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American Gastroenterological Association Launches Device Registry Initiative

March 14, 2014 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Center for GI Innovation and Technology announced today the launch of an initiative to develop observational research registries to help bring new medical devices to gastroenterologists and...

Photos of the Day: Worldwide Spending on Healthcare (Infographic)

March 13, 2014 10:42 am | by Emergo Group | News | Comments

The charts show the total global spending on healthcare in 2011 according to data compiled by the World Health Organization. They also show the growth in healthcare spending from 2001 to 2011 and in the regional share major economies in the...

Simple Urine Test Detects Common Causes of Kidney Dysfunction After Transplantation

March 7, 2014 12:20 pm | by American Society of Nephrology | News | Comments

A new noninvasive urine test can distinguish among different causes of acute kidney dysfunction after transplantation. The test, which is described in a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology...

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Lifesaving Sensor for Full Bladders

March 7, 2014 11:30 am | by SINTEF | News | Comments

More than 220,000 people in Norway suffer from a neurological disease that means that they have difficulties with urinating and incontinence, and have problems controlling their bladders. About 3,000 of these are particularly badly affected...

Photos of the Day: Lifesaving Bladder Sensor

March 7, 2014 11:28 am | by SINTEF | News | Comments

A small pressure sensor can make the difference between life and death. The first tests on humans will be carried out in April on patients with spinal injuries at Sunnaas Hospital. The tiny pressure sensor looks like a pinprick on the finger...

A Simple Way to Treat Kidney Failure

March 4, 2014 10:15 am | by International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics | News | Comments

Kidney failure results in a build up of toxins and excess waste in the body. Dialysis is the most common treatment, performed daily either at home or in hospital. However, dialysis machines require electricity and careful maintenance, and...

CCCF's Super-Awesome Colon-O-Tron Raising Awareness of Colorectal Cancer in Rockefeller Plaza

February 28, 2014 6:30 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF), a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to reducing colorectal cancer incidence and death throughout the United States, is making it easier to talk and learn about colorectal cancer with the Super...

Covidien Completes Acquisition of Given Imaging

February 27, 2014 7:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Covidien plc today announced that it has closed its acquisition of Given Imaging Ltd., providing the company additional scale and scope to serve a significant medical specialty, the multibillion dollar global gastrointestinal (GI) market. PillCam...

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Study: Mailing Free Tests to Patients' Homes Boosts Colon Cancer Screening Rates

February 26, 2014 11:06 am | by Kaiser Permanente | News | Comments

Colon cancer screening rates increased by nearly 40 percent when free stool tests were mailed to patients' homes, according to results of a pilot study published today in the journal BMC Cancer. The study, funded by the National Institutes...

Researchers Find That Going with the Flow Makes Bacteria Stick

February 24, 2014 11:17 am | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine...

New Biological Scaffold Home, Sweet Home, for Stem Cells

February 24, 2014 10:38 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Our cells don’t live in a vacuum. They are surrounded by a complex, nurturing matrix that is essential for many biological functions, including growth and healing. In all multicellular organisms, including people, cells make their own...  

A Revolutionary Portable Lab for Rapid and Low-Cost Diagnosis

February 14, 2014 2:27 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Do you remember James Bond film Casino Royale? After being poisoned, the agent uses a portable diagnostic kit to identify the toxic substance and alert his HQ in London. Such type of technology is not fiction anymore. European researchers...

Photos of the Day: PillCam Colon Exam

February 13, 2014 12:06 pm | by Given Imaging | News | Comments

Given Imaging has developed the PillCam, an imaging system that can be swallowed to examine a patient's colon and digestive tract. The device does not need to be retrieved to collect the images from the exam, instead ...    

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Device Enables Easy Medication Administration for Patients Unable To Swallow

February 13, 2014 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Hospi Corporation, a privately-held medical device company focused on nurse invented products that optimize patient care, today announced receipt of 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its first product, the Macy...

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...

Gore Launches Expanded Treatment Portfolio Featuring Lower Profile GORE® EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis in Australia and New Zealand

February 5, 2014 4:17 pm | by The Associated Press | W.L. Gore & Associates | News | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. has announced the Australia and New Zealand launch of an expanded treatment range, including lower profile components for the GORE EXCLUDER AAA Endoprosthesis used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms. The 31...

Novel Non-Surgical Balloon Device for Weight Loss

February 4, 2014 11:52 am | by Obalon | News | Comments

Obalon is developing a novel non-surgical, fully-reversible device for weight loss. The device consists of a capsule containing a balloon that is swallowed and then remotely inflated. The balloon is intended to occupy space in the stomach...

Photos of the Day: 'Balloon Pill' Offers Weight Loss Treatment

February 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Obalon | News | Comments

The Obalon balloon is designed to assist weight loss by partially filling the stomach and helping to induce a feeling of fullness. The placement of one or more balloons in the stomach helps you consume less food at each sitting. The Obalon...

Simple, At-Home Test Will Detect Most Colorectal Cancers

February 3, 2014 5:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tests that require patients to collect a single stool sample at home and then send it to a lab for analysis will detect about 79 percent of colorectal cancers, according to a new evidence review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine...

FDA Approves Pill Camera to Screen Colon

February 3, 2014 2:13 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A kinder, gentler approach to one of the most dreaded exams in medicine is on the way: U.S. regulators have cleared a bite-size camera to help screen the large intestine of patients who have trouble with colonoscopies. The ingestible pill...

Human Trials in Two Years for Artificial Pancreas Invention

January 28, 2014 11:07 am | by De Montfort University | News | Comments

An artificial pancreas invented by a De Montfort University (DMU) professor could have its first human trials within two years. Professor Joan Taylor’s creation ensures patients will no longer have to endure injections of insulin every day...

New Method Increases Supply of Embryonic Stem Cells

January 27, 2014 11:16 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

A new method allows for large-scale generation of human embryonic stem cells of high clinical quality. It also allows for production of such cells without destroying any human embryos. The discovery is a big step forward for stem cell research...

Biomarkers in Blood Show Potential as Early Detection Method of Pancreatic Cancer

January 23, 2014 11:06 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Researchers have identified diagnostic microRNA panels in whole blood that had the ability to distinguish, to some degree, patients with and without pancreatic cancer, according to a study in the January 22/29 issue of JAMA. The authors...

Photos of the Day: Moving Kidney Stones with Ultrasound

January 22, 2014 11:04 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Besides guiding kidney stones to help them pass naturally, other applications could be to reposition a stone before or during surgery; to displace a large stone obstructing the ureter to relieve the patient’s pain and avoid emergency surgery...

Using Ultrasound to Move Kidney Stones

January 22, 2014 11:04 am | by Hannah Hickey, University of Washington | News | Comments

A new device developed at the University of Washington would let doctors use ultrasound to move kidney stones inside the body and help them pass by natural means. “Ultrasound is used today to break up large stones. That’s not what we’re...

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