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Photos of the Day: Chemical Sensor on a Chip

June 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Using miniaturized laser technology, a tiny sensor has been built at the Vienna University of Technology which can test the chemical composition of liquids, like oxygen in blood ...            

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Vitals with Light

June 10, 2014 12:41 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

In a pair of papers published in The Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, groups of researchers from the Netherlands and Israel describe two new wearable devices that use changing patterns of scattered light to ...

Photos of the Day: Life-Saving Shirt

June 9, 2014 8:51 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems. The students say their design improves upon a wearable...

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Trends in the U.S. IVD Market: Market Segments and Conclusions

June 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the report, professional point-of-care diagnostics is the largest IVD segment in the U.S. and generates $3.6 billion in annual revenues. The volume of this segment reflects the high penetration of point-of-care testing products...

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.  

Photos of the Day: Stress Measuring Sensor

June 4, 2014 11:51 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

ParentGuardian combines an app and a sensor, as well as powerful computing, to detect stress and deliver research-based strategies to help decrease that stress. The interventions are based on Parenting Behavioral Therapy, which has been...

Photos of the Day: Eliminating the Expiration Date on Implants

June 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Empa | News | Comments

After a few years, many hip and knee joints have to be replaced. Much more complex are intervertebral disc implants, which cannot easily be replaced after their "expiry date" and which up to now have had to be reinforced in most cases. This...

Breaking Down the Regulation of LDTs

June 2, 2014 11:34 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I received a copy of a letter that Bradley M. Thompson, JD, and James A. Boiani, JD, attorneys at Epstein Becker Green, recently sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The attorneys sent this letter on behalf of the Combination Products...

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Photos of the Day: Putting Your Best Shoe Forward...in Space

May 29, 2014 10:43 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

To reduce the loss of bone and skeletal muscle strength experienced by astronauts during long duration spaceflight, NASA developed the ARED. The device provides crew members with the ability to perform weight-bearing exercises in space by...

Unique Device Identification: Three Steps to Compliance

May 29, 2014 9:59 am | by Nick Recht, Enterprise Product Manager, TEKLYNX Americas | Articles | Comments

In the medical device industry, accurate identification has never been more important. Failure to adhere to rules and regulations can be the difference between life and death for patients. Growing concerns about product recalls, counterfeit...

Photos of the Day: Treating Neuropsychological Illness in Vets

May 27, 2014 10:48 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

UCSF and MGH will oversee teams of physicians, engineers, and neuroscientists who are working together to develop advanced brain interfaces, computational models of neural activity, and clinical therapies for treating networks of the brain...

Trends in the U.S. IVD Market: Medicare Reimbursement and the Affordable Care Act

May 23, 2014 2:10 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the report, the continuing economic recovery and the expansion of the health insured population nationwide through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are expected to increase health expenditures beyond the U.S. economy’s growth rate...

Photos of the Day: How Wearable Technology Could Save Our Health (Infographic)

May 22, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

Smartwatches, wristbands, necklaces, clip-ons, smart clothing, and other wearable technology already exist. These gadgets can record vitals and send them to your doctor, revolutionizing healthcare...        

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3D Printing a Healthcare Revolution

May 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

3D printing is one of those truly disruptive technologies that comes along very rarely. It is remarkable how many different industry sectors it can touch and impact significantly. Healthcare is just one area where it is making a difference...

Photos of the Day: AI Glasses for the Blind

May 20, 2014 9:58 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

The navigation device consists of glasses with stereo sound sensors, GPS technology and a tablet, which guides the blind person to a specific point and avoids hitting static or moving obstacles, also recognizes money bills of various...  

Assessing FDA’s Crackdown of 23andMe

May 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last November, FDA ordered 23andMe (Mountain View, CA) to discontinue offering its direct-to-consumer DNA testing service, which provided individuals with assessments of their genetic risk for nearly 200 diseases. Many had praised 23andMe’s...

Photos of the Day: IBM Research Discovers New Class of Polymers (Infographic)

May 16, 2014 11:08 am | by IBM | News | Comments

Polymers are in most everything, yet this is the first new family of polymers created in decades. Scientists from IBM Research have successfully demonstrated these new polymers to have the following properties: Stronger than bone, lightweight...

6 Hidden Factors that Drive Commercially Successful mHealth App Publishing

May 15, 2014 10:26 am | by research2guidance | News | Comments

There are above the line factors that contribute to successful mHealth app publishing. These include getting featured on an app store, great design, usability and functionality of an app and highly visible advertisement campaigns. The success...

The Pulse: Patient Records Tattoo and Monitoring Metabolism

May 14, 2014 10:29 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re getting invisible tattoos containing our health information, using glucometers to track our response to food and exercise, helping patients with sleep apnea get untroubled rest, and developing the next generation...

Photos of the Day: Pegging Down a Cerebral Palsy Test

May 13, 2014 11:25 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

The DeXcellence device invented by senior engineering students at Rice University tracks the dexterity of cerebral palsy patients through their ability to move a Bluetooth-enabled cylinder through a series of tasks. The peg can be tracked...

Photos of the Day: Revolutionizing Prosthetics

May 12, 2014 11:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that enhances independence...

Trends in the U.S. IVD Market: Diseases and Testing Venues

May 12, 2014 9:06 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

My blog last week looked at a report released by Kalorama Information entitled, “The United States Market For In Vitro Diagnostic Tests.” This report examines the current state of the U.S. IVD market, analyzes the various emerging trends...

Photos of the Day: Body Parts 3D Printed by Masters

May 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Professor Dietmar Hutmacher holds a 3D printed breast scaffold. QUT's biofabrication research is well-advanced in printing 3D custom-made scaffolds using bio-ink infused with the patient's stem cells to enable the body to grow a new breast...

Photos of the Day: Pink Prosthetics

May 9, 2014 11:46 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Washington University in St. Louis seniors Kranti Peddada, Kendall Gretsch and Henry Lather designed and built a robotic prosthetic arm for 13-year-old Sydney Kendall. Sydney requested that her new arm be pink. Total cost: $200, a fraction...

Photos of the Day: 'Smart' Hydrogel Makes Room for Bone

May 7, 2014 12:10 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Brendan Watson, a graduate student at Rice University, led a project to create a hydrogel bioscaffold that is liquid at room temperature and instantly solidifies as it approaches body temperature. A second process allows the hydrogel to break...

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