Devices & Diagnostics

Animal Model Of Pancreatic Cancer Offers Potential Treatment Target

Detailed analysis of genes expressed in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) -- cells that break off from solid tumors and travel through the bloodstream -- has identified a potential treatment target in metastatic pancreatic cancer...

FMRI Brain Scanner Reads Thoughts Letter By Letter

Scientists have found a way to use fMRI brain scans to read thoughts letter by letter in real time. They suggest their "brain-scanning speller" has potential for helping paralysed people who can't move or speak, such as those with so-called "locked-in syndrome", to have a conversation...

Communicating With People Described As Being In An Unconscious, Vegetative State

Researchers have come up with a device that may enable people who are completely unable to speak or move at all to nevertheless manage unscripted back-and-forth conversation. The key to such silent and still communication is the first real-time, brain-scanning speller, according to the report published online on June 28 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication...

Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants - Few Reasons To Carry On Using Them, FDA Panel Says

An 18-member panel of experts was asked by the FDA to review metal-on-metal hip implants - on Thursday they said they saw little evidence to recommend surgeons continue using them. There is growing evidence that after being implanted, they are more likely to break down, exposing patients to the hazards of metallic particles exposure...

Intravenous Oxygen Injection For Patients Who Cannot Breathe

An injection that delivers oxygen directly into the bloodstream for patients who cannot breathe has been invented by scientists at Boston Children's Hospital, according a report published in Science Translational Medicine...

Technique To Focus Light Inside Biological Tissue

Imagine if doctors could perform surgery without ever having to cut through your skin. Or if they could diagnose cancer by seeing tumors inside the body with a procedure that is as simple as an ultrasound. Thanks to a technique developed by engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), all of that may be possible in the not-so-distant future...

Detecting Streptococcal Infection In Newborns Using Improved Diagnostic Test

A more accurate, faster diagnostic test for Group B Streptococcal infection in babies has been reported in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. The new test could allow better treatment and management of the disease and reduce the risk of mortality among newborns...

Neural Activity Modulated By Tiny Magnetic Coils, May Be Safer For Deep-Brain Implants

Magnetic fields generated by microscopic devices implanted into the brain may be able to modulate brain-cell activity and reduce symptoms of several neurological disorders...

Metal On Metal Hip Implants Causing Big Problems Again

The FDA has announced that it is convening a two day meeting in regard to the problems associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. News has been hitting the media consistently over the last couple of years regarding the quality, reliability and safety of a variety of prosthetic devices, ranging from the PiP Breast Implant problems to Johnson and Johnson's ASR all-metal hip implants...

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