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Designing Medical Devices to Meet FDA Security Guidelines

December 13, 2013 3:18 pm | by Alan Grau, President and Co-Founder, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

The FDA and Department of Homeland Security recently issued an alert urging medical device makers and medical facilities to upgrade security protections to protect against potential cyber threats. This was issued in response to an ICS-CERT...

Through Emerald Lenses

December 13, 2013 2:43 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I had the pleasure of a media tour to Ireland. While weather-wise, the Fall is not the ideal time of year to visit the island (although as I was informed, you don’t go to Ireland for the weather), it was fantastic timing in terms...

Changing Medicine Through Technology

December 11, 2013 2:56 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices serve a number of purposes from the most mundane to the esoteric. Some are constantly being redesigned and updated to be more effective while others have remained little-changed for decades. Even bed pans—stainless steel...

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New Dementia Diagnosis Tools Possible with £5 Million Engineering Funding

December 11, 2013 10:01 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) | News | Comments

Health ministers from the G8 nations will meet in London today (11 December) to discuss the global health challenge posed by dementia. The summit aims to develop co-ordinated global action on dementia. One area of focus at the summit is... 

New App Measures Battery Life for Brain Stimulation Patients

December 11, 2013 9:44 am | by UF Health | News | Comments

For people with neurological disorders who use deep brain stimulators, a low battery can mean the return of mentally and physically crippling symptoms. Fortunately for some of these people, now there’s an app to assist with that. In fact, help...

The Ten Biggest Medical Successes of 2013

December 11, 2013 9:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

"One of These Rivals the Original Proof that Penicillin Works," Says Medical Trend Guru Stephen Shrewsbury. Medical science had a banner year in 2013, including a development, according to Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury, that offers the first long...

Power Management Systems for Mobile Medical Carts

December 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Michael J. Mardis, Technical Sales, Hoffman Engineered Systems | Articles | Comments

Most mobile carts feature onboard power systems equipped with single or multiple batteries intended to provide enough energy to run computers, displays, scanners and other devices for extended periods of time without recharging. Power systems...

Balancing Old and New Skills

December 10, 2013 12:35 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

To learn new motor skills, the brain must be plastic: able to rapidly change the strengths of connections between neurons, forming new patterns that accomplish a particular task. However, if the brain were too plastic, previously learned skills...

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Realistic 3D-Printed Models for Neurosurgical Training

December 10, 2013 12:09 pm | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | Stratasys Inc. | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, with collaboration from researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, announce the creation of a cost-effective two-part model of the skull...

Neural Prosthesis Restores Behavior After Brain Injury

December 10, 2013 11:56 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Scientists from Case Western Reserve University and University of Kansas Medical Center have restored behavior—in this case, the ability to reach through a narrow opening and grasp food—using a neural prosthesis in a rat model of brain injury...

Relieving Pain for Diabetes Patients with Neuropathy

December 10, 2013 10:48 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Is there anything more frustrating than waking up in the middle of a nice dream? Awakening in the middle of the night can negatively affect one's mood the next day. It's one thing to be roused by an alarm clock or persistent pet that wants...

NeuroMetrix to Partner with Omron Medical Devices for Distribution of NC-stat DPNCheck in China

December 10, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

NeuroMetrix, Inc., a medical device company focused on the treatment and management of the neurological complications of diabetes, announced that it had entered into an agreement with Omron Medical Devices, a subsidiary of Omron Healthcare...

Concussion Secrets Unveiled in Mice and People

December 9, 2013 11:42 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

There is more than meets the eye following even a mild traumatic brain injury. While the brain may appear to be intact, new findings reported in Nature suggest that the brain's protective coverings may feel the brunt of the impact. Using a newly...

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Henry Ford Hospital Performs First Minimally Invasive Laser Brain Surgeries in Michigan

December 9, 2013 10:38 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital have performed the first two minimally invasive laser brain surgeries in Michigan – one for epilepsy and one to treat a brain tumor. And in both cases the patients went home the day after the procedure. "These...

Boston Scientific touts high success rate, pain reduction with Precision Spectra spinal cord stim

December 6, 2013 2:00 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Boston Scientific unveiled new 3-month results on its Precision Spectra spinal cord stimulation system, saying the implant resulted in significant pain reduction at 3 months and an overall success rate of 94%. The report came from a retrospective...

EnteroMedics releases positive results from VBLOC pivotal trial

December 5, 2013 2:32 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

EnteroMedics revealed results for the 1st 18 months of its 5-year ReCharge pivotal trial for its VBLOC therapy, an implanted neurostimulator designed to help prevent obesity. VBLOC therapy limits signals from vagus nerve, which regulates...

Tune In, Turn On, Power Up

December 5, 2013 12:58 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Human beings don't come with power sockets, but a growing numbers of us have medical implants that run off electricity. To keep our bionic body parts from powering down, a group of Arizona researchers is developing a safe, noninvasive, and...

Telemedicine Brings Parkinson's Care to 'Anyone, Anywhere'

December 5, 2013 12:55 pm | by University of Rochester Medical Center | News | Comments

A new study shows that a neurologist in an office thousands of miles away can deliver effective specialized care to people with Parkinson's disease. For individuals with the condition – many of whom have never seen a specialist – these "virtual...

Sagentia Selected as Development Partner for SetPoint Medical’s Novel Neuromodulation Device to Treat Chronic Inflammatory Diseases

December 5, 2013 12:09 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Sagentia, a global technology and product development company, has been hired by SetPoint Medical to work on the development of the programming interface for a neuromodulation device. The device aims to provide patients with a lower risk...

The Pulse: Medical 'Ro-Butt' & Reinventing Healthcare

December 5, 2013 9:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are giving virtual prostate exams, teaching kids with autism, launching a new style of mobility device, and reinventing healthcare with L.A. billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. This episode features:   

Cognoptix President and CEO Paul Hartung named “Emerging Medical Technologies Innovator of the Month” by Life Science Intelligence®

December 4, 2013 3:23 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Cognoptix President and CEO Paul Hartung has been honored as “Emerging Medical Technologies Innovator of the Month” by Life Science Intelligence (“LSI”). The accolade comes on the heels of clinical data presented recently at the ‘Clinical Trials...

Molecular Sensor Detects Early Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

December 4, 2013 11:59 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

For some, the disease multiple sclerosis (MS) attacks its victims slowly and progressively over a period of many years. For others, it strikes without warning in fits and starts. But all patients share one thing in common: the disease had...

St. Jude Medical Begins US Study to Evaluate Combination of Peripheral Nerve Field Stimulation and Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Low Back and Leg Pain

December 4, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, has launched a clinical study to evaluate the combination of peripheral nerve field stimulation (PNfS), and spinal cord stimulation (SCS), to determine whether the two therapies together...

Predict Alzheimer's Disease Within Two Years of Screening

December 3, 2013 11:24 am | by Université de Montréal | News | Comments

In their study, Sylvie Belleville and her team accurately predicted (at a rate of 90%) which of their research subjects with mild cognitive impairment would receive a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease within the following two years and...

St. Jude Medical Launches US Study of New Prodigy Neurostimulator to Evaluate Burst Stimulation Technology for Chronic Pain

December 3, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, has initiated a clinical study of the Prodigy ™ neurostimulator, the first spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system able to deliver a proprietary mode of stimulation therapy called burst...

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