Medical Technology News

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1/24/2014
Is the Stethoscope Living on Borrowed Time?

Some doctors recommend a switch to hand-held ultrasound devices, while others disagree

1/21/2014
Implanted Devices Might Someday Run on Energy From Nearby Organs

Animal study finds way to harness power from internal motions

1/21/2014
FDA Approval Process Comes Under Scrutiny in Studies

Drugs face inconsistent standards, heart device upgrades may not undergo clinical trials, researchers say

1/21/2014
Cheap Chinese Goods May Mean More Smog in U.S., Study Finds

American consumers must shoulder some of the blame, researchers say

1/15/2014
'Microparticles' Show Promise in Healing Damaged Hearts

Mouse study suggests the therapy can curb injury from inflammation, but human trials are needed

1/8/2014
Chest Implant Might Help With Hard-to-Treat Sleep Apnea

Study found device may provide alternative to air mask therapy

1/8/2014
Surgical 'Glue' May Help Repair Sick Children's Hearts

New adhesive can patch holes in cardiac tissue and 'stick' even under high pressures, developers say

12/20/2013
Some Hip-Replacement Parts Not Proven Safe or Effective: Study

About 8 percent of components used in Britain not backed by evidence; Harvard researchers call for stricter controls

12/19/2013
Survey Finds Support for Banning E-Cigarette Use by Kids

86 percent of adults polled said the nicotine-delivery devices should not be sold to minors

12/16/2013
FDA Approves New Magnet Device to Treat Migraines

User presses button to release pulse of magnetic energy that may help ease headache

12/4/2013
FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures

Owners of the recalled Philips automated external defibrillators advised to contact the company

12/2/2013
Simple Technique Eyed for Diagnosing Irregular Heart Beat

Common heart monitor can predict atrial fibrillation, study says

12/2/2013
Brain-Training Device May Ease Stroke Paralysis

Preliminary study finds benefits long after attack

11/27/2013
Study Raises Concerns Over Safety of Implanted Heart Pump

Clots are arising at increasing rate for people using the HeartMate II device, although reasons are unclear

11/27/2013
Tongue Piercing Helps Paralyzed People Drive Wheelchairs

Although not yet on the market, magnetic technology may let users move with greater speed, ease

11/19/2013
'Smart' Pacemakers May Protect Heart From Further Damage

Study found 'on-off' devices were better than standard 'always on' devices in those with slow heartbeats

11/18/2013
Text Message From Your Heart Doc: 'Take Your Medicine'

New study finds reminder texts help patients stay on the right track for health

11/12/2013
Soaring Prices, Not Demand, Behind Massive Hike in U.S. Health Spending

Major survey of U.S. health care trends yields surprises

10/29/2013
Last Two Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

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

10/25/2013
Ultrasound Device May Improve Emergency Stroke Care: Study

In combination with a powerful clot-dissolving drug, the technology might help clear blocked arteries

9/25/2013
New Robotic Leg Gets Closer to the Real Thing, Study Says

State-of-the-art prosthesis relies on user's nerve signals

9/23/2013
FDA Sets Rules for Smartphone Medical Apps

Agency will only regulate those that turn phones into medical devices

9/20/2013
FDA Launches System to Label Medical Devices

Goal is to improve patient safety, identify items for recall and prevent counterfeiting

9/10/2013
Two Studies Highlight Benefits of Electronic Health Records

New record-keeping method may help improve diabetes care, tracking of childhood growth disorders, studies say

9/10/2013
Financial Incentives for Docs May Improve Care

Studies looked at types of treatments offered and compared patients' blood pressure control

9/9/2013
E-Cigarettes May Equal Nicotine Patches for Smoking Cessation

In study, electronic devices had edge over patches for people still trying to cut down

9/4/2013
New Method Cuts Radiation During Pacemaker Procedure: Study

Electromagnetic tracking system reduces time that live X-rays are needed during device implantation

8/22/2013
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers Aren't Cure-Alls, FDA Warns

Despite hype, treatment doesn't help for cancer or many other ills, and can have serious side effects

8/19/2013
Medical Lessons Learned From the Boston Bombing

Rapid use of imaging was critical in stemming marathon's death toll, researcher says

8/16/2013
High-Tech Prostate Scan May Boost Cancer Detection

Combo of ultrasound and MRI zeroes in on tumors, helping some men avoid biopsy, experts say

8/9/2013
Ultrasound Device Might Be a Mood Booster

Experimental brain treatment seemed to help chronic pain patients in small study

8/2/2013
Smart Technology May Help Kids With Autism Learn, Communicate

Study found apps on iPad, iPod made it easier for them to concentrate, show what they know

7/26/2013
Technology Mishaps Behind 1 in 4 Operating Room Errors: Study

Surgical equipment checklist could cut errors in half, researchers say

7/25/2013
Breathalyzer Device Tells You When Your Workout Is Burning Fat

Paired with smartphone, prototype device helps gauge weight-loss success, developers say

7/22/2013
Routine Echocardiograms Wouldn't Reduce Heart Events: Study

Experts say findings support current guidelines that only at-risk people must receive the test

7/17/2013
Experimental 'iKnife' Tells Surgeon Whether Tissue Is Cancerous

But more research needed to see if device works in everyday practice, expert says

7/16/2013
Electronic Health Records May Slow Rise of Health-Care Costs

Study found small but measurable savings in 3 Mass. communities that have embraced the technology

7/8/2013
Your Internet Medical Search Isn't Private, Study Finds

Companies track and sell the information, researcher says

7/8/2013
U.S. Hospitals Triple Use of Electronic Health Records: Report

System allows sharing of latest information on patients' test results, treatments and meds

6/27/2013
Magnetic Brain Stimulation Might Aid Stroke Recovery: Study

Small trial found patients had faster recovery of lost language, speech skills

6/19/2013
Scientists Use Brain Scans to 'Read' People's Emotions

Aided by a computer, researchers say they can identify how people are feeling

6/18/2013
Lots of Americans Want Health Care Via Their Smartphone

But all too often, the demand outpaces the technology to deliver it, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds

6/6/2013
Pedometers Can Keep You Moving

Research shows they're a low-cost motivator for sitting less, particularly for those with desk jobs

6/5/2013
Mind Control Moves Model Helicopter in Study

Such brain-computer interfaces have potential to help people with paralysis, researcher says

5/22/2013
Docs Use 3-D Printer to Create Lifesaving Airway Device for Infant

Rare, worsening condition led to emergency FDA approval to use splint

5/20/2013
Newer, Pricier Prostate Cancer Radiation No Better Than Old: Study

Researchers looked at men who had the therapy after surgery

5/20/2013
New Device May Show Doctors More of the Colon

Advanced colonoscope has wider range of view than traditional models, picks up more polyps, study finds

5/17/2013
Heart Attack? Doctors Soon May Have an App for That

Experimental app shaves critical seconds off smartphone transmissions of EKG images, study says

5/16/2013
High-Frequency Noise Boosts Math Skills in Study

But the treatment isn't ready for prime time yet, expert says

5/14/2013
Costlier Heart Device May Not Be Worth It, Study Suggests

Dual-chamber implanted defibrillators had more complications than single-chamber models