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Wearable Artificial Kidney Safety Test Receives Go-Ahead

September 23, 2014 | by Leila Gray, HSNewsBeat | Comments

Medical researchers have received approval to begin safety and performance testing of the Wearable Artificial Kidney. The federal Food and Drug Administration and the University of Washington Institutional Review Board accepted the protocol...

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Researchers Testing Artificial Liver as Potential Therapy for Patients with Alcohol-Related Organ Failure

September 23, 2014 11:52 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

Cedars-Sinai physicians and scientists are testing a novel, human cell based, bioartificial liver support system for patients with acute liver failure, often a fatal diagnosis. “The quest for a device that can fill in for the function of...

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House Supports Repeal of Medical Device Tax

September 23, 2014 11:22 am | by AAMI | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes a repeal of the 2.3% medical device, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the Senate, and previous roll-back efforts have fallen short. HR 4, the “Jobs for America Act,”...

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Fast and Accurate PCR-Based Diagnostics of Gastroenteritis

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by B3C Newswire | Comments

Mobidiag Ltd, a Finnish molecular diagnostics company specialized in the development of innovative diagnostics solutions for infectious diseases, today announced the European launch of Amplidiag Bacterial GE, marketed as a CE-IVD product under...

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Philips to Establish Market-Leading Company in HealthTech

September 23, 2014 10:50 am | by Philips | Comments

At a meeting with investors and analysts in London, Royal Philips today announces the next strategic step to capitalize on fundamental market changes, by creating two market-leading companies focused on the HealthTech and Lighting solutions...

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Detection of Sepsis-Causing Pathogens

September 23, 2014 10:39 am | by T2 Biosystems, Inc. | Comments

T2 Biosystems, a company developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health, today announced that it has received market authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its first two products, the T2Candida...

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Lego-Like Modular Components Make Building 3-D 'Labs-on-a-Chip' a Snap

September 23, 2014 10:29 am | by University of Southern California | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand. Microfluidic...

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The Fine Line Between Breast Cancer and Normal Tissues

September 23, 2014 10:22 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | Comments

Up to 40 percent of patients undergoing breast cancer surgery require additional operations because surgeons may fail to remove all the cancerous tissue in the initial operation. However, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have...

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Photos of the Day: Dialysis Belt

September 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Leila Gray, HSNewsBeat | Comments

The Wearable Artificial Kidney, also known as the WAK, is a miniaturized dialysis machine that can be worn on the body. The carrier resembles a tool belt; the device connects to a patient via a catheter. The Wearable Artificial Kidney features...

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First Test to Identify Five Yeast Pathogens Directly from a Blood Sample

September 23, 2014 9:30 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing in the U.S. of the first direct blood test for detection of five yeast pathogens that cause bloodstream infections: Candida albicans and/or Candida tropicalis, Candida parapsilosis...

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Looking Ahead: Whole Eye Transplant Under Development

September 23, 2014 9:19 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | Comments

The basic idea is straightforward: Doctors would implant a donor eye in the recipient's eye socket. The vascular system to the eye would be re-established, as would the eye’s musculature to enable normal movement. The greater challenge – and...

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Brainwave Test Could Improve Autism Diagnosis and Classification

September 23, 2014 9:14 am | by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University | Comments

A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying people on the autism spectrum and may...

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Phoenix Arizona Hand Doctor Develops Revolutionary New Surgery System

September 23, 2014 9:08 am | by PRNewswire | Comments

For many people experiencing issues with their hands or wrists, surgery often means facing the prospect of large, painful incisions and long recovery time. As can be imagined, regular activities are also impacted, such as working, driving and...

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Biodesign Fellows Develop a Device for Relieving Night Terrors

September 22, 2014 4:10 pm | by Stanford | Comments

An interdisciplinary team is working toward a solution to help children with night terrors — and their parents — get a more peaceful night’s rest. Night terrors, a sleep disorder affecting mostly young children, do not pose a serious health threat...

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Variability Keeps the Body in Balance

September 22, 2014 3:38 pm | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

Although the heart beats out a very familiar "lub-dub" pattern that speeds up or slows down as our activity increases or decreases, the pattern itself isn't as regular as you might think. In fact, the amount of time between heartbeats can...

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Researchers Create 'Evolved' Protein that May Stop Cancer from Spreading

September 22, 2014 3:27 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

A team of Stanford researchers has developed a protein therapy that disrupts the process that causes cancer cells to break away from original tumor sites, travel through the blood stream and start aggressive new growths elsewhere in the body...

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