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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...

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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 | Texas Instruments Inc. | 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...

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Biosensors in Smartphones and Tablets

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

Nanotubes Help Healing Hearts Keep the Beat

September 23, 2014 11:41 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes serve as bridges that allow electrical signals to pass unhindered through new pediatric heart-defect patches invented at Rice University and Texas Children's Hospital. A team led by bioengineer Jeffrey Jacot and chemical engineer...

Airway Muscle-on-a-Chip Mimics Asthma

September 23, 2014 11:32 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

The majority of drugs used to treat asthma today are the same ones that were used 50 years ago. New drugs are urgently needed to treat this chronic respiratory disease, which causes nearly 25 million people in the United States alone to wheeze...

House Supports Repeal of Medical Device Tax

September 23, 2014 11:22 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes a repeal of the 2.3% medical device, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the Senate, and previous roll-back efforts have fallen short. HR 4, the “Jobs for America Act,”...

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Fast and Accurate PCR-Based Diagnostics of Gastroenteritis

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by B3C Newswire | News | Comments

Mobidiag Ltd, a Finnish molecular diagnostics company specialized in the development of innovative diagnostics solutions for infectious diseases, today announced the European launch of Amplidiag Bacterial GE, marketed as a CE-IVD product under...

Philips to Establish Market-Leading Company in HealthTech

September 23, 2014 10:50 am | by Philips | News | Comments

At a meeting with investors and analysts in London, Royal Philips today announces the next strategic step to capitalize on fundamental market changes, by creating two market-leading companies focused on the HealthTech and Lighting solutions...

Detection of Sepsis-Causing Pathogens

September 23, 2014 10:39 am | by T2 Biosystems, Inc. | News | Comments

T2 Biosystems, a company developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health, today announced that it has received market authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its first two products, the T2Candida...

Lego-Like Modular Components Make Building 3-D 'Labs-on-a-Chip' a Snap

September 23, 2014 10:29 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand. Microfluidic...

The Fine Line Between Breast Cancer and Normal Tissues

September 23, 2014 10:22 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

Up to 40 percent of patients undergoing breast cancer surgery require additional operations because surgeons may fail to remove all the cancerous tissue in the initial operation. However, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have...

Photos of the Day: Dialysis Belt

September 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Leila Gray, HSNewsBeat | News | Comments

The Wearable Artificial Kidney, also known as the WAK, is a miniaturized dialysis machine that can be worn on the body. The carrier resembles a tool belt; the device connects to a patient via a catheter. The Wearable Artificial Kidney features...

Wearable Artificial Kidney Safety Test Receives Go-Ahead

September 23, 2014 9:52 am | by Leila Gray, HSNewsBeat | News | Comments

Medical researchers have received approval to begin safety and performance testing of the Wearable Artificial Kidney. The federal Food and Drug Administration and the University of Washington Institutional Review Board accepted the protocol...

Aurora Prototype Device Helps the Blind Pulse Through Obstacles

September 23, 2014 9:42 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Hungarian engineers have created Aurora, a prototype device to help blind people detect obstacles as they walk, via an ultrasonic distance sensor and vibration motor. Elly Park reports...          

First Test to Identify Five Yeast Pathogens Directly from a Blood Sample

September 23, 2014 9:30 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing in the U.S. of the first direct blood test for detection of five yeast pathogens that cause bloodstream infections: Candida albicans and/or Candida tropicalis, Candida parapsilosis...

Looking Ahead: Whole Eye Transplant Under Development

September 23, 2014 9:19 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

The basic idea is straightforward: Doctors would implant a donor eye in the recipient's eye socket. The vascular system to the eye would be re-established, as would the eye’s musculature to enable normal movement. The greater challenge – and...

Brainwave Test Could Improve Autism Diagnosis and Classification

September 23, 2014 9:14 am | by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University | News | Comments

A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying people on the autism spectrum and may...

Phoenix Arizona Hand Doctor Develops Revolutionary New Surgery System

September 23, 2014 9:08 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

For many people experiencing issues with their hands or wrists, surgery often means facing the prospect of large, painful incisions and long recovery time. As can be imagined, regular activities are also impacted, such as working, driving and...

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