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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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Transcriptomic regulatory analysis of the dendritic cell response to post-lung transplant invasive aspergillosis

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:48
Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
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WATCH: Artificial 'biobag' womb for extremely premature newborns in testing

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 20:48
Infants born extremely prematurely face a host of health issues from underdeveloped lungs that can cause chronic lung damage to fragile blood vessels that can cause bleeding in the brain. (Source: ABC News: Health)
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Teen DENIED life-saving double lung transplant after testing positive for marijuana

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 20:22
(Natural News) Just next door in the state of Colorado, its use is commonly recommended to patients to help relieve pain and provide relief from disease. But in Utah, cannabis consumption is apparently not only frowned upon, but it could end up actually barring a patient’s access to life-saving medical treatments. This is exactly what... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to potentially help premature babies

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 18:40
(Reuters) – Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival. In pre-clinical studies with lambs, the researchers were able to mimic the womb environment and the functions of the placenta, giving premature offspring a crucial opportunity to develop their lungs and other organs. Around 30,000 babies in the United States alone are born critically early – at between 23 and 26 weeks of gestation, the researchers told reporters in a telephone briefing. At that age, a human baby weighs little more than 500 grams, its lungs are not able to cope with air and its chances of survival are low. Death rates are up to 70% an...
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Artificial Intelligence May Help Combat TB in Remote Regions

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00
Title: Artificial Intelligence May Help Combat TB in Remote RegionsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/25/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/26/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
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Man initially denied lung transplant for pot use dies

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:58
Riley Hancey received a double lung transplant last month, after first being denied the life-saving procedure last year when he tested positive for marijuana (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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How Common is α -1-Antitrypsin Deficiency?

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:32
Discussion α-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency (A1AT) is a common single-gene mutation disease that is homozygous recessive. The normal allele is called M and the most common abnormal allele is Z. There are other alleles though. The gene codes for one of the primary protease inhibitors in the serum, thus those who are homozygous for the Z gene are sometimes referred to as “PIZZ” or “PIZ.” α-1-Antitrypsin is found in all body tissues but is especially important in the serum and lung. As noted it is one of the primary neutrophil protease inhibitors in the serum, and acts to neutralize these enzymes when they leak into the extracellular fluid during inflammation. The Z mutation causes the synthesis of an abnormal protein which is retained in the hepatocytes and accu...
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Sharing Mayo Clinic: Persistence propels patient through double-lung transplant

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 23:00
Steve Shank knows what it's like to face an uphill climb. Despite being legally blind and affected by albinism, he has been an avid bicyclist for years, competing in 100-mile rides on the rolling hills of Iowa. The arduous contests challenged Steve physically and mentally, giving the Iowa City native an ability to endure difficult [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
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Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:29
Conclusion The researchers used data from a large ongoing cohort study to look for links between consumption of sugary and artificially sweetened drinks and risk of stroke or dementia. This cohort study benefits from the large overall sample size, long period of data collection, careful and valid diagnostic assessments, and adjustments for a number of confounders. However, care must be taken when interpreting these results – particularly if latching on to the maximal tripled risk figures reported in the media. There are several points to consider: Small numbers The new number of strokes and dementia in this study was small, just 3% and 5% of the cohort, respectively. The most common category for consumption of artificially sweetened drinks in the full cohort was actually zero. The paper ...
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