Medical Technology News

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8/31/2011
Electronic Medical Records Might Boost Diabetes Care

Study suggests a link, but were clinics that adopted the technology simply better all around?

8/12/2011
From the Couch to the Computer: A New Take on Therapy

Patients, doctors finding benefits in hi-tech methods for psychological care

8/11/2011
'Superdrug' Against Range of Viruses Shows Promise in Animal Trials

DRACO looks for genetic target that's common to virally infected cells, but will it work in humans?

8/10/2011
Human Cells Used to Make Replacement Anal Sphincters in Mice

Goal is to one day use patient's own cells to build implant for those with incontinence, scientists say

8/8/2011
CPAP Therapy Most Effective for Sleep Apnea, Experts Say

Strong evidence supports use of machine that pumps air through mask worn during sleep: review

8/2/2011
Bio-Engineered Spinal Discs Appear Successful in Rats

Made of cells and collagen, these implants might someday help humans with tough to treat back pain

7/27/2011
Implantable Device May Ease Tough-to-Treat Hypertension

But complication rate was relatively high and FDA approval may be years away, researchers say

7/13/2011
'Virtual Reality' May Help in Parkinson's Therapy

The technology is a promising tool to improve movement speed in patients, researcher says

7/13/2011
Mobile Sensors Track Health of Elderly in Pilot Test

Small study found the technology useful for monitoring behavior, physical health

6/30/2011
Group-Think Can Influence Your Memory, Research Shows

Study probes science of false memories, finds brain scans show regions that activate in groups

6/30/2011
E-Prescribing Doesn't Slash Errors, Study Finds

Computer-generated scripts for outpatients often make same mistakes as manual systems

6/23/2011
Implantable Device May Help Ease Tough Migraines

Study found it boosted headache-free days, but experts say it shouldn't be first-line treatment

6/8/2011
Brain Scans to Spot Alzheimer's May Be Available This Year

But detection remains questionable, expert says, while treatment is still elusive

5/23/2011
Cancer Patients Benefit From Full Access to Medical Records

Study finds it boosts their satisfaction and trust in treatment

5/17/2011
Scans of Egyptian Mummies Show Heart Disease Was Ancient Malady

Findings suggest that problem stems from more than 'modern lifestyle,' expert says

5/16/2011
ICU Patients May Benefit From 'Telemedicine'

Lower rates of death and complications seen for patients monitored remotely, study finds

5/12/2011
Telemonitoring Success May Depend on Patients' Age, Literacy Level

Findings from study of heart failure patients might help improve monitoring systems

5/12/2011
Keep MP3 Headphones 2 Centimeters or More From Pacemaker: Study

Don't store them in a front pocket if you have a lifesaving cardiac device

5/10/2011
A Capsule Camera Instead of a Colonoscopy?

Remote-controlled device captured images of entire colon, researchers report

4/24/2011
What Makes a Face Appealing to the Opposite Sex?

Those who think women prefer men to have a square jaw are in for a surprise

4/13/2011
Donor Lungs Kept Alive Outside Body

Technique could dramatically increase number of lungs available for transplant, says surgeon

4/8/2011
Could Stomach 'Pacemaker' Be New Weight-Loss Tool?

Not yet approved in the U.S, the device sends tiny impulses to nerves to signal fullness sooner

4/7/2011
Scientists Use Computer to 'Read' Human Thoughts

Technology could help disabled patients relate to world around them, findings suggest

4/7/2011
Report: Hospital Errors May Be Far More Common Than Suspected

New tracking system uncovers 10 times as many medical mistakes

3/1/2011
Heart Devices Not Tested Enough in Women: Study

FDA disregards its own mandate for data on women in clinical trials, researchers contend

3/1/2011
Use of Virtual Colonoscopy on the Rise in U.S. Hospitals

More patients undergoing this type of screening, despite lack of Medicare coverage, study finds

2/28/2011
Medical Surrogates May Pay Emotional Price for Crisis Decisions

Stress, guilt, doubt greatest for those whose loved ones didn't convey end-of-life requests, study says

2/23/2011
Laser Technology Might Help Doctors Diagnose Melanoma

In early trial, technique was 100% accurate in correctly identifying cancerous lesions

2/14/2011
Report Blames Speedy FDA Clearance for Medical Device Recalls

But agency notes steps have been taken to strengthen approval system

2/11/2011
Therapy Can Help Stroke Patients Walk, Even After 6 Months

Comparison study found intense training at home as good as high-tech treadmill device

2/2/2011
Researchers Craft Blood Vessels for Heart, Kidney Patients

Ready-made and easily stored, bioengineered transplants did well in animal trials

1/26/2011
FDA Panel Recommends Tougher Standards for External Defibrillators

Recalls, failure to fix problems spurred agency to ask for more oversight

1/18/2011
New Devices Help Seniors Stay Longer in Their Own Homes

Sensors, GPS and more are being used to track aging parents' movements

12/23/2010
Electronic Health Records May Not Always Improve Care

Experts say better tools needed to assess effectiveness of new record-keeping

12/7/2010
Co-Opting Technology for the Sake of Weight Loss

U.S. agencies to test new ways to help young adults shed pounds

11/23/2010
Implanted Heart Devices Have 'Real-World' Benefits: Study

Remote monitoring of ICD and CRT devices seems to improve survival even more, researchers say

11/19/2010
Medical Advances Improving Lives, Surveyed Docs Say

'Constant progress and changing technology' plus physician expertise help meet patient needs: expert

11/16/2010
Old Defibrillators Safe for Re-use

Used, sterilized ICDs didn't cause infections, delivered lifesaving shocks when needed, study finds

11/15/2010
External Defibrillators Not Much Help in Hospitals

While effective in public places, study found differently in hospital setting

11/15/2010
Device Improves Survival of Heart Failure Patients: Study

Resynchronization therapy also reduces hospitalizations, researchers say

11/10/2010
Hospital Checklists Reduce Surgical Complications, Deaths: Study

Every hospital should start using checklists to safeguard against errors, experts say

11/8/2010
Solar Blood-Pressure Device Shows Promise for Use in Poor Nations

Instrument could improve treatment of hypertension in low-income countries, researchers say

10/20/2010
Home Monitoring of Blood-Thinner Use Appears Effective

Home tests show promise for patients taking warfarin, study finds

10/18/2010
New Guidelines Issued for Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's

Experts publish consensus with ultimate goal of improving patients' lives

9/14/2010
Medical Study Authors Often Fail to Disclose Industry Ties

Lax reporting of device makers' payments to researchers are cause for concern, report says

9/10/2010
In Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Chest Compressions Matter

Outside hospital setting, using it before defibrillation may save lives, study found

9/9/2010
Brain Scans Could Spot Developmental Problems in Kids

Researcher suggests tests may give warning if child's brain growth is behind schedule

9/9/2010
New Tool Aims to Predict Problems in Preemies

Method allows early assessment of babies' health risks based on available data, study says

8/25/2010
Biosynthetic Corneas Show Promise in Transplants

They improved vision without side effects, small study found

8/18/2010
Reminders Spur Hospital Staff to Remove Patient Catheters

Systems that promote timely action can cut rate of urinary tract infections, researchers say