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Home Health Market Soars as Medical Providers Seek to Cut Costs

May 9, 2014 10:25 am | by IHS Technology | Comments

Medical providers’ efforts to reduce costs by taking a more holistic approach to healthcare will spur a doubling in the global market for home health technologies in the coming years, according to IHS Technology. Worldwide revenue for home...

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Pacemaker and Defibrillator Patients Adhering to Remote Monitoring with St. Jude Medical's Merlin Technology Saw More than Double Survival Rate

May 8, 2014 6:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, announced that data presented during a Late Breaking Clinical Trial Session during Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s Annual Scientific Sessions, found an association between...

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AACC Supports FDA on Blood Glucose Meters but Questions New Standards

May 8, 2014 3:30 pm | by American Association for Clinical Chemistry | Comments

In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance proposing separate performance and accuracy criteria for over-the-counter blood glucose meters used in the home and prescription blood glucose meters used in...

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Toward a Faster, More Accurate Way to Diagnose Stroke

May 8, 2014 3:20 pm | by Analytical Chemistry | Comments

When someone suffers from a stroke, a silent countdown begins. A fast diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death. So scientists are working on a new blood test that one day could rapidly confirm whether someone...

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A Low-Cost Device for Voice Monitoring

May 8, 2014 3:08 pm | by Politecnico di Torino | Comments

Functional dysphonia is the nightmare of professional singers and even more so of amateur actors, but also of teachers and call-center operators, to mention only a few of the workers exposed to the risk of vocal damage due to an excessive...

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Monitor for Sunburn Risk Goes on Sale

May 8, 2014 3:03 pm | by University of Strathclyde | Comments

A monitor developed at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow for preventing the risk of over exposure to the sun is now available for sale online. The Smartsun device, worn as a waterproof wristband, changes color according to the amount...

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Bioprinting a 3D Liver-Like Device to Detoxify the Blood

May 8, 2014 2:34 pm | by University of California, San Diego | Comments

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a 3D-printed device inspired by the liver to remove dangerous toxins from the blood. The device, which is designed to be used outside the body – much like dialysis... 

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Tecnalia Launches an App to Assist the Hearing Impaired

May 8, 2014 12:15 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | Comments

Hearing the doorbell, the fire alarm or a tap that has not been properly turned off are everyday situations that can become a problem for a person who is hard of hearing. The Tecnalia Centre for Applied Research has developed a tool to pick...

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Noise-Induced 'Hidden Hearing Loss' Mechanism Discovered

May 8, 2014 12:07 pm | by Acoustical Society of America (ASA) | Comments

Much like sun exposure, smoking, or sports-related head injuries, "hidden hearing loss" may be difficult to measure for many years—making it too late to reverse the damage by the time it becomes obvious. In modern industrialized society...

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A Lab in Your Pocket

May 8, 2014 11:27 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | Comments

When you get sick, your physician may take a sample of your blood, send it to the lab and wait for results. In the near future, however, doctors may be able to run those tests almost instantly on a piece of plastic about the size of credit...

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Researchers Use DNA to Build Tool that May Literally Shine Light on Cancer

May 8, 2014 11:19 am | by University of Montreal | Comments

Bioengineers at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Montreal have used DNA to develop a tool that detects and reacts to chemical changes caused by cancer cells and that may one day be used to deliver drugs to tumor cells...

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Scientists Create First Living Organism with Added Pair of DNA

May 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Scripps Research Institute | Comments

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA "letters," or bases, not found in nature. The cells of this unique bacterium can replicate the unnatural...

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Urine Test Best Detects Alcohol Use in Liver Transplant Candidates, Recipients

May 8, 2014 11:06 am | by Wiley | Comments

Researchers from Italy confirm that urinary ethyl glucuronide (uEtG) accurately detects alcohol consumption in liver transplant candidates and recipients. The study published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association...

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Listening to Bipolar Disorder: Smartphone App Detects Mood Swings via Voice Analysis

May 8, 2014 11:03 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person's voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University of Michigan team reports. While the...

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Sleep Apnea Device Market Driven By Untreated Cases

May 8, 2014 10:16 am | by Kalorama Information | Comments

The worldwide sleep apnea device market has demonstrated moderate growth from $3.6 billion in 2011 to 4.2 billion in 2013, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher said that undiagnosed cases and new...  

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