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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...

Cell-Friendly Surface Reduces Breast Implant Rejection Risk

March 19, 2015 9:13 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created an enhanced surface for silicone breast implants which could reduce complications and make them less likely to be rejected by the body. In the US alone almost 400,000 cosmetic breast...

'Buckybombs' Trigger Tiny Explosions to Kill Cancer Cells

March 19, 2015 9:08 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

In 1996, a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene - soccer-ball-shaped spheres of 60 joined carbon atoms that exhibit special physical properties. Now, 20 years later, scientists have...

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Growing ‘Mini-Lungs’ to Aid Cystic Fibrosis Study

March 19, 2015 9:02 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have successfully created ‘mini-lungs’ using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic fibrosis, and have shown that these can be used to test potential new drugs for this debilitating...

Consider the Patient to Ensure Safety in Device Development

March 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Deborah Kacera, Regulatory and Industry Strategist, Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Blogs | Comments

It will be no surprise that the most critical consideration to ensuring patient safety when developing a medical device is to consider the patient: who are they, who will be using the device, how will they interact with the device, and what’s...

Focus On 'Why?' Instead of Just 'How' for Device Design

March 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Ed Trevis, President and CEO, Corvalent | Blogs | Comments

Every facet of the process – from circuit board design and assembly to on-site implementation of fully developed medical equipment – can affect the patient experience. Because of this, design strategies that consider long lifecycle and consistent...

Anxiously Awaiting a Device to Calm Down

March 18, 2015 4:11 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Sporadic bouts of anxiety aren’t really considered a medical condition – but if you’re anxious enough, it can sure feel like an illness! Your heart starts racing, breathing turns short and shallow, and the world moves a little too quickly for comfort...

MRI Measurement Tools Help Diagnose Veterans' Traumatic Brain Injuries

March 18, 2015 2:36 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

More than 300,000 U.S. veterans have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in recent years, a legacy of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But these numbers don't tell the whole story. While severe TBI can be obvious, milder cases...

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Molecular Tool Assesses Vaginal Microbiome Health

March 18, 2015 2:31 pm | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

A new microarray-based tool, called VaginArray, offers the potential to provide a fast, reliable and low-cost assessment of vaginal health and diagnoses of infections. The research is published ahead of print March 2, in Antimicrobial Agents...

Speech-Based System for Early Detection of Alzheimer's

March 18, 2015 2:26 pm | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

The ELEKIN research group of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country is working to develop various non-invasive methodologies for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease. One of the ELEKIN group's lines of research is biomedical...

Malaria Test for Ancient Human Remains

March 18, 2015 11:10 am | by Jim Shelton, Yale University | News | Comments

Ancient malaria patients, the anthropologist will see you now. A Yale University scientist has developed a promising new method to identify malaria in the bone marrow of ancient human remains. It is the first time researchers have been...

Mobile App Speeds Treatment for Heart Attack Patients

March 18, 2015 10:35 am | by MedStar Washington Hospital Center | News | Comments

A new study has found that a mobile app conceived at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is allowing heart attack patients to be treated more quickly – some an average of 30 percent faster -- reducing...

Newly Developed Technology Dissects Properties of Single Stem Cells

March 18, 2015 10:31 am | by University of North Carolina School of Medicine | News | Comments

The human gut is a remarkable thing. Every week the intestines regenerate a new lining, sloughing off the equivalent surface area of a studio apartment and refurbishing it with new cells. For decades, researchers have known that the party...

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Mobile System Captures High-Resolution Images Inside the Eye

March 18, 2015 10:23 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

A smart and simple method developed at Rice University to image a patient’s eye could help monitor eye health and spot signs of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, especially in developing nations. The patient-operated, portable...

A New Test for Children with Concussions

March 18, 2015 10:02 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC, are working to develop a much needed tool for helping diagnose concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries suffered by thousands of...

'Sunglasses on Demand' Change Color at the Touch of a Button

March 18, 2015 9:58 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Apart from their style, sunglasses have changed very little in the last few decades. Photochromic lenses that change from clear to tinted in sunlight were a big breakthrough. Now new research from ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces could...

Rocket Science May Improve Kidney Dialysis

March 18, 2015 9:51 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

A team of researchers in the United Kingdom has found a way to redesign an artificial connection between an artery and vein, known as an Arterio-Venous Fistulae, which surgeons form in the arms of people with end-stage renal disease so that...

Green Tea Could Help Improve MRIs

March 18, 2015 9:44 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Green tea’s popularity has grown quickly in recent years. Its fans can drink it, enjoy its flavor in their ice cream and slather it on their skin with lotions infused with it. Now, the tea could have a new, unexpected role — to improve the image...

FDA Advances Medical Product Innovation

March 18, 2015 9:03 am | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration | Blogs | Comments

On March 10, I had the pleasure of appearing with my colleague Dr. Francis Collins before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to testify at a hearing on the subject of “Continuing America’s Leadership in Medical...

Powering Wearable Health Devices

March 18, 2015 8:42 am | by Christian Defeo, eSupplier Manager, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

Our competitors are hard at work in element14’s Sudden Impact design challenge - creating wearable health solutions for athletes, coaches and trainers to use on the field in real time. As we move toward the May 8 deadline to submit the final...

How Long Does Clearance on a 510(k) Submission Take?

March 17, 2015 5:13 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Debate rages on over the FDA — Has it become less efficient? More efficient? Is it a barrier to innovation? Is it doing exactly what it needs to do? While these questions are not likely to be definitively answered anytime soon, one query that many do have regarding the FDA could be resolved...

Top 5 Medical Devices from SXSW 2015

March 17, 2015 4:24 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

The SX Health and MedTech Expo was presented for the first time on March 16th and 17th, the last two days of SXSW's "Interactive" portion. The stage was host to programming and panels, providing opportunities to learn from leading experts...

March 2015 Digital Edition

March 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this month's cover feature... Every project is going to have unexpected challenges. The project team needs to analyze the situation and respond quickly to keep the project on-track. Experience is key. If working with seasoned medical device professionals who have been in the trenches, are well-connected in the industry, and appreciate the “speed-to-market” mindset...

Glucose Sensor Allows Single Point-of-Entry 'Artificial Pancreas'

March 17, 2015 11:18 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have used "additive manufacturing" to create an improved type of glucose sensor for patients with Type 1 diabetes, part of a system that should work better, cost less and be more comfortable for the patient...

'Smart Bandage' Detects Invisible Wounds

March 17, 2015 11:11 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing a new type of bandage that does far more than stanch the bleeding from a paper cut or scraped knee. Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration...

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