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FDA 510(k) Clearance for Philips’ Ultra Mobile VISIQ Ultrasound System

July 24, 2014 12:15 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Royal Philips has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its innovative ultra mobile ultrasound system, VISIQ, in the U.S. VISIQ is the first Philips ultrasound system to combine...

Why Remote-Controlled Birth Control Will Be the Next Big Thing

July 22, 2014 3:31 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control...

Sagentia Partners with Premaitha Health to Develop Non-Invasive Diagnostic for Prenatal Screening

July 21, 2014 9:41 am | by Sagentia | News | Comments

Sagentia, a leading global science, technology & product development company, is working...

Why Contraception by Remote Control Is a Troubling Idea

July 14, 2014 10:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

Forget about remembering to take a contraceptive pill. In just a few years, keeping track of...

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Making Embryos from Three People Doesn't Look Unsafe

June 3, 2014 3:58 pm | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Britain's fertility regulator says controversial techniques to create embryos from the DNA of three people "do not appear to be unsafe" even though no one has ever received the treatment, according to a new report released Tuesday. The report...

Precision-Guided Epidurals and Better Blood Monitors

May 28, 2014 9:23 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

The march of modern medicine is often driven by revolutions in medical imaging. When technology advances, doctors are better able to peer deeply into human tissues, and thus able to detect, diagnose and treat human diseases more effectively...

Regulations Driving Adoption of Non-Phthalate Materials for Medical Tubing

May 27, 2014 3:25 pm | by Mark Brucks, Market Development Representative, Eastman Chemical Company | Eastman Chemical Company | Articles | Comments

With increasing pressure on device manufacturers to move away from DEHP in PVC, OEMs are seeking a plasticizer option that performs similarly without the related, potential health concerns. This article examines the trend, the regulations...

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Canada Funds 65 Innovative Health Projects to Help Save Every Woman, Every Child

May 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announces investments of $12 million in projects worldwide, aimed squarely at improving the health and saving the lives of mothers, newborns and children in developing countries...

Boston Scientific to Acquire IoGyn Inc.

May 7, 2014 11:42 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IoGyn, Inc., a pre-commercial stage company. The transaction is expected to close within days. IoGyn has developed and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Endo to Pay $830M to Settle Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits

April 30, 2014 6:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drug and medical device maker Endo International says it will pay $830 million to resolve roughly 20,000 personal lawsuits from patients who say they were injured by the company's vaginal mesh implants. The Irish company said in a statement...

J&J Halts Sale of Electric Fibroid Removal Devices

April 30, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson is halting sales of devices used to remove growths in the uterus following a government warning that the electronic surgical tools can inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The announcement comes one...

FDA Addresses Surgical Mesh Risks for Transvaginal Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

April 29, 2014 10:16 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued two proposed orders to address the health risks associated with surgical mesh used for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). If finalized, the orders would reclassify surgical...

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FDA Approves First Human Papillomavirus Test for Primary Cervical Cancer Screening

April 25, 2014 9:56 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first FDA-approved HPV DNA test for women 25 and older that can be used alone to help a health care professional assess the need for a woman to undergo additional diagnostic testing...

FDA Warns of Cancer Risk with Fibroid Procedure

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the...

DNA Alternative to Pap Smear Sparks Medical Debate

April 15, 2014 1:53 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear. The new...

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 from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy...

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 from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy...

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Transvaginal Mesh Patient Awarded $1.2 Million in Ethicon Mesh Lawsuit, Announces Baron and Budd

April 4, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dallas jury found transvaginal mesh manufacturer Ethicon and its parent company Johnson & Johnson liable for defects associated with the company’s TVT-O transvaginal mesh sling. The mesh patient, Linda Batiste, was awarded $1.2 million...

Researchers One Step Closer to Ovarian Cancer Marker

March 11, 2014 5:18 pm | by UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center | News | Comments

The hunt is on to find biomarkers that detect cancer, but it’s a challenging process. Early successes often are followed by heartbreaking failures. But now, researchers at UC Davis have verified that glycans (sugars attached to proteins) can...

Clinical Trial Identifies Women Most Likely to Benefit from Vaginal Mesh Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:22 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

Certain women with vaginal prolapse are most likely to benefit from undergoing vaginal mesh surgery, a technique that has become controversial and is the focus of numerous lawsuits. The findings, which are published early online in Ultrasound...

Philips tests innovative telehealth solution for pregnant women

March 11, 2014 5:28 am | by Philips Electronics | News | Comments

Royal Philips Indonesia today officially announced its pilot-project in collaboration with local hospital group Bundamedik, the city government of Padang and the Ministry of Health, to address the increasing concern of maternal mortality...

New Sugar-Test to Reduce False-Positive Cancer Diagnoses

March 10, 2014 11:59 am | by University of Copenhagen | News | Comments

The world’s most widespread test for ovarian cancer reports false-positives in 94 of 100 diagnosed cases. Now, chemists at the University of Copenhagen working with clinical researchers at University College London have developed a method...

Smartphone App Reads Blood Oxygen Levels

March 10, 2014 10:15 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Private and public investors are injecting $2 million into a Canadian mobile health innovation that offers hope of preventing thousands of deaths and improving the health of expectant mothers, newborns and children throughout the developing...

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...

Four Women with New Wombs Are Trying to Get Pregnant

March 3, 2014 10:58 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant. He would not say on Monday whether any of the women are pregnant. Since 2012, nine women have received...

Another Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Goes to Trial in W.Va.

February 14, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another lawsuit involving pelvic mesh has gone to trial in West Virginia. Media outlets report that jury selection began Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. A dozen plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in Texas in 2012. It is among about...

Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy Reduces Hospital Readmission Rates and Associated Costs

February 5, 2014 1:36 pm | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

New research finds that women with benign disease undergoing robotic-assisted hysterectomy are significantly less likely to be readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of their procedure than women receiving laparoscopic, abdominal (open)...

Photos of the Day: Robo-Sperm, Medical Miniaturization, and Stephen Colbert

January 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by Institute for Integrative Nanosciences | News | Comments

A new biohybrid micro-robot is developed by capturing bovine sperm cells inside ferromagnetic microtubes that use the motile cells as driving force. These micro-bio-robots can be remotely controlled by an external magnetic field. The performance...

Swedish Doctors Transplant Wombs into Nine Women

January 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Malin Rising and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed. The women were born without a uterus or had it... 

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