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Could Wireless Replace Wearables?

June 13, 2014 2:23 pm | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

These days there's perhaps no hotter tech topic than wearable sensors. Earlier this month, for instance, Apple announced a new “Health Kit” app for smartphones that tracks a person's health. But events such as Fitbit's recent recall of...

Why Aren't Product Designers Considering Activity Trackers for Older Adults?

June 13, 2014 2:07 pm | by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

Commercially available activity-monitoring apps, Web sites, and wearable devices allow for easy self-management of health and wellness. This technology may be particularly helpful for older adults, who can improve their cognitive function...

mHealth Solution Wins Qualcomm QPrize

June 13, 2014 9:32 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, has announced the winner of its fourth annual QPrize 2014 international seed investment competition, at Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit in Sausalito, California...

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Collisions with Robots without the Risk of Injury

June 12, 2014 4:10 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Teamwork between humans and robots will be the motto of the future. But robots may not injure humans at all. When does contact cause an injury, though? Researchers are exploring this for the first time in a study. Everybody has experienced ...

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 ...            

Ohio State First to Implant Newly-Approved Wireless Heart Failure Monitor

June 10, 2014 4:03 pm | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are the first in the country to begin treating some heart failure patients with a new wireless, implantable hemodynamic monitor that was just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The monitor will ...

Toshiba Introduces New Patient-Friendly PET/CT System

June 10, 2014 3:57 pm | by Toshiba | News | Comments

Oncology departments can now provide their patients with a better PET/CT imaging experience using Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.’s all-new Celesteion (pending 510(k) clearance). The versatile system combines ...      

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 ...

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Biometric Watches Use Light to Non-Invasively Monitor Patients

June 10, 2014 12:35 pm | by Angela Stark, The Optical Society | News | Comments

Monitoring a patient's vital signs and other physiological parameters is a standard part of medical care, but, increasingly, health and fitness-minded individuals are looking for ways to easily keep their own tabs on ...    

Why Bother? Is the Fight Really Worth It?

June 9, 2014 10:17 am | by Emily L. Cross, Ph.D., Director of Media and Communication, TecMed Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In some eyes, TecMed, Inc. might be considered the world’s longest standing medical ‘start-up.’ Even CEO Alan Leszinske claims that the name ‘start-up’ might be a bit erroneous since the company has been in full swing for nearly 2 decades...

Woman Sues After STD Diagnosis Posted on Facebook

June 9, 2014 10:09 am | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio woman whose medical record was posted to Facebook, revealing her name and a syphilis diagnosis, has sued the hospital where she was treated and the worker who accessed her information. The 20-year-old Cincinnati woman, who filed...

A Tiny Molecule May Help Battle Depression

June 9, 2014 9:41 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Levels of a small molecule found only in humans and in other primates are lower in the brains of depressed individuals, according to researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Institute. This discovery may hold a key to improving...

New Molecule Enables Quick Drug Monitoring

June 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Monitoring the drug concentration in patients is critical for effective treatment, especially in cases of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and immunosuppression after organ transplants. However, current methods are expensive, time-consuming...

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Cloud Technology in e-Health

June 6, 2014 3:04 pm | by Mary Lynne Nielsen, Technology Initiatives Director, IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

Innovation across an array of technology areas—personal health device communications, cloud computing, the smart grid, cyber-security and “Big Data” analytics, among them—have helped the global healthcare community to envision a whole new...

Dexcom’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring System Receives FDA Approval

June 6, 2014 2:39 pm | by Dexcom | News | Comments

Dexcom, Inc., a leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Dexcom G4 PLATINUM Professional CGM. It is the only professional-version CGM that...

Rural Clinics Increasingly Turn to Telemedicine

June 6, 2014 10:40 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the...

Gadget Watch: LG Lifeband Touch Needs a Purpose

June 6, 2014 10:32 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smart capabilities have become the latest marketing pitch to sell more wristwatches, TVs, eyeglasses, refrigerators, cars and even toothbrushes. But have we figured out why they need to be smart? I asked myself that as I wore LG's Lifeband...

Medical Technology Highlights of 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits

June 5, 2014 4:01 pm | by Jeffrey Gealow, Circuits Program Chair, 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits | Blogs | Comments

The integration of more advanced electronics technology into medical devices for patient monitoring, diagnosis and treatment continues at an ever-increasing rate, with new developments being announced daily. Among these significant technology...

Imec, Samsung Join to Accelerate Innovation in Digital Health

June 5, 2014 2:54 pm | by Imec | News | Comments

Imec, the world-leading nano-electronics research center announced today that it is collaborating with Samsung Electronics to accelerate innovation and collaboration among technology companies and researchers working in the burgeoning...  

Health Data Exploration Network to Spur Research Using Personal Health Data

June 5, 2014 11:49 am | by UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering | News | Comments

The Health Data Exploration project, from the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), to create...

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.  

App Paired With Sensor Measures Stress and Delivers Advice to Cope in Real Time

June 4, 2014 11:52 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

Computer scientists at Microsoft Research and the University of California, San Diego have developed a system that combines a mobile application and sensor to detect stress in parents and delivers research-based strategies to help decrease...

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...

Prototype Electrolyte Sensor to Provide Immediate Read-Outs

June 4, 2014 10:49 am | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Patients trying to navigate today's complex medical system with its costly laboratory analyses might prefer a pain-free home diagnostic device, worn on the wrist, that can analyze, continuously record and immediately remedy low electrolyte...

New Challenges/Opportunities for Medical Device Manufacturers Forged by the ACA

June 3, 2014 4:04 pm | by Claudio Bellini, COO, COSMED USA | Blogs | Comments

Amid all the back-and-forth political discussion and controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act, one fact is clear: more people will have access to traditional healthcare services than ever before. And with that reality, it has become...

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