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Implant Could Eliminate Reading Glasses

October 20, 2014 | by American Academy of Opthalmology | Comments

A thin ring inserted into the eye could soon offer a reading glasses-free remedy for presbyopia, the blurriness in near vision experienced by many people over the age of 40, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology...

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25 Testing Innovations Critical to IVD Market Growth

October 20, 2014 1:55 pm | by Kalorama Information | Comments

New test innovations will be the source of revenue growth in the in vitro diagnostic test industry, especially as companies struggle with reimbursement challenges, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market researcher listed more than 25 testing innovations...

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Remote Mobile Communications Device Approved for CGM

October 20, 2014 1:26 pm | by Dexcom | Comments

Now critical glucose data from the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM Continuous Glucose Monitoring System can be remotely monitored using a mobile device Dexcom announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its CGM remote mobile communications device...

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iPhone Ophthalmoscope Rivals Traditional Methods for Diabetic Eye Disease Monitoring

October 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by American Academy of Opthalmology | Comments

A smartphone-based tool may be an effective alternative to traditional ophthalmic imaging equipment in evaluating and grading severity of a diabetic eye disease, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 118th annual meeting...

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iPads Detect Early Signs of Glaucoma

October 20, 2014 10:49 am | by American Academy of Opthalmology | Comments

Using a tablet screening app could prove to be an effective method to aid in the effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness in populations at high-risk for glaucoma with limited access to health care, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting...

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Tear Duct Implant Reduces Pain and Inflammation in Cataract Patients

October 20, 2014 10:01 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | Comments

The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has been shown to be a reliable alternative to medicated eye drops, which are the current standard of care, according to a study presented at AAO 2014...

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First Use of Intuitive Surgical’s Single-Site Wristed Needle Driver

October 17, 2014 4:21 pm | by Mercy Medical Center | Comments

Dwight D. Im, M.D., FACOG, Director of The Gynecologic Oncology Center at Mercy and The National Institute of Robotic Surgery at Mercy in Baltimore, became the first surgeon in the world to successfully perform a minimally-invasive hysterectomy...

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WHO Admits to Botched Ebola Response

October 17, 2014 4:07 pm | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

In a draft document, the World Health Organization has acknowledged that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. In the document obtained...

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Oxygen Delivery Device Actively Responds to Needs of COPD Patients

October 17, 2014 3:31 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

ieCrowd, the discovery-to-market commercialization platform for innovations with the potential to solve global challenges, today announced plans to commercialize a new class of intelligent supplemental oxygen devices. Once commercialized the...

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Photos of the Day: 'Hacking' the Breast Pump

October 17, 2014 12:23 pm | by MIT News | Comments

Over the course of a weekend, some 150 engineers, designers, developers, and health care professionals — many of them unaffiliated with MIT — gathered on campus for the “Make The Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon.” The brainchild of a group of...

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Building a Better Mousetrap…er, Breast Pump

October 17, 2014 12:14 pm | by Cara Giaimo, MIT News correspondent | Comments

A few weekends ago, as some techies lined up to buy the new iPhone 6, others flocked to the MIT Media Lab to play with a different piece of technology — one that hasn’t seen an upgrade in decades. Over the course of that weekend, some 150...

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Growing an Esophagus

October 17, 2014 11:05 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles | Comments

In a first step toward future human therapies, researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have shown that esophageal tissue can be grown in vivo from both human and mouse cells. The study has been published...

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Spinal Stimulator Could Improve Bladder Function for Paralyzed

October 17, 2014 10:47 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

People who have suffered spinal cord injuries are often susceptible to bladder infections, and those infections can cause kidney damage and even death. New UCLA research may go a long way toward solving the problem. A team of scientists studied...

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Diagnosing Healing Complications Before Surgery with Simple Test

October 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Loyola University Health System | Comments

As many as 35 percent of patients who undergo surgery to remove soft tissue sarcomas experience wound-healing complications, due to radiation they receive before surgery. Now a study has suggested that a simple test called transcutaneous...

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World’s Thinnest Electric Generator Could Power Wearable Medtech

October 17, 2014 10:09 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology have reported the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), resulting in...

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CE Mark for Boston Scientific’s Full-Body MRI Safe Pacemaker

October 17, 2014 9:14 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval for the ACCOLADE pacemaker family. When implanted with the company's INGEVITY leads, ACCOLADE pacemakers are the first to enable patients to receive full-body MRI scans in both 1.5...

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