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May 18, 2022  
MEDTECH NEWS: Technology & Innovation Archives

September 17, 2014
Web Technology to Offer Further Mental Health Support:
A web based application connecting people with potential mental health issues to clinical advice and support networks has been created by researchers at Aston and Warwick universities.

tattoo August 19, 2014
Sweat Powers Tattoo Biobatteries While You Exercise:
In the future, working up a sweat by exercising may not only be good for your health, but it could also power your small electronic devices.

activity July 15, 2014
Activity Trackers Could be Beneficial for Older Adults:
Commercially available activity-monitoring apps, Web sites, and wearable devices may be particularly helpful for older adults, who can improve their cognitive function through proper diet and exercise.

hologram January 16, 2014
Diseases Diagnosed by 'Smart' Holograms:
'Smart' holograms are currently being tested to monitor diabetes and could be used to monitor a wide range of medical and environmental conditions in future.

fruit fly November 21, 2013
Fruit flies make good stand-ins for humans in diabetes treatment tests:
Fruit flies respond to insulin at the cellular level much like humans do, making these common, easily bred insects good subjects for laboratory experiments in new treatments for diabetes.

sponge July 23, 2013
Controlled insulin delivery via injectable 'smart sponge':
Researchers have developed a drug delivery technique for diabetes treatment in which a sponge-like material surrounds an insulin core. The sponge expands and contracts in response to blood sugar levels to release insulin as needed.

cells June 20, 2013
Ground-Breaking New Method To 'Starve' Cancer Cells:
New research has found a new potential treatment for cancer, which leaves the body's healthy cells undamaged, unlike traditional therapies such as radiotherapy.

blood transfusion May 21, 2013
Researchers Identify Novel Approach To Create Red Blood Cells:
Finding could reduce need for blood donations, speed up research on therapies to treat diseases

endoscopy March 21, 2013
Replacing Endoscopy With Pill-Sized Device Could Allow Broader Screening For Esophageal Cancer:
Researchers have developed an imaging system enclosed in a capsule about the size of a multivitamin pill that creates detailed, microscopic images of the esophageal wall.

brushing February 07, 2013
Quick Detection Of Periodontitis Pathogens:
A new diagnostic platform enables periodontitis pathogens to be detected quickly, enabling dentists to act swiftly to initiate the right treatment.

January 02, 2013
Virtual Hearts Help Us To Understand Real-World Patients:
A computer model of the heart wall predicted risk of irregular heart rhythms and sudden cardiac death in patients.

May 17, 2012
Stanford engineers create wireless, self-propelled medical device:
Powered without wires or batteries, new device can propel itself though the bloodstream and is small enough to fit through blood vessels.

April 12, 2012
A Bandage That Spurs and Guides Blood Vessel Growth:
Researchers have developed a bandage that stimulates and directs blood vessel growth on the surface of a wound.

March 15, 2012
3-D Printer Makes Bone-Like Material:
Researchers have used a 3D printer to create a bone-like material and structure that can be used in orthopedic procedures, dental work, and to deliver medicine for treating osteoporosis.

January 10, 2012
Silk Spun By Hybrid Silkworms Could Improve Sutures, Artificial Limbs And More:
Research shows that silk produced by transgenically-engineered silkworms exhibits the highly sought-after strength and elasticity of spider silk.

October 25, 2011
One Size Does Not Fit All for Knee Replacements and Other Medical Devices:
Undergoing a knee replacement involves sophisticated medical equipment, but innovative prosthetic design may not offer the same benefits for all knee replacement recipients

September 23, 2011
Nanotechnology Sensor Could Lead to Earlier diagnosis for Lung Cancer:
When lung cancer strikes, it often spreads silently into more advanced stages before being detected. Researchers' new discovery could provide a much earlier warning signal.

August 15, 2011
A Potential Vaccine for Cancer:
Genetically Modified "Serial Killer" T Cells Obliterate Tumors in Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Penn Researchers Report

July 10, 2011
Modified Oxygen-Delivery Device Could Lower Infant Mortality Rates:
A device adjusted to suit an infant's needs will lower the cost of treating small children with pneumonia.

June 07, 2011
FDA Clears Idaho Technology-Developed Q Fever Test :
This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the firstnucleic acid amplification In vitro diagnostic (IVD) test that detects Coxiella burnetii, the bacteria that causes Q fever.

May 09, 2011
Simple Test Aids Fight Against Malaria:
First low-cost and simple technology accurately diagnoses malaria in field settings without blood collection

April 24, 2011
Optical microscope without lenses produces high-resolution 3-D images on a chip:
UCLA researchers have redefined the concept of a microscope.

March 11, 2011
Purify Water with Banana Peels Instead of Machines:
Scientists conclude that minced banana peel performs better than an array of other purification materials

January 05, 2011
Sometimes the Best Medical Technology is the Simplest:
IKEA pencils are better at marking out cuts in the bone for facial and head surgery than traditional felt tipped pens.

December 20, 2010
Life-Saving Modern Technology Offers New Tool To Battle Cholera In Haiti:
With a cholera outbreak in Haiti that could infect 650,000 people in the next year, intraosseous infusion is a needed technology.

July 12, 2010
Revolutionary Device Reduces Seizure Frequency in Epileptics :
Unique technology can provide an effective method to significantly reduce seizure frequency with a positive safety profile for people with partial onset epilepsy.

July 01, 2010
Inner Workings Of The Brain Probed By Virus "Explorers":
Researchers are working on engineering viruses to color-code brain cells. The new technology would allow scientists to mark neural circuits and watch them work.

June 11, 2010
Harnessing The Immune System's Diagnostic Power:
Researchers at Arizona State University pioneer a method for profiling the immune system, resulting in earlier disease diagnosis.

May 10, 2010
Going for Gold With a Novel Interventional Radiology Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer:
Direct Injection of Gold Nanoparticles Into Tumors Opens Door to New and Future Treatment for Most Fatal Cancer

February 17, 2010
Foam Bones: A New Generation of Biomedical Implants:
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a metal foam material that may be used in bone implants.

February 01, 2010
Tongue-Controlled Wheelchair Holds Hope for the Quadriplegics and Others:
More than 11,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries each year, according to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Atlanta, Georgia’s Shepherd Center and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to develop a new wheelchair controlled by the patients tongue, called the Tongue Drive system.

December 08, 2009
Touch Bionics Unveils World's First Bionic Finger:
Touch Bionics, developer of advanced upper-limb bionic technologies, today announced the commercial launch of ProDigits, the world’s first powered bionic finger solution for patients with missing fingers.

November 16, 2009
Can ‘Report Cards’ on Clinics Improve Patient Care?:
The Minnesota state legislature recently passed a law requiring all medical practices to participate in a public ratings system starting in 2010. Clinics in Minnesota are drawing national attention for their efforts to improve their healthcare services and results through community-based collaborative reporting. If successful, this reporting system may represent a new model for evaluating care across the US.

May 16, 2008
New Lung Cancer Test Promises More Accurate Treatment, Improved Outcomes :
Considering lung cancer kills more Americans each year than breast, prostate and colorectal cancer combined and has just a 15 percent survival rate, any progress...

August 20, 2007
"Lab on a Chip" for Oral Cancer Shows Promise:
Finding out whether that unusual sore in your mouth is cancerous should become a lot faster and easier in the years ahead...

June 15, 2007
New For Varicose Veins: Radiofrequency, Laser and Sclerotherapy:
For 100 years, doctors have been using surgery to treat varicose veins. Now they're using less invasive methods...

June 04, 2007
Some Severely Depressed Patients Get Lift from Implantable Device:
It’s been up, down, and around for technology aimed at treating severely depressed patients...

May 21, 2007
Cancer Nanotechnology: A New Frontier:
Researchers around the country are focusing on a novel method of cancer detection and treatment...

April 23, 2007
“Only a Miracle:” More On Cochlear Implants :
In Part Two, we continue to explore the miracle that are cochlear implants...

April 16, 2007
“Only a Miracle:” Cochlear Implants Restore Hearing:
A prosthetic device called a cochlear implant can be implanted in the inner ear and can restore partial hearing to profoundly deaf people...

April 02, 2007
Bird Flu, Revisited:
Although some say avian influenza is still a threat, researchers are fast developing vaccines...

February 26, 2007
MultiCell Technologies Announces Prospective Colorectal Cancer Treatment Drug :
This new drug targets colorectal cancer, a leading cause of death among cancer patients...

February 05, 2007
Gene found for rare disorder may reveal new pathway in mental retardation:
Researchers have identified a novel biological pathway that may have a broader role during human development, potentially in cases of mental retardation and autism...

December 04, 2006
Molecular Medicine: Micro-Level Treatment May Lead to Big Gains for Patients with Common Form of Leukemia:
Strides in the treatment of leukemia are being made, one step at a time...

November 21, 2006
Researchers Identify Switch That Could Turn Off Chronic Pain:
This is a discovery that could give the 48 million chronic pain sufferers in this country the relief they’ve been seeking...

November 06, 2006
Unexpected Discovery a Cancer ‘Master Switch’?:
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are careful to say that it’s premature to make sweeping statements about their discovery, but their excitement is palpable...

October 17, 2006
Hospitals Going Green a Win-Win Move:
No one in the healthcare profession wants the technology they use or the building in which they work to be a source of pollutants that cause disease...

September 28, 2006
Bolstering Medical Treatment with Mindful Stress Reduction:
“I’d probably be dead by now if it weren’t for antibiotics. I’m grateful for that – at least most of the time,” said Dan Day of Astoria, Ore., chuckling. “But I have other problems that pills don’t seem to fix...

September 08, 2006
Nanotechnology Poised to Revolutionize Medicine and Life?:
Imagine being able to re-grow bone and skin tissue. Or target drugs to specific sites in the body and remove obstructions in the circulatory system...

August 24, 2006
Prolene Mesh Increases Longevity of Urinary Stress Incontinence Surgery:
Urinary incontinence is very common with 15 to 20 percent of women who are child-bearing age reporting significant problems...

July 31, 2006
Superbugs Beware:
Certain strains of bacteria have increasingly become resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics the medical community has to offer. Yet some of these superbugs might have met their match with a compound recently discovered at Merck Research Laboratories...

July 14, 2006
New Gum Could Prevent Oral Cancer:
If a generation ago an apple a day kept the doctor away, in the future, a stick of gum might do the same thing. Researchers from Finland have developed a gum that can potentially reduce the risk of getting cancer of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus...

June 29, 2006
Saving Millions of Birds with One Vaccine:
Researchers in Germany and the United States are "killing two birds with one stone" with a new vaccine that protects birds against certain strains of bird flu...

June 16, 2006
New Procedure Offers Hope for Asthmatics:
Radical. As in arising from the root, not the branch – and thus departing markedly from the usual or customary. Clearly that’s the case in the bronchial thermoplasty procedure that Canadian researchers have been monitoring for the past two years...

June 02, 2006
Popular Asthma Meds May Increase Risk of Asthma-Related Death:
For the millions of patients suffering from asthma, there's something new to consider in terms of your treatment plan: Two of the most popular asthma medications, Advair and Serevent, will carry a "black box" warning...

May 19, 2006
Proteins Key to Cell Death in Heart and Degenerative Conditions:
Newly-published research from the Yale University School of Medicine has offered insight into proteins’ role in whether cells live or die...

May 04, 2006
Excess Acetaminophen Spells Trouble for Our Livers:
Whether it’s for a shoulder pain, headache, backache or fever, millions of people turn to Tylenol and similar pain relievers containing acetaminophen every day for safe, effective relief. But it’s surprisingly easy to take too much medication...

April 21, 2006
Schools, Asthma and Perfume: There’s Something in the Air:
When everyone from the Olsen Twins to Britney Spears is promoting a new fragrance, you know the industry has capitalized on a growing trend. With the popularity of perfumes and body sprays among adolescents increasing...

April 07, 2006
Digital Vices Cause Damage:
Spend a lot of time sending text messages to your friends? If so, you could be at increased risk for certain finger and thumb injuries, according to healthcare experts from Great Britain, where texting is so popular...

March 23, 2006
Medical Outsourcing Debate Grows:
Late at night in hospitals across the U.S., doctors in India, Switzerland, Israel and Australia are interpreting medical images from American patients via the Internet in a healthcare outsourcing movement resulting from a nationwide shortage of radiologists...

March 09, 2006
Multimillion-Dollar Demand + Lack of Adequate Regulation = Scandal:
A former oral surgeon, two assistants who helped him replace cadaver bones with plastic piping and a funeral home owner aren’t conducting business as usual today...

February 22, 2006
Endocrinologists Square Off on Treating Hypothyroidism:
“I’m glad there’s a flap on hypothyroidism. My grandmother had a goiter, and I come from a long line of women who mostly put on considerable weight as they aged,” said Alice Ciustan of Chicago...

February 03, 2006
Concern Grows over Mercury in Tuna:
In the last several years, scientists and medical experts have begun voicing new concern about a growing health risk in fish and shellfish: mercury...

January 20, 2006
Using Alcohol-Based Hand Gel Prevents Sniffles from Becoming a Family Affair:
While those in wintry regions may find the season interminable, few would deny that catching a cold – or bringing one home to the family – makes the chilly days and nights into even more of a nuisance...

January 06, 2006
The Mystique of Ginseng:
“Essence of humans” is what ginseng means in the Chinese language, and Asians have used Panax ginseng medicinally for over five millennium. The genus Panax is derived from the Greek word panacea that means a cure all...

December 23, 2005
St. John’s Wort – Effective in Treating Depression? :
Germans tend to swear by the herb and have done so for decades. On the other hand, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is quite skeptical...

December 02, 2005
Medical Profession Under Assault – Part Three:
We’ve all been there – the relatively well-appointed rooms with the big plants in the corner, the basket of toys and the tattered magazines. If it’s a first appointment, we even arrived 15 minutes ahead of time...

November 11, 2005
Medical Profession Under Assault - Part Two:
“It’s nothing new,” Northern California political science professor Ginger Baker, Ph.D. continued. “This idea of how dehumanizing the medical world can be. Remember that book by a doctor who got cancer..."

October 21, 2005
Medical Profession Under Assault :
"Waiting, waiting, waiting,""Degrading shift from person to patient – Indignities of a hospital stay." After several headlines like this appeared on the front page of The New York Times, Body1 decided to go exploring...

September 30, 2005
Cancer Program Integrates Conventional and Alternative Medicine:
Portland’s Providence Health System has risked funding a program designed to bring the best of both the conventional and alternative worlds of medicine to cancer patients...

September 05, 2005
Going out Green – Boomers Reinvent the Funeral Industry:
It had to happen. Baby boomers who have balked at middle norms at every turn since they came of age in the late sixties have most recently announced that they don’t find the straight funeral gig very hip either...

August 30, 2005
Dr. Death Raises Issues of Accountability:
We know our medical practitioners hold great power. Yet, we believe they are not above the law – or at the very least, regulation. Indeed we think, as we tuck our children into bed at night, that the medical world regulates its members...

August 18, 2005
The Dutch Debate Euthanasia for Infants:
“It’s beautiful in a way,” said Eduard Vehagen, M.D., a pediatrician who acknowledges he has enabled four infants in the last three years to die by a lethal administration of morphine and a sleeping medication...

August 04, 2005
FDA approves Lyrica for treatment of Neuropathic Pain :
“In my hands it started out with numbness which turned to tingling and then became a burning sensation when you touched things,” said Doris Stanner who has suffered from neuropathy for eight years...

July 20, 2005
Up in Smoke – Medical Marijuana Update:
Clifford Spencer, 52, is one of more than 5,000 unpaid volunteers or “caregivers” that grow and transport medical marijuana to card holders in Oregon...

July 05, 2005
Help without Hurt – Pain Free Shots:
Almost everyone suffers in varying degrees of trypanophobia: Fear of injections. A group of trypanophobic UC Berkeley students may have perfected a way making that annual flu shot less painful and they owe their inspiration to the common inkjet printer...

June 16, 2005
Titanium Debris Damages Artificial Joints:
Recent findings suggest that microscopic titanium particles weaken the bonding of hip, knee, and other joint replacements. While titanium implants are safe in large blocks, wear and tear can produce micrometer-sized particles at the microscopic level.

May 19, 2005
Cluster Headache Radiosurgery Less Successful, More Dangerous :
New research has shown that, contrary to previous findings, that radiosurgery, also known as “gamma knife treatment,” is not effective at combating cluster headaches. Not only that, the treatments may cause nerve damage in the face...

April 21, 2005
New Drug for Leukemia Patients:
A new drug that could help leukemia patients has successfully completed a Phase 1 clinical trial. The drug, BMS-354825, helps patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)...

March 18, 2005
Docs to go Digital? :
Politicians ranging from President George W. Bush to New York Senator Hillary Clinton have touted digital medical records as a way to save both money and lives. But electronic medical records are still years away from reality, partly because of the huge initial investment the system will require...

February 25, 2005
First American Benefits From Experimental Stem Cell Surgery in Portugal :
The United States government may be mired in a politico-religious maze of questions concerning embryonic stem cell research, but Portugal has moved ahead, transplanting stem cells from patients’ nasal passages to damaged spinal cord areas...

February 11, 2005
Physicians Relying on PDA’s to Help Manage Patient Care:
The first year of residency can be a scary and somewhat overwhelming experience. For many first-years, this anxious period is less daunting thanks to a small device that fits in the palm of their hands — a personal digital assistant, or PDA.

January 28, 2005
Stents Key to Corporate Merger:
If a merger could be made into a reality show, Johnson and Johnson’s acquisition of Guidant might be “The Dating Game.” When Johnson and Johnson announced in December that it would buy Guidant, a leading maker of medical technology...

January 12, 2005
New Discovery on HIV/AIDS Leaves One Carrier Guarded:
Even at the microscopic level of genetics and the HIV virus, it takes two to tango. The question researchers posed was: Why are some individuals of the same geographical ancestry – like European Americans for example – less likely...

November 02, 2004
Analysis of Presidential Candidates' Health Care Plans:
Health care in the United States is a critical issue in the upcoming Nov. 2 election.

January 15, 2004
BD Products Take the "Ouch!" out of the Blood Collection Process:
Some new developments at Becton Dickinson, the country’s leading provider of syringes and blood collection devices, might make uncomfortable moments in the doctor's office a little less painful.

August 18, 2003
Battling Misery: A five-cent device leads the global fight against preventable infections.:
Approximately 16 billion injections are given worldwide every year and 40 percent of those are given with reused syringes in the developing world...

January 09, 2003
#1 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):
Last year, physicians surveyed about the most important innovations of the last 25 years ranked magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) ahead of even such interventions as coronary bypass surgery.

December 10, 2002
#2 - Balloon Angioplasty:
Balloon angioplasty is performed over a quarter of a million times each year in the United States. It ranks as one of the most common surgical procedures in the country.

November 26, 2002
#3 - Mammography:
Over the last ten years, the death rates of breast cancer in the United States have declined considerably, in large part due to the earlier detection of the cancer which mammography made possible.

November 11, 2002
#4 - Cataract Extraction:
Cataract extraction, usually accompanied by lens replacement, is both the most common and the most successful operation performed in the U.S. today.

October 31, 2002
#5 - Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting :
Performed over 200,000 times a year in the United States alone, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting is the most common surgical procedure in the country. Worldwide, over 1 million bypass surgeries are performed every year, with a 99% success rate.

October 11, 2002
#6 - Hip and Knee Replacement:
Hip and knee replacement surgery is somewhat unique among medical innovations—it worked from the beginning. New developments in this technology benefit patients and save millions of dollars every year.

September 10, 2002
#7 - Ultrasonography:
When most people think of ultrasound, they think of pregnancy. But the technique, which uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of the body's internal structures, has functions as diverse as the body parts themselves.

August 26, 2002
#8 - Gastrointestinal Endoscopy:
Imagine a doctor viewing your insides, diagnosing and treating one of numerous possible diseases—without any surgery at all. You do not even need to be unconscious.

August 13, 2002
BD and UNICEF Partner to Aid Developing World:
In a model of public and private partnership, the medical technology company BD has teamed up with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by giving vaccinations to millions of women and children in poor countries around the world.

July 22, 2002
#9 -Inhaled Steroids for Asthma:
In this day and age, the word “steroids” carries highly negative connotations. However, unlike the anabolic steroids that athletes use illegally, inhaled steroids treat the inflammation that underlies asthma attacks.

July 09, 2002
#10 - Laparoscopic Surgery:
Laparoscopy enables physicians to perform complicated surgical procedures, even removing whole organs, without making more than a 1/2 inch cut in the abdomen.

June 25, 2002
#11 - Progress in HIV Treatment:
In the eighties, when scientists and doctors were first beginning to learn about HIV and AIDS, many thought they would develop a vaccine in a few years time.

June 11, 2002
#12 - Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Testing:
PSA testing, when used in conjunction with a digital rectal exam, can help determine a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer.

May 21, 2002
#13 - H. pylori Diagnostics and Treatments:
For years, millions of people worldwide have lived with stomach ulcers, thinking they cannot be cured except by major lifestyle changes. New studies indicate that 9 out of 10 ulcers are caused solely by the bacteria H. pylori.

April 26, 2002
#14 - Bone Densitometry:
What if the only way to diagnose high blood pressure was to have a heart attack? Until recently, that was similar to the state of affairs for osteoporosis, a disease that affects 25 million Americans, including half of all women over the age of 45.

March 26, 2002
#15 - Bone Marrow Transplants:
Bone marrow transplants have saved thousands of lives since the first successful operation in 1968. The procedure became common in the late 1980s, and now 15,000-20,000 people a year receive BMTs.

September 27, 2001
Body1 Remembers Victims:
Biomedical industry loses respected colleagues

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