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Health News - Medical Devices

Investigating the effects of small but finite inertia on the propulsion of micro and nano-scale swimming machines
Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the... (Medical News Today)

An easier method to create DNA-protein conjugates can potentially strengthen the work involved in diagnosing diseases
DNA linked to proteins - including antibodies - provides a strong partnership that can be used in diagnostic techniques, nanotechnology and other disciplines. (Medical News Today)

Catheter ablation helps atrial fibrillation patients live longer
Successful catheter ablation - a minimally invasive procedure - helps adult patients with atrial fibrillation not only become symptom-free but also live longer, says new study. (Medical News Today)

Karolinska study validates strong agreement for VolparaDensity across mammography systems from multiple manufacturers
A prospective study conducted by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has validated the performance of VolparaDensity breast imaging software across multiple vendor platforms and has associated... (Medical News Today)

Blood and saliva test for HPV-related cancers 'in development'
Johns Hopkins researchers have achieved 70% accuracy with a new blood and saliva test for predicting recurrence of HPV-related cancers. However, further refinements are needed. (Medical News Today)

Studies support development of biomarker tests aimed at improving transplant recipient care
Studies by the founding scientists of Transplant Genomics Inc. (TGI) to be presented this week at the World Transplant Congress (WTC) are helping lay the groundwork for the company's development of... (Medical News Today)

Robust FDA oversight needed to ensure consumer safety, confidence in mobile health app market
Smart phones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health ("mHealth") apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms. (Medical News Today)

Common diabetes-related condition diabetic autonomic neuropathy may be detected by wearable device
A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. (Medical News Today)

Smartphone app could simplify diagnosis of hereditary diseases
Researchers have created a smartphone app - called Phenomizer - that scans thousands of characteristics of hereditary diseases to present doctors with the most likely diagnosis. (Medical News Today)

Healing promoted by antioxidant biomaterial
When a foreign material like a medical device or surgical implant is put inside the human body, the body always responds. (Medical News Today)

Research letter examines pacemaker use in patients with cognitive impairment
Patients with dementia were more likely to receive a pacemaker then patients without cognitive impairment. (Medical News Today)

Scientists image a beating heart in 3D
Researchers of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden report how they managed to capture detailed three-dimensional images of cardiac dynamics in zebrafish. (Medical News Today)

Research led by Temple's Chair of dermatology shows that pain and itch may be signs of skin cancer
Asking patients if a suspicious skin lesion is painful or itchy may help doctors decide whether the spot is likely to be cancerous, according to a new study headed by Gil Yosipovitch, MD, Chairman... (Medical News Today)

New report: lack of NHS engineers is putting lives at risk
With the increasing importance and complexity of technology used in hospitals, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' new report Biomedical engineering: advancing UK healthcare is calling for... (Medical News Today)

UPMC-developed test increases odds of correct surgery for thyroid cancer patients
The routine use of a molecular testing panel developed at UPMC greatly increases the likelihood of performing the correct initial surgery for patients with thyroid nodules and cancer, report... (Medical News Today)

High-speed chemical imaging of tissues using enhanced NIST instrument
A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Cleveland Clinic, has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells... (Medical News Today)

Could data sonification deliver while-you-wait cancer diagnosis?
Converting stem cell data into sounds could enable GPs to make instant, non-invasive cancer diagnoses during a routine check-up. (Medical News Today)

New diagnostic tool for valley fever, spread by desert dust
On July 5, 2011, a massive wall of dust, ("haboob," in Arabic), blanketed Phoenix, Arizona, creating an awesome spectacle, (or stubborn nuisance, depending on your perspective). (Medical News Today)

Women with gene variant 'more prone to heart disease'
A genetic basis for heart disease in women is defined in a new study, which suggests that women with a gene variant are more likely to develop heart disease. (Medical News Today)

Southampton heart patients use world's first mobile pacemaker station
Heart patients in Southampton are the first in the world to use a new mobile station to assess their pacemakers without the need for a nurse, doctor or visit to hospital. (Medical News Today)

Researchers develop high-precision software for diagnosing eye sensitivity
Researchers at the University of Alicante have developed high-precision software for diagnosing eye sensitivity. (Medical News Today)

Bioreactor-on-a-chip could help meet growing need for blood transfusions worldwide
Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have developed a scalable, next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate fully functional human platelets in vitro. (Medical News Today)

Speedy cell by cell reconstruction of an animal's development made possible by imaging technology
Recent advances in imaging technology are transforming how scientists see the cellular universe, showing the form and movement of once grainy and blurred structures in stunning detail. (Medical News Today)

Biomedical technologies may be improved by protein in squid skin
The common pencil squid (Loliginidae) may hold the key to a new generation of medical technologies that could communicate more directly with the human body. (Medical News Today)

Pairing a mechanical device with stroke patients
The repetitive facilitation exercise (RFE) is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. (Medical News Today)

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