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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...

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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... 

Simple Test Can Indicate Cervical Cancer

January 9, 2014 2:49 pm | by Gary Mans, University of Louisville | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Louisville have confirmed that using the heat profile from a person’s blood, called a plasma thermogram, can serve as an indicator for the presence or absence of cervical cancer, including the stage of cancer...

Guided Therapeutics Names Gene Cartwright as Chief Executive Officer

January 7, 2014 8:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Guided Therapeutics, Inc., the maker of the LuViva Advanced Cervical Scan, a non-invasive device used to detect cervical disease instantly at the point of care, today announced the appointment of Gene Cartwright, 59, as Chief Executive Officer...

International Study Finds Lower-Dose IUDs Are Safe and Effective

December 6, 2013 11:01 am | by Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) | News | Comments

In a finding that could expand the use of one of the most effective forms of birth control, two intrauterine contraceptive systems that had lower doses of the contraceptive hormone, levonorgestrel, were found to be safe and effective in preventing...

Benefits for Humanity: The Sound of Life

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Ultrasound and remote medicine methods that are in use aboard the International Space Station have been adapted for use on Earth to save lives around the world. This example, along with a few of the many benefits provided by research performed...

Photos of the Day: Diagnostic Diapers

November 21, 2013 10:48 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea that annually kills 500,000 children under age five and hospitalizes millions more. India’s Achira Labs is creating a fabric-based chip that, when integrated into disposable diapers, will help...

83 Global Health Innovations Receive Grand Challenges Canada Funding

November 21, 2013 10:34 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today extends seed grants of $100,000 each to 83 inventive new ideas for addressing health problems in resource-poor countries. The Grand Challenges Canada "Stars in Global Health"...

Heart Treatment Device, Cancer Test Take Top Prizes in Inventors Contest

November 15, 2013 11:55 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

A Johns Hopkins undergraduate biomedical engineering student team that devised a two-part system to improve the way life-saving shocks are delivered to hearts earned first-prize in the undergraduate division of a national Collegiate Inventors...

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