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Growth Seen in Respiratory Device Market

February 24, 2014 11:51 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

The 47 billion-dollar worldwide respiratory device market continues to grow mainly due to the aging of the world population and increasing incidence of respiratory diseases, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research...

‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Is (Part 1)

February 21, 2014 2:55 pm | by Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare | Analog Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When the term “home health monitoring” was coined, the reference was not limited to the four walls we live between but rather to the monitoring of an individual’s vital signs when he or she was outside the hospital environment. Since the...

The Nose Knows in Asthma

February 19, 2014 11:46 am | by National Jewish Health | News | Comments

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that asthma comes in several variations, with different causes, different pathologies and different responses to therapy. These subtypes of asthma can be identified by knowing which genes...

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E-Cigarettes Vaporizer Technology Could Enable Delivery Method for Pharmaceuticals

February 19, 2014 10:25 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Alsa Refinish LLC, a California-based company, has process and utility patent applications in place for a revolutionary medication delivery method. If successful, Alsa will hold patents for a device that delivers medications and herbal... 

Philips Announces Achievement of Major Milestone in Largest Ever Sleep Apnea Clinical Trial

February 18, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips, a major sponsor of the Sleep Apnea cardioVascular Endpoints (SAVE) study, today announced that the study has reached its enrollment goal of 2,500 patients, spread across seven countries and 84 hospitals and  medical institutions...

Teleflex launches the Rusch DispoLED Laryngoscope Handle

February 14, 2014 7:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated, a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced the launch of the Rusch® DispoLED™ Single-Use Fiber Optic Laryngoscope Handle — a cost-neutral* way to combat cross-contamination...

Study: Hospitals Don't Follow Infection Prevention Rules

February 6, 2014 10:04 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

While most hospitals have polices in place to prevent health care-associated infections, clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based guidelines established to prevent these infections, according to new research from Columbia University School...

COPD? There's an App for That...Coming Soon

February 4, 2014 12:12 pm | by Inderscience | News | Comments

A smart phone and a connection to the "internet of things" could allow people with chronic lung disease to avoid risky areas where environmental conditions, pollution and weather might exacerbate their symptoms. Details of a framework that...

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Device Enables Faster and Safer Tracheotomies

January 31, 2014 11:01 am | by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | News | Comments

Researchers at the UPM have participated in the design of a device that allows us to perform tracheotomies faster and safe being beneficial for both patients and healthcare staff. The new device, which was patented by researchers of the School...

'Bubble CPAP' Boosts Neonatal Survival Rates

January 30, 2014 11:04 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

The first clinical study of a low-cost neonatal breathing system created by Rice University bioengineering students demonstrated that the device increased the survival rate of newborns with severe respiratory illness from 44% to 71%...   

Photos of the Day: The $160 Bubble CPAP Machine

January 30, 2014 11:03 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Premature babies struggle to breathe because their lungs are immature. CPAP technology (continuous positive airway pressure) helps keep a child's lungs inflated and makes it easier for them to breath, but at $6,000 CPAP machines are too...

Why Are Consumers Not Using Health Apps?

January 29, 2014 3:12 pm | by Asif Khan, CEO, Caremerge | Blogs | Comments

NPR recently released a great article on health apps and their usage to date. The article refers to a report by IMS Institute for Health Informatics that states that (as per iTunes Store June 2013) there are about 43,689 Apps categorized...

23andMe Helps Identify 11 New Genetic Associations for Asthma-With-Hay Fever

January 29, 2014 12:34 pm | by 23andMe | News | Comments

23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, has participated in the first ever genome-wide association study of the combined asthma-with-hay fever phenotype.  Led by researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, the... 

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ResMed slumps on disappointing U.S. sales and missed Q2 earnings

January 24, 2014 4:11 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Shares of respiratory devices maker ResMed dropped more than 6% today after the company reported its Q2 earnings, missing Wall Street's expectations. ResMed CEO Mick Farrell had his own regrets about the quarter, saying that regulatory...

Motors on the Go

January 21, 2014 11:50 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Lin Engineering, New Scale Technologies, Inc., Pro-Dex, Performance Motion Devices, Inc., Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

With an influx of wireless, portable medical devices continuing to hit the market, often used by patients in their home or on the go, suppliers need to accommodate designers’ needs for smaller, more energy efficient device components. Since...

Ventilator Improvements Through Motion Control Advancements

January 21, 2014 11:41 am | by Dave Beckstoffer, Product Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Blogs | Comments

High end ventilation and BPAP equipment continually require high efficiency at high speeds for optimum flow generation. As the equipment strives to improve on performance without being noticed by the patient, advancements in motion technology...

Enhancing Medical Devices with Force Sensing Technology

January 20, 2014 2:04 pm | by Mark Lowe, VP of Sensor Business, Tekscan Inc. | Tekscan, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Getting the most functionality and benefits out of medical devices is a common goal among designers. One technology that offers an array of advantages that enhance the quality of treatment a device can provide is force sensors. These components...

Wireless Electronic Home Healthcare for All

January 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Texas Instruments Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., Ximedica | Articles | Comments

These days, it’s as though the medical device industry is more synonymous with the electronics industry than it is with healthcare. Obviously an exaggeration, but there seems to be very few device sectors where electronics are not an integral...

Device Reduces Sleep Apnea Episodes by 70%

January 16, 2014 11:18 am | by UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

Implantation of a sleep apnea device called Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy can lead to significant improvements for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a study published today in the New England Journal...

Photos of the Day: Sleeping Soundly

January 16, 2014 11:17 am | by UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

The Inspire UAS therapy device is designed to sense breathing patterns and deliver mild stimulation to a patient’s airway muscles to keep the airway open during sleep. Patients used a “controller” to turn on the device at night, so it is...

Doctors Make Technology Breakthrough To Deliver a Better Night's Sleep For Snorers

January 14, 2014 6:09 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

SleepAssure, a medical grade consumer device designed to deliver a better night's sleep for people who snore, launches early adopter program to address market demand.  "We have successfully combined efficacy and patient acceptance...

Sleep Sensor and Wellness Coaching App at CES

January 9, 2014 2:33 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Beddit, makers of wireless sleep tracking equipment used by professionals worldwide, has scaled up manufacturing of its best-selling sleep sensor and wellness coaching app and will be showcasing them at the 2014 International Consumer...   

Class I Medical Device Recall: Covidien, Puritan Bennett 840 Series Ventilator - Software Problem

January 9, 2014 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Due to a software problem, a diagnostic code (XB0069) may be triggered. This causes the ventilator to stop functioning, triggering the safety alarm and causing the patient to suddenly be required to breathe on his or her own. These devices...

New England Journal of Medicine Study Finds Upper-Airway Electronic Stimulation Effective for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

January 8, 2014 5:15 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Results published in a new study in the Jan. 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine report that mild electronic stimulation therapy to the upper airway during sleep is effective in reducing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In the...  

Preclinical Study Suggests E-Cigarettes May Promote Lung Cancer in High-Risk Individuals

January 8, 2014 3:30 pm | by AACR | News | Comments

Exposing human lung cells with genetic mutations associated with high risk for lung cancer to the chemicals in electronic-cigarette (e-cigarette) vapor enhanced the cells’ cancerous behaviors, according to preliminary results presented here...

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