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Thyroid Cancer Cases Soar; Is It Overdiagnosed?

February 20, 2014 4:17 pm | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A dramatic rise in thyroid cancer has resulted from overdiagnosis and treatment of tumors too small to ever cause harm, according to a study that found cases nearly tripled since 1975. The study is the latest to question whether all cancers...

How Can Healthcare Providers Cut Expenditure in Cardiology?

February 20, 2014 3:07 pm | by Holly Ingram, Analyst, IHS Technology | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare expenditure has been increasing throughout the last decade, and is beginning to become unmanageable. The American Heart Association has estimated that, in 2010, spending on cardiovascular disease reached $273 billion dollars...

Kinetic Battery Chargers Get a Boost

February 20, 2014 10:40 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

New technology to capture the kinetic energy of our everyday movements, such as walking, and to convert it into electrical energy has come a step closer thanks to research to be published in the International Journal Biomechatronics and...

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An Essential Step Toward Printing Living Tissues

February 20, 2014 10:22 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A new bioprinting method developed at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) creates intricately patterned 3D tissue constructs with...

Photos of the Day: Bioprinting Living Tissue

February 20, 2014 10:21 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

In the human body, interconnected networks of fine blood vessels nourish tissue and remove waste. Jennifer Lewis and her team have developed a method for printing 3D tissue constructs that weaves multiple cell types within the extracellular...

The Connected Person and Healthcare

February 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by Alpesh Shah, Director of Global Business Strategy and Intelligence, IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

The advent of technology has pushed the concepts of healthcare to a different level. Areas of healthcare (diagnostic, well-being, assisted living) are benefitting from these technological advances today and for the unforeseeable future...

Steps to Position Your Supply Chain for Innovation and Growth

February 19, 2014 12:18 pm | by Denise Odenkirk, Senior Director, Industry Solutions, GHX | Articles | Comments

Multiple factors are converging in the medical device industry to drive manufacturers toward growth via mergers and acquisitions (M&A) versus relying solely on organic growth of their existing portfolios. One factor is the U.S. regulatory...

The Thousand-Droplets Test

February 19, 2014 11:40 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. While simple reactions already work in these simplest models of an artificial cell now a group of scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems...

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Single Chip Device Provides Real-Time 3D Images from Inside the Heart

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed the technology for a catheter-based device that would provide forward-looking, real-time, three-dimensional imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels. With its volumetric imaging...

Photos of the Day: Imaging the Heart from the Inside

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | by Rob Felt, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The device integrates ultrasound transducers with processing electronics on a single 1.4 millimeter silicon chip. On-chip processing of signals allows data from more than a hundred elements on the device to be transmitted using just 13 tiny...

Recent Diagnostic Ultrasound Acquisitions Light the Way for Positive 2014

February 19, 2014 9:32 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Major deals concluded within the diagnostic ultrasound imaging market throughout 2013 translate into “a year to look forward to” in 2014, as innovation is fueled by heightened demand in what has previously been considered a technologically...

'Mobile Health' Shows Big Potential from Small Beginnings

February 19, 2014 2:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Mobile connected health devices, such as blood pressure monitors and personal weighing scales, are showing strong increase in sales in European countries, despite still being a minority market. According market data from GfK, the number of...

Editorial Guidance

February 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I’m pleased to introduce the members of MDT’s first editorial advisory board. Representing the industry from supplier to medical device OEM to consultant, I’ve reached out to these individuals to help me tailor the scope of MDT’s editorial...

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Device Enables New Way to Prevent Some Strokes

February 18, 2014 12:33 pm | by Northwestern Memorial Hospital | News | Comments

Larry Ambrose woke up one night, wandered into his kitchen but couldn't completely read the time on his microwave. A few days later when he noticed his blood pressure was unusually high, he went to the hospital and was diagnosed as having...

Finding Ways to Detect and Treat Alzheimer's Disease

February 18, 2014 12:25 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Alzheimer's disease has long been marked by progress -- but not the kind of progress the medical community seeks. It is the most common form of dementia among older Americans, and its risk increases with increasing age; for those living with...

Thinking It Through: Scientists Seek to Unlock Mysteries of the Brain

February 18, 2014 12:13 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to this challenge, we will gain profound insights into what makes us human, develop new treatments for brain diseases, and build...

Test Could Predict Which Teen Boys Get Depression

February 18, 2014 11:52 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A saliva test for teenage boys with mild symptoms of depression could help identify those who will later develop major depression, a new study says. Researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in teenage boys and found that ones with...

Superbright and Fast X-Rays Image Single Layer of Proteins

February 18, 2014 10:53 am | by Mary Beckman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

In biology, a protein's shape is key to understanding how it causes disease or toxicity. Researchers who use X-rays to take snapshots of proteins need a billion copies of the same protein stacked and packed into a neat crystal. Now, scientists...

Study: Insertable Cardiac Monitors Detect Atrial Fibrillation in Stroke Patients Better than Standard Care

February 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced results from the CRYSTAL AF (CRYptogenic STroke And underLying Atrial Fibrillation) Clinical Trial, which found that continuous cardiac monitoring with the Reveal XT Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) was superior...

The Demand for Accuracy, Cost-Efficiency, and Versatility in Diagnostics

February 18, 2014 9:57 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The medical device industry is one of the single most important benefactors in allowing significant progress to occur in the medical field. Physicians and patients supply the demand, while medical devices supply the tools and means necessary...

It's Alive! Bacteria-Filled Liquid Crystals Could Improve Biosensing

February 18, 2014 9:43 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Plop living, swimming bacteria into a novel water-based, nontoxic liquid crystal and a new physics takes over. The dynamic interaction of the bacteria with the liquid crystal creates a novel form of soft matter: living liquid crystal. The...

A Revolutionary Portable Lab for Rapid and Low-Cost Diagnosis

February 14, 2014 2:27 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Do you remember James Bond film Casino Royale? After being poisoned, the agent uses a portable diagnostic kit to identify the toxic substance and alert his HQ in London. Such type of technology is not fiction anymore. European researchers...

Miami Hotels Use Technology to Help Sick Guests

February 14, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Miami hotels are teaming up with a program to offer out-of-town guests who are feeling under the weather a convenient way to hook up with a doctor. If travelers are suffering from anything from an earache to the flu, they can contact...

Study Disputes Value of Routine Mammograms

February 14, 2014 12:41 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not...

Point-of-Care Ultrasound Proves Accurate for Kids with Suspected Appendicitis

February 14, 2014 10:33 am | by Mount Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Using portable ultrasound as a first-line imaging study in kids with suspected appendicitis helps reduce emergency room length of stay and reduces the need for CT scans, according to a team of Mount Sinai researchers. Bedside ultrasound...

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