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Low-Risk Medical Apps Will Not Need FDA Regulation

March 2, 2015 8:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Makers of health apps can breathe easier now that the FDA has outlined new standards for what does and does not constitute a digital medical device. The FDA will not enforce regulations for wearables that receive information from medical...

Washington D.C. Healthcare Summit Tackles Barriers Hindering Quality Care

March 2, 2015 8:46 am | by Healthcare Leadership Council | News | Comments

Leaders from health insurance companies, hospital systems and device- and drug-makers may debate loud and often about pricing models, payment methods and patient management, but they agree on one point: The American health care system raises...

FDA, Experts Eye National Postmarket Surveillance

March 1, 2015 12:00 pm | by AAMI | News | Comments

Citing a need to provide better evidence for the risks and benefits of medical devices, a new report, commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), outlines a seven-year plan to develop a system for monitoring device performance...

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Automatic Drug Dispensers Empower the Elderly

March 1, 2015 10:00 am | by SINTEF | News | Comments

Sixteen elderly people in a Norwegian municipality have been testing an automatic drug dispenser at home in their living rooms. Results include increased feelings of empowerment, time saved by the home care services, and fewer medication...

App to Help Minority Stroke Patients Improve Health

March 1, 2015 8:30 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

A clinical trial investigating the use of a physician-monitored app to help first-time minority stroke patients become healthier has begun at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Nneka Ifejika, M.D., M.P.H...

Rare Diseases at FDA: A Successful Year for Orphan Products

February 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Gayatri R. Rao, M.D., J.D. | Blogs | Comments

2014 was a strong year for rare disease product development at FDA. It was also a year of significant firsts. In recognition of Rare Disease Day, February 28th, we want to reflect on the progress we have made thus far as we renew our commitment...

Medtronic Acquires Advanced Uro-Solutions

February 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced that it has acquired Advanced Uro-Solutions, a privately-held developer of neurostimulation products for the treatment of bladder control issues based in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Terms of the acquisition...

Untangling DNA with a Droplet of Water, a Pipette and a Polymer

February 27, 2015 2:51 pm | by KU Leuven | News | Comments

Researchers have long sought an efficient way to untangle DNA in order to study its structure - neatly unraveled and straightened out - under a microscope. Now, chemists and engineers at KU Leuven, in Belgium, have devised a strikingly simple...

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From the Top: The Past, Present, and Future of Wearable Technology

February 27, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

By 2025, the wearable technology market is forecasted to become a $70 billion industry. Last year, with major releases in the medical, fitness, and wellness markets, the industry only reached $14 billion. That’s a $56 billion dollar gap to...

Device 1,000 Times More Sensitive to Biomarkers for TBI Screening

February 27, 2015 2:13 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

New technology being introduced at NYU Langone Medical Center could help researchers advance blood biomarker capabilities that show changes in low concentrations of specific proteins present following a neurological injury. The single molecule...

True 3D Images...Glasses-Free

February 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

3D Icon’s imaging technology is poised to profoundly impact medical device development as well as healthcare practices. An upgrade on existing 3D imaging systems, “CSpace” provides an incredibly realistic display that you might as well be...

Low-Profile Orthosis for Tremor Attenuation: Optimizing Damping System Design

February 27, 2015 11:14 am | by Manilka Abeysuriya, Richard Wheatley, Pera Technology Ltd.; Juanma Belda, Instituto de Biomechanica de Valencia; Antonio Reddavid, Cultraro Automazione Engineering S.r.l.; Pedro Fernandez, ; Leopoldo Fernandez, Especiliades Medico Ortopedicas | Articles | Comments

More than 4.25 million people in the EU and approximately 10 million people in the US are affected by essential tremor (ET). ET is a progressive neurological disorder of which the most recognizable feature is tremor of the arms. ET is also...

Direct Brain Responsive Neurostimulator Decreases Partial Onset Seizures

February 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center | News | Comments

Piotr Olejniczak, MD, PhD, LSU Health New Orleans Professor of Neurology and Director of the Epilepsy Center, contributed to a study of the long-term effectiveness of the first direct brain responsive neurostimulator for partial onset, or...

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Urine Test Could Lead to Better Bladder Cancer Treatment

February 27, 2015 10:33 am | by University of Birmingham | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Birmingham believe that a simple urine test could help to guide clinicians in the treatment of bladder cancer patients. Being able to reliably identify those patients with the most aggressive cancers early...

A Robotic Ankle with Eyes

February 27, 2015 10:08 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Mo Rastgaar is poised to take a giant step forward in the development of a better prosthetic ankle. The Michigan Technological University mechanical engineer and his team have already developed a prototype that can provide a range of motion...

Lab Test on Tumor Cells for Personalized Cancer Treatments

February 27, 2015 9:47 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

By measuring how vigorously tumor cells turn on "self-destruct" signals when exposed to different cancer drugs, a novel lab test can predict within less than 24 hours which agent is most likely to work against a particular tumor, say researchers...

Screening for Diabetes at Dental Visits Using Oral Blood

February 27, 2015 9:21 am | by New York University | News | Comments

It is estimated that 8.1 million of the 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes are undiagnosed and many who have diabetes have poor glycemic control. Given that each year many Americans visit a dental provider but not a primary care...

FDA Approves Allergan’s Round Gel-Filled Breast Implants

February 27, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Allergan, Inc. today announced that the company has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market NATRELLE INSPIRA round gel-filled smooth breast implants. The NATRELLE INSPIRA line is different from other...

A New Ultrasensitive Test for Peanut Allergies

February 27, 2015 9:06 am | by University of Connecticut | News | Comments

Current peanut allergy tests are not very reliable when it comes to diagnosing the severity of an individual's allergic reaction, which can range from hives to life-threatening anaphylactic shock. With an estimated three million people...

Urine Test Predicts Heart Failure Patients’ Risk of Kidney Injury

February 27, 2015 9:00 am | by American Society of Nephrology | News | Comments

Levels of a protein in the urine may help clinicians predict which patients with acute heart failure are at increased risk of developing kidney injury during hospitalization, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal...

Using Blood Samples Instead of Tumor Biopsies for Lung Cancer Patients

February 26, 2015 4:31 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

A study examined the feasibility of using circulating free DNA (cfDNA) from blood samples of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer as a surrogate for tumor biopsies to determine tumor-causing epidermal growth factor receptor...

Infographic: 7 Teen Inventors Who Are Changing the World

February 26, 2015 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN, @Kcpanetta and Larry Corby, Digital Artist | News | Comments

As we move through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields. We've pulled together...

Top 5 Medical Applications for Smart Fabric Technology

February 26, 2015 4:13 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Smart fabric technology has a great deal to offer patient monitoring. Sensors integrated right into the textile provide the least annoying way to monitor vitals, because you’ll notice it about the same as you would notice any other type...

Johnson and Johnson Hip Suit Limps On

February 26, 2015 3:47 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

After paying $2.5 billion in 2013 to settle lawsuits resulting from faulty hip implants, medical giant Johnson & Johnson will pay up to $420 million more to resolve lawsuits that were excluded from the 2013 settlement, according to...

Using Optical Stimulation to Control Pain

February 26, 2015 10:47 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A new study by a University of Texas at Arlington physics team in collaboration with bioengineering and psychology researchers shows for the first time how a small area of the brain can be optically stimulated to control pain. Samarendra Mohanty...

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