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Growing an Esophagus

October 17, 2014 11:05 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles | News | Comments

In a first step toward future human therapies, researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have shown that esophageal tissue can be grown in vivo from both human and mouse cells. The study has been published...

Photos of the Day: Hearing with Google Glass

October 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Captioning on Glass allows a person to speak into a phone. The text is then displayed on Glass...

Google Glass Software Provides Captions for Hard-of-Hearing Users

October 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for...

After Watching Disturbing Video, CPAP Usage Soars

September 26, 2014 9:40 am | by National Jewish Health | News | Comments

Like more than 20 million other Americans, John Brugger has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He...

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Tonsil Stem Cells Could Someday Help Repair Liver Damage Without Surgery

September 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The liver provides critical functions, such as ridding the body of toxins. Its failure can be deadly, and there are few options for fixing it. But scientists now report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a way to potentially...

'Smart Material' Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing

September 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable...

AT&S, Soundchip, and STMicroelectronics Craft Innovative Bionic Ear

September 16, 2014 10:07 am | by AT&S, Soundchip, STMicroelectronics | News | Comments

AT&S, a leader in advanced packaging solutions, Soundchip SA, a Swiss-based innovator in wearable sound technology, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications...

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Cynosure Acquires Assets of RF Medical Device Manufacturer Ellman International

September 8, 2014 8:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cynosure, Inc., a leader in laser- and light-based aesthetic treatments for non-invasive and minimally invasive applications, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Ellman International, Inc. for approximately $13.2 million in...

APEX and ResMed Resolve Patent Disputes

September 5, 2014 2:35 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ResMed Inc. and APEX Medical Corp. have agreed to a confidential settlement resolving their outstanding patent disputes. Under the agreement, APEX has the right to sell and import globally its Wizard masks, as well as its XT and iCH flow generators...

FDA Clears Tinnitus Therapy System for Mobile Devices

September 4, 2014 10:11 am | by Otoharmonics | News | Comments

For use in temporarily relieving the symptoms of tinnitus, the Levo System is a personalized, neuroscience-based sound therapy. Leveraging the brain’s natural cognitive abilities, Levo identifies and maps an individual’s unique sound print...

Vygon Group Buys Medwin

September 2, 2014 11:19 am | by Andrew Lloyd & Associates | News | Comments

Vygon, the specialist single-use medical devices group, today announces its acquisition of Medwin, a company company based in southern France, specialized in enteral nutrition (feeding pumps) and related accessories. The financial terms of the...

Protein Glue Shows Potential for Use with Biomaterials

September 2, 2014 10:30 am | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

A paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials have shown that a synthetic protein called AGMA1 has the potential to promote the adhesion of brain cells in a laboratory setting. It is also cheaper and easier to produce...

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Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgical Navigation Systems

September 2, 2014 10:08 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Surgical Navigation Systems: Technologies and Global Markets, the global market for surgical navigation systems was valued at $419.7 million in 2013. Driven by the need for replacement of existing...

Testing Epoxy Fluxes for Hearing Aid Miniaturization

August 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by Tom Adams, Consultant, Sonoscan, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Breakthroughs in circuitry design have made adding new features easier than miniaturizing the hearing aid as a whole. This article follows the progress - as yet not entirely fulfilled - of one major hearing aid manufacturer in shrinking the...

'Tickling' Your Ear Could Be Good for Your Heart

August 20, 2014 11:07 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Stimulating nerves in your ear could improve the health of your heart, researchers have discovered. A team at the University of Leeds used a standard TENS machine like those designed to relieve labour pains to apply electrical pulses to the...

Hospital Implants New Hybrid Cochlear Implant in Patient Who Lost High Frequency Hearing

August 7, 2014 5:09 pm | by University Hospitals Case Medical Center | News | Comments

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is the first in Cleveland to implant a new type of cochlear device for adults who have lost the high frequency range of their hearing, but have retained the low frequencies with or without a hearing...

Researchers Develop Biomarker for Early Detection of Esophageal Cancer

August 7, 2014 5:06 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A research team led by Allegheny Health Network surgical oncologist Blair Jobe, MD, has developed and validated a four-protein serum biomarker panel that holds significant promise for early detection of esophageal cancer, a relatively rare...

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Medtronic Launches NuVent EM Sinus Dilation System for Fusion ENT Navigation System

August 4, 2014 8:36 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. has announced the launch of the NuVent EM Sinus Dilation System for the Fusion ENT Navigation System, developed and manufactured by the company's Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) division of its Surgical Technologies business. NuVent...

National Science Foundation Continues Support of Bacterial Robotics' Non-Surgical Tumor Treatment Product Development

July 24, 2014 9:25 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Bacterial Robotics, a biotechnology firm developing ViruBots and BactoBots, announces receipt of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase IB award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award is effective June 30, 2014...

Startup Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Encourage People to Re-think Ear Cleaning

July 23, 2014 10:31 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Oto-Tip, a non-abrasive spinning swab for cleaning ears better, currently has 29 days left in its Indiegogo campaign and has raised more than $9,500 of their $30,000 funding goal. The Oto-Tip has an automated flexible tip that moves in...

Fly-Inspired Sound Detector

July 22, 2014 11:25 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Even within a phylum so full of mean little creatures, the yellow-colored Ormia ochracea fly is distinguished among other arthropods for its cruelty -- at least to crickets. Native to the southeastern U.S. states and Central America, the fly...

Smell and Eye Tests Show Potential to Detect Alzheimer's Early

July 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Alzheimer's Association | News | Comments

A decreased ability to identify odors might indicate the development of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, while examinations of the eye could indicate the build-up of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer's, in the brain...

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...

Soundhawk: Not Your Grandma's Hearing Aid

July 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Mike Kisch, president and CEO of Soundhawk Corp., discusses the company's app-enabled hearing aid with Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock."                      

New Smartphone App Offers Easy and Inexpensive Solution for Hearing Screening

July 8, 2014 9:57 am | by University of Pretoria | News | Comments

An article published in the International Journal of Audiology on 7 July 2014 reports on an innovative smartphone app that will make it easier and cheaper to screen people, including young children and the elderly, for hearing loss. The...

Collaboration Enables Remote Monitoring of Sleep Apnea

June 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Telenor Connexion | News | Comments

In Europe, approximately 2 to 5 % of the population suffer from sleep apnea. The disorder is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep and this can cause drowsiness during the day as well as a broad spectrum of serious medical conditions...

Study to Test Possible Oral Cancer Detection Tool

June 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Department of Otolaryngology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center will collaborate on a pilot study to examine whether an abundance of naturally occurring antibacterial...

Smiths Medical Launches Tracheostomy Tubes for Neonates and Pediatric Patients in Europe

June 17, 2014 4:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today that its Portex Bivona FlexTend TTS tracheostomy tubes will now be included in the company’s standard product offering for European countries. The Bivona FlexTend...

FDA Clearance for Newest Model of WatchPAT Device

June 9, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Itamar Medical reported that the new and upgraded model of the WatchPAT, Itamar Medical's leading sleep apnea diagnostic device, has been cleared by the FDA. The FDA clearance came earlier than anticipated, and was announced at the Annual...

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