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Researchers Validate Early Predictor of Lethal Kidney Condition

April 14, 2014 11:44 am | by UF Health | News | Comments

Researchers have found a way to identify critically ill patients who are at risk of developing acute kidney injury — a potentially fatal and often asymptomatic condition. Their findings may be the first to validate two markers that can predict acute...

Covidien Gets FDA 510(k) Clearance for Kangaroo Feeding Tube with IRIS Technology

April 14, 2014 11:20 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) Clearance for the Kangaroo feeding tube with IRIS Technology. This first-of-its-kind camera-equipped disposable feeding tube is designed to enhance patient safety by providing...

Syneron Receives US FDA Clearance to Market the UltraShape System for Fat Cell Destruction

April 14, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Syneron Medical Ltd., a global market leader in the aesthetic medical device marketplace, announced today that it has received the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the UltraShapeT System for non...

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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...

Florida Lawmakers Look To Expand, Regulate Telehealth

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren't any neurologists on call. Within 15 minutes, a...  

Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a...

Boston Scientific's Endoscopic Ultrasound Needle Is for Use During Fine Needle Aspiration Procedures

April 7, 2014 6:31 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE Mark approval in Europe for the Expect™ Slimline (SL) Needle, which is now globally available for Endoscopic Ultrasound-Fine Needle...

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Innovative Luneray Catheters and Organ-Preserving Approach Result in Radically Less Invasive Bladder Cancer Treatment

April 7, 2014 10:43 am | by Elekta | News | Comments

Physicians at Arnhem Radiotherapy Institute (ARTI) and Rijnstate Hospital have dramatically transformed brachytherapy to treat bladder cancer. By employing new sophisticated Luneray™ brachytherapy catheters by Nucletron, an Elekta company...

FDA Clearance for the First Suture-Like Mesh Fixation System for Hernia Repair

April 4, 2014 10:46 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Via Surgical Ltd., a leading developer of hernia mesh fixation technologies, today announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance to commercialize FasTouch. FasTouch fixation system is intended for fixation of prosthetic material to...

ConvaTec Makes Ostomy Pouch Application Much Easier, More Comfortable

April 1, 2014 1:37 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ConvaTec, a leading global medical products and technologies company, today launched the Natura Accordion Flange, designed to make ostomy pouch application much easier and more comfortable while delivering the clinically-proven skin and...

A Noninvasive Test Can Help Predict Bladder Cancer Recurrence

April 1, 2014 12:23 am | by AACR | News | Comments

A DNA methylation marker test done on urine samples collected from patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) can predict tumor recurrence with high sensitivity and specificity, according to a study published in Clinical Cancer...

Stryker Sustainability Solutions Brings Record-Setting $255 Million In Reprocessing Savings To U.S. Hospitals

March 31, 2014 8:24 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Growth of Stryker Sustainability Solutions' single-use medical device reprocessing and remanufacturing services produced a record-setting $255 million in supply cost savings for its more than 2,500 hospital and health system customers in...

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Stool Samples Provide Marker for Bowel Disease

March 28, 2014 4:50 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A novel method for distinguishing different types of bowel disease using the stool samples of patients has been created by a group of researchers in the UK. It works by analysing the chemical compounds emitted from the samples and could...

Catheter Innovation Destroys Dangerous Biofilms

March 25, 2014 10:53 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

For the millions of people forced to rely on a plastic tube to eliminate their urine, developing an infection is nearly a 100 percent guarantee after just four weeks. But with the help of a little bubble-blowing, biomedical engineers hope to ...

New Method Can Diagnose a Feared Form of Cancer

March 21, 2014 11:46 am | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

Pancreatic cancer is often detected at a late stage, which results in poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Researchers at The University od Gothenburg, Sweden, have now developed a method which identifies the cancer’s visible precursors...

Genetic Test Could Improve Colon Cancer Screening

March 19, 2014 11:16 am | by University of North Carolina Health Care | News | Comments

A non-invasive test that includes detection of the genetic abnormalities related to cancer could significantly improve the effectiveness of colon cancer screening, according to research published by a team of scientists including David... 

Small Step Toward Growing Tissue in the Lab

March 19, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

University of Adelaide mathematicians have devised a method for identifying how cell clusters have formed by analyzing an image of the cluster. Published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, their mathematical modelling tool will be useful...

New Lens Design Drastically Improves Kidney Stone Treatment

March 19, 2014 10:42 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

Duke engineers have devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy — the demolition of kidney stones using focused shock waves. After decades of research, all it took was cutting a groove near the perimeter of the shock wave-focusing...

Photos of the Day: Shocking Kidney Stones

March 19, 2014 10:42 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

This lithotripsy machine shock wave lens was modified by Duke engineers to more efficiently break up kidney stones. Modifications included a groove cut around the perimeter and an alteration in geometry. Modern lithotripsy machines used to...

Bacterial Reporters that Get the Scoop

March 18, 2014 10:32 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

It's a jungle in there. In the tightly woven ecosystem of the human gut, trillions of bacteria compete with each other on a daily basis while they sense and react to signals from the immune system, ingested food, and other bacteria. Problems...

New Hope for Early Detection of Stomach Cancer

March 17, 2014 4:18 pm | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

University of Adelaide research has provided new hope for the early detection of stomach cancer with the identification of four new biomarkers in the blood of human cancer patients. Stomach or gastric cancer is the fourth most common cancer...

HemCon Medical Technologies Builds Global Momentum in Dialysis Market

March 17, 2014 8:27 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

TriStar Wellness Solutions, Inc., a health and wellness company that targets opportunities in the self-care and professional marketplace, announced that HemCon Medical Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of TWSI, has launched a global...

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...

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