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New Material Steals Oxygen from the Air

September 30, 2014 11:15 am | by University of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen...

COPD Patients Breathe Easier with Lung Flute

September 26, 2014 2:55 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) report improved symptoms and health...

After Watching Disturbing Video, CPAP Usage Soars

September 26, 2014 9:40 am | by National Jewish Health | News | Comments

Like more than 20 million other Americans, John Brugger has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He...

Philips to Develop Portable Ventilator to Boost Pandemic Response

September 24, 2014 11:28 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will sponsor the development of a...

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Airway Muscle-on-a-Chip Mimics Asthma

September 23, 2014 11:32 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

The majority of drugs used to treat asthma today are the same ones that were used 50 years ago. New drugs are urgently needed to treat this chronic respiratory disease, which causes nearly 25 million people in the United States alone to wheeze...

Terminology, Training Take Center Stage at AAMI/FDA Ventilator Summit

September 18, 2014 9:48 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

To improve the safe and effective treatment of patients, healthcare delivery organizations and medical device manufacturers must standardize the nomenclature for ventilator technology and improve training for clinicians on these vital pieces of...

Fighting Lung Cancer: Faster Image Processing for Low-Radiation CT Scans

September 12, 2014 4:17 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A new $1.9 million study at the University of Michigan seeks to make low-dose computed tomography scans a viable screening technique by speeding up the image reconstruction from half an hour or more to just five minutes. The advance could be...

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Artificial Lungs That Can Be Worn at Home

September 11, 2014 9:38 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University professor Keith Cook has received a four-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support research and development of artificial lungs that patients may use long term in the...

CE Mark for Breathe Technologies’ Non-Invasive Open Ventilation System

September 10, 2014 9:18 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Breathe Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of innovative medical technologies for patients with respiratory insufficiency diseases and neuromuscular diseases, announced today that it received CE Certification for its Non-Invasive Open...

Electronic Nose Can Detect Sub-Groups of Asthma in Children

September 8, 2014 11:44 am | by European Lung Foundation | News | Comments

An electronic nose can be used to successfully detect different sub-groups of asthmatic children, according to a new study. The new research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich, is part of the...

Breath Temperature Test Could Identify Lung Cancer

September 8, 2014 11:05 am | by European Lung Foundation | News | Comments

The temperature of exhaled breath could be used to diagnose lung cancer, according to a new study. The research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich today, suggests that testing the temperature...

Spirometry Module Added to Connectivity-Ready Electrocardiograph Device

September 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, today announced the availability of an optional spirometry module for its Welch Allyn CP 150 Electrocardiograph (ECG). Now available...

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APEX and ResMed Resolve Patent Disputes

September 5, 2014 2:35 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ResMed Inc. and APEX Medical Corp. have agreed to a confidential settlement resolving their outstanding patent disputes. Under the agreement, APEX has the right to sell and import globally its Wizard masks, as well as its XT and iCH flow generators...

A Minimally Invasive, High-Performance Intervention for Staging Lung Cancer

September 5, 2014 10:27 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Endoscopic biopsy of lymph nodes between the two lungs (mediastinum) is a sensitive and accurate technique that can replace mediastinal surgery for staging lung cancer in patients with potentially resectable tumors. Such were the conclusions...

Fund Makes Grants to Commercialize Promising Technologies

September 3, 2014 11:10 am | by Life Sciences Discovery Fund | News | Comments

The Life Sciences Discovery Fund has announced nearly $750,000 in Proof of Concept grants to Washington state for-profit and non-profit organizations to promote translation of health-related technologies from the laboratory to the commercial...

Breath Test for COPD

August 26, 2014 11:23 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

NYU Langone Medical Center will lead a new clinical initiative -- funded by a $225,000 grant from The National Institutes of Health -- to determine a breath test’s effectiveness to identify volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in human breath...

Luxury Fashion Takes on Fitness Technology

August 25, 2014 2:03 pm | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Luxury fashion is making inroads in wearable tech as more designers try their hands at developing smart, stylish accessories and clothing aimed at tracking performance and health, or simply making connected lives easier to manage. "We actually...

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Lung Cancer Is Rarely Detected by Current X-Ray Procedures

August 25, 2014 9:59 am | by University of Oslo | News | Comments

Each year, nearly 3,000 Norwegians develop lung cancer. Current x-ray- examinations capture only 20 percent of cases. With modern ultralow-dose CT, the radiologists hit the bull’s eye 90 percent of the time. In Norway, no other forms of cancer...

Mixed-Reality Simulators for Training in Treatment of Injured Soldiers

August 20, 2014 11:23 am | by University of Florida Health | News | Comments

On the battlefield, wounded soldiers depend on how quickly and efficiently medical personnel can treat and stabilize their life-threatening injuries. To help military medical personnel acquire, practice or maintain these key skills while...

Graphene Rubber Bands Could Stretch Limits of Current Healthcare

August 19, 2014 11:37 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

Although body motion sensors already exist in different forms, they have not been widely used due to their complexity and cost of production. Now researchers from the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin have for the first time...

ResMed Offers AirSense 10 CPAP and APAP Devices

August 18, 2014 8:55 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ResMed, the industry leader in patient-comfort innovation, today introduced its new AirSense 10 positive-airway pressure (PAP) device platform, with breakthrough features that benefit both the patient and the healthcare provider. "Our home...

Research may lead to reliable alternative to open-heart surgery

August 13, 2014 10:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Houston (UH) professor Suncica "Sunny" Canic is a mathematician, not a medical doctor, but her research could save the lives of heart patients. Working with collaborators from Houston Methodist Hospital on a minimally invasive experimental procedure for heart valve replacement, Canic's work could lead to optimal design of an alternative to open-heart surgery for treating failing heart valves.

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Disease Through Vapors

August 7, 2014 8:12 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A new sensor, which can detect airborne chemicals either exhaled or released through the skin, would likely be the first wearable to pick up a broad array of chemical, rather than physical, attributes. U-M researchers are working with the National...

Wearable Tech for Disease Monitoring

August 7, 2014 8:12 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A new wearable vapor sensor being developed at the University of Michigan could one day offer continuous disease monitoring for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia or lung disease. Wearable technologies, which include Google...

New Device Detects Deadly Lung Disease

July 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

A scientist from the University of Exeter has developed a simple, cheap and highly accurate device for diagnosing a frequently fatal lung disease which attacks immune deficient individuals such as cancer patients and bone marrow transplant...

Welch Allyn Leads $7 Million Series B Investment Round in Cardiac Insight

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Cardiac Insight, a University of Washington spinoff biotech company that develops advanced body worn sensing and computing technologies for applications in cardiology, respiratory and other complex disease states, announced today that it has...

The Edge Radiosurgery System Can Target Cancer with Sub-Millimeter Accuracy

July 17, 2014 10:54 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Medical researchers have confirmed that the Edge radiosurgery system from Varian Medical Systems can deliver dose to a targeted tumor with sub-millimeter isocenter accuracy.  The researchers, from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in...

The COPD Aerobika Device Wins Gold at MDEA Awards

July 17, 2014 9:28 am | by Monaghan Medical Corporation | News | Comments

The Aerobika Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) Therapy System marketed by Monaghan Medical Corporation has earned Gold at the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA). MDEA is an International Award recognizing groundbreaking...

Applying the Data Distribution Service in an IoT Healthcare System

July 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, PrismTech | Blogs | Comments

In my last post, I described how the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard is used to provide ubiquitous access to clinical measurements. In this post, I will be introducing the foundations of this enabling technology that can allow healthcare...

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