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Lab Test on Tumor Cells for Personalized Cancer Treatments

February 27, 2015 | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Comments

By measuring how vigorously tumor cells turn on "self-destruct" signals when exposed to different cancer drugs, a novel lab test can predict within less than 24 hours which agent is most likely to work against a particular tumor, say researchers...

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Low-Risk Medical Apps Will Not Need FDA Regulation

March 2, 2015 8:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Makers of health apps can breathe easier now that the FDA has outlined new standards for what does and does not constitute a digital medical device. The FDA will not enforce regulations for wearables that receive information from medical...

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Washington D.C. Healthcare Summit Tackles Barriers Hindering Quality Care

March 2, 2015 8:46 am | by Healthcare Leadership Council | Comments

Leaders from health insurance companies, hospital systems and device- and drug-makers may debate loud and often about pricing models, payment methods and patient management, but they agree on one point: The American health care system raises...

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FDA, Experts Eye National Postmarket Surveillance

March 1, 2015 12:00 pm | by AAMI | Comments

Citing a need to provide better evidence for the risks and benefits of medical devices, a new report, commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), outlines a seven-year plan to develop a system for monitoring device performance...

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Automatic Drug Dispensers Empower the Elderly

March 1, 2015 10:00 am | by SINTEF | Comments

Sixteen elderly people in a Norwegian municipality have been testing an automatic drug dispenser at home in their living rooms. Results include increased feelings of empowerment, time saved by the home care services, and fewer medication...

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App to Help Minority Stroke Patients Improve Health

March 1, 2015 8:30 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | Comments

A clinical trial investigating the use of a physician-monitored app to help first-time minority stroke patients become healthier has begun at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Nneka Ifejika, M.D., M.P.H...

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Pretty Rooms Don’t Make Hospitalized People Happier

February 28, 2015 12:00 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Renovating hospitals to add sunny atriums and nicely-decorated rooms may not be as important to patients’ happiness as one might think, said a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University. The researchers...

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Medtronic Acquires Advanced Uro-Solutions

February 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced that it has acquired Advanced Uro-Solutions, a privately-held developer of neurostimulation products for the treatment of bladder control issues based in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Terms of the acquisition...

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Untangling DNA with a Droplet of Water, a Pipette and a Polymer

February 27, 2015 2:51 pm | by KU Leuven | Comments

Researchers have long sought an efficient way to untangle DNA in order to study its structure - neatly unraveled and straightened out - under a microscope. Now, chemists and engineers at KU Leuven, in Belgium, have devised a strikingly simple...

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Device 1,000 Times More Sensitive to Biomarkers for TBI Screening

February 27, 2015 2:13 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center | Comments

New technology being introduced at NYU Langone Medical Center could help researchers advance blood biomarker capabilities that show changes in low concentrations of specific proteins present following a neurological injury. The single molecule...

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Direct Brain Responsive Neurostimulator Decreases Partial Onset Seizures

February 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center | Comments

Piotr Olejniczak, MD, PhD, LSU Health New Orleans Professor of Neurology and Director of the Epilepsy Center, contributed to a study of the long-term effectiveness of the first direct brain responsive neurostimulator for partial onset, or...

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Urine Test Could Lead to Better Bladder Cancer Treatment

February 27, 2015 10:33 am | by University of Birmingham | Comments

Researchers at the University of Birmingham believe that a simple urine test could help to guide clinicians in the treatment of bladder cancer patients. Being able to reliably identify those patients with the most aggressive cancers early...

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Screening for Diabetes at Dental Visits Using Oral Blood

February 27, 2015 9:21 am | by New York University | Comments

It is estimated that 8.1 million of the 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes are undiagnosed and many who have diabetes have poor glycemic control. Given that each year many Americans visit a dental provider but not a primary care...

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Urine Test Predicts Heart Failure Patients’ Risk of Kidney Injury

February 27, 2015 9:00 am | by American Society of Nephrology | Comments

Levels of a protein in the urine may help clinicians predict which patients with acute heart failure are at increased risk of developing kidney injury during hospitalization, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal...

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Using Blood Samples Instead of Tumor Biopsies for Lung Cancer Patients

February 26, 2015 4:31 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

A study examined the feasibility of using circulating free DNA (cfDNA) from blood samples of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer as a surrogate for tumor biopsies to determine tumor-causing epidermal growth factor receptor...

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Infographic: 7 Teen Inventors Who Are Changing the World

February 26, 2015 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN, @Kcpanetta and Larry Corby, Digital Artist | Comments

As we move through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields. We've pulled together...

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