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CCS Medical Moves Forward as Medicare Winner

May 15, 2013 6:26 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective July 1, CCS Medical, a leading provider of home delivery medical equipment and supplies, will be one of only 18 Medicare mail order suppliers providing diabetic testing supplies nationwide.

Pentax Medical Launches Industry's Highest Resolution HD+ Imaging Technology for Flexible Endoscopy

May 15, 2013 12:12 pm | by PENTAX Medical Company | News | Comments

PENTAX Medical Company, a healthcare industry leader in endoscopic imaging, announces the U.S. launch of the EPK-i®5010 Video Processor with PENTAX i-SCAN™, the industry's highest* resolution HD+ imaging technology for flexible endoscopy.

Metal Allergy Test Performed Prior to Surgery

May 15, 2013 11:24 am | by National Jewish Health | Videos | Comments

Paula Spurlock was experiencing intense itching following hip replacement surgery. It turned out that she was allergic to the hip implant and the bone cement used to keep the implant in place. Now, a new test can help to prevent this type of problem for future patients who require an orthopedic implant.

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New Blood Test Finds Allergies Before Implant Surgery

May 15, 2013 11:19 am | by National Jewish Health | News | Comments

A growing number of patients learn of allergies to new hips and knees only after surgery is done. Imagine what Paula Spurlock must have been going through. Shortly after having a hip replaced in 2011, the trouble started. "I had horrible itching, really bad migraines and intense pain throughout my body," she said. "I couldn't take it. Every single thing in me itched."

ApoCell Announces Delivery of First Prototypes of ApoStreamT Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) Isolation Technology to National Cancer Institute

May 15, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ApoCell, Inc. announced that the first prototypes of its ApoStreamT circulating tumor cell (CTC) isolation system have been delivered to select investigator sites including SAIC-Frederick Inc. (SAIC-F)  in support of  the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The delivery is part of a $2.9 million ...

Emphasis on X-Ray Quality Spurs Adoption of Computed and Digital Radiography in Europe, Finds Frost & Sullivan

May 15, 2013 4:07 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

LONDON , May 15, 2013 /- The need to improve the efficiency and quality of X-ray examinations will drive healthcare facilities across Europe to install computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems. The emergence of retrofit systems based on flat panel technology has popularised DR systems, and will sustain investments in the European computed and digita...

Pitt Chemists Demonstrate Nanoscale Alloys So Bright They Could Have Potential Medical Applications

May 14, 2013 3:05 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Alloys like bronze and steel have been transformational for centuries, yielding top-of-the-line machines necessary for industry. As scientists move toward nanotechnology, however, the focus has shifted toward creating alloys at the nanometer scale—producing materials with properties unlike their predecessors.

Gov’t Stops Study Seeking to Prevent Type of Stroke

May 14, 2013 11:34 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The government has halted a study testing treatments for a brain condition that can cause strokes after early results suggested invasive therapies were riskier than previously thought. The condition involves a kind of tangle in the brain called an arteriovenous malformation, or AVM. Arteries and veins grow knotted together until eventually some of them burst, causing a bleeding stroke.

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How Can Advanced Imaging Studies Enhance Diabetes Management?

May 14, 2013 10:31 am | by Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics | News | Comments

New approaches to applying noninvasive imaging tests such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and positron emission tomography may play a bigger role in evaluating and managing patients with diabetes. Advances in noninvasive imaging technology can assess important changes in fat composition and distribution in the body that may affect the metabolic complications and diseases associated with diabetes.

Digital Mammography Cancer Detection Rates May Vary Significantly

May 14, 2013 10:03 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Digital direct radiography is significantly more effective than computed radiography at detecting breast cancer, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The findings are the first to show a difference between the two types of digital imaging when compared with screen film mammography and suggest that women should be informed of the potential for lower cancer detection with CR, the researchers said.

NVISION Laser Eye Centers First in the Nation to Offer Avellino-GENE Detection System Test to Protect Patients from Blindness

May 14, 2013 8:04 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Avellino Lab USA, developer of the only genetic test available worldwide for Avellino Corneal Dystrophy (ACD), today announced that California-based NVISION Laser Eye Centers is the first provider in the United States to offer patients...

A Material Argument: Ceramic Injection Molding

May 13, 2013 3:17 pm | by Dr. Rachael Ambury, Sales and Applications Engineer, Morgan Technical Ceramics. | Articles | Comments

Ceramic injection molded products are increasingly being used in the manufacture of innovative medical components and devices, thanks to the unique range of material and performance attributes. In this article, the material, its key features, and the growing range of applications for which it is suited are highlighted.

Why Medtech Startups Are Moving to Ireland

May 13, 2013 2:33 pm | by Eddie Goodwin, Manager, Boston Office, Enterprise Ireland | Blogs | Comments

It’s no secret that getting a medical device to market can be a lengthy, frustrating process. Facing the new medical device excise tax and lack of clarity from the FDA around regulatory policies, medtech startups are now starting to rethink launching in the U.S.

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Building Protocells from Inorganic Nanoparticles

May 10, 2013 11:00 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Bristol have led a new enquiry into how extremely small particles of silica (sand) can be used to design and construct artificial protocells in the laboratory. The work is described in an article published in Nature Chemistry.

Flawed Diamonds Promise Sensory Perfection

May 10, 2013 10:48 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

From brain to heart to stomach, the bodies of humans and animals generate weak magnetic fields that a supersensitive detector could use to pinpoint illnesses, trace drugs – and maybe even read minds. Sensors no bigger than a thumbnail could map gas deposits underground, analyze chemicals, and pinpoint explosives that hide from other probes.

NEC Display Solutions Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance on MD211C2 and MD211C3 Medical Diagnostic Monitors

May 9, 2013 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2013--NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the Food and Drug Administration 510(k) market clearance of the 21-inch MultiSync® MD211C2 and MD211C3 medical-grade monitors, built for...

Engineers Fine-Tune the Sensitivity of Nano-Chemical Sensor

May 9, 2013 10:56 am | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a technique for controlling the sensitivity of graphene chemical sensors. The sensors, made of an insulating base coated with a graphene sheet--a single-atom-thick layer of carbon--are already so sensitive that they can detect an individual molecule of gas.

Covidien Unveils Innovative Capnography Solution for OEM Partners

May 9, 2013 10:16 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, has launched the Microstream® MicroPod™ module. This is an important product for its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners that will help hospitals improve patient safety by expanding access to capnography technology.

mHealth Technology: Design and Development of Mobile Integrated Therapies

May 8, 2013 3:00 pm | by Paul Upham, Director of Product Marketing, WellDoc, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The primary care practitioner is well poised to be the central point-of-care, aiding a more holistic approach to the patient. However, the patient demand curve will quickly outstrip the supply of practitioners in even the best treatment models. An enhanced approach is necessary, one that enables patient self-management combined with efficiency tools for HCPs.

Varian Enables HIPAA Compliance and Optimizes Customer Service with the Axeda Machine Cloud

May 8, 2013 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Axeda Corporation, the leading provider of cloud-based service and software for managing connected products and delivering machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, today announced that Varian Medical Systems, a leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other...

Study Shows GenomeDx's Decipher™ Test Effectively Predicts Rapid Metastatic Prostate Cancer

May 8, 2013 1:30 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GenomeDx Biosciences today announced that data presented by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers at the 2013 Annual Meeting for the American Urological Association demonstrated that Decipher™, a transformative genomic test...

Exosome Diagnostics Presents Data Demonstrating Utility of Urine Exosome Technology to Predict Prostate Biopsy Outcome at American Urological Association Annual Meeting

May 8, 2013 11:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Exosome Diagnostics, a leading developer of biofluid-based molecular diagnostic products for use in personalized medicine research and clinical diagnostics, today announced the presentation of data at the American Urological Association Annual...

Biosensor that Detects Antibiotic Resistance Brings Us One Step Closer to Fighting Superbugs

May 8, 2013 10:40 am | by The Journal of Visualized Experiments | News | Comments

On May 8th, JoVE published research that demonstrates how a biosensor can detect antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This new technology is a preliminary step in identifying and fighting superbugs, a major public health concern that has led to more deaths than AIDS in the United States in recent years.

New Prostate Cancer Test Improves Risk Assessment

May 8, 2013 10:26 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

A new genomic test for prostate cancer can help predict whether men are more likely to harbor an aggressive form of the disease, according to a new UC San Francisco study. The test, which improves risk assessment when patients are first diagnosed, can also aid in determining which men are suitable for active surveillance.

Vast Majority of Americans Would Want to Know if They Have a Serious Illness or Injury, Even If There Is No Cure, New Survey Shows

May 7, 2013 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MALVERN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2013--Amidst ongoing national debate about healthcare costs, new research unveiled today by Siemens Healthcare shows that the vast majority of Americans (92 percent) agree that “the value of knowing exactly what is wrong with their health is as important as...

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