Medical Technology News

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3/11/2014
FDA Approves First Device to Prevent Migraines

Wearable headband uses electrodes to stimulate nerve tied to the headaches

2/27/2014
Study Questions FDA Warning Against CT Scans for Those With Heart Devices

It found no harm to patients with devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, but agency still concerned

2/25/2014
Amputee's 'Phantom Limb' Pain Eased by Virtual Arm Technology

But researchers note it's not clear if treatment will work for anyone else

2/20/2014
Scientists Use Fishing Line, Thread to Make Artificial Muscles

They're 100 times stronger than human muscles and could be used in robots, researchers say

2/18/2014
More Patients Are Checking Doctor-Rating Websites, Study Finds

But just how trustworthy these reviews are isn't clear

2/18/2014
'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve

Innovations can help people manage their conditions, function in emergencies, keep doctors informed

2/14/2014
Implanted Monitor May Help Spot Dangerous Heart Rhythm After Stroke

In company-funded trial, device outperformed usual tests in detecting atrial fibrillation

2/11/2014
Experimental Eyewear Helps Surgeons 'See' Cancer, Study Says

The hope is the new technology will reduce the need for follow-up surgeries

2/10/2014
Is Technology Creating a World of Sickly Couch Potatoes?

Study found people in emerging nations with TVs, computers and cars more likely to be obese, have diabetes

1/30/2014
Patients May Have to Compete With Computers for Doctors' Attention

Study of office visits found a third of physicians' time was spent with their eyes on the screen

1/28/2014
Breath Test May Detect Signs of Lung Cancer: Study

Examining breath samples from patients with suspicious growths might help determine who needs surgery

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