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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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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 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 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 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 Stethoscope for Knees to Detect Injury, Measure Recovery
Those crackling sounds of knees in the morning may sound scary, but there's constant noise coming out of moving joints that we just don't hear. Normal sounds may indicate healthy knees while unusual ones may point to something not quite right. Researchers at Georgia Tech are now investigating a sort of stethoscope for the knees, consisting of microphones and a film-based vibration sensor, stuck to the leg that listen for and interpret the sounds coming from within.
May 26, 2016
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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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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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Accuray's new Radixact Radiotherapy System FDA Cleared
Accuray just announced receiving FDA 510(k) clearance for its Radixact image guided radiotherapy system. it's an upgrade on their popular TomoTherapy system, with the new device sporting a more powerful linear accelerator, megavoltage computed tomography (MVCT) imaging, and helical delivery of the radiation. it's expected to be released for sale within the next few months.
June 27, 2016
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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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ACP provides physician perspective on rising prescription drug prices
The American College of Physicians (ACP) today provided physician perspective on the escalating cost of prescription drugs, the impact of the costs on internal medicine physicians and their patients, and support for the intent of the bipartisan Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act of 2016 to reduce anti-competitive practices.
June 22, 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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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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Aer-O-Scope Colonoscope now with Working Channels FDA Cleared
GI View, an Israeli firm, won FDA clearance for its Aer-O-Scope colonoscopy system with integrated working channels. the original Aer-O-Scope colonoscope was previously FDA cleared for colorectal cancer screening, but the new model now has two working channels that can be used to deliver things like snares and forceps for biopsies and polypectomies.
September 22, 2016
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Affordable Care Act made cancer screening more accessible for millions, study finds
The Affordable Care Act helped make recommended cancer screening more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans, according to new research.
January 19, 2017
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AGA introduces patient education initiative to help provide efficient care
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) recognizes that physicians' time with patients is shrinking at the same time that patients want to share decision making with their providers. to help our members and their patients come together on the goal of high-quality patient care, AGA today launched a patient education initiative. Key components of the initiative are a digital PatientINFO Center and partnership with the MyGiHealth app.
August 08, 2016
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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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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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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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Americans spent $30.2 billion out-of-pocket on complementary health approaches
Federal analysis includes first-ever data on spending for children.
June 22, 2016
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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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An new Human-Based Ecological Test May Help Keep Patients Safe
Researchers Have Learned how to Use the Human Microflora to Monitor Healthcare Cleanliness
August 23, 2016
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An Ohio clinic is the latest in a long series of health care breaches
A hacker group called Pravvy Sector reportedly accessed and leaked a massive 150GB data trove from the Central Ohio Urology Group on Twitter today, Motherboard reports. it's unclear how many patients were affected, but the health care organization boasts that it has the "largest concentration of experienced urologists in Ohio."
August 02, 2016
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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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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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Apple to encourage organ donation with Health app
Apple's upcoming iOS 10 software will offer a way for iPhone users to sign up to donate their organs, eyes and tissues.
July 5, 2016
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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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Armed FBI agents raid home of researcher who found unsecured patient data
Prosecutors allegedly say he exceeded authorization in viewing unsecured FTP server.
May 27, 2016
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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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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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Astronauts should get lifetime health care from NASA, Congress says
For the first time today, members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology met to discuss the health of astronauts and the moral obligations that NASA has to provide former astronauts with lifetime health care. NASA doesn't currently provide health care to astronauts after they retire from the space agency, but Congress is considering passing legislation to authorize NASA to do so. In addition, the space agency would like to closely observe astronauts' health, conducting MRIs of astronauts' eyes and screening for cancer – in order to better understand how the human body is affected by space travel.
June 15, 2016
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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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AtriClip PRO2 LAA Occlusion System Cleared in Europe
AtriCure, a company out of Mason, Ohio, obtained CE Mark permission to introduce its AtriClip PRO2 left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion system. Already approved by the FDA, the device is used to resect the LAA via a minimally invasive procedure. the new device is designed for easy operation with either hand, allowing for easier pitch and yaw movement when aligning the end effector with the LAA.
June 29, 2016
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ATS releases guidelines to help pediatricians evaluate infants with recurrent, persistent wheezing
The American Thoracic Society has issued clinical practice guidelines to help pediatricians and pediatric pulmonologists evaluate infants with recurrent or persistent wheezing. "Official ATS American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guidelines: Diagnostic Evaluation of Infants with Recurrent or Persistent Wheezing" is published in the Society's Aug. 1 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and is available online.
August 02, 2016
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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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Automated liquid handling in pharmaceutical research: an interview with Dr Alfred Chappell
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May 26, 2016
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Avitus Bone Harvester Device Cleared by FDA in USA
Avitus Orthopaedics, a company out of Farmington, Connecticut, received FDA clearance and has begun sales of its Avitus Bone Harvester device for gathering autologous bone graft and bone marrow. the device allows physicians to gather autografts in a minimally invasive fashion, which serves as probably the best material for orthopedic procedures. the firm is now working on winning European regulatory approval later on this year.
June 29, 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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Axonics Sacral Neuromodulation System for Urinary and Fecal Dysfunctions OK'ed in Europe
Axonics Modulation Technologies won European regulatory approval for its Sacral Neuromodulation System (SNM), a product designed to treat overactive bladder, urinary retention, and fecal incontinence.
June 7, 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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Battery-Free Skin Sensors Run on Wireless Energy of Smartphone
A team headed by the prolific John A. Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has unveiled an optical skin sensor that has no battery or wires to power it. Instead, the flexible and stretchable device harvests energy delivered from a nearby smartphone or tablet using magnetic inductive coupling.
August 15, 2016
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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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Bayshore Community Hospital earns achievement award for appropriate treatment of STEMI patients
Bayshore Community Hospital, part of Meridian CardioVascular Network, has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
July 11, 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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Better access to healthcare in developed markets and greater adoption of connected technology in emerging markets revealed by Philips first Future Health Index
Royal Philips today launched the results of the first edition of its Future Health Index (FHI), an extensive international study which explores how countries around the world are positioned to meet long-term global health challenges through integration and connected care technologies.
June 8, 2016
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Bibby Scientific announces launch of Jenway's new 7200 visible spectrophotometer for laboratory use
Bibby Scientific Ltd announced today that Jenway®, a leading UK manufacturer of analytical laboratory instruments, has launched the new 7200 visible scanning spectrophotometer. the 7200 has been designed for simple, fast and robust use in routine analysis, research and education laboratories.
August 02, 2016
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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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Bindex, a Radiation-Free Device for Osteoporosis Screening, FDA Cleared
Bone Index Ltd., a Finnish firm, landed FDA clearance for its Bindex device that's used to diagnose osteoporosis. the ultrasound device evaluates the cortical bone thickness of the tibia and provides a measurement of the Density Index that is normally derived from dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) bone densitometry systems.
May 27, 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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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 Magmaris Magnesium Bioresorbable Scaffold approved in Europe
BIOTRONIK landed CE Mark approval for its Magmaris bioresorbable scaffold. this is the first "clinically proven" magnesium-based scaffold to come to market, offering advantages such as easier delivery and more strength resisting inward forces once deployed. the material is also resorbed faster by the body than polymer-based implants, and in pre-clinical tests the metal from the Magmaris was 95% gone within a year. Moreover, in a clinical trial the affected vessels exhibited healthy vasomotion often within six months of the implantation.
June 15, 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 Pacemakers and CRT-P's with MRI AutoDetect Sensor
Biotronik has unveiled its brand new Edora pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps) following CE Mark approval in Europe. These devices feature BIOTRONIK's ProMRI capability that allows for safe MRI scans, but also the new MRI AutoDetect sensor that automatically puts the implants into safe mode when the patient enters a scanner.
July 5, 2016
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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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Biotronik's Solia S ProMRI MR Conditional Pacing Leads Coming to U.S.
BIOTRONIK is making available in the U.S. its Solia S ProMRI MR conditional pacing lead, the smallest such product available in the market. it's only 5.6 French wide and comes in 45, 53, and 60 cm lengths. the device has a polyurethane coating on top of silicone to make sliding through vessels easier. It also features a soft distal end that was designed to cause less irritation to heart tissue.
June 16, 2016
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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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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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Breathalyzer with Webcam and GPS Cleared by FDA
Compliance testing can be an important part of an alcohol rehab program. There are many alcohol breathalyzers on the market, but they generally require a trusted individual to perform the test to prevent forging of the results.
July 19, 2016
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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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Building an open medical records system for the developing world
How do you introduce a woman whose very life is the epitome of humanitarian efficacy? Judy Gichoya is a Kenyan medical doctor specializing in radiology and an experienced programmer who's accelerating the growth of OpenMRS.
August 18, 2016
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Building the Future of Healthcare with Siemens teamplay and Microsoft Azure
Interested in seeing how Microsoft technologies such as Windows 10, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are transforming commercial industry solutions in Retail, Hospitality, Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Public Sector and more? Check out the LaunchPad Series on Channel 9 where you will find creative and powerful line of business (LOB) apps built by Microsoft's ISV partners from around the world.
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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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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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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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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Celltrion Healthcare commits to develop lab tests for evidence-based decision-making in anti-TNF treatment
Celltrion Healthcare, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced its research commitment to develop laboratory tests that will determine both drug and anti-drug antibody (ADA) levels in the blood, enabling physicians to identify when patients on an anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drug require a change of dose or a switch to a different treatment in the class.
July 5, 2016
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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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CGT, CTM CRC collaborate to test patented scaffold technology for commercial scale cell expansion systems
The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT) and the CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing (CTM CRC), the Australian centre for translation of cell therapy technologies, today announce a project to test at scale CTM CRC's patented scaffold technology.
May 26, 2016
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Cheap Paper-Based Ship-to-Lab Diagnostic Tests
At Ohio State University a small team of researchers has been working on creating cheap paper strips that could be kept by people at home, used to sample blood in case of disease, and shipped to a lab for diagnosis. the original goal of developing the technology has been the detection malaria, but the researchers writing in the Journal of the American Chemical Society are reporting that it can probably be used to detect any disease that results in the release of antibodies.
July 25, 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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Chromatrap describes methodologies to increase ChIP efficiency
Chromatrap, a business unit of Porvair Sciences, has published a new technical article that discusses and describes methodologies to increase Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) efficiency by making sure chromatin in your samples is sheared to the correct size range.
July 19, 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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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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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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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-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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Comprehensive workplace hand hygiene program helps reduce medical insurance claims for illnesses
A workplace outcome study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) found that offices equipped with alcohol-based hand sanitizers and hand sanitizing wipes throughout the building and at employees' desks resulted in 24.3 percent fewer healthcare claims for hand hygiene preventable illnesses -- such as cold, flu and respiratory illnesses -- than the office and employees in the control group without these products.
June 13, 2016
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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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Contact-Free Blood Oxygen Saturation Measurement Using a Video Camera
Philips is touting a validation study of its contact-free peripheral artery oxygen saturation (SpO2) detection technology. Published in journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, the paper reviews a camera-based system that measures tiny changes in light reflecting from the skin. it's accurate enough to notice a change in oxygenation of blood near the surface of the skin, but one concern has been the ability to calibrate such devices to provide clinical level accuracy.
June 10, 2016
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Contaminated Gloves a No-No in Hospitals
Not changing them between patients raises risk of spreading infection via hospital surfaces, study shows
June 24, 2016
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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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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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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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CPI announces Start of National Centre for Healthcare Photonics Project
The Centre for Process Innovation has announced that the infrastructure design of the National Healthcare Photonics Centre has officially started.
July 27, 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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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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CryoScan3D, a new Foot Scanner Without Motion Artifacts
Cryos Technologies, a company out of Quebec, Canada, is releasing the new CryoScan3D scanner that images feet in 3D to help podiatrists create dynamic orthoses. the device creates volumetric scans down to 250 microns resolution, in full color and even while the feet are not perfectly still. Each exposure takes less than 0.1 seconds, allowing multiple scans to be done quickly while avoiding smudges or fuzziness due to foot movement.
June 1, 2016
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CSIRO's partner Oventus Medical listed on ASX after raising $12 million
CSIRO partner Oventus Medical Ltd has today listed on the Australian Securities Exchange raising $12m.
July 19, 2016
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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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Cubresa receives US patent for flexible imaging sensors
Instead of a cloak of invisibility hiding a person in television and movies, a new method that describes mounting many imaging sensors underneath a flexible substrate could reveal tumors within humans or animals.
July 19, 2016
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CVS Cuts Price of Generic Competitor to EpiPen
A generic competitor to Mylan's EpiPen is now available at CVS for about one-sixth the price.
January 12, 2017
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CVS really doesn't want to accept Apple Pay
The retail and pharmacy chain just launched its own mobile payment app because why not.
August 12, 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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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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Demand for Isansys' Patient Status Engine wireless patient monitoring platform exceeds expectations
Demand for real-time continuous data, including personal health information, early warning scores, and alerting when a patient's condition is deteriorating, is driving the market for complete monitoring systems in hospital and home care settings globally.
June 1, 2016
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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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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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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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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 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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Doctors can now prescribe Jabra fitness headphones to treat obesity, cancer and diabetes
Jabra has teamed up with the TrainerMD health program to help doctors monitor patients' health stats in real time using the company's new Sport Pulse Special Edition fitness earbuds.
August 19, 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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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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Early support and mentorship programs build long-term research careers
A public – private mentored research program based at the National Institutes of Health called the NIH Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) has helped foster the careers of research-oriented medical and dental students, and similar programs may help bolster the dwindling pipeline of biomedical researchers and clinician – scientists, according to a study now available electronically in Academic Medicine.
July 13, 2016
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EchoPixel Teams with HP to release Clinical True 3D Viewer
Last year, EchoPixel, a Mountain View, California firm, received FDA clearance to introduce its True 3D Viewer, a platform for visualizing CT and MRI exams in 3D. the company has now announced that it is releasing the viewer that, thanks to a partnership with HP, now will run on the Zvr Interactive Virtual Reality Display.
July 27, 2016
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Educated, committed and empowered health care team recommended for surgical safety
Patient safety before, during, and after surgery requires an appropriately educated, committed and empowered health care team, according to recommendations being presented today at the inaugural National Surgical Patient Safety Summit.
August 05, 2016
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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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Electronic medical practice environment can lead to physician burnout
The growth and evolution of the electronic environment in health care is taking a toll on US physicians. That's according to a national study of physicians that shows the use of electronic health records and computerized physician order entry leads to lower physician satisfaction and higher rates of professional burnout.
June 27, 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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Endologix Ovation Alto Abdominal Stent Graft Implanted In First Patients
Endologix (Irvine, California), a company that recently merged with TriVascular (Santa Rosa, California), announced that its Ovation Alto Abdominal Stent Graft System has been implanted in two patients for the first time.
August 22, 2016
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Engineering team develops novel technology to 'print' customized tablets for personalized medicine
A team of researchers has found a way to make personalized medicine cheaper and easier. Imagine if you could combine the myriad of pills you need to take for your ailment in just one tablet, or if you need only to take the medication once a day and the drug will be slowly released throughout the day at different rates to treat your illness, or if doctors could easily make tablets on the spot that are tailored to each patient's needs.
May 26, 2016
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EPFL scientists develop new method to cheaply produce chemical compounds
EPFL scientists design a new method to cheaply produce some of the most important chemical compounds in the pharmaceutical industry - the amines.
August 12, 2016
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EpiPen Price Hikes: what to Know
The rising cost of a life-saving allergy drug dispenser is raising eyebrows at the pharmacy counter and on Capitol Hill.
August 22, 2016
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EpiPen Price Increase Puts some Patients at Risk
The price of potentially life-saving EpiPens has increased more than 480 percent since 2009, putting them out of reach for some patients.
August 17, 2016
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Ethicon All-in-One HARMONIC HD 1000i Shears Released in U.S.
Ethicon, a part of J&J, is launching in the U.S. its HARMONIC HD 1000i Shears, having received FDA clearance for the device earlier this summer. the device is intended for surgical procedures requiring high precision craftsmanship, particularly in thoracic and colorectal applications.
October 19, 2016
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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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Ethicon's new High Strength Knotless Sutures Unveiled
Ethicon is releasing two new knotless suture devices for open and minimally invasive surgical applications. the STRATAFIX Spiral PDS Plus is intended for fat, deep tissue and organ work, while the STRATAFIX Spiral Monocryl Plus is targeted at skin and fat tissues.
August 23, 2016
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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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Exablate Neuro MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor now Available in U.S.
INSIGHTEC, a company out of Israel, has announced receiving FDA approval to offer its Exablate Neuro MRI-guided focused ultrasound system as a treatment option for essential tremor in patients not responding to meds. the technology delivers sound waves powerful and focused enough to non-invasively ablate bits of brain tissue responsible for generating improper neural signals. Treatment is fairly short, and results are often confirmed within seconds, before the patient is even pulled out of the machine. Anesthesia is not necessary during the procedure, and the patient gets to go home right after.
July 12, 2016
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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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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 describe pathway to limit blurring of boundaries between medical intelligence, securitisation of health threats
Society must align the overlapping priorities and often clashing interests of medical intelligence, national security agendas and the global health community, according to global health advocates writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. the authors of the review paper, from the King's Centre for Global Health, Conflict and Health Research, describe a pathway which, they say, will limit the blurring of the boundaries between medical intelligence, the securitisation of health threats such as Ebola and SARS and foreign policy action.
July 12, 2016
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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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Experts highlight need for greater privacy and security measures in mHealth technologies
With over two-thirds of U.S. adults owning a smartphone, and the rise in miniaturized sensors and low-power body area networks that are used for remote health monitoring, mobile health (mHealth) is beginning to experience a boom. While the technology has the potential to increase healthcare quality, expand access to services, reduce costs, and improve personal wellness and public health, such benefits may not be fully realized unless greater privacy and security measures are implemented, according to a new paper published in the June issue of Computer.
July 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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Farmer inducted as president of American Pediatric Surgical Association
Internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon Diana Farmer was inducted for a one-year term as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association during the organization's annual meeting held May 15-17 in San Diego.
June 1, 2016
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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 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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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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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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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 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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First-of-its kind study investigates effects of palliative care for medical decision-makers, caregivers
Shannon Carson, MD, professor of medicine and division chief of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, along with co-principal investigator Judith Nelson, MD, JD, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Christopher Cox, MD, of Duke University, led a four-year, first-of-its kind clinical study on the effects of palliative care for medical decision-makers.
July 12, 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 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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Flexible wearable electronic skin patch offers new way to monitor alcohol levels
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person's blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. the device can be worn on the skin and could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, non-invasive and real-time monitoring of blood alcohol content.
August 02, 2016
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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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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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FSMB launches new series of videos that highlight issues impacting state medical boards
The Federation of State Medical Boards has launched a new series of videos featuring interviews with health care leaders about issues impacting state medical boards and their mission of protecting the public.
August 03, 2016
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FSMB receives NCQA Certification for third time
The Federation of State Medical Boards announced that it has been certified for a third time by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). the FSMB, which received its initial NCQA Certification in 2012, is certified under NCQA's Credentials Verification Organization Certification Program for the following credentials elements: Education and Training, Ongoing Monitoring of Sanctions, Medicare/Medicaid Sanctions, Medical Board Sanctions, and License to Practice.
August 03, 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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Future Biomedical Devices to Benefit from High Speed Flexible Electronics
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison important work is being done developing high speed, stretchable integrated electronic circuits that could be used for biomedical applications. Consisting of tiny twisted-pair wires, similar to the arrangement of wires inside of Ethernet cables, the team's devices can be pulled on without degrading the electric signals flowing within while being shielded from external interference.
June 2, 2016
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Future challenges for digital healthcare
The digital health "revolution" appears to be well under way. According to a recent survey by the American Medical Association, the vast majority of physicians believe that adopting digital health tools will improve their ability to care for their patients.
April 26, 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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Former health minister backs Inhealthcare's new self-testing service in Norfolk
The former health minister Norman Lamb has given his backing to Inhealthcare's new self-testing service in rural Norfolk.
August 16, 2016
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Four iGEM undergraduate competition teams supported by BMG Labtech
BMG LABTECH, a leading manufacturer of microplate readers, recently supported four iGEM teams with a microplate reader to fuel their participation at the annual iGEM competition. the teams will compete at the iGEM Giant Jamboree held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, attended by 300 teams from around the world.
August 23, 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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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 unveils Two new Advanced Molecular Imaging Systems
GE Healthcare is releasing two new new molecular imaging systems, the Discovery MI, a PET/CT scanner and Discovery NM/CT 670 CZT, a SPECT/CT system.
June 15, 2016
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Generic Drugs: Dos and Don'ts
Trying to save money on your health care costs? "In general, generics are safe, a little bit less expensive, and mostly equally as effective to brand-name drugs," says John Meigs, MD, spokesman for the American Academy of Family Physicians.
August 03, 2016
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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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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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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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Greater privacy, security measures needed to protect patient info in mobile health tech
With over two-thirds of US adults owning a smartphone, and the rise in miniaturized sensors and low-power body area networks that are used for remote health monitoring, mobile health (mHealth) is beginning to experience a boom. While the technology has the potential to increase healthcare quality, expand access to services, reduce costs, and improve personal wellness and public health, such benefits may not be fully realized unless greater privacy and security measures are implemented, according to a new paper.
July 13, 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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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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Hacker puts 9.3M U.S. patient records up for sale
The hacker claims to have already sold $100,000 worth of records
June 28, 2016
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Hands-On with the Revolutionary FlexDex Laparascopic Instrument Platform
On a recent visit to Michigan, we stopped by the offices of FlexDex, makers of a really innovative instrument platform for minimally invasive surgical tools. the FlexDex system is designed to overcome the limitations of traditional laparoscopic devices that rely on triggers, buttons, and knobs, but may even end up competing with immensely more expensive robotic surgical systems such as DaVinci.
June 15, 2016
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Healcerion SONON 300C, an FDA approved Ultrasound as Small as a Transducer
Healcerion, a company based in South Korea, has developed an ultrasound system that's no bigger than the transducer itself. the SONON 300C uses a paired tablet or smartphone of your choice as the display, wirelessly transmitting the data to the smart device from where images can be analyzed and shared with others. It weighs only 13 ounces (360 grams), has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and in addition to WiFi connectivity sports 3G/LTE cellular capability as well.
June 29, 2016
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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-research sector small businesses invited to learn about NIH funding at national conference
The 18th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference is expected to attract nearly 800 participants from around the country.
July 25, 2016
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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 medical costs force many Australians to skip healthcare treatment
New research shows one in four chronically ill Australians is skipping healthcare because of high costs.
August 05, 2016
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High Quality Dry Electrodes for Previously Impossible EMG Studies
Electromyography (EMG) is regularly used to assess muscle activity in patients, but it's not effective for long term monitoring and high fidelity applications because it relies on gelled electrodes to work. Dry electrodes are not effective enough at creating a consistent electrical connection with the skin, but now researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel developed new dry electrodes that are able to record high quality EMG while being comfortable for the wearer.
July 13, 2016
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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 Holdings' fourth-quarter revenue increases 20% to $574 million
Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended September 30, 2015, and its fiscal year 2016 financial outlook. Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.89 increased 20 percent from $0.74 in the prior year.
November 5, 2015
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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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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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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 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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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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IBA's Proteus ONE Proton Therapy System Coming to America
Ion Beam Applications, a Belgian firm, landed FDA clearance for its latest superconducting accelerator for the Proteus ONE proton therapy. this will allow the company to deliver the Proteus ONE, a "compact" system, to U.S. shores.
August 23, 2016
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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 forms medical-imaging collaborative to battle major diseases
The Watson Health initiative taps "cognitive imaging" tech to help doctors worldwide tackle breast cancer, Diabetes and eye and heart disease and more.
June 22, 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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IBM's new Microchip to Make Liquid Biopsies Possible
IBM scientists have created a microfluidic device that is able to sort microscopic particles by size down to 20 nm. this capability should help separate exosomes from bodily fluids, which may one day become commonly tracked biomarkers of cancer and some other diseases.
August 10, 2016
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ImpediMed Introduces SOZO Bioimpedance Spectroscopy System to Measure Body Composition
ImpediMed, a company out of Carlsbad, California, has made a name for itself in the field of bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS). the firm's devices make it easy to accurately measure a person's body composition and hydration without using any invasive methods and in a short amount of time. now the firm is releasing a consumer-oriented system, the SOZO, which can provide the same readings but in a much more stylish and automatic way.
August 16, 2016
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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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Improving regulatory environment and raising the role of self-care could relieve pressure on worldwide healthcare systems
A white paper, written by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and released today reports that greater regulatory harmonization and access to non-prescription medicines as a whole could improve the ability of patients to care for themselves and reduce needless costs to society, health systems, individuals and companies. Consumer Health: time for a regulatory re-think?, which is based on in-depth interviews with international experts from industry bodies, regulators, academia and patient groups, concludes that self-care and the topic of consumer health regulation is not receiving sufficient attention.
May 30, 2016
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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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Increasing access to MRI scanning: an interview with Jane Kilkenny
How does MRI scanning work?
July 12, 2016
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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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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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Innovative RapifleX MALDI-TOF/TOF showcased by Bruker
At the 64th ASMS Conference, Bruker introduces rapifleX™, the highest performance MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometer, which had been shown as work-in-progress to early adopters at HUPO 2015.
June 7, 2016
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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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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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Instrument for flurometric analysis given to research lab by DeNovix
DeNovix Inc., a developer and manufacturer of life science instrumentation for bio-research, will donate a limited edition DS-11 FX+ Spectrophotometer / Fluorometer to a research lab. the winner, randomly chosen from entries to the company's drawing, will be announced at the conclusion of the annual AACR meeting being held in Washington D.C. April 1 -- 5, 2017.
April 3, 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 coverage of CT colonography and other USPSTF-recognized tests could help fight CRC
Final United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) colorectal cancer screening recommendations assigned an "A" grade to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in those ages 50-75 years and provided a list of recognized screening exams. the Affordable Care Act would now require private insurers to fully cover (with no co-pay) all of these USPSTF-recognized CRC screening exams - including CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy). Medicare should now recognize this overall "A" grade and provide full coverage for CT colonography.
June 16, 2016
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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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Insurers May Share Blame for Generic Price Hikes
This week, I addressed questions from readers about generic drug prices as well as health plans with high deductibles and those that have grandfathered status under the health law.
July 26, 2016
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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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Interactive touch display systems in healthcare: an interview with Peter Holgate
MultiTaction's interactive iWall solution was recently used at the week-long parliamentary launch of the British Lung Foundation's Listen to your lungs campaign at the Houses of Parliament. can you please give an overview of the MultiTaction technology and the reason it was used for this launch?
August 16, 2016
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Interscatter: new Technology for Implanted Device Communication
Electronic medical implants, if they are to have wireless connectivity, need a relatively powerful energy source to operate the antenna. Well, that's an assumption that been thrown away by researchers at the University of Washington who have developed a way for implants to serve as signal reflectors that turn one wireless signal into another while encoding their own information in the process.
August 19, 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 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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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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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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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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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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ISBI releases evidence-based practice guidelines to enhance and standardize burn care
Burns can be among the most devastating of injuries. Following the formulation of practice guidelines that addressed the care and management of burn injuries in developed countries, the International Society for Burn Injuries has updated these recommendations to guide the improvement of care of burn patients in resource-limited settings.
August 16, 2016
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ISCT selects London as host city for 2017 landmark conference to celebrate silver jubilee year
The International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT), the global society of clinicians, researchers, regulatory specialists, technologists, and industry partners dedicated to the translation of cellular therapy into safe and effective therapies to improve patients' lives, today announces they have awarded London as the host city for the landmark ISCT 2017 Annual Meeting to be held on May 3-6, at ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre, UK to celebrate the Society's 25th silver jubilee year.
August 10, 2016
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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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JAMA edition provides summary of FSMB policy recommendations about marijuana in patient care
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published in its online edition a summary of new policy adopted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) that provides recommendations about marijuana in patient care and a cautionary note advising actively licensed physicians to abstain from using marijuana while practicing medicine.
June 23, 2016
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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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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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KB Medical's AQrate Robotic Assistance System for Spinal Surgeries approved in Europe
KB Medical, a firm out of Lausanne, Switzerland, won CE Mark approval to introduce its AQrate Robotic Assistance System in EU countries. the product is used for positioning of instruments and implants during spinal surgery, and can be used in open, percutaneous, and minimally invasive procedures. It can also take advantage of existing navigation systems to make sure things move according to plan.
June 13, 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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Key findings on how Americans view new technologies that could 'enhance' human abilities
Many in the general public expect scientific and technological innovation to bring helpful change to society. Yet, when Americans are asked about the potential use of emerging technologies that could push the boundaries of human abilities, they are far more cautious about the morality and effects of these advances.
July 26, 2016
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KNAUER launches new column selection valve for FPLC systems
KNAUER introduces a new column selection valve that enables the automated selection of five columns and one bypass. Before, three valves were needed for KNAUER AZURA Bio LC systems to conduct this function. the reverse flow option makes the life of the FPLC user easier. Columns can be rinsed more efficiently by reversing the flow. Moreover, elution of affinity-tagged proteins in reversed flow results in sharper and higher peaks.
July 5, 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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KU partners with Peace Corps to offer web-based tools to volunteers working in Africa to boost health
The University of Kansas is partnering with the Peace Corps to provide custom, web-based resources to staff and volunteers in Africa who are working to boost health and development.
August 19, 2016
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Lack of female clinicians may influence muslim women to delay or forgo medical care
A new study of American Muslim women from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds found that the majority of women had delayed seeking medical care due to a perceived lack of female clinicians. not seeking timely medical care can result in poor health outcomes.
July 20, 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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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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Latest comprehensive survey reveals top health concerns for South Siders
Residents on the South Side say cancer, violence prevention and sexually transmitted infections are among their top health concerns, according to the latest comprehensive assessment conducted by the University of Chicago Medicine.
June 23, 2016
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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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Levita Magnetic System Eliminates an Incision for some Laparoscopic Surgeries
Having received regulatory approval in Europe and now de novo clearance in the U.S., Levita Magnetics, a company headquartered in San Mateo, California, is releasing its magnetic surgical system. the instrument is inserted like other laparoscopic devices, but the tool on the tip can be detached from the shaft and moved around independently using an external magnet.
August 22, 2016
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LEVL Measures Acetone in Breath to Detect Body Fat Burning
Medamonitor, a division of GM Nameplate, a Seattle, WA company, received FDA Class I certification for its LEVL acetone breath testing device. Designed for detecting how well your body burns fat, rather than for indirect blood glucose testing, the device relies on studies showing a correlation between exhaled acetone and burned body fat. this can be an important indicator, as body weight can vary due to changes in water and muscle content, in addition to fat. Those wishing to lose body fat, rather than muscle mass or water, would be able to detect whether their diet and exercise regimen is doing the trick.
December 29, 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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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 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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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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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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Many People Still Without Health Insurance
Despite an overall rise in health insurance coverage among all Americans, Hispanics, low-income earners and younger adults are still likely to be uninsured, a new survey finds.
August 18, 2016
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Many hospitals transmit your health records unencrypted
Healthcare IT organizations often lack budget and personnel to address security needs
August 22, 2016
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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 O3 Regional Oximetry System to Detect Hypoxemia in Brain FDA Cleared
Masimo landed FDA clearance to introduce its O3 regional oximetry technology in the United States. O3 uses near-infrared spectroscopy to measure intracerebral regional tissue oxygen saturation (rSO2), and is intended for use only with adults above 88 lbs (50 Kg). the technology should assist clinical staff in detecting regional hypoxemia that commonly used pulse oximetry (SpO2) is unable to spot.
June 14, 2016
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Masimo's Radius-7 Wireless Patient Monitor FDA Cleared
Masimo announced clearance from the FDA for its Radius-7 wireless patient monitor that features the firm's rainbow technology. the device is worn on the upper arm with an oximeter attached to the finger and a sensor on the neck, and it connects wirelessly to the Root platform, allowing ambulating patients to roam the clinic while being continuously monitored.
June 28, 2016
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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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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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Mazor X, a new High Precision Spinal Surgery Guidance System
Mazor Robotics, a company with offices in Orlando, Florida and Caesarea, Israel, has just shown off for the first time its Mazor X guidance system for spinal surgeries. Already cleared by the FDA, the Mazor X uses a variety of technologies to prepare for, perform the procedure, and verify the results.
July 12, 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 applications of world's smallest differential pressure sensor: an interview with Daniel Trautlein
Please can you give an overview of differential pressure sensors and how they have reduced in size over time?
June 8, 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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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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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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MedTech Innovator Applications Are Open!
The premiere medical technology start-up competition has just announced they are accepting applications for their next batch of world changing companies. Medgadget had the chance to be present at the last MedTech innovator finals held at AdvaMed in Minneapolis this past October, which was clearly the highlight of the entire conference.
January 20, 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 MiniMed 630G Advanced Insulin Pump System now Available in U.S.
Medtronic is releasing in the United States its latest MiniMed 630G insulin pump system. the pump works with the CONTOUR NEXT LINK 2.4 blood glucose meter from Ascensia Diabetes Care, a company created when Panasonic Healthcare Holdings bought Bayer Diabetes Care. the CONTOUR NEXT LINK 2.4 is used to intermittently sample blood to calibrate the continuous glucose meter, calculate bolus injections, and to trigger boluses discreetly straight from the meter.
August 11, 2016
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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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MetaboBASE personal library™ introduced by Bruker
At ASMS 2016, Bruker announces a new mass spectral library called Bruker MetaboBASE Personal Library™, which contains high-resolution, accurate mass MS/MS spectra of over 13,000 metabolic compounds for the seamless identification of metabolites.
June 7, 2016
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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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Micro-Rockets Developed to Deliver Drugs Inside Body
Engineers at the University of Sheffield have created microscopic rockets that may end up being used to deliver drugs inside the body. the rockets are only 300 microns long and made of silk scaffolding. They're powered by enzymes in catalytic reactions with the liquid environment around the rocket, and can be adapted to move in a predefined trajectory.
June 29, 2016
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Microneedle Patch for Painless Monitoring of Drug Intake
A collaboration between researchers at the University of British Columbia and Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland has developed a microneedle device for drug monitoring. the device is in a form of a patch that's stuck onto the skin, painlessly pushing microneedles through to sample the interstitial fluid.
July 25, 2016
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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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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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Missing tooth hydrogels handle hard-to-deliver drugs
A gap-toothed peptide created by bioengineers at Rice University may be an efficient way to deliver insoluble drugs to precise locations in the body.
June 7, 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 unveils Portable Biopharmaceutical Production Plant for Point of Care
Biopharmaceuticals are typically manufactured on a large scale because they require culturing of uniquely developed cell lines in massive quantities. this limits how quickly drugs can be produced and delivered in specific situations and particularly to remote locations. MIT researchers have now developed a portable microfluidic system that can produce two different proteins from a single strain of a genetically engineered yeast.
August 03, 2016
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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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Modern day wearable technology may impact daily life, health care system
With the rapid proliferation of smart mobile devices, and the subsequent increase in data that is being gathered, the challenge is: how do we harness it?
May 26, 2016
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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 Older Americans Cared for at Home
But this takes a toll on family members, researchers say
July 12, 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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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 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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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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Trial lawyers in Wilmington NC, representing plaintiffs in personal injury, pharmaceutical claims, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, wrongful death, chemical exposure, lead poisoning and other related litigation.
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Need for improved care in and out of ICU to treat patients with PICS, PICS-F
Thanks to advances in modern medicine, more ICU patients are surviving critical illness, but most are unprepared for the challenges ahead for themselves and their families on their journey toward recovery.
June 8, 2016
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Neural Network Learns to Diagnose Congenital Catracts
In two newly published studies in Nature Biomedical Engineering, researchers trained a neural network to diagnose congenital cataracts with the same level of accuracy as individual ophthalmologists. Congenital cataracts is a rare disease that results in clouding of the eye's lens and is responsible for about 10% of childhood vision loss worldwide. the AI, a novel method for diagnosing this disease, is the product of a multi-hospital effort spearheaded by Dr. Erping Long and Dr. Haotian Lin from Sun Yat-sen University in China.
February 1, 2017
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NEUROCAP for Prevention of Neuromas on Severed Nerves Cleared in EU
Following up on receiving FDA clearance in the United States, Polyganics, a company out of Groningen, the Netherlands, has now won European CE Mark approval for its NEUROCAP device for prevention of neuromas on severed nerves. Neuromas are abnormal growths that form on broken nerve tips, often leading to painful scarring. Patients get the neuromas surgically removed, but they can often recur, a problem the NEUROCAP is intended to solve.
June 22, 2016
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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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New £95 million investment in pathology services set to bring major benefits to millions of patients
A new £95 million investment in laboratory testing and diagnostic services at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) will make a major impact on the wide range of general and specialist services provided to CMFT patients who come from all over the Greater Manchester region and beyond.
May 27, 2016
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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 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 book highlights advances, challenges in development of nanotheranostics for personalized medicine
Nanomedicines demonstrate the capability to enhance drug properties by offering protection from degradation, enabling controlled release and biodistribution and increasing bioavailability. In fact, the term "nanotheranostics" has been proposed to describe a new class of nanomedicines which integrates the simultaneous detection and treatment of a disease. Many creative approaches have been proposed to co-deliver imaging and therapeutic agents too.
June 24, 2016
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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 checklist from Mettler Toledo helps you keep your lab lean
The successful implementation of "lean manufacturing" in various fields has inspired many businesses to adopt this model in their laboratories as well. However, laboratories have different challenges compared to manufacturing environments.
June 1, 2016
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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 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 evidence-based design model for future intensive and intermediate care facilities
In the EVICURES project a design model for future intensive and intermediate care facilities was developed at Seinajoki Central Hospital. the results of research conducted by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd on evidence-based design (EBD) and user-orientation were applied to the design work. the project will be realised when Finland's first single-patient intensive and intermediate care and cardiac unit designed in accordance with the model becomes operational in 2018.
May 27, 2016
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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 fluorescence microscopy approach improves image resolution by merging three views into one
Researchers have developed a new fluorescence microscopy approach that significantly improves image resolution by acquiring three views of a sample at the same time. Their new method is particularly useful for watching the dynamics of biological processes, which can provide insights into how healthy cells work and what goes wrong when diseases occur.
August 11, 2016
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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 guidance provides effective practices for prehospital use of TXA in injured patients
Tranexamic acid is currently being administered to injured patients by many prehospital air and ground systems, despite a lack of evidence supporting or refuting its efficacy in preventing hemorrhage. Several studies examining prehospital use of TXA are currently in progress, but until now there have been no guidelines for healthcare professionals administering TXA to patients.
August 16, 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 hospital-level measure of value can inform consumers about quality, costs of health care choices
In the United States, the transition from volume to value dominates discussions of health care reform. While shared decision making might help patients determine whether to get care, transparency in procedure- and hospital-specific value measures would help them determine where to get care.
June 7, 2016
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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 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 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 MRI technology harnesses imperfections to create superior images for consistent diagnoses
A new technology harnesses imperfections that typically compromise MRI exams to create images resolved enough to enable consistent diagnoses across populations for the first time.
August 16, 2016
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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 research sheds light on the real experience of calling the GP surgery
A new study has examined, for the first time, how receptionists interact with patients over the telephone. the pioneering has revealed how patients have to 'push' for effective service.
August 18, 2016
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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 offers PCPs implementable strategies to encourage patients' physical activity
New report from the American Journal of Medicine provides practical solutions to help doctors overcome common barriers and successfully encourage patients' physical activity
June 22, 2016
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New report provides insight into burnout syndrome
A new report on burnout syndrome in critical care health care professionals gives key stakeholders guidance on mitigating the development of burnout syndrome and calls for initiating research to examine ways to prevent as well as treat burnout syndrome.
July 7, 2016
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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 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 smartphone app helps patients follow treatment program to better prepare for surgery
A new smartphone app is helping University of Virginia Health System surgery patients follow a treatment program to better prepare them for surgery and speed their recovery.
July 28, 2016
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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 assesses weekend effect in patients admitted for emergency general surgery
Research has pointed to a 'weekend effect' in which patients admitted to the hospital on Saturdays or Sundays are more likely to die than those admitted on week days. a new study has now assessed whether a weekend effect exists in a specified population: patients admitted for emergency general surgery.
August 16, 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 explores nanocoatings to reduce dental implant failure
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), 15 million Americans have crown or bridge replacements and three million have dental implants -- with this latter number rising by 500,000 a year. the AAID estimates that the value of the American and European market for dental implants will rise to $4.2 billion by 2022.
March 24, 2017
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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 synthetic models with the electromagnetic properties of human tissues
Researchers at the Universitat Polit碮ica de Val筣ia (UPV) have developed new synthetic models of human tissues that simulate the electromagnetic properties of different tissues and organs. Known as phantoms, these models may be of interest for the development of new technologies for use in medical screening, as well as for the evaluation of 5G mobile communication devices. the researchers have also devised a methodology for creating these phantoms.
June 5, 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 tablet fabrication method can make personalized medicine cheaper, easier
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have found a way to make personalized medicine cheaper and easier. Imagine if you could combine the myriad of pills you need to take for your ailment in just one tablet; or if you need only to take the medication once a day and the drug will be slowly released throughout the day at different rates to treat your illness; or if doctors could easily make tablets on the spot that are tailored to each patient's needs.
May 26, 2016
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New technique could help produce enhanced imaging results with ordinary microscopes
Research completed through a collaboration with University of Missouri engineers, biologists, and chemists could transform how scientists study molecules and cells at sub-microscopic (nanoscale) levels. Shubra Gangopadhyay, an electrical and computer engineer and her team at MU recently published studies outlining a new, relatively inexpensive imaging platform that enables single molecule imaging.
July 20, 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 Wearable Tech can Make Hospital Visits More Comfortable
In the age of the Internet, you can do almost anything wirelessly. this is especially intriguing in the health care field where professionals can monitor the data of patients without having to be in the room.
May 30, 2016
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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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New, portable molecular imaging system combines optical imaging and scintigraphy
Bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to a new and surprisingly portable molecular imaging system that combines optical imaging at the surface level and scintigraphy, which captures the physiological function of what lies beneath, announced developers at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).
June 15, 2016
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New, screen-printed, flexible MRI coils could lead to shorter scan time periods
New, screen-printed, flexible MRI coils may be able to reduce the amount of time it takes to get an MRI scan. Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have developed light and flexible MRI coils that produce high quality MRI images and in the future could lead to shorter MRI scan time periods.
May 26, 2016
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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 wearables for health monitoring: an interview with Dr Steven LeBoeuf
In what ways are current wearables limited and what do consumers want to see from next generation wearables?
August 18, 2016
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'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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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 funds biobank to support Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program
As part of President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), the National Institutes of Health will award $142 million over five years to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, to establish the world's largest research-cohort biobank for the PMI Cohort Program, a longitudinal research study which aims to enroll 1 million or more U.S. participants to advance precision medicine. the award will support the collection, storage and distribution for research use of biological samples known as biospecimens.
May 26, 2016
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NIH funds precision medicine research with a focus on health disparities
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, has committed approximately $31 million over five years, pending available funding, to launch a new program for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research exploring the potential for precision medicine to promote health equity and advance the science of minority health and health disparities.
July 28, 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 welcomes 52 young scientists to year-long medical research scholars program
The National Institutes of Health has selected 52 innovative, research-oriented students for the 2016-2017 Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). a year-long residential program, the MRSP introduces medical, dental and veterinary students to cutting-edge research, and is part of NIH's goal of training the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers. the program places students in NIH laboratories and patient care areas, including the NIH Clinical Center, to conduct basic, translational, or clinical research in areas that match their career interests and research goals.
June 22, 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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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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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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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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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' 'Scrubs' Pick Up Bad Hospital Germs
Superbug MRSA, other disease-causing bacteria detected on uniforms in ICU
October 27, 2016
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NuVent EM Sinus Dilation System now Available for More Procedures
Medtronic won FDA clearance for its NuVent EM sinus dilation device to be used with patients having scarred, granulated, and surgically affected tissues, typically coming in for a revision procedure. the device uses electromagnetic and image guided navigation via the Fusion ENT Navigation System to help place the balloon before inflation. It calibrates automatically, and is designed to make inflation easy.
July 13, 2016
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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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Omron Healthcare's API: Interview with President and CEO Ranndy Kellogg
Omron Healthcare recently announced that it's opening up its blood pressure monitors and pedometers to app developers. Specifically, it released an API (Application Program Interface) to connect to their devices in order to use the physiologic data obtained by them.
September 12, 2016
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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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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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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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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 scientists introduce simple nano-electrochemical process for precise determination of erythrocyte count
Blood counts are routinely carried out before operations, in cases of infection, or when testing for a variety of diseases, such as anemia and leukemia. a key value in this test is the number of red blood cells (erythrocytes). Scientists at the University of Oxford (UK) have now introduced a simple nano-electrochemical process for the rapid, precise determination of the erythrocyte count.
July 12, 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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Pang receives NSF award to improve ICU management
Guodong (Gordon) Pang has been awarded $150,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research that aims to improve discharge predictions within intensive care units (ICUs) and a patient's subsequent flow through the hospital system.
August 09, 2016
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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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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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Patent Monopolies Driving High U.S. Drug Prices
Letting Medicare and Medicaid negotiate pricing would likely help bring costs down, researchers say
August 23, 2016
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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 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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Penumbra's ACE68 Reperfusion Catheter for Removing Large Intracranial Clots
Penumbra, a big name in ischemic stroke clot removal, is announcing the release of its new ACE68 Reperfusion Catheter. the company calls it its most advanced thrombectomy device, offering advanced tracking capabilities, flexibility to move through challenging vasculature, and a large lumen to grab as much of the clot as possible.
July 25, 2016
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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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Permaseal Transapical Access and Closure Device Gets FDA Green Light
Micro Interventional Devices received FDA clearance to introduce its Permaseal device. the tool is used to create an opening into the left ventricular cavity for delivery of interventional instruments and to then close following the procedure. the PolyCor anchoring technology employed by the Permaseal makes manual suturing of the myocardium unnecessary.
August 03, 2016
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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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Philips releases set of Consumer Monitors United by HealthSuite App
Philips has unveiled four new personal healthcare devices, greatly expanding its reach into the consumer market that's been growing by the promise of letting people manage their own health. the devices include a health watch, scale, upper arm blood pressure monitor, wrist blood pressure monitor, and a thermometer -- all of which interact with the company's HealthSuite Health App.
August 03, 2016
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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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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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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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POLYCARE project aims to develop integrated home care model for older chronic patients
The POLYCARE project, which started recently, aims to develop and test an integrated care model that is patient-centered and supported by advanced ICT systems and services that allow monitoring and caring for older chronic patients in acute phases at home.
June 15, 2016
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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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Portable breath sensor to detect lifestyle diseases? An interview with Osamu Tsuboi, Fujitsu Laboratories
Which lifestyle diseases are thought to be detectable through breath analysis?
May 31, 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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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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Priory Group opens Wellbeing Centre in Greater Manchester to help young people tackle stress
The Priory Group, the leading provider of mental healthcare in the UK, most commonly known for treating celebrities with addictions, has opened its first Wellbeing Centre in Cheadle, Great Manchester.
August 03, 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 Cleared by FDA
Prism Medical & Design, a Coral Springs, Florida firm, announced FDA clearance for its ProteXsure Safety Capsule System. It prevents needle stick injuries by offering an easy way to snap on a protective cap to the tip of a needle.
June 15, 2016
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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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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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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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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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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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Radiometer launches the next generation of transcutaneous monitoring
Radiometer has unveiled its CE-marked TCM5 transcutaneous monitor, addressing the critical care needs of neonatal, pediatric and adult patients, as well as sleep clinic and home care environments.
June 22, 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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RapifleX MALDI PharmaPlus Solution for uHTS launched by Bruker
At the 64th ASMS Conference, Bruker announces the launch of the new rapifleX™ MALDI PharmaPulse™ (MPP) solution. It is the latest addition to Bruker's portfolio of innovative products designed to assist pharmaceutical, biotech and CRO customers to accelerate drug discovery, and rapifleX MPP can dramatically lower the cost of ultra-high throughput screening (uHTS) with further improved results.
June 7, 2016
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ReActiv8 Implantable Muscle Stimulator for Treating Chronic Lower back Pain EU Cleared
Mainstay Medical, a company based in Ireland, received European approval and is launching in Germany its ReActiv8 neurostimulator. the device is designed to address chronic lower back pain, but it works rather differently than common spinal stimulators that mask electric pain signals moving up the nerves.
June 1, 2016
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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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Regenstrief tests new method for compiling healthcare information electronically
If you are rushed to a hospital in an emergency, is your complete medical record available to those caring for you? will they know all medications you have been prescribed and whether you are taking them as directed? Does your primary care physician know your complete medical history?
August 19, 2016
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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: Britons at risk of long-term disability, reduced life expectancy due to delays in treatment services
Up to a million Britons are at risk of preventable, long-term disability and reduced life expectancy due to delays in referrals to specialist advice and treatment services, according to the most comprehensive audit of rheumatology services carried out across England and Wales.
July 25, 2016
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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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Republicans Unveil Plan to Replace Health Law
Six years after promising a plan to "repeal and replace" the federal health law, House Republicans are finally ready to deliver.
June 22, 2016
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Research pinpoints factors linked to job retention among newly licensed nurses
"About 80% of newly licensed nurses find their first work in hospitals," says New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing (NYU Meyers) Professor Christine T. Kovner, PhD, RN, FAAN. "Turnovers are one of the costliest expenditures in our profession. In fact, costs are estimated at $62,000 to $67,000 per departure, amounting to $1.4 to 2.1 billion in expenses for new nurses who leave their first jobs within three years of starting."
July 11, 2016
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Research project aims to develop wearable robotic system for keyhole 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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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 pharmacy access can help people from going back to hospital
Hospital readmissions, a $17 billion annual problem, are higher in rural, remote or smaller communities that sometimes have significantly less access to pharmacies, according to a study published today that was one of the first to examine this issue.
August 02, 2016
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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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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 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 determine that physical therapy did not shorten hospital length of stay for ICU patients
In a surprising reversal, researchers have determined that a particular protocol providing physical therapy to ICU patients with acute respiratory failure did not shorten hospital length of stay.
June 29, 2016
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Researchers develop conceptual model to improve acute care delivery and outcomes
Researchers at the George Washington University (GW) created a conceptual model for episodes of acute, unscheduled care - care that can be delivered in a variety of settings from emergency departments to doctors' offices, from urgent care centers to telemedicine. the model, published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, will help researchers, policymakers, payers, patients, and providers identify and prioritize ways to improve acute care delivery. It was funded through a contract from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
July 7, 2016
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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 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 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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Researchers use wristband sensors to detect how opioid users in emergency room reacted to dosages
There is merit in looking at the use of wearable biosensors to detect whether opioid users stay focused on their rehabilitation programs. this follows a preliminary study in Springer's Journal of Medical Toxicology led by Stephanie Carreiro of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the US. Her team tested the use of wristband sensors worn by a group of patients in an emergency room who were receiving opioids for severe pain relief.
June 23, 2016
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Resectr, a new Fully Mechanical Tissue Resection Device
Distal Access, a company with offices in Utah and Florida, is now offering a new tissue resection device that has just been used for the first time to remove a uterine polyp. the RESECTR is a fully mechanical device that doesn't require an external generator or any other capital equipment.
June 30, 2016
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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: 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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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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Riverview Medical Center receives $120,000 to support addition of Addictions Counselor in the hospital
Riverview Medical Center Foundation is honored to announce a gift of $120,000 from the Tigger House Foundation that will support the addition of an Addictions Counselor in the hospital's emergency department. the majority of patients seeking help for addiction arrive in the Alton A. Hovnanian Emergency Care Center in a state of crisis. the addition of a licensed chemical dependency counselor would provide timely and critical assessment and outreach to patients during this severe time of need.
August 05, 2016
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Riverview Medical Center receives Lifeline Silver Achievement Award for dedication in cardiac care
Riverview Medical Center, part of Meridian CardioVascular Network, has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
July 11, 2016
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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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Roche Diagnostics launches new mobile and tablet app to remotely manage POCCs' workload
Roche Diagnostics is today launching the first mobile and tablet application specifically designed to help point-of-care coordinators (POCCs) manage their workload remotely.
July 21, 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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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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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 demonstrate a healthier Bio-Blue OLED display at SID 2016
Samsung Display demonstrated an interesting new display at SID 2016, the Bio-Blue OLED. this display emits less blue light than a regular AMOLED - and thus should be healthier.
June 5, 2016
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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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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 new tool to overcome major hurdle for personalized medicine
Scientists from EPFL and ETHZ have developed a powerful tool for exploring and determining the inherent biological differences between individuals, which overcomes a major hurdle for personalized medicine.
June 13, 2016
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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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Scientists use Sure Chill technology to develop cost-effective vaccine storage
Vaccines against killer diseases from polio to hepatitis are fragile and can easily be made useless if they get too hot or too cold.
July 6, 2016
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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 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 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-care: achieving accessibility safely. An interview with Zephanie Jordan
How is 'self-care' defined and what are its key benefits?
July 20, 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Simple phone checklist can help spot health problems in elders receiving supportive home-care
A simple phone checklist can help detect telltale changes in the health status of people receiving nonmedical home care, according to the findings of a pilot study led by investigators at Harvard Medical School.
August 12, 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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Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly comes to end after approving many new resolutions
The Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly closed today after approving new resolutions on WHO's Framework for Engagement with Non-State Actors; the Sustainable Development Goals; the International Health Regulations; tobacco control; road traffic deaths and injuries; nutrition; HIV, hepatitis and STIs; mycetoma; research and development; access to medicines and integrated health services.
May 31, 2016
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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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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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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 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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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, 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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Solvent foaming and bumping eliminated during evaporation
Genevac reports that its proprietary Dri-Pure® technology, available as standard on Series 3 HT, EZ-2 and Rocket Synergy evaporators, enables scientists to rapidly dry their samples without foaming, cross-contamination or loss of sample due to solvent bumping.
August 12, 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 Automatically Enrolled In Medicare Advantage
Only days after Judy Hanttula came home from the hospital after surgery last November, her doctor's office called with bad news: Records showed that instead of traditional Medicare, she had a private Medicare Advantage plan, and her doctor and hospital were not in its network.
July 27, 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 provides one-source solution for pharmaceutical processing equipment
SP Scientific is now able to offer a one-source solution for a complete range of pharmaceutical processing equipment.
July 5, 2016
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Spanner Prostatic Stent, an Alternative to Foley Catheters, approved in Europe
SRS Medical Systems (Feeding Hills, MA) landed CE Mark approval for its Spanner temporary prostatic stent for men with bladder outlet obstructions, an option over Foley and intermittent catheters commonly used these days.
June 29, 2016
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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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SPRINT Minimally Invasive Peripheral Nerve Stimulator Cleared for Chronic, Acute Pain
SPR Therapeutics out of Cleveland, Ohio received FDA clearance for its SPRINT Peripheral Nerve Stimulation System, the first minimally invasive and completely removable peripheral nerve stimulator indicated for chronic and acute pain.
August 03, 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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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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Stony Brook University partners with Vayu to use self-guided drones for medical delivery in Madagascar
Drones have become ubiquitous in our society; there is a national drone film festival, a national drone racing championship, and drones are being used extensively by the military for surveillance. But what would the world look like if this technology were used to improve the lives of the global poor?
August 05, 2016
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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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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 eliminates barriers to using GIS technology to solve public health issues in Bangladesh
Geospatial information sciences (GIS) can help determine where diseases are spreading and where to target the resources needed to stop them, but spatial data isn't widely used for health decision-making in many developing countries.
July 8, 2016
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Study examines changes in coverage among hospitalized nonelderly adults after Medicaid expansion
In a study appearing in the June 21 issue of JAMA, Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues examined changes in insurance coverage among hospitalized nonelderly adults after Michigan expanded Medicaid coverage in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
June 22, 2016
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Study examines how GP receptionists interact with patients over the telephone
A new study by Loughborough University has examined - for the first time - how receptionists interact with patients over the telephone.
August 18, 2016
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Study explores positive aspects of physicians' attitudes towards patients
Physicians like the majority of their patients, but a majority like some more than others, a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds.
July 20, 2016
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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 helps identify traits that may cause elders to need help with medications
As age increases, older adults can develop problems taking their medications. But until now, few studies have examined the traits that might cause elders to need help with their medications, or how widespread a problem this might be.
June 23, 2016
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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 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 high healthcare costs for chronic pain patients in Canada
Costs of patients who develop chronic post-surgical pain could range from $2.5 million to $4.1 million a year, in one Ontario hospital alone, according to a study in Pain Management.
July 6, 2016
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Study shows 1 in 5 hospitalized adults discharged with vital sign instabilities
Twenty percent of people hospitalized are released before all vital signs are stable, a pattern that is associated with an increased risk of death and hospital readmission, a new study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers shows.
August 10, 2016
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Study shows for-profit hospices have persistently high rates of hospitalization
Patients who were asked where they wanted to die upon entering hospice had lower rates of hospitalization at the end of life, as did those in hospices that monitored symptoms more frequently, according to a new study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Published online today in the July issue of the journal Medical Care, the study also determined that for-profit hospices have persistently high rates of hospitalization regardless of preferred practice implementation.
June 16, 2016
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Study shows increase in costs of hospitalization for people with private insurance
Even if you have what you might think of as good health insurance, your next hospital stay could cost you more than $1,000 out of your own pocket.
June 27, 2016
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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 shows wealthier Americans receive more health care than lower-income groups
In 2012, the wealthiest fifth of Americans got 43 percent more health care ($1,743 more per person) than the poorest fifth of Americans, and 23 percent more care ($1,082 per person) than middle-income people. (These figures are adjusted for the higher burden of illness among poor and middle-class people as compared to the wealthy.)
July 7, 2016
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Study underscores importance of evidence-based medical care in improving health of neonates
Born too soon, very premature infants are particularly vulnerable and need appropriate care.
July 8, 2016
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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: Sharp Increases in ObamaCare Premiums Ahead
Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, said a study that reinforced reports of sharp increases around the country in election season.
June 15, 2016
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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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Supreme Court takes next patent case, poised to overturn Federal Circuit again
When just one part is made in the US, is a $52 million patent verdict justified?
June 27, 2016
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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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Surgeons take first step towards eliminating surgical care disparities
Surgeons and researchers, responding to the known prevalence of inequalities in U.S. surgical care, have taken the first steps toward eliminating surgical care disparities by grouping their causes into themes and identifying modifiable contributing factors.
June 13, 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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Survey shows broad support for national precision medicine study
In a recent survey designed to measure public attitudes about the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, a majority of respondents expressed willingness to participate in the nationwide research effort. the findings were published online in PLOS ONE by a team of National Institutes of Health researchers.
August 17, 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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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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Tackling healthcare challenges in a changing world: an interview with Professor Jeremy Nicholson
What is the exposome and how do the changing interactions of human genes, microbial genes, diet, lifestyle and environment all contribute to shifting patterns of disease?
June 10, 2016
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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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Tecla-e Wireless Lets People with Limited Mobility Control Variety of Digital Devices
Komodo OpenLab, a company based in Toronto, Canada, released a new device that lets severely paralyzed people operate Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, as well as other devices, using standard accessibility tools such as sip and puff controllers, buttons, and switches.
May 5, 2017
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Teleflex 2nd Generation Percuvance Uses 5mm Laparoscopic Tools on 2.9mm Shaft
Teleflex (Morrisville, NC) is releasing the second generation of its Percuvance Percutaneous Surgical System, which allows surgeons to attach 5mm-wide laparoscopic tools while using only a 2.9mm shaft. the Percuvance shaft is inserted directly through the skin, requiring no trocar through which to operate. In order to attach tools that are wider than the shaft, the shaft is pushed through an already existing trocar on the opposite side of the abdominal wall.
August 23, 2016
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Telephone postoperative clinic improves access to care, mitigates long travel distances for patients
Implementation of a telephone postoperative clinic at a Veterans Affairs facility significantly improved utilization of surgeon and facility resources while maintaining satisfactory patient outcomes, according to study results published as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website ahead of print publication.
August 18, 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 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 simulated teaching methods: an interview with Dr Robert Amyot
How important is simulation in healthcare? what is being done differently in other high pressure high cost areas that aren't being done in the training of healthcare professionals?
June 24, 2016
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 5 Costly Inpatient Conditions for Hospitals
Sepsis, a life-threatening illness when an infection spreads through the body, was the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals in 2013. Then came:
June 15, 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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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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Trauma Innovation unites healthcare professionals across Europe to discuss future of patient care
Trauma Innovation expands to enable civilian and military healthcare professionals to improve care on the battlefield and following mass casualty incidents
August 16, 2016
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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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TSRI scientists discover new method for harnessing venoms for therapeutic use
There are lessons to be learned from venoms. Scorpions, snakes, snails, frogs and other creatures are thought to produce tens or even hundreds of millions of distinct venoms. These venoms have been honed to strike specific targets in the body.
May 26, 2016
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TTUHSC El Paso receives USDA grant to offer long-distance health education to rural communities
The Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has received a $430,780 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide long-distance health education to underserved communities in rural West Texas. TTUHSC El Paso is the only institution in the state to receive one of the USDA's 45 distance learning grants.
August 08, 2016
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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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UDOL launches two short courses for healthcare professionals
Healthcare professionals from around the world wanting to develop their career can benefit from two short courses launched by University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL).
July 8, 2016
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UK Biobank celebrates 10 years of pioneering health research
UK Biobank, a large scale medical research programme, is an extraordinary undertaking with the ultimate aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of host of serious conditions. this includes tackling key challenges in disease areas such as dementia, arthritis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
August 03, 2016
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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 Derby students work with DHCFT to support development of new Trust-wide strategy
MBA students have been working in partnership with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (DHCFT) to support the development of a new Trust-wide strategy.
July 6, 2016
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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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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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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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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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UTA researcher to design computing tools to analyze large, complex patient data
A UTA researcher is developing computing tools that will employ multiple methods of accessing and analyzing very large, complex patient data.
August 09, 2016
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UTHealth researchers receive grant to help mobile clinics optimize health care services
The National Science Foundation has awarded $250,000 to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) for a project that will help mobile health clinics in Houston optimize their health care services using geographic, socio-economic and epidemiological data.
July 20, 2016
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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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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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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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Vibrating Device Gives Sense of Touch to Minimally Invasive Surgical Tools
Minimally invasive surgery has always suffered from physicians' inability to feel tissues at the end of an instrument. Advanced haptic technologies are promising to bridge the sensory gap, but researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan have come up with a very cheap and easy solution to transfer the sense of touch from the tip to the handle in just about any already existing minimally invasive instrument.
August 11, 2016
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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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Wakely Consulting Group
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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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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 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 there is no beta in health care
The right path forward for the digital health industry begins with a significant shift in the Silicon Valley mindset: "Move fast and break things" just won't work.
June 27, 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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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 Health Assembly underscores need for multisectoral action to achieve health-related SDGs
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, addressed the World Health Assembly today. She stressed the links between climate change and health, including those related to the spread of vector-borne diseases. Her address was followed by a technical briefing that underscored the need for multisectoral action in order to achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and agreement on a new resolution on meeting those goals.
May 26, 2016
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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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X2 Head Impact Management System Helps Spot Concussions
X2 Biosystems, a company with offices in Redwood City, CA and Seattle, WA, is releasing its X2 Head Impact Management System for detection and evaluation of events suspected of causing concussion. this may be an important development, as concussions during sporting events can go undetected and many existing tools have limitations such as subjectivity, difficulty in using the technology, or poor participation by the athletes.
June 2, 2016
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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 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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