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First-Ever Conception Assistance Device FDA-Cleared for Home Use Launches U.S. Over-the-Counter Sales

September 25, 2014 9:56 am | by Rinovum Women’s Health | News | Comments

Rinovum Women’s Health announced today that The Stork OTC—the only home-use conception assistance device on the market cleared by the FDA for over-the-counter sales—is available without a prescription in stores and online at the company's...

Emergency Approval of Ebola Test Points to Opportunity For Test Makers

September 25, 2014 9:38 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

The emergency approval of a real time PCR testing product for Ebola demonstrates the scope of concern about the recent epidemic and possible opportunity for test makers. Kalorama said the world market for infectious disease tests is estimated...

HealthPatch MD Biosensor Receives FDA Clearance for Monitoring Patients at Home

September 25, 2014 9:23 am | by Vital Connect | News | Comments

Vital Connect announced today that it received FDA clearance for use of its HealthPatch MD biosensor for monitoring patients in their homes. As an industry pioneer of wearable biosensor technology, Vital Connect now enables medical professionals...

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Patient Enrollment Completed for Imagio Breast Imaging System

September 25, 2014 9:16 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Seno Medical Instruments, Inc., the company pioneering the development of opto-acoustic technology as a new tool to improve the process of diagnosing breast cancer, announced today it has completed active enrollment of subjects in its U.S.-based...

'Aging in Place' and Staying Active

September 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Carly Dumas, Software Engineering Manager, Breck Petrillo, Director of Engineering, Andrew Leoncyzk, Sr. Electrical Engineer; Ximedica | Ximedica | Blogs | Comments

Ximedica is helping our customers leverage consumer electronics as adjuncts, or alternatives, to dedicated user interfaces and device controls. This is common in home based wellness devices, with connectivity to near field cell phones and...

September 2014 Digital Edition

September 24, 2014 4:57 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

Designers developing medical devices that are introduced into the body through a catheter or similar solution have very specific characteristics that need to be achieved for that transfer system. Streamlined Process for Wire-Reinforced Catheters and...

New EEG electrode Offers Faster, Easier Measurement of Brain Function

September 24, 2014 2:29 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

A new, easy-to-use EEG electrode set for the measurement of the electrical activity of the brain was developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. The solutions developed in the Ph.D. study of Pasi Lepola, MSc, make...

Tonsil Stem Cells Could Someday Help Repair Liver Damage Without Surgery

September 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The liver provides critical functions, such as ridding the body of toxins. Its failure can be deadly, and there are few options for fixing it. But scientists now report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a way to potentially...

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A Step in the Right Direction to Avoid Falls

September 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Researchers at The Ohio State University have gained new insight into how the body moves when we're walking. They learned everything they needed to know by watching people walk naturally on a treadmill. In normal walking, humans place their...

NIH Funds Next Phase of Tissue Chip for Drug Screening Program

September 24, 2014 12:12 pm | by NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health will award funds to support the next phase of its Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program to improve ways of predicting drug safety and effectiveness. Researchers will collaborate over three years to refine...

The Mechanics of Tissue Growth

September 24, 2014 12:03 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

When the body forms new tissues during the healing process, cells must be able to communicate with each other. For years, scientists believed this communication happened primarily through chemical signaling. Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon...

Researchers Find Foot Drop Stimulator Beneficial in Stroke Rehab

September 24, 2014 11:55 am | by Kessler Foundation | News | Comments

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for four weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator as...

Researchers Receive $5.8 Million Grant to Build 3D Liver Model

September 24, 2014 11:45 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

With a new $5.8 million, three-year award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will further develop a state-of-the-art, microfluidic 3D model system that mimics structure...

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Skin Cells Can Be Engineered into Pulmonary Valves for Pediatric Patients

September 24, 2014 11:38 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Researchers have found a way to take a pediatric patient's skin cells, reprogram the skin cells to function as heart valvular cells, and then use the cells as part of a tissue-engineered pulmonary valve. A proof of concept study published in...

2014 Half-Year Review

September 24, 2014 11:33 am | by EP Vantage and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | News | Comments

The editorial team at EP Vantage has released its 2014 Half-Year Review of the medtech sector. Highlighted in this infographic are several of the interesting findings that are featured in the report. Positives include faster FDA review times, venture...

Philips to Develop Portable Ventilator to Boost Pandemic Response

September 24, 2014 11:28 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will sponsor the development of a portable ventilator that can be stockpiled for use during pandemics or other public health emergencies. Under a three-year, $13.8 million contract...

Prevantics Device Swab Receives FDA 510k Market Authorization

September 24, 2014 11:04 am | by PDI | News | Comments

PDI, manufacturer of market-leading infection prevention products and solutions, announced the introduction of Prevantics Device Swab, the only Chlorhexidine Gluconate/alcohol solution that has received market authorization from the U.S. Food...

Boston Scientific Enrolls First Patients In U.S. Trial Of The Lotus Valve System

September 24, 2014 10:42 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has initiated the REPRISE III clinical trial, a pivotal study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Lotus Valve System in patients with severe aortic stenosis and who are considered to be at either high...

Collaboration for Development of Blood Test for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer

September 24, 2014 10:39 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Global Discovery Biosciences, a laboratory dedicated to leveraging research and technology to conquer some of the biggest healthcare challenges, announces their collaboration with IPMD, Inc. to develop a simple and highly accurate blood test...

Cynosure Receives Expanded FDA Clearance to Market PicoSure for Treatment of Wrinkles

September 24, 2014 10:34 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cynosure, Inc., a leader in laser- and light-based aesthetic treatments for non-invasive and minimally invasive applications, today announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance to market its flagship PicoSure Picosecond Laser Workstation...

Innovative Wearable Injector Developer, Enable Injections, Wins 'Buzz of BIO Investor Forum'

September 24, 2014 10:21 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Enable Injections, developer of a novel wearable 'bolus injector' that may soon make it easy and nearly painless for patients to self-inject large-dose biologic drugs in the comfort of their homes, has been named winner of the 'Buzz of BIO Investor...

NOVAPLUS Contract for Disposable Blood Pressure Cuffs Awarded to Welch Allyn

September 24, 2014 10:06 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, Inc., a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, and Novation, a leadinghealth care services company, today announced a new three-year contract for disposable blood pressure...

Designing a Heart Rate Monitor for Wearable Devices

September 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Anand Udupa, Praveen Aroul, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Within a few years about 170 million wireless devices are expected to be able to track personal health. Optical heart rate monitoring (OHRM) on an intelligent platform like a smartwatch or a smartphone provides the capability to continuously...

Biosensors in Smartphones and Tablets

September 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Karthik Soundar, Segment Manager, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Assembly technologies that were developed to enable miniaturization of smart phones and to support high-volume production over the last 5-10 years are finding their way into health/fitness and medical devices. Examples include wafer chip scale...

Researchers Testing Artificial Liver as Potential Therapy for Patients with Alcohol-Related Organ Failure

September 23, 2014 11:52 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Cedars-Sinai physicians and scientists are testing a novel, human cell based, bioartificial liver support system for patients with acute liver failure, often a fatal diagnosis. “The quest for a device that can fill in for the function of...

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