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Cancer Device Gets Stronger Warning from FDA

November 24, 2014 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. regulators have strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients. The Food and Drug Administration is updating...

A Genetic Test for Endometriosis

November 24, 2014 11:17 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

Researchers at UC San Francisco have identified patterns of genetic activity that can be used to...

Possible Sigh of Relief for Detecting Preemie Breathing Issues

November 24, 2014 10:54 am | by University of Connecticut | News | Comments

Babies start breathing in the womb, inhaling and exhaling irregularly at first, and then...

Top 10 from Medica & CompaMed

November 20, 2014 2:37 pm | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Welcome to MDT’s Top 10 list from the Medica and Compamed shows, which took place in Dusseldorf...

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Getting to the Heart of Disease Diagnosis During Pregnancy

November 17, 2014 9:24 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

The new portable device is able to detect both the electrical activity emitted by the heart of the mom as from the unborn baby’s. A group of students from the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico (UAM-I) developed a technological...

Diagnosing Diseases in Pre-Term Babies with Their Diapers

November 10, 2014 11:31 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

She woke up in her hospital room feeling nothing short of desperation. Katie Brenner remembered giving birth to a tiny daughter hours earlier but the doctors and nurses had whisked the preterm infant away for care. She hadn’t seen little Ruthie...

Dyson Awards Low Cost Incubator for Premature Babies

November 7, 2014 9:54 am | by Dyson | News | Comments

Over one in ten babies worldwide are born prematurely. According to the World Health Organization, 75% of deaths resulting from premature birth could be avoided if inexpensive treatments were more readily available across the globe. This year’s James Dyson Award winner...

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How Do We Make the Breast Pump ‘Not Suck’?

October 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When I read the recent news item about MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon,” I thought it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time in my life. Having just had a baby under seven months ago, and trying to continue a regular...

Photos of the Day: 'Hacking' the Breast Pump

October 17, 2014 12:23 pm | by MIT News | News | Comments

Over the course of a weekend, some 150 engineers, designers, developers, and health care professionals — many of them unaffiliated with MIT — gathered on campus for the “Make The Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon.” The brainchild of a group of...

Building a Better Mousetrap…er, Breast Pump

October 17, 2014 12:14 pm | by Cara Giaimo, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

A few weekends ago, as some techies lined up to buy the new iPhone 6, others flocked to the MIT Media Lab to play with a different piece of technology — one that hasn’t seen an upgrade in decades. Over the course of that weekend, some 150...

More Accurate Tests to Determine Ovarian Cancer Treatment

October 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Sam Wong, Imperial College London | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a new test to help doctors diagnose ovarian tumors and choose the most appropriate treatment. Successful treatment depends in part on accurately identifying the type of tumor, but this can be difficult. As a result...

Complications & Costs – Bad News for Robotic Surgery Device Manufacturers

October 8, 2014 2:03 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University...

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Pediatricians Urge IUDs or Implants for Teen Girls

September 30, 2014 9:06 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends. In an updated policy, the American Academy...

First-Ever Conception Assistance Device FDA-Cleared for Home Use Launches U.S. Over-the-Counter Sales

September 25, 2014 9:56 am | by Rinovum Women’s Health | News | Comments

Rinovum Women’s Health announced today that The Stork OTC—the only home-use conception assistance device on the market cleared by the FDA for over-the-counter sales—is available without a prescription in stores and online at the company's...

New Fertility Test for Assessment of Ovarian Reserve for Pregnancy

September 19, 2014 2:41 pm | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche today announced the launch of the Elecsys Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) blood test, the first fully-automated AMH test for assessing a woman’s ovarian reserve. AMH is an important fertility marker used by healthcare professionals to...

Photos of the Day: 4D Ultrasound Enables a Prenatal View

September 18, 2014 9:34 am | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

There were people who thought that Italian priest and scientist Lazzaro Spallanzani had bats in the belfry. But he had bats on his mind. Working in the late 1700s, Spallanzani showed that blindfolded bats could still catch flies...

Philips Showcases Ultrasound Innovations that Address Clinical Challenges in the OB/GYN Segment

September 15, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips has announced that its growing range of advanced women's healthcare imaging solutions will be showcased at the 24th annual International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) World Congress, taking place...

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Automated Anti-Müllerian Hormone Test to Improve Fertility Assessment and Treatment

September 11, 2014 9:29 am | by Beckman Coulter | News | Comments

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics has obtained CE Mark on its new automated Access anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) assay. The new test is the company’s latest innovation in women’s health testing and further advances Beckman Coulter’s rich 15-year...

New Single-Size Contraceptive Diaphragm in the US

September 9, 2014 11:04 am | by PATH | News | Comments

The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has cleared the Caya contoured diaphragm for marketing in the United States, bringing women one step closer to a new option for safe and effective non-hormonal contraception. The Caya contoured...

New Blood Test Could Offer More Tailored Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

September 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Manchester University | News | Comments

A new blood test allowing doctors to predict which ovarian cancer patients will respond to particular types of treatment is a step closer following a new study by Manchester scientists. Researchers from The University of Manchester and The...

Design Innovation vs. The ‘What If?’

August 22, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-In-Chief | Blogs | Comments

There are many obstacles to a successful product design getting into the marketplace (in the medical device space, some would argue that the FDA needlessly creates even more, however, that’s for another day’s discussion). Therefore, designers...

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, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the woman...

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 with Premaitha Health, a molecular diagnostics company based in Manchester UK, to develop Premaitha’s IONA test. It will be the first complete non...

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 your remote control may be as essential to family planning as it is to watching TV. MicroCHIPS, a small, Massachusetts company with backing from Bill Gates...

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 | 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...

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...

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