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New Technique Uses 'Simulated' Human Heart to Screen Drugs

July 21, 2014 10:42 am | by Coventry University | News | Comments

A Coventry University scientist has developed a pioneering new way – using samples of beating heart tissue – to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials. The breakthrough is the work of Dr. Helen Maddock – an...

Optical System Enhances Visualization in Opaque Environments such as Skin

July 21, 2014 10:30 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

A team of scientists led by researcher Jesus Lancis, at the Institute of New Imaging Technologies in the Universitat Jaume I, in collaboration with lecturer Pedro Andrés, at the Department of Optics in the University of Valencia, has proposed...

FDA 510(k) Clearance for Varian Medical Systems’ Calypso Soft Tissue Beacon Transponder

July 21, 2014 10:18 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Varian Medical Systems today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a Calypso soft tissue Beacon transponder that can help enhance the precision of radiotherapy and radiosurgery...

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FDA Clearance for Expanding Orthopedics’ Flxfit 3D Expandable Interbody Cage

July 21, 2014 10:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Expanding Orthopedics Inc. (EOI), a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative expandable devices for spine surgeries, is excited to announce that its FLXfit, the world's first 3D expandable...

A Simple Blood Test for Cancers

July 21, 2014 10:00 am | by EKF Diagnostics | News | Comments

EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, announces that the latest results from its collaboration with the Institute of Life Sciences at the University of Swansea, UK, have continued to confirm the effectiveness of its PointMan DNA...

Welch Allyn Leads $7 Million Series B Investment Round in Cardiac Insight

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Cardiac Insight, a University of Washington spinoff biotech company that develops advanced body worn sensing and computing technologies for applications in cardiology, respiratory and other complex disease states, announced today that it has...

Sagentia Partners with Premaitha Health to Develop Non-Invasive Diagnostic for Prenatal Screening

July 21, 2014 9:41 am | by Sagentia | News | Comments

Sagentia, a leading global science, technology & product development company, is working with Premaitha Health, a molecular diagnostics company based in Manchester UK, to develop Premaitha’s IONA test. It will be the first complete non...

Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs: Access to Innovative IVDs

July 21, 2014 9:10 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

During the past few weeks, I’ve been reporting on a letter that Bradley M. Thompson, JD, and James A. Boiani, JD, attorneys at Epstein Becker Green, recently sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The attorneys sent this letter on behalf...

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Medical Center Cuts Average ER Wait Time by 92 Minutes Using Technology Suite

July 21, 2014 8:45 am | by Geneva Healthcare | News | Comments

The Geneva Healthcare Suite, an innovative technology platform for managing data from cardiac devices, has cut emergency room wait times by an average of 92 minutes at the UC San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center, according to a recent study... 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Leads the Way to Provide Better Care with Telehealth

July 18, 2014 2:20 pm | by Pierre Lemire, President and CTO, Calgary Scientific | Blogs | Comments

Every month more than 250,000 Americans turn 65, according to a recent article and as the population gets older, the need to embrace cost-effective healthcare solutions continues to grow. One of those solutions is telehealth. A leader...

Innovative Technology Enables Revolutionary New Brain Surgery

July 18, 2014 2:06 pm | by WPBF ABC News | Videos | Comments

There's a revolutionary new procedure and approach to brain surgery that only one hundred doctors in the United States have been trained to perform. It is called BrainPath. After getting a brain hemorrhage from being hit with a golf ball...

New Lawsuits Filed in Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Litigation

July 18, 2014 2:01 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wendy Fleishman and Lexi Hazam, of the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, has announced that over the past month 20 hip replacement patients represented by Lieff Cabraser have filed personal injury lawsuits...

Implantable Tech Developed to Understand How the Brain Retrieves Memories

July 18, 2014 1:57 pm | by Donald B Johnston, LLNL | News | Comments

Livermore scientists are developing electrode array technology for monitoring brain activity as part of a collaborative research project with UC San Francisco to better understand how the neural circuitry of the brain works during memory...

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Robot-Assisted Surgery for Prostate Cancer Controls Disease for 10 Years

July 18, 2014 12:08 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years, according to a new study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. The study also suggested that traditional methods of measuring...

Anti-Tank Missile Detector Joins Fight Against Malaria

July 18, 2014 11:56 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Researchers at Monash University and the University of Melbourne have used an anti-tank Javelin missile detector, more commonly used in warfare to detect the enemy, in a new test to rapidly identify malaria parasites in blood. Scientists...

‘International Clinical Trial Rescue’ Program for Medical Devices

July 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Factory CRO | News | Comments

Factory CRO has announced a new, early-detection program designed to help medical device companies correct poorly designed clinical trials, effectively saving the study from ultimately being rejected by FDA or European regulators. “Because...

Beckman Coulter to Acquire Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics’ Clinical Microbiology Business

July 18, 2014 11:30 am | by Beckman Coulter | News | Comments

Beckman Coulter, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the clinical microbiology business of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. The Siemens clinical...

Dreamit Health Philadelphia Announces Its Next Cohort of MedTech Startups

July 18, 2014 11:20 am | by Dreamit Health | News | Comments

Independence Blue Cross (Independence), Penn Medicine, and DreamIt Ventures today announce the cohort of nine health-tech startups selected to participate in DreamIt Health Philadelphia 2014, the third cycle of DreamIt’s health-tech accelerator...

Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have...

Photos of the Day: Seven Fingers Are Better than Five

July 18, 2014 10:47 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. A novel control algorithm enables...

A GEM of a Prize

July 18, 2014 10:31 am | by Patti Wieser, UC San Diego | News | Comments

Two physician-engineer teams from UC San Diego have been selected as the 2014 recipients of the Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) awards from the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) and the Institute of Engineering...

Biomarker Discovery May Lead to New HIV Treatment

July 18, 2014 10:16 am | by Whitecoat Strategies, LLC | News | Comments

Further analysis of a Phase II study of therapeutic HIV vaccine candidate Vacc-4x revealed a potential biomarker associated with participants who experienced a more profound viral load reduction after receiving the vaccine. The results of...

Physicists Reveal Random Nature of Metastasis

July 18, 2014 10:11 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Physicists from the University of Dundee and Arizona State University have used a statistical model to show that the formation of a new secondary tumor—commonly known as a metastasis—could just as likely derive from "common" cancer cells that...

Discovery May Make It Easier to Develop Life-Saving Stem Cells

July 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

Not unlike looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack, a team of Michigan State University researchers have found a gene that could be key to the development of stem cells – cells that can potentially save millions of lives by morphing...

Improved Telemedicine System Connects Doctors to Autism Patients in Rural Georgia

July 18, 2014 9:47 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

To get the best care for her three autistic children, Mandi Larkin would drive three hours from her family’s home in Tifton, Ga., to Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta. The drive to and from Atlanta was exhausting. Missed work, missed school...

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