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FDA Approves Blood Screening Assay for HIV, HCV, and HBV

January 9, 2015 11:13 am | Comments

Roche announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the cobas TaqScreen MPX Test, v2.0 for use in the detection and identification of HIV, HCV, and HBV in donations of human whole blood and blood components...

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Spinal Cord Implant Mimics Living Tissue

January 9, 2015 10:36 am | Comments

EPFL scientists have managed to get rats walking on their own again using a combination of electrical and chemical stimulation. But applying this method to humans would require multifunctional implants that could be installed for long periods of...

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FDA Approves Fetal Monitoring System that Allows Freedom of Movement During Labor

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | Comments

Royal Philips today announced that it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Avalon CL Fetal Monitoring solution (Avalon CL). The solution provides consistent monitoring of the... 

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Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Approved for Peripheral Arterial Disease Patients

January 9, 2015 9:27 am | Comments

Covidien plc today announced it has received CE Mark approval for its Stellarex drug-coated angioplasty balloon (DCB). The Stellarex DCB is used to restore and maintain blood flow to the arteries of the leg in patients with peripheral arterial...

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Critical-Care Transport Helicopter Simulator Trains Flight Nurses

January 9, 2015 9:17 am | Comments

Acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) students, specializing in flight nursing at Case Western Reserve University, will soon be training in the nation’s first state-of-the-art simulator built in an actual helicopter. The simulator creates the...

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Photos of the Day: 5 Innovative Healthcare Devices Featured at CES 2015

January 8, 2015 4:06 pm | Comments

While the Internet of Things seems to be all the rage (and dominating almost all of the news) at CES 2015, there are still plenty of other areas that warrant attention. Of course, my interest is on the medtech and health-related devices that are being...

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Agency Aims to Guard Infusion Pumps against Cyberthreats

January 8, 2015 11:28 am | Comments

Citing new risks and vulnerabilities involving medical devices, a center within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public feedback on a draft document that examines how to address cybersecurity challenges related...

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A Smartphone App that Measures Ebola Risk

January 8, 2015 11:19 am | Comments

Within six months, your iPhone or Android mobile device could supply a real-time estimate of your likelihood of contact with the deadly Ebola virus. To create the digital tool, researchers at the University of Kansas recently won a rapid-response...

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Backpacking Cells to Target Inflammation

January 8, 2015 11:00 am | Comments

Inflammation is a normal and often beneficial response to injury or infection. The swelling, heat and even pain are the body's attempts to protect its soft tissue, remove offending objects, substances or microbes and initiate healing. However...

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Can the Liver Help Cure Diabetes?

January 8, 2015 10:53 am | Comments

Diabetes researcher Dr. Francesca Spagnoli of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch has been awarded an extra research grant from the European Research Council (ERC). This Proof-of-Concept (PoC) grant is endowed...

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Photos of the Day: 100 Years of Welch Allyn

January 8, 2015 10:32 am | Comments

Dr. Francis Welch and William Noah Allyn developed the world's first handheld, direct-illuminating ophthmaloscope in 1915. Allyn first marketed the ophthmaloscope at an American Medical Association convention in New York City in 1920. At the...

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'Diagnostics-in-a-Suitcase' Allows Rapid Ebola Testing

January 8, 2015 9:33 am | Comments

No electricity, no reliable cold chain, no diagnostic equipment available – scientists in field laboratories who diagnose and deal with Ebola infections often work under challenging conditions. Researchers at the DPZ have developed Diagnostics...

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Industry Associations Support Efforts to Repeal Device Tax

January 8, 2015 9:12 am | Comments

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) today applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation to repeal the 2.3 percent...

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NuQ Blood Test Can Detect 84% of Early Stage Treatable Pancreatic Cancers

January 7, 2015 3:56 pm | Comments

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing diagnostic tests for cancer and other conditions, today announced that it has completed a blinded clinical study demonstrating that its NuQ blood-based diagnostic platform is...

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FDA Grants Wider Distribution of Nucleic Acid-Based Test for Influenza

January 7, 2015 11:51 am | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted the first waiver to allow a nucleic acid-based test, the Alere i Influenza A & B test, to be used in a greater variety of health care settings. The test was previously only available for use...

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