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FDA Approves First-of-a-Kind Sleep Apnea Implant

May 1, 2014 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sleep deprived Americans have a new option to address hard-to-treat nighttime breathing problems: a first-of-kind device that keeps airways open by zapping them with an electrical current. The Food and Drug Administration approved the... 

Biocompatible Piezoelectric Mechanical Energy Harvesters for Heart and Lung

May 1, 2014 11:07 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Canan Dagdeviren, PhD Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering, was recognized for outstanding innovation by receiving the $20,000 Illinois Innovation Prize last Friday, April 25th. This award is administered by the Technology...   

Adjustable, Comfortable, Breathable

April 30, 2014 2:33 pm | by Chris Vasta, VP, & Megan Kelly, Digital Marketing Associate, The CPAP Shop | Articles | Comments

As a company that has become known as one of the leading retailers for CPAP equipment since 2003, we have come to expect high-quality products from ResMed that almost always result in satisfied patients. Their newest mask release, called...

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The Pulse: Reinventing the Wheel & Capturing Infections with Decoys

April 30, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we’re making a wheel-based suspension to traverse hard impacts, using a nanosponge to absorb toxins, inventing a $500 portable ventilator, and 3D printing kidneys for practicing surgery.      

Breath Analysis Offers Non-invasive Method to Detect Early Lung Cancer

April 30, 2014 10:58 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine are using breath analysis to detect the presence of lung cancer. Preliminary data indicate that this promising noninvasive tool offers the sensitivity of PET scanning, and has...

Indi Announces $47.25 Million in Funding for Blockbuster Diagnostic

April 29, 2014 7:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indi (Integrated Diagnostics), a molecular diagnostics company pioneering the use of blood-based proteomic tests, announced today it has raised $30.25 million from the closing of its Series B and $17 million in non-dilutive debt financing...

New Studies Demonstrate Benefits of Robotics for Lung Surgery

April 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Intuitive Surgical Inc. | News | Comments

Two new studies on the effect of different surgical techniques on patient outcomes showed robotic-assisted lung surgery can deliver equal or better results compared with both open surgery and the most widely used minimally invasive surgical...

Mauna Kea Technologies Receives Regulatory Approval for Cellvizio in Japan

April 28, 2014 3:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mauna Kea Technologies, a leader in the optical biopsy market, announced today it received regulatory approval in Japan for the company’s Cellvizio flagship product. The approval by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) includes...

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Smiths Medical Launches Pneupac paraPAC plus in U.S. and Canada

April 22, 2014 8:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, today announced the launch of its Pneupac paraPAC plus ventilator in the U.S. and Canada. The ventilator, cleared by the FDA and Health Canada, has been used clinically since...

ResMed Adds To AirFit Line Of Masks With Compact Full Face And Nasal Options

April 21, 2014 10:55 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ResMed expands its ultra-light, comfortable, and award-winning AirFit™ line of masks today with new nasal and full face options. The AirFit F10 compact full face mask and AirFit N10 compact nasal mask continue the company's 25-year history...

Crowdfunding and 3D Printing for Vital Signs Monitoring

April 17, 2014 4:30 pm | by Alyssa Parkinson, Marketing Communications Specialist, Solid Concepts Inc. | Articles | Comments

Scanadu emerges with the largest step in home healthcare innovation since the thermometer, championing an elite field of medical device companies utilizing crowdfunding and early 3D printing. This article features an interview with Walter...

The Key to Easy Asthma Diagnosis Is in the Blood

April 16, 2014 2:10 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Using just a single drop of blood, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has developed a faster, cheaper and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma. This handheld technology — which takes advantage of a...

'Nano-Anesthesia': A New Approach to Local Anesthesia?

April 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins | News | Comments

A technique using anesthesia-containing nanoparticles—drawn to the targeted area of the body by magnets—could one day provide a useful alternative to nerve block for local anesthesia in patients, suggests an experimental study in the April...

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Reverse Engineering a Developing Lung

April 14, 2014 12:12 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Consider the marvel of the embryo. It begins as a glob of identical cells that change shape and function as they multiply to become the cells of our lungs, muscles, nerves and all the other specialized tissues of the body. Now, in a feat of reverse...

ResMed Innovation Excellence Earns Two Red Dot Design Awards For 2014

April 14, 2014 8:31 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ResMed, an innovator and pioneer in developing products for the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory conditions, has won two Red Dot Product Design Awards for 2014 — one for its AirFit™ P10 nasal pillows mask and one...

Studies Show Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 11:28 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy...

Photos of the Day: Body Parts from the Lab

April 11, 2014 11:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy...

5 Takeaways from Conversations with Leading Providers at HIMSS

April 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by Lindsay Sanchez, Citrix | Blogs | Comments

The HIMSS conference attracted 38,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors this year; an indication of the role HIT is predicted to play in healthcare transformation. However, the breadth of technologies displayed made you wonder how providers...

A Pocket-Size Ultrasonic Nebulizer Employing a Novel Nozzle Improves Inhalers

April 3, 2014 12:29 pm | by World Scientific | News | Comments

Inhalation is an increasingly important route for non-invasive drug delivery for both systemic and local applications. Control of particle size and output plays a critical role in the efficient and effective delivery of oft en expensive medications...

New Screening Tool to Diagnose Common Sleep Problem in Children

April 2, 2014 10:13 am | by CHEO Research Institute | News | Comments

Evidence suggests that adults with a large neck circumference are more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), especially males. As neck circumference varies by age and sex, there have been no reference ranges to diagnose pediatric...

Baxter Splitting into Two Separate Businesses

March 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Following a rival's lead, Baxter International Inc. said it's planning a breakup into two health care companies as it tries to boost innovation and profitability and reward shareholders. Thursday's news could mark a recent trend as Wall...

Philips to Establish Research & Innovation Hub in Africa

March 21, 2014 9:57 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips has announced the establishment of its Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, which underlines the company’s commitment to invest in Africa. The Philips Africa Innovation Hub will work both on the creation of new inventions...

MGC Diagnostics Announces Its Intent To Acquire Medisoft SA

March 20, 2014 5:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

MGC Diagnostics Corp. a leading global medical technologies company, today announced it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Medisoft SA of Sorinnes, Belgium. Under the proposed agreement, MGC Diagnostics would acquire all the...

New RSV Test Provides Healthcare Providers Objective Results in Minutes

March 19, 2014 10:06 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, announced today that it received 510(k) clearance and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waiver from the U.S. Food...

3D Printed Devices Save Baby’s Life

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

In his 18 months of life, Garrett Peterson has never gone home, spending his days in hospital beds tethered to ventilators that even at the highest settings couldn't prevent his breathing from periodically stopping. His condition was so tenuous...

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