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The Pulse: Self-Healing Polymer for Wound Care

September 26, 2013 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we're treating wounds with a self-healing polymer, implanting a cure for sleep apnea, printing objects in 3D for the blind, and monitoring vital signs with a shirt. This episode feature: Scientists have created the world's first self-healing polymer that can repair itself without any intervention, offering potential applications in wound care.

The US Ear, Nose And Throat And Bronchoscopy Device Markets Will Reach A Combined Value Exceeding $715 Million In 2021

September 24, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, the United States ear, nose and throat (ENT) and bronchoscopy device markets will both see growth through 2021. Many ENT procedures are performed on children, and slow growth of this demographic will limit this already saturated market.

Wireless Tech Broadens Healthcare Horizons

September 23, 2013 4:59 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

In the field of medical technology, wireless devices are seeing some of the most broad-reaching growth. This is due mostly in part to the wide range of applications that wireless medicine encompasses. Mobi Health News reports that the top ten areas wireless medicine has directly benefited include: Alzheimer’s, asthma, breast cancer, COPD, depression, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, obesity, and sleep disorders.

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Medical Innovation, One Brick at a Time

September 23, 2013 4:52 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

I can be a kid at heart. And when I say that, I state it with an almost literal meaning. I still enjoy toys. Now, I’m not the 40-year-old virgin character from the movie of the same name, but I can’t admit to not still tinkering with Lego bricks and finding enjoyment from it.

Study Suggests that a Single Session of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (Lung Radiosurgery) is a Promising Approach for Treating Inoperable Early-Stage Lung Cancer

September 23, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Treating inoperable early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with a single session of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) may be a viable option in some cases, according to the results of a multi-institutional randomized phase II trial led by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and reported yesterday in a presentation at the 2013 ASTRO Annual Meeting.

Researchers Identify Biomarker for Smoker’s Lung Cancer

September 20, 2013 12:07 pm | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that a specific protein pair may be a successful prognostic biomarker for identifying smoking-related lung cancers. The protein — ASCL1 — is associated with increased expression of the RET oncogene, a particular cancer-causing gene called RET.

FDA panel: 30-year-old ECMO therapy should be reclassified to lower-risk Class II

September 13, 2013 3:49 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

An FDA panel yesterday recommended that the FDA reclassify membrane lung for long-term pulmonary support systems, or so-called extracorporeal membrane oxygenator circuits and accessories, from the highest-risk Class III category to the less burdensome Class II, with special controls.

AffloVest Now Reimbursed By Medicare and Private Health Insurance

September 13, 2013 12:38 pm | by International Biophysics Corporation | News | Comments

AffloVest, the first-ever portable High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO) vest, is now approved for Medicare and private health insurance reimbursement. Millions of Americans with respiratory disease can benefit from the innovative new airway clearance therapy vest that dramatically improves cough productivity and ease of breathing for chronic lung conditions...

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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 | Cambridge Consultants Inc | 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 | 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.

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.

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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 | 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.

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.

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

August 7, 2013 10:04 am | by Qualcomm | 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, 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.

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