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Brain Wave Test Device for ADHD

July 16, 2013 9:51 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the first medical device based on brain function to help assess attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents 6 to 17 years old. When used as part of a complete medical and psychological examination, the device can help confirm an ADHD diagnosis.

Finding Cancer Cells in the Blood

July 16, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the near future, oncologists may be using a finger-size plastic chip with tiny channels to extract a dozen or so cancer cells from a sample of a patient’s blood. Those cells, called circulating tumor cells, could then be screened for genetic disruptions that an oncologist could target with drugs best suited to attacking the tumor.

Commercial Release of 3D (Breast Tomosynthesis) Biopsy Option Strengthens Hologic's Position as Provider of the Nation's Most Comprehensive Portfolio of Interventional Breast Health Solutions

July 15, 2013 4:15 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Hologic, Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostics products, medical imaging systems and surgical products, with an emphasis on serving the healthcare needs of women, recently expanded its extensive array of interventional and imaging solutions for breast health with the launch of the world's first 3D breast biopsy option.

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The Power of LEDs Inside Medical Devices

July 15, 2013 3:12 pm | by Chuck DeMilo, Global Director of Product Marketing, Lighting Business Group, Luminus Devices | Articles | Comments

The medical device industry is constantly changing. New technologies and products enter the market, replacing outdated or inefficient equipment. There are numerous benefits in using LEDs for medical illumination applications including longer life, less heat, dynamic control, lower energy consumption, and in many cases, lower cost.

Welch Allyn Introduces Two Connectivity-Ready Electrocardiograph Devices

July 15, 2013 12:36 pm | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that specializes in helping clinicians improve patient outcomes, today announced the availability of two connectivity-ready electrocardiograph devices in the United States. The Welch Allyn CP 150™ offers flexible report formatting, intuitive design and functionality.

Welch Allyn Introduces Two Connectivity-Ready Electrocardiograph Devices in the United States

July 15, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that specializes in helping clinicians improve patient outcomes, today announced the availability of two connectivity-ready electrocardiograph devices in the United States. The Welch Allyn CP 150™ offers flexible report formatting, intuitive design and functionality.

Given Imaging's PillCam COLON Cleared in Japan, World's Second Largest Healthcare Market

July 14, 2013 10:45 pm | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

Given Imaging Ltd, a world leader in gastrointestinal medical devices and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, has announced that PillCam® COLON has been cleared by Japan's Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Agency for diagnosis of colonic disease when colonoscopy is required but difficult to conduct, including patients unwilling or unable to undergo colonoscopy.

Medical Industry and Chip Industry: Let’s Sum Up the Minds!

July 12, 2013 3:20 pm | by Liesbet Lagae, R&D Program Manager, Life Science Technologies, imec | Imec | Blogs | Comments

Imagine what could happen when medical and chip experts team up. Would it be possible for chips to revolutionize healthcare in the same way they have revolutionized the electronics industry? Let’s dream: a cheap technology that allows accurate and reliable diagnostics for everyone, at any place and at any time.

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Wireless Mobile Technology Improves Patient Engament, Outcomes

July 12, 2013 12:02 pm | by Center for Connected Health | News | Comments

A recent study conducted by the Center for Connected Health demonstrated that wireless mobile technologies can positively impact patient engagement, clinical outcomes and operational workflow in remote monitoring programs. Patients using wireless mobile devices to collect and transmit their data to the Center's secure database more frequently measured their blood pressure and uploaded their data.

Daydreaming Simulated by Computer Model

July 12, 2013 10:00 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Scientists have created a virtual model of the brain that daydreams like humans do. Researchers created the computer model based on the dynamics of brain cells and the many connections those cells make with their neighbors and with cells in other brain regions.

Better Screening for Deadly Genetic Diseases

July 12, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

One in 100 babies worldwide is born with a disease caused by a single gene, according to the World Health Organization. Two genetics companies—Counsyl and GoodStart Genetics—are now using low-cost sequencing as a way to provide a more comprehensive look at parents’ genes than has previously been available.

Considering the User in Device Design

July 11, 2013 4:34 pm | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Renesas Electronics Corporation | Blogs | Comments

As medical systems move from hospitals to homes and onto human bodies, designers need to realize their users are not professionals anymore. These new at-home users do not understand conditions that could impact measurements and the validity of measurements.

Medicare Bidding Program Puts Diabetic Patients in Danger

July 11, 2013 2:25 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The American Association for Homecare warned today that the controversial Medicare bidding program for diabetic testing supplies is endangering beneficiaries by requiring the use of generic testing strips and monitors that are under scrutiny by physicians and the Food and Drug Administration for inaccurate readings.

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The Pulse: Achieving Sight Through Sound

July 11, 2013 11:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, a device that helps train the brain to turn sounds into images, detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar, biomedical applications for a new hydrogel, and a nanofiber mesh that treats tumors with both thermotherapy and chemotherapy.

Researchers Create Method to Rapidly Identify Specific Strains of Illness

July 11, 2013 10:25 am | by Boston University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and George Washington University have developed a method to rapidly identify pathogenic species and strains causing illnesses, such as pneumonia, that could help lead to earlier detection of disease outbreaks and pinpoint effective treatments more quickly.

Jagged Graphene Can Slice into Cell Membranes

July 11, 2013 10:22 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

A collaboration of biologists, engineers, and material scientists at Brown University has found that jagged edges of graphene can easily pierce cell membranes, allowing graphene to enter the cell and disrupt normal function. Understanding the mechanical forces of nanotoxicity should help engineers design safer materials at the nanoscale.

Researchers Perform DNA Computation in Living Cells

July 11, 2013 10:10 am | by Tracey Peake, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Chemists from North Carolina State University have performed a DNA-based logic-gate operation within a human cell. The research may pave the way to more complicated computations in live cells, as well as new methods of disease detection and treatment.

Corgenix Announces Contract Manufacturing Agreement with EDP Biotech

July 11, 2013 9:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Corgenix Medical Corporation (OTC BB: CONX), a worldwide developer and marketer of diagnostic test kits, announced today that it has entered into a contract manufacturing agreement with EDP Biotech, a medical device company focused on the development and...

Care Interrupted—Top Five Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices

July 10, 2013 3:17 pm | by Matt Neely, Director of Strategic Initiatives, SecureState | Blogs | Comments

Putting medical devices on the network provides a large number of benefits, such as supporting telemedicine and the easy transfer of test results to electronic medical records (EMR) systems. However, putting these devices on a network also introduces a number of risks.

Considerations for Successful M2M Platform Deployments

July 10, 2013 2:42 pm | by Brian Anderson, VP of Marketing, Solutions & Services, Sierra Wireless | Articles | Comments

Cellular machine-to-machine communications are opening the door to a world of innovative new healthcare applications. With the ability to collect real-time data from people and devices anywhere, and at any time, healthcare organizations and technology vendors are creating useful applications that improve people’s health and well being.

A Fundamental Problem for Brain Mapping

July 10, 2013 12:00 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Is there a brain area for mind-wandering? For religious experience? For reorienting attention? A recent study casts serious doubt on the evidence for these ideas, and rewrites the rules for neuroimaging. Brain mapping experiments attempt to identify the cognitive functions associated with discrete cortical regions.

High-Tech Gadgets Monitor Seniors' Safety at Home

July 10, 2013 11:48 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It could mean no more having to check up on Mom or Dad every morning: Motion sensors on the wall and a monitor under the mattress one day might automatically alert you to early signs of trouble well before an elderly loved one gets sick or suffers a fall.

PNNL Wins R&D 100 Award for Instrument that Leads to Rapid Medical Tests

July 10, 2013 9:46 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

An instrument that quickly and more effectively analyzes complex biological and environmental samples was today named one of the past year's 100 most significant scientific and technological products or advances. The innovation was recognized by R&D Magazine in their annual R&D 100 Awards competition.

Bioengineers Use Adhesion to Combine Silicones and Organic Materials

July 10, 2013 9:34 am | by The Institute for Genomic Biology | News | Comments

In a study reported in the July 1, 2013 Angewandte Chemie, a group of University of Illinois bioengineers have found a way to strongly adhere hydrogels to hydrophobic silicone substrates, an innovation that provides a valuable new tool for microscale biotechnology.

Urine odor analyzer might better diagnose bladder cancer

July 10, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Inspired by studies demonstrating canine abilities to sniff out cancerous biomarkers, a team of U.K. researchers developed a scent-analysis device that they say can diagnose early signs of bladder cancer. In a test of nearly 100 urine samples, the device, called OdorReader, was 100% accurate in distinguishing which samples came from cancer patients.

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