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Bacterium Genetically Evolves to Live in Lungs and Evade Antibiotic Treatments

December 12, 2013 9:18 am | by Marie-Helene Thibeault, University of Calgary | News | Comments

The bacterium that's the most important pathogen in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) has genetically evolved and adapted to survive in CF-infected lungs and evade antibiotic treatments, scientists from the University of Ottawa and the University of Calgary have shown. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is called an ...

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St. Jude Medical Gains CE Mark for 25 mm Portico Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve

December 12, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, has received European CE Mark approval for its 25 mm Portico Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve Implantation System. The approval expands the number of patients who can be treated using...

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New FDA approved pre-surgical treatment for cleft lip/palate

December 12, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Parents and healthcare professionals who care for more than 4,000 cleft lip/palate babies born each year in the U.S. now have a new non-invasive pre-surgical treatment available that research finds is as effective as the established method...

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FDA Advisory Panel Votes Favorably on the Boston Scientific WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device

December 11, 2013 7:49 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee voted favorably by a majority, Yes: 13, No: 1, that the benefits of the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure device... 

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Lighting the Way to Surgical Precision

December 11, 2013 4:11 pm | by By Vijay Shanbhag, Medical Sales Manager, Lighting and Imaging, SCHOTT North America | Articles | Comments

Medical technology has evolved to the point that surgeons can complete medical procedures through incisions less than an inch long. For practitioners, these less intrusive methods mean faster procedures and lower pre- and post-operation...

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A New Optical Technique to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy of Dehydration in Young Children

December 11, 2013 3:09 pm | by Brian Imhausen, Electro-Optics Design Engineer and Project Manager, Bodkin Design and Engineering LLC | Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC | Articles | Comments

One clinical measure of dehydration in young children relies on Capillary Refill Time (CRT). The doctor visually evaluates the time it takes for the patient’s finger to refill with blood after a squeeze is released. This subjective assessment...

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Changing Medicine Through Technology

December 11, 2013 2:56 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices serve a number of purposes from the most mundane to the esoteric. Some are constantly being redesigned and updated to be more effective while others have remained little-changed for decades. Even bed pans—stainless steel...

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Online Tool Aids Clinicians' Efforts to Treat Injured Workers

December 11, 2013 1:52 pm | by University of Alberta | News | Comments

University of Alberta researchers have developed a new web-based tool to aid health professionals in determining the right treatment course for injured workers, helping them feel better and get back to work earlier. Researchers used a form...

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Skin's Own Cells Offer Hope for Wound Care

December 11, 2013 1:49 pm | by King's College London | News | Comments

Scientists at King's College London have, for the first time, identified the unique properties of two different types of cells, known as fibroblasts, in the skin – one required for hair growth and the other responsible for repairing skin wounds...

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Study: Biomaterials Repair Human Heart

December 11, 2013 1:43 pm | by Clemson University | News | Comments

Clemson University biological sciences student Meghan Stelly and her father, Alabama cardiovascular surgeon Terry Stelly, investigated a biomedical application following a coronary artery bypass surgery and found that the application allowed...

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IEEE: Healthcare Stakeholders Want Standards-Based Interoperability and Communications

December 11, 2013 1:14 pm | by IEEE Standards Association | News | Comments

Tens of billions of dollars a year reportedly slip through the cracks in interoperability and connectivity among medical devices in the United States alone, but it now appears there exists new interest to close those gaps in the global web...

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Development of Sensors to Aid the Blind

December 11, 2013 1:03 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

Researchers from UOW have advanced our understanding of the most effective echolocation techniques, which could be used to develop better navigation aids for the blind and to create high-tech robots to rescue people from disaster scenes. Robotics...

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Biopen to Rewrite Orthopedic Implants Surgery

December 11, 2013 10:38 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A handheld “bio pen” developed in the labs of the University of Wollongong will allow surgeons to repair damaged and diseased bone material by delivering live cells and growth factors directly to the site of injury, accelerating the regeneration...

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Photos of the Day: Coloring-in Bone

December 11, 2013 10:35 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

The BioPen prototype was designed and built using the 3D printing equipment in the labs at the University of Wollongong and was handed over to clinical partners at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne led by Professor Peter Choong, who will work...

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RapidFIRE: Researchers Develop an On-the-Fly 3D Bio Printer

December 11, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers at UOW in Australia have developed a "bio pen" that could allow surgeons to repair damaged bone tissue with customized implants during surgery. The BioPen delivers live cells and growth factors, which accelerate the regeneration...

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