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ETHICON Features Three New Devices for Bariatric Surgery at IFSO 2014

August 26, 2014 1:10 pm | by Ethicon, Inc. | Comments

Ethicon is introducing three new endocutter and energy products designed to help address the unique challenges of bariatric procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. The announcement was made today at the 19th World...

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Handheld DNA Diagnostic Unit Allows Lab-Quality Analysis in the Field

August 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by University of Otago | Comments

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at New Zealand's University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining...

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Robot-Assisted Prostate Removal Surgery Sees Widespread Adoption

August 26, 2014 12:44 pm | by Wiley | Comments

A new study reveals that the US has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive...

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TOBI: Mind Over Matter for People with Disabilities

August 26, 2014 12:39 pm | by AlphaGalileo | Comments

People with serious physical disabilities are unable to do the everyday things that most of us take for granted despite having the will – and the brainpower – to do so.  This is changing thanks to European projects such as TOBI (Tools...

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Student Designs a Football Video Game Adapted to People with Cerebral Palsy

August 26, 2014 12:23 pm | by AlphaGalileo | Comments

Final year student in the University of Alicante's Multimedia Engineering degree Roberto Gómez has designed a football game adapted for people with cerebral palsy which is operated with a foot switch, a push rod head switch and a hand switch...

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Intra-Lock Files Suit to Protect Consumers from Unapproved Dental Device

August 26, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

On July 14, 2014, Intra-Lock International, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Joseph Choukroun, his company Process for PRF, SARL (France), and a series of U.S.-based distributors that sell Choukroun’s medical device kit for the production of...

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Medtronic Acquires Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation

August 26, 2014 12:08 pm | by Medtronic, Inc. | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation (Sapiens SBS), a privately held developer of deep brain stimulation (DBS) technologies for approximately $200 million in an all-cash transaction. The...

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IEEE Addresses E-Health Gap with New Standard for Evaluating Wearable, Cuffless Blood-Pressure Devices

August 26, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the approval of IEEE 1708 “Standard for Wearable Cuffless Blood Pressure Measuring Devices.” Bringing a new dimension to the...

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A Biofeedback Posture-Improving Belt Improves Posture While Sitting or Standing

August 26, 2014 12:03 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

The crowdfunding campaign for PosturePulse, a biofeedback posture-improving belt, is in full effect on the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Backers have already pledged over $7,700 to show their support for the biofeedback belt. The...

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TIA Commends New FDA Approach to Medical Device Data Systems

August 26, 2014 12:01 pm | by Telecommunications Industry Association | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in support...

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New Biomarker Highly Promising for Predicting Breast Cancer Outcomes

August 26, 2014 11:57 am | by American Society for Microbiology | Comments

A protein named p66ShcA shows promise as a biomarker to identify breast cancers with poor prognoses, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology. Cancer is deadly in large part due to...

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Eye Implant for Better Glaucoma Treatments

August 26, 2014 11:51 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford University | Comments

For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves weekly visits to eye specialists who monitor – and control – increasing pressure within the eye. Bioengineer Stephen Quake and...

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Future Phones to use Blood and Speech to Monitor HIV, Stress, Nutrition

August 26, 2014 11:43 am | by Vasyl Kacapyr, Cornell University | Comments

David Erickson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University, will receive a $3 million National Science Foundation grant over five years to adapt smart phones for health monitoring. Erickson will head a multidisciplinary...

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University of Michigan First in Nation to Implant Device for Tricuspid Valve Replacement

August 26, 2014 11:37 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the first heart center in the nation to perform percutaneous implantation of the Edwards SAPIEN valve to replace a patient’s tricuspid valve. Percutaneous interventions...

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Breath Test for COPD

August 26, 2014 11:23 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | Comments

NYU Langone Medical Center will lead a new clinical initiative -- funded by a $225,000 grant from The National Institutes of Health -- to determine a breath test’s effectiveness to identify volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in human breath...

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