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5 Takeaways from Conversations with Leading Providers at HIMSS

April 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by Lindsay Sanchez, Citrix | Blogs | Comments

The HIMSS conference attracted 38,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors this year; an indication of the role HIT is predicted to play in healthcare transformation. However, the breadth of technologies displayed made you wonder how providers...

Photos of the Day: Stretchable, Stick-On Patient Monitoring Patch

April 4, 2014 11:00 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring. The new device was developed by John A. Rogers of Illinois and Yonggang...

The Pulse: Replacing a Skull with a 3D Printed Version

April 3, 2014 9:01 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we’re 3D printing a human skull for implantation, checking blood pressure with a patch, helping disabled children learn to walk, and monitoring pressure sores. This episode features:       

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Photos of the Day: Prosthetics for Syrians

April 2, 2014 11:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mustafa Ahmad, a 19-year-old who lost his leg in his hometown of Deir Hafer in Aleppo province in November 2011 when government warplanes bombed his neighborhood, is fitted with a prosthetic leg by a Lebanese prothesis supplier at the Syrian...

Photos of the Day: Self-Healing Muscle

April 1, 2014 10:54 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal muscle that looks a lot like the real thing. It contracts powerfully and rapidly, integrates into mice quickly, and for the first time, demonstrates the ability to heal itself both inside the...

Photos of the Day: Repairing the Heart Without Surgery

March 31, 2014 11:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead...   

Photos of the Day: Watson vs. Brain Cancer (Infographic)

March 28, 2014 11:20 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM and NYGC's computational biology experts are renowned for accelerating life sciences discoveries using deep analytical approaches and next generation information technologies. The system, expected to be deployed as a cloud-based...  

Photos of the Day: Designers Create the Operating Room of the Future

March 25, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The operating room of the future is being tested in an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication and better use of technology. Surgical residents train on ...     

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Photos of the Day: Artificial Arteries Measure Drug Influence

March 24, 2014 11:52 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new study, which involved 14 human subjects, used a device that simulated blood flowing through narrowed coronary arteries to assess effects of anti-clotting drugs. The study is the first to examine how aspirin and another heart attack prevention drug respond to ...

Photos of the Day: Dancing to Recovery

March 21, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Adrianne Haslet-Davis performs on stage with dancer Christian Lightner at the 2014 TED Conference, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Haslet-Davis took to the stage to perform for the first time since losing part of...

Photos of the Day: Shrinking Transistors for Smartphone X-Rays

March 20, 2014 11:18 am | by University of Utah | News | Comments

The new devices designed by the University of Utah engineers are the smallest microscale plasma transistors to date. They measure 1 micron to 6 microns in length, or as much as 500 times smaller than current state-of-the-art microplasma...

Photos of the Day: Shocking Kidney Stones

March 19, 2014 10:42 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

This lithotripsy machine shock wave lens was modified by Duke engineers to more efficiently break up kidney stones. Modifications included a groove cut around the perimeter and an alteration in geometry. Modern lithotripsy machines used to...

Photos of the Day: 3D Printing Life Saving Tech

March 18, 2014 10:18 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Garrett (the patient) is just the second person whose life was saved with a new, bioresorbable device developed at the University of Michigan by Glenn Green, M.D., associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology and Scott Hollister, Ph.D...

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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...

10 Essential Questions for Reevaluating Your Medical Device Assembly Process

March 14, 2014 12:14 pm | by Nordson EFD | White Papers

Medical device manufacturers that assemble devices and equipment must meet stringent FDA regulations for quality and product consistency, which makes rigorous process control essential. Fluids for medical device manufacturing can be extremely...

Photos of the Day: Walking to Improved Stroke Recovery

March 14, 2014 10:29 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Sangeetha Madhavan and Tai Tri Nguyen demonstrate gait training, part of their study of improving rehab for people recovering from stroke. They will test whether brain stimulation combined with gait training can improve patients’ ability...

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...

Photos of the Day: Worldwide Spending on Healthcare (Infographic)

March 13, 2014 10:42 am | by Emergo Group | News | Comments

The charts show the total global spending on healthcare in 2011 according to data compiled by the World Health Organization. They also show the growth in healthcare spending from 2001 to 2011 and in the regional share major economies in the...

The Pulse: Growing Stem Cells on a Chia Pet

March 12, 2014 4:39 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we’re making heart models for fewer recalls, taking vital signs with an iPhone, tracking activities with Moov, and finding a new way to grow stem cells ...             

Photos of the Day: First Ever Endoscopic Valve Replacement

March 12, 2014 10:26 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

Endoscopic surgery is already used by cardiovascular surgeons for procedures such as atrial septal defect repair and coronary artery bypass grafting. Now, Surgeons in France have ...          

Reassessing Risk in the Design Process

March 11, 2014 3:09 pm | by Brian Gough, Projects Director, IDC | Blogs | Comments

The recent change in ISO 14971:2012 Application of risk management to medical devices, requires a change to the way risk is assessed during the design process. Where user risk was once mitigated by the Instructions for Use (IFU), the IFU...

Photos of the Day: New Joints Not Just for Grandma Anymore

March 11, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About two of every 100 Americans now has an artificial joint, doctors are reporting. That's 4.5 million with a new hip and 6.7 million with a new knee, according to the first major study to look at how common these operations have become...

Photos of the Day: Smartphone Oximeter

March 10, 2014 10:14 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

LionsGate Technologies, a Vancouver-based social enterprise, has secured its first major financial backers to scale up development of the Phone Oximeter, an app and medical sensor that turns a non-specialist, community-level health worker's...

Photos of the Day: Lifesaving Bladder Sensor

March 7, 2014 11:28 am | by SINTEF | News | Comments

A small pressure sensor can make the difference between life and death. The first tests on humans will be carried out in April on patients with spinal injuries at Sunnaas Hospital. The tiny pressure sensor looks like a pinprick on the finger...

Photos of the Day: Robotic Drumming Prosthesis

March 6, 2014 11:04 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

Georgia Tech has created a robotic drumming prosthesis with motors that power two drumsticks. The first stick is controlled both physically by the musicians' arms and electronically using electromyography (EMG) muscle sensors. The other stick...

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