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7 medtech stories we missed this week: June 30, 2017

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 19:01
[Image from unsplash.com]From ConforMIS touting its knee replacement study to Consulting Radiologists’s new breast cancer detection tool, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Study: Low-dose CT scanning improves Ankylosing Spondylitis assessment A new study has shown that low-dose computed tomography (LD-CT) is more sensitive than X-rays for monitoring disease progression in people who have Ankylosing Spondylitis, according to a June 15 press release. LD-CT has previously been proven to be sensitive and reliable when assessing bone growth in different patients. The new study is designed to compare how well it can show the formation of new bony growth (syndesmophytes) and an increase in size in syndesmophytes. The study showed...

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Clinical Trial Saves Baby ’s Lungs

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:47
Treatment TermsChildren's health CategoriesClinical trialsFamily health TagsPatient story Sub-Title Baby Collier Proves He ’s a Survivor Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Collier Hart sat smiling in his crib repeatedly saying, “Wa wa.” Given a sippy cup of water, he threw back his head and drained it. He put his hands together, fingertips touching, and made the sign for “more.” None of this is unusual for a 2-year-old, but it is for Collier. He spent the first 15 months of his life at Duke Children’s Hospital af ter being born with severely underdeveloped lungs. Hero Imagecollier_hart_patient_experience.jpg Content Blocks Header Against All Odds Content“All the odds were against this kid,” saidWilliam  Malcolm, MD, a neonatologist and medical director of D...

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Real Stories Of Americans Who Will Be Affected By The Proposed Changes To The ACA — And What YOU Can Do To Fight

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:11
With the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 20 million Americans are at risk of losing their health care coverage. A survey, conducted by Brunswick Partners, found that “75 percent of Americans agree that the proposed changes to Medicaid in the AHCA are a bad idea. And that we should not allow 14 million Americans to become uninsured even if there is a potential to reduce Medicaid spending. These results are significant because they find majorities of Americans identifying as conservatives (55 percent), moderates (82 percent) and liberals (90 percent) are opposed to the AHCA’s Medicaid provisions.” Some of the proposed changes to the ACA made by the House include: Over $800 Billion in cuts to Medicaid* Elimination of the Medicaid expansion* Rev...
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Papers of note in Science Translational Medicine 9 (394)

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 23:00
This week’s articles describe how broccoli can combat type 2 diabetes, how monocytes contribute to the failure of organ transplant grafts, and how to more durably treat RET- or KRAS-driven lung cancer. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)

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Optellum unveils lung cancer analysis software

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:59
Artificial intelligence software developer Optellum said it will showcase a...Read more on AuntMinnie.com (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
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Hidden immune cells cause lung transplant failure

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 03:00
(Northwestern University) Scientists have discovered that a subset of immune cells called nonclassical monocytes, previously unknown to reside in the lungs, play a key role in driving primary graft dysfunction (PGD), the leading cause of death after lung transplantation. The study demonstrates targeting these cells could lead to novel treatments for PGD, a complication that currently impacts more than half of transplant patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Using Viruses to Boost Mesothelioma Immunotherapy

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 16:02
Immunotherapy through clinical trials is becoming a promising treatment option for some mesothelioma patients. Checkpoint inhibitor drugs, such as Keytruda, already have U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as first-line treatments for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), edging immunotherapy drugs closer to becoming a viable second-line therapy for other thoracic cancers, including pleural mesothelioma. However, overall response to immune therapies remains relatively low. Researchers across the country are striving to enhance responsiveness to immunotherapy drugs. Leading that trend is viroimmunotherapy, or the process of combining cancer-killing (oncolytic) viruses with immunotherapy drugs. Dr. Manish Patel, an assistant professor in the division of hematology, oncology and...

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The Perioperative Lung Transplant Virome The Perioperative Lung Transplant Virome

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 04:14
Explore the role torque teno viruses may play in primary graft dysfunction after lung transplantation.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Man who was denied life-saving lung transplant over marijuana use dies

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 08:45
(Natural News) Riley Hancey, the Park City, Utah man initially denied of a lung transplant at the University of Utah over marijuana use, passed away at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The cause of death was due in part to complications of double lung transplant he received from the latter. Riley was surrounded by... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
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Mauna Kea touts data from Cellvizio lung transplant study

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:02
This study provides further evidence of the broad potential of the Cellvizio platform to improve diagnostic and treatment outcomes. We thank Dr. Keller and his colleagues for conducting this unique study sponsored by Mauna Kea Technologies and demonstrating that with proper training, the procedure is effective and reproducible. We are optimistic that Cellvizio will increasingly be used in a variety of applications that can benefit from its unique ability to provide real-time diagnostic information at the cellular level. Moreover, image interpretation automation with artificial intelligence will contribute to the performance and adoption of Cellvizio in this and other applications,” CEO & founder Sacha Loiseau said in a press release. Earlier this month, Mauna Kea said it won 510...

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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 25, 2017

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:00
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Artificial pancreas: These companies are racing to make one Medical device companies are close to achieving the holy grail of diabetes treatment: a combined glucose sensor, control algorithm and insulin infusion device that effectively acts as an “artificial pancreas.” We explain more in the newest video from editors at MassDevice’s sister publication Medical Design & Outsourcing. (An...
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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 18, 2017

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 18:00
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Medtronic owes spine doc inventor $24m for patent infringement Medtronic must fork over nearly $24 million to the physician inventor behind a group of patents covering a technique for treating spine defects. Dr. Mark Barry sued Medtronic in February 2014 in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas, alleging infringement for 3 patents covering a “system and method for aligning vertebrae in th...

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FDA panel recommends approval for TransMedics lung transplant device

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:54
An FDA advisory panel yesterday recommended that the federal safety watchdog approve a device made by TransMedics to keep donated lungs perfused during transport to transplantation procedures. The FDA’s Gastroenterology & Urology Devices panel voted 11-2 that the OCS Lung system is safe; 8-5 that it’s effective; and 9-4 that its benefits outweigh the risks, an FDA spokeswoman told MassDevice.com via email. TransMedics did not respond to a request for comment. A previously scheduled advisory panel hearing for another TransMedics device, the OCS Heart system, was cancelled by the FDA in November 2015. The agency told MassDevice.com at the time that “FDA has determined that an advisory committee is no longer needed to discuss the premarket approval application&#822...
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Link found between donor, infection in heart, lung transplant recipients

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 03:00
(Mayo Clinic) Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified a possible cause for a rare infection in heart and lung transplant recipients: the donor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Study suggests link between imbalanced gut microbiome and systemic sclerosis

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:07
This study is the first to examine gastrointestinal bacterial composition in two independent groups of people with systemic sclerosis. Systemic sclerosis, also known as scleroderma, is an autoimmune disease affecting the body ’s connective tissue. It is characterized by a hardening and scarring of skin and can progress to inflammation and scarring in the organs such as kidneys, heart, lungs and gastrointestinal tract. Previous UCLA-led research  detailed a link between the disease and the imbalance in the gut microbiome and suggested that this imbalance contributed to scleroderma’s symptoms.METHODThe researchers studied 17 adults with systemic sclerosis from UCLA, 17 from Oslo University Hospital, and 17 healthy adults as the control group. All participants provided stool specimens, ...

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'Deep patient' may point the way to better care

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 06:00
SAN JOSE, CA - With so much research focused on disease diagnosis using artificial...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Deep learning for lung cancer advances goals AI will bring doctors and machines together in radiology NVIDIA hails Mayo Clinic AI initiative AI start-up eyes deep learning to aid imaging in China Part 2: How will AI affect radiology? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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Voriconazole Exposure May Affect SCC After Lung Transplant

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:00
Prolonged exposure to voriconazole may be linked to development, recurrence, progression of skin SCC (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)

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Milestones made possible #becauseofadonor

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:58
There are more than 80 children currently waiting for life-saving organ transplants at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Transplant Center team is grateful for the donors who give these kids a second chance. Meet Maggie. The 20-year-old received her first double-lung transplant at 4 years old and her second at 7 years old. #becauseofadonor, Maggie is able to go to college. Meet Tom. At 15 years old, he received a liver transplant. #becauseofadonor, Tom, now 22, is able to run the Boston Marathon. Meet Aaron. The 10-year-old received his heart transplant at just 1 year old. #becauseofadonor, Aaron was able to get his black belt in karate. Tell us about your milestone made possible #becauseofadonor. The post Milestones made possible #becauseofadonor appeared first on Th...

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Nasco Healthcare Releases New 2017-2018 Healthcare Catalog

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:40
Fort Atkinson, WI - The 2017-2018 Healthcare catalog, featuring Life/form® and Simulaids highly specialized skills trainers, manikins, and simulators for Nursing and Medical, EMS, Fire, and Rescue, is now available from Nasco Healthcare in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Saugerties, New York. The 252-page catalog includes Nasco Healthcare’s Life/form® and Simulaids lines, as well as many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The catalog’s major emphasis is to provide more effective training tools for educators to train their students, who are facing an increasingly demanding work environment that requires confidence and problem-solving skills. The catalog features new innovative Nasco Healthcare products, including ALEX — The Patient Communication Simulator (PCS),...
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Lamb fetuses can now grow in artificial wombs. Will humans be next?

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:00
When babies are born, they draw their first breaths. Those gulps of oxygen trigger the lungs to stop developing.When babies are born prematurely, the same thing happens. But a preemie's lungs are critically underdeveloped. Scientific advancements have made it possible for babies born as early... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
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