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Interaction Design and Medical Devices: Toward a Better User Experience

July 2, 2014 12:09 pm | by Jemma Lampkin, Senior Executive Consultant, SKIM and Willem Buijs, Interaction Designer, SKIM | Articles | Comments

Product developers have long used interaction design as a powerful tool in developing new products and addressing the needs of their customer base. Historically, medical technology development has been driven by an engineering focus on... 

Empowering Consumers Through Accurate Genomic Tests

July 2, 2014 11:45 am | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., Director – Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come to recognize that almost every disease has a genetic component, and many consumers now are eager to know more about their genetic profiles. They need only send a sample of their DNA collected from their saliva or from a cheek swab...

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Scientists Withdraw Claim About Making Stem Cells

July 2, 2014 11:29 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research. In two papers published in January in the journal Nature, the Japanese...

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Unapproved Device Buys Time for New Pair of Lungs

July 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Jon Sacker was near death, too sick for doctors to attempt the double lung transplant he so desperately needed. His only chance: An experimental machine that essentially works like dialysis for the lungs. But the device has not been approved...

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NIH Creates Network to Tackle Mysterious Diseases

July 2, 2014 11:09 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The government is expanding its "mystery disease" program, funding a network at six universities around the country to help diagnose patients with diseases so rare they've been told they're undiagnosable. The National Institutes of Health has...

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Biomarker Predicts Effectiveness of Brain Cancer Treatment

July 2, 2014 10:43 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a new biomarker that predicts whether glioblastoma – the most common form of primary brain cancer – will respond to chemotherapy. The findings are...

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China’s Diagnostic X-Ray Imaging Market Value to Hit $1 Billion by 2020

July 2, 2014 10:12 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

China will witness significant growth in its diagnostic X-ray imaging market, rising from $528 million in 2012 to hit the billion-dollar mark by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.6%, says research and consulting firm GlobalData...

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Advancing Medicine, Layer by Layer

July 2, 2014 9:54 am | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Personalized cancer treatments and better bone implants could grow from techniques demonstrated by graduate students Stephen W. Morton and Nisarg J. Shah, who are both working in chemical engineering professor Paula Hammond's lab at MIT...

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HotSpot: Wireless, Connected Chemistry Analyzer

July 2, 2014 9:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

CenLab is a handheld, wireless, connected chemistry analyzer. It allows for automated, and better yet cost effective, analysis of body fluids and water quality. It eliminates trips to the doctor by providing ubiquitous, instantaneous, urinalysis...

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St. Jude Medical Resolves FDA Warning Letter for Sylmar Facility

July 2, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that issues cited in the Sylmar, Calif., facility’s warning letter have been addressed. “We take...

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Global Ultrasound Devices Market Expected to Reach USD 8.71 Billion in 2019

July 2, 2014 9:09 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Ultrasound Devices Market (By Product Type - Cart/Trolley Based Ultrasound Devices and Compact Ultrasound Devices, By Technology - 2-D, 3-D & 4-D, Doppler, HIFU...

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Efforts to Cut Unnecessary Blood Testing Bring Major Decreases in Healthcare Spending

July 2, 2014 8:29 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient...

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'Molecular Movies' Will Enable Extraordinary Gains in Bioimaging, Health Research

July 2, 2014 8:20 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers have announced the creation of an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular level. Chemical and biological actions...

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Telemedicine for Patients with Chronic Liver Diseases

July 2, 2014 8:17 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Although telemedicine could improve the quality of life of patients with chronic liver diseases, viable home care systems are still lacking. Scientists working on the EU-project “d-LIVER” mean to remedy this situation. Initial results have...

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Blind Lead the Way in Brave New World of Tactile Technology

July 2, 2014 8:12 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad mini Retina display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to feel your way around. New research...

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