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Siemens Enters Into Master Agreement With Pfizer for Companion Diagnostics

December 16, 2013 9:18 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Today, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc. announces that it has entered into a master collaboration agreement with Pfizer Inc. to design, develop and commercialize diagnostic tests for therapeutic products across Pfizer’s pipeline. Under...

Designing Medical Devices to Meet FDA Security Guidelines

December 13, 2013 3:18 pm | by Alan Grau, President and Co-Founder, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

The FDA and Department of Homeland Security recently issued an alert urging medical device makers and medical facilities to upgrade security protections to protect against potential cyber threats. This was issued in response to an ICS-CERT...

Through Emerald Lenses

December 13, 2013 2:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I had the pleasure of a media tour to Ireland. While weather-wise, the Fall is not the ideal time of year to visit the island (although as I was informed, you don’t go to Ireland for the weather), it was fantastic timing in terms...

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New Screening Strategy to Prevent Cardiovascular Complications in Sports

December 13, 2013 12:09 pm | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Echocardiography with conventional M-mode and 2D modalities is a simple and cost effective way to increases the accuracy of pre-participation sports screening, according to research presented at EuroEcho-Imaging 2013 by Dr Alexander Kisko...

No Diagnosis of Heart Disease Without Imaging

December 13, 2013 11:59 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Diagnosis of cardiovascular disease would be impossible without imaging. It is now becoming essential for treatment as well, as sessions dedicated to interventions highlighted during EuroEcho-Imaging 2013. “A good overall knowledge of the...

Nipple Aspirate Test Is No Substitute for Mammogram

December 13, 2013 11:33 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Many women admit that getting a mammogram is no fun, and may wish there was an easier, more comfortable way to screen for breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. Some companies today are promoting a test in which a breast...

Photo of the Day: Clarifying Breast Cancer Diagnosis

December 13, 2013 11:32 am | by FDA | News | Comments

FDA is unaware of any valid scientific data to show that nipple aspirate tests, when used on their own, are an effective screening tool for any medical condition, including the detection of breast cancer or other breast disease. Researchers...

Suicidality Test Being Brought to Market

December 12, 2013 1:54 pm | by Max-Planck Institut | News | Comments

The new test, based on research carried out at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, should help doctors to decrease the risk of suicidality in patients treated with antidepressants who show certain gene markers. Sundance plans to ...   

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Fever Tech: New Braun Forehead Thermometer is a Must-Have for Moms

December 12, 2013 12:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer, the #1 thermometer among pediatricians and moms, now has a new family member arriving this fall: the Braun Forehead Thermometer. The Braun Forehead Thermometer is the latest innovation from the brand...

Failed Stunt Births Insights into Facial Fracture Biomechanics

December 12, 2013 9:47 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

A man attempting a bicycle stunt made a significant—if unintended—contribution to surgical science, as a video of his crash allowed researchers to analyze the "kinematic and dynamic parameters" of the accident and resulting ...    

Photos of the Day: Ultrasound Eye Imaging ... in Space

December 12, 2013 9:36 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Mice were flown aboard shuttle flights STS-133 in March 2011 and STS-135 in July 2011 as part of the Commercial Biomedical Testing Module-2 (CBTM-2) and CBTM-3 investigations into how space affects ...         

Orbital Samples with Sight-Saving Potential

December 12, 2013 9:33 am | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Those who travel to space are rewarded with a beautiful sight - planet Earth. But the effects of space travel on the human sense of sight aren't so beautiful. More than 30 percent of astronauts who returned from two-week space shuttle missions and 60 percent who spent six months aboard the International Space Station were diagnosed with ...

Bacterium Genetically Evolves to Live in Lungs and Evade Antibiotic Treatments

December 12, 2013 9:18 am | by Marie-Helene Thibeault, University of Calgary | News | Comments

The bacterium that's the most important pathogen in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) has genetically evolved and adapted to survive in CF-infected lungs and evade antibiotic treatments, scientists from the University of Ottawa and the University of Calgary have shown. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is called an ...

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A New Optical Technique to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy of Dehydration in Young Children

December 11, 2013 3:09 pm | by Brian Imhausen, Electro-Optics Design Engineer and Project Manager, Bodkin Design and Engineering LLC | Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC | Articles | Comments

One clinical measure of dehydration in young children relies on Capillary Refill Time (CRT). The doctor visually evaluates the time it takes for the patient’s finger to refill with blood after a squeeze is released. This subjective assessment...

Changing Medicine Through Technology

December 11, 2013 2:56 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices serve a number of purposes from the most mundane to the esoteric. Some are constantly being redesigned and updated to be more effective while others have remained little-changed for decades. Even bed pans—stainless steel...

New Dementia Diagnosis Tools Possible with £5 Million Engineering Funding

December 11, 2013 10:01 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) | News | Comments

Health ministers from the G8 nations will meet in London today (11 December) to discuss the global health challenge posed by dementia. The summit aims to develop co-ordinated global action on dementia. One area of focus at the summit is... 

The Ten Biggest Medical Successes of 2013

December 11, 2013 9:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

"One of These Rivals the Original Proof that Penicillin Works," Says Medical Trend Guru Stephen Shrewsbury. Medical science had a banner year in 2013, including a development, according to Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury, that offers the first long...

Power Management Systems for Mobile Medical Carts

December 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Michael J. Mardis, Technical Sales, Hoffman Engineered Systems | Articles | Comments

Most mobile carts feature onboard power systems equipped with single or multiple batteries intended to provide enough energy to run computers, displays, scanners and other devices for extended periods of time without recharging. Power systems...

New Sensor Tracks Zinc in Cells

December 10, 2013 10:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A new optical sensor created at MIT tracks zinc within cells and should help researchers learn more about its functions. The sensor, which can be targeted to a specific organelle within the cell, fluoresces when it binds to zinc, allowing scientists...

New Biochip Diagnoses HIV/AIDS on the Spot

December 10, 2013 10:51 am | by Susan McKenna, University of Illinois | News | Comments

A new sensor technology developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and collaborators at Daktari Diagnostics can diagnose HIV/AIDS using just a drop of blood. The device could provide less costly, easy-to-use...

IEDM Conference Gives Opportunity to Learn About State-of-the-Art Chips for Biology and Medicine

December 9, 2013 2:45 pm | by Mina Rais-Zadeh, 2013 Chair of the Sensors, MEMS, and BioMEMS Committee, IEDM | Blogs | Comments

Increasingly more powerful electronics technology is making possible innovative medical products for a range of uses from diagnostics to treatment. What underpins that progress are continuing advances in the transistors, sensors, and related...

Bruin Biometrics, LLC Achieves Significant Milestone with Receipt of ISO 13485 Certification

December 9, 2013 12:05 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Bruin Biometrics, LLC an innovative medical device manufacturer, announced today that it has received ISO 13485:2003 and EN ISO 13485:2012 certification, including CMDCAS certification, for its Quality Management System with its notified body...

Measuring Life's Tugs and Nudges

December 9, 2013 11:58 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

As embryonic tissue develops, cells push and pull on each other, and they must do so correctly for the tissue to develop properly. Now scientists at Harvard University have devised the first method to measure these forces in three-dimensional...

Ultrasound Microscopy: An Aid for Surgeons to Make the Invisible, Visible

December 9, 2013 11:47 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

An ultrasonic microscope emits a high frequency sound at an object, and the reflected sound captured by its lens is converted into two dimensional image of the object under scrutiny. Ultrasonic microscopes have a wide range of applications...

Better First Response Medical Care During Catastrophes

December 9, 2013 11:19 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

When large-scale emergencies occur, it often takes far too long before victims receive the care their injuries demand. Now a new electronic system has been designed to support helpers during the initial assessment of victims and to speed up...

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