Current Headlines

  1. NIH Issues Final Genomic Data Sharing Policy
    8/29/2014

    A new final policy from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will give scientists of government-funded research six months to load any collected genomic data into a government-stablished database. The policy will apply to all researchers with NIH-funded grants who are conducting large-scale human and non-human projects that generate genomic data.

  2. BiliCam: A Smarthone App For Diagnosing Jaundice In Newborns
    8/29/2014

    Blood testing is the current gold standard for diagnosing newborn jaundice, a condition that affects many children but can become severe and require treatment. Now, a new smartphone application developed by University of Washington (UW) engineers may help parents or healthcare workers determine if a blood test is necessary.  

  3. 10 Finalists Selected In Qualcomm’s Tricorder XPRIZE Competition
    8/29/2014

    Scenes of Star Trek’s Dr. Leonard McCoy diagnosing a crew member on a distant alien planet are pervasive in modern culture. Using a small handheld device, he had more resources at his disposal than a modern day hospital to figure out what’s wrong and heal the ailing crew member, usually within a scene (or maybe two). Bringing this type of healthcare accessibility to reality is the goal of Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition, and now 10 teams have been chosen to move on to the final round.

  4. Medtronic Pays $350M For NGC Medical In Second European Acquisition Of The Week
    8/29/2014

    Medtronic recently announced that it is buying the rest of hospital services firm NGC Medical for $350 million, after having held a 30 percent ownership stake in the Italian firm for the past year.

  5. Handheld DNA Diagnostic Device Enables Rapid Virus Detection
    8/28/2014

    In the age of Ebola and other deadly viral diseases, the ability to rapidly diagnose an infection is critical. Now, a team at the University of Otago has developed a device to measure viral DNA levels — a breakthrough that may give healthcare personnel increased freedom and an improved ability to respond.

  6. Multi-Tasking Nanoparticle Combines Imaging And Therapeutics
    8/28/2014

    Using nanoparticles for diagnosis is a hot area of research, as is the use of nanoparticles for therapeutic delivery. Combining the two functions together in a single nanoparticle, however, is a new step forward from UC Davis researchers. 

  7. World’s First 3D Printed Vertebrae Implanted
    8/28/2014

    Commercially available spine implants generally work well, but for special situations like those involving smaller pediatric patients, they can be inadequate. To address the issue, researchers at Peking University Third Hospital in China turned to 3D printing. 

  8. Medtronic Acquires Sapiens For $200M, Bolsters Neuromodulation Business
    8/28/2014

    Medtronic recently purchased the Dutch firm Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation (Sapiens SBS) for $200 million in cash to bolster its neuromodulation business. With the acquisition, Medtronic will be able to offer Sapiens’ next-generation deep brain stimulation (DBS) device, which utilizes an advanced lead with 40 individual stimulation points that enables precise stimulation of the brain with less side effects.

  9. NASA-Inspired Robotics For Pediatric Surgery
    8/27/2014

    Space robots have been a part of science fiction for several decades, providing entertainment to children for generations. For a newly developed surgical device, however, inspiration from NASA and the International Space Station promises to help children in another way.

  10. Endo’s Medical Device Unit Up For Sale
    8/27/2014

    Pharmacological firm Endo International PLC is reportedly looking to sell its medical device subsidiary American Medical Systems (AMS), three years after acquiring the business.

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