Medical Technology News

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7/30/2015
Drones Might Fly Blood Samples to Clinics, Study Finds

Machines could be used for medical testing in remote areas

7/29/2015
Implanted Defibrillators Restore Healthy Heart Function to Many: Study

Findings underscore need to repeatedly check up on patients who get these devices, researcher says

7/29/2015
FDA Approves 'Belly Balloon' Device for Weight Loss

Inflated with sterile solution and kept in stomach for no more than 6 months, it makes people feel full

7/22/2015
Cell Damage Occurs When People Have CT Scans: Study

But whether this could trigger cancer or other health issues remains unclear, experts say

7/15/2015
Daily Smartphone Use Might Offer Clues to Depression

Small study contends that people who use the devices more often are likelier to have the disorder

7/13/2015
Prenatal Gene Tests Can Sometimes Spot Cancer in Mom-to-Be

Abnormal findings on early test don't always indicate birth defects, study says

6/29/2015
Heart Association's Stroke Guidelines Support Clot-Removing Device

If clot-busting drugs don't work, device can be used to pull the blockage out through the artery

6/24/2015
Oxygen Chamber Therapy May Ease Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

But treatment isn't FDA-approved, so insurance companies might not cover the cost

6/24/2015
Virtual Reality May Help Alcoholics Beat Cravings, Study Finds

Technology might also teach better ways to cope with challenging situations

6/22/2015
Can Smartphones Interfere With Pacemakers?

Study finds tiny risk, and users are advised to keep phones away from chest pockets

6/18/2015
Technology May Help Surgeons Tell Brain Cancer From Healthy Tissue

Research shows promise; could be used in humans as soon as this summer, study author says

6/15/2015
FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for Parkinson's Disease

Brio Neurostimulation System is second such device approved for tremor disorders

6/10/2015
Early CPR Spurred by Smartphone Alerts Saves Lives

Phone apps get trained volunteers to cardiac-arrest victims before ambulance, researchers say

6/10/2015
Blood Proteins May Provide Early Clue to Alzheimer's

Findings could offer possible ways to diagnose, treat the disease sooner, researchers say

6/9/2015
Technology Offers Hope of Better Bionic Legs

Researchers want brain signals to control movement of artificial lower limb

6/4/2015
E-Cigarette Users Often Believe Devices Will Help Them Quit Tobacco

They also think vapor is less harmful than secondhand smoke, survey finds

5/27/2015
Helpful Bacteria May Help Detect Cancers That Have Spread to Liver

Researchers used harmless strain of E. coli to find metastatic disease in mice

5/21/2015
Quadriplegic Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arms

Research is still preliminary, but implants have worked for several patients

5/21/2015
Researchers Report Progress in Making All Blood Types Universally Accepted

Process isn't perfected, but looks promising, experts say

5/18/2015
It May Soon Be Possible to Easily 'Brew' Narcotics

While breakthrough could benefit medicine, researchers warn of potential to create illegal drugs

5/15/2015
Activity Improves Survival for Those With Implanted Defibrillators

People who are most active soon after getting heart device tend to live longer, researchers find

5/15/2015
World's Tiniest Pacemaker Seems Safe, Effective in Trial

Device is 93 percent smaller than prior pacemakers that are implanted through a vein

5/13/2015
Researchers Hone in on Genes Linked to Serious Blood Infection

Study findings could lead to new test to detect sepsis earlier

5/5/2015
Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Lower Diabetes Risk for Some

Wearing CPAP device eight hours a night improved blood sugar levels in study

5/4/2015
Fecal Transplant Helps Fight Off Dangerous Gut Infection: Review

Treatment effective for recurrent disease, research shows

5/4/2015
Device May Pose Dangers for Patients With Irregular Heartbeat: Study

Off-label use of Lariat resulted in handful of cases where lifesaving surgery was needed or patient died

4/29/2015
3D 'Printout' Device Keeps Very Ill Babies Breathing

Flexible implant adapts with child's growth, researchers say

4/22/2015
New Technology Tests Tumors Inside the Patient to Find Best Treatment

Experimental devices might reduce risk of side effects, lower costs, researchers say

4/13/2015
Muscle Strength Helps Baseball Pitchers Avoid Injury

Researchers use computer simulation to show what contributes to elbow problems

4/10/2015
Smartphones Could Be Early Warning System for Earthquakes

Technology could detect problems and alert people in developing countries

4/10/2015
Stem Cells, Fecal Transplants Show Promise for Crohn's Disease

But both trials were small and more research is needed

4/6/2015
Cooling After Cardiac Arrest May Help Preserve Brain Function

Study finds reducing body temperature slightly tied to good mental outcomes

4/2/2015
Digital Compass Attached to Brain Helps Blind Rats 'See'

Findings suggest putting similar device in canes that blind people use might improve mobility

4/2/2015
High-Tech Skin Maps Show Chemicals From Clothes, Beauty Products

Whether or not those residues are harmful is still not known, experts say

4/1/2015
All That Googling May Make People Feel Smarter Than They Are

In study, Internet searches seemed to boost users' sense of their own knowledge base

3/30/2015
Fecal Transplant Treats Serious, Recurrent Intestinal Infection

Experimental procedure helps people with C. difficile, small study shows

3/24/2015
Malpractice Fears Spurring Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests

Study found 97 percent said they had patients undergo procedures that weren't medically needed

3/20/2015
Urine Test Shows Promise for Early Diagnosis of Kidney Cancer

Simple screen used levels of two proteins to spot the disease with 95 percent accuracy, study found

3/17/2015
Diabetes Groups Call for Greater Scrutiny of Insulin Pumps

American and European associations want more standardization of new technologies

3/17/2015
Certain Painkillers May Lower Colon Cancer Risk for Some

Genetics might be key to the anti-cancer benefits of drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen, study finds

3/16/2015
Study Gauges Value of CT Scans for Heart Patients

CT may slightly outperform 'functional' tests because it helps rule out unnecessary procedures, researchers say

3/16/2015
Better Treatments Helping People With Enlarged Hearts Live Longer: Study

People with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are benefiting from defibrillators, other advances

3/12/2015
FDA Tightens Rules on Endoscopes Tied to 'Superbug' Outbreaks

Poorly cleaned devices implicated in infections at two Los Angeles hospitals

3/12/2015
Excessive Use of Medical Scans Varies By Region

Doctors tend to order more imaging technologies in the Northeast, study found

3/2/2015
Do Heart Surgery Patients Get Too Many Blood Tests?

New research raises concerns about the risk of anemia and blood transfusions

2/25/2015
Three Amputees Regain Function With 'Bionic' Hands

Devices work by sensors that get signals from patients' own muscles, scientists say

2/23/2015
Skin Patch Shows Promise in Easing Peanut Allergy

Wearable device appears to 'educate' cells not to react to the food allergen, researchers say

2/20/2015
FDA OKs New Varicose Vein Treatment

It seals affected veins with adhesive agent, agency says

2/19/2015
Low Cancer Risk With Device Used to Remove Fibroids, Study Finds

Researchers call the findings 'reassuring,' but FDA warnings remain for older women

2/13/2015
New Techniques Outline Tumors' Location in the Brain

Early trials show promise of scans to help surgeons in the OR, or to track the effect of treatments