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Nanotechnology Enhances Medications for Breast Cancer Treatment

February 25, 2015 9:12 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

In greater than 90 percent of cases in which treatment for metastatic cancer fails, the reason is that the cancer is resistant to the drugs being used. To treat drug-resistant tumors, doctors typically use multiple drugs simultaneously, a...

3 Research Projects for Assistive Technologies Receive Funding

February 25, 2015 8:58 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

A prosthetic hand controlled by the nervous system, robotic clothing to help people with walking, and biosensors to monitor how patients use equipment or exercise during rehabilitation are the focus of three research projects awarded £5.3...

Nanoparticles and Genetic Interference May Tackle 'Untreatable' Brain Tumors

February 25, 2015 8:42 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

There are no effective available treatments for sufferers of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive and devastating form of brain tumor. The disease, always fatal, has a survival rate of only 6-18 months. Now a new...

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Oral Sensors Are No Longer Science Fiction

February 25, 2015 8:30 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Blogs | Comments

Oral implantation of “microchips” has long been a focus of conspiracy theorists, but advances in both miniaturization and medical software mean this oft-ridiculed concept is quickly becoming reality. Almost every dentist that’s been practicing...

Moving Toward a National Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System

February 25, 2015 8:30 am | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. and Thomas P. Gross, M.D., MPH | Blogs | Comments

Despite rigorous premarket evaluation, what really counts is how well a medical device works when it’s used day-to-day by patients, caregivers and clinicians. Beyond clinical trials, real-life patient experience may reveal unanticipated...

Optical Nanoantennas Set the Stage for a NEMS Lab-on-a-Chip Revolution

February 24, 2015 4:07 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Newly developed tiny antennas, likened to spotlights on the nanoscale, offer the potential to measure food safety, identify pollutants in the air and even quickly diagnose and treat cancer, according to the Australian scientists who created...

Ex-NFL Pro Among Many Achieving Pain Relief with Foot-Worn Device

February 24, 2015 3:48 pm | by AposTherapy | News | Comments

It’s estimated that a staggering 100 million Americans live with chronic pain—a condition largely approached with powerful drugs, painful injections and invasive surgeries in attempts to ease the ache. But, one ingenious invention is changing...

Smartphone Apps Aren't Doctors

February 24, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Something a smartphone can never accomplish is acquiring a medical degree. (Yet, as those who live in the constant fear of a robot uprising will say.) The so-called “melanoma diagnostic apps” MelApp and Mole Detective have learned this...

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Population Health Management will Be ‘Gigantic’ Market in 2015

February 24, 2015 3:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Population Health Management and Patient Engagement are some of the most desirable health care markets today, said the 2015 Healthcare Technology Purchasing report from peer60. More than 80 percent of the chief medical informatics officers...

HeartWare International Recalls Older Clinical Trial Controllers

February 24, 2015 11:54 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

HeartWare International, Inc. is issuing a voluntary Urgent Medical Device Recall in the United States related to older HeartWare Ventricular Assist System Controllers, which were distributed in the U.S. during the clinical...

'Bionic' Eye Implant Offers Hope of Restoring Vision

February 24, 2015 11:45 am | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

It’s a medical story, a science and technology advancement and a romance wrapped into one moment: when a man who is blind sees his wife again for the first time in a decade. Allen Zderad began to have serious vision problems about 20 years...

Real-Time EEG Monitoring May Allow Automatic Control of Anesthesia

February 24, 2015 11:21 am | by Elizabeth Dougherty, MIT Spectrum | News | Comments

Emery Brown says anesthesia drugs have been used in the U.S. for more than 160 years, but were largely misunderstood — until now. In operating rooms around the world, machines attached to anesthetized patients blip and bleep, reporting...

Overcoming Addiction with an App

February 24, 2015 11:10 am | by University of Twente | News | Comments

Can a game installed on your smartphone help you to overcome an addiction? Soon this will be a possibility. Marloes Postel, a lecturer at the University of Twente, observed the need for easily accessible care for people with addictions...

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Polio Vaccination with Microneedle Patches

February 24, 2015 10:24 am | by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The Georgia Institute of Technology and Micron Biomedical have been awarded $2.5 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the development of dissolvable microneedle patches for polio immunization. The...

First Portable System for Monitoring Patients with Parkinson's in Testing

February 24, 2015 10:16 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The REMPARK European telemedicine project is coordinated by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and has a budget of about €5 million. Also participating are the Hospital Quirón Teknon, Telefónica...

Photos of the Day: Parkinson's Monitoring Belt

February 24, 2015 10:15 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The Technical Research Centre for Dependency Care and Autonomous Living (CETpD) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya has developed a pioneering portable system for monitoring the motor status of Parkinson's disease patients in real...

Test Strip for Ebola, Yellow Fever, and Dengue

February 24, 2015 9:41 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

When diagnosing a case of Ebola, time is of the essence. However, existing diagnostic tests take at least a day or two to yield results, preventing health care workers from quickly determining whether a patient needs immediate treatment and...

Tailored DNA Nanotubes Could Lead to Smart Drug-Delivery Systems

February 24, 2015 8:48 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Researchers at McGill University have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block - a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be used in applications such as optical...

FDA Cites ‘Complex Design’ of Scope in Safety Advisory

February 24, 2015 8:44 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging healthcare facilities to be vigilant in cleaning a certain type of endoscope, known as a duodenoscope, that has been linked to the spread of a deadly type of bacteria in facilities nationwide...

Looking Ahead In the Wake of CES Device Reclassification

February 24, 2015 8:30 am | by Mike Fegley, Electromedical Products International | Blogs | Comments

In June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its intention to reclassify cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) devices from a class III to a class II designation, ending a battle that the CES industry has fought with the...

Embedded Technology: The Vital Organ of Wireless and Connected Health

February 24, 2015 8:30 am | by Chris Ault, Senior Product Manager, QNX Software Systems | Blogs | Comments

The advent of smartphones and other mobile devices has given us a daily mechanism to share and access information on an unprecedented level. Consider how a smartphone can transform the simple ritual of getting a caffeine fix. An integrated...

An Alarming Problem with Medical Technology

February 23, 2015 2:33 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

During my recent visit to ECRI to hear more about their watch list for safety innovations in healthcare, the topic of alarm fatigue was brought up. In fact, it’s an item that comes up quite often at ECRI in terms of their hazards lists [#1 concern on the list for the past four years (check out the...

'Sensorimotor Enhancing Suit' Reduces Muscle Load of Upper Limbs

February 23, 2015 11:32 am | by Hiroshima University | News | Comments

A prototype for wearable equipment to support human motion has been developed at Hiroshima University, Japan. This wearable equipment, called the Sensorimotor Enhancing Suit (SEnS), enhances sensorimotor functions by reducing...

3D Printed Guides Can Help Restore Function in Damaged Nerves

February 23, 2015 10:56 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

The device, called a nerve guidance conduit (NGC), is a framework of tiny tubes, which guide the damaged nerve ends towards each other so that they can repair naturally. Patients with nerve injuries can suffer complete loss of sensation...

Magnetic Nanoparticles Could Stop Blood Clot-Caused Strokes

February 23, 2015 10:52 am | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

By loading magnetic nanoparticles with drugs and dressing them in biochemical camouflage, Houston Methodist researchers say they can destroy blood clots 100 to 1,000 times faster than a commonly used clot-busting technique. The...

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