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'Nanojuice' Could Improve How Doctors Examine the Gut

July 7, 2014 10:11 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Located deep in the human gut, the small intestine is not easy to examine. X-rays, MRIs and ultrasound images provide snapshots but each suffers limitations. Help is on the way. University at Buffalo researchers are developing a new imaging...

Size Matters In Capsule Endoscopy

July 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Coto Technology | News | Comments

No longer must men and women choose between the discomfort and humility of the physician's...

Grant Funds Development of Bladder Cancer Detection Device

June 24, 2014 11:12 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A multi-institutional research team has received a $480,000 National Science Foundation grant to...

Medivators Launches JET PREPT Device to Improve Polyp Detection

June 24, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medivators Inc., a Cantel Medical company and a leading medical device manufacturer with over...

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Growing Unknown Microbes One by One

June 23, 2014 3:20 pm | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | News | Comments

Trillions of bacteria live in and on the human body; a few species can make us sick, but many others keep us healthy by boosting digestion and preventing inflammation. Although there's plenty of evidence that these microbes play a collective...

Developing an Improved Liposuction Technique that Melts Fat

June 18, 2014 4:07 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Although liposuction is one of the most common and well-established cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S., it still has its drawbacks. But a new biomedical start-up says it may have found a novel way to improve the procedure using gold...

MedTech Prices Lag Behind CPI, Other Medical Goods

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

Medical technology prices continue their trend of consistently low growth, increasing at approximately one-third the rate of prices in the overall economy and one-fifth the rate of prices for other medical goods and services over a 23-year...

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Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery Markets to Reach $4.6 Billion in 2019

June 9, 2014 10:25 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

According to a new report from BCC Research, the global market for medical robotics and computer-assisted surgical (MRCAS) technologies is expected to grow to $4.6 billion by 2019, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7%...

Endoscope with an Oxygen Sensor Detects Pancreatic Cancer

June 6, 2014 11:53 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

An optical blood oxygen sensor attached to an endoscope is able to identify pancreatic cancer in patients via a simple endoscopic procedure, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. The study, published in GIE: Gastrointestinal...

Rural Clinics Increasingly Turn to Telemedicine

June 6, 2014 10:40 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the...

Research Could Lead to New Cancer Assay

June 5, 2014 3:20 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Veterinary researchers at Oregon State University have identified a unique group of proteins that indicate the presence of transitional cell carcinoma – the most common cause of bladder cancer – and may lead to a new assay which could better...

FDA Allows Marketing of Blood Test to Identify Cause of Certain Kidney Disease

May 30, 2014 9:42 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the first test that can help determine if a specific type of kidney disease, called membranous glomerulonephritis (MGN), is due to the body’s rejection of its own kidney tissue...

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Innovation Prize Winner Helps Create Flexible Piezoelectric Energy Device

May 29, 2014 3:47 pm | by Mike Koon, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Canan Dagdeviren has always been interested in science. At a very young age, this Turkish native tried to find the atom by cutting stones into pieces. Her supportive father introduced her to electron microscopy, where she realized that was...

First HD Single-Channel Therapeutic Gastroscope for Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment

May 28, 2014 11:55 am | by Olympus | News | Comments

Olympus, a global technology leader in delivering innovative diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared, next-generation...

High Speed Gesture Recognition for zSpace 3D Display

May 27, 2014 12:28 pm | by Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory | Videos | Comments

In collaboration with zSpace, we developed high speed hand gesture recognition system and combined it with a 3D virtual holographic display system developed by zSpace. By integrating these two systems, an immersive virtual environment can...

Teaching Innovative Medical Mechanics

May 27, 2014 11:06 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

Removing a malignant tumor from the head of the pancreas is a risky and demanding operation. The surgeon must carefully navigate around the stomach, the gallbladder, the bile duct, lymph nodes, and several high-pressure blood vessels. But...

Major Step Toward Portable Artificial Kidney

May 23, 2014 11:52 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Today three international innovators join forces to develop and deliver to patients the world's first portable artificial kidney. Debiotech of Switzerland, AWAK of Singapore and Neokidney Development, an initiative of the Dutch Kidney...  

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Doctors Design Mini Dialysis Machine for Babies

May 23, 2014 10:46 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Doctors in Italy have designed a miniature dialysis machine for babies, used for the first time last year to save a newborn girl, according to a new report. Usually, doctors adapt standard dialysis machines for babies, but that can be risky...

Studies Validate Early Stage Test for Progressive Diabetic Kidney Disease

May 22, 2014 2:25 pm | by EKF Diagnostics | News | Comments

EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, today confirms the growing weight of independent scientific evidence as validation that soluble TNF Receptors 1 and 2 are strong biomarkers of progressive Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD). EKF...

Implantable Pump Seal Improves Service Life and Cuts Power Use

May 13, 2014 3:33 pm | by Steve Twork, Global Market Manager – Medical Devices, Bal Seal Engineering Inc. | Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Implantable devices can significantly impact the quality of care offered to a patient. Since they function within the human body, they must be able to exist in that hostile environment without fail. As such, ensuring the proper sealing...

The Doctor's In…Through Webcam, Smartphone

May 13, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson's specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor's office: Matulaitis sits in his rural U.S. home as a neurologist a few hundred miles away examines him via the camera in his...

Surgeons ‘Light Up’ GI Tract to Safely Remove Gall Bladder

May 7, 2014 2:34 pm | by University of Illinois - Chicago | News | Comments

UI Health surgeons used near-infrared light to make the indocyanine green dye light up, allowing them to better see the biliary tract. Injury to the bile duct is rare – only 0.3 percent of the nearly 600,000 cholecystectomies performed...

Medela Acquires Acacia Enteral Feeding Division

May 6, 2014 7:37 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Medela has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire the enteral feeding assets of Acacia, Inc., a Brea, Calif.-based company that designs and produces a line of high-quality neonatal feeding devices. The acquisition, which is...  

Minimally Invasive Innovation for Capsule Endoscopy Procedures

May 5, 2014 9:35 am | by Olympus | News | Comments

Olympus, a precision technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions in Medical and Surgical Products, among other core businesses, announced today the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared, next-generation ENDOCAPSULE...

Medical Implants, Ultra-Low Power Sensors, and Energy Harvesting

May 5, 2014 8:10 am | by Rich Miron, Digi-Key Technical Content Team | Texas Instruments Inc., Digi-Key | Articles | Comments

Medical implants have considerable potential for energy harvesting with the body itself providing the energy source. Today’s ultra-low power circuits and sensors are accelerating efforts to exploit energy harvesting with the objective being...

First-of-its-Kind Medical Device Available to Patients Who Use Suppository Medication

May 1, 2014 10:40 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Jennifer Davagian Ensign, Founder & CEO of Cristcot Inc. today announced that Sephure, a first-of-its-kind disposable suppository applicator, is now available to the millions of people who require suppository medication therapy.  Although...

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.      

Microfluidic Technology Reveals Potential Biomarker for Early Pancreatic Cancer

April 29, 2014 12:18 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Cancer cells are on the move in the bloodstream in the very early stage of pancreatic cancer, and can be detected before cancer is diagnosed, according to research by the University of Michigan Health System. In a study of 51 patients... 

‘Flappy’ Device Delivers Fat to Preemies

April 28, 2014 7:49 am | by Patrick Kurp, Rice University | News | Comments

Fat, the bane of many an adult, is precisely what babies born prematurely need to gain weight and grow strong and healthy. Some students at Rice University have invented a device to ensure preemies get enough fat, which has been a challenge...

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