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Recall Report: Door Assemblies in Infusion Pumps May Break

May 5, 2014 10:02 am | by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) | News | Comments

Hospira received customer reports of broken door assemblies on the Abbott Acclaim infusion pumps and the Hospira Acclaim Encore infusion pumps. When the door is closed properly, it helps ensure that the tubing is seated properly to ensure...

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern...

First-of-its-Kind Medical Device Available to Patients Who Use Suppository Medication

May 1, 2014 10:40 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Jennifer Davagian Ensign, Founder & CEO of Cristcot Inc. today announced that Sephure, a first-of-its-kind disposable suppository applicator, is now available to the millions of people who require suppository medication therapy.  Although...

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Real-time Information From Drug Monitoring Systems Improves Regimen Adherence

April 30, 2014 10:32 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Most people want to take medications as prescribed, even if they sometimes need a little help remembering. For them, an automated system that monitors drug taking and provides feedback after the fact may be more useful than one that nags people...

Fluorescent-Based Tool Reveals How Medical Nanoparticles Biodegrade in Real Time

April 29, 2014 12:08 pm | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Nanoparticles have been heralded as a potential “disruptive technology” in biomedicine, a versatile platform that could supplant conventional technologies, both as drug delivery vehicles and diagnostic tools. First, however, researchers must...

Self-Expanding Medical Device for Implantable Drug Delivery

April 29, 2014 11:59 am | by TissueGen Inc. | News | Comments

TissueGen Inc., developer of cutting-edge biodegradable polymer technology for implantable drug delivery across a wide variety of therapeutic applications, today announced that the company has been issued a patent from U.S. Patent and...  

Properties of Water at Nanoscale Will Help to Design Innovative Biomedical Technologies

April 29, 2014 11:39 am | by Politecnico di Torino | News | Comments

Scientists from Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) and Houston Methodist Research Institute (Houston, USA) have just proposed on Nature Communications a novel understanding of unexpected water properties at the nanoscale in the close... 

Cloning Approach Makes Diabetes Stem Cell Advance

April 28, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a potential step toward new diabetes treatments, scientists used a cloning technique to make insulin-producing cells with the DNA of a diabetic woman. The approach could someday aid treatment of the Type 1 form of the illness, which is...

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Skin Grown from Stem Cells for Testing

April 25, 2014 2:55 pm | by King's College London | News | Comments

An international team led by King's College London and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) has developed the first lab-grown epidermis – the outermost skin layer - with a functional permeability barrier akin to real...

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the...

New Diabetes Therapy to Replace Insulin Injections

April 25, 2014 9:26 am | by Sernova | News | Comments

Last week, a New York Times article by Elisabeth Rosenthal accused the medical industry of, "borrowing business models from technology companies like Apple," pointing out that "the captive audience of Type 1 diabetics has spawned lines of...

Gene Therapy May Boost Cochlear Implants

April 23, 2014 3:37 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing. The approach reported Wednesday...

New Technique Can Monitor a Protein’s Subcellular Travels

April 23, 2014 11:07 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

In science, “simple and accessible detection methods that can rapidly screen a large cell population with the resolution of a single cell inside that population has been seriously lacking,” said Virginia Tech chemical engineer Chang Lu. In the Royal...

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Radiopaque Fillers: Making an Informed Decision

April 23, 2014 9:59 am | by Nick Norton, Inside Sales/Customer Service Representative, Compounding Solutions | Articles | Comments

Making the decision on a radiopaque filler to use in medical catheter tubing may not seem like a big deal, but the reality is that the choice you make can change the end result and properties. It is very important to know the differences between...

Electronic Transdermal Patch Is Winner at French ‘Worldwide Innovation Challenge’

April 22, 2014 10:58 am | by Rhenovia Pharma SAS | News | Comments

Rhenovia Pharma, a biotechnology company specialized in the application of biosimulation to the research and development of new medicinal products, today announces that its SMARTT e-Patch project has won an award at the ‘World Innovation...

Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission

April 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

It's a familiar trope in science fiction: In enemy territory, activate your cloaking device. And real-world viruses use similar tactics to make themselves invisible to the immune system. Now scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for...   

Fluke Biomedical Launches Portable, Specialized Infusion Device Analyzer

April 22, 2014 3:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fluke Biomedical announced yet another addition to its Infusion Device Analyzer portfolio, the IDA-1S Infusion Device Analyzer. The IDA-1S is a portable, battery-operated tool that allows for speedy verification of infusion device performance...

Powering the Next Generation of Medical Breakthroughs with In-Memory Computing

April 21, 2014 3:53 pm | by Nikita Ivanov, Co-founder and CTO, GridGain | Blogs | Comments

The amount of data and number of sources that can be drawn to inform medical design is expanding exponentially. In addition to the explosion of web-based information, sensor-based wearable medical devices offer a treasure trove of health...

Hardware-Based Solutions Counter Medical Device Security Concerns

April 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Renesas Electronics Corporation | Articles | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep...

Biomarker Test Kit Predicts Patients' Response to Drugs

April 21, 2014 7:32 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory and cancer diseases, announced today it has signed an agreement with Smart Assays to develop a commercial biomarker...

Micro-Organs to Shape the Future of Personalized Medicine

April 17, 2014 5:05 pm | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing an artificial liver as part of a larger system of synthetic organs being built to test drugs. If successful, the technology will not only change the way drugs are developed and tested, but...

Biomedical Applications of Shape-Memory Polymers: How Practically Useful Are They?

April 17, 2014 10:52 am | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Polymers that exhibit shape-memory effect (SME) are an important class of materials in medicine, especially for minimally invasive deployment of devices. Professor Subbu Venkatraman and his group from School of Materials Science and...  

App-t Development for Next Generation Healthcare

April 16, 2014 2:38 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I am a recent addition to the “smartphone revolution.” While I never doubted the usefulness of these devices, I was simply steadfast in holding out for a reduction in data rates. I figured that with more users adopting smartphones, eventually...

Smartphone Apps Remind Patients to Take Their Meds

April 16, 2014 2:13 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Medicine only helps if you take it properly. And adhering to an exact schedule of what to take, and when, can be challenging for patients who are forgetful or need to take several medications. Doctors warn about the consequences and urge...

Photos of the Day: Commercializing 3D Printed Organs

April 16, 2014 10:56 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A University of Oxford spin-out, OxSyBio, will develop 3D printing techniques to produce tissue-like synthetic materials for wound healing and drug delivery. In the longer term the company aims to print synthetic tissues for organ repair...

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