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Blood Test for Asthma Attacks Brought on by a Cold

December 1, 2014 9:44 am | by Medical University of Vienna | News | Comments

People who have asthma generally suffer worse with colds caused by rhinoviruses than other people do. There are also asthmatics and patients with the severe lung condition COPD in whom the cold virus can trigger serious flare-ups of their condition...

Lab Group Hires Lawyers for LDT Fight

December 1, 2014 9:23 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) has retained former Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, a partner with Bancroft PLLC, and Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University...

Non-Invasive Device Helps in Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease

December 1, 2014 9:07 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the HeartFlow FFR-CT software, which permits health care professionals to non-invasively evaluate blood flow in the coronary arteries of patients showing signs and symptoms of coronary...

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Medical Device in Urinals Detects Dehydration

December 1, 2014 8:50 am | by Emily Charrison, Flinders University | News | Comments

Dehydration can be a serious health issue for Australia’s mining industry, but a new product to be developed with input from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is set to more effectively help mine managers implement their...

First FDA-Approved Stool DNA Screening Test Gains Support

November 26, 2014 12:14 pm | by Exact Sciences Corp. | News | Comments

Exact Sciences Corp. announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued its final payment decision regarding Cologuard and will reimburse it at $502 per test. Cologuard is the first and only FDA-approved noninvasive stool...

A MedTech Thanksgiving Tale

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Not so long ago, the collective nations of the medtech Native Americans co-existed in relative peace in a land far from all others. Sure, there was the occasional squabble between tribes, while other times, one tribe would absorb a smaller tribe into...

Prepping for the Next Major Epidemic

November 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster. "It's really urgent that we address the weak links and...

IBM Wants a DNA Reader in Every Doctor’s Office

November 24, 2014 11:26 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. "Our goal is to put...

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A Genetic Test for Endometriosis

November 24, 2014 11:17 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

Researchers at UC San Francisco have identified patterns of genetic activity that can be used to diagnose endometriosis and its severity, a finding that may offer millions of women an alternative to surgery through a simple noninvasive procedure...

WHO: Ebola IVDs Urgently Needed

November 24, 2014 9:00 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released an assessment of the Ebola virus situation. In its assessment, WHO stressed that IVDs for Ebola are “urgently needed.” “The goal of interrupting chains of Ebola virus transmission depends...

Cancer Biomarker and Drug Delivery System in One

November 21, 2014 11:48 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU Singapore) has invented a unique biomarker with two exceptional functions. First, it lights up when it detects tumor cells to allow scientists to take a better look. And it can also release anti-cancer...

Genetic Test for Eye Disorders Proves Very Effective

November 21, 2014 11:19 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Investigators at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and colleagues reported the development and characterization of a comprehensive genetic test for inherited eye disorders in the online version of...

Friday 5: Don Labriola of QuickSilver Controls Speaks on Automated Healthcare

November 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

According to Labriola, he “grew up” at Beckman (now under Danaher), starting with the company at age 17 and worked there for the next 20 years of his career. Most of his time was spent in the Medical Diagnostics Group. “I worked on the electronics...

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Converging Medical Device, Drug, and Biotech Companies

November 21, 2014 7:30 am | by Michael Drues, Founder & President, Vascular Sciences | Blogs | Comments

Most device development is evolutionary, (i.e., come out with one device, tweak it a bit to make a new device, etc.) I understand the advantages of evolutionary device development from a technology perspective, from a business perspective...

Top 10 from Medica & CompaMed

November 20, 2014 2:37 pm | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Welcome to MDT’s Top 10 list from the Medica and Compamed shows, which took place in Dusseldorf, Germany. This was my first visit to the event, so to say it was overwhelming, yet fantastic, would be an understatement. Watch my list of the ten best things I saw.

Computer Model to Better Understand Gastrointestinal Disease

November 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Tufts University | News | Comments

Tufts University School of Engineering researchers and collaborators from Texas A&M University have published the first research to use computational modeling to predict and identify the metabolic products of gastrointestinal tract microorganisms...

Handheld Ultrasounds Improve Physical Diagnosis

November 20, 2014 10:30 am | by The Mount Sinai Hospital | News | Comments

A new study by researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that training medical students to use a handheld ultrasound device can enhance the accuracy of their physical diagnosis. The study was presented November 18 at the American...

Working More Closely With Hospital Systems and Payers

November 20, 2014 7:30 am | by Michael Pereira, Senior Vice President of Technology & Operations, Ximedica | Ximedica | Blogs | Comments

Innovations are occurring from multiple paths, all fueled from a consumerization of the medical industry. Our expectations as patients, or as clinicians, or even as payers are changing what is acceptable coming from the medical device industry...

Maintenance-Free Clinic Box for Clinical Monitoring Processes

November 19, 2014 7:17 pm | by Kontron America Inc. | Kontron America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron, a leading supplier of embedded computing technology, introduces the new Clinic-BPC B-101 for clinical processes. The system was developed specifically for applications in the medical environment, in particular for use close to patients. The PC stands out thanks to easy...

Making the Case for Reusable Custom Cases

November 19, 2014 5:11 pm | by Tim Jennings, CEO, EPS | Articles | Comments

Customized cases provide medical device manufacturers and health care professionals with durable, sustainable and secure options for the transport, storage, and end use of expensive medical equipment. Available in countless configurations...

MIT Student Hacks Health Care

November 19, 2014 4:03 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For as long as she can remember, Andrea Ippolito has known that she wanted to be an engineer. What she couldn’t have predicted was what, precisely, the scope and scale of her work would turn out to be. Ippolito began her career at Boston Scientific...

Making Health Care More Accessible with Flexible Electronics

November 19, 2014 3:25 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Flexible electronic sensors based on paper -- an inexpensive material -- have the potential to some day cut the price of a wide range of medical tools, from helpful robots to diagnostic tests. Scientists have now developed a fast, low-cost way of making these...

Preventing and Reducing Hospital Admissions

November 19, 2014 7:30 am | by Marc Dubreuil, Vice President of Business Development, Farm Design | Blogs | Comments

We are beginning to see more integration of capabilities in order to provide imaging, diagnostics, and tissue manipulation within a single device and procedure. This allows the clinician, after confirming suspicious tissue, to biopsy, ablate...

Blood Test Warns of Kidney Transplant Rejection

November 18, 2014 3:22 pm | by IDIBELL-Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and doctors at University Hospital of Bellvitge, together with a team of researchers from the University of California, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, California Pacific Medical...

Technology ‘Lights Up’ Cancer in the Blood

November 18, 2014 2:57 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Metastasis is bad news for cancer patients. Northwestern University scientists now have demonstrated a simple but powerful tool that can detect live cancer cells in the bloodstream, potentially long before the cells could settle somewhere in...

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