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FDA, Health Canada to Pursue Joint Third-Party Inspections

November 12, 2010 4:31 pm | News | Comments

Giving devicemakers two inspections for the price of one, the FDA and Health Canada (HC) have agreed to move forward with a joint third-party inspection program.

Rapid, low-cost test for multi-drug resistant TB gains WHO endorsement

November 12, 2010 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Wellcome Trust) A rapid, low cost test for diagnosing tuberculosis -- including multi-drug resistance -- has been endorsed by the World Health Organization for use in resource-poor settings.

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Recognition given for ground-breaking advancements in digitalizing health data and information

November 12, 2010 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Medical Informatics Association) AMIA, the association for informatics professionals, honors four leaders in biomedical and health informatics on Nov. 13, 2010, with the annual presentation of its Signature Awards. The awards are to be announced on Monday, Nov. 15 at the...

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Medicare Advantage enrollment season starts Monday

November 12, 2010 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Open enrollment season starts Monday for Medicare Advantage plans, and customers will find, on average, about two dozen plans to choose from, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.Customers will have until Dec. 31 to review health and prescription drug coverage and join plans or make...

Class I Medical Device Recall: SIGMA Spectrum Infusion Pump Model 35700

November 12, 2010 11:34 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

These units may fail suddenly causing inaccurate flow conditions during use, ranging from back flow to over-infusion, including free flow. The pump does not issue an alarm when this occurs. These conditions could result in serious injury or death.

Powering Modern Medicine

November 12, 2010 11:25 am | by Sol Jacobs | Articles | Comments

Primary lithium batteries enable advanced medical devices to be smaller, lighter, and more feature-rich. This article showcases a number of different chemistries and features several real world applications for which these batteries are used.

Company Finds ‘Spine-Tingling’ Alternative to Surgical Device Redesign

November 12, 2010 10:59 am | by Tom Solon and Peter Fatone | Articles | Comments

The Project: An accelerated lead was needed on a lead screw in a spinal surgical device that would enable fewer turns to generate the necessary motion without increasing the load. The Solution: A custom assembly consisting of a combination metal-screw, polymer-based nut, and bushing system was provided that fit into the original device, eliminating any need for a redesign.

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Spencer board in favor of buyout

November 12, 2010 10:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

The board of directors at Spencer Pharmaceutical Inc. have indicated in a press release that they are in favor of the unsolicited buyout offer it received for 97 cents per share.

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Charging Forward With Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

November 12, 2010 10:15 am | by Marko Dimitrijevic | International Components Corporation | Articles | Comments

Enhancements in protection methods and power densities, combined with reduced costs have medical device manufacturers looking at lithium-ion battery technology to solve a number of design challenges for their portable devices. This article reviews a variety of advantages of this technology, and examines recent advances that make it well suited for this industry.

The Spookiness Of Quantum Mechanics

November 12, 2010 9:36 am | Podcasts | Comments

It's been 75 years since Albert Einstein decried the "spooky action at a distance" of quantum entanglement. Tom Siegfried, editor-in-chief of Science News, explains how quantum mechanics is being put to use, even though scientists still don't quite understand how it works.

The Evolving Minds Of Humans

November 12, 2010 9:36 am | Podcasts | Comments

Why do humans have consciousness? In his new book, Self Comes To Mind, neurologist Antonio Damasio argues that consciousness gave humans an evolutionary advantage. Damasio describes the differences between self and mind, and traces the evolutionary path of the human brain.

Quantifying Happiness

November 12, 2010 9:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

Harvard researchers have developed a Web tool for volunteers to record what they're doing and how they feel while doing it. The goal? To measure happiness. Doctoral student Matt Killingsworth describes some early results suggesting many people aren't "living in the moment."

A Conversation With The New NSF Director

November 12, 2010 9:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

Subra Suresh, former dean of engineering at MIT, was sworn in last month as director of the National Science Foundation, which doles out billions of dollars for basic research each year. Suresh talks about his priorities and how the NSF's budget is likely to fare with the new Congress.

Bye, Bye Ivory Tower. Scientists Pledge To Speak Out

November 12, 2010 9:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

This week, a group of scientists called the "rapid response team" has promised to speak up about climate change and take skeptics head-on, even if that means participating in political debates. But does this verge on advocacy? And is that a problem? Ira Flatow and guests discuss.

Flying By A Small, Hyperactive Comet

November 12, 2010 9:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

When it comes to comets, gassy is good, or at least informative, says astronomer Michael A'Hearn. NASA's Deep Impact probe has been snapping pictures of Hartley 2 -- a small comet that is spewing a lot of gas and dust for its size. What do researchers hope to learn from the comet?

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