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Mobile Health Devices Market to Grow 8-Fold to $41.8 Billion in 2023

July 1, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Driven by adoption of vital signs monitoring and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices, the mobile health (mHealth) market will grow eight-fold from $5.1 billion in 2013 to $41.8 billion in 2023, according to Lux Research. Clinical mHealth devices...

Spectranetics Completes Acquisition of AngioScore Inc.

June 30, 2014 4:18 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

The Spectranetics Corporation has announced that it has completed the acquisition of AngioScore Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of cardiovascular, specialty balloons, for $230 million in cash, along with additional contingent...

Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots Walk on Command

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function. The group...

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Photos of the Day: Bio-Bots Could Stroll Through the Body

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Tiny walking “bio-bots” are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field. The new bio-bots are powered by a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. This gives the researchers a simple way to control the...

GE Healthcare Introduces a New Level of Cardiovascular Ultrasound Performance

June 30, 2014 3:44 pm | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

GE Healthcare has announced clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new Vivid T8 cardiovascular ultrasound device. The 129-pound, mobile system features innovative quantitative features, stress echo and TEE capabilities...

Device Aims to Improve Posture and Prevent Back Pain

June 30, 2014 3:32 pm | by UpRight | Videos | Comments

UpRight is a wearable device that passively improves your posture, so you can both prevent future back pain and feel and look more successful.                 

Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform Receives FDA Clearance

June 30, 2014 2:14 pm | by Surgical Theater | News | Comments

Surgical Theater, LLC has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance on the recently launched Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform (SNAP). The SNAP integrates with operating room technology to provide advanced 3D capabilities...

Roche Launches Fully Automated Urine Testing Analyzer

June 30, 2014 11:52 am | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche has announced the launch of cobas 6500, a fully automated urine testing system that consists of two modular analyzers combining urine strip testing and digital urinary microscopy. The system tests for 23 parameters to help diagnose...

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Stem Cells May Be More Widespread and with Greater Potential than Previously Believed

June 30, 2014 11:37 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

With the plethora of research and published studies on stem cells over the last decade, many would say that the definition of stem cells is well established and commonly agreed upon. However, a new review article appearing in the July 2014...

Noninvasive Brain Control

June 30, 2014 11:06 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells. This technique requires a light source...

Single-Pixel 'Multiplex' Captures Elusive Terahertz Images

June 30, 2014 10:59 am | by Boston College | News | Comments

A novel metamaterial enables a fast, efficient and high-fidelity terahertz radiation imaging system capable of manipulating the stubborn electromagnetic waves, advancing a technology with potential applications in medical and security imaging...

Watching Individual Neurons Respond to Magnetic Therapy

June 30, 2014 10:50 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Engineers and neuroscientists at Duke University have developed a method to measure the response of an individual neuron to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain. The advance will help researchers understand the underlying...

A Step Closer to Bio-Printing Transplantable Tissues and Organs

June 30, 2014 10:40 am | by University of Sydney | News | Comments

Researchers have made a giant leap towards the goal of 'bio-printing' transplantable tissues and organs for people affected by major diseases and trauma injuries, a new study reports. Scientists from the Universities of Sydney, Harvard... 

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Researchers Develop Tech to Extend Liver Preservation for Transplantation

June 30, 2014 10:24 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new supercooling technique to increase the amount of time human organs could remain viable outside the body. This study was conducted in rats, and if it succeeds in humans, it would enable a world-wide allocation...

Ankle Implant Is More Common to Relieve Severe Arthritis Pain

June 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Hospital for Special Surgery | News | Comments

Arthritis can cause terrible pain, making activities of daily living difficult, if not impossible. While most people are familiar with knee and hip replacement surgery for debilitating arthritis in these joints, ankle replacement is another...

Stryker to Acquire Small Bone Innovations

June 30, 2014 9:20 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi) has announced that Stryker Corporation will acquire substantially all the assets of SBi in an all cash transaction for up to $375 million. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014...

FDA Approves Inhalable Diabetes Drug Afrezza

June 30, 2014 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels during meals. The FDA cleared MannKind Corp.'s Afrezza, a fast-acting form of insulin, for...

Trends and Developments in the European Companion Diagnostics Market

June 27, 2014 4:04 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Frost & Sullivan recently released a report entitled, “Western European Companion Diagnostics Market.” This study provides a global outlook of the companion diagnostics market, specifically focusing on Western Europe. The report discusses...

Nanopore Technique Rapidly Decodes Long DNA Strands

June 27, 2014 2:52 pm | by Michael McCarthy, University of Washington | News | Comments

A low-cost technology may make it possible to read long sequences of DNA far more quickly than current techniques. The research advances a technology, called nanopore DNA sequencing. If perfected it could someday be used to create handheld...

This Rainbow Leads to New Medical Innovations

June 27, 2014 2:45 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Efi Cohen-Arazi, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Rainbow Medical, talks with Elliott Gotkine about innovations to help those who have lost their vision and their partnership with Medtronic on a nerve stimulation product. He speaks...

Researchers Develop App Focused on Making Obese Adults Less Sedentary

June 27, 2014 2:20 pm | by Lifespan | News | Comments

Even individuals who exercise a lot can be at risk for health problems if they also spend a lot of time in sedentary behaviors, such as sitting. More sedentary time, regardless of physical activity levels, is associated with greater risk for...

Filling Information Gaps for Women in Medical Device Clinical Trials

June 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by David Strauss, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Officer, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

At FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), results from clinical trials often serve as the foundation for our decisions to approve the most important medical devices — devices, such as implantable heart devices, that carry...

Notorious Pathogen Forms Slimy 'Streamers' to Clog Up Medical Devices

June 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A group of researchers from the U.S. has moved a step closer to preventing infections of the common hospital pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, by revealing the mechanisms that allow the bacteria to rapidly clog up medical devices. In a study...

Telemedicine Catches Blinding Disease in Premature Babies

June 27, 2014 11:48 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

Telemedicine is an effective strategy to screen for the potentially blinding disease known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). The investigators say that the approach, if adopted...

Bioengineer Demos Medtech Innovations at White House Maker Faire

June 27, 2014 11:26 am | by Kris Newby, Stanford | News | Comments

Recently Manu Prakash, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioengineering, received a call he couldn’t refuse: an invitation to attend the first-ever White House Maker Faire to show attendees how to build a 50-cent microscope out of laser-cut paper...

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