Current Headlines

  1. Lab-Quality Anemia Testing In 60 Seconds
    9/15/2014

    Testing for anemia is currently laboratory-based and can take significant amounts of time. A research team in Georgia, however, has shown that it can be done in only one minute at the point-of-care and with similar accuracy.  

  2. Optical Imaging Through Opaque Layers
    9/15/2014

    If you were to shine a light on someone’s skin, you wouldn’t expect to see what’s going on behind it. With a new technique published in The Optical Society’s journal Optica, however, you can do just that with surprisingly high levels of resolution.

  3. Boston Scientific Loses $73M Suit Over Transvaginal Mesh Device
    9/15/2014

    After winning the first two cases over its transvaginal mesh devices, Boston Scientific lost a third case recently after jurors in a Texas state court in Dallas ordered the company to pay a woman $73 million for injuries caused by the company’s Obtryx incontinence sling.

  4. “Electronic Skin” For Early Breast Cancer Detection
    9/15/2014

    Manual breast exams have had an impact on breast cancer diagnosis, but smaller lumps are often missed. To assist physicians in their quest to diagnose smaller lumps, a research team from the University of Nebraska has developed an interesting device that may increase sensitivity.

  5. Can Webcams Detect Heart Conditions?
    9/12/2014

    Electrocardiograms (ECGs) are currently the gold standard when detecting atrial fibrillation (AF), a heart condition that, if left untreated, can have serious consequences. ECGs are physician-supervised, but with a new technology, the condition may be identifiable with webcam and some software.

  6. Congressional Leaders Question FDA Decision To Regulate LDTs
    9/12/2014

    Congressional leaders this week grilled FDA officials on the agency’s legal authority to regulate lab-developed tests (LDTs), asking if new requirements would trigger additional costs to laboratories, and whether the FDA itself had the necessary resources to take on the task.

  7. GE Files Charges Against Chinese Engineer For Stealing Trade Secrets
    9/12/2014

    GE Healthcare (GEHC) recently charged a former engineer in federal court with criminal theft of trade secrets for allegedly copying millions of proprietary files and sending them to relatives in China.

  8. Antler-Inspired Prosthesis Breaches Skin Barrier
    9/11/2014

    Typically, people who wear prosthetic legs can only be active for a limited amount of time. Stumps often get sore where they interface with the prosthetic cup, requiring the patient to rest. A new method of implanting the prosthetic anchor, however, may make prosthetic use essentially unlimited.

  9. Medicinal Marijuana Inhaler Enables Controlled, Smokeless Doses
    9/11/2014

    Though the evidence for medical marijuana’s effectiveness continues to mount, many physicians hesitate to prescribe it because dosage is uncontrolled and variable. These fears may soon be put to rest, however, due to a new device from Israeli researchers that delivers the drug in a highly controlled way.

  10. How Will The Apple Watch Impact Healthcare?
    9/11/2014

    Similar to what the company did with digital music more than a decade ago, Apple will have to create and nurture partnerships with players in the healthcare industry in order make its Apple Watch — and wearables in general — go mainstream.

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