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‘Smart Sponge’ Holds Promise For Controlled Drug Delivery

July 18, 2013 9:41 am | by Matt Shipman, NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a drug delivery technique for diabetes treatment in which a sponge-like material surrounds an insulin core. The sponge expands and contracts in response to blood sugar levels to release insulin as needed. The technique could also be used for targeted drug delivery to cancer cells.

New Surgical Knife Can Instantly Detect Cancer

July 17, 2013 2:20 pm | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

An experimental surgical knife can help surgeons make sure they've removed all the cancerous tissue, doctors reported Wednesday. Surgeons typically use knives that vaporize tumors as they cut, producing a sharp-smelling smoke. The new knife analyzes the smoke and can instantly signal whether the tissue is cancerous or healthy.

FDA Clears Brain Scan To Diagnose ADHD In Children

July 16, 2013 7:46 am | News | Comments

The agency said Monday it cleared the NEBA system to help confirm ADHD for people ages 6 to 17. Doctors can use the device to confirm an ADHD diagnosis or to determine if more testing is necessary. The device, from Augusta, Ga.-based NEBA Health, measures the frequency of two standard brain waves known as theta and beta waves.


Abbott Will Pay $560M For 2 Med Tech Firms

July 15, 2013 1:57 pm | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories announced Monday it would pay a combined $560 million to acquire two privately-held companies focused on coronary implants and laser-assisted eye surgery.The acquisitions of Idev Technologies and OptiMedica Corp will help the health care company expand its medical device offerings.

Ex-Pacer Invents Device To Prevent Knee Injuries

July 15, 2013 8:17 am | by Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal | News | Comments

In April, Bender launched a company based on an odd-looking device he invented to help others avoid the knee troubles that put an end to his promising NBA career. Already, he's brokered a deal with California-based Relax The Back retail chain, which sells wellness, fitness and medical items coast to coast.

High-Tech Gadgets Monitor Seniors' Safety At Home

July 10, 2013 1:52 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It could mean no more having to check up on Mom or Dad every morning: Motion sensors on the wall and a monitor under the mattress one day might automatically alert you to early signs of trouble well before an elderly loved one gets sick or suffers a fall.

1st Trial Of Surgical Mesh Suits Begins In W.Va.

July 9, 2013 11:23 am | News | Comments

The first of thousands of federal surgical mesh lawsuits filed nationwide has gone to trial in West Virginia. The case is one of four bellwether cases that U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin will hear in Charleston to determine the next step in litigation for the remaining lawsuits.

China Takes Aim At Prices Of Milk, Medicine

July 8, 2013 8:23 am | News | Comments

China took aim this week at prices of two high-profile necessities — first baby formula, then medicines — as the country's communist leaders try to contain surging living costs that threaten to inflame political tensions. A probe into possible price-fixing by foreign milk suppliers prompted at least two companies to announce a price cut.


U.S. Boss Held In China Leaves Plant After Payout

June 27, 2013 9:17 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip Starnes, who said he was "saddened" by the experience, told The Associated Press a deal was reached overnight to pay the scores of workers who had demanded severance packages similar to ones given to laid-off co-workers in a phased-out division, even though the company said the remaining workers weren't being laid off.

More Pushbutton Switches In RGB Colors

June 25, 2013 3:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

 E-Switch has announced that it is now offering red, green or blue (RGB) color options for the UPL series of LED illuminated pushbutton switches. These switches come with a choice of SPDT or DPDT circuit options, plus momentary or latching options. 

Chinese Workers Holding U.S. Boss Say Wages Unpaid

June 25, 2013 7:34 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The executive, Chip Starnes of Specialty Medical Supplies, denied the workers' allegations of two months of unpaid wages, as he endured a fifth day of captivity at the plant in the capital's northeastern suburbs, peering out from behind the bars of his office window.

Doctors Make Progress Toward 'Artificial Pancreas'

June 24, 2013 8:10 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Doctors are reporting a major step toward an "artificial pancreas," a device that would constantly monitor blood sugar in people with diabetes and automatically supply insulin as needed. A key component of such a system — an insulin pump programmed to shut down if blood-sugar dips too low while people are sleeping — worked as intended in a three-month study of 247 patients.

U.S. Factory Boss Held Hostage By Workers In Beijing

June 24, 2013 7:50 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The workers were expecting wire transfers by Tuesday, he said, adding that about 80 of them had been blocking every exit around the clock and depriving him of sleep by shining bright lights and banging on windows of his office. He declined to clarify the amount, saying he wanted to keep it confidential.


Scientists: X-Ray Weapon 'Stuff Of Comic Books'

June 21, 2013 8:48 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Glendon Scott Crawford and Eric J. Feight were charged with conspiracy to support terrorism in an indictment unsealed this week. Authorities say they built a remote-control switch they planned to attach to a van-mounted, industrial X-ray machine to secretly radiate people who would get sick or die days later.

Techne To Buy Bionostics For $104M

June 18, 2013 1:32 pm | News | Comments

Bionostics develops, manufactures and distributes products that verify the proper operation of in vitro diagnostic devices mainly used in blood glucose and blood gas testing. The company has supply relationships with the vast majority of in vitro diagnostic device manufacturers, Techne said.

To Ease Shortage Of Organs, Grow Them In A Lab?

June 17, 2013 8:13 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Growing lungs and other organs for transplant is still in the future, but scientists are working toward that goal. In North Carolina, a 3-D printer builds prototype kidneys. In several labs, scientists study how to build on the internal scaffolding of hearts, lungs, livers and kidneys of people and pigs to make custom-made implants.

FDA Aims To Prevent Hacking Of Medical Devices

June 14, 2013 7:53 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration wants makers of medical devices to design future products to prevent hackers from targeting them and disrupting patient care. A draft of the agency's recommendations — what the FDA calls guidance — was posted on its website Thursday.

Court: Human Genes Can't Be Patented

June 13, 2013 11:54 am | by Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries. The high court's unanimous judgment reverses three decades of patent awards by government officials.

UK To Start Regulating E-Cigarettes As Medicines

June 12, 2013 10:56 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Britain will start regulating electronic cigarettes and other products containing nicotine as medicines, according to the country's top regulator. E-cigarettes are battery-operated products that turn nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.  

Feds: Engineer Tried To Steal Firm's Trade Secrets

June 6, 2013 7:44 am | News | Comments

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced Wednesday that 36-year-old Ketan Maniar, an Indian national, was charged with stealing trade secrets for his own economic benefit from a worldwide medical technology company headquartered in Franklin Lakes. The company is among the world's leading suppliers of medical devices.

Sunscreen Slows Skin Aging, If Used Often Enough

June 4, 2013 12:06 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The research found that even if you're already middle-aged, it's not too late to start rubbing some sunscreen on — and not just at the beach or pool. The study of 900 people under 55 compared those randomly assigned to use sunscreen daily to those who used it when they deemed it necessary.

Soft Eye Contact Lens Fitted With LEDs

May 31, 2013 2:15 pm | by Jang-ung Park, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) | Articles | Comments

Transparent electrodes are in and of themselves nothing all that new – they have been widely used in things like touch screens, flat-screen TVs, solar cells and light-emitting devices. Currently transparent electrodes are commonly made from a material known as indium tin oxide (ITO).

Edwards Lifesciences Gets FDA Warning Letter

May 30, 2013 8:15 am | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. said Wednesday that it received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration regarding a facility that makes products used in heart surgery. The FDA won't approve devices that could be affected by those issues until the problems are resolved.

Bayer Gets Antitrust Clearance For Conceptus Deal

May 29, 2013 8:30 am | News | Comments

The German drug company Bayer AG has received antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for its approximately $1.1 billion acquisition of Conceptus. Bayer announced the deal last month, saying that it would help to expand the kinds of birth control it offers.

Wheelchair Lift Out Of Wis. Promises More Access

May 24, 2013 10:44 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

The invention process started about three years ago when the principal at Emerson Elementary School in Madison, Karen Kepler, told a school donor on a tour that her biggest wish was to have her building accessible to everyone. All four entrances to the 93-year-old building had stairs.

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