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World’s Largest Functional Brain Model

August 1, 2013 2:11 pm | by Maplesoft | Comments

A group of neuroscientists and software engineers at the University of Waterloo’s Computational Neuroscience Research Group (CNRG) have built the world’s largest functional model of the human brain. Named Spaun, the simulated brain has a digital eye which it uses for visual input, and a robotic arm that it uses to draw its responses.


A New Tool for Brain Research

August 1, 2013 2:03 pm | by University of Nottingham | Comments

Physicists and neuroscientists from The University of Nottingham and University of Birmingham have unlocked one of the mysteries of the human brain, thanks to new research using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG).


Wrong Site Surgery Cited as Top OR Safety Challenge Among U.S. Hospitals

August 1, 2013 2:00 pm | by Medline | Comments

Despite being a rare event, wrong site surgery is the number-one operating room safety concern for 65 percent of OR nurses in the United States, according to a new national survey conducted by Medline Industries, Inc. According to the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, wrong site surgery occurs as often as 40 times per week in the U.S


Health Data Exploration Survey Seeks Participants Who Self-Track Health

August 1, 2013 1:51 pm | by Calit2 | Comments

The Health Data Exploration project has announced a call for participants in an online survey that seeks to uncover insights into how individuals, companies and researchers are using the data that are captured through digital devices such as fitness apps.


FDA expands clearance for Teleflex's Arrow balloon dilatation catheters

August 1, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Teleflex (NYSE:TFX) won FDA clearance for expanded sizes and uses of its Arrow GPSCath Balloon Dilatation catheter, a device the company picked up during the 2012 buyout of Hotspur Technologies. The FDA win lets Teleflex sell the catheter in new 80 cm lengths and in a higher burst pressure rating.


Welch Allyn Aims to Improve Patient Comfort and Safety with Acrylic Vaginal Specula and Cordless Illumination System

August 1, 2013 1:27 pm | by Welch Allyn | Comments

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that specializes in helping clinicians improve patient outcomes, today announced a new promotion designed to help women’s health providers improve patient comfort and safety with its disposable KleenSpec® Vaginal Specula and Welch Allyn Cordless Illumination System.


New Corrective Vision Technology Eyes Success, but Cost Too High for Market Adoption

August 1, 2013 1:24 pm | by GlobalData | Comments

Orthokeratology, also known as corneal refractive therapy, has re-emerged as a treatment for near and far-sightedness, but while the technology provides an intermediate solution between existing interventions, its high price tag will hinder its adoption in the corrective vision market, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.


Why Silver Takes Home the Gold for Hydrogel-Based Wound Care

August 1, 2013 1:08 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Silver is more than just a precious metal—it's a precious tool in wound care. Since silver is able to kill bacteria in wounds and tissue, wound dressings that incorporate silver are becoming increasingly popular, especially in an era of rising resistance to antibiotics and an increasing awareness of the dangers of hospital-acquired infections.


Camera Crushes Patient; Sparks Recall

August 1, 2013 12:40 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, MDT | Comments

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall of GE Healthcare’s Nuclear Medicine Systems were recalled following an incident at a VA Medical Center in which a patient died due to injuries sustained while being scanned.


NEC Display Solutions Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance on MD211G5 Medical Diagnostic Monitor

August 1, 2013 12:00 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the Food and Drug Administration 510(k) market clearance of the 21-inch MultiSync® MD211G5 medical-grade monitor, built for the displaying and viewing of digital images for diagnosis by trained physicians.


3D Colonoscopy Eases Detection of Precancerous Lesions

August 1, 2013 10:29 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new endoscopy technology that could make it easier for doctors to detect precancerous lesions in the colon. Early detection of such lesions has been shown to reduce death rates from colorectal cancer, which kills about 50,000 people per year in the United States.


Ultrasound Patch Heals Venous Ulcers in Human Trial

August 1, 2013 10:25 am | by NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering | Comments

In a small clinical study, researchers administered a new method for treating chronic wounds using a novel ultrasound applicator that can be worn like a band-aid. The applicator delivers low-frequency, low-intensity ultrasound directly to wounds, and was found to significantly accelerate healing in five patients with venous ulcers.


FDA Warns of Massive Diabetes Test Strip Recall

August 1, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients with diabetes about a recall of up to 62 million glucose test strips used to measure blood sugar levels that can show incorrect, abnormally high blood sugar readings. Nova Diabetes Care announced the recall Friday. An incorrect reading could potentially lead to dangerous medication errors for patients.


Smartphone Cradle & App Combine to Create Biosensor

August 1, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot tests for food safety, environmental toxins, medical diagnostics and more.


An App to Lead the Blind

August 1, 2013 10:02 am | by Inderscience Publishers | Comments

A smartphone app that keeps track of your location and distance walked from home or hotel and warns you when you are likely to be caught out after dark has been developed by researchers in Pakistan to help sufferers of the debilitating disease night blindness.



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