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FDA Seeks Input on 'Reprocessing' and UDI

June 26, 2015 3:10 pm | by AAMI | Comments

Medical device labelers learned some of the basics about the unique device identifier (UDI) in a recent session held during the AAMI 2015 Conference & Expo in Denver, CO. More information is now available as part of a draft guidance document...

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Treating Severe Psychological Conditions with Lasers

June 26, 2015 2:52 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Scientists are now taking a new approach to treating patients with severe psychological disorders – by using lasers to perform the lobotomy instead. This laser-blasting procedure is called an anterior cingulotomy, and is currently the only...

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App May Prevent Parkinson's Patients' Dangerous Gait Freezing

June 26, 2015 11:47 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

Many patients in the latter stage of Parkinson's disease are at high risk of dangerous, sometimes fatal, falls. One major reason is the disabling symptom referred to as Freezing of Gait (FoG) -- brief episodes of an inability to step forward...

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Delivering Drugs to the Right Place

June 26, 2015 11:43 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

For the 12 million people worldwide who suffer from polycystic kidney disease (PKD), an inherited disorder with no known cure, a new treatment option may be on the horizon. PKD is a condition in which clusters of benign cysts develop within...

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Computer Simulation Predicts Development, Progress of Pressure Sores

June 26, 2015 10:25 am | by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine | Comments

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have devised a computational model that could enhance understanding, diagnosis and treatment of pressure ulcers related to spinal cord injury. In a report published online in PLOS...

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First Heart Model 3D Printed Using Multiple Imaging Techniques

June 26, 2015 9:48 am | by Spectrum Health | Comments

Congenital heart experts from Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital have successfully integrated two common imaging techniques to produce a three-dimensional anatomic model of a patient’s heart. The 3D model printing of patients'...

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DNA Shed from Head and Neck Tumors Detected in Blood and Saliva

June 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

On the hunt for better cancer screening tests, Johns Hopkins scientists led a proof of principle study that successfully identified tumor DNA shed into the blood and saliva of 93 patients with head and neck cancer. A report on the findings is...

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Students' Designs Give Artifical Limbs a New 'Skin'

June 26, 2015 8:59 am | by Kansas State University | Comments

A project by Kansas State University interior architecture & product design students is giving individuals with prosthetic limbs a chance to add some personality to their prosthetic and show the students that their discipline goes beyond creating...

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Green Light Shining Glasses May Solve Insomnia

June 26, 2015 8:55 am | by University at Buffalo | Comments

When you're having trouble sleeping, light is the last thing you assume you need. But according to a pilot study attempting to solve insomnia among lung cancer patients led by University at Buffalo sleep researcher Grace Dean, light may just be...

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World's Smallest Pacemaker Wins Top European Innovation Award for 2015

June 26, 2015 8:42 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc today (24 June) announced that its Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) has won the top innovation award for practice improvement at EHRA EUROPACE-CARDIOSTIM 2015 in Milan. The award is selected by an international panel of...

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Growing Neurons in 3D for Parkinson's Research

June 26, 2015 8:38 am | by University of Luxembourg | Comments

The progressive loss of neurons in the brain of Parkinson's patients is slow yet inexorable. So far, there are no drugs that can halt this insidious process. Researchers at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of...

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Flamingo in Brazilian Zoo Gets Artificial Leg

June 26, 2015 8:34 am | by Stan Lehman, Associated Press | Comments

A pink flamingo in Brazil has gotten a new leg to stand on — an artificial one. Zookeepers at a zoo in southeastern Brazil said this week they think it's the first time a flamingo has used a prosthetic leg. The 6-year-old Chilean flamingo at the...

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Sprayable Foam Slows Bleeding

June 25, 2015 3:13 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Using a material derived from crustacean shells, scientists have now developed a foam that can be sprayed onto an open wound to stop the bleeding. They report their successful tests on pigs in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering...

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Graphene Could Trigger Artificial Skin Development Revolution

June 25, 2015 1:36 pm | by University of Exeter | Comments

A pioneering new technique to produce high-quality, low cost graphene could pave the way for the development of the first truly flexible 'electronic skin', that could be used in robots. Researchers from the University of Exeter have discovered...

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3 Strategies for Combating Cyberattacks in Healthcare

June 25, 2015 12:39 pm | by AAMI | Comments

Steps that healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) can take to thwart would-be cyberattacks are described in a newly released primer by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). Titled Perspectives on Cybersecurity in Healthcare...

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