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On-Board School Bus Filtration System Reduces Pollutants by 88 Percent

March 2, 2015 10:53 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

An on-board air filtration system developed specifically for school buses reduces exposure to vehicular pollutants by up to 88 percent, according to a study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The high-efficiency...

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Diagnosing TB with Oral Swabs

March 2, 2015 10:49 am | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | News | Comments

Drawing inspiration from veterinary medicine, researchers at the University of Washington have helped developed a new prospective approach to diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) - easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving on standard...

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A Virtual Reality Check for Medical Students

March 2, 2015 10:15 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Jack has a backache. He’s nervous, sitting there in the doctor’s exam room, and his eyes quickly dart back and forth. He carefully answers the medical student’s questions, grimacing from the pain as he describes where it hurts, and how...

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Lab-on-Paper for Rapid, Inexpensive Immune-Detection Tests

March 2, 2015 10:15 am | by University of Rhode Island | News | Comments

A team of University of Rhode Island engineers led by Professor Mohammad Faghri has created a new paper-based platform for conducting a wide range of complex medical diagnostics. The key development was the invention of fluid actuated valves...

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Neuromonitoring System Protects Nerve Tissue During Surgery

March 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

After bowel surgery, more than half of the patients suffer from irreparable nerve damage. Now scientists have developed an assistance system that warns surgeons about the risk of inflicting possible injury during operations in the pelvic...

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Robotic Vest Takes Burden off Demanding Jobs

March 2, 2015 9:49 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Each year millions of people within the EU injure themselves in the course of their work due to picking up heavy loads or from one-sided movements – ending up with serious health issues. Together with the industry, Fraunhofer researchers...

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3D Printing Personalized Antibiotic and Chemotherapeutic Drug Delivery Implants

March 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Society of Interventional Radiology | News | Comments

3D printing could become a powerful tool in customizing interventional radiology treatments to individual patient needs, with clinicians having the ability to construct devices to a specific size and shape. That's according to a study being...

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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 | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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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Rare Diseases at FDA: A Successful Year for Orphan Products

February 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Gayatri R. Rao, M.D., J.D. | Blogs | Comments

2014 was a strong year for rare disease product development at FDA. It was also a year of significant firsts. In recognition of Rare Disease Day, February 28th, we want to reflect on the progress we have made thus far as we renew our commitment...

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Medtronic Acquires Advanced Uro-Solutions

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