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Medical Devices / Diagnostics News From Medical News Today

The role of medical devices in health care is essential. A medical device is an instrument, apparatus, implant, in vitro reagent, or similar that is used to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease or other conditions. This category includes news on product re

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Study finds high survival rate for elderly patients with implantable defibrillator

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Of patients over age 65 who received an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) after surviving sudden cardiac arrest or a near-fatal arrhythmia, almost 80 percent survived two years - a...

New urine test can quickly detect whether a person has a healthy diet

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Scientists have developed a urine test that measures the health of a person's diet.

Using E. coli to detect hormone disruptors in the environment

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have been implicated in the development of obesity, diabetes and cancer and are found in a wide array of products including pesticides, plastics and...

Quick and easy blood test for gut bacteria can predict accurately risk of death and heart problems in heart attack patients

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

The bacteria that inhabit our gut digest food and produce metabolites that can have a marked effect on the heart and blood vessels.

Catheter safeguards at hospitals reduce infections and save money, study shows

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

U.S. hospitals are reducing bloodstream infections related to catheters by implementing rigorous safeguards that also save millions of healthcare dollars each year, according to research led by...

Blood protein may serve as marker of concussion severity

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST

Study suggests blood level of brain protein tau may serve as a marker of concussion severity and help doctors assess athletes' readiness to return to play.

Has the Affordable Care Act reduced socioeconomic disparities in cancer screening?

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Out-of-pocket expenditures are thought to be a significant barrier to receiving cancer preventive services, especially for individuals of lower socioeconomic status.

New apps designed to reduce depression and anxiety as easily as checking your phone

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Soon you can seek mental health advice on your smartphone as quickly as finding a good restaurant.

Evolving deep brain stimulation patterns

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Duke University biomedical engineers have used computers to "evolve" more effective patterns of electric shocks delivered deep within the brain to treat Parkinson's disease symptoms.

New sensor integrates inflammatory bowel disease detection into colonoscopy procedure

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers have developed the first sensor capable of objectively identifying inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and distinguishing between its two subtypes.

Blood test predicts silent heart disease risk

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Study shows that blood troponin levels can predict risk of heart attack and death, and response to statins.

Endometrial cancer driver mutations detectable in uterine lavage fluid

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Mutations that have been linked to endometrial cancer can be found in the uterine lavage fluid of pre- and post-menopausal women both with and without detectable cancer, according to a study...

A closer look at the eye

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have developed a new imaging technique that could revolutionize how eye health and disease are assessed.

High-fat diet before imaging improves diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago were able to reduce uncertainty in diagnosing cardiac sarcoidosis by having patients consume a high-fat, low-sugar diet for 72 hours prior to...

Bipolar Spectrum: Types, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Bipolar is a spectrum disorder. Learn about what this entails, the types of bipolar disorder, their symptoms, and how diagnosis and treatment differ.

Smell test for Alzheimer's diagnosis steps closer

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers reveal how a smell test significantly boosted the accuracy of diagnosis for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.

New blood test for prion disease looks promising

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 07:00:00 PST

A new biochemical test that detects prions in blood shows promise for early, pre-symptom diagnosis of vCJD and improving safety of blood supply.

Nanoarray sniffs out and distinguishes multiple diseases

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Before modern medical lab techniques became available, doctors diagnosed some diseases by smelling a patient's breath.

New diagnostic test kit offers easy identification of virulent pathogens in remote locations

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

A team of researchers has developed a portable detection system that can rapidly identify some of the most virulent, often multi-drug resistant pathogens.

Genetic biomarker IDs patients with increased risk for heart damage by anthracycline chemo

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Among women with breast cancer who received a type of chemotherapy called an anthracycline, those who had a certain genetic biomarker had a significantly increased risk for having...

Levels of DNA in blood test correlated with ovarian cancer outcomes

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:00:00 PST

Levels of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) detected in a blood test are correlated with the size of ovarian cancers and can predict a patient's response to treatment or time to disease progression...

Women fare better than men one year after valve replacement

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Women with significant aortic valve disease who undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) are considered higher risk than men in some respects.

LASIK and Dry Eyes: What's the Connection?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

LASIK is a popular way of correcting vision, but complications can include dry eyes. Learn more about LASIK, dry eyes, and other vision correction options.

UCLA researchers combat antimicrobial resistance using smartphones

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

A team of UCLA researchers has developed an automated diagnostic test reader for antimicrobial resistance using a smartphone.

Predicting throat cancer recurrence with a blood test

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

A new study suggests the possibility of predicting at its earliest stages when a type of head and neck cancer will come back.