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Progress Made on a 'Bionic Pancreas' for Diabetics

June 16, 2014 9:03 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have made big progress on a "bionic pancreas" to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and... 

Nanoscale Composites Improve MRI

June 13, 2014 2:41 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Submicroscopic particles that contain even smaller particles of iron oxide could make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) a far more powerful tool to detect and fight disease. Scientists at Rice University and The Methodist Hospital Research...

mHealth Solution Wins Qualcomm QPrize

June 13, 2014 9:32 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, has announced the winner of its fourth annual QPrize 2014 international seed investment competition, at Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit in Sausalito, California...

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Panel Provides Unanimous Favorable Recommendation to FDA for Bard's Drug Coated Balloon

June 12, 2014 8:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

C. R. Bard, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Circulatory System Devices Advisory Panel provided a unanimous favorable recommendation to FDA for use of the Lutonix Drug Coated Balloon PTA Catheter (DCB)...

A Tiny Molecule May Help Battle Depression

June 9, 2014 9:41 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Levels of a small molecule found only in humans and in other primates are lower in the brains of depressed individuals, according to researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Institute. This discovery may hold a key to improving...

New Molecule Enables Quick Drug Monitoring

June 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Monitoring the drug concentration in patients is critical for effective treatment, especially in cases of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and immunosuppression after organ transplants. However, current methods are expensive, time-consuming...

Targeting Tumors Using Silver Nanoparticles

June 9, 2014 9:23 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have designed a nanoparticle that has a couple of unique — and important — properties. Spherical in shape and silver in composition, it is encased in a shell coated with a peptide that enables it to target tumor...

Researchers Use Living Systems as a Guide to Develop Advanced Technologies

June 6, 2014 11:39 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

How should we respond to technologies around us that are inefficient, wasteful, pollute our environment, and overburden our health care system? In their latest three three volume "Handbook of Biomimetics and Bioinspiration" published with...

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Micro-Needle Patches a Painless Shot-in-the-Arm for Future Vaccinations

June 5, 2014 2:25 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a patch that could one day replace the feared needle and syringe for vaccinations. The patch is made up of microscopic needles that pierce the outer layer of skin, allowing...

Short Nanotubes Target Pancreatic Cancer

June 5, 2014 2:21 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Short, customized carbon nanotubes have the potential to deliver drugs to pancreatic cancer cells and destroy them from within, according to researchers at Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Pristine... 

The Pulse: Sperm-Inspired Microbots and Seinfeld’s ‘Bro’

June 4, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re checking out Apple’s Health and Healthkit, developing sperm-inspired microrobots for biomedical applications, wearing the Bro (Manssiere), and growing cartilage from stem cells derived from fat tissue.  

3D Silicon Shapes Fold Themselves When Wetted by Microscopic Droplets

June 4, 2014 10:29 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands have taken the precise art of origami down to the microscopic scale. Using only a drop of water, the scientists have folded flat sheets of silicon nitride into cubes, pyramids...

New Challenges/Opportunities for Medical Device Manufacturers Forged by the ACA

June 3, 2014 4:04 pm | by Claudio Bellini, COO, COSMED USA | Blogs | Comments

Amid all the back-and-forth political discussion and controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act, one fact is clear: more people will have access to traditional healthcare services than ever before. And with that reality, it has become...

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Finding a Lower Cost Solution for World's 285 Million Visually Impaired People

June 3, 2014 3:00 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Projects to provide low-cost eyeglasses for people in the developing world and to develop a cell-death detector will share $25,000 in cash to further develop their projects as winners of the 2014 Discovery Competition. Washington University...

World's First Combined Glucose Sensor and Insulin Infusion Set for Diabetics Launches

June 3, 2014 10:37 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the European launch of MiniMed Duo, the world's first two-in-one breakthrough that combines a glucose sensor and insulin infusion set into one on-body device, simplifying integrated insulin pump therapy and...

Hydrogel Can Move Through Body Similar to a Worm

June 2, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Next time you spot an earthworm sliding through fresh dirt, take a closer look. What you're seeing is an organic movement called peristaltic locomotion that has been meticulously refined by nature. Jarod Gregory, an undergraduate student in...

'Quadrapeutics' Works in Preclinical Study of Hard-to-Treat Tumors

June 2, 2014 10:46 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

The first preclinical study of a new Rice University-developed anti-cancer technology found that a novel combination of existing clinical treatments can instantaneously detect and kill only cancer cells – often by blowing them apart – without...

Using Gold Nanoprobes to Unlock Your Genetic Profile

May 30, 2014 2:58 pm | by A*STAR | News | Comments

A fast and cost-effective genetic test to determine the correct dosage of blood thinning drugs for the treatment of stroke, heart problems and deep vein thrombosis has been developed by researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and...

‘Nanodaisies’ Deliver Drug Cocktail to Cancer Cells

May 28, 2014 1:52 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Biomedical engineering researchers have developed daisy-shaped, nanoscale structures that are made predominantly of anti-cancer drugs and are capable of introducing a “cocktail” of multiple drugs into cancer cells. The researchers are all...

Tangent Medical Receives CE Mark for the NovaCath Integrated IV Catheter System

May 28, 2014 9:48 am | by Tangent Medical | News | Comments

Tangent Medical an innovator of IV therapy products, announced it has received CE Mark approval for the NovaCath Integrated IV Catheter System. The approval demonstrates that NovaCath meets the safety, health and environmental requirements...

Advanced Assembly of Wearable Patch Pumps for Insulin Therapy

May 28, 2014 8:57 am | by Fabrico Medical | Articles | Comments

Wearable patch pumps and other “mechanized” drug delivery devices are often confused with less-sophisticated transdermal patches that are used to deliver drugs through the skin and into the bloodstream over a short period of time. Patch pumps...

Regulations Driving Adoption of Non-Phthalate Materials for Medical Tubing

May 27, 2014 3:25 pm | by Mark Brucks, Market Development Representative, Eastman Chemical Company | Eastman Chemical Company | Articles | Comments

With increasing pressure on device manufacturers to move away from DEHP in PVC, OEMs are seeking a plasticizer option that performs similarly without the related, potential health concerns. This article examines the trend, the regulations...

When Developing Medical Devices, Don’t Forget the Economic Advantages Compared to Expensive Drug Alternatives

May 27, 2014 3:03 pm | by Charlie Whelan, Senior Analyst, Healthcare & Life Sciences, North America, Frost & Sullivan | Blogs | Comments

Recent news stories about the high cost of two new drugs targeting Hepatitis C, Gilead’s Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Janssen’s Olysio (simeprevir), have raised the question of whether the U.S. healthcare system is on an irreversible track toward...

Artificial Lung the Size of a Sugar Cube

May 27, 2014 12:24 pm | by Fraunhofer Institute | News | Comments

What medications can be used to treat lung cancer, and how effective are they? Until now, drug companies have had to rely on animal testing to find out. But in the future, a new 3D model lung is set to achieve more precise results and...  

A Medical Alert for Women That's Not Only Wearable, but Downright Fashionable

May 23, 2014 11:42 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Stylish women's alert bracelet is now available for purchase from e-pill Medication Reminders. "The device has the ability to speak for the patient when they cannot speak for themselves in case of an emergency," explains Stefan Solvell... 

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