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Researchers Transplant Regenerated Esophagus

April 15, 2014 11:58 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

Tissue engineering has been used to construct natural oesophagi, which in combination with bone marrow stem cells have been safely and effectively transplanted in rats. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows that the transplanted...

Student Inventors Win More than $71,000 at Bench-to-Bedside Competition

April 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by University of Utah Health Sciences | News | Comments

University of Utah students competing in the Center for Medical Innovation’s Annual Bench-to-...

Studies Show Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 11:28 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part...

Photos of the Day: Body Parts from the Lab

April 11, 2014 11:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part...

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Bxtel Releases iPhone Tinnitus App

April 10, 2014 3:41 pm | by Bxtel | News | Comments

Bxtel LLC, maker of healthcare mobile apps, has announced the release of its tinnitus treatment app, Serene Ears. Tinnitus is most often an annoying ringing sensation that affects the hearing of up to 80% of all adults. Serene Ears soothes...

High-Tech Items Giving Deaf-Blind Online Access

April 8, 2014 3:59 pm | by Frank Eltman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tanisha Verdejo loves to surf the Internet for shopping deals. She chats on Facebook, learns about new recipes and enjoys sending emails to friends and family. Verdejo, who can't see or hear, could do none of that a year ago. The 40-year...

Seventh Grade Hearing Patient Raises $18,000 to Buy Hearing Aids for Other Young People

April 8, 2014 3:23 pm | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

Thirteen-year-old Eliza Peters owes her hearing to ear surgeries and hearing aids she received at Loyola University Medical Center. Now, Eliza is paying back by raising money for other children who need hearing aids, but cannot afford them...

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App Tackles Problem of ‘Glue Ear’ in Children

April 7, 2014 11:59 am | by Aston University | News | Comments

The main cause of temporary childhood deafness in young children is ‘glue ear’, which is prevalent during colder months. Known medically as otitis media with effusion, ‘glue ear’ is associated with a build-up of fluid in the middle ear. Around one...

iHear Medical Shatters Crowdfunding Goal with Innovative Web-Enabled Hearing Aid

April 3, 2014 9:58 am | by iHear Medical | News | Comments

iHear Medical today announced that it has shattered its Indiegogo crowdfunding goal three-fold with over 900 backers pre-ordering the world's first Web-enabled hearing aid. iHear products are available directly to consumers and can be ordered...

Speechvive Completes Funding to Move Speech Aid for Parkinson's Patients to the Public

April 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by Research Park News | News | Comments

SpeechVive Inc. announced Wednesday (April 2) the completion of nearly $700,000 in funding to move a speech aid innovation for people with Parkinson's disease to the public.Ambassador Enterprises, an Indiana-based for-profit philanthropic...

Covidien Endoscopic Ablation Therapy Effective in Treating Barrett’s Esophagus

March 26, 2014 11:07 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

An innovative Covidien technology is effective at treating Barrett’s esophagus (a precancerous condition of the esophagus), according to a clinical study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The March 25 JAMA publication announced results from the SURF Trial ...

Invisible Hearing Aid Raises over $100K

March 24, 2014 11:25 am | by iHear Medical | News | Comments

Only about 22 percent of people with hearing loss have a solution for their impairment, compared to over 95 percent for those with vision problems. iHear Medical Inc.--a medical device startup based in Northern California--is looking to change that.

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MRI Magnetic Fields Diagnose and Treat Balance Disorders and Dizziness

March 20, 2014 11:30 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Expanding on earlier research, Johns Hopkins researchers report that people with balance disorders or dizziness traceable to an inner-ear disturbance show distinctive abnormal eye movements when the affected ear is exposed to the strong...

Harnessing Everyday Motion to Power Mobile Devices

March 17, 2014 10:59 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Imagine powering your cell phone by simply walking around your office or rubbing it with the palm of your hand. Rather than plugging it into the wall, you become the power source. Researchers at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition...

Photos of the Day: Body-Powered Devices

March 17, 2014 10:57 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Zhong Lin Wang, Ph.D., and his team have set out to transform the way we look at mechanical energy. Conventional energy sources have so far relied on century-old science that requires scattered, costly power plants and a grid to distribute...

Top Five Sleep Apnea Research Findings

March 13, 2014 8:31 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

To coincide with today's World Sleep Day, ResMed, an innovator and pioneer in developing solutions for treating sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory conditions, highlights its pick for the top five research discoveries about...

Respicardia Receives Award For Top Cardiovascular Innovation

March 12, 2014 7:31 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Respicardia, Inc., a developer of implantable therapies to improve respiratory and cardiovascular health, announced that it has been awarded the Best Innovation of 2014 from Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) and CV Pipeline for...

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Blind Can 'Hear' Colors and Shapes

March 10, 2014 11:00 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

What if you could "hear" colors? Or shapes? These features are normally perceived visually, but using sensory substitution devices (SSDs) they can now be conveyed to the brain noninvasively through other senses. At the Center for Human Perception...

Danish Nasal Filter Looks Promising for Allergy Sufferers

March 7, 2014 10:30 am | by Aarhus University | News | Comments

A small filter the size of a contact lens could possibly make life easier for some of the estimated 500 million people worldwide who suffer from itching, sneezing and a runny nose as soon as the pollen season starts. A clinical study from...

Clinical Trial to Test New Tinnitus Treatment Device

March 6, 2014 2:57 pm | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

Researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health are launching a clinical trial to test a device that uses nervous system stimuli to rewire parts of the brain, in hopes of significantly reducing or removing tinnitus, a persistent...

New Discovery Paves the Way for Medicine for People with Hearing Disabilities

February 28, 2014 11:36 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified a biological circadian clock in the hearing organ, the cochlea. This circadian clock controls how well hearing damage may heal and opens up a new way of treating people with hearing...

Finalists Selected for Georgia Tech InVenture Prize

February 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The finalists for Georgia Tech’s sixth annual InVenture Prize competition, which will be aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting on March 26 at 7:30 p.m., have been announced. The InVenture Prize competition is designed to encourage and support...

Implementing an Effective Hardware Platform for Hearing Aids

February 27, 2014 2:23 pm | by Christophe Waelchli, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

As with the portable consumer electronics sector, hearing aid design is subject to pressures to enhance operational performance, add new functionality, and extend battery life, while simultaneously retaining compact form factors. This constant...

GN ReSound Launches ReSound LiNX, a Revolutionary Hearing Aid

February 25, 2014 10:54 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

ReSound LiNX launches in global markets today as a revolutionary hearing aid capable of streaming high-quality stereo sound from an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch without the need for an additional pendant-like device. Users can also customize...

Researchers Regenerate Sound-Sensing Cells in the Ears of Mice with Hearing Damage

February 20, 2014 2:52 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

One of the major causes of hearing loss in mammals is damage to the sound-sensing hair cells in the inner ear. For years, scientists have thought that these cells are not replaced once they're lost, but new research appearing online February...

New Innovations Spur Demand for 3D Printing in Medicine

February 20, 2014 5:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As Rainbow Coral Corp. works to market and develop an innovative new 3D bioprinting system, new 3D printing innovations are generating massive new demand for the technology from patients and doctors alike in the medical industry. Just days...

Boston Scientific Esophageal Stent Gains CE Mark

February 19, 2014 10:15 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark in Europe for its WallFlex Esophageal Fully Covered Stent to treat refractory benign esophageal strictures. Benign esophageal strictures are a narrowing of the esophagus caused by scar tissue...

Teleflex launches the Rusch DispoLED Laryngoscope Handle

February 14, 2014 7:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated, a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced the launch of the Rusch® DispoLED™ Single-Use Fiber Optic Laryngoscope Handle — a cost-neutral* way to combat cross-contamination...

Obamacare Boosts U.S. Market for Sub-Acute COPD Ventilators

February 13, 2014 3:19 pm | by IHS | News | Comments

Spurred by cost-reduction efforts under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. shipments of ventilators used for hospital patients undergoing sub-acute treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will rise by more than ...     

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