Medical Technology News

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5/9/2013
Swimming Pools May Pose Hazard for People With Heart Devices

Electricity from pools' lighting systems might interfere with implanted defibrillators, case studies show

5/9/2013
Wireless Pacemaker Shows Promise in Early Study

Device implanted directly in the heart, but questions remain about long-term use, safety

5/2/2013
Future 'Smart' Objects Could Chat While They Help

People may prefer their gadgets to sound friendly, not look human, researcher says

5/1/2013
Kelly the Robot Helps Kids Tackle Autism

Small study found they tended to do better at developing social skills when this 'co-therapist' was used

4/26/2013
Interns' Schedules Shortchange Patients, Study Suggests

Only 12 percent of their day spent at bedsides

4/24/2013
'Off-the-Shelf' Artificial Blood Vessels Show Promise

They might be helpful for kidney failure patients on dialysis, animal study suggests

4/24/2013
Can You Feel Empathy for a Robot?

Researchers try to capture bond between humans, mechanical companions

4/15/2013
'Bioengineered' Kidneys Show Promise in Rat Study

Artificial organs produced urine, but hurdles remain before they might be used in humans, experts say

4/12/2013
'Mobility Shoes' May Help Those With Arthritic Knees: Study

The footwear alters gait and reduces load on the joint, researchers say

4/4/2013
Could Scientists Peek Into Your Dreams?

In small study, computer programs and brain MRIs identified visual images during sleep

3/29/2013
Artificial Ovaries Could Potentially Deliver Hormone Therapy

Proof-of-concept study suggests it's possible to create a more natural option to HRT

3/28/2013
Researchers Test Implanted Brain Stimulator for Alzheimer's

They hope the device will restore some thinking ability and improve focus, attention

3/22/2013
FDA Proposes Tighter Regulation of Public Defibrillators

Agency isn't recalling the cardiac-arrest devices, but wants to require pre-market approval

3/18/2013
Study Probes Use of Filter Device to Stop Deadly Blood Clots

Hospitals' use of vena cava filters varies widely, probably because evidence is lacking of benefit

3/4/2013
Is Too Much E-Communication Swamping Doctors?

In survey of VA primary care docs, 30 percent said they'd missed patient test results

3/1/2013
Low-Income Patients Often Have Trouble Reaching Doctor Via Email

Health clinics in poorer communities less likely to offer services such as electronic communication

2/21/2013
Study: Electronic Prescribing Cuts Medication Errors

Found 17 million mishaps prevented in single year, says wider use could avert millions more

2/20/2013
Magnetic Implant May Ease Chronic Acid Reflux

Study found device allowed some heartburn patients to stop taking medication

2/20/2013
Hear This: 3-D Printing Creates Lifelike Artificial Ears

The prosthetics look and feel like the real thing, and could help accident victims or those with cancer

2/20/2013
U.S. Doctors Slow To Adopt Electronic Health Records

Despite incentives, just 1 in 6 uses the new technology, study finds

2/20/2013
Injected 'Hydrogel' May Help Repair Failing Hearts

Testing in pigs shows it serves as platform for growth of healthy tissue; human trials are planned

2/19/2013
Sharp Rise Seen in Robotically Assisted Hysterectomies

Study finds complication rate similar to other minimally invasive technique, but higher cost

2/19/2013
Fluorescent Tracer 'Lights Up' Brain Tumor for Surgery

A bright pink glow showed the precise pathway a glioma took to spread through the brain

2/18/2013
Patients Often Ill-Informed on Impact of Heart Device

Doctors focus on technical side of implantable defibrillator, not its effect on quality of life: study

2/18/2013
Women at Greater Risk for Hip Implant Failure, Study Finds

More research needed to determine why gender affects success of this joint replacement surgery

2/6/2013
Nerve-Stimulating Device Might Ease Migraines

Small study found no side effects from treatment

1/30/2013
More Oversight Urged for Money Spent on Research

Data analysis suggests duplicate grants may be costing U.S. funding agencies millions of dollars

1/17/2013
Your Genetic Secrets May Not Be as Safe as You Think

Scientists able to identify men who had donated DNA to science by using their Y chromosome, the Internet

1/15/2013
Texting Could Help Spread the Word on Teen Health

Study takes advantage of technology to educate kids on nutrition, fitness

1/7/2013
Costly Breast Cancer Screenings May Not Help Seniors: Study

To determine benefit, more older women should be included in clinical trials, expert says

12/10/2012
Your Smartphone Might Help You Lose Weight

Personalized feedback and coaching along with education let patients shed pounds, study found

12/7/2012
As Doctors Go High-Tech, Staff Injuries May Rise

Poorly designed work spaces might lead to repetitive strain complaints, expert says

12/4/2012
Young Surgeons May Be Easily Distracted

Working through interruptions 'is something you learn how to deal with,' researcher says

12/3/2012
FDA to Collaborate on Development of Medical Devices

New public-private partnership should speed approval process, agency says

11/27/2012
Women With Dense Breasts Open to Additional Cancer Screening: Study

Routine mammograms can miss tumors in these women, researchers explain

11/23/2012
Device May Allow Blind to Read Braille Without Touch: Report

Company has developed eye implant technology to help sightless detect color, movement and objects

11/14/2012
Synthetic Skin Heals Itself With a Touch, Study Shows

Material might someday be used for artificial limbs, researchers say

11/13/2012
Device Offers Hope for Battery-Free Pacemakers

'Energy harvester' would be powered by heart's beating, but more research needed

11/12/2012
Could iPads, Kindles Be Just What the Eye Doctor Ordered?

Digital tablets improve reading speed of those with central vision loss, study finds

10/17/2012
Docs: Heart Device Might Be Breakthrough for Muscular Dystrophy

Ohio man among the first to receive the technology, aimed at preventing fatal heart failure

10/16/2012
Vaginal Ring Delivers HIV Drug in Animal Study

If it works in women, it could be used for other medicines, researchers say

10/16/2012
Rising Eye Injury Rates Seen With Robotic Prostate Surgery

Patient position during procedure or other unknown cause may lead to scratches on cornea

10/9/2012
New MRI Might Help Spot Heart Disease Early: Study

Technique uses multiple images to improve chances of diagnosing coronary artery disease

10/8/2012
CT Scans of Kids in ER With Stomach Pain Skyrockets

Between 1998 and 2008, CT use ballooned from 1 percent to 15 percent of these cases, study shows

10/4/2012
Home Dialysis an Option for Some With Chronic Kidney Disease

But doctors, patients slow to embrace this timesaver, study finds

10/1/2012
Retina's Thickness May Be Tied to Severity of MS, Study Suggests

If true, it might be a useful tool to measure the effectiveness of treatments

9/6/2012
U.S. Health Care System Wastes $750B Annually, Report Finds

More needs to be to done to reduce 'inefficiences,' Institute of Medicine panel says

9/6/2012
'Magic' Carpet Could Help Shield Elderly From Falls

Optical fibers map walking patterns, warn of potential dangers

8/27/2012
Mechanical Blood Clot 'Retrievers' May Aid Stroke Patients

Two studies suggest the devices might be an improvement in clearing blocked vessels

8/13/2012
Many Test Results Left Unread as Patients Leave Hospital: Study

Electronic records could prevent important information from falling through cracks, expert says