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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...

Space Station Inspired Robot to Help Heal Sick Children

August 21, 2014 2:46 pm | by Jessica Eagan, International Space Station Program Science Office | News | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys...

Photos of the Day: Space Robots Heal Kids

August 21, 2014 2:45 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

KidsArm is a robot that allows surgeons to quickly navigate to surgical sites in the body. It has an advanced imaging and control system that makes it extremely precise, and it is designed to explore the potential for automating certain...

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Researchers Use 3D Printers to Create Custom Medical Implants

August 21, 2014 2:18 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...

New Feeding Tube Connectors Will Improve Patient Safety

August 21, 2014 2:05 pm | by American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition | News | Comments

New feeding tube connectors, designed by an international standards process, will be available soon and will improve patient safety. According to an invited review published in the OnlineFirst version Nutrition in Clinical Practice...

Severing Nerves May Shrink Stomach Cancers

August 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Research from Columbia University Medical Center shows that nerves may play a critical role in stomach cancer growth and that blocking nerve signals using surgery or Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) could be an effective treatment for...

To Regrow Human Limbs, Researchers Look to Lizards

August 21, 2014 11:27 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans. Now, a team of researchers from Arizona State University is one step closer to...

Apple’s HealthKit Will Revolutionize Mobile Health Market

August 21, 2014 11:03 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Linda Tian, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says: “GlobalData believes that Apple’s strategy to unite medical applications, electronic health records and peripheral devices through a platform, reported to be the HealthKit...

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Own Your Body's Data

August 21, 2014 10:50 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

The new breed of high-tech self-monitors (measuring heartrate, sleep, steps per day) might seem targeted at competitive athletes. But Talithia Williams, a statistician, makes a compelling case that all of us should be measuring and recording...

FDA Approves Changes to Manufacturing Process for Covidien’s Pipeline Embolization Device

August 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved changes to the manufacturing process for the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating on the delivery wire of the company’s...

July/August 2014 Digital Edition

August 21, 2014 10:40 am | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

As humans integrate more electronics into their bodies to monitor their health, new ICs are expected to extract ambient energy from their surroundings to power these revolutionary devices, explains Niranjan Pathare of Texas Instruments in our Cover Story...

Covidien Opens Advanced Medical Technology Center in Brazil

August 21, 2014 10:36 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today officially opened its Covidien Center of Innovation Brazil (CCI Brazil), further expanding its educational and research capabilities in a key emerging market. The CCI will help educate clinicians in... 

Ultrasound-Based Wound Healing System Receives FDA Clearance

August 21, 2014 10:12 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Celleration, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutic ultrasound healing technologies to treat wounds, has announced they received FDA clearance for their next generation UltraMIST...

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Most IVD Companies Looked Outside Europe and US For Growth

August 21, 2014 10:06 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Growth in the $54.6 billion in 2013 came from emerging markets while developed nation markets grew slowly, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher said that China Brazil, and Korea were among...

FDA 510(k) Clearance for Philips' TAVI Precision Treatment Planning Application

August 21, 2014 10:03 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Royal Philips today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its precision planning application for Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Implantation (TAVI) treatments. Through 3D imaging, the...

First FDA Clearance to Detect a Serious Heart Condition in an ECG on a Mobile Device

August 21, 2014 10:01 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

AliveCor, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company clearance for its algorithm to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. AliveCor's automated analysis...

Testing Epoxy Fluxes for Hearing Aid Miniaturization

August 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by Tom Adams, Consultant, Sonoscan, Inc. | Sonoscan | Articles | Comments

Breakthroughs in circuitry design have made adding new features easier than miniaturizing the hearing aid as a whole. This article follows the progress - as yet not entirely fulfilled - of one major hearing aid manufacturer in shrinking the...

Attachable Technology Transforms Wheelchairs, Helping Users Stay Healthy

August 20, 2014 2:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A San Francisco-based technology company is rethinking the way wheelchair users get around. Engineers at Rio Mobility have developed a line of hand cycles and attachable scooter devices aimed at keeping the wheelchair-bound more active and...

University Spinoff Aims to Hit the Mark Precisely with Brain-Scanning Tool

August 20, 2014 2:31 pm | by David Tenenbaum, University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

As brain surgeons test new procedures and drugs to treat conditions ranging from psychiatric disorders to brain cancer, accuracy is becoming an ever-greater issue. In treating the brain, the state of the art today starts with images from a...

Web-Based App Predicts Glioma Mutations

August 20, 2014 2:09 pm | by University of Kentucky | News | Comments

A new web-based program developed by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers will provide a simple, free way for healthcare providers to determine which brain tumor cases require testing for a genetic mutation. Gliomas – a type...

Clinical Trials: Enhancing Data Quality, Encouraging Participation and Improving Transparency

August 20, 2014 2:03 pm | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, FDA | Blogs | Comments

Today FDA is announcing important steps that the agency plans to take to enhance the collection and availability of clinical trial data on demographic subgroups – patient populations divided by sex, race/ethnicity or age. Section 907 of the...

Test Reliably Detects Inherited Immune Deficiency in Newborns

August 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases | News | Comments

A newborn screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) reliably identifies infants with this life-threatening inherited condition, leading to prompt treatment and high survival rates, according to a study supported by the National...

Coronary Arteries Hold Heart-Regenerating Cells

August 20, 2014 11:47 am | by Vanderbilt University Medical Center | News | Comments

Endothelial cells residing in the coronary arteries can function as cardiac stem cells to produce new heart muscle tissue, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered. The findings, published recently in Cell Reports, offer insights...

Mixed-Reality Simulators for Training in Treatment of Injured Soldiers

August 20, 2014 11:23 am | by University of Florida Health | News | Comments

On the battlefield, wounded soldiers depend on how quickly and efficiently medical personnel can treat and stabilize their life-threatening injuries. To help military medical personnel acquire, practice or maintain these key skills while...

'Tickling' Your Ear Could Be Good for Your Heart

August 20, 2014 11:07 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Stimulating nerves in your ear could improve the health of your heart, researchers have discovered. A team at the University of Leeds used a standard TENS machine like those designed to relieve labour pains to apply electrical pulses to the...

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