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Benefits Seen for First-in-Field Brain Shield Used with TAVR

March 21, 2015 9:11 am | by American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

An investigational device that deflects debris away from the brain during transcatheter aortic valve replacement seems to improve in-hospital safety outcomes and cognitive scores at discharge, according to preliminary findings from a small...

Sandia Showcases Biology Breakthroughs

March 20, 2015 3:50 pm | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Technologies developed in Sandia National Laboratories' biosciences program could soon find their way into doctors' offices -- devices like wearable microneedles that continuously analyze electrolyte levels and a lab-on-a-disk that can test a...

Mechanically Stimulating Stem Cells

March 20, 2015 3:41 pm | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers in MIT Associate Professor Krystyn J. Van Vliet's group last year showed that three biomechanical and biophysical markers could accurately identify the most desirable stem cells from a mixed group of bone marrow-derived cells...

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3 Ways Athletic MedTech Is Changing the Game

March 20, 2015 3:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

It pretty much goes without saying – if you’re an athlete, at some point you’re going to get hurt. (Golfers and professional curling players notwithstanding.) Whether it’s a baseball to the head, a particularly nasty football tackle, or an ill-timed kick to the groin...

Safe Power for Medical Devices Used at Home

March 20, 2015 11:25 am | by Diane Cupples, Vice President of Marketing, Schurter Inc. | Schurter, Inc. | Articles | Comments

An aging population and the rising cost of healthcare around the world are a matter of concern to the general public these days. This is especially true in the U.S.A., where keeping costs under control becomes more and more challenging. In order...

3D Printing Medical Devices in Just Minutes

March 20, 2015 10:57 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Today, I was honestly flabbergasted over what crossed my path. In a TED video, I watched as Joseph DiSimone, CEO of Carbon3D, spoke about a new approach to 3D printing that didn’t involve layer after layer of 2D printing being performed to create a 3D part...

Built-In Blood Alcohol Tester for Cars

March 20, 2015 10:43 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

If every new car made in the United States had a built-in blood alcohol level tester that prevented impaired drivers from driving the vehicle, how many lives could be saved, injuries prevented, and injury-related dollars left unspent? Researchers...

Photos of the Day: High-Tech Probe Battles Bed Sores

March 20, 2015 10:01 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1870s, the famous French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, who influenced his young student Sigmund Freud so much that Freud named his son after him, took on a painful subject – the pressure ulcer. “I have often been a witness to this fact...

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Brain-Wide Association Analysis Displays Autistic and Non-Autistic Brain Differences

March 20, 2015 9:46 am | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

The methodology can potentially isolate the areas of the brain involved with other cognitive problems, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD and schizophrenia. The functional differences between autistic and non-autistic brains have...

Kidney Cancer Detected Early with Urine Test

March 20, 2015 9:20 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

If kidney cancer is diagnosed early -- before it spreads -- 80 percent of patients survive. However, finding it early has been among the disease's greatest challenges. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis...

First Blood Test for Osteoarthritis Could Soon Be Available

March 20, 2015 9:17 am | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

The first blood test for osteoarthritis could soon be developed, thanks to research by the University of Warwick. The research findings could potentially lead to patients being tested for osteoarthritis and diagnosed several years before the...

FDA Focuses on Reprocessing Instructions in New Guidance

March 20, 2015 9:00 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized guidance that includes recommendations for writing clear reprocessing instructions for reusable medical devices. The document comes at a time of heightened interest in the sterility of...

Infographic: The Intersection of Healthcare & IT

March 20, 2015 8:55 am | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Healthcare and information technology are two niches that have not traditionally been associated. However, with the evolution of the healthcare industry has come the need to be more efficient, affordable and effective. That’s where health...

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No One Risk Applies to All Devices

March 20, 2015 8:46 am | by Steven W. Badelt, Ph.D., Director of Outreach, Healthcare Working Group, INCOSE | Blogs | Comments

Medical device companies sometimes fail to follow a robust risk identification process. That process can neglect the risks that emerge when a device is integrated into the larger healthcare system. There is no one risk that applies to all...

Ultrasound, Gold Nanoparticles, and Lasers Relieve Acne

March 19, 2015 2:28 pm | by Sonia Fernandez, University of California, Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Acne, a scourge of adolescence, may be about to meet its ultra high-tech match. By using a combination of ultrasound, gold-covered particles and lasers, researchers from UC Santa Barbara and the private medical device company Sebacia have...

Using Tablets to Screen New or Expecting Moms for Perinatal Depression

March 19, 2015 2:21 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Pregnant women and new mothers at one central Illinois public health clinic will soon receive depression screenings using mobile health - also called mHealth - technology. Researchers from the School of Social Work at the University of...

Microfluidic Devices Can Sort Sperm Cells

March 19, 2015 2:15 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

For in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies, selecting the healthiest and best swimming sperm from a sample of semen can dramatically increase success. Microfluidics--micro-scale technologies that were originally...

Stem Cells Help Determine Rabies Resistance

March 19, 2015 2:05 pm | by Texas A&M AgriLife | News | Comments

Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research have developed a new technology to determine sensitivity or resistance to rabies virus. "We were able to create a novel platform such that we could look at how pathogens, such as bacteria or virus...

First Portable DNA Sequencing 'Laboratory'

March 19, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Genome Analysis Center | News | Comments

As one of the first research Institutes to take part in the MinION Access Programme (MAP) for portable DNA sequencing, introduced by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)'s task force share their experience of the ground...

First Clinical Diagnostic Test for Lupus

March 19, 2015 12:25 pm | by IES Diagnostics, Inc. | News | Comments

IES Diagnostics, Inc. has identified the body’s unique, specific immune response (immune signature) for systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), a chronic autoimmune disease affecting more than five million people. With this knowledge, IES...

Models Add Efficiency to Bioabsorbable Implant Development

March 19, 2015 11:01 am | by Abhay Bulsari, Owner/Technical Manager, Nonlinear Solutions Oy; Kimmo Lähteenkorva, R&D Manager, ConMed Corp.; and Esa Suokas and Mikko Huttunen, Senior Scientists, ConMed Linvatec Biomaterials Oy | Articles | Comments

Product development of orthopedic bioabsorbable implants requires the knowledge of the dynamics of bioabsorption. Bioabsorption is simulated in vitro by hydrolysis experiments. Several variables including shear and bending strength, mass...

Lack of Interoperability Contributes to Medical Errors

March 19, 2015 10:04 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

For years, healthcare technology professionals and patient safety organizations have decried the lack of medical device interoperability in hospitals. Now, another voice, nursing, is echoing the call for better interoperability, saying a lack...

Photos of the Day: Fighting Malaria with MRI

March 19, 2015 9:54 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

For the past three decades, osteopathic physician and malaria expert, Dr. Terrie Taylor, has made an annual pilgrimage from Michigan to Malawi in pursuit of an answer to a deadly puzzle. Each year, malaria claims the lives of 575,000 children...

Robot Demonstrates Effect of Body Posture on Infant Learning

March 19, 2015 9:37 am | by Indiana University | News | Comments

An Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. The study, conducted by Linda Smith, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences'...

mHealth App Ideal for Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention

March 19, 2015 9:31 am | by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | News | Comments

Interviewing women at a breast-imaging center in an urban safety net institution before and after they used a "mHealth" mobile health app on a tablet, Elissa Ozanne, PhD from Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and colleagues concluded that...

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