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Study: Sluggish Economy, Not Health Reform, Drove Slowdown in Health Spending

August 4, 2014 8:41 am | by Health Care Cost Institute | News | Comments

Approximately 70 percent of the recent decline in health care spending growth from 2009-2011 was due to the economic downturn, and not to other factors such as health sector responses to the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study...

Medtronic Launches NuVent EM Sinus Dilation System for Fusion ENT Navigation System

August 4, 2014 8:36 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. has announced the launch of the NuVent EM Sinus Dilation System for the Fusion ENT Navigation System, developed and manufactured by the company's Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) division of its Surgical Technologies business. NuVent...

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Tecomet to Acquire Symmetry Medical Inc.'s OEM Solutions Business

August 4, 2014 8:32 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tecomet Inc., a Genstar Capital portfolio company and precision contract manufacturer supporting the medical device and aerospace industries, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Symmetry Medical Inc. to acquire its...

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FDA Takes Steps to Help Ensure the Reliability of Certain Diagnostic Tests

August 4, 2014 8:20 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken important steps to ensure that certain tests used by health care professionals to help diagnose and treat patients provide accurate, consistent and reliable results. First, the FDA is issuing a final...

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Acquisitions Driving Global Medical Device Market

July 31, 2014 4:14 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

With global device demand limited, companies are acquiring each other to boost revenues and take advantage of distribution synergies, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher says the $300-billion plus global market for medical devices will grow only in the 3 to 4% range for the next five years, and this ...

A blood test for suicide?

July 31, 2014 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person's risk of attempting suicide. The discovery, described online in The American Journal of Psychiatry, suggests that ...

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Scientists shine bright new light on how living things capture energy from the sun

July 31, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists may have uncovered a new method of exploiting the power of sunlight by focusing on a naturally occurring combination of lipids that have been strikingly conserved throughout evolution. This conservation—or persistence over time and across species—suggests

Vision-correcting electronic displays could let users dispense with glasses

July 31, 2014 4:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects — no glasses (or contact lenses) required. The technique could lead to

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Free pores for molecule transport

July 31, 2014 3:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Loading of many MOFs is inhibited by barriers. Scien-tists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now report in Nature Communications that the barriers are caused by cor-rosion of the MOF surface. This can be prevented by water-free synthesis and storing strategies.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Global Leader, Innovator in Genomic Medicine to Lead Providence Cancer Services and Bioinformatics

July 31, 2014 3:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Today, Providence Health & Services announced that Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a physician, surgeon and scientist known globally for applying collaborative science and technology to improve the health of patients battling life-threatening disease, will serve as the health care system's new ...

Carnegie Mellon chemists create nanofibers using unprecedented new method

July 31, 2014 3:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a novel method for creating self-assembled protein/polymer nanostructures that are reminiscent of fibers found in living cells. The work offers a promising new way to fabricate materials for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. The findings were published in the July 28 issue of Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

UK psychologist creates patient tool to assist with lung cancer screening decision

July 31, 2014 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The phrase "we caught it early" is possibly the best news a patient can hear in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Combating cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is localized to a certain part of the body, gives patients the best chances of survival. Screenings for breast, skin, colon, prostate and other forms of cancer are touted for saving lives through early detection. Many health care providers recommend ...

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Chemists demonstrate 'bricks-and-mortar' assembly of new molecular structures

July 31, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have described the self-assembly of large, symmetrical molecules in bricks-and-mortar fashion, a development with potential value for the field of organic electronic devices such as field-effect transistors and photovoltaic cells.

SMT thin film chip resistors deliver power ratings up to 6 W

July 31, 2014 1:53 pm | Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of high-power, surface-mount precision thin film chip resistors. Built on aluminum nitride substrates, PCAN Series devices offer power ratings of 2 W and 6 W in compact 1206 and 2512 case sizes, respectively. The aluminum nitride substrates ...

High-Accuracy Pressure Transducers for Critical Medical Gas Delivery Systems

July 31, 2014 1:50 pm | by MDT Staff | Gems Sensors Inc. & Controls | Product Releases | Comments

The ISO 13485 certified Gems Sensors & Controls have announced the successful application of their high-accuracy pressure transducers within medical gas delivery systems. Gems recognizes that the provisioning of medical gases within hospitals and other critical care environments requires...

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