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Game to Help Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

February 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Students in Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) created a game to help children who have experienced trauma. The game earned an honorable mention from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations...

CE Mark and European Launch of the Semicompliant Coronary Balloon Catheter

February 22, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced the launch of the Euphora Semicompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter in countries that recognize the CE (Conformité Européene) mark. The first patient case with the Euphora Semicompliant Balloon Catheter was recently...

European Market Could Facilitate Prosthetic Heart Valve Advancements

February 21, 2015 12:00 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

In light of a recent American Heart Association report stating that US mitral valve regurgitation prevalence was 1.7% in 2014, a significant opportunity exists for prosthetic heart valve manufacturers to develop an effective transcatheter...

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Mayo Clinic App Update Now Available On Android Platforms

February 21, 2015 10:30 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic announced today the update of the Mayo Clinic app is now available on Android platforms. With enhanced navigation and functionality, the newest version of the app provides patients with an improved user experience managing and...

Medtronic Receives Expanded Indications of the VERTEX Reconstruction System

February 21, 2015 9:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for expanded indications of the VERTEX Reconstruction System. The new clearance for the VERTEX family of products allows for lateral mass...

Making Things Smaller Is Wonderful for the Patient

February 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Kate Pereira, Senior Project Manager, Ximedica | Ximedica | Blogs | Comments

Much of the focus of implants to date has been in vascular and circulatory. I think more time will start to be placed in the other systems – neural, musculature, and lymphatic. It all comes back to the driver of making the patient feel as...

Stem Cell 'Tool' Grants Given to Five Researchers

February 20, 2015 3:35 pm | by Stanford Medicine | News | Comments

The awards are the third in the agency’s “tools and technology” grants, which encourage researchers to develop new methods and techniques to overcome stumbling blocks in the field. Five Stanford researchers were awarded grants of between...

5 Challenges for Doctors Using Fitness Trackers and Apps

February 20, 2015 2:26 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

More hospitals and doctors are starting to use data from fitness trackers and health apps to help treat patients. But they are moving cautiously. The technology has a lot of potential, but there are key challenges to work out: What if a...

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Monitoring Fitness...in the Bedroom

February 20, 2015 2:02 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone is introducing a functionality that will really get your heart racing into its soon-to-be released wearable fitness tracker, GeeksMe. It’s basically a traditional fitness monitor, including a step counter...

Cortical Modem Implant Promises Cyborg Vision

February 20, 2015 1:52 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is taking wearable technology to the next level with its recent cortical modem concept. This tiny implant plugs into users’ DNA and visual cortex to help cure vision loss by exhibiting a heads-up display in front of their eyes. What makes...

FDA Eases Access to 23andMe's DNA Screening for Inherited Diseases

February 20, 2015 9:58 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials are easing access to DNA tests used to screen parents for devastating genetic disorders that can be passed on to their children. The surprise announcement offers a path forward for Google-backed genetic testing...

'Superbug' Outbreak Raises Questions about Medical Scope

February 20, 2015 9:49 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A "superbug" outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the U.S. every year. At least...

Blood Test Rules Out Heart Attacks to Reduce ER Burden

February 20, 2015 9:33 am | by Bournemouth University | News | Comments

A new test that rules out heart attacks in patients could reduce hospital admissions by as much as 40%, for patients with chest pain, according to research published by Bournemouth University (BU). The research found that a quick protocol...

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Adjustable Prosthetic Among Pediatric Award Winners

February 20, 2015 9:27 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Five companies were chosen to receive $50,000 each to support of new products that fill unmet pediatric needs. These five winners, named on Feb. 12, were deemed the most promising out of 31 submissions and 12 finalists in the National Capital...

Biomedical Engineering Department To Create Heart Science Program

February 20, 2015 9:14 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Biomedical Engineering has been awarded a grant from the American Heart Association to create a program to train undergraduate students to apply their biomedical engineering education...

Medical Tools and Technologies from Solutions Found in Nature

February 20, 2015 8:46 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Jeff Karp, bioengineer and Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, illuminates the art and science of developing medical tools, treatments, and technologies from solutions found in nature...    

Improved Implantable Technologies to Combat Chronic Degenerative Diseases

February 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Mark Russell, Senior Global Market Manager, Medical Electronics, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Implantable devices—especially those for cardiac and neuro applications—are among the most significant medical innovations in the last 20 years. As the population has continued to age, elderly patients find themselves faced with chronic...

The Phrase 'Long-Term Implant' is a Moving Target

February 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Mark Geiger, VP, Sales and Marketing, Interface Catheter Solutions | Interface Catheter Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Our kids will live until they’re 100 years old. That’s a fact. Forever is becoming a long time so the phrase “long-term implant” is a moving target. Some implants with moving parts require millions of cycles to simulate physiologic norms...

Sensor Technology May Help Improve Accuracy of Clinical Breast Exams

February 19, 2015 3:45 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Sensor technology has the potential to significantly improve the teaching of proper technique for clinical breast exams (CBE), according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health... 

Mobile App Could Help Diagnose Chronic Health Issues

February 19, 2015 2:14 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more nurses to diagnose patients with chronic health issues like obesity, smoking, and depression -- three of the leading causes of preventable death and disability. Mobile devices loaded...

Wireless Minute: Implantable 'Cortical Modem' to Cure Sight Loss

February 19, 2015 1:56 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, Google Glass has become the popular death knell many in the industry are now sounding, loudly. Maybe it’s just bad design, or maybe it’s the same shot that sunk analog glass, you know, before the hipster resurrection...

Lab Tests and Ultrasounds Identify Children Who Need Surgical Treatment for Appendicitis

February 19, 2015 1:44 pm | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Data from two standard diagnostic tests commonly obtained in children evaluated for abdominal pain--when combined--can improve the ability of emergency department physicians and pediatric surgeons to identify those patients who should be...

Neck Pain Can be Changed through Virtual Reality

February 19, 2015 1:41 pm | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

Using virtual reality to misrepresent how far the neck is turned can actually change pain experiences in individuals who suffer from chronic neck pain, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association...

Near-Perfect Antibacterial Coating Materials

February 19, 2015 11:06 am | by Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

Ruthless with bacteria, harmless to human cells. New, durable antibacterial coatings of nanocomposites, developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, will in future help to improve the hygiene...

Developing a New Web of Connected Healthcare Products

February 19, 2015 10:59 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder, Greenpeak Technologies | Articles | Comments

There are four components to a web connected health care product. Three are obvious – sensors, internet connectivity and a smart phone. The fourth – the analytics for the data itself - is finally getting the awareness it deserves. Today...

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