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Government Maps Out Interoperability Plan for EHRs

February 13, 2015 9:31 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is asking for public feedback on a draft plan for the seamless sharing of electronic health records (EHRs). Released Jan. 30, Connecting Health and... 

FDA Approves Fecal Incontinence Device for Women

February 13, 2015 9:08 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the Eclipse System for the treatment of fecal incontinence (FI) in adult women. Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements and is a common problem, especially...

Nerve Cell Growth Stimulating Implant Slows Alzheimer's Progression

February 13, 2015 9:02 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet have evaluated a new Alzheimer’s therapy in which the patients receive an implant that stimulates the growth of a certain type of nerve cell. The results, which are published in the scientific journal...

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Teen’s Wearable Sensor Designed for Alzheimer's

February 13, 2015 8:54 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Sixty percent of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his...

New MRI Technique to Improve Heart Disease Diagnosis

February 12, 2015 3:06 pm | by Heart Research UK | News | Comments

Researchers are to develop a new heart imaging technique that could help give a more accurate diagnosis of heart disease. A team at Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College London have been given a three year grant of just over...

'Lab-in-a-Box' Takes Aim at Doctors' Computer Activity

February 12, 2015 2:54 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

They call it "the Lab-in-a-Box." According to Nadir Weibel, a research scientist in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department at the University of California, San Diego, inside the box are assorted sensors and software designed to...

HealthPatch MD Provides Clinical-Grade Measurements of Core Health Metrics

February 12, 2015 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vital Connect announced today that it received Medical Device Ninsho certification to market its HealthPatch MD as a telemetric electrocardiography transmission device and body movement sensor in Japan. As an industry pioneer of advanced...

2-Minute Screening Test Now Required for All Newborns in Michigan

February 12, 2015 1:51 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

At birth, Payton was the image of perfect health - rosy cheeks, weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and eating like a champ. But just minutes before parents Holly and Rob Morris expected to take her home from Hillsdale Community Health Center...

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Are All Defibrillators Created Equal?

February 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by Valley Health System | News | Comments

The Valley Hospital has been selected as the United States Coordinating Center for the PRAETORIAN trial, an international trial designed to compare for the first time the traditional implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) with a newer...

3 Obstacles to IoT Success in Healthcare

February 12, 2015 12:07 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers a vision of the future where every device in a house, office, or car is connected to each other and “communicates” efficiently to enable a much greater user experience. It can be observed in next generation video...

Personalizing Patient Treatments with Automated Genetic Testing

February 12, 2015 10:52 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Meet Bob Bean, CEO of Harmonyx Diagnostics. Also the president and CEO of Transnetyx, which provides automated genotyping services, he helped to found Harmonyx in order to provide accurate, affordable, and accessible genetic testing for...

Silicone Nanomaterials Improve Targeted Chemotherapy Drug Delivery

February 12, 2015 9:54 am | by Kevin Hattori, American Technion Society | News | Comments

A team of Israeli and American researchers have found that silicon nanomaterials used for the localized delivery of chemotherapy drugs behave differently in cancerous tumors than they do in healthy tissues. The findings could help...

New Laser Technology Can Vaporize Cancer

February 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Florida Atlantic University | News | Comments

Surgeons rely on 200-year-old technology when removing cancer--sight and touch--to determine how much to remove and what to leave alone. Laser technology pioneered at Florida Atlantic University has the promise to help a surgeon better determine...

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Anthrax Detector Wins National Technology Transfer Award

February 12, 2015 9:26 am | by Sandia Labs | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories won the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) 2015 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for a credit-card-size device that can detect bacteria that cause anthrax. BaDx (Bacillus... 

Wearable, Wireless Sensors for Ebola Patients

February 12, 2015 9:20 am | by Scripps Health | News | Comments

Scripps Translational Science Institute will lead a consortium of four partners to develop a program through which wearable, wireless health sensors, a wireless vital signs monitoring platform and advanced analytics technology will be tested...

Customized Joint Implants Rising In Popularity Amongst Surgeons

February 12, 2015 9:04 am | by AAOS | News | Comments

According to an extensive survey of hundreds of physicians that was conducted by iData Research nearly half of surveyed orthopedic surgeons who attended the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Conference...

Revolutionary New Probe Zooms in on Cancer Cells

February 12, 2015 8:53 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a new cancer-detection method developed by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC, and Polytechnique Montréal...

Clinical Care Devices Need to Get Smart

February 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Kelly Patrick, Associate Director, Clinical Care Devices, IHS Medical Technology | Blogs | Comments

The damage brought by avoidable adverse events in the hospital setting is placing increasing strain on the financial resources of health providers—so much so, that new legislation is being implemented to ensure that such events are correctly...

Smart Ways to Manage Health Need Smart Regulation

February 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Bakul Patel, M.S., M.B.A. and Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. | Blogs | Comments

Engaged patients! Quantified self! Lifelogging! These buzzwords describe an exciting technology-based, patient-centered approach to living healthier. The myriad of systems that record, share, and use personal and health data have become a...

Attacking Alzheimer’s with Ultrasound

February 11, 2015 3:37 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers have reversed some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided focused ultrasound. MR imaging-guided focused ultrasound has been shown to temporarily open the...

SFU Lab Creates Potentially Life Saving Heart Cells

February 11, 2015 3:23 pm | by Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

A group of Simon Fraser University researchers’ cultivation of dozens of beating heart cells in Petrie dishes could one day save or improve the lives of patients with inherited heart arrhythmias. They are genetic mutations that...

Photos of the Day: Wedding Gown Designer’s Ebola Suit

February 11, 2015 2:01 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The Baltimore fashion designer Jill Andrews has spent her career making bespoke wedding dresses, bodices and skirts for hundreds of happy clients. This Friday, she will make her debut at New York’s Fashion Week. Not with a fancy gown, but with...

New Technology Could Help Patients Make Better Decisions on Care

February 11, 2015 1:50 pm | by McMaster University | News | Comments

Traditional decision aids to help patient-doctor discussions have drawbacks, but a new electronic model developed by McMaster University researchers holds promise of revolutionizing shared decision-making in the doctor’s office with the...

Neurotechnology Allows Reduction in Menopause-Related Symptoms

February 11, 2015 1:44 pm | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

Nearly nine out of 10 premenopausal and postmenopausal women in the United States experience hot flashes, night sweats or other disturbances in mood and sleep. Unfortunately, there aren’t many safe and effective therapies available...

Monitoring Epilepsy in the Brain with a Wireless System

February 11, 2015 1:39 pm | by Laure-Anne Pessina, EPFL | News | Comments

The large majority of the 50 million people around the world who suffer from epilepsy can be treated by anticonvulsant drugs. Yet a handful of patients do not respond to the standard treatment. More and more of them are turning to surgery...

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