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Siri, MD – iPhone Changes the Way Consumers Get Medical Information [Infographic]

December 10, 2012 11:36 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

In a study looking at mobile behavior over the last two years, The Patient’s Guide®, a leader in medical publishing online, reports that consumers using their iPhone to gather medical information has increased 94% from 2011 to 2012.

Merit Medical Acquires Assets of Medigroup

November 30, 2012 9:08 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Merit Medical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional and diagnostic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Medigroup, Inc., a manufacturer of peritoneal dialysis catheters based in Illinois.

Implantable Silk Optics Multi-Task in the Body

November 29, 2012 11:27 am | by Tufts University School of Engineering | News | Comments

Tufts University School of Engineering researchers have demonstrated silk-based implantable optics that  offer significant improvement in tissue imaging while simultaneously enabling photo thermal therapy, administering drugs and  monitoring drug delivery. The devices also lend themselves to a variety of other biomedical functions.

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Given Imaging Submits PillCam COLON 2 Application to FDA for U.S. Regulatory Clearance

November 27, 2012 2:45 pm | by Given Imaging | News | Comments

Given Imaging Ltd., a world leader in GI medical devices and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, today announced that it has filed a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) application seeking regulatory clearance to market its PillCam® COLON 2 for visualization of the lower gastrointestinal tract.

Merit Medical Signs Agreement to Acquire Thomas Medical Products, a Unit of GE Healthcare

November 27, 2012 9:55 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Merit Medical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used primarily in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire Thomas Medical Products, Inc. ("Thomas Medical") from GE Healthcare in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $167 million...

Medica and Compamed 2012 Reflect Status of Medical Market

November 27, 2012 9:50 am | News | Comments

The recent staging of MEDICA 2012, International Trade Fair with Congress – World Forum for Medicine, and the concurrently held COMPAMED 2012, International Trade Fair – High tech solutions for medical technology, in Düsseldorf, Germany reflected the demand for medical technology and products with stable attendance figures: 130,600 visitors from 120 countries...

Doctor’s Office 2050: How a spoonful of ‘big data’ helps the medicine go down

October 26, 2012 4:31 pm | by Gillian Davies | Blogs | Comments

Mary Poppins was wrong; it’s not a spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down, it’s a spoonful of “big data,” and it will make healthcare expenditure more palatable in the Doctor’s Office of 2050. As big data, telehealth, and the cloud come together, we will see healthcare reap the efficiency rewards of a decentralized approach.

Applying Tech: Wireless Medicine

October 24, 2012 3:48 pm | by William Chan, Donald L. Sweeney, David Niewolny, Joe Tillison, and Anthony J. Kalaijakis | LINEMASTER Switch Corporation, D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc., Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Avnet Electronics Marketing, Molex | Articles | Comments

Wireless devices have the ability to become self-contained diagnostic laboratories, communication devices for medical records, and medical therapy devices. One of the biggest challenges facing both the consumer and the clinical wireless healthcare market is large scale adoption. Adoption is limited by the regulatory environment, current product prices, and ease of device use.

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Morgan Technical Ceramics participating in revolutionary DARPA research on high density feed-throughs for medical devices

October 23, 2012 3:46 pm | by Morgan Technical Ceramics | News | Comments

Morgan Technical Ceramics announces that it has been awarded a contract to participate in a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project with the Biomimetic Microelectronics Systems Centers at the University of Southern California. The project will develop biocompatible hermetic coatings, high density ceramic feed-throughs, and hermeticity test chips for biomedical microsystems applications.

Perspectives on Evolution of Miniaturization

October 17, 2012 3:39 pm | by Steve Kuckworth, Jessica Willing-Pichs, Ian Hardy, Chad Marak, John Beigel, Trygve Olsen, and Chris Ault | Clariant Corporation, Ximedica, Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Littelfuse, Inc., Meder Electronic Inc. | Articles | Comments

As medical devices migrate from the hospital to the patient’s home or workplace, two concepts will become increasingly important: manageability and security. Remote medical devices must often provide continuous care, regardless of their location. Consequently, IT teams will need to manage and control the devices remotely...

Antibiotic Misuse Reported By 90% of Lab Personnel

October 16, 2012 10:22 am | by MarketWire | News | Comments

The inappropriate use or misuse of antibiotics was reported by 9 of 10 infection control officers and laboratory personnel in a nationwide survey of 218 hospitals. Problems cited include unnecessary antibiotic use and the use of weaker broad-spectrum agents when 'targeted,' bacteria-specific antibiotics would be more effective.

New Rapid & Point-of-Care Hepatitis C Tests Could Be Global Game Changers

October 16, 2012 9:51 am | by McGill University Health Centre | News | Comments

A new study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) is the first to show that hepatitis C rapid and point of care tests with a quick turnaround time are highly accurate and reliable as conventional first-line laboratory tests.

Acoustic cell-sorting chip may lead to cell phone-sized medical labs

October 12, 2012 2:20 pm | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

The device uses two beams of acoustic -- or sound -- waves to act as acoustic tweezers and sort a continuous flow of cells on a dime-sized chip, said Tony Jun Huang, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State. By changing the frequency of the acoustic waves, researchers can easily alter the paths of the cells.

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New Molecular Assay Detects Rapidly Emerging Multidrug-Resistant Superbug

September 27, 2012 9:49 am | by BD Diagnostics | News | Comments

BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), today announced the release of a research use only (RUO) molecular test designed to rapidly detect antibiotic resistance genes found in the superbug known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). These deadly organisms are associated with high mortality rates, are easily spread...

A personal approach to cancer treatment

September 25, 2012 11:01 am | by Cambridge Consultants | News | Comments

Innovative technology design and development firm Cambridge Consultants is working with Singapore-based Clearbridge BioMedics on a groundbreaking device to improve cancer testing and research. The innovative second-generation ClearCellTM System enables tumor cells to be retrieved and detected even faster...

UL and AAMI to Develop Interoperability Standards

September 18, 2012 3:14 pm | by Underwriters Laboratories | News | Comments

With the goal of improving patient safety and healthcare efficiency, AAMI and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) are joining forces to develop a suite of standards on medical device interoperability-one of the biggest challenges facing the modern healthcare community. The collaboration is a first for AAMI and UL, and comes at a time when many healthcare facilities and manufacturers are grappling...

QIAGEN Teams with China's Lepu Medical to Provide Rapid Diagnosis of Heart Attacks Using Point of Need Testing

September 13, 2012 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

QIAGEN's cutting-edge ESEQuant Lateral Flow System will run Lepu Medical's tests for key cardiac biomarkers to deliver lifesaving information in emergency rooms -- Cardiac testing adds further momentum for QIAGEN in fast-growing Chinese market -- Pioneering ESEQuant platform achieves first regulatory approval in human healthcare, expanding QIAGEN's global Point of Need business QIAGEN N.V.

New Molecular Assay Allows Healthcare Facilities to Simplify Active Surveillance Testing for Deadly Superbug

August 16, 2012 11:45 am | by PRNewswire via COMTEX | News | Comments

BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), today announced that the new BD MAX MRSA molecular test has received a Moderate Complexity rating under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA '88). Performed on the fully-automated BD MAX System, the assay is designed to rapidly and accurately identify patients colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Deep Inside the Body, Tiny Mechanical Microscope Diagnoses Disease

August 16, 2012 11:38 am | by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center | News | Comments

Tiny space age probes--those that can see inside single living cells--are increasingly being used to diagnose illness in hard-to-reach areas of the body. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Dr. Michel Kahaleh often threads a tiny microscope into the narrow bile ducts that connect the liver to the small intestine to hunt for cancer.

NIST focuses on testing standards to support lab on a chip commercialization

August 10, 2012 9:13 pm | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

Lab on a chip (LOC) devices -- microchip-size systems that can prepare and analyze tiny fluid samples with volumes ranging from a few microliters (millionth of a liter) to sub-nanoliters (less than a billionth of a liter) -- are envisioned to one day revolutionize how laboratory tasks such as diagnosing diseases and investigating forensic evidence are performed.

Improving The Power To Heal May Start With Surgeon's Fingertips

August 10, 2012 11:15 am | News | Comments

The intricate properties of the fingertips have been mimicked and recreated using semiconductor devices in what researchers hope will lead to the development of advanced surgical gloves. The devices, shown to be capable of responding with high precision to the stresses and strains associated with touch and finger movement...

AspenBio Pharma Submits Pre-IDE Information Package to FDA for AppyScore Appendicitis Test System

August 7, 2012 12:05 pm | News | Comments

AspenBio Pharma, Inc., an in vitro diagnostic company, announced that it has submitted a pre-IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) information package to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of the AppyScore™ test system to aid physicians...

US Demand for In Vitro Diagnostic Products to Exceed $24 Billion in 2016

August 7, 2012 11:20 am | by The Freedonia Group | News | Comments

US demand for in vitro (IVD) diagnostic products is forecast to increase 6.1 percent annually to $24.7 billion in 2016. An expanding volume of patient care activity, spurred by aging demographic patterns, a rising incidence of diseases and disorders, and the extension of health insurance coverage by the Affordable Care Act of 2010...

New Service Creates Needed Marketplace for Hospitals to Buy and Sell Excess Inventory

August 7, 2012 11:09 am | by MDLMedical.com | News | Comments

There is a new solution of materials managers dealing with excess inventory. MDLMedical.com is a members-only, on-line exchange that helps hospitals and surgical centers buy and sell unused, new medical devices and implants; purchase needed inventory at market-determined prices and recover some of the costs of their idle surgical inventory.

Fidelis Diagnostics Partners with Exalenz Bioscience to Add H. pylori Breath Testing Solutions to Its Portfolio of Services

August 7, 2012 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 7, 2012--Fidelis Diagnostics, Inc., a rapidly growing healthcare company providing innovative diagnostic services nationally, today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Exalenz Bioscience, Inc., a medical device company specializing in the...

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