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Patient and Healthcare Worker Safety Major Areas of Focus at B.Braun

June 7, 2013 11:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), needlestick (sharps) injuries and exposure to potentially deadly blood borne pathogens continue to be major areas of concern for healthcare workers throughout the U.S. "We are committed to addressing these issues by providing a robust portfolio of safety-engineered IV therapy devices that offer patient protection against infection and optimum safety in the workplace," said Tom Sutton.

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MedTech Firms Invited to Post Diabetes Questions

June 7, 2013 11:44 am | by Creative Medical Research | News | Comments

Suffolk (UK) based Creative Medical Research (CMR) is giving medical device manufacturers the chance to ask questions of 150 EU and US-based Diabetes Nurses through its latest Omnibus Survey. The survey has already attracted a number of the major medical device manufacturers keen to understand the concerns and thoughts of the Healthcare Professionals who focus on Diabetes and use their technologies every day.

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Researchers Discover How Brain Circuits Can Become Miswired During Development

June 7, 2013 11:38 am | by Weill Cornell Medical College | News | Comments

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have uncovered a mechanism that guides the exquisite wiring of neural circuits in a developing brain -- gaining unprecedented insight into the faulty circuits that may lead to brain disorders ranging from autism to mental retardation.

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St. Jude Medical Signs Equity Investment and Option to Purchase Agreement with Spinal Modulation

June 7, 2013 11:01 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, and privately-held Spinal Modulation, Inc., today announced that they have entered into a series of agreements under which St. Jude Medical made a $40 million equity investment in Spinal Modulation, a company that has developed an innovative neuromodulation therapy that provides a new pain management option for patients with chronic, intractable pain.

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3 Out of 20 Scopes Used to Examine GI Tracts and Colons Improperly Cleaned

June 7, 2013 10:42 am | by Association for Professionals in Infection Control | News | Comments

Three out of 20 flexible gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes used for screening were found to harbor unacceptable levels of "bio dirt" – cells and matter from a patient's body that could pose potential infection risk -- according to a study of endoscopes used at five hospitals across the U.S.

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Biomarker Identification May Lead to New Noninvasive Test for Colorectal Cancer Detection

June 7, 2013 10:39 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

The average 5-year survival for colorectal cancer is less than 10% if metastasis occurs, but can reach 90% if detected early. A new non-invasive test has been developed that measures methylation of the SDC2 gene in tissues and blood sera. This test detected 87% of all stages of colorectal cancer cases (sensitivity) without significant difference between early and advanced stages.

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Non-Invasive First Trimester Blood Test Reliably Detects Down's Syndrome

June 7, 2013 10:37 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

New research has found that routine screening using a non-invasive test that analyzes fetal DNA in a pregnant woman's blood can accurately detect Down's syndrome and other genetic fetal abnormalities in the first trimester. Published early online in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the results suggest that the test is superior to currently available screening strategies and could reshape standards in prenatal testing.

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Math Technique De-Clutters Cancer-Cell Data, Revealing Tumor Evolution, Treatment Leads

June 7, 2013 10:14 am | by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | News | Comments

Today, two scientists from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) publish a mathematical method of simplifying and interpreting genome data bearing evidence of mutations, such as those that characterize specific cancers. Not only is the technique highly accurate; it has immediate utility in efforts to parse tumor cells, in order to determine a patient's prognosis and the best approach to treatment.

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Alzheimer's, Schizophrenia, and Autism Now Can Be Studied with Mature Brain Cells Reprogrammed from Skin Cells

June 7, 2013 10:10 am | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Difficult-to-study diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and autism now can be probed more safely and effectively thanks to an innovative new method for obtaining mature brain cells called neurons from reprogrammed skin cells.     

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Promising Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries

June 7, 2013 10:05 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

The electrode material has a decisive influence on a battery’s capacity. So far, the negative electrode typically consists of graphite, whose layers can store lithium atoms. Scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have now developed a material made of boron and silicon that could smooth the way to systems with higher capacities.

Study Shows Medical Devices Complicate Complex Conditions in Kids

June 7, 2013 12:15 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

As modern medical advances help more children with complex conditions live longer, a new study shows a significant number suffer from complications caused by medical devices that are also necessary for their survival. Researchers report their findings online June 7 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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Mid-IR to Deep UV Tunable, Ultrafast Laser System

June 6, 2013 5:33 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Spectra-Physics, a Newport Corporation brand, has introduced Spirit-OPA, an automated optical parametric amplifier (OPA) specifically optimized for use with Spectra-Physics’ Spirit high-repetition-rate ultrafast laser. Spirit and Spirit-OPA together create a versatile and high energy, ultrafast laser system.

Vented Enclosures

June 6, 2013 5:28 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science has introduced a New Series of Vented Enclosures that provide effective containment of airborne particulates during manipulation and transfer of potent compounds. Their in-house research suggests that even slight modifications of enclosures can result in containment factors from the microgram down to the nanogram.

MDrive Delivers More

June 6, 2013 5:18 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Lexium has introduced their MDrive to benefit a wide range of motion applications with its compact all-in-one design saving space, reducing wiring and improving machine reliability. In addition, robust new design features and performance enhancements deliver even more, where MDrive products were great before.

Lightweight Hinge Delivers Double the Torque

June 6, 2013 5:14 pm | by MDT Staff | Southco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Southco has recently introduced the E6-600 Constant Torque Position Control Hinge, which features increased torque and lightweight aluminum construction. The E6-600 Constant Torque Position Control Hinge allows the user to hold a door or panel securely at any desired angle, and delivers twice as much torque to support larger, heavier items.

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