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Health News - Medical Devices

Smartphone app to screen for jaundice in newborns
A team of doctors and engineers is developing a smartphone app that parents can use at home to test if their newborn should have a blood test to check for jaundice. (Medical News Today)

App distinguishes real from fake tremors in alcohol withdrawal patients
Chronic alcohol abusers often claim to be in withdrawal to receive sedatives. But now, a new app can determine whose alcohol withdrawal tremors are real and whose are fake. (Medical News Today)

Tiny strains in body tissues identified before injuries occur
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed algorithms to identify weak spots in tendons, muscles and bones prone to tearing or breaking. (Medical News Today)

Versatile multi-tasking nanoparticles offer a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic applications
Kit Lam and colleagues from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. (Medical News Today)

Acoustic device that separates tumor cells from blood cells could help assess cancer's spread
Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. (Medical News Today)

Continuous glucose-monitoring system changes color when glucose levels rise
University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. (Medical News Today)

Sound waves separate tumor and blood cells
Tilted sound waves effectively separate different cell types without labeling or altering them, offering a new way to sort cells for research, disease diagnosis and drug testing. (Medical News Today)

A tiny eye implant could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and lower a patient's eye pressure
For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves weekly visits to eye specialists who monitor - and control - increasing pressure within... (Medical News Today)

TOBI: Mind over matter for people with disabilities
People with serious physical disabilities are unable to do the everyday things that most of us take for granted despite having the will - and the brainpower - to do so. (Medical News Today)

Gentle separation of cells using tilted acoustic tweezers
Precise, gentle and efficient cell separation from a device the size of a cell phone may be possible thanks to tilt-angle standing surface acoustic waves, according to a team of engineers. (Medical News Today)

Chinese researchers unmask toxic 'gutter oil' used in cooking
Using a spectroscopy technique employed by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars to analyze rock samples, Chinese scientists find a way to identify toxic waste oil used in cooking. (Medical News Today)

Closed-loop insulin delivery systems and blood glucose control in type 1 diabetes
In a closed-loop control approach to managing type 1 diabetes, glucose sensors placed under the skin continuously monitor blood sugar levels, triggering the release of insulin from an implantable... (Medical News Today)

AliveCor receives first FDA clearance to detect a serious heart condition in an ECG on a mobile device
AliveCor, Inc. has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company clearance for its algorithm to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common form of... (Medical News Today)

One in four acutely admitted medical patients leave the hospital again without getting a diagnosis, Denmark
Chest pain, breathing difficulties, fainting. Each year approx. 265,000 Danes are acutely admitted to medical departments with symptoms of serious illness. (Medical News Today)

U.S. has seen widespread adoption of robot-assisted cancer surgery to remove the prostate
A new study reveals that the U.S. has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. (Medical News Today)

Diabetics may soon be able to avoid the finger prick
Diabetes affects nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population. Among the biggest complaints of diabetics: constant finger pricking to test blood glucose levels. (Medical News Today)

Complication risk of deep brain stimulation similar for older, younger Parkinson patients
Older patients with Parkinson disease (PD) who undergo deep brain stimulation (DBS) appear to have a 90-day complication risk similar to younger patients, suggesting that age alone should not be a... (Medical News Today)

3D printers used to create custom medical implants
A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can... (Medical News Today)

Patient safety will improve with new feeding tube connectors
New feeding tube connectors, designed by an international standards process, will be available soon and will improve patient safety. (Medical News Today)

Blood sugar measured by laser may do away with pin pricks
Scientists are developing a laser device to measure blood sugar that means one day diabetics may not have to prick themselves to draw blood for regular testing. (Medical News Today)

MRC publishes a review of the UK molecular pathology landscape
The Medical Research Council (MRC) has published a review of the UK's capabilities in molecular pathology - the discipline that uses analysis of the molecules within tissue and body fluids to aid... (Medical News Today)

Adherence to diet can be measured from blood
New results from the Nordic SYSDIET study show that it's possible to assess dietary compliance from a blood sample. (Medical News Today)

FDA allows marketing of first ZnT8Ab autoantibody test to help diagnose type 1 diabetes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed marketing of the first zinc transporter 8 autoantibody (ZnT8Ab) test that can help determine if a person has type 1 diabetes and not another type... (Medical News Today)

A novel "Man and Machine" decision support system makes malaria diagnostics more effective
A Finnish-Swedish research group at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki, and Karolinska institutet, Stockholm, has developed a novel "man and machine"... (Medical News Today)

Genetics and lifestyle have a strong impact on biomarkers for inflammation and cancer
In a new study published in Nature Communications, research scientists from Uppsala University present for the first time a large-scale study of the significance of genetic, clinical and lifestyle... (Medical News Today)

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