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Simple, At-Home Test Will Detect Most Colorectal Cancers

February 3, 2014 5:00 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Tests that require patients to collect a single stool sample at home and then send it to a lab for analysis will detect about 79 percent of colorectal cancers, according to a new evidence review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine...

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Stent wars: Shrinkage concerns resurface in Medtronic/Boston Scientific DES trial

February 3, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Medtech giants Medtronic and Boston Scientific took their long-time stent rivalry to new heights in a 1st-of-its-kind head-to-head study of their next-generation drug-eluting stents, with researchers ultimately reporting little difference...

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FDA Approves Pill Camera to Screen Colon

February 3, 2014 2:13 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A kinder, gentler approach to one of the most dreaded exams in medicine is on the way: U.S. regulators have cleared a bite-size camera to help screen the large intestine of patients who have trouble with colonoscopies. The ingestible pill...

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mHealth report: Apple execs met with FDA, too

February 3, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Technology titan Apple Inc. sent a few executives to the FDA late last year to meet with agency officials to talk about "mobile medical applications," according to the FDA's public calendar. Representatives from Apple included senior vice...

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Growing a Business, from the Lab

February 3, 2014 12:34 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

In the early 1990s, MIT researcher Shuguang Zhang, then an MIT postdoc, stumbled upon peptides that could self-assemble into nanostructures, creating three-dimensional environments for cell culturing. It was, at the time, a breakthrough...

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Photos of the Day: Monitoring Muscles with 'Smart Shorts'

February 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Myontec | Comments

Mbody is the first smart textile in the world that enables the user to measure muscle activity in a manner similar to a heart rate monitor. The primary target group of Mbody is athletes and sports enthusiasts aiming at improving their own...

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'Smart Shorts' Win Wearable Technology Innovation World Cup

February 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Myontec | Comments

A Finnish company Myontec Ltd. won the Wearable Technology Innovations World Cup 2013/2014, organized in Munich, Germany, with their Mbody smart shorts. The victory was gained in the category Sports & Fitness. More than 600 products...

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Accellent to Acquire Lake Region Medical

February 3, 2014 11:11 am | by Business Wire | Comments

Accellent Inc., a leading provider of fully integrated outsourced manufacturing and engineering services to the medical device industry, and Lake Region Medical, a privately held, Original Development Manufacturer (ODM) of minimally invasive...

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Smiths Medical Advances Smart Infusion Pump Interoperability

February 3, 2014 11:04 am | by Business Wire | Comments

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today it tested its new PharmGuard Interoperability Software at the IHE Connectathon 2014 in Chicago, demonstrating functionality using the IHE Integration Profiles...

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Successful First Human Implant of Tiara Transcatheter Mitral Valve

February 3, 2014 10:56 am | by Business Wire | Comments

OPKO Health, Inc., a multi-national biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company, today reported that Neovasc Inc., a Vancouver-based company in which OPKO has made a strategic investment, reported that a first-in-human implantation of its...

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Tasso Simplifies Blood Sampling, Secures $2.3M

February 3, 2014 10:48 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Tasso, Inc., a medtech start-up developing a wearable blood draw device, has secured $2.3M in grant funding for its HemoLink technology. After a successful SBIR Phase I, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has granted the company...

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Smith & Nephew to Buy ArthroCare in $1.5B Deal

February 3, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

British medical technology company Smith & Nephew plans to buy U.S. medical device maker ArthroCare in a $1.5 billion deal that it says will strengthen its sports medicine business. Smith & Nephew said Monday it will pay $48.25 in...

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Cancer Cases Worldwide to Jump to 22 Million

February 3, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The World Health Organization's cancer agency warns there will be 22 million new cases of cancer every year within the next two decades. Monday's report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer estimated in 2012 there were 14...

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Body Kills 'Spontaneous' Blood Cancers on a Daily Basis

February 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute | Comments

Immune cells undergo 'spontaneous' changes on a daily basis that could lead to cancers if not for the diligent surveillance of our immune system, Melbourne scientists have found. The research team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute...

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Capturing Ultrasharp Images of Multiple Cell Components at Once

February 3, 2014 9:51 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Comments

A new microscopy method could enable scientists to generate snapshots of dozens of different biomolecules at once in a single human cell, a team from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported...

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