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'Obamacare' Tax Not Meeting Revenue Target

August 20, 2014 | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. The audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration...

Testing Epoxy Fluxes for Hearing Aid Miniaturization

August 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by Tom Adams, Consultant, Sonoscan, Inc. | Sonoscan | Articles | Comments

Breakthroughs in circuitry design have made adding new features easier than miniaturizing the hearing aid as a whole. This article follows the progress - as yet not entirely fulfilled - of one major hearing aid manufacturer in shrinking the...

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Attachable Technology Transforms Wheelchairs, Helping Users Stay Healthy

August 20, 2014 2:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A San Francisco-based technology company is rethinking the way wheelchair users get around. Engineers at Rio Mobility have developed a line of hand cycles and attachable scooter devices aimed at keeping the wheelchair-bound more active and...

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University Spinoff Aims to Hit the Mark Precisely with Brain-Scanning Tool

August 20, 2014 2:31 pm | by David Tenenbaum, University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

As brain surgeons test new procedures and drugs to treat conditions ranging from psychiatric disorders to brain cancer, accuracy is becoming an ever-greater issue. In treating the brain, the state of the art today starts with images from a...

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Web-Based App Predicts Glioma Mutations

August 20, 2014 2:09 pm | by University of Kentucky | News | Comments

A new web-based program developed by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers will provide a simple, free way for healthcare providers to determine which brain tumor cases require testing for a genetic mutation. Gliomas – a type...

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Clinical Trials: Enhancing Data Quality, Encouraging Participation and Improving Transparency

August 20, 2014 2:03 pm | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, FDA | Blogs | Comments

Today FDA is announcing important steps that the agency plans to take to enhance the collection and availability of clinical trial data on demographic subgroups – patient populations divided by sex, race/ethnicity or age. Section 907 of the...

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Test Reliably Detects Inherited Immune Deficiency in Newborns

August 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases | News | Comments

A newborn screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) reliably identifies infants with this life-threatening inherited condition, leading to prompt treatment and high survival rates, according to a study supported by the National...

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Coronary Arteries Hold Heart-Regenerating Cells

August 20, 2014 11:47 am | by Vanderbilt University Medical Center | News | Comments

Endothelial cells residing in the coronary arteries can function as cardiac stem cells to produce new heart muscle tissue, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered. The findings, published recently in Cell Reports, offer insights...

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Novel Gene Predicts Both Breast Cancer Relapse and Response to Chemotherapy

August 20, 2014 10:37 am | by ACN Newswire | News | Comments

Scientists have made it easier to predict both breast cancer relapses and responses to chemotherapy, through the identification of a unique gene. The newly found marker could help doctors classify each breast cancer patient and customize a...

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CardiacAssist Receives Health Canada Approval for PROTEK Duo Veno-Venous Cannula

August 20, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CardiacAssist, Inc. has announced that it has received a Class 2 medical device license from Health Canada for its new PROTEK Duo veno-venous cannula. The PROTEK Duo is licensed for use as a single cannula for both venous drainage and reinfusion...

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Novel Human Tissue Samples Available for Research and Development

August 20, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Human tissues are extensively employed by pharmaceutical and academic researchers to identify and validate new biomarkers and drug discovery targets. Such tissues are also widely used to study the efficacy, reproducibility, and safety of...

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510k Approval for SMART Meter and App for Improving Diabetes Health

August 20, 2014 10:06 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Philosys announces it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510K approval for the highly anticipated Gmate SMART Blood Glucose Monitoring System. The Gmate SMART meter is the size of a quarter and connects to the headphone...

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Targeted Brain Stimulation Aids Stroke Recovery in Mice

August 20, 2014 9:55 am | by Stanford University School of Medicine | News | Comments

When investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine applied light-driven stimulation to nerve cells in the brains of mice that had suffered strokes several days earlier, the mice showed significantly greater recovery in motor...

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New X-ray Imaging Developed by Scientists

August 19, 2014 4:57 pm | by Monash University | News | Comments

Published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the imaging method allows researchers to monitor the effectiveness of a treatment for the life-threatening genetic disorder. Cystic fibrosis affects... 

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Implantable Heart Devices Result in Similar Survival Benefits Among Ethnic, Racial Groups

August 19, 2014 4:24 pm | by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences | News | Comments

Racial and ethnic minorities who receive implantable devices to treat heart failure derive the same substantial survival benefit from these therapies as white patients, new UCLA-led research shows. While the American College of Cardiology and...

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Engineering New Bone Growth

August 19, 2014 3:57 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemical engineers have devised a new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth factors that are released slowly over a few weeks. When applied to bone injuries or defects, this coated scaffold induces the body to rapidly form...

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