Medical Technology News

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8/21/2008
Scientists ID New Proteins in Programmed Cell Death

Findings may lead to novel drug targets for stroke, infectious diseases, study says

8/19/2008
Silver-Coated Ventilator Tubes Cut Risk of Pneumonia

Antimicrobial properties blocked bacteria formation, delayed onset of lung inflammation

8/19/2008
Ultrasound Used to Predict Heart Attack Risk

Provides noninvasive way to identify plaques, improve effectiveness of therapy

8/19/2008
Imaging System Lets Doctors 'See' Cancer During Surgery

Fluorescent dyes light up diseased tissue on video monitors, helping spare healthy cells

8/18/2008
New Imaging Technique Could Spot Early Cancers

Lasers heat nanotubes, then docs listen for ultrasound waves released showing tumors

8/8/2008
New Technique Removes Gallbladder Without External Incisions

Endoscope was inserted through 1-inch cut behind uterus and into woman's body cavity

8/7/2008
Robot Playmates Help Autistic Kids With Social Skills

Researchers say finding could be used for creation of new therapy tools

8/7/2008
Medical Blogs May Threaten Patient Privacy

More than half revealed data for easy IDs, lacked basic ethical standards, study finds

8/3/2008
Video Consultations Effective for Stroke Treatment

Using audio, imaging, telemedicine proves superior tool for decisions in remote areas

8/1/2008
Breast CT Scans Could Be Comfortable Alternative to Mammograms

Newer technique didn't squeeze breasts, still spotted lesions, study finds

7/31/2008
Assisted Fertilization Risks May Be Due to Infertility

Single babies conceived this way have poorer outcomes, but procedure not at fault, study says

7/28/2008
MRI Captures Alzheimer's Lesions

International meeting to hear that conventional imaging showed brain plaques in rabbits

7/26/2008
Automated, Wearable Kidney Offers Continuous Dialysis

UCLA team develops device giving patients freedom of movement, better quality of life

7/15/2008
Imaging Advance Tracks Prostate Cancer in Lymph Nodes

Engineered 'payload' based on common cold virus could aid doctors in treatment decisions

7/11/2008
Nanoparticle Stops Cancer From Spreading

'Smart bomb' curbs metastasis with fewer side effects, study finds

7/3/2008
Screening Athletes Could Cut Sudden Cardiac Death Risk

But ECG use controversial because of cost, number of false positives, study says

7/3/2008
Barcode Technology Flaws Put Some Patients at Risk

Nurses forced to use 'workarounds' to ensure medication errors are kept to minimum, study says

7/3/2008
Tongue-Driven Device Aids Handicapped

Magnetic tracer lets disabled control wheelchairs, perform other tasks independently

7/2/2008
New Ear Tube Device Helps Treat Infections Faster

Stainless steel rod reduces time of anesthesia, number of instruments inserted into canal

7/1/2008
New Method Better Predictor of In Vitro Fertilization Success

Four factors were 70% accurate in determining if end result was pregnancy

7/1/2008
TB Outbreaks May Be Predicted by First 2 Cases

Identifying cluster characteristics early would aid control efforts, researchers say

6/24/2008
Radio-Wave Devices May Play Havoc With Medical Equipment

In lab setting, they caused some machines to turn off, others to malfunction

6/20/2008
Blood Substitute Found Safe in Large Phase III Trial

It worked best in those under 80, could ease expected worldwide shortfall of supplies

6/19/2008
Star-Shaped Brain Cells Make Scans Possible

Astrocytes called missing link between neurons, blood vessels, researchers say

6/18/2008
'Micromagnets' May One Day Enhance MRI Technology

They could boost sensitivity, amount of information offered by the images

6/16/2008
New PET Scanner Could Improve Diagnosis

It offers much better image resolution, scientists say

6/15/2008
A Health Gift for Men on Father's Day

Be aware of your prostate cancer risk, experts advise

6/11/2008
Facility Characteristics Influence Mammography Accuracy

Where screening is performed as important as who interprets results, study finds

6/10/2008
ECG Reading May Predict Death, Rehospitalization Risk

Measurement is inexpensive, simple to perform, yields instant result, study says

6/7/2008
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page

Math converts two systems into better measurement, study says

6/5/2008
Tracking Cancer Drug's Effectiveness

Bioluminescence imaging a lower cost tool than MRI for evaluating new drugs, study says

6/3/2008
Dangerous Side Effect Found in Cancer Immunotherapy Research

Lab experiment resulted in T-cells spreading beyond treatment area

6/2/2008
Public Lacks Confidence to Help in Cardiac Emergencies

Survey finds less than 25% sure they could perform CPR, use automated defibrillator

5/30/2008
Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

Deadline is Dec. 31, but FDA urges asthma patients to switch to eco-friendly versions now

5/29/2008
Researchers Develop Stem Line With Sickle Cell Mutation

Technique could allow scientists to more quickly screen models for drugs to treat diseases

5/29/2008
Monkey Controls Robotic Arm With Brain

Cutting-edge research shows animals learned brain signal manipulation to feed themselves

5/26/2008
Laser Therapy a New Option for Vocal-Cord Cancers

It preserved and restored patients' voices with disease-free survival up to 5 years

5/22/2008
'Net, Video Tools Successful in Lung Disease Management

Canada's TELEHEALTH program improved conditions for patients in rural and remote areas

5/19/2008
Kidney Cancers More Likely to Be Diagnosed Early

Widespread use of medical imaging now catching smaller tumors at treatable stages

5/18/2008
New Surgical Technology Holds Promise of Painless, Scarless Procedures

Endoscope inserted through natural body openings avoids incisions, shortens recoveries

5/18/2008
New Technology Speeds GI Disease Diagnosis

Tiny microscope at end of endoscope allows immediate imagery of gastrointestinal tract

5/18/2008
Replacement Bladder Grown From Body's Own Cells

'Neo-organ' from intestinal tissue could offer therapy option for cancer patients

5/9/2008
Telemedicine a Cost-Effective Alternative to ER Visits

Study finds more than 25% of pediatric 'emergencies' could have been handled online

5/2/2008
'Virtual' Health Teams Boost Patient Care

Connecting a variety of specialists by computer, phone enhances outcomes, study finds

5/1/2008
Home Monitoring Program Improves Outcomes for Heart Patients

Remote screening cut hospital readmissions, provided timely intervention

4/30/2008
Bioartificial Kidney Cuts Death Risk, Improves Outcomes

In small study, device helped a little more than half of patients recover renal function

4/30/2008
Mouse Skin Cells Reprogrammed to Act Like Embryonic Stem Cells

New cells were coaxed into becoming three kinds of cardiac cells

4/28/2008
Artificial Cervical Disc Surgery Cheaper Than Fusion

Savings of almost $6,000 primarily due to earlier return to work, analysis finds

4/23/2008
Embryonic Stem Cells Turned Into Three Types of Heart Cells

When transplanted into mice, they improved heart function, researchers report

4/21/2008
New Atrial Fibrillation Surgery Improves Results

Called a 'box lesion,' it helps isolate electrical impulses causing irregular heartbeat