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Health News - Medical Devices

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)

Bubble wrap serves as sheet of tiny test tubes in resource-limited regions
Popping the blisters on the bubble wrap might be the most enjoyable thing about moving. (Medical News Today)

Anti-tank missile detector joins the fight against malaria
State-of-the-art military hardware could soon fight malaria, one of the most deadly diseases on the planet. (Medical News Today)

Gut bacteria changes may predict infection and inflammation
Scientists have developed a computer-assisted model that shows how changes to global and local populations of gut bacteria may precede some types of infection and inflammation. (Medical News Today)

Self-assembling nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning for cancer diagnosis
Scientists have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumours, to help doctors diagnose cancer earlier. (Medical News Today)

New technology developed for the diagnosis of cancer cells
The type of therapy a cancer patient receives, largely depends on the trained eye of a pathologist. Investigating diseased organs and tissues under the microscope is one of their tasks. (Medical News Today)

Rollout strategy for diagnostic test in India may impact TB
Xpert MTB/RIF, a recently implemented tuberculosis (TB) test, has the potential to control the TB epidemic in India, but only if the current, narrow, implementation strategy is replaced by a more... (Medical News Today)

Could eye and smell tests offer early Alzheimer's diagnosis?
Four new studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 suggest that eye and smell tests could be used for early detection of Alzheimer's. (Medical News Today)

Innovative LEONARDO® laser proves highest performance in cancer prevention in gynecology
In a recent case study published in the specialist journal Gynecologic Oncology Reports, Italian medics report the first successful prophylactic removal of an ovary via laparoscopy and the... (Medical News Today)

3D printed anatomy to mark a new era for medical training
The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionise medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is... (Medical News Today)

New technology developed to diagnose cancer cells
In pathology, cells and cell nuclei are usually examined using a microscope for bio-marker expressions in tumours. (Medical News Today)

Could 'reading faces' improve rapid diagnosis of heart and lung problems?
Research suggests that patients with serious cardiopulmonary conditions have a reduced range of facial expressions and understanding these may help doctors to make rapid diagnoses. (Medical News Today)

Home blood pressure-monitoring kits save insurance companies money
Insurance companies can save money by paying for home blood pressure-monitoring kits, which can improve healthcare quality and reduce healthcare costs. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes diagnosed with inexpensive, portable microchip test
It is becoming harder to differentiate type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Now a portable nanotechnology microchip test, comparable to lab standard, can detect antibodies unique to type 1. (Medical News Today)

New technology reveals insights into mechanisms underlying amyloid diseases
Amyloid diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes, cataracts, and the spongiform encephalopathies, all share the common trait that proteins aggregate into long fibers which then form... (Medical News Today)

'Self-competence' affects quality of life of children with pacemakers
For children and teens living with a cardiac pacemaker, a low sense of self-competence seems to contribute to decreased quality of life, reports a study in the July Journal of Developmental ... (Medical News Today)

Noninvasive retinal imaging device may provide highly predictive early detection of changes associated with Alzheimer's disease
A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to... (Medical News Today)

Nanotech microchip invented to diagnose type-1 diabetes
An inexpensive, portable, microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes could improve patient care worldwide and help researchers better understand the disease, according to the device's... (Medical News Today)

Drug used to prevent clots lowers risk of hospitalization for catheter-related bacterial infections
Using an expensive agent to prevent blood clots in kidney failure patients' dialysis catheters may turn out to be less costly overall due to its ability to reduce medical complications, according to... (Medical News Today)

Cultured circulating tumor cells reveal genetic profile, potential drug susceptibility of breast cancer cells
Circulating tumor cells captured with a microchip-based device developed at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Engineering in Medicine and the MGH Cancer Center can be cultured to... (Medical News Today)

New urinary test can predict preterm birth and poor fetal growth
A new study establishes molecular biomarkers that predict preterm birth and poor fetal growth, and which can be detected in the urine of pregnant women. (Medical News Today)

Two-gene test differentiates psoriasis from eczema
After analyzing the molecular processes involved, researchers in Germany have developed a test that can differentiate psoriasis from eczema on the basis of only two genes. (Medical News Today)

Novel robot-assisted surgery technique improves removal of small kidney cancer tumors
Roughly 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer per year. Most of these cancers are small tumors (small renal masses) that are often found during screening for other problems. (Medical News Today)

DARPA and UCLA project to restore brain injury patients' memories
UCLA has been awarded $15 million for a four-year project aiming to help restore the loss of memory function in those suffering from brain-injury. (Medical News Today)

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