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Placing Medical Devices in a Position to Succeed

November 18, 2014 7:30 am | by Jim Ford, Manager of Corporate Product Management, Southco | Southco, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Positioning technologies — the adjustable mechanisms that safely support or suspend displays, doors, and panels for optimal use — are a key component of successful medical equipment. Though a smaller piece of the overall design, from the end...

Search History for 'Lessons Learned'

November 18, 2014 7:30 am | by Deborah Kacera, Regulatory & Industry Strategist, Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Increased quality and regulatory oversight, increased demand from an aging population and reduced reimbursements are realities for medical device companies. The Medical Device industry will have to focus on reducing costs in the product...

Assessing the Good and the Bad in the LDT Guidances

November 17, 2014 2:35 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

FDA recently released two draft guidances on the regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDT): Framework for Regulatory Oversight of LDTs and FDA Notification and Medical Device Reporting for LDTs. With the release of these guidances, the agency...

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Technology Offers Key to Directing Stem Cell Differentiation for Regenerative Medicine

November 17, 2014 2:24 pm | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

Rutgers University Chemistry Associate Professor Ki-Bum Lee has developed patent-pending technology that may overcome one of the critical barriers to harnessing the full therapeutic potential of stem cells. One of the major challenges facing...

Microneedles Offer New Treatment Options for Eye Disease

November 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Needles almost too small to be seen with the unaided eye could be the basis for new treatment options for two of the world’s leading eye diseases: glaucoma and corneal neovascularization. The microneedles, ranging in length from 400 to 700...

Genetic Test Steers Cancer Treatment

November 17, 2014 11:57 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

For patients with aggressive types of leukemia and other blood cancers, quickly identifying and starting the right treatment can make all the difference. In a major advance in the care of these patients, physicians at Dana-Farber/Brigham and...

University to Develop Portable Device to Diagnose Ebola

November 17, 2014 11:36 am | by University of Westminster | News | Comments

The University of Westminster has been awarded a research grant of £620,000 funded by The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust to develop a portable device which can test bodily fluids to diagnose the Ebola virus...

Artificially Synthesizing the Blood Clotting Process

November 17, 2014 10:50 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Stanching the free flow of blood from an injury remains a holy grail of clinical medicine. Controlling blood flow is a primary concern and first line of defense for patients and medical staff in many situations, from traumatic injury to illness...

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90-Minute Test Detects Infection in Only Milliliters of Blood

November 17, 2014 10:34 am | by University of California - Irvine | News | Comments

A new bloodstream infection test created by UC Irvine researchers can speed up diagnosis times with unprecedented accuracy, allowing physicians to treat patients with potentially deadly ailments more promptly and effectively. The UCI team, led...

Wireless Weight Scale Helps Cut Hospital’s 30-Day Readmissions by 40%

November 17, 2014 10:06 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a statement in Health Data Management, Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, developed a program utilizing a Carematix Blipcare wireless weight scale for remote patient monitoring to cut readmissions of heart failure patients by 40%...

Engineering an Electromagnetically Actuated Refreshable Braille Technology

November 17, 2014 9:54 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

When Katherine (Katie) Cagen '14 was applying to Harvard, she made a new friend on campus who happened to be visually impaired. "I saw how much she relied on technology to be able to access her course materials," says Cagen. "Spending time with...

Keeping Score of Metastasis

November 17, 2014 9:45 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Scientists at the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI Singapore) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and their collaborators have developed a scoring scheme that predicts the ability of cancer cells to spread to other parts of...

Helping the Hearing Impaired Hear TV Better Without Turning Up Volume for All

November 17, 2014 9:37 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Families often watch TV together, but what happens when one member has hearing difficulties? Usually the result is a compromise on listening volume that doesn't really satisfy anyone. To solve this problem, a University of Southampton researcher...

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Getting to the Heart of Disease Diagnosis During Pregnancy

November 17, 2014 9:24 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

The new portable device is able to detect both the electrical activity emitted by the heart of the mom as from the unborn baby’s. A group of students from the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico (UAM-I) developed a technological...

Creating Flexible Medical Electronics with a T-Shirt Printer

November 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has successfully printed complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer. The electronic circuits are printed using unique materials in layers on top of everyday flexible materials such...

Moving Molding Forward

November 17, 2014 7:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Sil-Pro, LLC, ProMed Molded Products, Inc., JunoPacific, Inc., Proto Labs, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Molding for the healthcare industry is a preferred staple among available component fabrication methods. With the advantages plastics can offer, along with the flexibility in material selection and physical characteristics, it’s no wonder why...

Targeted Cancer Therapy Made Possible with New Imaging Technique

November 14, 2014 3:40 pm | by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | News | Comments

Dartmouth researchers have developed a fluorescence imaging technique that can more accurately identify receptors for targeted cancer therapies without a tissue biopsy. They report on their findings in "Quantitative in vivo immunohistochemistry...

Cutting-Edge Software Pinpoints Aggressive Breast Cancer

November 14, 2014 3:34 pm | by Western University | News | Comments

Researchers at Western University are using cutting-edge genetic mutation-analysis software developed in their lab to interpret mutations in tumor genome that may provide insight into determining which breast cancer tumors are more likely spread...

Social Robots Help Children with Diabetes Gain Confidence

November 14, 2014 3:20 pm | by Alan Williams, University of Plymouth | News | Comments

Social robots are helping diabetic children accept the nature of their condition and become more confident about their futures, scientists have announced following a four-and-a-half year research study ...       

Bone Finding Software Saves Thousands of Hours of Manual Work

November 14, 2014 3:15 pm | by Manchester University | News | Comments

Research into disorders such as arthritis is to be helped by new software developed at the University of Manchester which automatically outlines bones - saving thousands of hours of manual work. Amidst a national shortage of ...   

Wearable Device Punishes You for Slouching

November 14, 2014 12:58 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the United States Military stops short....

Dyneema Purity Fiber-Based Heart Valve Undergoes Successful Study

November 14, 2014 11:18 am | by DSM | News | Comments

DSM announced results from a recently completed in vivo study conducted in conjunction with University Medical Center Utrecht in The Netherlands. The study, examining the use of woven heart valve structures made entirely out of DSM’s...

Ambulance Drone Increases Chances of Survival of Cardiac Arrest Patients

November 14, 2014 10:47 am | by TU Delft | News | Comments

Graduate student Alec Momont of TU Delft has designed an unmanned, autonomously navigating mini airplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator to where it is needed. A network of such drones could significantly increase the chance of survival...

Sanitizing Ebola Waste with Electron Beams

November 14, 2014 10:29 am | by Texas A&M AgriLife | Videos | Comments

Dr. Suresh D. Pillai electron beam technology could do a safer, better and 'greener' job of sanitizing ebola virus contaminated equipment and wastewater.                 

Is There a Better Way to Sanitize for Ebola?

November 14, 2014 10:24 am | by Texas A&M AgriLife | News | Comments

Dr. Suresh D. Pillai doesn’t want to sensationalize the use of electron beam technology by solely talking about using it to sanitize ebola virus contaminated equipment and wastewater. However, he said, it could be much safer and more cost effective...

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