The company, named Qrativ (pronounced cure-a-tiv) will combine nference's AI-driven knowledge synthesis platform with Mayo Clinic's medical expertise and clinical data. Qrativ seeks to discover and develop treatments for diseases with unmet medical need. This effort is being boosted by an $8.3 million Series A financing supported by Matrix Capital Management, Matrix Partners and Mayo Clinic. Qrativ's initial focus will be on rare diseases and highly targeted patient populations.
July 14, 2017
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Mayo Clinic recommends four ways physicians can use individualized medicine to treat patients
Individualized medicine is no longer the lore of science fiction. It is offering new hope for patients with cancer, heart disease, depression and rare diseases for which there historically have been no diagnosis or treatment. and that's just the beginning.
October 5, 2016
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McMaster researchers develop better way to deliver medicine to surface of the eye
It's a problem as old and as aggravating as eye drops themselves: as soon as the medicine goes in, almost all of it washes right back out again.
September 2, 2016
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MDCalc Launches Long-Awaited Android App: Exclusive Interview
MDCalc, makers of popular online clinically useful calculators, has been around for over 12 years, and is still owned and run by the two practicing docs who founded it, Dr. Graham Walker and Dr. Joe Habboushe.
May 12, 2017
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Measuring Blood Flow from Conventional Color Doppler Ultrasound
Measuring intravascular blood flow is currently only possible with invasive methods. Swiss researchers from ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Geneva University Hospital decided to see whether color Doppler ultrasound data holds enough information to derive the velocity of blood flowing through a vessel.
December 13, 2016
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MedCision and TrakCel to present clinical cell thawing technologies at ISCT
MedCision, LLC, world leader in the automation of pre-clinical and clinical cell thawing, today announced the company's participation in the 2017 International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) Annual Meeting.
April 25, 2017
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Medgadget @ CES 2017: ARA, a Toothbrush with AI
At the CES 2017, Medgadget had a chance to take a look at the new toothbrush from a French company called Kolibree. the sonic-based ARA is touted as the first toothbrush with artificial intelligence, which basically means the toothbrush connects to a smartphone app, and the app promises to make sure that brushing is thorough and all the places have been cleaned.
January 11, 2017
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Medgadget Review: FlipPad, a Rugged Antimicrobial iPad Case
FlipPad is a product of a Chelmsford, Essex, UK-based company called FutureNova. the case is designed to enclose iPad Air 2 & the 9.7? iPad Pro, and provide all sorts of fluid and chemical protections for these tablets when clinicians, caregivers, company reps and others use them around patients.
October 30, 2016
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Medgadget's best Medical Technologies of 2016
The year 2016 presented the world with a number of big surprises. some positive, some negative, depending on whom one asks. Here at Medgadget, 2016 will be remembered for many amazing and pleasantly unexpected medical technology developments, many of which are foreshadowing cures for spinal cord injuries, effective treatment of diabetes, new ways to fight heart disease, and many other long sought-after medical solutions. Virtual and augmented reality systems, new imaging techniques, and innovative delivery approaches are changing the way doctors learn and take care of patients.
December 25, 2016
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Medgadget's Guess-a-Nobel in Physiology or Medicine 2016
On Monday, October 3 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016 will be announced. We're always excited to learn who is chosen as the winner and to reflect on the impact such esteemed people have had on science, technology, and our everyday lives.
September 21, 2016
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Medical skin glue could be simple, cost-effective way to reduce intravenous drip failure
Aussie researchers have found a new way to make one of the most common medical procedures in the world - placing drips or intravenous (IV) lines - safer, less painful and potentially more cost effective.
December 6, 2016
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Medical transportation provider accused of disserving L.A.'s frail patients
Some days, the drivers showed up late to take Julian Myers to and from dialysis. Other days, they didn't come at all. When that happened, Myers, who has end-stage kidney disease, scrambled to find a ride.
July 14, 2017
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Medicare beneficiaries face high out-of-pocket costs for cancer treatment
Beneficiaries of Medicare who develop cancer and don't have supplemental health insurance incur out-of-pocket expenditures for their treatments averaging one-quarter of their income with some paying as high as 63 percent, according to results of a survey-based study.
November 23, 2016
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Medicare beneficiaries without supplemental insurance experience highest out-of-pocket cancer costs
Which Medicare beneficiaries shoulder the highest out-of-pocket costs after a cancer diagnosis? the answer is those beneficiaries without supplemental insurance, according to a new article published online by JAMA Oncology.
November 23, 2016
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Medication Mistakes Doubled Since 2000: Study
Poison control centers get one call every 21 seconds about a potentially serious mix-up
July 10, 2017
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Medtronic CoreValve Evolut PRO TAVR Valve Cleared in Europe
Medtronic won the European CE Mark and is introducing its CoreValve Evolut PRO transcatheter aortic valve in Europe for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are considered at intermediate, high, or extreme risk of not doing well from an open heart surgery.
July 31, 2017
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Medtronic unveils new Products for Diagnostic Cath Procedures and Percutaneous Coronary Interventions
Medtronic is releasing a few new coronary devices, including the new DxTerity diagnostic angiography catheters, DxTerity TRA diagnostic catheters, InTRAkit access kit, and the TRAcelet compression device. all the products already have received U.S. and European regulatory approvals.
February 15, 2017
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Medtronic's Endurant II/IIs Stent Grafts Cleared in Europe for ChEVAR AAA Procedures
Medtronic received the EU CE Mark for its Endurant II/IIs stent grafts to be used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) using the ChEVAR technique (chimney technique in endovascular aortic aneurysm repair). ChEVAR can be particularly useful in timely situations to avoid having to produce patient customized branched and fenestrated stent grafts, as well as for use in patients with short aortic necks.
December 6, 2016
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Medtronic's Signia Surgical Stapler Measures Tissue Strength to Perfect Staple Lines
Medtronic is releasing a new advanced surgical stapler, the Signia Stapling System, which sports sensors that detect the tissue being worked and adjust its speed to produce optimal staple lines.
February 16, 2017
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Medovex successfully conducts live tissue test of DenerveX System
Medovex Corp., a developer of medical technology products, today announced that the company conducted a successful live tissue test of the DenerveX™ System under the most stringent standards required by FDA and other regulatory agencies.
November 4, 2016
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Megacorp GSK inks AI drug development deal with Brit firm
Exscientia claims approach IDs candidates quicker
July 3, 2017
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Medtech Innovator Champion Emerges from Live Pitch Battle
It was early in the morning at the Medtech Innovator finals at Advamed 2016 in Minneapolis, but you wouldn't have guessed it given the way everyone was perched precariously on the edge of their seats.
October 26, 2016
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Medtronic's Tiny Micra Pacemaker Going on a Space Flight
These days astronauts are some of the healthiest and physically robust individuals that NASA can get a hold of. But one day we may see all kinds of people going to space, even those with heart conditions. Shelbi Klingsporn, a Nebraska high school student had the idea to test whether an existing pacemaker is able to handle the vibrations, radiation, and weightlessness of space to get a sense of whether pacemakers have a future in the final frontier.
June 19, 2017
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Memorial Sloan Kettering Develops new Tool for Planning Cryoablation Procedures
Cryoablation is similar to radiosurgery in that a volume of neoplastic tissue is carefully killed while sparring healthy tissue around it. Interventional radiologists have a lot of advanced tools at their disposal to plan procedures so as to achieve the most targeted interventions. with cryoablation, on the other hand, planning is simple and often relies on physicians estimating in their mind how long to deliver therapy to given tissue.
January 13, 2017
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Merck introduces new products for separation and analysis at Pittcon 2016
Merck, a leading science and technology company is launching a range of new products for separation and analysis at the Pittcon Conference and Expo 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, March 6 - 10, the world's largest conference for laboratory science. the innovations include high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and capillary gas chromatography (GC) columns, and tools for effective analysis of water and easier sample preparation.
March 8, 2016
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Meridian wins innovation award for illumigene Malaria test
Meridian Bioscience, Inc. was awarded 1st place for innovation in emergency treatment and point-of-care testing for its illumigene® Malaria test at the 2016 JIB/ACNBH Conference this summer. Innovations from worldwide companies contributing to the development of the Medical Biology industry were put under the spotlight at this year's conference held in Paris, France, and were reviewed by worldwide expert members in the medical biology field.
September 2, 2016
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Merit's Elation Pulmonary Dilation Balloon Featuring Rapid Deflation FDA Cleared
Merit Medical (South Jordan, Utah) won FDA clearance for the Elation pulmonary dilation balloon for dilating the trachea or bronchi. the company focused on having the balloon deflate quickly and completely at the end of the procedure to make it easy to pull out.
September 12, 2016
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Meta-lenses bring benchtop performance to small, hand-held spectrometer
A research team of physicists from Harvard University has developed new hand-held spectrometers capable of the same performance as large, benchtop instruments. the researchers' innovation explained this week in APL Photonics ("Ultra-compact visible chiral spectrometer with meta-lenses"), derives from their groundbreaking work in meta-lenses. the hand-held spectrometers offer real promise for applications ranging from health care diagnostics to environmental and food monitoring.
February 9, 2017
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Metabolomics research at the Phenome Centre Birmingham
An interview with Professor Mark Viant, University of Birmingham, UK, Executive Director of Phenome Centre Birmingham and Director of the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility
November 28, 2016
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Metavision clinical information system adopted by health services centre, Canada
iMDsoft® announced that Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Canada is now live with the MetaVision clinical information system throughout their critical care environment. the system has been implemented in adult, neonatal and burn intensive care units, across a total of 145 beds.
December 19, 2016
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Mettler Toledo announce release of new webinars with flow chemistry experts
METTLER TOLEDO has announced the availability of 2 new on-demand continuous flow chemistry webinars, featuring speakers from Snapdragon and Nalas Engineering.
January 6, 2017
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Mettler Toledo webinar explores using TOPEM for modern thermal analysis
TOPEM®, a modern thermal analysis technique, allows temperature-dependent and time-dependent effects on materials to be separated. a free webinar from METTLER TOLEDO will explore how TOPEM works and how it is being applied for easier, more robust and accurate thermal analysis.
May 15, 2017
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Microsoft Health for Android Update Stokes the Fires of Hope
Microsoft has made very little effort to move the bar on Microsoft Health or Microsoft Band updates in the last month or so. some swear it's for a couple distinct reasons.
September 7, 2016
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Microsoft's HoloLens may give surgeons virtual help during spinal surgeries
Scopis, a maker of navigation tools for surgeons, has introduced a new platform that utilizes Microsoft's HoloLens mixed-reality headset. the benefits are pretty obvious -- useful information can be projected in onto a patient, hands-free, and virtual monitors can be displayed within view for quick reference. Take a look at a simulated demo in the video above.
May 5, 2017
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Microvolume UV-Vis patent awarded for innovations by DeNovix
DeNovix Inc., a developer and manufacturer of life science instrumentation and assays, today announces the granting of US patent 9,442,009 associated with instrumentation to improve the accuracy and reliability of microvolume spectrophotometry.
September 29, 2016
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Millions more uninsured could impact health of those with insurance, too
Much has been written lately about how individuals' health could suffer if they lose insurance under the health proposals circulating in the U.S. House and Senate. But there is another consequence: creating millions more people without insurance could also impact the health of people who remain insured.
July 14, 2017
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Mindray A7 Anesthesia Workstation Gets Improved Agent Management Features
Mindray, a firm out of Shenzhen, China, is beefing up its A7 Anesthesia Workstation with the newly expanded Optimizer suite that helps manage anesthesia agent use throughout the procedure.
September 14, 2016
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miniDAWN TREOS II SEC-MALS Detector for Essential Protein and Polymer Characterization
Wyatt Technology, the world leader in instrumentation for absolute macromolecular and nanoparticle characterization, announces the launch of its next generation multi-angle light scattering (MALS) detector for SEC/GPC, the miniDAWN® TREOS® II.
May 3, 2017
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Mint Oral Health Tracker for Measuring Volatile Sulfur Compounds in Mouth now Available to Consumers
Breathometer, a company that became famous on ABC's Shark Tank show, is finally releasing its Mint oral health tracker. we spoke with a Brethometer rep last year about the potential for their technology, how it works, and why it was developed. we were intrigued, but it took a few more months than expected for the Mint to finally make it to market and for us to try the device. we were provided with a unit and will have a review of it in a few days here on Medgadget.
September 28, 2016
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MIT device measures walking speed with wireless signals to detect health problems
MIT researchers developed the WiGait so it measures walking speed, which can help predict potential health issues, by analyzing wireless signals. It is reportedly more accurate than a wearable such as Fitbit or GPS via a phone. the devices could help develop health-aware smart homes.
May 1, 2017
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MIT Scientists Develop Microfluidic Device to Screen Biologics for Quality During Production
Biologics, which are drugs made of biochemical compounds produced by living organisms, are becoming more common to treat a variety of conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic plaque psoriasis, and breast cancer. They're usually proteins that are immensely easier to produce by plant or animal cells than synthesizing them from scratch in a complex chemical process.
May 23, 2017
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Mobile incinerator units can help dispose human remains at disaster sites
Human cremation is not at the top of most people's conversation starters and unless people have experienced bereavement they probably don't give the process a thought. It is a fact that some councils are running out of space for burials in urban cemeteries so cremation is the most common alternative. Human cremation is a safe and dignified process, carefully completed by expert operatives and the resulting remains can be returned to families who may wish to perform a service of remembrance.
March 27, 2017
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Mobile technology: A blessing or a curse for doctors?
It is the double-edged sword of the modern era: the mobile technology available to healthcare providers today can help them to swiftly slash through many of their daily tasks, from documentation to direct patient care. For that reason, smartphones now go hand in hand with stethoscopes.
July 3, 2017
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Moisture application library by Mettler Toledo helps implement reliable moisture analysis
METTLER TOLEDO has catalogued more than 120 halogen moisture analyzer (HMA) methods for a variety of samples across all industries. the resulting Moisture Application Library uses a comprehensive filter set to browse through data sheets, providing method parameters and sample preparation suggestions to help implement reliable moisture analysis in the lab.
April 12, 2017
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Molecular Mechanism Shoots Drugs When Specific Antibody Detected
Researchers from the University of Montreal, Canada and University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy have developed a molecular "slingshot' capable of firing a drug into the nearby environment when triggered by a biochemical marker. the slingshot is actually a helix of synthetic DNA the ends of which are designed to stick to a particular antibody.
May 8, 2017
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Monkeys with Spinal Cord Injuries Walk Thanks to Wireless Brain and Spine Implants
Scientists from Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, Brown University, Medtronic, and Fraunhofer ICT-IMM in Germany have joined forces and pulled off an amazing achievement of getting rhesus monkeys with spinal cord injury to walk again.
November 10, 2016
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More Doctors Willing to Hide Mistakes, Survey Says
Seven percent of doctors say it's acceptable to hide a clinical mistake that harms a patient, while another 14% leave the door open, saying "it depends," according to a new survey.
December 2, 2016
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More Movement in Microsoft's Health Platform?
Winbeta.org overnight picked up on an email going out to users of the HealthVault app for Windows Phone. Microsoft is using the email to notify Windows Phone users that the HealthVault app is being retired due to it providing a poor experience. Reading the article, you might think that the Winbeta.org author believes Microsoft might be abandoning its Health platform altogether, using recent rumors of Microsoft exiting the fitness hardware market and then renaming its Microsoft Health app as proof.
September 23, 2016
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More than 1,000 patients at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals benefit from high-tech robot
More than 1,000 patients at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have now benefitted from a high-tech robot that enables surgeons to perform highly precise and minimally-invasive surgery.
February 1, 2017
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Mount Sinai and Contessa Health join hands to extend hospital-level care at home program
The Mount Sinai Health System announced today that it has partnered with Contessa Health, an innovative health care company that manages acute-care services at home through prospective bundled payment arrangements, to extend Mount Sinai's existing hospital-level care at home program, known as the Mobile Acute Care Team (MACT), to new markets.
August 1, 2017
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MR Solutions receives order for cryogen-free 7T simultaneous PET-MR preclinical imaging system
MR Solutions has received an order for a high-powered 7T, cryogen-free, preclinical PET-MRI multi-modality imaging system from the newly formed pre-clinical imaging resource at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI) at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).
September 21, 2016
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MRI Compatible Biopsy Robot to Allow Precise Biopsies
Engineers at the University of Twente in The Netherlands have unveiled a new pneumatically powered robot, called Stormram 4, able to take biopsy samples while inside an MRI machine. In tests conducted by the researchers on phantom models of the breast the investigators were able to achieve sub-millimeter precision in reaching their targets.
July 10, 2017
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MRI Contrast Agent that Turns on at Sites of Disease
At the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in South Korea, researchers have developed a new type of MRI contrast agent that only lights up when near a target. It consists of two components, an "enhancer" which is the actual contrast agent that lights up and a "quencher" that controls the activation of the enhancer.
February 13, 2017
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MSU lands $727,000 NIH grant to improve use of fish as disease models for human medicine
Michigan State University has landed a $727,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the use of fish as disease models for human medicine.
March 23, 2017
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MU professor develops mandatory medical school curriculum about indigenous health
Of all racial minorities, Native Americans have the most dramatic health inequalities in the U.S., including significantly higher rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, Type 2 Diabetes and substance abuse. Melissa Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the MU School of Medicine, led the first project in the nation to develop a mandatory medical school curriculum about indigenous health.
February 17, 2017
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Murj wants to give data collection from implantable medical devices an upgrade
Murj, a new company backed by $4.5 million in new venture financing, is looking to make data collection from implantable heart monitoring and management devices easier and more manageable.
April 18, 2017
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Multi-Modality Imaging Probe to Diagnose Cancer Inside Body, Help Avoid Biopsies
These days, identifying cancerous tissue within the body requires a biopsy and a review of the extracted sample in a pathology lab. a team of German scientists have been working toward a way of spotting tumors using an endoscopic approach that doesn't involve actually having to take samples. They've developed a multi-modality laser-based imaging probe that is capable of differentiating tissue types without requiring the use of a staining dye.
May 2, 2017
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Multiregional brain on a chip
Harvard University researchers have developed a multiregional brain-on-a-chip that models the connectivity between three distinct regions of the brain. the in vitro model was used to extensively characterize the differences between neurons from different regions of the brain and to mimic the system's connectivity.
January 13, 2017
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Muse, the Brain Sensing Headband: Updated Product Review
Meditation has been shown to be a helpful addition to many therapies that treat various psychosocial conditions as well as just everyday stress. for many of us with our busy lives, meditation is a practice that does not come naturally nor do we feel like we have the time to allocate to the activity.
January 6, 2017
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Myoelectric Orthosis for the Upper Limb: Interview with Paul Gudonis, CEO of Myomo.
Myomo, a medical robotics firm based in Cambridge, MA, has developed the MyoPro Motion-G, a powered rigid brace designed to support an arm that is weak or deformed by neurologic impairments such as stroke or brachial plexus injuries.
January 13, 2017
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Nano-Scale Straws for Non-destructive Monitoring of a Cell's Interior
Routine lab work to examine a host of biological parameters often depends on destructively lysing, or bursting, cells to release their contents for measurement. While this simple technique has been used for decades, it creates a constraint on protocol design because a given cell can only be analyzed once (when lysed) in a snapshot-like manner.
February 28, 2017
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Nanomedical Diagnostics introduces new NTA biosensor for faster, reliable characterization of proteins
Nanomedical Diagnostics, a cutting-edge life science company pioneering graphene biosensors that accelerate pharmaceutical and biotherapeutics development, announces the launch of a new NTA biosensor chip for use with its label-free Agile R100 assay system. The new biosensor chip enables researchers to study the kinetics of polyhistidine-tagged (His-tagged) molecules quickly and reliably.
July 26, 2017
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Nanoparticle nasal spray may offer rapid and safe delivery of drugs to the brain
Traversing the blood-brain barrier is a challenge for drug developers. Now, after testing the method in locusts, a team of engineers shows how an aerosol nasal spray containing gold nanoparticles may offer a non-invasive and rapid way to deliver drugs to the brain.
April 13, 2017
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NanoTemper Technologies employs game-changing solutions for faster drug development
Following a successful inaugural meeting in 2014, the 2nd Drug Discovery Forum (DDF) took place on May 8--11, 2016 at the Westin Grand Hotel in Munich. this meeting was characterized by intensive networking and scientific exchange among 100 participants and guest speakers from renowned pharmaceutical companies and institutes from all over the world.
September 2, 2016
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NanoTemper Technologies to highlight applications of MST, nanoDSF in drug discovery at Biopharma Workshop 2016
Accurate measurement of protein affinity and stability is an essential component of drug development, starting from early design to late formulation. When it comes to collecting data, who does not want fast, faster, and fully automated?!
September 2, 2016
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Native ChIP kit from Chromatrap is now compatible for mass spectrometry
Chromatrap announces that its popular Native ChIP kit is now fully compatible for mass spectrometry (MS) as a downstream process. Combining Chromatrap®'s unique solid-state ChIP technology with MS enables researchers to obtain high quality data sets for chromatin proteomic profiling and mapping of histone modification patterns.
August 7, 2017
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Needle-Free Viscous Drug Injections: Interview with CEO of Portal Instruments
High viscosity biologic drugs generally require syringe injections, but many patients are extremely uncomfortable around long needles and injection times can create a great deal of anxiety. Portal Instruments, a company out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has developed a nearly automatic needle-free injector that reminds us of something doctors in science fiction movies would use. We spoke with Patrick Anquetil, CEO of Portal Instruments to find out exactly how a viscous liquid can be made to enter the body without a needle, what this means for the treatment of different diseases, and what additional features the company's technology offers.
June 30, 2017
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Neolys Diagnostics announces new precise, rapid blood test to evade radiotherapy side effects
Dedicated to bringing precision medicine diagnostics in radiotherapy, Neolys Diagnostics develops innovative and efficient products to improve patients' outcome and treatments.
July 11, 2017
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Neurosurgical practices must evolve and transform to adapt to rapidly changing healthcare industry
Neurosurgeons hoping to successfully navigate the rapidly changing healthcare industry must advance their strategies and adapt new ways of thinking in order to continue to thrive in an evolving environment, say authors of a new report.
March 24, 2017
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Neurosurgical Simulator for Real-Time Guidance of Interventional Instruments
The brain is a difficult organ to operate on in part due to its jelly-like consistency and because what's below the surface is not visible, save for pre-op imaging. Because it is so soft and gelatinous, the brain compresses as soon as an instrument touches it, which affects the location of the target and how easily one can get to it. While pre-op imaging can give a good idea of where the surgeon is trying to get to, once the surgery starts the precision of the assumed location is compromised and requires doctors to rely a great deal on their intuition and experience.
June 19, 2017
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New 96-well Supported Liquid Extraction microplate for high recovery extraction by Porvair Sciences
Porvair Sciences announces a new easy-to-use 96-well Supported Liquid Extraction (SLE) microplate designed for high recovery extraction of analytes from biological fluids.
July 13, 2017
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New $3.2 million NIH grant funds development of mobile Critical Care Recovery Program
Two million of the five million Americans admitted to intensive care units annually have or develop acute respiratory failure, predisposing them to long-term cognitive, functional and psychological impairments collectively known as post-intensive care syndrome. a $3.2 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute funds the development and evaluation of the novel mobile Critical Care Recovery Program by the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.
February 9, 2017
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New Adhesive Sticks to Wet Surfaces, Remains Tough and Resilient
Researchers at Harvard University have developed a remarkable new adhesive material that may become useful for surgeons and other healthcare professionals to repair injured and diseased tissues.
August 1, 2017
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New automatic dry down station released by Porvair
Porvair Sciences has introduced a new version of its popular Ultravap Mistral automatic dry down station - the Mistral Ex.
March 16, 2017
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New Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold from Meril, an Indian Multinational
Meril, a large Indian medical device firm, has developed a drug-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold, which looks like a stent but that eventually and slowly degrades is washed away by the body.
February 22, 2017
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New Blood-free Heart Pump Wraps Around Organ to Give it Extra Boost
Researchers at Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital have unveiled a powered soft robotic system that wraps around the heart to help augment the cardiac output. Reminiscent of a heart massage, the device makes intimate contact with the organ and contracts with its natural rhythm, applying force to give the heart additional strength.
January 19, 2017
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New Cheap, Easy to Manufacture Dry Powder Inhaler for Developing World
H&T Presspart, a firm based in Lancashire, UK, has announced that it will be releasing the PowdAir Plus dry powder inhaler. the device, originally developed by Hovione Technology, a spinoff of Hovione, a Portuguese company, is designed for the developing world where attention to cost is acute and the need is severe.
May 12, 2017
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New Chief Marketing Officer of SP Industries announced
SP Industries, Inc. has announced the appointment of Ian Whitehall as Chief Marketing Officer managing and directing all global marketing for the company's three divisions - SP Scientific, SP Scienceware and SP Ableware.
April 7, 2017
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New Coating Allows for Self-Cleaning Endoscopes that Maintain a Clear View
While endoscopes give doctors a window into the human body, the view is usually less than crystal clear. Blood and other bodily fluids are sticky and muck up the viewing window on endoscope tips, requiring regular pauses during procedures to clean the lens end.
October 4, 2016
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New collaboration set to deliver innovative MRI research facility at Institute of Translational Medicine
Thanks to an exciting collaboration between the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), medical charity Cobalt and Siemens Healthineers, the pioneering Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) will benefit from an innovative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) research facility, to be known as the 'ITM Imaging Centre'. Cobalt will invest £2m to develop this new facility which will house a state of the art Siemens Skyra 3.0 Tesla MRI scanner and a purpose designed building for the QEHB site.
September 15, 2016
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New collaborative initiative aims to improve adult immunization rates
A new quality improvement initiative that aims to create effective solutions in optimizing adult vaccination rates was announced today. the program, the Adult Immunization Project, is a collaboration among the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), Duke Primary Care, Pfizer, and Premier. Researchers will jointly work to develop evidence-based interventions to support indicated adult vaccination practices among providers in the Duke Health system.
August 30, 2016
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New cybersecurity guidelines for medical devices tackle evolving threats
The FDA outlined how medical device manufacturers should ward off cyberattacks, but didn't include plans for enforcement
December 27, 2016
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New Device Makes Possible Simultaneous MRI and EEG Recordings
At the recent International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Annual Meeting, researchers from Purdue University presented a new technology capable of recording electroencephalography (EEG) signals from the brain while a patient is inside an MRI machine. This may cause a revolution for the study of the brain, as functional MRI (fMRI) and EEG could provide unique complimentary insights into the brain's activity, but using them simultaneously at full fidelity has been impossible until now.
July 19, 2017
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New discovery could aid in synthesis of radiotracers for use with PET scanning
Researchers have found a surprisingly versatile workaround to create chemical compounds that could prove useful for medical imaging and drug development.
July 27, 2017
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New Dornier GentleFlex Holmium Laser Fiber Prevents Damage to Deflected Scopes During Laser Lithotripsy Procedures
Dornier MedTech, a German-based international medical device company specializing in urological treatment, revealed their newly designed ball tip laser fiber, the GentleFlex holmium laser fiber. this specific fiber was designed to accompany other urological devices available through Dornier MedTech that urologists utilize to break down and get rid of kidney stones, a procedure called lithotripsy.
October 5, 2016
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New Efficient Techniques for Health Monitoring Using Multiple Wearables
As body-worn sensors are becoming cheaper and easier to use, there arises the possibility of complex continuous health tracking using numerous devices all at once. Because they can use quite a bit of power as well as computing resources, to really make them practical one has to limit their energy and resource expenditure.
November 18, 2016
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New Embolization Agent Overcomes Limitations of Existing Methods
Researchers from Harvard's Wyss Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Mayo Clinic, and MIT have developed a new embolization material that may overcome the limitations of coils and existing liquid embolic agents.
December 6, 2016
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New Exhaled Breath Sensor to Spot Diseases, Monitor Health
At KAIST, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, researchers have developed a new breath sensor that uses protein-encapsulated nanocatalysts to spot certain biomarkers of diseases. While the breath can hold a lot of information about what's going on inside the body, the variety of gasses present and the large amount of water vapor make it very difficult to spot biomarkers present at concentrations approaching as low as a few parts per billion.
July 19, 2017
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New Fabric Lets Infrared Pass Through to Cool Skin
At Stanford University a new fabric has been developed that lets body heat escape unlike any other. While there are a lot of materials on the market that were designed to pass sweat through to quickly evaporate on the surface, Stanford's flexible plastic textile also lets infrared energy escape as well.
September 2, 2016
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New filling system from Omnicell to reduce operating hours and costs for pharmacies
At the forefront of technological advancement, Omnicell UK & Ireland, has launched a new automated pharmacy packaging and filling solution which will help community pharmacy to drive efficiencies in the face of major funding cuts. the Omnicell VBM 200F will help to reinforce the company's reputation as a world-leading provider of automated healthcare solutions and medication adherence packaging.
March 27, 2017
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New Generation PKG watch for Tracking Movement Disorders FDA Cleared
Global Kinetics Corporation won FDA clearance for its new, second generation PKG (Personal KinetiGraph) watch, a tool that can help monitor patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson's and essential tremor.
September 22, 2016
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New Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute reports explore impact of MACRA on radiologists
A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute series of reports explores the impact of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, along with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) 2016 proposal for its implementation, on radiologists.
December 30, 2016
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New higher resolution electrode array for intraoperative brain monitoring
Neurosurgeons operating on the brain often use electrode grids to monitor neural activity and to stay clear of healthy tissue. The technology hasn't seen much progress over the past couple of decades, but now a team from University of California San Diego and Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a new electrode array that provides higher fidelity readings of the electric activity on the surface of the brain.
May 26, 2017
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New Imaging Technique Provides Molecular Orientation in Samples to Help Study Neuro Diseases
A team of French scientists has developed a high speed imaging technique that provides them an unprecedented view of the chemical nature of biological samples. Not only does it provide an analysis of the chemical content, it also provides information about the orientation of the molecules detected. The newly available perspective of the molecular dynamics within cells and tissues may provide answers to how and why certain medical conditions occur, particularly neurodegenerative diseases, and may even end up being a diagnostic tool as well.
July 14, 2017
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New Implant and Muscle Grafting Technique to Give Prosthetic Users a Sense of Feeling and Control
The way surgical amputations are performed has not changed much in decades, while there has been a great deal of progress in prosthetic technologies, interfaces, and rehabilitation. One modern problem that surgical amputations fail to address is the inability of neural electrodes to sense signals because the nerves are simply cut and neuromas form over them.
June 7, 2017
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New intelligent heated modules added to Vitl's product portfolio
Last year Vitl launched their new range of Intelligent Heated Modules as accessories required to operate the Ther-Mix Heated Mixer and Flexi-Therm Dry Block Heater. HM06, HM07 and HM09 are the newest additions to the range, maintaining their unrivalled reputation of exceptional temperature accuracy, efficient sample heating and reducing variables.
April 4, 2017
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New Metamaterial Helps Improve High Field MRI Scans
Scientists from Leiden University in The Netherlands and ITMO University in Moscow, Russia have developed a new material that improves the image quality of high-field MRI scanners. The material can be used along with existing MRI coil arrays, as it's flexible and is not very thick, and so can be integrated near the coils.
May 30, 2017
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New Method for Integrating Flexible Electronics Into Skin Patches
At the Waseda University in Japan, researchers have come up with a new, cheaper way of producing electronic devices that are flexible, elastic, and adhere to the skin. this development may help body monitoring electronic skin patches that interface with smartphone apps to become commonly used in medicine and by consumers.
February 27, 2017
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New membrane filtration systems released by Sterlitech
Sterlitech Corporation announces the availability of their fully assembled skid mounted membrane filtration systems.
December 19, 2016
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New metamaterial-enhanced MRI technique tested on humans
Scientists from the Netherlands and Russia designed and tested a new metasurface-based technology for enhancing the local sensitivity of MRI scanners on humans for the first time. The metasurface consists of thin resonant strips arranged periodically. Placed under a patient's head, it provided much higher signals from the local brain region.
May 25, 2017
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New Mosquito Net Thwarts Mosquitoes Resistant to Existing Insecticides
BASF, the giant German chemical company, is reporting that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a recommendation for the firm's new Interceptor G2 insecticide-treated mosquito net. According to BASF, this is important because this is the "first WHO recommendation for a product based on a new insecticide class in more than 30 years."
July 13, 2017
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New MRI Small Enough to Fit Inside NICU Tested on Neonates
At the Jessop Wing Maternity Hospital in Sheffield, England, researchers are evaluating a tiny new MRI scanner from GE Healthcare that was developed to make imaging of the tiniest patients easier on everyone involved. the problem is that typically the MRI scanner is located in a dedicated wing of a hospital, often far from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Moving such patients across floors and up and down elevators creates challenges and eats up a lot of time.
January 26, 2017
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New network aims to tackle mental health needs of children in the EMR
The University of Liverpool and the John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) in Baltimore have been awarded a £1.9m grant from the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to lead a network to address child mental health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR).
September 20, 2016
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New online healthcare platform iDoc enables patients to book consultations with GPs anytime
Online digital healthcare provider iDoc, launches, with the aim of transforming the way patients access and interact with GPs and Paediatricians, nationally. Part of the Fidelity Health Group, iDoc offers patients the ability to have a GP appointment at a time and in a way, that suits them. iDoc also offers younger patients (under 16yrs) a Consultant Paediatrician appointment as standard, giving parents instant access to specialist care for their children.
August 4, 2017
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New paradigm of empathy-based medicine needed to improve outcomes in healthcare, say experts
Existing digital technologies must be exploited to enable a paradigm shift in current healthcare delivery which focuses on tests, treatments and targets rather than the therapeutic benefits of empathy. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Jeremy Howick and Dr Sian Rees of the Oxford Empathy Programme, say a new paradigm of empathy-based medicine is needed to improve patient outcomes, reduce practitioner burnout and save money.
June 30, 2017
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New PillCam Uses Wireless Radio, CCD Cameras to Diagnose Heartburn
The American FDA has a track record of sitting back and letting Europe guinea-pig medical innovations for us, especially durable goods. Many a web search has resulted in the familiar shutdown: "not available in America, although in common use in Europe." I myself have participated in medical tourism for a durable implantable device that's been in use in Europe since the mid-1980s, but still isn't available stateside, for reasons beyond my ken.
June 23, 2017
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New research centre aims to study integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine with western medicine
A new research centre to study how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) could be used to treat some of the world's deadliest diseases is being launched in Beijing today.
December 9, 2016
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New report highlights racial, ethnic inequalities in Chicago
Despite some progress, significant racial inequities have stagnated, and in some cases grown worse, in Chicago since the civil rights movement, according to a new report by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.
May 16, 2017
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New report reveals costs related to surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures
A new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveals that Americans spent more than ever before - $16 billion - on cosmetic plastic surgery and minimally-invasive procedures in 2016. the new report also breaks down the national average cost of surgical and minimally-invasive procedures.
April 12, 2017
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New research project to explore how urban forestry affects health care spending
A hearty dose of Mother Nature may be an effective antidote for many physical and psychological ailments, several studies have suggested. However, no one has calculated how much green - as in dollars - nature's greenery saves on health care costs.
October 7, 2016
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New SAROS™ 15 oxygen concentrator for combat casualty care launched by Caire
CAIRE Inc. formally announced the launch of the new SAROS™ 15 oxygen concentrator for combat casualty care today at its respiratory Center of Excellence in Ball Ground.
August 7, 2017
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New Sensor Measures Glucose in Eye Tears for Integration Into Contact Lenses
Scientists at Oregon State University have developed a tiny sensor that can measure the concentration of glucose in tears, and may one day be integrated into contact lenses for noninvasive glucometry.
November 7, 2016
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New sensor technology could speed up blood test analysis
Researchers at the University of York have developed a new sensor that is capable of detecting multiple proteins and enzymes in a small volume of blood, which could significantly speed up diagnostic healthcare processes.
September 14, 2016
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New Series on Maternal Health highlights future challenges, strategies to improve maternal wellbeing
Progress has been patchy and authors warn against poor quality care with rising rates of over-medicalisation, too few trained staff or basic resources in many regions.
September 21, 2016
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New Software Diagnoses Cardiac Arrhytmias from ECGs Better Than Cardiologists
Stanford researchers claim to have developed an algorithm that exceeds the performance of board certified cardiologists in detecting a wide range of heart arrhythmias from electrocardiograms [ECG] recorded with a single-lead wearable monitor," according to a study published in arXiv.
July 10, 2017
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New structural studies reveal workings of a molecular pump that ejects cancer drugs
Sometimes cells spit out things we don't want them to -- like medications. Researchers have determined the three-dimensional structure of a tiny pump that expels, among other things, chemotherapy agents. this new knowledge could lead to the design of more effective drugs.
February 24, 2017
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New study aims at integrating healthy habits into routines of tomorrow's doctors
Can activity monitors, exercise, and monthly wellness seminars help medical students improve fitness, reduce stress, and score higher on tests? And, through those techniques, will those future doctors be more prepared to help their patients become healthier?
September 22, 2016
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New study details design and validation of accurate screening test for detecting deadly HAIs
A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool -- known as KlebSeq -- for potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), such as Klebsiella pneumoniae. HAIs affect hundreds of thousands of patients annually and add nearly $10 billion in associated healthcare costs.
September 2, 2016
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New study provides insights into how regulators support accelerated access to new therapies
It can be challenging for regulators to keep up with advances related to medical drugs and devices. a new analysis and editorial published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology provide insights on how officials are working to support accelerated access to new therapies while also ensuring their safety.
September 2, 2016
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New study shows lower severity trauma patients may more likely die after 2-3 weeks
A new study by University of Leicester academics has shown that lower severity trauma patients could be more likely to die after two to three weeks.
September 2, 2016
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New systems-thinking approach could help improve health of the U.S. population
The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world, yet the life expectancy of its citizens is significantly shorter when compared to other high-income countries. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine are suggesting that an innovative systems-thinking approach to population health could improve the country's current health disadvantage.
October 12, 2016
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New Technique Reveals Ultrasound's Hidden Details, in Color!
Ultrasound images are famously gray in color (except Doppler, of course), and that's because a lot of the information in the signal gets lost or not utilized by the detector. at the University of Rochester, Kevin Parker, a professor of engineering, noticed that so-called Hermite functions, that were invented by French mathematician Charles Hermite, have similarities to ultrasound pulses. Dr. Parker then applied these to an actual ultrasound.
November 3, 2016
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New value driven outcomes program makes difference in healthcare quality and cost
Bucking national trends, a new study shows that a program is making a difference in healthcare quality and cost. Developed by University of Utah Health Care, the so-called value driven outcomes program breaks down health procedure costs to the level of each bandage and minutes of nursing time, revealing variabilities that are otherwise hidden from view.
September 14, 2016
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New Vascular Grafts to Grow Along with Patient After Surgery
Surgical heart reconstructions using graft materials can do amazing things for patients, but in young children they have a serious limitation. the grafts don't grow along with a growing heart, and so for procedures such as right ventricular outflow tract reconstructions repeat surgeries are required.
October 5, 2016
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New Vice President of Marketing for SP Scientific division named
SP Industries, Inc., has announced that Robert (Rob) Darrington has joined SP Industries as Vice President of Marketing for the SP Scientific division.
April 7, 2017
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New Virtual Microscopy Database helps educators and students zoom into the human body
A medical student in Michigan. a nursing student in Ghana. An anatomy professor in Brazil. a researcher in Australia. all need to learn -- or teach -- about the human body at the most basic level.
April 18, 2017
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New Way of Generating 3D Images May Prove Valuable in Clinical Practice
Doctors are some of the biggest consumers of 3D visualization because every CT and MRI scan is a volumetric data set. So far, viewing the data in 3D has typically required a special set of glasses or meant that the person had to keep the eyes within a small space within which the 3D effect is visible. now researchers in Japan have come up with a completely new type of 3D display that consists of liquid, but relies on lasers to create an image.
February 24, 2017
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New Way to Optimize Exoskeletons Helps to Drastically Improve Their Efficiency
Exoskeletons that help people with mobility issues have been in development for quite some time now and some even been approved by the FDA for at-home use. Though there's already a great deal of technology built into these types of devices, they remain clunky, imperfect, and produce a gait that resembles that of robots in old science fiction movies. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have been working to change this by monitoring how the exoskeleton impacts its user and adjusting different parameters to produce the most efficient walking style.
June 27, 2017
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New website for quick access to product information launched by Integra
INTEGRA has launched a new responsive website which ensures visitors automatically enjoy a perfectly formatted surfing experience be it viewed from a desktop, tablet or mobile.
March 10, 2017
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New Wireless Power Technology to Energize Medical Implants Deep Inside Body
A collaboration of scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Draper Laboratory, an engineering firm, have been working on a wireless system to power electronic implants placed within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
May 4, 2017
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New, old science combine to make faster medical test
A University of Central Florida (UCF) researcher has combined cutting-edge nanoscience with a magnetic phenomenon discovered more than 170 years ago to create a method for speedy medical tests.
January 19, 2017
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Newest addition to Hamilton's PSD/4 precision syringe drive product family announced
Hamilton Company expands its PSD/4 precision syringe drive product family with the launch of PSD/4 Smooth Flow. The new PSD/4 Smooth Flow delivers exact flow rates in nanoliters per minute with total dispense times up to 8 hours. They are perfect for engineers looking for an economical way to automate processes that were developed on lab scale pumps.
August 1, 2017
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Newly Designed Nanorods Act as Dual Imaging Agents for Improved Diagnostics and Surgical Use
Scientists at the PNG College of Technology have developed new nanoscale rods that may be an effective dual-mode imaging agent for detecting cancer. The nanorods can be seen using both magnetic resonance and optical imaging techniques. Combining the two offers potentially better localization results during pre-op imaging, but can also allow for easy to use optical intraoperative identification of tumor tissue that was originally spotted using MRI.
June 21, 2017
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Newly prescribed hypnotic medicines double the odds of hip fracture
Older people newly prescribed sleeping pills like benzodiazepines and 'Z-drugs' have over double the odds of a hip fracture in the first two weeks compared with non-users, according to a new study by researchers at Cardiff University and King's College London.
April 26, 2017
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Next-generation microscopy
'Pharmacoscopy' enables immunomodulatory drug discovery by analyzing immune cell interactions
April 24, 2017
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NHS partnership with DeepMind puts Google AI in charge of sharing patient data
Google is no stranger to working with user data, but its latest partnership with the National Health Service sees the company entering unchartered waters. Having already been granted access to the records of more than 1.6 million patients in London, Google's DeepMind will be used by the NHS to alert medical staff to the condition of people under their care.
November 22, 2016
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NHSA CEO recognised in new Year Honours list with Order of the British Empire
DR Hakim Yadi, chief executive of the Northern Health Science Alliance, has been recognised for his services to healthcare technology and the economy with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the new Year's Honours List.
January 3, 2017
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NIH achieves milestone to accelerate multisite clinical studies
CTSA Program paves way for nationwide single IRB model.
March 23, 2017
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NIH establishes new research program to address health disparities of chronic diseases
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, is launching the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCC) for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention program. this program responds to the need for more robust, ecological approaches to address chronic diseases among racial and ethnic minority groups, under-served rural populations, people of less privileged socio-economic status, along with groups subject to discrimination who have poorer health outcomes often attributed to being socially disadvantaged.
August 24, 2016
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NIH funds additional medical centers to expand national precision medicine research program
The National Institutes of Health today announced awards to add four regional medical center groups to the national network of health care provider organizations (HPOs) that will implement the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program. Combined, the new HPOs will receive initial funds of $5.5 million to begin recruitment and build infrastructure.
October 13, 2016
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NIH names Dr. Diana Bianchi director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced today the selection of Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., as director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Bianchi is expected to join NIH on Oct. 31, 2016.
August 25, 2016
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NIH nearly doubles investment in BRAIN Initiative research
Many new projects explore human brain activity
October 13, 2016
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NIH-led effort examines use of big data for infectious disease surveillance
Big data derived from electronic health records, social media, the internet and other digital sources have the potential to provide more timely and detailed information on infectious disease threats or outbreaks than traditional surveillance methods. a team of scientists led by the National Institutes of Health reviewed the growing body of research on the subject and has published its analyses in a special issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
November 14, 2016
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NIH to hold summit on caregiving
Keynote by Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor.
July 26, 2017
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NIMHD announces recipients for the inaugural William G. Coleman Jr., Ph.D., Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award
NIMHD will fund three awards to support minority health and health disparities research.
August 1, 2017
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Noble Smart Injection Pad for Practicing Use of Auto Injectors
Patients having to use auto injectors to administer therapeutic medications often struggle to learn the process and perform the task on themselves. Noble, a company out of Orlando, Florida, has unveiled its new Smart Injection Pad for training patients on how to use auto injectors so they're more prepared to give shots to themselves.
January 12, 2017
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Nokia Launches Portfolio of Digital Health Products: Interview with VP Nokia Digital Health, Cedric Hutchings
Nokia announced its re-entry into the consumer market in late June by launching a portfolio of digital health products ranging from elegant activity/sleep trackers to smart scales and a home air-quality monitor. As the largest line of connected consumer health products on the market, they are now available for purchase on their website and at many retailers around the world. Many of these devices have been transitioned from the Withings brand, but Nokia also unveiled some new products including a Wi-Fi-enabled BMI Scale, a new Blood Pressure Monitor, and a redesigned mobile app to enable consumers to track their health data.
July 7, 2017
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Non-Contact Respiratory Rate Sensor Built Into a Cotton T-Shirt
At the Universite Laval in Quebec City, Canada, researchers have developed a respiration sensor built into a t-shirt that can be sampled by a nearby radio device.
May 19, 2017
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Non-Invasive Brain-Computer Interface for Complex Control of Robotic Arm
Advanced brain-computer interfaces that can be used to control the complex motion of powered robotic arms and hands have relied on electrodes implanted in the brain. These have serious downsides that currently make them impractical for use outside of scientific research. a team at University of Minnesota has now created a control system that relies on traditional non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG) to allow people to use a robotic arm to grasp, move, and place objects in front of them.
December 14, 2016
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Noraxon myoMETRICS Portable Lab: Interview with Brent Perkins, President and Coleman Bessert, Director of Biomechanics
Human biomechanics involves studying the reaction of the human body under various forces and stimuli. Biomechanics experts investigate how the musculoskeletal system works under different conditions and how it interacts with the environment. the resulting data are used to discover the biophysical capabilities and limits of the human body, and have a variety of applications in numerous fields, from sports science and ergonomics, to evaluation of gait, injury rehabilitation, and performing arts.
January 25, 2017
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Northeast Indiana Shows Off Why it's the World's Center for Orthopedic Devices
Northeast Indiana, with its largest city being Fort Wayne (seen above), may strike many as mostly a land of corn fields. Even driving through these parts, a passerby may not realize this is a major hub for medical device manufacturing. Warsaw, Indiana, a short drive from Fort Wayne, is known as "The Orthopedic Capital".
October 27, 2016
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Northumbria University uses Chemi XX6 multi-application imager in biomedical research
Syngene, a world-leading manufacturer of image analysis solutions, today announced its G:BOX Chemi XX6 is being used by scientists at Northumbria University for imaging chemiluminescent enzymes and other proteins on Western blots. this is contributing to rapidly providing researchers with accurate information on changes in protein in chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
March 17, 2017
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Novel compound provides safe, effective pain relief with zero abuse potential in animal model
Since the isolation of morphine from opium in the 19th century, scientists have hoped to find a potent opioid analgesic that isn't addictive and doesn't cause respiratory arrest with increased doses.
August 30, 2016
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Novel easy-to-use tool holds potential to revolutionize delirium care in ICU
Millions of intensive care unit patients in the United States experience delirium, an acute brain failure resulting in confusion and long-term memory problems. Researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research have developed and validated a novel easy-to-administer tool to score and track delirium severity in the ICU, enabling clinicians to make better decisions about the brain health of ICU patients.
March 14, 2017
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Nuance Shows Off Florence Voice-Driven Virtual Assistant for Physicians
The Amazon Alexa and Google Home virtual voice assistants have become suddenly popular among consumers wishing to know the weather, to set cooking timers, and to ask facts about the world.
February 24, 2017
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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Shows Structure of Proteins at Atomic Resolution
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Germany have made quite a breakthrough by being able to study the atom by atom molecular configuration of proteins using a miniaturized version of an MRI scanner. These days the structures of individual protein molecules are impossible to see and various methods, including computer simulations, are used to obtain the probable atomic configuration of protein structures.
July 7, 2017
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Nurse-driven protocols can shorten length of stay for patients in emergency department
Protocols allowing nurses to administer certain types of treatment in the emergency department can dramatically shorten length of stay for patients with fever, chest pain, hip fractures and vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, according to the results of a study published earlier this month in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
August 26, 2016
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Nurse! What's Taking So Long?
Study at a children's hospital evaluates response time to bedside alarms
April 11, 2017
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Nurses needed across Northamptonshire
Since 2010, the number of NHS mental health nurses in England has dropped by 15%. The nursing shortage is partly caused by an ageing workforce that is not being replaced quickly enough. In 2013, more than 32% of mental health nurses were over 50.
July 27, 2017
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Nurses' 'Scrubs' Pick Up Bad Hospital Germs
Superbug MRSA, other disease-causing bacteria detected on uniforms in ICU
October 27, 2016
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Nursing homes move into the insurance business
Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient.
July 13, 2017
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NxThera's Rezum Provides a new Treatment Option for Patients with BPH: Interview with CEO of NxThera
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlargement of the prostate gland, affects about half of men between the age of 51 and 60 and up to 90% of men over the age of 80. Symptoms include difficulty with initiating urination, weak urine flow, post-void dribbling, and the need to wake up frequently during the night to urinate.
November 10, 2016
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Octapharma uses Chemi XX6 imager to accurately characterise large therapeutic proteins
Syngene, a world-leading manufacturer of image analysis solutions, is pleased to announce its G:BOX Chemi XX6 multi-application-functional imager is being utilised by scientists at major human protein R&D company, Octapharma Biopharmaceuticals GmbH in Germany for analysing a range of large proteins. this is allowing the researchers there to accurately characterise proteins which will be used as therapies to treat conditions such as Haemophilia A.
March 17, 2017
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Officials Warn some Seniors to Switch to Medicare
Ever since the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces opened for business in 2014, the Obama administration has worked hard to make sure Americans sign up. Yet officials now are telling some older people they might have too much insurance and they should cancel their marketplace policies.
October 14, 2016
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Olympus launches new Microscopy web store for easy, convenient shopping experience
Olympus announces the launch of its new Microscopy web store, a full-featured e-commerce platform that makes it simple for customers to find the products they want. Customers in the United States and Canada can now purchase products when it is convenient for them, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
September 15, 2016
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Olympus releases new Endotherapy Tools in U.S.
At the Digestive Disease Week event in Chicago this week, Olympus is releasing a few endoscopic devices including the SB Knife monopolar ESD (Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection) knife and two new sphincterotomes, the CleverCut3V Distal Wireguided Oblique Tip and the CleverCut3V Distal Wireguided Short Bend Tip.
May 8, 2017
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Olympus vying to bring back Laparoscopic Power Morcellation Thanks to PneumoLiner Safety Device
A couple years ago the FDA, realizing the dangers of laparoscopic power morcellation when used for removing the uterus (hysterectomy) or uterine fibroids (myomectomy), recommended that doctors quit using this type of technology. the issue is that women may have undetected cancerous tissues within the affected anatomy and taking a morcellator to them can spread the cancer intraperitoneally.
November 17, 2016
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Omron Shows Off Project Zero 2.0 Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
Last year at CES, we had the opportunity to preview Project Zero, a new generation of Omron blood pressure monitors that take the commonly used and clinically-validated inflatable cuff method and fits it into a wrist-worn wearable.
January 13, 2017
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Only 20% Support ACA Repeal with No Replacement
The Republican strategy of repealing the Affordable Health Care Act before devising a replacement plan has the support of only one in five Americans, a poll released Friday finds.
January 6, 2017
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Oral tumeric spray by BetterYou honored at the Natural and Organic Awards 2017
Harnessing the well-documented healing properties of Turmeric with superior absorption, the world's first Turmeric Oral Spray has been honoured at one of the industry's most prestigious award ceremonies.
April 4, 2017
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Open Science Prize announces epidemic tracking tool as grand prize winner
A prototype online platform that uses real-time visualization and viral genome data to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola is the grand prize winner of the Open Science Prize.
February 28, 2017
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OPERA study evaluates patient perceptions of pain treatment with use of transdermal formulations
Clarity, a global international scientific research company, based in Austin, Texas, announces the latest results of its IRB-approved OPERA study. OPERA (Optimizing Patient Experience and Response to Topical Analgesics) evaluates patient perceptions of pain treatment with the use of FDA-approved topical/transdermal formulations alone or in combination with neuropathic supplements via a patient-reported survey.
December 21, 2016
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Opioid abuse and dependence diagnoses found among all age group in urban, rural settings
In rural areas around the country, in the period 2007 to 2016, private insurance claim lines with opioid abuse and dependence diagnoses were found in every age group from 13- 18 years to over 80 years, and in urban areas, in every age group from 13-18 years to 71-80 years. Those findings were based on data from FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information.
June 13, 2017
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Opposition to GOP repeal bill inches up, intensifies
Public opposition to the Republican effort to replace the Affordable Care Act grew stronger this month, but a core group of Republicans remained in support, according to a poll released Friday.
July 14, 2017
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Optical Fiber for Movement-Free Activation of Select Neurons in Brain
Researchers from Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Lecce, Italy and Harvard Medical School created a probe designed for optogenetic applications. Optogenetics is a recently developed technique that allows scientists to selectively activate neurons within the brain, and this technology may one day be used as a therapeutic tool to treat a variety of neurological conditions.
July 10, 2017
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Optical Waveguides Give Soft Robotic Hand a Sense of Touch
Soft robotic components, powered by liquid flowing in and out of them, have numerous advantages over rigid and motor activated devices. Benefits for prosthetics include their lightness, a more natural feel, and structural simplicity. One limitation, though, has been the difficulty of integrating sensitive sensors into soft and stretchable fingers of robotic hands that would be used to relay the tactile nature of what's being touched.
January 5, 2017
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Organs-on-Chip with Tiny Electrodes Sense Electrical Activity, Resistance of Cells
Organ-on-chip technology promises to help speed up and improve research on how potential new drugs will interact with the body's own organs. Additionally, it may alleviate the need for in-animal studies that can be difficult to perform and that too often produce misleading results. Organs-on-chip are essentially specialized microfluidic devices within which living cells are grown, supported, and experimented on.
June 15, 2017
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Orlando Health to bring benefits of MRI-guided radiation therapy to Central Florida
Orlando Health will soon begin providing a new therapy that allows oncologists to see the tumor they are treating continuously during radiation therapy. it's a cancer-fighting technology called MRIdian® that will be installed at the new comprehensive cancer center being built at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Florida, in partnership with UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health.
September 13, 2016
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Orthofix Cleared to Introduce Two new Post Spinal Fusion Bone Growth Stimulators in U.S. and Europe
Orthofix International, a company out of Lewisville, Texas, landed both FDA clearance and European CE Mark approval for its new CervicalStim and SpinalStim bone growth stimulators.
January 13, 2017
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OslerMD Rapid Vital Sign Measurement System for Home and Clinic
OslerMD is a new device from a San Diego, California company of the same name that was designed to provide a quick health checkup by simply placing four fingers on top of a few sensors. the device can be used in high traffic areas such as outpatient clinics, pharmacies, and schools, but also to be used at home by post-op patients and others needing a vigilant eye to watch over their vitals.
November 22, 2016
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Out of the gate, health and research apps face-plant
After high expectations, apps and researchers face tall hurdles in test runs.
March 15, 2017
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OSSDSIGN Cranial Patient-Specific Implants Cleared by FDA
OssDsign, a Swedish firm, received FDA clearance to introduce its OSSDSIGN Cranial patient-specific implants for cranioplasty procedures. the implants are made based off of individual patient CT scans and are manufactured using 3D printing. they consist of calcium phosphate composite tiles with titanium in the interior to provide reinforcement.
January 20, 2017
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Oventus reports early revenues, establishes platform for accelerated growth
Medical device sleep apnoea and snoring disorder company Oventus Medical Ltd. releases its first 4E. the company has established a platform for accelerated growth following a successful IPO raising $12 million and is reporting encouraging early revenue.
August 26, 2016
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Overcharging Common in U.S. Emergency Rooms
Minorities and uninsured are most often victims of 'price gouging', study contends
June 2, 2017
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Oxehealth uses cameras to monitor your heartbeat from across the room
Meet Oxehealth, a startup that plans to turn any regular security camera into a health monitor. the British company wants to make it easier to monitor patients in a hospital, police station, psychiatric hospital or an assisted living residence. it's a non-intrusive way to make sure that everybody is doing well. the startup is launching onstage at Disrupt London.
December 5, 2016
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Oxford University Press to publish official journal of Society for the Study of Reproduction
Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Society for the Study of Reproduction to publish Biology of Reproduction.
February 2, 2017
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Oxy-Iso Color Correction Glasses for Healthcare Workers: a Medgadget Review
Color blindness can be frustrating for those with the condition, and it can also create challenges for some medical professionals while they're doing their daily tasks. Veins, in particular, can be hard to spot by normal seeing people, and it's even more difficult if your color perception is off. There are also issues like noticing how flush or pale someone is and assessing dermatological problems. we were sent a pair of Oxy-Iso Color Correction Glasses from a company called O2AMP that were developed to help color blind clinicians be better at doing things like starting IV lines.
September 23, 2016
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Parable Technology for Wound Care: Interview with Nathan Ie, Founder of Parable Health
Parable is a software platform that allows doctors and home health workers to collaboratively monitor wound healing and to flag any issues. The technology has been designed by Parable Health and allows doctors to assess wound parameters and healing progress from "smart' photos taken using a phone's camera. The doctor can schedule virtual check-ins with the patient.
May 30, 2017
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Paper Test to Detect Fake Medications
Fake meds are pretty common around the world, putting a lot of people in danger of not receiving their prescribed pills while ingesting something completely unknown. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have now developed a paper test that should cost less less than $1 to manufacture that can reliably tell if a medication is authentic or not. they reported their findings at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia this week.
August 29, 2016
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Paperfuge: a Low-Cost Power-Free Centrifuge for Rapid Diagnostics
Centrifuges are universal machines routinely used in every lab in order to spin solutions at high speeds to separate liquids, such as blood, into different components. While they are easily available in developed countries, they are expensive and bulky to be used in developing countries, especially where stable electrical supply is a luxury. the field of rapid diagnostics is getting cheaper thanks to frequent technological advancements and improving manufacturing techniques.
January 12, 2017
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Parents can take eight steps to boost child's immunity, says family medicine specialist
No magic elixir can prevent children from developing occasional colds and viruses, but takings steps to boost their immune system can minimize their chances of catching every bug that winds its way through the daycare center or school.
February 3, 2017
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Parents of ill children worry about return of 'lifetime limits' in GOP health bill
The health care legislation under discussion in the Senate could allow states to remove some of the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections -- including the prohibition that keeps insurers from limiting how much they'll pay for medically needy, expensive patients. Clara Hardy's parents worry about the Senate bill for just this reason.
July 6, 2017
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PAREXEL introduces patient sensor solution for improved data collection in clinical trials
PAREXEL International Corporation, a leading global biopharmaceutical services provider, today announced the launch of its patient sensor solution, a new offering that securely captures, transmits, stores, and visualises study subject data in clinical trials.
March 31, 2017
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Patient Safety May Drop During Doc Rotations
Study suggests patient care info might not be relayed to new team, boosting risk of in-hospital death
December 6, 2016
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Patients more likely to get vaccinations when physicians make appointments, study finds
You're much more likely to get a flu shot if your doctor makes the appointment for you, Rutgers researchers have discovered.
March 10, 2017
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Patients using public health insurance more likely to experience high pain levels in PACU, study finds
Patients using public health insurance were more likely to experience high pain levels in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) following surgery to remove their tonsils and/or adenoids, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 annual meeting.
October 22, 2016
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Pathologists to collaborate on promise, challenges of immunotherapy at CAP16
At the College of American Pathologists (CAP) annual meeting this month, more than 1,300 pathologists will collaborate on the promise, challenges, and questions surrounding immunotherapy–the subject of the opening Scientific Plenary at CAP16 - the Pathologists' Meeting™ in Las Vegas on Sept. 25.
September 14, 2016
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Pelvic prolapse surgery using mesh no more effective than standard repair?
What does pelvic prolapse surgery using mesh or graft involve and how does it differ from the existing standard repair technique?
March 27, 2017
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Penn Center for Global Health honors Ernest Madu with inaugural Global Health Champion award
The Center for Global Health in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to honor Ernest Madu, MD, chairman and CEO of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean with its first annual Global Health Champion Award. Madu was presented with the award on Thursday, Sept. 15 as part of a celebration for Penn's newly launched Center for Global Health.
September 20, 2016
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Penn Medicine professor receives Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award from AHA
Benjamin L. Prosser, PhD, an assistant professor of Physiology, in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award from the American Heart Association's (AHA) Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, one of its scientific divisions.
July 25, 2017
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Penn researchers receive $5.2 million NIH grant to study mechanisms that promote lung regeneration
Penn Medicine researchers, along with colleagues at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Boston University, have received a $5.2 million, seven-year grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms that promote lung regeneration.
October 13, 2016
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Penn State establishes new $2.4-million Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Program
The new Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Program (B2D2K) brings together Pennsylvania data scientists, biomedical researchers, and life-science researchers at Penn State and the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute to accelerate advances in the biomedical and life sciences. These sciences rely increasingly on the ability of researchers to analyze, interpret, and visualize very large and very complex datasets, known as "big data."
April 28, 2017
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PENTAX Medical to support distribution of SMART's G-EYE technology across the EMEA market
PENTAX Medical EMEA announces its continued cooperation with SMART Medical to support the distribution and deployment of SMART's G-EYE® technology integrated with PENTAX Medical's HD+ systems to the EMEA market. the G-EYE system employs a permanently-integrated balloon at the tip of the conventional endoscope, which is moderately inflated during endoscope withdrawal and enhances colonoscopy detection capabilities by straightening intestinal folds, centralizing the endoscope optics and eliminating bowel slippage
March 10, 2017
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PerfectLum on Dell's Ultrasharp UP3017 Monitor FDA Cleared for Diagnostic Use
QUBYX, a Wilmington, Delaware-based company that develops computer monitor calibration tools, has received FDA clearance for its PerfectLum system to be used with the 4K Dell Ultrasharp UP3017 display for viewing DICOM images, including basing diagnoses off of them. The package can be purchased as one, which includes the monitor, PerfectLum software, and an X-Rite i1 calibration puck that attaches to the screen.
June 1, 2017
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PerfIC Cath, a new Urinary Catheter for People with Disabilities
A new urinary catheter with a novel design has been cleared by the FDA. the PerfIC Cath was designed by J. Glen House, a C7 quadriplegic with poor finger control, and commercialized by Adapta Medical of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
October 18, 2016
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PerkinElmer's new Vectra Polaris Automated Quantitative Pathology System for Studying Cancer Immunotherapies
PerkinElmer is releasing a new automated quantitative pathology system, the Vectra Polaris. It was developed to help study how cancer immunotherapies are affecting their targets and nearby tissues. the machine is able to detect multiple immunohistochemical stains simultaneously thanks to multispectral imaging using seven colors, allowing for more complicated studies that identify interesting correlations.
February 2, 2017
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Personal branding for doctors: Being yourself can enhance your practice
People draw conclusions from every instance of your name being mentioned. Your brand is the way you are currently perceived as a doctor, but branding is not marketing. Put simply, personal branding is about being authentic and delivering value.
June 23, 2017
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Philips Adds Cardiac Transducer to Lumify Smart-Device Based Ultrasound Lineup
Philips has received FDA clearance for its S4-1 cardiac transducer for the Lumify smart-device based ultrasound system. the S4-1 is the third transducer available for the Lumify system and the first to offer cardiac imaging capabilities, in addition to abdominal imaging including lung, OB/GYN, and FAST exam pre-sets. It connects to standard smartphones and tablets and uses cloud-enabled technology to connect with PACS and other network resources.
October 17, 2016
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Philips announces new Augmented Reality Spine Surgery Navigation Tech
Philips today announced a rather interesting new breakthrough navigation technology meant for minimally invasive spine surgery for use in their "hybrid ORs." the ORs themselves are specialized for procedures like spine surgery and contain an integrated fluoroscopy unit with 3D reconstructions like that seen in technologies like the O-arm.
January 12, 2017
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Physician burnout: Running on an empty tank
It is a freezing day and the bare trees are covered with a glistening coat of ice that reflects the early morning light. You should be enjoying this view as you drive into work, but instead, you are sitting in the car and staring at the icy pond where the local crew team practices.
July 14, 2017
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Physician's choice of insomnia medication may be based on habit, new research shows
Clinical decision-making is a complex process, driven by multiple factors, including social and psychological dynamics, peer pressure and even exposure to drug advertising.
February 15, 2017
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Physicians feel underprepared to serve perpetrators of intimate partner violence, study finds
Family medicine physicians feel underprepared to serve patients whom they know are perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), particularly if they also provide care to the victim.
March 1, 2017
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Physicians: Can social media make or break your career?
For doctors in the digital age, your social media fingerprint has the power to either advance or damage your career.
July 7, 2017
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PhysioSensing Smart Pressure Pad to Improve Rehab: Interview with Sensing Future's Pedro De Jesus Mendes
Sensing Future Technologies, a startup company based in Coimbra, Portugal, has developed a system called PhysioSensing that relies on a dense electronic pressure pad to assess a variety of characteristics about a person's physical state, including balance, limits of stability, and related parameters. It can also be used, in a combination with gaming software, to help people with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions to rehabilitate.
August 8, 2017
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Pitt develops new motorized wheelchair that runs on compressed air
A new waterproof motorized wheelchair that runs entirely on compressed air was unveiled today at Morgan's Wonderland, a 25-acre theme park in San Antonio, Texas. the park was built specifically for individuals with disabilities, and 10 of these chairs will be available to patrons at the venue's new splash park, Morgan's Inspiration Island, when it opens later this spring.
April 7, 2017
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Pittcon 2017: reflections from the floor
Pittcon 2017 commenced with a fascinating talk by world-renowned optogenetics expert Dr. Karl Deisseroth, D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
March 9, 2017
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Pittcon offers 40+ new educational courses in 2017 Short Course Program
The Pittcon Short Course Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 Short Course program which runs from March 4 -- 9. PIttcon will be held March 5-9, in Chicago, IL, in the West Hall of McCormick Place.
September 15, 2016
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Platform for laboratories launched by Aircuity
Aircuity, creator of measurably better environments, announced the launch of its 2.0 platform. Aircuity 2.0 is ideal for research laboratory facilities looking to significantly reduce energy costs, monitor space conditions and occupant behavior, and achieve quantifiable savings that can be reinvested in research.
June 13, 2017
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Platforms for NMR software for spectrometer control and data analysis announced by Bruker
New Magnetic Resonance Technologies and Applications Open new Frontiers for Biological, Chemical and Materials Research and Routine Analysis in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries.
March 28, 2017
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Podcasts have potential to facilitate global communication about palliative care
A new study conducted by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool (MCPCIL) shows the positive impact and reach podcasts can have on palliative care globally.
September 21, 2016
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Pop-up Soft Robotic Arm for Endoscopic Procedures
Researchers at Harvard have developed a soft robotic arm that can lie flat when housed inside an endoscope as it travels through narrow passages in the body, but can pop-up when it needs to be used to manipulate tissues.
August 3, 2017
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Porous Ortho Implants for Quick Healing and Improved Biomechanics
At McGill University in Canada, researchers have been working on orthopedic technology that will improve the performance of hip and other bone implants. the investigators developed a fine microstructure within a titanium femoral stem that mimics the porosity of real bones. this varying porous structure promotes tissue growth into the implant, helping to establish the device quickly within the body and heal the affected area soon after implantation.
November 10, 2016
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Porvair Microlute SPE sample preparation system offers fast, trouble-free alternative to cartridges
Proven in labs around the world, the Porvair Sciences Microlute SPE sample preparation system provides a fast, trouble-free alternative to cartridges for high productivity sample clean-up.
August 31, 2016
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Powered stretchers could reduce number of injuries to paramedics by 78%, study finds
Moving from manual to powered stretchers could reduce the number of injuries to paramedics by 78 per cent, a University of Waterloo study has found.
April 17, 2017
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Powering medical implants with solar cells
The notion of using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one. Swiss researchers have done the math, and found that a 3.6 square centimeter solar cell is all that is needed to generate enough power during winter and summer to power a typical pacemaker.
January 3, 2017
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PREVENA DUO Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Treats Two Incisions at Same Time
Acelity, based in San Antonio, Texas, is releasing the PREVENA DUO Incision Management System, a disposable negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) system that can be used to manage two surgical incisions at the same time. The company expects the PREVENA DUO to be used post vascular harvesting, breast reconstruction, and ortho trauma procedures that often result in more than one incision.
May 26, 2017
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Prior Scientific reports use of PLW20 Well Plate Loader for automated solubility testing
Prior Scientific reports how a leading drug discovery and development organisation has been using its PLW20 Well Plate Loader to determine the aqueous solubility of various chemicals over a concentration gradient of buffers.
March 1, 2017
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Prior Scientific's new ZDP50K translation stage compatible with all modern research microscopes
Providing a method to precisely move microscopes while allowing the sample to remain stationary, the new ZDP50K Translation Stage from Prior Scientific is compatible with all modern research microscopes.
December 14, 2016
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Procorre urges Medical Devices industry to prepare for new ISO13485:2016 International Standard and MDD & IVD 'Recast'
Professional services consultancy, Procorre is urging the Medical Devices industry to take action ahead of the new ISO13485:2016 International Standard and MDD & IVD 'Recast' which become mandatory in less than three years' time.
November 4, 2016
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ProNova SC360, a new Proton Therapy System Cleared in U.S.
ProNova Solutions, a division of Provision Healthcare based in Tennessee, won FDA clearance for its ProNova SC360 proton therapy system. It took the firm only four years to develop the system and get it cleared, but Tennessee is famous for its high energy physics expertise, going back to the Manhattan Project. the first SC360 installation already happened at the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center in Knoxville, TN and the first patients are expected to be treated in the coming year.
December 14, 2016
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PROPEL Contour Steroid Releasing Implant for Chronic Sinusitis FDA Approved
Intersect ENT of Menlo Park, California has received FDA approval for its PROPEL Contour steroid releasing sinus implant, which is indicated for treatment of chronic sinusitis in the frontal and maxillary sinuses. Besides providing structural integrity, it reduces the need for orally administered steroids and only supplies them where needed.
February 24, 2017
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ProteXsure Safety Capsule System for Prevention of Needle Sticks Cleared in Europe
Phoenix Healthcare Solutions, a firm out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, won the CE Mark to offer its ProteXsure Safety Capsule System in Europe. the product is intended to prevent needle stick injuries by making it easy to place a protective cap on the end of a needle. Once a clinician is done using a syringe he/she simply pushes the needle into the hole within the ProteXsure device. Within, a mechanism snaps a cap onto the needle and it can then be removed, recapped with the original cover, and safely disposed of. the device advances new caps forward every time one is used and the final ten are colored yellow and red as a warning that the caps within will soon run out.
March 18, 2016
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Prytime's ER-REBOA Emergency Aorta Occluder Cleared in Europe
Xconomy is reporting that Prytime Medical Devices, a company based outside of San Antonio, Texas formerly known as Pryor Medical Devices, won CE Mark clearance to introduce its ER-REBOA emergency occlusion balloon catheter in Europe. Designed to occlude large vessels, the aorta in particular, it provides time for doctors to stabilize a patient before too much blood loss occurs.
November 16, 2016
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Public's health insurance and financial literacy linked to higher levels of coverage
For a typical person who was uninsured in 2013, the chance of being insured in 2015 was 9.2 percentage points higher if they had high health insurance literacy as compared to someone with low health insurance literacy, after adjusting for other factors.
November 17, 2016
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Pulsed High Intensity Ultrasound Removes Calcified Buildup from Prosthetic Heart Valves
Prosthetic heart valves that fit inside failed natural valves have now been used for years to treat thousands of patients. As time passes following implantation, the man-made valves tend to accumulate calcified debris over their leaflets. This slowly degrades their functionality and eventually requires revision procedures that may involve replacement of the prostheses, or valve-in-valve procedures that fit new prosthetic valves inside of old ones. A team of French researchers are proposing using pulsed cavitational ultrasound, also known as histotripsy, to clean the original implanted valves of the calcified buildup on their surfaces.
June 19, 2017
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Purdue Developing Self-Cleaning, Magnet Powered Implantable Catheters
Implantable drainage catheters, such as those used to drain cerebrospinal fluid in patients with hydrocephalus, tend to eventually get plugged up with fibrin, bacterial biofilms, blood, or as a result of the body's immune system attacking them. New surgeries are often required to replace the devices, potentially causing serious complications and costing a lot of money, let alone the worry associated with yet another surgery.
May 30, 2017
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Pure-Vu Colonoscopy System for Cleansing Dirty Colons
Since many patients coming in for a colonoscopy fail to properly cleanse their bowels, seeing polyps under a layer of fecal matter becomes a challenge. a newly FDA-cleared system from MOTUS GI, an Israeli firm, now offers the ability to wash out the insides if there's too much muck down there.
October 10, 2016
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Push Doctor, an app that lets you video call a doctor, raises $26.1M Series B
Push Doctor, a U.K.-based startup that lets you book a video consultation with a doctor and manage other aspects of your health digitally, has raised $26.1 million in Series B funding.
July 5, 2017
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QImaging releases Retiga ELECTRO CCD camera for electrophysiology system
A Brand new Scientific Camera Designed Specifically for the Unique Imaging Challenges Associated with Electrophysiology Research
September 16, 2016
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QMUL researchers secure £8.6m grant for global health research
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have secured new awards totaling £8.6m to deliver medical research that will benefit people in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
July 14, 2017
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Qosina launches new barbed check valves for infusion, drainage and irrigation applications
Qosina is pleased to announce the addition of eight new barbed check valves to complement their extensive line of stock components. Available in three different configurations, these barbed valves have a low, 0.087 psi cracking pressure. the barb to barb straight and reducing configurations (#80500 - #80503) accommodate 1/8 inch (0.125 inch, 3.2 mm) and 3/32 inch (0.093 inch, 2.4 mm) ID tubes and are made of MABS and silicone.
September 15, 2016
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Quadriplegics Regain Delicate Arm Motion Thanks to EEG-Controlled Exoskeleton
Severely paralyzed people with quadriplegia should have a lot of hope these days that their condition will have effective treatment options in the near future. Researchers from University of Tubingen, Germany, the BioRobotics Institute at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy, and the Guttmann Institute in Spain, have developed a brain-controlled upper extremity exoskeleton that let six patients with quadriplegia use their own arms with great effect.
December 20, 2016
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Quantel Medical wins FDA approval for innovative Easyret photocoagulator
Quantel Medical today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 25, 2017 for the innovative new Easyret fully integrated 577nm yellow photocoagulator, which is used to treat certain forms of macular edema and peripheral retinal pathologies.
July 27, 2017
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Quantum Bit MRI Machine to see Shapes of Individual Biomolecules for Drug Research
Drug discovery is a long and difficult process that requires a comprehensive understanding of the molecular structures of compounds under investigation. it's difficult to have an idea of the precise shape of complex molecules such as proteins, but researchers at University of Melbourne in Australia have come up with a way of seeing the location of individual atoms within biomolecules.
October 26, 2016
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QuiO and MedCrypt Partner to Add Data Security Sophistication to Smartinjector Devices
QuiO's Smartinjector platform, as covered previously on Medgadget, is poised to become the first set of cloud-connected injectable therapy delivery devices available for in-home use. Following their recognition at January's Accenture Startup Health Festival as the winner of the HealthTech Innovation Challenge, the QuiO team has seen a stark increase in demand for their devices.
February 16, 2017
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QuiO's Smartinjector Connected Drug Delivery Device Anticipates 2017 Release
With the launch of QuiO's initial Smartinjector product, the Si One, the company aims to provide the first real-time, connected drug delivery device for injectable therapies. Their Internet of Things (IoT) enabled device and its companion software, which allows medical professionals to monitor adherence and support treatment remotely, looks to offer a long overdue improvement to in-home injection administration technology.
October 30, 2016
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Rainin provides excellent pipette service to regulated pharmaceutical and clinical diagnostics industries
Careful maintenance of precision pipettes is essential in the highly regulated pharmaceutical and clinical diagnostics industries. Kevin Orf, Senior Manager of Validation and Metrology at a specialty pharmaceutical and diagnostic company based in San Diego, California, explained:
March 31, 2017
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Rapid Test Identifies Protein Disease Biomarkers Within 10 Minutes
Scientists at University of California, Los Angeles have developed a rapid new test for spotting proteins within blood and plasma. Unlike current tests that can take up to four hours to perform, the team's technique takes only 10 minutes and can be done right inside the doctor's office instead of a clinical lab.
September 2, 2016
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Re-engineered Multi-IR box accessory for the Integrity 10 Reaction Station launched by Electrothermal
Cole-Parmer Ltd, a leading UK manufacturer of laboratory equipment, announced today that Electrothermal has launched the re-engineered Multi-IR box accessory for the Integrity 10 Reaction Station. The Multi-IR box accessory, originally developed in conjunction with Pfizer and the Illinois Institute of Technology, enables scientists across a broad range of global industries and laboratories to measure turbidity in-situ during experiments.
July 4, 2017
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Real-life tricorders are about to start consumer testing
Research that turns beloved sci-fi into science fact is probably my favorite thing, right up there with research published with no paywall. I've talked before about how easy it would be to make a tricorder, along with some other Star Trek tech. Lo and behold, the X Prize Foundation has taken up the challenge, and there's a Tricorder X Prize to be awarded in 2017.
December 14, 2016
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ReCIVA Pediatric Breath Collector approved in Europe
Owlstone Medical, a company with offices in London and Cambridge, UK and Norwalk, CT, obtained the European CE Mark to introduce the pediatric version of its ReCIVA "disease breathalyzer".
October 5, 2016
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Redesign of TissueScope™ technology by Huron Digital Pathology results in processing the most difficult slides with speed
Huron Digital Pathology, a provider of whole slide scanners, announced today a major update to its award-winning TissueScope whole slide imaging platform. the newly re-designed TissueScope LE and high capacity TissueScope LE120 brightfield scanners now offer significantly increased scan speed of less than one minute per slide.
February 23, 2017
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Reflexion Edge: a new Idea for Concussion Assessment
Reflexion Interactive out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania is showing off a novel touch-based concussion assessment system. It consists of a series of panels with LEDs that light up for the person using it to touch. the system lights up patterns that have to be reached out for and touched. Because it is so wide, it often requires the user to physically move to reach different spots on the system. It measures accurately the user touches the targets, as well as how fast.
January 9, 2017
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Reliefband Neurowave: Wearable Device offers Drug-free Relief from Nausea and Vomiting
Reliefband Technologies, a company based in Horsham, PA, revealed their new Reliefband Neurowave during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. the Reliefband Neurowave is a smart-band that offers a drug-free treatment for nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, morning sickness, post-surgery, and even with virtual reality gaming.
January 4, 2017
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Report: Amazon's secret 1492 lab working on virtual Doctor visits for Echo owners?
Things are going so well for Amazon these days and one of the reasons why is the Amazon Echo. Amazon invented the smart speaker category with its Echo device and since then, the product has been copied by companies like Google (Google Home), Microsoft (Microsoft Invoke) and Apple (Apple HomePod). The latter two are launching later this year. Amazon has already taken the product in a new direction by producing the Echo Show model that contains a 7-inch touchscreen.
July 27, 2017
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Republican congressmen send fiery response to HHS
Two influential Republican congressmen are blasting a Department of Health and Human Services memo to division heads as a "potentially illegal and unconstitutional" infringement on whistleblowers' rights to call attention to waste, fraud and abuse in the executive branch.
May 9, 2017
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Research identifies opportunities to improve performance of clinicians during emergency events
Anesthesiology has a long history of scrutinizing its practice and developing strategies for improvement.
July 13, 2017
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Research reveals how pathogens travel between 'transmission triangle' in health care setting
Hospital rooms, not just the patients in them, can spread germs through contact with health care personnel, a Duke Health study reports.
October 27, 2016
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Research shows that opioid prescription practices at Mayo Clinic exceed upcoming guidelines
More than 4 in 5 opioid prescriptions given after surgery over a recent two-year period at Mayo Clinic exceeded guidelines now in the works, the clinic's researchers have found. The research, published today in the Annals of Surgery, also highlights a significant difference in opioid prescribing among Mayo Clinic's Arizona, Florida and Rochester campuses, and within specific surgical procedures. The team of physicians and scientists expect their results will improve care for Mayo Clinic patients and help shape national policy and health care guidelines.
July 14, 2017
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Research shows that opioid prescription practices at Mayo Clinic exceed upcoming guidelines
More than 4 in 5 opioid prescriptions given after surgery over a recent two-year period at Mayo Clinic exceeded guidelines now in the works, the clinic's researchers have found. The research, published today in the Annals of Surgery, also highlights a significant difference in opioid prescribing among Mayo Clinic's Arizona, Florida and Rochester campuses, and within specific surgical procedures. The team of physicians and scientists expect their results will improve care for Mayo Clinic patients and help shape national policy and health care guidelines.
July 14, 2017
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Research to examine impact of complications and errors on surgeon's life
A survey is being launched today [Friday 14 October 2016] to help understand the psychological impact on surgeons of errors or complications which arise as a result of surgical procedures.
October 14, 2016
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Researcher calls on the scientific community to defend individuals with disabilities
The potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) threatens to eliminate critical mental and behavioral health services for people living with autism and other disabilities.
March 9, 2017
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Researcher develops system based on computational intelligence to improve management of care
Hospitals and all the other centers devoted to healthcare accumulate numerous databases with all the records of a whole host of physiological variables of the patients they treat. The processing and analysis of these data can enable healthcare staff to anticipate and spot those patients at greater risk of deterioration. Asier Garmendia, a researcher in the GIC (Computational Intelligence Group) at the UPV/EHU, has developed a system based on computational intelligence for this purpose.
June 9, 2017
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Researcher explores ways to secure information and protect privacy in digital healthcare systems
All over the world, digital tools are increasingly being used to improve and streamline healthcare services. This does not only lead to positive results, but also creates opportunities for new types of threats regarding information security and privacy.
June 15, 2017
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Researchers Build Multi-Regional Brain Chip to Study PCP's Effects on Brain
Researchers at Harvard University have been looking to study how neurons from different regions of the brain interact and are affected by a variety of chemical stimuli. they have built a "brain-on-chip" device that links together neuronal cells harvested from three different brain regions (amygdala, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex). These can then be introduced to different chemical compounds, as well as physical stress, and the living cells evaluated on how they respond.
January 24, 2017
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Researchers call for transparency of clinical trial data to give clear picture of new treatments
Researchers have called for greater transparency in the public release of clinical trial data after a study revealed significant under-reporting of side effects in medical treatments.
September 21, 2016
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Researchers create unique thermal ablation system for transdermal drug delivery
Many diseases are treated with protein-based drugs. However, due to the size of the molecules, the only effective delivery method is through injection, which can suffer from low patient compliance. Furthermore, many of these types of drugs require multiple treatments that can take hours to complete, as is the case with rheumatoid arthritis. New drug delivery methods should be discovered and implemented to relieve patients of this taxing and expensive experience.
July 27, 2017
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Researchers design first light-activated drug for treatment of pain
A team of the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona has participated in the design of the first light-activated drug -the JF-NP-26, for the treatment of pain, according to a research with animal models published in the journal eLife.
April 11, 2017
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Researchers Develop Highly Effective Metal-Free MRI Contrast Agent
In order to better see certain features in MRI scans, patients are often injected with gadolinium-based contrast agents. They seem fairly innocuous for healthy people, but young children and those with poorly functioning kidneys can be seriously affected. Side effects such as vomiting and diarrhea can create further problems for an already sick patient. Scientists from MIT and the University of Nebraska have been working to develop an MRI contrast agent that does not use gadolinium metal, but that instead relies on organic nitroxide compounds.
July 13, 2017
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Researchers develop metal-free contrast agent that could be safer for high-risk patients
To enhance the visibility of organs as they are scanned with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), patients are usually injected with a compound known as a contrast agent before going into the scanner. The most commonly used MRI contrast agents are based on the metal gadolinium; however, these metal compounds can be harmful for young children or people with kidney problems.
July 13, 2017
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Researchers develop new automated platform for in-depth analyses of MRI scans
One of the main tools doctors use to detect diseases and injuries in cases ranging from multiple sclerosis to broken bones is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the results of an MRI scan take hours or days to interpret and analyze. this means that if a more detailed investigation is needed, or there is a problem with the scan, the patient needs to return for a follow-up.
February 16, 2017
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Researchers developing new EMR toolkit to predict risk of hospital readmission in real-time
An estimated 95% of hospitals in the United States use electronic medical records (EMR) to manage and report on patient medical history, including diagnoses and treatment. However, despite the widespread adoption of EMRs, the ability to leverage EMR data for patient safety monitoring and predictive analytics hasn't realized its full potential for monitoring patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI).
August 25, 2016
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Researchers discover new strategy to boost effectiveness of anti-cancer immune therapy
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center have identified a strategy to maximize the effectiveness of anti-cancer immune therapy. the researchers identified a molecular switch that controls immune suppression, opening the possibility to further improving and refining emerging immunotherapies that boost the body's own abilities to fight diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's and Crohn's disease.
September 19, 2016
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Researchers engineer protein-shelled nanostructures useful for ultrasound imaging
Ultrasound imaging is used around the world to help visualize developing babies and diagnose diseases. Sound waves bounce off the tissues, revealing their different densities and shapes. the next step in ultrasound technology is to image not just anatomy, but specific cells and molecules deeper in the body, such as those associated with tumors or bacteria in our gut.
August 26, 2016
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Researchers explore best way for health providers to convey key information
In the world of health care, the phrase "too much information" -- or TMI -- can be a serious problem. If you Google "How to prevent cancer," for example, you will find list after list of websites claiming to have the winning strategy, with some plans presenting 20-30 steps.
August 7, 2017
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Researchers highlight need to test female adolescents for iron deficiency and anemia
The researchers used data from more than 6,000 women 12 to 49 years old who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2003 and 2010. As part of the survey, female participants had blood testing for iron deficiency as well as hemoglobin testing to identify anemia.
July 13, 2017
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Researchers investigate causes and rates of deaths due to tracheotomy
A tracheotomy can be associated with fatal complications for the patient. Eckard Klemm and Andreas Nowak investigated the causes and rates of deaths due to this intervention. They present the results of their study in the current issue of the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.
May 22, 2017
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Researchers make flexible glass for tiny medical devices
Brigham Young University researchers have developed new glass technology that could add a new level of flexibility to the microscopic world of medical devices.
March 23, 2017
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Researchers Optically Clear Blood Clots to Study Their Structure and Pathogenesis
These days blood clots are often successfully removed from the body using minimally invasive catheter-based tools. They are then summarily discarded, but researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Riverside, and University of Notre Dame have developed an investigative non-clinical imaging technique that allows the study of the removed clots to better understand their formation and how they come to be.
July 17, 2017
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Researchers reveal prevalence of unused prescription opioids following surgery
In a review of half a dozen published studies in which patients self-reported use of opioids prescribed to them after surgery, researchers at Johns Hopkins report that a substantial majority of patients used only some or none of the pills, and more than 90 percent failed to dispose of the leftovers in recommended ways.
August 2, 2017
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Researchers to develop 'wearable' robotic tools for surgery
A collaborative team of researchers is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement as well as the ability to 'sense', 'see', control and safely navigate through the surgical environment.
March 14, 2017
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ResMed Introduces Two new Easy Fitting CPAP Masks
ResMed, a big name in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for treatment of sleep apnea, has just unveiled new sleeping masks. the AirFit N20 is a nasal mask and the AirFit F20 is a full-face device. Both are new generation masks that were designed to improve the comfort and ease of use of CPAP therapy.
November 1, 2016
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ResMed's new Comfort Oriented AirTouch F20 CPAP Mask
ResMed, a maker of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, is releasing what it says is its softest mask yet. the AirTouch F20 features a memory foam material that conforms to the patient's face while minimizing the force it applies to the skin. the material is actually porous, allowing air and sweat to slowly seep out, while maintaining tight contact to maintain the air pressure necessary for the therapy to be effective. the tightness can also be adjusted to increase the seal depending on the delivered air pressure.
May 16, 2017
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Resolute Onyx Drug Eluting Coronary Stent from Medtronic approved by FDA
Medtronic won FDA regulatory approval and is releasing in the U.S. its Resolute Onyx drug-eluting (zotarolimus) stent. the device is based on the company's Resolute Integrity device and is available in 4.5 mm and 5.0 mm diameters for patients with larger coronary arteries. It is designed for transradial delivery via a 5 French catheter.
May 1, 2017
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Retail Clinics Add Convenience But Also Hike Costs
Retail clinics, long seen as an antidote to more expensive doctor offices and emergency rooms, may actually boost medical spending by leading consumers to get more care, a new study shows.
March 8, 2016
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Review of LifeBEAM Vi Headphones: Where Artificial Intelligence Meets Personal Training
Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere, and the weather is pleasant (almost) every day. Some of us, especially those living in the northern United States, have emerged from our winter hibernation with a couple extra pounds to lose. For anyone in need of a little extra motivation to get back in shape, a personal trainer may seem like a good idea.
July 26, 2017
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Review of WIWE, A Smartphone Powered, Handheld ECG Device Featuring a Pulse Oximeter
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. One of the oldest, and still most commonly used, diagnostic tools in cardiology is electrocardiography (ECG). As today's healthcare pushes for more mobile health solutions and optimal remote patient monitoring, a number of companies have introduced portable, handheld ECG devices for personal use.
May 30, 2017
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Review: Eko Core Digital Stethoscope
What should be today's standard of care when it comes to auscultation? we think it should be an electronic stethoscope. In this day and age it is truly perplexing why a majority of doctors and RNs still use neolithic stethoscopes.
September 20, 2016
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Review: Life with the ZoomHRV Wearable Fitness Monitor
We had the opportunity to get our hands on a ZoomHRV 2.0 by LifeTrak, retailing at $139. this impressive fitness wearable is capable of continuous activity and heart rate monitoring even under water. It is unequivocally designed for the multi-sport athlete obsessed with data about their health and fitness.
December 6, 2016
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Review: OTO-TIP Wax Remover by Clear Ear
We recently had the chance to review OTO-TIP by Clear Ear, founded by Lily Truong and Vandana Jain, MD out of the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship. the concept was developed to address a simple problem that is the leading cause of hearing loss: ear wax.
May 3, 2017
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Revolutionary new Technique Visualizes Biomolecules Without Crystallization
In the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design are describing a new technique that may finally give life scientists a detailed view into many of the biomolecules they work with. These days, X-ray diffraction is typically used to see the structure of a molecule. But this requires crystallization, a process not all molecules, including many proteins, are unwilling to undergo.
February 16, 2017
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A clinical lab analyzes patients' records to identify those at risk and recommend care.
September 12, 2016
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Rice University Scientists develop Non-Toxic Graphene Quantum Dots as MRI Contrast Agent
MRI contrast agents usually contain toxic metals, a medical compromise between the benefits scans can provide and the negative effects of the substances that improve the quality of the scans. Rice University scientists have been working on overcoming this toxicity using graphene-based quantum dots that consist of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and fluorine. Additionally, because different biomarkers can probably be attached to these quantum dots, one could produce contrast agents that show up only within certain types of tissues. If this pans out to be true, it may make spotting locations of tumors considerably easier than it is now.
November 11, 2016
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Rice University's Design-A-Thon Focused on Assistive Devices
Rice University just hosted the first Innovate Design-A-Thon focused on creating devices to help disabled people lead more independent lives. Students from Rice, as well as University of Houston, and the University of Texas at Dallas participated in the event. Modeled on popular hackathons that are focused on software, the Innovate Design-A-Thon was created to give attention to assistive devices that can now be quickly prototyped and manufactured.
September 7, 2016
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'Right-to-Try:' best Last Chance or False Hope?
Proposal would allow the gravely ill access to experimental therapies that may or may not work
April 6, 2017
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Rising Premiums Rankle People Paying Full Price
Shela Bryan, 63, has been comparing prices for individual health insurance plans since May, and she can't believe what she sees.
October 11, 2016
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Riverain ClearRead CT Suppresses Vessels and Detects Nodules on Chest CT
Riverain Technologies' new ClearRead CT software for vessel suppression and nodule detection has been cleared by the FDA. While previous Riverain products all worked on conventional chest X-rays (and have since been rebranded ClearRead X-Ray), the company is now breaking new ground by applying advanced machine learning algorithms on lung CTs. ClearRead CT consists of two components: CT | Vessel Suppress and ClearRead CT | Detect.
September 29, 2016
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Robot designed to improve attention in people with acquired brain injury
Improving the autonomy and care of dependent people with acquired brain injury is the scientific and technological challenge of the Retogar project led by researchers from the University of Alicante Institute for Computer Engineering Research (IUII), Miguel Cazorla and Jose García. These experts started in January and will be focusing on the project through 2019, with virtual reality applications and 3D interfaces, as well as sensors to monitor the movements of this type of patients.
June 28, 2017
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Robotic Needle Positioning System to Speed Up Tissue Biopsies and Ablations
At the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation engineers have developed a robotic system for performing needle biopsies and delivering ablation needles deep into the body. Current techniques are time consuming, requiring physicians to be very careful in preparing a trajectory and checking that it under the live CT guidance. the process can take up hours for something that may seem like it should only be a couple minutes.
October 27, 2016
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Rule could take one-third of chest pain patients off emergency department heart monitors
Researchers have validated a rule that could safely take a third of chest pain patients in the emergency department off of heart monitors, according to a study. Implementing this rule could free up these monitored beds for sicker patients and reduce wait times.
January 30, 2017
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Rural Californians want price relief from GOP health bill, but unlikely to get it
Aaron Albaugh peered out from under the brim of his cowboy hat, surveying the acres of hayfields in front of him. The fourth-generation rancher has raised about 450 cattle this year, in this remote corner of Lassen County, Calif.
July 26, 2017
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RUSH named 'Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality' for ninth consecutive year
For the ninth consecutive year, Rush University Medical Center has been designated a "Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey of how health care facilities in the United States treat lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning patients and their families, as well as their own LGBTQ employees. T
March 31, 2017
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S+, Setting a new Standard in Consumer and Clinical Sleep Technology: Interview with Colin Lawlor, CEO of SleepScore Labs
Launched a little under four months ago, SleepScore Labs is proud to be the home of the newest technology disrupting the $60B consumer sleep industry. Developed by SleepScore Labs, a joint venture between ResMed, a 25-year leader in prescription sleep medical devices, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Pegasus Capital Advisors, the S+ is a clinical grade, non-prescription, non-contact sleep monitoring device coupled with a mobile app.
May 3, 2017
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SafariSeat, an Open Source Wheelchair for Rural Offroading
If you're disabled in a poorly developed part of the world, even a great modern wheelchair may be next to useless. What's needed is a more off-road design that's made to be easy to manufacture and repair than something built for a city with sidewalks.
October 20, 2016
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Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias
Cheasanee Huette, a 20-year-old college student in Northern California, is worried. Two years ago, knowing she was protected by the Affordable Care Act's guarantees of coverage for preexisting conditions, she decided to find out if she carried the same genetic mutation that eventually killed her mother.
June 29, 2017
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SAMSUNG ARTIK™ Cloud Powers Breezie Healthcare Solution Through Groundbreaking Collaboration with T-Mobile
Today at HIMSS17, Samsung ARTIK™ Cloud announced a new collaboration with T-Mobile to enable the launch of Breezie, an IoT solution for senior care. the collaboration with T-Mobile, the first major U.S. wireless provider to support SAMSUNG ARTIK Cloud, will allow healthcare solution platforms to get to market faster and implement richer, connected services.
February 25, 2017
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Samsung S Skin Analyzes and Improves your Skin
At CES last week, Samsung showed off a unique handheld device called "S Skin" that uses a combination of sensors and therapy to help your skin. it's a prototype from Samsung's C Lab department that experiments with concepts that go beyond Samsung's typical portfolio of TV's, mobile devices, and other consumer products.
January 11, 2017
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SandShark Anchor for Fixating Stimwave's Neurostimulators Cleared in Europe
Most implantable neurostimulation systems consist of a pulse generator, that looks like a pacemaker, and electrode leads through which electric current is delivered. Stimwave Technologies out of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, has developed neurostimulation systems in which only the electrode component is implanted, while power is delivered wirelessly via a separate device placed against the skin near the implant.
June 5, 2017
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Scientists at NIH and Emory achieve sustained SIV remission in monkeys
NIH clinical trial of treatment regimen in HIV-infected people is underway.
October 13, 2016
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Scientists create a 3D bioprinter to print human skin
This research has recently been published in the electronic version of the scientific journal Biofabrication.
January 23, 2017
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Scientists develop "Virtual Breathalyzer" to Warn you Against Drunk Driving
When people leave bars and night clubs after an evening of entertainment, many are intoxicated and in no condition to drive. Because alcohol can boost one's confidence, many of the drinkers falsely think they are still able to drive. While consumer alcohol breathalyzers exist on the market, they require drinkers to make the conscious decision to use them before getting behind the wheel.
January 5, 2017
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SCION Instruments announces new improved service contract structures for 2017
SCION Instruments, a global supplier of GC, GCMS and CompassCDS, chromatography data system, is pleased to announce new improved service contract structures and pricing for 2017.
March 9, 2017
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SCION Instruments introduces new GC analyzer solutions to meet specific analytical requirements
SCION Instruments, a global supplier of GC and GCMS instruments and chromatography data system, is pleased to announce new GC analyzer solutions which tailor the capabilities of gas chromatography systems to meet specific analytical requirements.
March 9, 2017
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SCION Instruments launches CompassCDS 4.0 with new features and capabilities
SCION Instruments, a global supplier of GC, GCMS and Chromatography Data Systems is pleased to announce the release of CompassCDS version 4.0 with new features and capabilities which extend its applicability to a wider range of laboratories. the Company announces CompassCDS 4.0 on its booth #1644 at Pittcon from March 5-9, 2017.
March 9, 2017
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Scopis Introduces Mixed Reality to Simplify Surgical Navigation
Scopis, a surgical navigation company, announced a mixed reality surgical navigation system that uses the Microsoft HoloLens for spinal surgery applications.
May 8, 2017
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Scrails Made from Ceramic May Replace Metal and Polymer Bone Screws
Metal titanium screws are commonly used to treat bone fractures, but they often have to be removed once the bone heals due to potential side effects. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials, university hospitals of Giessen-Marburg and Bonn, and the University of Bremen have designed ceramic screw nails to stay implanted permanently, avoiding the trouble, anguish, and costs associated with follow-up surgeries.
October 28, 2016
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Self-Driving Scooter Helps Liberate Elderly and Disabled
Researchers from MIT, National University of Singapore, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) have developed hardware and software to control self-driving cars and golf carts. now the same technology has been integrated into a mobility scooter, allowing disabled and elderly folks to scoot around without contstantly operating the controls.
November 10, 2016
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Self-Sealing Needles for Preventing Blood Loss After Injection
For most of us, a visit to the doctor for an injection is a harmless yet fear-filled and painful process. But for patients with hemophilia, a disorder where the body's ability to make blood clots is impaired, injections could be life threatening. Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and the University of Science and Technology in Republic of Korea have developed a thin, biodegradable polymer coating that can 'plug' an injection site.
October 26, 2016
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Senate Confirms Rep. Tom Price as Health Secretary
Surgeon from Atlanta is outspoken critic of Affordable Care Act
February 10, 2017
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Senate health bill would revamp Medicaid, alter ACA guarantees, cut premium support
Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled a bill that would dramatically transform the nation's Medicaid program, make significant changes to the federal health law's tax credits that help lower-income people buy insurance and allow states to water down changes to some of the law's coverage guarantees.
June 22, 2017
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Sense Media launch MediSens: a highly-anticipated European medical imaging conference
Improving clinical outcomes, reducing dosage and controlling costs through advanced X-ray Imaging Systems
October 11, 2016
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Sentinel Cerebral Protection System for Preventing Strokes During TAVRs Cleared by FDA
While transcatheter aortic valve repair (TAVR) procedures can help avoid open heart surgeries in many fragile patients, there is a substantial risk that embolic debris is released from the calcified valves.
June 5, 2017
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Sepsis-Detecting Point-of-Care Microfluidic Chip Developed
Sepsis is common and often deadly. Early detection of sepsis can be incredibly useful in preventing its full onset by allowing in-time administration of antibiotics.
July 10, 2017
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Serranator Alto PTA Serration Balloon Catheter Cleared by FDA
Cagent Vascular, a company based in Wayne, Pennsylvania, won FDA clearance for its Serranator Alto PTA Serration Balloon Catheter. Unlike other balloon catheters designed to dilate blood vessels, the Serranator Alto PTA has a series of teeth-like ridges on four sides of the balloon. as the balloon is pumped to push open a constricted vessel, the ridges create tiny serrations that help the vessel to expand. the newly formed serration lines help guide the expansion of the arteries being worked on.
February 28, 2017
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Seven facts about malignant hyperthermia that can help avoid dangerous consequences during surgery
When general anesthesia is required for surgery or another procedure, a patient's care team must be ready for anything--especially the rare, life-threatening syndrome known as malignant hyperthermia (MH). During MH Awareness and Training Month (March 2017), the 50,000-member American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is reminding anesthesia professionals to be on the alert for MH during cases, and informing potential patients that:
March 13, 2017
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Shared decision making leads to better patient outcomes, higher satisfaction rates
Well-informed patients who decide with their orthopaedic surgeon what treatment is best for them have better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction rates, according to new study presented today at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
March 14, 2017
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Sharing of patient data between Royal Free hospital and Google DeepMind breached Data Protection Act
A partnership between London's Royal Free hospital and DeepMind resulted in a breach of the Data Protection Act, an investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has concluded.
July 3, 2017
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Sheffield haematologist wins prestigious Anthony Nolan Supporter Award
Professor John Snowden, Consultant Haematologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was presented with a national award by the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.
November 24, 2016
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Shockwave Lithoplasty for Peripheral Vascular Disease FDA Cleared
A unique system that uses a balloon and sound waves to break up plaque in patients with peripheral artery disease has just been cleared by the FDA. the Lithoplasty system from Shockwave, a firm out of Fremont, California, is basically a traditional angioplasty balloon catheter with added capability that resembles lithotripsy that's used to break up kidney stones.
September 19, 2016
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Shockwave's Lithoplasty System Now Cleared in EU for Coronary Artery Disease Treatment
Shockwave Medical out of Fremont, California won the European CE Mark to introduce its Coronary Lithoplasty System for helping to place stents into coronary arteries in patients that have substantial calcified plaque. Lithoplasty is Shockwave's name for its technology (aka lithotripsy) that delivers sonic waves via a specialty catheter directly to the plaque lining blood vessels
May 18, 2017
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Siemens Biograph Horizon Flow Edition PET/CT with FlowMotion Cleared by FDA
Siemens won FDA clearance for its Biograph Horizon Flow edition, a budget friendly positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanner that includes some advanced features of its more expensive cousin. The main selling point is that the new device includes FlowMotion continuous bed motion scanning technology, an offering that was previously introduced on Siemens Biograph mCT Flow PET/CT.
June 12, 2017
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Siemens Healthineers collaborates with Relaymed to extend cloud-based connectivity offerings for POC instruments
Siemens Healthineers announced today its strategic alliance with Relaymed to bring customers secure, cloud-based connectivity for Siemens DCA Vantage® Analyzer and CLINITEK Status® point-of-care (POC) instruments. With Relaymed integration, patient test results are automatically and instantly sent from the POC instruments to physician-office electronic health record (EHR) systems, reducing the likelihood of human error by eliminating the manual input step. Through its collaboration with Relaymed, Siemens Healthineers aims to enable healthcare providers to meet their current challenges and excel in their respective environments.
July 26, 2017
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Siemens Healthineers enters into definitive agreement to acquire Epocal from Alere
Siemens Healthineers has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Epocal Inc., a subsidiary of Alere Inc. Epocal Inc. develops and provides point-of-care blood diagnostic systems for healthcare enterprises, including the epoc® Blood Analysis System, a handheld, wireless testing solution. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. The transaction is subject to the completion of Abbott's acquisition of Alere, as well as antitrust approvals and other customary closing conditions.
July 26, 2017
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Siemens Healthineers expands informatics capabilities for point-of-care testing with acquisition of Conworx Technology
Siemens Healthineers announced today the company is expanding its informatics capabilities for point-of-care testing with the acquisition of Conworx Technology GmbH, the Berlin-based developer of point-of-care device interfaces and data management solutions. The addition of the Conworx suite--including UniPOC and POCcelerator--complements the Siemens Healthineers award-winning RAPIDComm Data Management System and will elevate the informatics offerings for the point-of-care market by delivering open connectivity for more than 100 different instruments from all major manufacturers.
July 26, 2017
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Siemens Healthineers introduces new platform for computed tomography at ECR 2017
For the first time at ECR in Vienna (March 1 — 5) the healthcare division of Siemens AG will be appearing under its new brand — Siemens Healthineers — and with the motto, "Let's shape the future of healthcare together". the company's strategic goal is to help healthcare providers worldwide to meet their current challenges and to excel in their respective environments using products and solutions that increase efficiency and reduce costs.
March 3, 2017
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Siemens Healthineers Siemens unveils new brand name for healthcare business
Today Siemens Healthcare unveiled its new brand name Siemens Healthineers. The new brand underlines Siemens Healthcare's pioneering spirit and its engineering expertise in the healthcare industry. It is unique and bold and best describes the Healthcare organization and its people -- the people accompanying, serving and inspiring customers -- the people behind outstanding products and solutions.
July 26, 2017
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Siemens launches new cloud-based network to help connect imaging departments across the UK
Siemens Healthineers has launched its new cloud-based network, encouraging connectivity, comparison and collaboration across imaging departments in the UK. the teamplay network makes it possible to assess the capacity utilisation of imaging devices, the various work sequences and individual examinations in an uncomplicated and easy-to-follow way. Imaging departments are able to compare this data, in anonymised form, against values from similar healthcare providers for objective analysis, in turn helping hospitals implement long term improvements.
September 15, 2016
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Siemens, DHS warn of "low skill" exploits against medical scanners
Exploits affecting Windows 7-based PET/CT, SPECT/CT scanners are publicly available.
August 4, 2017
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Siemens Unveils Symbia Intevo Bold SPECT/CT, a Scanner Built to Offer Multiple Scanning Applications
Siemens is unveiling a new SPECT/CT (single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography) system in the coming days at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging in Denver, Colorado. The Symbia Intevo Bold SPECT/CT can be used in either modality, allowing a hospital to offer SPECT and CT imaging on a single machine. This creates options such as using the system as a primary or backup CT scanner and helping to faster process patients that need both SPECT and CT imaging.
June 8, 2017
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Silver Nanowire Skin Sensor for Measuring Hydration Levels
Athletes, soldiers, miners, and many others can suffer from dehydration, potentially putting them in mortal danger. Monitoring hydration levels within the body out in the field remains a challenge, but researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a technology that may prove to be a consistent way of gauging hydration.
February 1, 2017
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'Simple Choice Plans' to Debut In 2017 Marketplace Enrollment
Despite much hand-wringing about health insurers exiting the marketplaces where people buy individual coverage, in many areas consumers will likely still have a choice of plans when the 2017 open enrollment starts in November. Aiming to make picking a plan easier, the federal government, which runs the marketplaces in roughly two-thirds of states, is encouraging insurers to offer "simple choice plans" as an option this fall.
September 2, 2016
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Simulating Blood Flow from Tomo Scans to Prep for Complex Surgeries
Modern CT and MRI scanners can provide a moving image of the heart, but they don't show the complicated patterns of blood flow in and around the organ. Seeing the dynamic nature of patients' hemodynamics may help surgeons prepare for complicated operations.
February 15, 2017
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SJM's Proclaim Elite Spinal Cord Stimulator now FDA approved for Full-Body MRI Scans
St. Jude Medical has announced that its Proclaim Elite spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system is now approved for full-body MRI scanning, given that certain precautions are taken.
November 15, 2016
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Skin Patch Helps Control Peanut Allergies in Year-Long Study
The National Institutes of Health is touting results of a study it sponsored investigating a skin patch designed to treat peanut allergy. the device, called Viaskin Peanut, was developed by DBV Technologies, a company based in the suburbs of Paris, France. It delivers a small amount of peanut protein through the skin, training the immune system to deal with the allergen so that it can handle accidental eating of peanut-based products in the future.
October 27, 2016
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'Skinny Repeal' Bill Dies in Senate Vote
The Senate early Friday morning narrowly defeated a "skinny" repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
July 28, 2017
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Small molecule may stop infectious biofilms growing on medical implants
Modern medicine relies hugely on the ability to attach and implant devices to and in the human body to treat a wide range of diseases and conditions. However, a big problem with their use is the fact that they offer prime real estate for the colonization of bacteria into resilient and hard-to-treat "biofilms" that result in chronic infections and increased treatment costs.
March 23, 2017
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Small, Cheap, Disposable Sensors for Detecting Organic Volatile Compounds in Breath
At the University of Illinois, researchers have developed small, extremely sensitive detectors of volatile organic compounds, seemingly capable of sensing such chemicals at concentrations even our noses can't detect. While there are a lot of applications for such technology in medicine and other fields, the researchers chose to detect ammonia in exhaled breath, a biomarker for kindey disease, as a proof of concept for the sensors.
May 19, 2017
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Smart Contactless Clothing Monitors Vital Signs
Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute and ECLAT Textiles announced iSmartweaR, a clothing line designed to monitor vital signs. Its main feature is that it's contactless, allowing you to move without restrictions as you track your heart rate and breathing rates. the company uses these two data points to then provide you with insight into your physical activity, sleep quality, and emotional state.
November 21, 2016
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Smart Hanging Robot Keeps People Walking During Rehab
At the Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, a new robotic rehabilitation system has been developed that's smart enough to continuously and very finely adjust itself to the patient's rehab needs.
July 27, 2017
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Smart lab design presented at the Asia Pharma R&D Leaders Summit 2017 by M+W Group
M+W Group was invited as a thought leadership company to participate in the Asia Pharma R&D Leaders Summit 2017, a key pharma R&D event in China, being held in Shanghai, China.
March 29, 2017
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Smart Scar-Care Personalized Dual Therapy Device for Hypertrophic Scars
At the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) engineers have developed a innovative pad for treating hypertrophic scars and keloids. Such scars have a great deal of built-up collagen inside, forcing the scar to swell and protrude from the rest of the skin. Delivering pressure onto the scar via a pad helps it to heal better.
May 1, 2017
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Smart Shoe Insoles Pair With Smartphone App to Provide Gait Info on Every Step
A proper running technique focusing on every step can help an athlete increase efficiency while preventing injury. Specifically, how the foot strikes the ground can affect performance, comfort, and even pain following an exercise routine.
June 2, 2017
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Smart Tactile Touchpad Helps Visually Impaired People Better Understand Their Surroundings
At Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, engineers have developed a novel touchpad that can represent various objects, idea, and locations to help visually impaired people to learn, navigate, and interact with the world.
May 17, 2017
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Smart Undergarment to Prevent Back Pain
Engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed a smart undergarment that supports the back during lifting tasks, to reduce the risk of back injury. The team recently unveiled the technology at the Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Brisbane, Australia.
August 2, 2017
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Smarter MRI diagnosis with nano MRI lamp
A research team led by CHEON Jinwoo at the Center for Nanomedicine, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), developed the Nano MRI Lamp: a new technology platform that tunes the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signals "ON" only in the presence of the targeted disease.
February 6, 2017
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Smartphone App Evaluates Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep/Wake Activity
At the Ben-Gurion University in Israel researchers have developed a smartphone-based system for evaluating a patient's obstructive sleep apnea, as well as sleep-wake activity, an analysis of how sleepy one feels. the hope is that this technology, which is easy and cheap to use, may one day serve as an option over traditional polysomnography in some studies.
January 13, 2017
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Social factors impact hospitals' readmission penalty measures, study shows
A team of researchers led by a University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty member found that measures to evaluate readmission rates at children's hospitals would be more accurate if the social factors of the patients are included.
May 23, 2017
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Social, economic inequity and structural barriers can prevent women from achieving hospital birth in Nepal
Encouraging hospital births are an important component of reducing maternal mortality in low-resource settings. Now, new research shows certain factors, including age and income, determine whether women living in rural Nepal have home births or hospital deliveries.
September 2, 2016
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Soft Tunable Robots for Medical Applications
At the ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, researchers have been working on novel soft robots that can have unique properties for various clinical applications. Specifically, the researchers want to use these on the human body, which is itself soft and doesn't always play well with rigid devices.
October 13, 2016
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Solid-state NMR in structural biology: an interview with Professor Tatyana Polenova
Please can you give a brief overview of your work and the techniques you use?
September 21, 2016
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SOMATOM Drive, a Newly FDA Cleared High Speed General Purpose CT
Siemens announced that the FDA cleared its new SOMATOM Drive dual source CT scanner, a general purpose imaging system for use in a variety of cases, including cardiology, EM, and pediatrics.
August 30, 2016
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Some Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse Epidemic
Patients are 30 percent more likely to get hooked on painkillers if their ER physician prescribes them frequently
February 15, 2017
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Sony to release 4K 3D Medical Monitors for Surgical Applications
Sony just announced that it will soon be releasing a lineup of 4K medical monitors with 3D visualization capabilities, the first medical monitors to have such features simultaneously. Previously, 3D was only available at most on 1080p (HD) screens, but now the image quality can be up to four times sharper.
October 18, 2016
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SP Scientific announce new freeze dryer for robust and cost-effective cycle development
SP Scientific announces the LyoCapsule™ Freeze Dryer - an exciting new lyophilization instrument that delivers results comparable to larger R&D freeze dryers enabling a Quality by Design (QbD) approach to cycle development even when materials are highly expensive or limited in quantity. This addition aligns with SP's mission to provide 'line of sight' scale-up equipment and technology from R&D through to commercial freeze drying.
June 21, 2017
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Speak for Myself App Keeps Communication Lines Open with Intubated Patients
When a patient is intubated and on a ventilator, communication becomes a serious problem and can cause severe anxiety for many. Thanks to electronic tablets becoming ubiquitous, a nurse at the College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University has developed an app that can help patients rendered mute to communicate their needs and wishes.
September 23, 2016
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Sports injury app detects 99% more health conditions for college athletes than traditional medicine
A new cell phone app specializing in sports injury detection captured 99 percent more physical and mental health symptoms for college athletes than traditional sports medicine surveillance, according to new research.
October 30, 2016
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St. Jude Medical Gets FDA Green Light for Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation System for Parkinson's, Essential Tremor
St. Jude Medical is launching in the U.S. its Infinity deep brain stimulation (DBS) system for patients with Parkinson's disease or essential tremor, following FDA approval. the implant comes with a DBS directional lead, the first such lead to receive FDA approval. the lead has segmented contacts, each individually controlled to allow for flexibility in programming the device to achieve optimal results for different patients while minimizing unwanted side effects common to DBS.
October 7, 2016
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St. Jude's EnSite Precision Cardiac Mapping System Cleared in U.S.
St. Jude Medical won FDA clearance for its EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system and the Advisor FL Circular Mapping Catheter, Sensor Enabled. the electrophysiology system is intended to help identify ablation targets in patients with cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. It can be used with any electrophysiology catheters, and built-in tools help reduce radiation exposure by relying less on fluoroscopy.
December 19, 2016
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State medical licensing boards' practices may hurt physician mental health
The intrusive methods licensing boards use to evaluate physician impairment may actually promote stigma around mental health -- without improving patient safety
June 14, 2017
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States have tried versions of 'skinny repeal.' It didn't go well.
Betting that thin is in -- and might be the only way forward -- Senate Republicans are eyeing a "skinny repeal" that rolls back an unpopular portion of the federal health law. But experts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success.
July 27, 2017
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Stellarex Drug-Coated Balloon for PAD Approved by FDA
Spectranetics, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, won FDA approval to bring to the U.S. market its Stellarex drug-coated balloon catheter. The device is designed and indicated for helping to restore and keep open the lumen of superficial femoral and popliteal arteries in patients with peripheral artery disease.
July 27, 2017
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Stomach Acid-Powered Pills Monitor Health, Deliver Drugs
Ingestible electronic sensors may be a hard pill to swallow, but researchers believe the small voltaic cells could monitor physiological conditions or deliver drugs.
February 10, 2017
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Strategic plan sets priorities, research direction for nursing science
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has released a new strategic plan that details the institute's priorities for the conduct and support of future nursing science. the plan, "Advancing Science, Improving Lives: a Vision for Nursing Science," grew from NINR's 2011 Strategic Plan, past scientific accomplishments, and current research priorities. NINR is part of the National Institutes of Health.
September 15, 2016
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Strollair, The First True Outdoor Pollution Filter by Blue Skies (Interview)
Blue Skies, a Harvard Innovation Lab startup, has launched the first true outdoor pollution filter to keep you and your family safer (available for pre-order via Indiegogo). It is described by the company as the first and only thin filter capable of removing the three most common outdoor pollutants (particulate matter (PM), and chemical gases nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2)), whereas the best HEPA filters only effectively filter particulate pollutants.
June 13, 2017
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Stryker to Use Microsoft HoloLens Augmented Reality Goggles to Design ORs
Stryker, the company best known for orthopedic implants and devices, is also in the business of designing operating rooms. Planning an efficient surgical environment that can serve various needs has meant trying different configurations in real life, or on a small, flat computer screen.
February 27, 2017
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Study finds minimal differences in intensity of hospice services across different settings
A new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute has found only minimal differences in the intensity of hospice services provided in nursing homes as compared to hospice services provided to patients in assisted living facilities or their homes. However the mix of services did vary by site type.
March 24, 2017
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Study finds uneven Medicaid coverage for children's key mental health services in many states
A national study by researchers at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health--- shows an uneven picture of states' use of Medicaid to help families with young children gain access to mental health services.
September 2, 2016
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Study finds unnecessary referrals, testing in patients treated at hospital-based primary practices
Patients with common conditions such as back pain, headaches and upper respiratory infections are more likely to receive tests and services of uncertain or little diagnostic or therapeutic benefit--so-called low-value care--when they seek treatment in primary care clinics located at hospitals rather than at community-based primary care clinics, according to a nationwide study led by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
April 10, 2017
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Study investigates nursing care experienced by older black patients at high risk for readmission
As many as a quarter of all older adults discharged from an acute hospitalization will return within thirty days. Readmissions like these result in increased healthcare costs, functional decline and greater need for skilled nursing when transitioning back to community settings.
December 9, 2016
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Study links Spring Loaded Technology's Levitation Knee Brace to significant reduction in muscle fatigue
Research scientists find the Levitation Knee Brace enables users to perform 20 percent more squats
September 21, 2016
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Study looks at how incentives in Medicare Shared Savings Program may influence radiology practices
A new study by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute examines how the incentives in an alternative payment model (APM) - the Accountable Care Organization Shared Savings Program (ACO SSP) - might influence cost, quality, utilization and technological investment for radiology practices. the paper, published in collaboration with industrial engineers from Virginia Tech, is available online in the journal Health Care Management Science.
September 20, 2016
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Study provides better knowledge about healthcare burden of mitochondrial diseases
Mitochondrial diseases are a diverse group of disorders caused by mutated genes that impair energy production in a patient's cells, often with severe effects. When patients with these diseases are hospitalized, they incur high medical costs, and suffer higher-than-typical rates of comorbid diseases and in-hospital mortality. Researchers who analyzed those costs using national databases say their findings underscore the importance of developing preventive strategies and therapies for these illnesses.
June 28, 2017
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Study reports volume and cost of in-home care for children with special medical conditions
U.S. families provide nearly $36 billion annually in uncompensated medical care at home to children who have special health care needs, such as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis, according to a large national study.
December 28, 2016
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Study reveals 4% of deaths worldwide may be caused by long periods of sitting time
The next time you wrap up your work day and realise you've been sitting in front of the computer for almost eight straight hours, maybe you won't feel so proud of yourself. a new study, conducted in 54 countries around the world, declares that 3.8% of all deaths are due to the fact that society spends more than three hours a day sitting down.
September 21, 2016
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Study reveals safety of patient-administered sedatives during mechanical ventilation
New research takes a novel approach to traditional, clinician-only sedative delivery, finding that select critically ill patients can safely self-administer sedatives to manage their anxiety during mechanical ventilation.
July 3, 2017
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Study shows decrease in sudden cardiac arrest incidences among adults covered under ACA
The new study published on June 28 in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows significant reduction in the sudden cardiac arrest incidences among adults who gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and were not insured previously.
June 29, 2017
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Study shows increasing healthcare costs for infections linked to premise plumbing pathogens
A new analysis of 100 million Medicare records from U.S. adults aged 65 and older reveals rising healthcare costs for infections associated with opportunistic premise plumbing pathogens--disease-causing bacteria, such as Legionella--which can live inside drinking water distribution systems, including household and hospital water pipes.
September 12, 2016
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Study shows potential of 3D tracking system in improving accuracy of robot-assisted surgery
The study successfully demonstrates feasibility in live subjects (in-vivo) and demonstrates 3D tracking of tissue and surgical tools with millimeter accuracy in ex-vivo tests.
February 17, 2017
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Study: Four out of five endocrinologists have never received formal training on transgender care
Four out of five physicians who specialize in treating hormone health conditions have never received formal training on care for transgender individuals, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
January 11, 2017
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Study: New Medicine Service could save NHS England £517.6m
A scheme launched by the Department of Health in 2011 to help patients stick to their drug regimens has been so successful, that in its first five years, it will save NHS England £517.6m in the long-term, a team of health economists has found.
August 7, 2017
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Success as a female doctor: What is the recipe?
Major achievements are something that most of us strive for in our lives. We celebrate our successes with our peers, talk about them with our friends, and instill their value in our children.
June 28, 2017
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Sugar-Coated Nanomaterial Boosts Bone Growth
Until now there is no gold standard for the way in which orthopedic spine surgeons stimulate new bone growth in patients. Recently, Researchers from Northwestern University have designed a bioactive nanomaterial that is very good at stimulating bone regeneration and it could become the process surgeons may favor in the future.
June 19, 2017
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Super-resolution spectral imaging to monitor dynamic processes in real time
A new approach to increase resolution of multichannel spectrometers has now been developed by a team of researchers.
April 26, 2017
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SuperSnap Helps Verify Cleanliness of Reusable Endoscopes
Endoscopes are hard to clean due to all the little crevices where pathogens can hide, and this has led to quite a bit of controversy in the last couple of years. While more attention has been bestowed on this problem, there's still a lot of work left to do to improve cleaning procedures, as a recent study showed, so one can't be fully confident that a reused endoscope is free of contaminants.
July 27, 2017
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Sureglide Cesarean, a Delivery Scalpel that Helps Prevent Injuries to Babies
Ecomed Solutions out of Mundelein, Illinois has introduced the Sureglide Cesarean scalpel. the device is designed to prevent any injury to both the baby or the clinical staff during incision of the uterus.
January 24, 2017
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Surfacer Inside-Out Central Venous Access System approved in EU
Bluegrass Vascular, an aptly named San Antonio, Texas firm, won European approval for the Surfacer Inside-Out access catheter system. the product offers a new way of obtaining central venous access for catheter insertion, particularly in patients with vascular obstructions in the upper body.
August 30, 2016
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Survey reveals general surgery residents prefer flexible duty hours over standard work schedules
U.S. general surgery residents strongly prefer work hour policies that allow them the flexibility to work longer when needed to provide patient care over standard, more restrictive work schedules, according to results from a national survey conducted as part of the landmark Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) Trial.
November 14, 2016
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Svelte DIRECT RX Rapid Exchange Drug Eluting Stent System Cleared in Europe
The implant features sirolimus embedded within a proprietary amino acid-based polyesteramide material that slowly biodegrades while letting the drug seep out. the system can be used for direct stenting, without a separately delivered balloon, since its own high pressure balloon and the tough coating allow for thorough expansion of the blocked lumen. this can reduce procedure times and lead to better results for patients while allowing for faster turnover in the cath lab.
October 26, 2016
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Swallowable Battery to Power Ingestible Devices
At the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia this week, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have reported on a battery they developed that can be swallowed and later degraded safely by the GI system. the battery consists of safe and well known materials including pectin, melanin, and already widely used PLGA copolymer. Although the battery is expected to be excreted, if it does get stuck inside the body it will break up into small pieces and exit the body safely anyways.
August 29, 2016
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Sympfiny System for Dispensing Multiparticulate Medications
Multiparticulate medications can consist of beads, mini-tablets and microspheres encased in a coating that hides their flavor and prevents them from being dissolved before they reach the stomach. Benefits include the ability to make these medications have just about any flavor, to make them release the drug at a pre-programmed rate, and even release it in regular bursts.
May 10, 2017
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symphonX Single Port Laparoscopic System Launched in U.S.
Fortimedix Surgical, a Dutch firm, just announced that it's bringing to the U.S. its symphonX, a laparoscopic surgical system that fits through one standard 15 mm trocar.
October 18, 2016
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Syngene announces availability of latest version of GeneSys image capture software
Syngene, a world-leading manufacturer of image analysis solutions, is delighted to announce its GeneSys software has been upgraded to include an icon of pre-set optimised "stain-free" protein gel imaging conditions. this simple to use software, available to download free of charge to existing users of specified Syngene imaging systems, will save set-up time and ensure accurate stain-free protein gel images every time.
March 17, 2017
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Syngene introduces easy-to-use powerful NuGenius gel imaging system
Syngene, a world-leading manufacturer of image analysis solutions, is pleased to introduce the powerful, NuGenius gel imaging system. this easy-to-use system quickly generates high quality images of DNA gels and will suit laboratories looking for a sensitive, affordable routine gel imager.
March 17, 2017
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Syngene introduces new UV-Blue Light Converter Screens for its imaging systems
Syngene, a world-leading manufacturer of image analysis solutions, is pleased to introduce its UV-Blue Light Converters Screens which can quickly and simply change harmful UV into blue light. These screens offer a safe, affordable way of using the UV transilluminator in Syngene imaging systems to visualise DNA and protein gels labelled with many commercial fluorescent dyes.
March 17, 2017
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Tecan introduces new range of clear liquid handling disposable tips
Tecan has introduced a selection of clear Liquid Handling (LiHa) disposable tips, creating a one-stop shop for all your disposable tip needs. The new tips are intended for use with Air LiHa™, Air FCA™ and Cavro® ADP pipetting options, providing cost-effective, verified performance for applications that do not require capacitive liquid level detection (cLLD).
August 4, 2017
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Tack Endovascular System Cleared in Europe for Repair of Arterial Dissections Below Knee
Following a balloon angioplasty, an artery can sometimes develop a dissection, a potentially serious complication. the Tack endovascular system from Intact Vascular, a Wayne, Pennsylvania firm, received the CE Mark in Europe to be used to repair arterial dissections such as this in tibial arteries below the knee.
January 24, 2017
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Technology could help improve health care quality
Technology has promised to transform health care for years now. Multiple apps, devices, and other e-health approaches are being created to help the patient increase their awareness, education and accountability in their own health. In the not-so-distant future, technology will be able to continuously monitor, track and even diagnose a patient remotely.
December 21, 2016
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Telephone-based collaborative care program eases anxiety
A telephone-delivered collaborative care program for treating panic and generalized anxiety disorders in primary care is significantly more effective than doctors' usual care at improving health-related quality of life, anxiety and mood symptoms, new research has found.
March 1, 2017
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Temporary Graphene Tattoo Measures Vitals
IEEE Spectrum is reporting that researchers, Deji Akinwande and Nanshu Lu at the University of Texas at Austin, have developed a bio-integrated health sensor that can be applied to the skin like a temporary "tattoo" to take measurements of vitals signs. Utilizing graphene, the tattoo has a significantly smaller form factor than conventional sensor equipment. It is graphene's unique characteristics that lends the material to the flexible electronic tattoo. Its one atom thick structure allows it to be flexible enough to move with the skin while its mechanical resilience allows it to withstand damage from the stretching and compression the tattoo would undergo. Plus, being conductive makes it a perfect material for a minimalist and non-invasive vitals monitoring system.
January 17, 2017
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Teva to Distribute Pharmaceutical Grade Marijuana Dispenser
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, a famous Israeli pharma, is entering the medical marijuana industry by partnering with Syqe Medical, a company based in Tel Aviv, to distribute the Syqe inhaler.
December 19, 2016
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The 21st century tricorder: MrMobile goes hands-on with the Scio Spectrometer
The Scio Spectrometer phone allows you to scan all the things you put into your body and make sure they're good for you. Then, you can scan your body and make sure you're actually getting healthier! the perfect phone for the hypochondriac. While it's not a great phone by most measures, the spectrometer inside the phone is a truly interesting feature.
January 10, 2017
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The All of Us Research Program announces first community partner awards
Four organizations to support engagement of diverse communities in ambitious research effort.
July 25, 2017
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The beating heart of solar energy
First real-life study to provide data on the potential of powering medical implants with solar cells
January 3, 2017
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The Coming Future of Surgical Robotics: Interview with CEO of TransEnterix
TransEnterix is a late stage surgical robotics company founded in 2006. the company is dedicated to improving clinical outcomes through the use of robotics in surgery.
November 4, 2016
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The Complete Anatomy Platform: An Interview with Niall Johnston, President of 3D4Medical
3D4Medical's (Dublin, Ireland) award-winning Complete Anatomy digital educational platform facilitates the exploration of human anatomical characteristics that are difficult to visualize via traditional methods or without hands-on training.
December 19, 2016
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The digitization of medical knowledge
Tablet computer-based medical education and training improves exam results
May 4, 2017
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The future of medicine: Personal, ubiquitous and mobile
The perfect storm of technology trends is about to transform healthcare as mobile tech, genomics, connected devices and artificial intelligence combine.
July 4, 2017
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The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance unveils giant worm on Lake Geneva
Experts gather at Neglected Tropical Diseases Summit to demand more global action to tackle one of the world's biggest killers - schistosomiasis.
April 18, 2017
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The Horizon unveiled at PEGS 2017 by Halo Labs
Halo Labs announces the launch of a novel low volume, high throughput biopharmaceutical particle analysis system called the Horizon at PEGS 2017 in Boston on May 1st. the new system analyzes sub visible particulate matter in biopharmaceutical samples to enable for the first time rapid particle screening as early as candidate selection and pre-formulation.
April 21, 2017
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The Internet Can Help Treat Sick People In Rural America, But Most Lack Adequate Access
For many of us who live in cities or suburbs, doctors and hospitals are plentiful and nearby. That's not true for much of rural America, where medical care can be harder to come by. New broadband technology could help bridge that gap, providing care to people everywhere, but it's of little use if the folks who need it most aren't able to get online.
June 9, 2017
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The Lancet's special issue examines Germany's health system and emerging role as leader in global health
The German health system is the world's first social health insurance system and has proven remarkably resilient over its 135 year history marked by revolutions, wars, economic crises, and the separation and re-unification of the country. A series of gradual reforms, especially in the early years, has expanded the population groups and benefits covered, achieving near universal health coverage. Since its inception, the health system has been based on the principles of solidarity and self-governance.
July 6, 2017
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The Otter Newborn Warmer: a Low-cost Alternative to Complex Incubators
Design that Matters (DtM), a non-profit with the goal of developing medical devices to help combat pneumonia, jaundice, and hypothermia, is in the process of developing the Otter, a low-cost warming bassinet for newborns. the device is conceived as an alternative to complex and expensive incubators that are not always available in healthcare facilities in developing countries.
December 13, 2016
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The PatSim200 Patient Simulator: Interview with Andrew Upton of Seaward Group
Patient monitors collect and record data on the vital signs of patients. this includes heart-rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and respiration. However, making sure that such devices are functioning correctly means careful testing and maintenance. Hooking monitors up to patients or volunteers for the purposes of finding faults in the equipment is not always practical or reliable.
December 2, 2016
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The top five social media tools for physicians
Whether you are an avid tweeter, write a blog, or are a novice to professional social media, your online presence has the power to connect you with potential patients just down the street or colleagues working on similar research across the world.
June 26, 2017
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The True Cost of EpiPen Coupons
Facing public outrage over the price of its EpiPen auto-injectors, the drug company Mylan announced Thursday it was taking action to make the product more affordable.
August 25, 2016
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The union that roars: Nurses aren't giving up on California's single-payer push
To some, the California Nurses Association's political tactics in pushing for a single-payer health system seemed a bit, well, extreme.
July 11, 2017
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These paper-airplane drones may one day save your life
DARPA is funding autonomous cardboard airplanes that can carry medical supplies.
January 12, 2017
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Third Pole's On-Demand Portable iNO: Interview with Dr. Warren Zapol
Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) relaxes blood vessels in the lungs and is an important and life-saving treatment for pulmonary hypertension. Current iNO delivery solutions are estimated to cost $2,800 per day and rely on compressed gas delivery which limits accessibility and applicability of this technology worldwide.
June 7, 2017
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Three things I wish I'd known: Looking back at residency life
In a recent editorial, Suzanne Koven, M.D - primary care internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston - shared a letter that she wrote to her younger self.
July 4, 2017
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Three things you need to know when your patient is a doctor
When your patient is a fellow physician, the rulebook might have to go out of the window; assumptions on both sides can get in the way. But both physicians can stand to gain from this relationship.
July 12, 2017
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Tiny Barometric Sensor to Detect Presence of Disease Biomarkers
Researchers from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China and Washington State University have developed a novel type of sensor that works by measuring pressure changes induced by the production of oxygen (O2). The technology may miniaturize and make readily available testing of a wide variety of biomarkers. The team of researchers has already demonstrated how the technology can be used to detect thrombin, a blood clotting enzyme, and carcinoembryonic antigen, a protein related to a number of cancers.
June 26, 2017
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Tiny Embeddable Sensor Unveiled for Measuring pH, Chloride
Imec and Holst Centre, two sister research organizations based in Belgium and Holland, unveiled a tiny sensor for measuring a fluid's pH and chloride levels. Chloride is an electrolyte involved in a variety of cellular processes, including regulating the body's pH level. Being able to measure these parameters may make them popular metrics for assessing athletic performance and for personalized medicine.
December 20, 2016
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Tiny Forward Facing Ultrasound Drill to Bust Through Blood Clots
Intravascular ultrasound devices are used on a regular basis to break up blood clots. These devices deliver high frequency ultrasound energy from a side facing transducer, shaking up clots and opening up blood vessels. Because of engineering limitations that have resulted in ultrasound being emitted laterally, the clots don't break up as well as they should and the vessels themselves can get damaged.
June 15, 2017
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Tiny Wirelessly Powered Pacemaker Can Reside in Heart and Double as Defibrillator
While there are already pacemakers on the market that are so small that they fit inside the heart thus eliminating the need for electrode leads, these devices still depend on a battery that has a limited lifetime. Such implants require explantation and replacement eventually, procedures that can be difficult on patients, create additional cost, and pose challenge of choosing whether to have them implanted in the first place.
June 6, 2017
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TinyLogics Memo Box Mini: a Mini Medgadget Review
The goal of every effective consumer medical product is to be that perfect balance of attractiveness, simplicity, and practicality. Even modernizing something as basic as a pillbox requires seamless integration and minimal distraction to effectively and consistently improve medication adherence.
February 22, 2017
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Tissue Paper Made of Various Organs for Use in Wound Healing, Regenerative Medicine, Hormone Production
If you thought sheepskin paper, also known as vellum, is gross, get ready for "tissue paper" from Northwestern University. The material, made from organs mixed with a polymer in a multi-step process, may have a number of uses that are obvious, such as wound repair, and others that will have to be discovered.
August 8, 2017
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To cure all disease before 2100, start now, says Priscilla Chan
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative isn't procrastinating on its massive goal, even with a deadline almost a century from now.
October 20, 2016
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Top research projects from the University of Illinois at Chicago
In this Spotlight feature, we will take a look at some of the groundbreaking research being carried out at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and we speak with some of the scientists behind the big ideas.
April 20, 2017
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Toshiba Medical Releasing New Vantage Titan / Zen Edition 1.5T MRI Scanner
Toshiba Medical, now part of Canon Group, is releasing a new 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner with features that benefit both patient comfort and how efficiently exams are conducted.
June 21, 2017
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Tough Hydrogel Swells in Stomach for Drug Delivery
Researchers at MIT and Brigham & Women's Hospital have designed a hydrogel that can be swallowed and will stay in the stomach for several days as it delivers drugs.
July 26, 2017
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Toyota built a robot to help a paralyzed Army vet around the house
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June 30, 2017
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Trafficked people in England face significant barriers to access healthcare services, study finds
Trafficked people in England are often denied healthcare and face significant barriers to access NHS services, reveals new independent research funded by Department of Health Policy Research Programme and carried out by a team led by King's College London, the University of Stirling, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Central Lancashire.
September 29, 2016
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Transgender health care targeted in crusade to undo ACA
Solorah Singleton has been waiting years for breast augmentation. She doesn't want to jinx it now, but the Philadelphia resident thinks it's finally within reach.
July 13, 2017
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Traveling through scattering tissue with far less light
Medical applications of light, looking inside human tissue, often are limited by the highly scattering nature of tissue. Intuitively, a lower limit of one photon per camera pixel is assumed. Scientists now demonstrate that the lower limit is actually much lower, thus opening possibilities of going deeper into tissue with less light.
March 8, 2017
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Treating Pain with Virtual Reality: Interview with AppliedVR CEO Matthew Stoudt
AppliedVR is an exciting company that is using virtual reality to treat pain and anxiety in both inpatient and outpatient settings. the VR applications are designed by a multidisciplinary team for maximum therapeutic effect. Applied VR runs on the Gear VR and has two applications currently, Pain RelieVR and Anxiety RelieVR. Both have been shown in early studies to not only be effective, but in some cases superior to VR alternatives with similar gameplay/setting but lacking the targeted multidisciplinary design.
September 14, 2016
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TroClose1200 Trocar with Built-In Sutures for Rapid Closure of Abdominal Wall
Gordian Surgical, an Israeli company, won the European CE mark for its TroClose1200 laparoscopy trocar that has a built-in suturing system to close the abdominal wall once you're done with the procedure. the sutures are placed internally around the puncture once the trocar is positioned and are brought together by simply pulling on the lines once the laparoscopic instruments are removed.
September 7, 2016
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Tulane University receives $12 million NIH grant to develop drug and vaccine against Lassa fever
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Tulane University more than $12 million to test a promising drug treatment against Lassa fever and develop a vaccine against the deadly disease endemic in parts of West Africa.
July 11, 2017
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Two methods to de-identify large patient datasets greatly reduced risk of re-identification
Two de-identification methods, k-anonymization and adding a 'fuzzy factor,' significantly reduced the risk of re-identification of patients in a dataset of 5 million patient records from a large cervical cancer screening program in Norway.
July 28, 2017
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Two-thirds of UK patients wait between one and two weeks for GP appointment, Push Doctor study reveals
Data from Push Doctor reveals two-thirds of patients in the UK wait between one and two weeks to see a doctor
July 28, 2017
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U.S. Abortion Rate Drops to Lowest in Decades
There were 926,200 abortions in 2014, a 12.5 percent drop from 1.06 million abortions in 2011, according to the study released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, the Associated Press reported.
January 17, 2017
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UC Davis study finds morning huddle improves patient flow
Patient flow improved after the implementation of a daily morning huddle, according to a UC Davis study published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.
May 25, 2017
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Ultrasound Technology Startup Sonavex Raises $3M Series A and Expands Board: Medgadget Interview
Sonavex, a Baltimore-based medical device company, has announced a raise of $3M in financing including the first close of its Series A round led by Grey Sky Partners. Recently named Maryland's 2016 Incubator Company of the Year, Sonavex is focused on improving surgical patient outcomes with point-of-care imaging technologies. Other organizations participating in this financing include CRCM Venture Capital, TEDCO, and the Abell Foundation.
June 12, 2017
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UK gave Google's DeepMind access to patient data without legal basis
"We haven't shared patient data with other Google products, services," says DeepMind boss.
May 16, 2017
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UK Medical announce range expansion of biopsy products to interventional products
A Sheffield healthcare company has today announced a strategic 'buy out' from its parent company, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a deal which will see the company independently trade once again as UK Medical Ltd.
April 3, 2017
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Ultrasound Therapy for Musculoskeletal Injuries: a Medgadget Interview with Michael Slayton, CEO of Guided Therapy Systems
Guided Therapy Systems (GTS), a company based in Mesa, Arizona, is at the forefront of ultrasonic therapy and imaging. Founded in 1994, GTS is the first company in the world that commercialized the combined use of ultrasound imaging with intense therapeutic ultrasound (ITU). Actisound, their latest product to be developed using ITU, is a low-cost, painless and easy to use device that can be used to treat musculoskeletal injuries. According to a 2016 report, one in two Americans present with some sort of musculoskeletal conditions that cost an estimated $213 billion in treatment and through lost wages.
February 16, 2017
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Uncertain Fate of Health Law Giving Health Industry Heartburn
Six years into building its business around the Affordable Care Act, the nation's $3 trillion health care industry may be losing that political playbook.
November 21, 2016
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University of Birmingham secures NIHR funding to launch Global Health Research Group
The University of Birmingham has secured £2 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to launch a research group aimed at improving healthcare for patients with lung diseases around the world.
July 14, 2017
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln wins $11.3 million NIH grant to establish CIBC
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has earned an $11.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a research center focused on investigating cellular level miscommunications that contribute to complex diseases such as cancer, Diabetes and chronic liver disease.
August 31, 2016
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University of Utah investigators receive $25 million grant to improve clinical research
Investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine's Data Coordinating Center have been awarded a seven-year, $25 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health, to form one of three Trial Innovation Centers (TIC) to improve clinical research.
July 29, 2016
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University of Warwick researchers receive £1.5 million grant to tackle psychosis in India
University of Warwick researchers are to improve the lives of India's millions of psychosis sufferers.
July 14, 2017
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UNSW set to become home to world's first pre-production prototype of high resolution microscope
Cancer researchers in NSW will now have access to a range of cutting edge technology, including a world-first super-resolution microscope at UNSW, thanks a $4 million investment by the Cancer Institute NSW. These new technologies will change the way researchers view cancer cells and how they interact in the body, giving insights that will enable researchers to develop new cures and treatments for people with cancer in NSW and around the world.
September 13, 2016
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UofL researchers receive NIH funding to explore how environmental exposures influence health of children
The National Institutes of Health today announced a team of researchers headed by Janice Sullivan, M.D., of the University of Louisville is among grant recipients nationwide receiving funding for a seven-year, multicenter initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO).
September 21, 2016
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Update from London Global Forum on Life Science Innovation
The two-day Global Forum on Life Science Innovation came to London last week, bringing together participants from industry, academia, and advocacy charities. the program's speakers included a number of Directors of Research who set out the pressing global issues facing the life sciences sector and showcased some exciting new innovations for combating these challenges.
May 2, 2017
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Update from Westminster Health Forum: Next Steps for Medical Technologies, Devices, and Diagnostics
Last week in London, UK the Westminster Health Forum event brought together clinicians, policymakers, and industry experts to discuss current challenges and future opportunities for innovation in the UK health sector.
July 10, 2017
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UPnRIDE Mobility Device Lets Disabled People Stand While Strolling the Streets
Reuters is reporting that UPnRIDE Robotics, an Israeli firm, is releasing its innovative mobility device that combines the capabilities of a powered wheelchair wither either a standing or sitting position for its user. the UPnRIDE at first looks like a high tech wheelchair, but after the person is strapped into the harness it can rise up and place the person into a fully upright position.
September 13, 2016
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US hospital's iPad patient plan and Apple's bid for mHealth
Using an Apple each day will keep you well
October 20, 2016
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US hospitals giving patients access to their health data by rolling out iPads
Apple seems to be quite pro-active in its attempt at giving everyone access to an iPad. In the past few years the company moved quite aggressively to get into the education sector with some mixed results, and now several US hospitals have started rolling out these tablets to patients with extended hospital stays, in a bid to give them more access to their health data.
July 17, 2017
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Use of the Quorum Cryo-SEM preparation system in microbial cell biology with electron cryotomography at the Jensen Laboratory
Quorum Technologies, market and technology leaders in electron microscopy coating and cryogenic preparation products, report on how their PP3010T Cryo-SEM preparation system is being used in the preparation of hydrated whole cells to be imaged using electron cryotomography in the Jensen Laboratory located at HHMI Caltech.
February 1, 2017
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Using Modern Technology to Gamify Medication Adherence
Please give a general overview of medication adherence, how this affects patients and healthcare.
July 11, 2017
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Using photoluminescent nanorods as ultimate probes of fluid flow
A Franco-Dutch international collaboration involving researchers from the laboratories of Condensed Matter Physics and Hydrodynamics at Paris-Saclay University and the Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam has resulted in a new method for very precise determination of fluid flow in capillary networks in realtime.
June 19, 2017
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UV nano flow cell from Knauer receives Best of Industry award 2017
The UV nano flow cell with fiber optics technology from KNAUER received the Best of Industry award 2017 from Huber Verlag für Neue Medien GmbH.
June 30, 2017
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VA hospitals adopt 3D printers to create custom prostheses
Hospitals can share designs over a nationwide 3D printer network
March 16, 2017
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VA Resignations After Maggots Found in Man's Wound
After a resident of an Oklahoma veterans facility was found to have maggots in a wound, four medical staff at the center resigned instead of possibly being fired.
December 5, 2016
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VA to Refer some Vets to CVS MinuteClinics for Care
Veterans Administration, the VA and CVS have partnered for a test program that will have the pharmacy chain's MinuteClinic urgent care centers treating some veterans for minor injuries and ailments.
April 18, 2017
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VA's final rule leads to underutilization of CRNAs in VHA facilities
Despite documented evidence confirming that veterans are experiencing delays for essential healthcare services due to lack of anesthesia support in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published its final rule granting full practice authority to all advanced practice registered nurses except Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).
December 14, 2016
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Varian unveils speedy new Halcyon Image-Guided Volumetric IMRT System
Varian is introducing the Halcyon, a new image-guided volumetric intensity modulated radiotherapy system that the firm says was designed, essentially from the ground up, to speed up and make easier the imaging, therapy, and even installation of the machine and the training required to use it.
May 10, 2017
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Varian's Halcyon Image-Guided Volumetric Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy System Now FDA Cleared
Having unveiled it only two months ago, Varian has announced receiving FDA clearance for its Halcyon image-guided volumetric IMRT system.
July 4, 2017
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Vectra WB360 Whole-Body Skin Lesion Mapping System
Canfield Scientific (Parsippany, NJ) have recently installed the first commercial Vectra WB360 whole-body skin lesion mapping system. Skin cancer can develop from lesions on the skin, such as moles. If a lesion begins to change shape or size it might be turning cancerous. For people at risk of skin cancer, such as those who have already suffered from the disease, it is important to monitor the lesions on their skin to see if any are beginning to show signs of cancer.
May 18, 2017
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Venneos launches a device for faster, better imaging of individual cells in biotech
The imaging technologies used in the medical and biotech fields may be powerful and indispensable for research and diagnosis, but they can also be slow and clumsy – relics of techniques that go back decades. Venneos wants to change that with its CAN-Q method and device, which allow easy and continuous monitoring of a handful of individual cells without any of the fuss or mystery of existing solutions.
January 5, 2017
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VERA: Virtual Physical Therapy in the Comfort of your Own Home
Reflexion Health, a digital healthcare company based in San Diego, has been busy promoting their Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA) since receiving FDA clearance in November of 2015. VERA is an all-in-one device that utilizes a tele-rehab platform to help patients perform prescribed in-home exercise programs while monitoring their compliance and reporting results back to their physical therapists. the goal is to increase patient access to rehabilitation services while also improving patient adherence.
December 29, 2016
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Vercise Gevia Deep Brain Stimulation System with Visual Brain Targeting Software Cleared in Europe
Boston Scientific won the CE Mark of approval, allowing for the introduction of the Vercise Gevia Deep Brain Stimulation System in Europe. The Vercise Gevia is indicated for patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson's, dystonia, and essential tremor, helping to calm down involuntary muscle activity that creates serious quality of life issues.
June 8, 2017
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Vericred Announces Medicare Advantage Market Addition to Health Insurance Data Platform
Last month Vericred, a healthcare data services company, announced the addition of a provider-network notification capability to its suite of services, a first for the healthcare data industry. This week, Vericred took another important step to expand their offering with the addition of Medicare Advantage plan design and rate data, provider-network data, and formulary data.
July 19, 2017
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Vericred Offers Industry First Provider-Network Notification Service (Interview)
When providers transition amongst coverage networks, the results can be unexpected out-of-network bills to patients and an administrative burden on healthcare businesses managing coverage. Representing an important step forward in the trend towards increased transparency in healthcare, today, Vericred, based in New York City, is releasing a new offering in the form of provider-network notifications.
June 9, 2017
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Veterans Affairs researchers discover alleles of certain genes that offer protection from GWI
Veterans Affairs researchers have found that certain forms, or alleles, of a gene known to play a key role in the immune system appear to offer protection from Gulf War illness. Further, they discovered how such protection is manifested in the brain.
November 17, 2016
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Video Demonstration and Update of Spectranetics' Bridge Occlusion Balloon
More than 7 million patients worldwide live with pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). These devices are connected to the heart through leads. In some cases, such as lead infection, failure, or recall, it becomes necessary to extract the leads and replace them with new ones. At this time, 15,000 to 20,000 lead extractions are performed annually in the United States.
June 1, 2017
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Video Previews Augmented Reality Technology in Operating Room
Augmented reality, a technology that overlays virtual graphics onto a user's field of view, may turn out to be a very useful tool for surgical planning and collaboration. HoloEyes, a Japanese firm that aims to bring AR into the operating room, has released a video that gives a glimpse of such a future where surgeons waving their arms in the air as they analyze and manipulate 3D tomography scans.
January 12, 2017
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Virtual Human Patients Effective for Practicing for Difficult to Present Diagnoses
For many doctors, being able to have a compassionate but frank discussion with a newly diagnosed patient is one of the most difficult parts of the job. Medical Cyberworlds, a Madison, Wisconsin firm, developed interactive software called MPathic-VR that lets medical students and clinicians practice difficult interactions.
May 12, 2017
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Virtual liver model could reduce number of animal experiments
The liver is crucial for the detoxification of the human body. the exposure to toxins makes it particularly prone to drug-induced injury. Cholestasis, the impairment of bile flow, is therefore a common problem of drug development and occurs for example upon drug overdose. for this reason new active substances must be tested using animal research to prevent liver toxicity.
March 27, 2017
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Virtualizing a Venerable Medical Journal
As a global brand, the British Medical Journal relies on a digital platform–with virtual machines and a cloud infrastructure–to reach its worldwide audience.
February 1, 2017
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VoxelCloud Automated Medical Image Analysis: Interview with Xiaowei Ding, CEO of VoxelCloud
VoxelCloud, a startup based out of Los Angeles and with a presence in Suzhou and Shanghai, China, has developed a suite of artificial intelligence and cloud computing technologies to assist doctors in interpreting medical images. The technology provides fully automated medical imaging analysis, and can be used with various imaging techniques, such as computed tomography or digital color imaging of the retina.
June 19, 2017
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Wakely Consulting Group
independent actuaries specializing in services for health insurers, HMOs, health care providers, and self insured employers.
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Warp 3 Medical Recorder for Ultrasound and Vital Signs Monitoring Anywhere
Warp United, a company based in Shenzhen, China, is bringing to market its Warp 3 Medical Recorder. Weighing only a couple pounds (1 Kg), the device can be connected to compatible ultrasound transducers and to a vital signs module that can simultaneously collect 6 channel ECG, pulse rate, SpO2, temperature, and blood pressure measurements.
January 4, 2017
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Waverly Labs: Breaking Down Language Barriers to Improve how Healthcare Providers Deliver Care
Waverly Labs, a New York City company, hopes to create a world without language barriers through Pilot, the first smart earpiece language translator. Language barriers in healthcare lead to poor patient satisfaction and reduced health outcomes. Healthcare providers and patients experience frustrations on a daily basis with how to communicate more effectively. Pilot may have the ability to change that forever.
November 30, 2016
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Wearables show what "healthy" means for you–then tell if you're not
Unlike snapshot doctor visits, wearables get full baseline for precision medicine.
January 13, 2017
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Weston General Hospital switches to smartphone-based technology to simplify ward assessments
Medical staff at Weston General Hospital are switching to smartphone-based technology to communicate patient details as an 'archaic' paper-based system is dropped.
March 30, 2017
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What healthcare CISOs should know
"Are we more secure today than yesterday?' is the question every healthcare organization needs to asks itself every day. in order to develop a more effective security posture, says Rami Essaid, CEO of Distil Networks.
May 9, 2017
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What If you Could Take Health Insurance with You?
Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas have promoted the idea that consumers should have a "health care backpack," which would make it possible to take insurance from job to job or when moving, starting a business or retiring.
March 1, 2017
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WheelAir Helps Keep Wheelchair Users' Back Cool and Comfy
Being in a wheelchair for long periods at a time can be difficult on the body in a number of ways. One issue, particularly common in the summer, is the back not receiving enough ventilation. This prevents cooling of the back, creates the buildup of sweat, and discomfort. A new device is now on KickStarter looking for crowdfunding that may be a cheap and easy solution to keeping the back cool and comfortable.
June 5, 2017
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When high deductibles hurt: Even insured patients postpone care
In November 2015, Tina Heck was in her garage lifting 40-pound bags of wood pellets to fuel her heating stove, when something went very wrong with her back.
July 28, 2017
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White House, Lawmakers Revisit Health Care Bill
Proposal would make it tougher for people with pre-existing medical problems, reports say
April 4, 2017
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Who knew Senate health bill debate could be so complicated?
So the Senate has voted to start debate on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Now what?
July 25, 2017
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WHO launches new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage worldwide
To mark Universal Health Coverage Day, the World Health Organization today launched a new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) around the world. the portal shows where countries need to improve access to services, and where they need to improve information.
December 14, 2016
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WHO: Countries Should Use Taxes on Sugary Drinks
Countries worldwide should use taxes to increase the price of sugary drinks as a way to combat obesity, Diabetes and tooth decay, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
October 11, 2016
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Why Would a Hospital Charge you for Holding your Newborn Baby?
Though there are many kinds of surprises you might find on your bill after a trip to the hospital, some seem too strange to be true. for example, a new father in Utah who was amused to find a charge for the moment his wife held their newborn baby against her chest. what in the world?
October 5, 2016
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Widely adopted blood transfusion practice may not benefit non-trauma patients, MGH study suggests
A study from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) finds that a blood transfusion practice previously studied only in patients with severe traumatic injuries has been widely adopted within the hospital for surgical patients without traumatic injuries. not only has this practice not been shown to benefit non-trauma patients, the MGH study suggests that it may be harmful to some, an observation that indicates the need for more research.
March 9, 2017
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Will these three innovations change your clinical practice?
Wearable gadgets, personalized diagnostics, and computer-assisted music: the world of healthcare technology aims to improve the patient experience, contribute to long-term health outcomes and, ultimately, make it easier for physicians to deliver care.
April 25, 2017
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Wired Health 2017: best of consumer innovations
Wired Health is a yearly event that showcases fresh technology that is making waves in medical science. new products on display show how medical researchers are striving to meet the demands of an ever-changing health landscape.
March 13, 2017
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Wireless Connected Metered Dose Inhaler Tracks Medication Compliance
H&T Presspart, a manufacturer for the drug delivery industry, and Cohero Health, a firm developing smart respiratory disease management technology, have teamed up to create a wireless connected metered dose inhaler for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
December 9, 2016
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WiSE Wireless Ultrasound-based LV Pacer to be Tried in U.S.
Because of the nuances of our anatomy, it is essentially impossible to get a cardiac lead into the endocardium of the left ventricle and have it securely stay there. Yet it is the left ventricle that is the best target to regulate cardiac rhythms in many circumstances.
September 15, 2016
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Withings Thermo: a Medgadget Review
There is consolation in the fact that technology is moving forward and there are companies out there that are ready to take on established players and introduce new interesting devices, even in boring fields such as at-home thermometers. Withings, now part of Nokia, offered Medgadget a chance to play with their Withings Thermo, and we liked the device very much.
December 5, 2016
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WONTECH Picocare Laser System for Tattoo Removal Cleared by FDA
Korean company WONTECH won FDA clearance to introduce its Picocare laser-based tattoo removal device. The system relies on a Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet) laser that generates light in a choice of four different wavelengths and delivers it in pulses lasting only 750 picoseconds (.00000000075 s). The laser light is able to break up tattoos of different pigments, the company claiming that it does so better than longer pulsed nanosecond lasers.
June 26, 2017
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World first self-donning system for surgical gowns
Scientists have succeeded in developing a safe and easy self-donning and self-adjusting surgical gown called 'Selfgown,' which could also minimize environmental infection from splashes when taking off gloves.
May 16, 2017
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World's First Cybathlon Points to a Bright Future for Powered Prosthetic Technologies
This week the world's first Cybathlon was held in Zurich, Switzerland, involving 66 teams representing many countries from around the world. it's similar to the Paralympics, but instead of being purely a contest pitting athletes against each other, the Cybathlon is also a competition of technologies.
October 13, 2016
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Wrist Worn Wearable Measures Glucose, Cortisol, and Interleukin-6 from Sweat
Researchers at University of Texas at Dallas may have revolutionized diabetes management thanks to a remarkable new wrist-worn sensor that is able to continuously and accurately monitor glucose, cortisol, and interleukin-6 in perspired sweat for up to a week. These days, blood has to be drawn and levels of cortisol and interleukin-6 can only be measured once in a while and not continuously.
June 27, 2017
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Xavant's NMS 460 Peripheral Nerve Stimulator for Pain Relief Cleared by FDA
Xavant Technology, a company based in Pretoria, South Africa, won FDA clearance for its NMS 460 peripheral nerve stimulation system. The device is used to address chronic intractable pain, post-surgical pain, post-traumatic acute pain, and for pain control arising from rehab routines.
August 2, 2017
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Xeltis Fully Bioabsorbable Pulmonary Valve Implanted for First Time
Xeltis, a Swiss-Dutch firm, announced that its bioabsorbable pulmonary heart valve has been implanted for the first time into three pediatric patients. the trial is investigating the survival rate of patients following right ventricular outflow tract reconstructions using the new device.
October 7, 2016
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Xprecia Stride Handheld Coagulation Analyzer Cleared for Sale in U.S.
Siemens won FDA clearance for its Xprecia Stride handheld coagulation analyzer, a device designed to speed up testing of patients on warfarin, an anti-coagulant, and make the procedure a bit safer.
October 5, 2016
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Yale researchers compare efficacy of four PD-L1 assay tests
In a recent study, a Yale Cancer Center team compared the performance of the four available PD-L1 assay tests. they found that one of the assays failed to reveal comparable levels of PD-L1, a tumor-promoting protein, while three others revealed comparable levels. the findings were presented September 26 at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 2016 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology in Chicago.
September 23, 2016
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Your credit score soon will get a buffer from medical-debt wrecks
For many consumers, an unexpected health care calamity can quickly burgeon into a financial calamity. Just over half of all the debt that appears on credit reports is related to medical expenses, and consumers may find that their credit score gets as banged up as their body.
July 11, 2017
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Your data is probably safer with Facebook than with your hospital
So says Stripe CEO Patrick Collison on the latest episode of Recode Decode.
May 15, 2017
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Your next nurse could be a robot
The nursing assistant for your next trip to the hospital might be a robot. this is the implication of research recently published by Dr. Elena De Momi and colleagues in the open access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI.
October 5, 2016
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Zeraph Flo review: a smart thermometer worth keeping in your bag
Is the convenience of a smart thermometer worth the price?
November 3, 2016
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Zeus introduces new MRI-compatible LCP monofilament for vascular interventions
Magnetic resonance imaging uses a strong magnetic field to image the body and is known as the gold standard in diagnostic imaging. this non-invasive imaging technique can be used to diagnose several medical conditions because of its superior ability to visualize soft tissue.
September 15, 2016
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