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Photo of the Day: Will Connected Health Save the Healthcare Industry?

May 31, 2013 11:55 am | by Jabil | Jabil | News | Comments

The medical device ecosystem is changing dramatically from stand-alone “device + patient + physician” in the clinical environment to include access and mobility outside the four walls of the hospital. This inforgraphic looks at how connected health can make an impact on the cost of healthcare.

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Medtronic's Endurant AAA Stent Graft Delivers Durable Outcomes for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

May 31, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Endurant AAA stent graft system from Medtronic, Inc. continues to distinguish itself, with new data on the market-leading device for the endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms demonstrating durable clinical performance through three years of patient follow-up.

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GE Healthcare Announces Commercial Availability of New Methodology That Provides a Cancer Profile on a Single Slide

May 31, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE Healthcare today announced at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology its plans for the commercialization of MultiOmyx ™, a ground-breaking new pathology platform, using proprietary methodology to analyze multiple proteins at a single-cell level.

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NuVasive Announces Global Launch of MAS PLIF

May 31, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to announce the global launch of its Maximum Access Surgery Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MAS® PLIF) procedure.

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New Method to Test Breast Lesions Could Better Detect Cancer, Save Money by Reducing Repeat Biopsies

May 31, 2013 12:05 am | by AACR | News | Comments

A newly developed, single-step Raman spectroscopy algorithm has the potential to simultaneously detect microcalcifications and enable diagnosis of the associated breast lesions with high precision, according to data published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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Medical Grade Polymers 2013

May 30, 2013 4:49 pm | by MDT Staff | Events

Applied Market Information, LLC (AMI) reveals the program for the Medical Grade Polymers 2013, the seventh in this series of high-level business conferences that takes place on September 17-18, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Boston/Woburn in Woburn, MA.

WESTEC

May 30, 2013 4:45 pm | by MDT Staff | Events

WESTEC, the premier West Coast manufacturing event, will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center – October 15-17, 2013. Produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), WESTEC was previously scheduled as a spring 2014 event, but increased industry demand and participant feedback convinced the organizers to shift the date forward.

Immune System to Fight Brain Tumors

May 30, 2013 4:41 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

Research at Lund University in Sweden gives hope that one of the most serious types of brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, could be fought by the patients' own immune system. The tumors are difficult to remove with surgery because the tumor cells grow into the surrounding healthy brain tissue. A patient with the disease therefore does not usually survive much longer than a year after the discovery of the tumor.

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New Gene Delivery Method: Magnetic Nanoparticles

May 30, 2013 4:40 pm | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

Stent angioplasty saves lives, but there often are side effects and complications related to the procedure, such as arterial restenosis and thrombosis. In the June 2013 issue of The FASEB Journal, however, scientists report that they have discovered a new nanoparticle gene delivery method that may overcome current limitations of gene therapy vectors and prevent complications associated with the stenting procedure.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Heal a Broken Heart

May 30, 2013 4:37 pm | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

Procedures like angioplasty, stenting and bypass surgery may save lives, but they also cause excessive inflammation and scarring, which ultimately can lead to permanent disability and even death. A new research report appearing in The FASEB Journal, shows that naturally derived compounds from polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3s) may reduce the inflammation associated with these procedures to help arteries more fully and completely heal.

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Columbia Nursing Study Finds Women Less at Risk than Men for Healthcare Associated Infections

May 30, 2013 4:35 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

A new study from Columbia University School of Nursing supports a growing body of evidence that women are less likely to contract bloodstream or surgical site infections than their male counterparts. Researchers investigated the incidence of infection in thousands of hospitalized patients and found the odds for women succumbing to a bloodstream infection (BSI) and surgical-site infection (SSI) were significantly lower than for men.

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Johns Hopkins Surgeons Among First in the Country to Perform a Robotic Single-Site Hysterectomy

May 30, 2013 4:33 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Two Johns Hopkins gynecologic surgeons are among the first in the nation to perform a robotic hysterectomy using a single, small incision. Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D. and Stacey Scheib, M.D. recently performed several other types of single-site robotic gynecologic procedures—including surgery for fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, and ovarian cysts and masses.

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Researchers Identify Novel Approach to Create Red Blood Cells, Platelets In Vitro

May 30, 2013 4:29 pm | by Boston University Medical Center | News | Comments

A study led by Boston University School of Medicine has identified a novel approach to create an unlimited number of human red blood cells and platelets in vitro. In collaboration with Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Boston Medical Center (BMC), the researchers differentiated induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into these cell types, which are typically obtained through blood donations.

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Biologists Take Snapshot of Fleeting Protein Process

May 30, 2013 4:25 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Structural biologists from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) have captured the first three-dimensional crystalline snapshot of a critical but fleeting process that takes place thousands of times per second in each human cell. The research appears online today in the journal Cell Reports and could prove useful in the study of cancer and other diseases.

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Worldwide Lecture Tour Touts Point-of-Care Healthcare

May 30, 2013 4:19 pm | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

NJIT Distinguished Professor and electrical engineer Atam Dhawan hits the lecture trail again this summer as a distinguished speaker for an IEEE life sciences lecture series. His focus will be how "Point of Care Healthcare" can reduce illness, improve the quality of life, and stop spiraling healthcare costs. Dhawan, who will stop at conferences in Japan, Colombia and Croatia, tells audiences about the following.

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