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Google Glass Could Help Stop Emerging Public Health Threats Around the World

February 27, 2014 9:35 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The much-talked-about Google Glass — the eyewear with computer capabilities — could potentially save lives, especially in isolated or far-flung locations, say scientists. They are reporting development of a Google Glass app that takes a picture...

Covidien Completes Acquisition of Given Imaging

February 27, 2014 7:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Covidien plc today announced that it has closed its acquisition of Given Imaging Ltd., providing the company additional scale and scope to serve a significant medical specialty, the multibillion dollar global gastrointestinal (GI) market. PillCam...

Gemalto Delivers Secure Connectivity for Innovative Health and Wellness M2M Hub

February 26, 2014 12:46 pm | by Gemalto | News | Comments

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces its Cinterion M2M technology is providing secure wireless connectivity for a next generation smart health and wellness M2M hub, developed by Vignet Corp. This award-winning and cost...

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Study: Mailing Free Tests to Patients' Homes Boosts Colon Cancer Screening Rates

February 26, 2014 11:06 am | by Kaiser Permanente | News | Comments

Colon cancer screening rates increased by nearly 40 percent when free stool tests were mailed to patients' homes, according to results of a pilot study published today in the journal BMC Cancer. The study, funded by the National Institutes...

New Blood Analysis Predicts Risk of Death

February 26, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

The general state of a person's metabolism can be diversely illustrated with a new scientific blood analysis. With the aid of the analysis biomarkers predicting short-term mortality have now been discovered. If a person belongs to a risk...

Photos of the Day: 3D Printing a Heart Prosthetic

February 26, 2014 10:55 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Engineers and materials scientists have created a 3D elastic membrane made of a soft, flexible, silicon material that is precisely shaped to match the heart’s epicardium, or the outer layer of the wall of the heart. Current technology is two...

3D Printer Creates Transformative Device for Heart Treatment

February 26, 2014 10:25 am | by Beth Miller, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Using an inexpensive 3D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could transform treatment and prediction of cardiac disorders. Igor Efimov, PhD, at the School of Engineering...

Bruin Biometrics Raises $10 Million Round

February 26, 2014 9:06 am | by Bruin Biometrics | News | Comments

Bruin Biometrics, LLC, a medical device company with two biometric sensing products ready for market in Europe and the United States, announced it has closed a $10 million round of funding which was oversubscribed by almost $2.7 million. The...

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A Paper Diagnostic for Cancer

February 25, 2014 11:53 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Cancer rates in developing nations have climbed sharply in recent years, and now account for 70 percent of cancer mortality worldwide. Early detection has been proven to improve outcomes, but screening approaches such as mammograms and...

New Diabetes Mobile Health Solution Saves Thousands of Dollars per Employee in Healthcare Costs

February 25, 2014 11:35 am | by Telcare | News | Comments

According to a peer-reviewed publication in this month’s issue of US Endocrinology, the use of a mobile healthcare solution for monitoring diabetes resulted in a $3,300 per person annual reduction in employee healthcare costs. The overall...

Diagnosing Group A Strep in Minutes with New Test

February 25, 2014 9:36 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD, a leading global medical technology company, announced today that it received 510(k) clearance and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Waiver from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Is (Part 2)

February 24, 2014 2:19 pm | by Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare | Articles | Comments

Many reports, papers, and studies have been written about the benefits of remote health monitoring, but when you look at the number of companies and institutions that are investing time and energy incorporating VSM (vital sign monitoring)...

Photos of the Day: Solar-Powered Cancer Test

February 24, 2014 12:18 pm | by Scientific Reports | News | Comments

By harnessing the sun’s power and employing a smartphone application, medical technicians may now handily administer reliable assays for Kaposi’s sarcoma, which has produced significant morbidity and mortality rates among adults and children...

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Sun Powers Complex Cancer Test for Remote Regions

February 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Blaine Friedlander, Cornell University | News | Comments

Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College researchers have remodeled an energy-intensive medical test – designed to detect a deadly skin cancer related to HIV infections – to create a quick diagnostic assay perfect for remote regions...

Researchers Find That Going with the Flow Makes Bacteria Stick

February 24, 2014 11:17 am | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine...

Medical Researchers Use Light to Quickly and Easily Measure Blood’s Clotting Properties

February 24, 2014 10:48 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Defective blood coagulation is one of the leading causes of preventable death in patients who have suffered trauma or undergone surgery. The body’s natural defense against severe blood loss is the clotting process, in which platelets, plasma...

Microparticles Show Molecules Their Way

February 24, 2014 10:21 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A team of researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Michigan/USA has produced novel microparticles, whose surface consists of three chemically different segments. These segments can be provided with different...

Welch Allyn and EarlySense Partnership Generates Wide Range of Monitoring Solutions to Enhance Patient Safety

February 24, 2014 9:02 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

EarlySense, the market leader in proactive patient care solutions, together with Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, announced today an ongoing strategic partnership...

Adapting Missile Defense Analytics for Early Sepsis Detection

February 24, 2014 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Using analytical technology developed to detect launched missiles, Lockheed Martin has discovered a way to identify sepsis, a potentially fatal blood condition, between 14 to 16 hours earlier than physicians currently do. "Vitals and lab data...

‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Is (Part 1)

February 21, 2014 2:55 pm | by Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare | Analog Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When the term “home health monitoring” was coined, the reference was not limited to the four walls we live between but rather to the monitoring of an individual’s vital signs when he or she was outside the hospital environment. Since the...

Star Trek Healing Devices Are Coming to Your Local Hospital

February 21, 2014 2:24 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are...

Blood Test Serves as 'Crystal Ball' for Heart Transplant Patients

February 21, 2014 12:26 pm | by Rachel Champeau, UCLA | News | Comments

A new UCLA-led study shows that a blood test commonly used to determine whether heart transplant recipients are rejecting their new organ can also predict potential rejection-related problems in the future. Reporting in the online edition...

Survey Reveals Real World Impact of Medical Device Tax

February 21, 2014 12:22 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has released new survey results examining the first-year impact of the medical device excise tax. The survey found a significant reduction in jobs, R&D, and U.S. investment. To...

New Apps May Help Detect Seizures, Treat Strokes

February 21, 2014 10:57 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Two new smart phone applications may help people detect epileptic seizures and get better stroke treatment, according to two studies released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in...  

Samsung, UCSF Partner to Accelerate New Innovations in Preventive Health Technology

February 21, 2014 8:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), one of the world’s premier academic medical centers, today announced a partnership to accelerate validation and commercialization of promising new sensors...

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