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Sunshine Act Will Reveal Manufacturers’ Payments to Docs in September

July 11, 2014 2:04 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

When many of us have a medical appointment we're concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What's our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. That's because nearly...

Making a Wire-Free Future

July 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of...

Tiny DNA Pyramids Enter Bacteria Easily — and Deliver a Deadly Payload

July 9, 2014 3:18 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Bacterial infections usually announce themselves with pain and fever but often can be defeated with antibiotics — and then there are those that are sneaky and hard to beat. Now, scientists have built a new weapon against such pathogens in...

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Applying the Data Distribution Service in an IoT Healthcare System

July 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, PrismTech | Blogs | Comments

In my last post, I described how the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard is used to provide ubiquitous access to clinical measurements. In this post, I will be introducing the foundations of this enabling technology that can allow healthcare...

ON-Q and the Evolution of Post-Surgical Pain Management

July 8, 2014 12:10 pm | by Gary Aurin, Research & Engineering Manager, I-Flow | Articles | Comments

Historically, post-surgical pain has been primarily treated with narcotics which can cause patients unpleasant side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation and grogginess. The data also suggests that taking them may pose the risk of...

MediSafe Releases 1st Medication Management App for Android Wear Smartwatches

July 8, 2014 10:54 am | by MediSafe | News | Comments

At Google’s I/O Developer Conference last month, MediSafe expanded its leading medication management platform to include wearables, becoming the first mobile health app on Google’s just-announced suite of Android Wear smartwatches. Users...

Infographic: Insulin Pumps Beat Injections in Type 2 Diabetes Management

July 7, 2014 11:17 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

In the OpT2mise trial, those using insulin pumps achieved a mean A1C (average blood glucose) reduction of 1.1 percent compared to only a 0.4 percent reduction by those using multiple daily injections. This improvement in glucose control was...

Type 2 Diabetes Patients Achieve Superior Outcomes with Insulin Pumps vs. Multiple Daily Injections

July 7, 2014 11:17 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

As an example of its commitment to improving clinical outcomes for all people with diabetes, Medtronic, Inc. has announced the results of the OpT2mise trial, which showed that MiniMed insulin pumps safely achieve better glucose control for...

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Tiny Submarines Make Cell Delivery

July 2, 2014 3:44 pm | by Marie Guma-Diaz, University of Miami | News | Comments

With the need for very small devices in therapeutic applications continuing to grow, demand for the development of nanoparticles that can transport and deliver drugs to target cells in the human body is reaching new heights. Recently, a team...

Implantable Ring Shows Promise for HIV Prevention

July 2, 2014 3:05 pm | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

A novel intravaginal ring implanted with anti-retroviral drug tablets, or pods, demonstrated sustained and controlled drug release and safety over 28 days, according to a paper published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy...

Advancing Medicine, Layer by Layer

July 2, 2014 9:54 am | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Personalized cancer treatments and better bone implants could grow from techniques demonstrated by graduate students Stephen W. Morton and Nisarg J. Shah, who are both working in chemical engineering professor Paula Hammond's lab at MIT...

Engineered Red Blood Cells Could Carry Precious Therapeutic Cargo

July 1, 2014 3:38 pm | by Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research | News | Comments

Whitehead Institute scientists have genetically and enzymatically modified red blood cells to carry a range of valuable payloads—from drugs, to vaccines, to imaging agents—for delivery to specific sites throughout the body. "We wanted to...

Scientists Engineer Nanoparticles to Prevent Bone Cancer, Strengthen Bones

July 1, 2014 3:12 pm | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

A research collaboration between Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) has utilized nanomedicine technologies to develop a drug-delivery system that can precisely target and attack cancer cells in the...

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Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots Walk on Command

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function. The group...

Photos of the Day: Bio-Bots Could Stroll Through the Body

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Tiny walking “bio-bots” are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field. The new bio-bots are powered by a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. This gives the researchers a simple way to control the...

FDA Approves Inhalable Diabetes Drug Afrezza

June 30, 2014 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels during meals. The FDA cleared MannKind Corp.'s Afrezza, a fast-acting form of insulin, for...

2014/2015 Buyers' Guide Digital Edition

June 26, 2014 4:57 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

The MDT Buyers' Guide is a comprehensive directory that includes an array of technology and service categories critical to designers and manufacturers of medical devices. From products to services, the Guide covers a full range of resources needed...

Fighting Disease, Cancer with Nanoparticles and Lasers

June 25, 2014 9:51 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

UT Arlington physics researchers may have developed a way to use laser technology to deliver drug and gene therapy at the cellular level without damaging surrounding tissue. The method eventually could help patients suffering from genetic...

GlobalData Analysts: Strategic Benefits, Not Tax Avoidance, the Main Motivation for Medtronic Megadeal

June 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Medtronic’s $42.9 billion merger with Covidien, which created last week the world’s largest medical devices company, was primarily motivated by future market gains rather than tax inversion, according to analysts with research and consulting...

Delivering Drugs on Cue

June 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | News | Comments

Current drug-delivery systems used to administer chemotherapy to cancer patients typically release a constant dose of the drug over time — but a new study challenges this "slow and steady" approach and offers a novel way to locally deliver...

Drug-Eluting Patch Stops Scar Growth and Reduces Scar Tissues

June 23, 2014 2:35 pm | by World Scientific | News | Comments

Scars — in particular keloid scars that result from overgrowth of skin tissue after injuries or surgeries — are unsightly and can even lead to disfigurement and psychological problems of affected patients. Individuals with darker pigmentation...

Next-Generation Artificial Pancreas System Gears Up for Test Drive

June 23, 2014 2:16 pm | by JDRF | News | Comments

For several years, JDRF-funded researchers at the University of Virginia Center for Diabetes Technology have been hard at work designing an artificial pancreas system that would allow individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to go about their...

Engineering Newswire: Kicking Cancer Sticks with a Wearable

June 19, 2014 5:11 pm | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re kicking cancer sticks with a new wearable, developing the wind tracer at Lockheed Martin, and playing videos games, with your pee.             

Professor Develops Verification Tool for Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems

June 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Kim Gudeman, CSL | News | Comments

Over the past few decades, information systems have increasingly replaced human operators and processes, with technology assisting in everything from flying aircraft to regulating heartbeats. As the movement toward more autonomous systems...

MedTech Prices Lag Behind CPI, Other Medical Goods

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

Medical technology prices continue their trend of consistently low growth, increasing at approximately one-third the rate of prices in the overall economy and one-fifth the rate of prices for other medical goods and services over a 23-year...

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