Medical Technology News

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8/8/2012
Mechanical Device Helps Kids Waiting for Heart Transplant

Pediatric ventricular assist device buys time for young patients with severe heart failure

7/27/2012
Could Gene Doping Be Part of Future Olympics?

Technology reaching the point where some might try to enhance their performance genetically, experts say

7/25/2012
High-Tech CT Scan May Get People With Chest Pain Home Faster

But benefit for low-risk patients isn't clear as test increases cost and radiation exposure

7/17/2012
U.S. Doctors Embracing Electronic Health Records: Survey

Over half have such a system, and another quarter plan to use one in the coming year

7/10/2012
Cell-Based 'Tracking Devices' Might Help Monitor Treatments

Following trail of tiny iron filings, docs might observe heart changes, stem-cell treatments

7/9/2012
Expensive, Drug-Emitting Stents May Be Overused: Study

More selective use of devices that keep arteries open could save U.S. $200 million a year

7/3/2012
Some Crash-Avoidance Systems May Work Better Than Others

Autonomous braking and adaptive headlights provide the biggest benefits, study says

6/12/2012
Huge Rise in CT, MRI, Ultrasound Scan Use: Study

But it's not clear if they're needed or overused

6/6/2012
Some Docs Would Order Cancer Screening for Very Sick Elderly

However, study found most physicians considered patients' age, health in recommendations

5/16/2012
Paralyzed Patients Use Mind to Move Robotic Arm

But there's a long way to go to make this approach practical, experts say

5/14/2012
In Rat Study, Eye Device Shows Promise for Restoring Sight

System uses combination of implanted cells and technology to send images to the brain

5/9/2012
Wheelchair Breakdowns on the Rise, Study Finds

More than half of spinal cord injury patients surveyed had equipment problems within 6 months

5/7/2012
Birth Defect Rates Vary Depending on Fertility Treatment: Study

Researchers not sure if technology or biology is the cause

4/16/2012
Dissolvable Heart Artery Stents Appear Safe in Study

Biodegradable stents might lower risk of heart attack, Japanese researchers suggest

4/12/2012
DNA Testing Finds Allergens, Toxins in Traditional Chinese Medicines

U.S. experts say supplements made in America are different, but neither country tests for ingredients

4/2/2012
New Scanning Technology Might Help Guide Prostate Cancer Care

In mouse study, PSA 'tracer' showed where cancer might spread, but research in humans needed

3/29/2012
The Human Brain: Not a Tangle, But a Grid

Scientists use high-tech imaging to discover simple logic of brain's layout

3/29/2012
Wireless Skin Patch Developed to Transmit Medical Info

Tattoo-like devices would free people from wires of EEGs, EKGs, maker says

3/13/2012
Higher Spending Tied to Better Outcomes in Ontario Hospitals

But researchers note that Canada spends much less per person on health care costs than United States

3/13/2012
Endoscopy May Be Better Than Surgery for Severe Pancreatic Infection

Small, early study found lower risk of death and complications with less invasive procedure

3/12/2012
Giving Docs iPads Might Boost Patient Care

Tablet computers improved efficiency, cut delays in clinical duties among medical residents in study

3/6/2012
Brain Scans Overused on U.S. Stroke Patients, Study Says

Most get both MRI and CT imaging, adding to rising medical costs

2/15/2012
'Autoinjector' Offers Safe, Speedy Care for Life-Threatening Seizures: Study

Status epilepticus claims 55,000 lives a year but new drug delivery system could help

2/15/2012
Millions of Americans Have Untreated Hearing Loss: Study

Many people think the condition is inevitable and not a major concern, study finds

2/13/2012
Home Oxygen Could Raise Burn Risk: Experts

Banning smoking and taking other safety precautions can prevent mishaps

2/1/2012
Scientists Use Brain Waves to Eavesdrop on the Mind

Computer model seeks to decode heard language, but research is preliminary

1/19/2012
Repeat Scans Urged for Head Injury When Blood Thinners Involved

Italian study confirms recommendation for 2 CT scans 24 hours apart to detect bleeding in brain

1/3/2012
Study Looks at Deep Brain Stimulation in Bipolar Patients

Research is still preliminary, with few patients involved so far

12/29/2011
Is American Medicine Too Test Happy?

Overuse of diagnostic exams can harm patient health, inflate medical costs, some experts warn

12/28/2011
U.S. Doctors Behind Face Transplants Give Details of Procedure

Long, painstaking surgery has so far only been done on 18 patients worldwide

12/23/2011
Many VA Patients Would Share Personal Health Records, Study Finds

Nearly 80% surveyed said they would allow spouse, others access to information

12/15/2011
Robotic Therapy May Help Some Stroke Survivors Walk

Certain patients' gait improved when the devices were used along with conventional rehab in study

11/30/2011
Scans May Discern Between Two Types of Dementia

Alzheimer's and frontotemporal lobar degeneration can can be difficult to tell apart, researchers report

11/30/2011
Docs Who Own MRIs Order Far More Scans

Imaging tests more likely to come back negative, suggesting they were unnecessary, researchers say

11/30/2011
Most U.S. Drivers Engage in 'Distracting' Behaviors: Poll

Cellphone talk, texting, even applying makeup: Most know it's dangerous, but many do it anyway

11/30/2011
New Hip Implants No Better Than Older Ones, Study Finds

Not enough data to tell which device is best, researchers say

11/24/2011
1st Artificial Windpipe Made With Stem Cells Seems Successful

Using patient's own cells to create custom airway cut risk for transplant rejection, scientists say

11/4/2011
Newer Not Necessarily Better for Football Helmet Design

Comparison of old 'leatherhead' and modern polycarbonate helmets shows updates still needed

11/3/2011
More Targeted Treatments Key to Progress in War on Cancer: Report

Major cancer organization also calls for streamlined clinical trials

11/3/2011
FDA OKs Heart Valve That Does Not Require Open-Heart Surgery

Experts believe the device will expand options for frailer, sicker patients

11/2/2011
Modern Technology Reveals Clues From Egyptian Mummy

It was a child from a wealthy family who died young, researchers report

10/26/2011
X-Ray Screening Doesn't Prevent Lung Cancer Deaths: Study

Researchers found no reduction in mortality among those who got chest X-rays

10/18/2011
Study Links New Dialysis Technology to Rise in Bleeding Risk

E-beam sterilization associated with clotting complication, researchers say

10/3/2011
Facebook Pages May Offer Clues to Underage Drinking

For college students, risks rose as online references to boozing went up, study found

9/22/2011
Scientists Reconstruct the 'Movies in Our Minds'

Using MRI scans and computers, they interpreted brain patterns as people watched film trailers

9/16/2011
Family of Four Has Its Genome Sequenced

Father's blood-clotting mutation prompts genetic testing, then genetic sequencing

9/16/2011
Research Reveals Why Hungry People Get Cranky

Stress, hunger trigger fluctuating levels of the hormone serotonin in the brain, scans show

9/14/2011
Rural Stroke Victims May Benefit From 'Virtual' Care

'Telestroke' is a cost-effective way to provide long-distance stroke treatment, researchers say

9/12/2011
Virtual Colonoscopy Still Has Its Skeptics

Not all see new technology as better way to screen for colon cancer

9/12/2011
Linking Pharmacies With Doctors' Offices Can Improve Med Adherence: Study

Patients in an 'integrated' health system more likely to fill their prescriptions to treat chronic ills