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Clinical Trials: Enhancing Data Quality, Encouraging Participation and Improving Transparency

August 20, 2014 2:03 pm | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, FDA | Blogs | Comments

Today FDA is announcing important steps that the agency plans to take to enhance the collection and availability of clinical trial data on demographic subgroups – patient populations divided by sex, race/ethnicity or age. Section 907 of the...

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Test Reliably Detects Inherited Immune Deficiency in Newborns

August 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases | News | Comments

A newborn screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) reliably identifies infants with this life-threatening inherited condition, leading to prompt treatment and high survival rates, according to a study supported by the National...

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Coronary Arteries Hold Heart-Regenerating Cells

August 20, 2014 11:47 am | by Vanderbilt University Medical Center | News | Comments

Endothelial cells residing in the coronary arteries can function as cardiac stem cells to produce new heart muscle tissue, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered. The findings, published recently in Cell Reports, offer insights...

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Mixed-Reality Simulators for Training in Treatment of Injured Soldiers

August 20, 2014 11:23 am | by University of Florida Health | News | Comments

On the battlefield, wounded soldiers depend on how quickly and efficiently medical personnel can treat and stabilize their life-threatening injuries. To help military medical personnel acquire, practice or maintain these key skills while...

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'Tickling' Your Ear Could Be Good for Your Heart

August 20, 2014 11:07 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Stimulating nerves in your ear could improve the health of your heart, researchers have discovered. A team at the University of Leeds used a standard TENS machine like those designed to relieve labour pains to apply electrical pulses to the...

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Novel Gene Predicts Both Breast Cancer Relapse and Response to Chemotherapy

August 20, 2014 10:37 am | by ACN Newswire | News | Comments

Scientists have made it easier to predict both breast cancer relapses and responses to chemotherapy, through the identification of a unique gene. The newly found marker could help doctors classify each breast cancer patient and customize a...

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CardiacAssist Receives Health Canada Approval for PROTEK Duo Veno-Venous Cannula

August 20, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CardiacAssist, Inc. has announced that it has received a Class 2 medical device license from Health Canada for its new PROTEK Duo veno-venous cannula. The PROTEK Duo is licensed for use as a single cannula for both venous drainage and reinfusion...

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Novel Human Tissue Samples Available for Research and Development

August 20, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Human tissues are extensively employed by pharmaceutical and academic researchers to identify and validate new biomarkers and drug discovery targets. Such tissues are also widely used to study the efficacy, reproducibility, and safety of...

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'Obamacare' Tax Not Meeting Revenue Target

August 20, 2014 10:27 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. The audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration...

510k Approval for SMART Meter and App for Improving Diabetes Health

August 20, 2014 10:06 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Philosys announces it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510K approval for the highly anticipated Gmate SMART Blood Glucose Monitoring System. The Gmate SMART meter is the size of a quarter and connects to the headphone...

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Magnesium Surgical Implants Can Be Designed to Biodegrade, Promote Bone Growth

August 20, 2014 9:58 am | by University of Florida | News | Comments

Ask anyone who has a surgical pin in their body, and they likely will tell you they wish it would just go away. In the future, it just might, with help from research by Michele Manuel, an associate professor of materials science and engineering...

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Targeted Brain Stimulation Aids Stroke Recovery in Mice

August 20, 2014 9:55 am | by Stanford University School of Medicine | News | Comments

When investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine applied light-driven stimulation to nerve cells in the brains of mice that had suffered strokes several days earlier, the mice showed significantly greater recovery in motor...

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New X-ray Imaging Developed by Scientists

August 19, 2014 4:57 pm | by Monash University | News | Comments

Published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the imaging method allows researchers to monitor the effectiveness of a treatment for the life-threatening genetic disorder. Cystic fibrosis affects... 

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Implantable Heart Devices Result in Similar Survival Benefits Among Ethnic, Racial Groups

August 19, 2014 4:24 pm | by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences | News | Comments

Racial and ethnic minorities who receive implantable devices to treat heart failure derive the same substantial survival benefit from these therapies as white patients, new UCLA-led research shows. While the American College of Cardiology and...

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Engineering New Bone Growth

August 19, 2014 3:57 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemical engineers have devised a new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth factors that are released slowly over a few weeks. When applied to bone injuries or defects, this coated scaffold induces the body to rapidly form...

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