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Designer Protein Could Lead to Continuous Glucose Monitoring via iPhone

August 25, 2014 10:44 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Diabetes affects nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population. Among the biggest complaints of diabetics: constant finger pricking to test blood glucose levels. Fortunately, research published in ACS Chemical Biology reports the development...

Medtronic’s Viva Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy-Pacemaker Approved in U.S.

August 25, 2014 10:26 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its newest cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemaker, Viva CRT-P, for indicated patients with heart failure or atrioventricular (AV) block. The Viva CRT-P...

Tiny Biosensors Developed to Reveal Electrical Interaction Between Heart Muscle Cells

August 25, 2014 10:16 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University professor Adam Feinberg has received a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to support research on cellular synchronization in the heart, the failure of which can lead to irregular heartbeat, or worse...

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Lung Cancer Is Rarely Detected by Current X-Ray Procedures

August 25, 2014 9:59 am | by University of Oslo | News | Comments

Each year, nearly 3,000 Norwegians develop lung cancer. Current x-ray- examinations capture only 20 percent of cases. With modern ultralow-dose CT, the radiologists hit the bull’s eye 90 percent of the time. In Norway, no other forms of cancer...

Teleflex's Vascular Positioning System Streamlines Placement of Central IV Catheters

August 25, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated, a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, announced that a newly published clinical study demonstrates that the accuracy of the ARROW VPS G4 Vascular Positioning System, with placements...

GETINGE Receives Red Dot Design Award for its Innovative User-interface CENTRIC

August 25, 2014 9:38 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Getinge Infection Control has been awarded the prestigious and coveted Red Dot design Award for its innovative user-interface called Getinge CENTRIC.  The design of the newly launched user-interface for sterilizers and washer-disinfectors...

Device Could Signal Best Bet for Treatment of Stroke Patients

August 22, 2014 3:16 pm | by University of Arkansas at Little Rock | News | Comments

A new device developed by a physician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a researcher at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock could soon be available to treat stroke more effectively. The ClotBust ER fits on the head...

Novel Pumping Technology Allows Precise Miniaturized Drug Delivery

August 22, 2014 2:53 pm | by Forrest Payne, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, SFC Fluidics Inc. | Articles | Comments

Developing an insulin-delivery technology that comes in a discreet package and suits the needs of diabetics can offer an array of design challenges. In this article, a company shares its experiences and obstacles to success while in the midst...

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Assessing FDA’s Final Guidance on Companion Diagnostics

August 22, 2014 2:28 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

On the same day that FDA released its draft guidances on regulating laboratory-developed tests (LDT), the agency also issued a final guidance on the development, review, and clearance of companion diagnostics. According to FDA, this guidance...

Design Innovation vs. The ‘What If?’

August 22, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-In-Chief | Blogs | Comments

There are many obstacles to a successful product design getting into the marketplace (in the medical device space, some would argue that the FDA needlessly creates even more, however, that’s for another day’s discussion). Therefore, designers...

Vault Nanoparticles Show Promise for Cancer Treatment and Possible HIV Cure

August 22, 2014 1:48 pm | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary team of scientists from UCLA and Stanford University has used a naturally occurring nanoparticle called a vault to create a novel drug delivery system that could lead to advances in the treatment of cancer and HIV. The...

Direct Flow Medical’s TAVI Technology Receives Additional CE Mark

August 22, 2014 1:37 pm | by Direct Flow Medical | News | Comments

Direct Flow Medical, Inc., a transcatheter heart valve innovator focused on improving patient outcomes, today announced it has received the CE Mark (Conformité Européenne) for a 23mm sized valve as part of its Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter...

FDA Clearance for Arthrosurface’s Hallux Valgus Correction System

August 22, 2014 11:35 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface, Inc., a developer of novel joint technologies, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the KISSloc Suture System, a mini plate and suture implant intended for the correction of a Hallux Valgus deformity. The KISSloc Suture System...

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A Breakthrough in Imaging Gold Nanoparticles to Atomic Resolution by Electron Microscopy

August 22, 2014 11:19 am | by Academy of Finland | News | Comments

Nanometre-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics. Gaining knowledge of their atomic-scale...

New DNA Test for Diagnosing Diseases Linked to Childhood Blindness

August 22, 2014 10:21 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Researchers in the United Kingdom have demonstrated that advanced DNA testing for congenital cataracts can quickly and accurately diagnose a number of rare diseases marked by childhood blindness, according to a study published online today in...

Genetics and Lifestyle Have a Strong Impact on Biomarkers for Inflammation and Cancer

August 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

In a new study published in Nature Communications, research scientists from Uppsala University present for the first time a large-scale study of the significance of genetic, clinical and lifestyle factors for protein levels in the bloodstream...

Laser-Based Glucose Monitor Could End Pin Pricks for Diabetics

August 22, 2014 9:43 am | by Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without...

Novel 'Man and Machine' Decision Support System Makes Malaria Diagnostics More Effective

August 22, 2014 9:36 am | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

A Finnish-Swedish research group at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, University of Helsinki, and Karolinska institutet, Stockholm, has developed a novel "man and machine" decision support system for diagnosing malaria infection...

Covidien Acquires Reverse Medical Corporation

August 22, 2014 9:12 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien plc has announced it has acquired Reverse Medical Corporation, a privately held medical device company focused on expanding the management of vascular disease. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Covidien is focused...

$1.5 Million Invested in Esophageal Cooling Device

August 21, 2014 4:30 pm | by Advanced Cooling Therapy | News | Comments

Chicago-based emerging medical device firm Advanced Cooling Therapy (ACT) has closed a $1.5 million Series A financing round to support the full commercial launch of its first product, the Esophageal Cooling Device (ECD) to control patient temperature. Investors include...

Tissue Development 'Roadmap' to Guide Stem Cell Medicine

August 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

In a boon to stem cell research and regenerative medicine, scientists at Boston Children's Hospital, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Boston University have created...

Adherence to Diet Can Be Measured from Blood

August 21, 2014 3:44 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

New results from the Nordic SYSDIET study show that it's possible to assess dietary compliance from a blood sample. This is especially useful in controlled dietary intervention studies investigating the health benefits of specific diets...

First ZnT8Ab Autoantibody Test to Help Diagnose Type 1 Diabetes

August 21, 2014 3:40 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the first zinc transporter 8 autoantibody (ZnT8Ab) test that can help determine if a person has type 1 diabetes and not another type of diabetes. When...  

Photos of the Day: 3D-Printed Drug Delivering Implants

August 21, 2014 3:28 pm | by Louisiana Tech University | News | Comments

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic...

Experts: 90% of Medical Records Are Vulnerable to Hackers

August 21, 2014 3:18 pm | by A.J. Watts, ECN Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Many tech-savvy people take major precautions to guard themselves against hackers by encrypting their personal data and protecting their Wi-Fi at home. Sadly, hospitals and clinics haven’t taken those same precautions and are under attack...

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