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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... 

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...

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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...

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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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FDA to review Inspire Medical's sleep apnea implant

January 8, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Inspire Medical Systems is getting the FDA treatment, landing a date next month with the Anesthesiology & Respiratory Therapy Devices panel to undergo review of the company's implanted Inspire II Upper Airway Stimulator for treatment of...

Report: Sensors in Home Healthcare Applications

January 8, 2014 11:43 am | by Yole Développement | News | Comments

From 2000 - 2050, the proportion of the world’s population aged 60 and over will grow from about 16% to 25% - an increase linked to a marked growth of chronic diseases (Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancers, etc.). Healthcare systems’ rising costs...

CareFusion closes Vital Signs purchase

January 6, 2014 1:15 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

CareFusion said it completed a deal with GE Healthcare to acquire Vital Signs for $500 million. Totowa, N.J.-based Vital Signs pulls in about $250 million in annual sales of devices for respiratory care, anesthesiology and patient monitoring...

Photos of the Day: Antimicrobial Glass

January 6, 2014 11:29 am | by Corning | News | Comments

As touch technologies proliferate, consumers are becoming aware of how bacteria can exist on mobile devices, particularly as we increasingly share touch-enabled surfaces at home, work, and elsewhere. Corning's Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass...

Corning Unveils World's First Antimicrobial Cover Glass

January 6, 2014 11:04 am | by Corning | News | Comments

Corning Incorporated today unveils Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass at the International Consumer Electronics Show. It is the first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass. The glass is formulated with an antibacterial agent, ionic... 

Class I Medical Device Recall: GE Healthcare, LLC - Multi Absorber Original, Disposable - Model M1173310

January 6, 2014 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The Multi Asborber, Original may have a thin wall condition, which may lead to small holes in the water (drain) tube. This may result in loss of anesthetic gases, ventilations and oxygenation. This product may cause serious adverse health...

FDA issues warning on Vital Signs' anesthesia devices

January 3, 2014 2:52 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Vital Signs Devices, a GE Healthcare company, issued a warning for its disposable Multi Absorber Original anesthesia system after receiving complaints to a potential safety issue. The disposable Multi Absorber Original is used in the Medisorb...

Lung Cancer Scans Urged for Some Smokers, Not All

December 31, 2013 10:14 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation's top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday—even as they stressed that the tests aren't for everyone...

Imaging Technology Could Unlock Mysteries of a Childhood Disease

December 31, 2013 9:59 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

By the time they're two, most children have had respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and suffered symptoms no worse than a bad cold. But for some children, especially premature babies and those with underlying health conditions, RSV can lead...

CareFusion Completes Vital Signs Acquisition In U.S., China

December 31, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

CareFusion, a leading global medical technology company, today announced the completion of its acquisition of the Vital Signs division from GE Healthcare in the U.S., China and certain other geographies. CareFusion agreed to purchase Vital...

$3.5M Awarded for Commercialization of Medical Devices for Children

December 23, 2013 9:09 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) has been awarded $3.5 million over five years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assist scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs in bringing medical devices for children to the market...

Newly Insured Bring New Opportunities and Challenges

December 19, 2013 4:12 pm | by Michael Frank, Healthcare Industry Expert, PA Consulting Group | Blogs | Comments

The medical device sector has emerged from the winter of the great recession into a much more price sensitive market. Pressure is mounting to reduce cost of devices where there are cheaper alternatives. While the 2.3% medical device excise...

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