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Venezuela's Newest Shortage: Breast Implants

September 15, 2014 9:44 am | by Hannah Dreier, Associated Press | Comments

Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices...

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FDA Approves New Styles Of The MENTOR MemoryShape Silicone Breast Implant

September 15, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Mentor Worldwide LLC, the U.S. market leader in breast aesthetics, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved four additional styles of the MENTOR MemoryShape Breast Implants, expanding its suite of silicone breast...

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Philips Showcases Ultrasound Innovations that Address Clinical Challenges in the OB/GYN Segment

September 15, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Royal Philips has announced that its growing range of advanced women's healthcare imaging solutions will be showcased at the 24th annual International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) World Congress, taking place...

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St. Jude Medical Announces Launch of OPTIS Integrated System

September 15, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the company has secured CE Mark and FDA clearance for the new OPTIS Integrated System. The system is a departure from traditional, mobile cart-based diagnostic tools...

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3D Systems Introduces New Simbionix Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation Training Module

September 15, 2014 9:30 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

3D Systems announced today the addition of a new Simbionix ultrasound training module for the practice of transvaginal ultrasound exams (GYN TVS) at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) exhibition in...

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Fighting Lung Cancer: Faster Image Processing for Low-Radiation CT Scans

September 12, 2014 4:17 pm | by University of Michigan | Comments

A new $1.9 million study at the University of Michigan seeks to make low-dose computed tomography scans a viable screening technique by speeding up the image reconstruction from half an hour or more to just five minutes. The advance could be...

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Research Improving Prognosis for Battlefield Injuries

September 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Wichita State University | Comments

Leg and arm injuries sustained in the battlefield are made worse when splinting devices used by military medics don't provide proper stabilization of the injured extremity. Three years ago, Wichita State University researchers – through a...

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23andMe CEO Navigates Health Regulation

September 12, 2014 4:02 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

No Silicon Valley company better embodies the promise and the pitfalls of working in healthcare than DNA testing firm 23andMe. Launched in 2006 to a flurry of media coverage, the Mountain View, California-based company seemed to have every...

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Grant Awarded for Development of Bio-Artificial Pancreas as Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

September 12, 2014 3:51 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Beta-O2 announced today that it has received a $500K grant from JDRF. The grant will be used to help fund a $1M pilot human study of Beta-O2's ßAir bio-artificial pancreas, in development as a treatment and potential cure for type 1 diabetes...

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Researchers Create World's Largest DNA Origami

September 12, 2014 3:35 pm | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have created the world's largest DNA origami, which are nanoscale constructions with applications ranging from biomedical research to nanoelectronics...

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ONCOblot Blood Test for Cancer Goes International

September 12, 2014 3:13 pm | by ONCOblot Labs | Comments

The ONCOblot Test, a highly sensitive blood test for cancer, has now expanded into international territories; bringing much needed support for early cancer detection to areas beyond The United States. ONCOblot believes that these two new...

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Symetis Receives CE Mark Approval for TAVI System

September 12, 2014 2:55 pm | by Symetis | Comments

Symetis SA, the leading European developer of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) systems, announced today the launch of ACURATE neo, its 15F compatible transfemoral TAVI system. Commercial implantations started early September after...

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Perfect Focus Through Thick Layers May Bring Better Vision to Medicine

September 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

Zooming in on diseased tissue or scanning fragile biological samples are essential tools in medicine and biological research, but this often requires peering through layers of tissue and other materials that can blur and distort the image...

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No Innocent Bystander: Cartilage Contributes to Arthritis

September 12, 2014 12:06 pm | by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute | Comments

Melbourne researchers have discovered that cartilage plays an active role in the destruction and remodeling of joints seen in rheumatoid arthritis, rather than being an 'innocent bystander' as previously thought. Dr. Tommy Liu, Professor Ian Wicks...

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Sepsis Kills Over 6,000,000 Children in Developing World: App-Device Could Help Save Them

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by LionsGate Technologies | Comments

Saving lives in the developing world is why Dr. Ansermino and his colleagues at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine research group developed the Phone Oximeter pulse oximeter, a sensor...

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