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Helping to Reduce Hospital Admissions for COPD Patients

September 13, 2013 10:41 am | by SINTEF | News | Comments

Product designer Jarl Reitan and his colleague Silje Bøthun are working on a preventative project for patients with advanced COPD. Five patients from Trondheim are currently testing a system using tablet computers and a customized app developed by SINTEF.

The NEXThaler: A New Type of Inhaler

September 11, 2013 1:58 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

A pharmaceutical company that developed a new powder asthma medication needed a delivery device. They identified a product development firm that handled all aspects of the development of an inhaler device with an intuitive design.     

Existing Equipment Still has Staying Power—Part 1

September 11, 2013 12:13 pm | by George Karalias, Director of Marketing and Communications, Rochester Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Any time a disruptive technology comes along, prior generations of similar technologies are impacted. In the consumer market, customers generally adopt new technology rapidly if the price is right. For higher-value equipment, though, prior generations may find a new lease on life while customers wait until new technology price points come down.

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E-Cigarettes as Good as Nicotine Patches

September 9, 2013 12:21 pm | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Electronic cigarettes worked just as well as nicotine patches to help smokers quit, according to the first study to compare them. E-cigarettes are battery-operated products that look like real cigarettes and turn nicotine into a vapor inhaled by the user.

Breath Tests Could Be Used to Diagnose Lung Cancer

September 9, 2013 12:09 pm | by European Lung Foundation | News | Comments

Collecting samples of exhaled breath from people at a high risk of lung cancer could be a cheap and non-invasive method of diagnosing the disease, according to new research. The findings will be presented today at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress in Barcelona.

Boston Scientific hits 4-year high following asthma treatment trial results

September 6, 2013 2:07 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Boston Scientific keeps hitting high notes on Wall Street, most recently setting a new 4-year record in the days following the publication of a new study touting the company's Alair bronchial thermoplasty system. The medical device giant announced this week that the Alair system proved safe and effective in reducing severe asthma attacks over at least 5 years...

Gas Flow Sensing Technology in Medical Ventilation Devices

August 26, 2013 4:01 pm | by Dr. Daniel Träutlein, Market Manager Medical, Sensirion AG | Articles | Comments

Sensors are used to measure gas flows for various purposes in modern medical ventilation technology. A variety of measuring principles are used, depending on the manufacturer and the intended use, and as such, many different sensor products are now available on the market.

Apex Fights Back Against ResMed's Patent Litigation

August 20, 2013 3:42 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

On August 20, 2013, Apex Medical Corp. announced at a press conference its challenges to six of the seven patents that were involved in an investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which was terminated by the ITC on August 9, as well as introduction of products related to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome.

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Tumor Measurements Predict Survival in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

August 20, 2013 11:44 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

For the two-thirds of lung cancer patients with locally advanced or metastatic disease, tumor size is not used currently to predict overall survival times. A new study, however, led by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers has shown that even in advanced stages total tumor size can have a major impact on survival.

ResMed settles licensing, patent spat for $25M

August 19, 2013 11:34 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

ResMed said it paid a total of $25 million to settle a lawsuit filed in Australia by the University of Sydney accusing it of breaking a licensing deal and patent infringement. The university sued San Diego-based ResMed in 2007 in the Federal Court of Australia, alleging that it failed to pay royalties and infringed patents covering sleep apnea masks.

Personalized Asthma Therapy for Kids

August 13, 2013 12:04 pm | by Qualcomm Incorporated | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated, through its Qualcomm Wireless Reach initiative, Qualcomm Life, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the primary pediatric health provider serving San Diego, Imperial and southern Riverside counties, today announced their collaboration on a 3G-enabled kit for monitoring the activities of asthmatic children.

The Future of Intubation

August 9, 2013 12:01 pm | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Videos | Comments

Graduates of the Hebrew University’s Biodesign program revealed a robotic intubation device that automatically identifies the lungs using an infrared source and navigates toward it. The device was successfully tested on cadavers at Hadassah Medical Center, and clinical trials will begin as soon as next year.

Robotic Intubation Prototype Crawls to the Lungs in Difficult Situations

August 9, 2013 11:55 am | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Graduates of the Hebrew University’s Biodesign program revealed a robotic intubation device that automatically identifies the lungs using an infrared source and navigates toward it. The device was successfully tested on cadavers at Hadassah Medical Center, and clinical trials will begin as soon as next year.

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3G-Enabled Monitoring Kit to Help Prevent Serious Asthmatic Attacks in Children

August 7, 2013 10:04 am | by Qualcomm | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated, through its Qualcomm Wireless Reach™ initiative, Qualcomm Life, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Rady Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric health provider serving San Diego, Imperial and southern Riverside counties, today announced their collaboration on a 3G-enabled kit for monitoring the activities of asthmatic children.

Panel Backs Lung Cancer Screening for Some Smokers

July 30, 2013 12:54 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

For the first time, government advisers are recommending screening for lung cancer, saying certain current and former heavy smokers should get annual scans to cut their chances of dying of the disease. If it becomes final as expected, the advice by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force would clear the way for insurers to cover CT scans, a type of X-ray, for those at greatest risk.

ResMed takes on another potential infringer

July 22, 2013 1:08 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

San Diego respiratory devices maker ResMed filed a new complaint with the International Trade Commission, this time against Chinese medtech company BMC Medical Co. and its U.S. subsidiary 3B Products. ResMed had previously filed a lawsuit against BMC and 3B, accusing the duo of infringing on patents for CPAP devices, a nasal mask and a nasal pillow interface.

ALung nears close of $17M equity funding round

July 22, 2013 11:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Pennsylvania medical device maker ALung Technologies is nearing the close of a $17 million equity funding round with about $14.7 million raised so far among 48 unnamed investors, according to an SEC filings. The new report updated a fundraising effort that began in late March 2013, and ALung reported last month that it had hit the $9.5 million mark in the raise.

Ensuring the Right Fit: Medical Device Testing and the Human Factor

July 16, 2013 2:12 pm | by Chris Evans, Director of Innovation—Pharmaceutical Delivery Systems, West Pharmaceutical Services | Articles | Comments

Device testing is required for a wide array of variables in the development of a medical device. When it comes to devices used directly by the patient, however, it is critical to test the patient/device “relationship.” This article looks at examining and testing the human factor when it comes to the handling of a medical device and how the design can be improved to enhance that relationship.

ZOLL Aquires the Assets of Lifebridge Medizintechnik AG

July 16, 2013 11:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

ZOLL Medical Corporation announced today that it has purchased the assets of LIFEBRIDGE Medizintechnik AG, based in Ampfing, Germany. LIFEBRIDGE Medizintechnik is a leading provider of medical devices for emergency use that provide circulatory support and extracorporeal oxygenation to patients in acute circulatory or respiratory failure.

Monitor Provides Continuous Minute Ventilation Data in Non-Ventilated Patients

July 16, 2013 11:22 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Data supporting the accuracy and utility of the new ExSpiron 1Xi monitoring system continues to mount with presentations at major medical conferences. At the International Anesthesia Research Society Meeting held May 4-7 in San Diego, CA, four separate presentations demonstrated the ExSpiron system's utility in a variety of intra-operative and post-operative settings.

Care Interrupted—Top Five Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices

July 10, 2013 3:17 pm | by Matt Neely, Director of Strategic Initiatives, SecureState | Blogs | Comments

Putting medical devices on the network provides a large number of benefits, such as supporting telemedicine and the easy transfer of test results to electronic medical records (EMR) systems. However, putting these devices on a network also introduces a number of risks.

Covidien and Nuvon Release New Interface Supporting Electronic Charting

July 9, 2013 2:00 pm | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, has released a new interface making the INVOS™ cerebral oximetry system compatible with the Nuvon System. The technology allows hospitals to integrate patient data with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems.

Toddler Who Received Lab-Made Windpipe Dies

July 8, 2013 4:13 pm | by Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A 2-year-old girl who was implanted with a windpipe grown from her own stem cells has died, three months after she became the youngest person to receive the experimental treatment. Hannah Warren died Saturday at Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, hospital spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff said.

CPAP Therapy Reduces Nightmares in Veterans with PTSD and Sleep Apnea

July 8, 2013 4:03 pm | by American Academy of Sleep Medicine | News | Comments

A new study suggests that CPAP therapy reduces nightmares in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and obstructive sleep apnea. Results show that the mean number of nightmares per week fell significantly with CPAP use, and reduced nightmare frequency after starting CPAP was best predicted by CPAP compliance.

New Test Spots More Lung Clots but Seems to Result in Overdiagnosis

July 3, 2013 10:24 am | by BMJ-British Medical Journal | News | Comments

The introduction of CT pulmonary angiography has been associated with an 80% rise in the detection of pulmonary emboli in the US, but with little change in death rates. Professor Renda Soylemez Wiener and colleagues argue this is evidence of overdiagnosis.

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