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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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Cholesterol test: Uses, what to expect, results

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

What are the risks of cholesterol and who should have a test? Learn about what to expect with the test, what the results mean, and treatment options.

Chest pain: New tool helps doctors decide when tests are needed

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

A two year follow-up on a study involving more than 10,000 people with stable chest pain finds that an online tool can accurately predict which patients are likely to have normal non-invasive tests...

Is it depression or dementia? Brain SPECT imaging helps distinguish them

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Neuroimaging of decreased blood flow in specific regions of the brain can differentiate between depression and cognitive disorders, according to a new report in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Scalp cooling device may help reduce hair loss for women with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Two studies in JAMA examine hair loss among women with breast cancer who received scalp cooling before, during and after chemotherapy.

Shock from heart device often triggers further health care needs

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A shock from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) may trigger an increase in health care needs for many people, regardless whether the shock was medically necessary, according to a new...

Blood test may help differentiate Parkinson's from similar diseases

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A simple blood test may be as accurate as a spinal fluid test when trying to determine whether symptoms are caused by Parkinson's disease or another atypical parkinsonism disorder, according to a...

Method to identify bacteria in blood samples works in hours instead of days

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a desktop diagnosis tool that detects the presence of harmful bacteria in a blood sample in a matter of hours instead of days.

Women who have a false positive screening mammogram more likely to delay next screen

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Women who had a false positive result from a screening mammogram were more likely to delay or forgo their subsequent screening mammogram than women who had a true negative result.

Stomach acid provides long-term power for ingestible devices

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A research team led by scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a set of ingestible devices that draw energy from fluids in the...

Prosthetic arm technology that detects spinal nerve signals developed by scientists

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have developed sensor technology for a robotic prosthetic arm that detects signals from nerves in the spinal cord.

Hand-grip test can indicate decline in physical function of Parkinson's patients

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A basic hand-grip test has proven to be a reliable tool to monitor the decline of patients with Parkinson's diseases.

'Mirror game' test could secure early detection of schizophrenia, study shows

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Virtual reality could hold the key to unlocking an affordable, reliable and effective device to provide early diagnosis and management of schizophrenia.

What Tests Are Used to Diagnose Multiple Sclerosis?

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Learn about the different tests that are available and may be used to diagnose MS. When should someone see a doctor and what treatments may be applicable?

Updated cystic fibrosis diagnosis guidelines can help in diagnosis, personalized treatment

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

An international research group of 32 experts from nine countries has updated the guidelines for diagnosing the genetic disease cystic fibrosis.

Existing reprocessing techniques prove insufficient for flexible endoscopes

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Current techniques used to clean endoscopes for reuse are not consistently effective, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the...

Breakthrough technology enables communication in late-stage ALS

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A brain-computer interface has been found to enable people in a completely locked-in state in the late stages of ALS to communicate meaningfully.

AI as good as ophthalmologists at diagnosing a rare eye condition

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

An artificial-intelligence (AI) algorithm performs just as well as individual ophthalmologists in diagnosing congenital cataracts, reports a paper published online in Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Breath test could help detect stomach and oesophageal cancers

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A test that measures the levels of five chemicals in the breath has shown promising results for the detection of cancers of the oesophagus and stomach in a large patient trial presented at the...

Deep learning algorithm does as well as dermatologists in identifying skin cancer

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

It's scary enough making a doctor's appointment to see if a strange mole could be cancerous.

Dawson's Finger and Multiple Sclerosis: What's the Connection?

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

What is Dawson’s finger? Learn about how Dawson's fingers can help with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and other brain disorders.

Smartphone-integrated baby monitors may do more harm than good

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

There is little evidence that physiological baby monitors benefit infants or parents, caution medical experts from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Multiple Sclerosis and Radiology: What Tests Are Used to Make a Diagnosis?

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

What is the role of radiology in a multiple sclerosis diagnosis and what tests may aid a diagnosis? What do radiology test results mean?

Home sleep testing as good as lab testing for informing management of obstructive sleep apnea

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Outcomes for patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were not inferior when managed with data from limited-channel sleep testing versus full laboratory-based polysomnography (PSG).

Ultrasound may enhance delivery of RNA molecules to treat GI disorders

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST

A new study shows that ultrasound enhances delivery of RNA strands into the colon cells of mice with colitis to block production of inflammatory protein.

Smart needle uses Internet of Things to probe the brain during surgery

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

A "smart" needle with an embedded camera is helping doctors perform safer brain surgery.