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Covidien Acquires Venous Disease Treatment Developer Sapheon

August 28, 2014 10:43 am | by Business Wire | Comments

Covidien plc has announced that it has acquired Sapheon, Inc., a privately-held developer of venous disease treatments. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Based in Morrisville, N.C., Sapheon develops and...

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Do-It-Yourself Blood Pressure Care Can Beat MDs

August 28, 2014 10:43 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

"Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found. Those who did their own readings at home and adjusted their medicine as...

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AAMI Asks FDA to Clarify Standards Expectations

August 28, 2014 10:39 am | by AAMI | Comments

AAMI has sought clarity on what considerations U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review staff would like the association and similar organizations to take into account during the standards development and revision processes. The association...

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Making Science Fiction a Science Reality: 10 Finalist Teams Selected For $10 Million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by XPRIZE | Comments

XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, today announced the 10 finalist teams competing for the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a 3.5-year global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation for teams to develop...

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Neuroscientists Reverse Memories’ Emotional Associations

August 28, 2014 10:23 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Most memories have some kind of emotion associated with them: Recalling the week you just spent at the beach probably makes you feel happy, while reflecting on being bullied provokes more negative feelings. A new study from MIT neuroscientists...

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Innovations in Blood Glucose Monitoring with New Device

August 28, 2014 10:15 am | by Business Wire | Comments

Nipro Diagnostics, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its TRUE METRIX™ Self-Monitoring blood glucose system and the TRUE METRIX™ PRO Professional Monitoring blood glucose system. As the...

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Photos of the Day: Have a Nice Trip? See you Next Fall!

August 28, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Conventional efforts to prevent falls include exercises to boost strength and balance, but researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago are trying a completely different approach. It's based on promising, preliminary results with a…

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Tripping Seniors on Purpose to Stop Future Falls

August 28, 2014 10:01 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke. The experiment is among techniques being studied to prevent falls, the leading cause of injury in older adults. Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion...

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UCC Device to Help Coronary Disease

August 28, 2014 10:01 am | by University College Cork | Comments

UCC’s Centre for Research in Vascular Biology has developed a new device that promotes the bypass of arterial obstructions, potentially removing the need for major surgery. Worldwide, there are approximately three million open heart... 

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New Smartphone App Can Detect Newborn Jaundice in Minutes

August 28, 2014 9:49 am | by University of Washington | Comments

Skin that turns yellow can be a sure sign that a newborn is jaundiced and isn't adequately eliminating the chemical bilirubin. But that discoloration is sometimes hard to see, and severe jaundice left untreated can harm a baby. University of...

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FDA 510(k) Clearance for CardiacAssist's PROTEK Duo VenoVenous Cannula

August 28, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

CardiacAssist, Inc. today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its new PROTEK Duo venovenous cannula. The PROTEK Duo is intended for use as a single cannula for both venous drainage...

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Scientists Plug Into a Learning Brain

August 28, 2014 9:30 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | Comments

Learning is easier when it only requires nerve cells to rearrange existing patterns of activity than when the nerve cells have to generate new patterns, a study of monkeys has found. The scientists explored the brain's capacity to learn...

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Heart Hospital to Implant Portico Transcatheter Aortic Valve System as Part of Clinical Trial

August 28, 2014 9:27 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

On Aug. 26, 2014, physicians at Heart Hospital of Austin became the first in Texas to implant the new Portico Re-sheathable Transcatheter Aortic Valve System—an innovative, repositionable aortic heart valve and delivery system. Heart Hospital...

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NIH Issues Finalized Policy on Genomic Data Sharing

August 28, 2014 9:22 am | by National Institutes of Health/Office of the Director | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the...

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'Junk' Blood Tests May Offer Life-Saving Information

August 28, 2014 9:16 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

Some 30 percent of all positive hospital blood culture samples are discarded every day because they're "contaminated" — they reflect the presence of skin germs instead of specific disease-causing bacteria. Rather than toss these compromised...

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