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1 in 6 Hospital, ER Stays Result in Surprise Bills
About 1 in 6 U.S. hospital stays or emergency room visits result in "surprise" medical bills that can amount to thousands of dollars, a new study finds.
June 20, 2019
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1 in 6 insured hospital patients get a surprise bill for out-of-network care
About 1 in 6 Americans were surprised by a medical bill after treatment in a hospital in 2017 despite having insurance, according to a study published Thursday.
June 20, 2019
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1 in 8 pharmacies in the U.S.

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In a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that despite an overall increase in the number of pharmacies in the U.S.

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from 2009 to 2015, one in eight pharmacies, or 9,654, had closed during this period.
October 21, 2019
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1-800 Contacts buys the at-home eye exam provider 6over6 Vision
New developments in sensor technologies, computer vision and machine learning technologies are combining to drive medical diagnostics further into the home, and the latest company to make a move to push services deeper into the home is the online contact lens retailer 1-800 Contacts.
December 17, 2019
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3 creepy crawlies that may revolutionize health
Many of us are scared or repulsed by "minibeasts," such as insects and spiders.

We often view such critters as pests, but these tiny creatures could hold the secret to better health and therapies. In this Spotlight feature, we explain how three "creepy crawlies" may revolutionize health research.
July 5, 2019
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3D Brain Organoids Model Rare Neural Disease
Direct studies on the brain are inherently difficult, as it's a complex and fragile organ hidden behind a thick skull.

Animal studies can help, but animal brains are different from human ones. In order to better study how the brain works and its pathophysiology, researchers have been working on growing tiny replicas of specific parts of the brain in the lab.
March 18, 2019
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3D Liquid-Cell Electron Microscopy Imaging Now Possible
Electron microscopy revealed a world that exists at scales smaller than the wavelength of light.

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Advancements in this field have allowed scientists to visualize ever more objects and processes, but actually seeing living cells in 3D and within a liquid environment has been impossible.
October 15, 2019
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3D Microenvironments to Grow Brain Tumors in Lab
Clinical researchers are constantly thwarted by the inability to quickly and easily try new therapies in tumors and other disease targets.

Tumors within the brain are particularly hard to study because of the difficulty with access and the incredible fragility of nearby tissues.
October 8, 2019
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3D miniature livers lead the way to patient-specific drug discovery
Researchers have developed a reproducible method for creating multicellular miniature liver organoids from pluripotent stem cells.

Steatohepatitis, a liver disease involving inflammation, fat accumulation and fibrosis, was triggered in these miniature livers.
August 2, 2019
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3D Printed Cardiac Components
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a method to 3D print collagen and cells to form organ components, potentially paving the way for full organ printing in the future.

The technique, called Freeform Reversible Embedding of Suspended Hydrogels (FRESH), involves printing collagen layer-by-layer in a bath of support gel, which allows it to solidify in the correct shape before use.
August 5, 2019
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3D Printed Cells and Bioinks for Making Implantable Blood Vessels
Researchers based in South Korea and Hong Kong have developed a method to create biomimetic blood vessels by directly 3D printing vascular cells and bioinks containing collagen and vascular tissue extracellular matrix components.
October 25, 2019
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3D Printed Custom Prostheses with Integrated Sensors for Improved Function and Comfort
Researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a 3D-printed prosthetic device with integrated electronic sensors to assess pressure distribution between a limb and the device itself.

The sensors provide data that help the researchers to improve the device for added comfort and functionality. Their approach may lead to more affordable and effective custom prostheses.
April 8, 2019
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3D Printed ELISA Pipette Tips for Low Cost Medical Testing
Researchers at the University of Connecticut have developed a 3D printed enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) device, which fits onto a normal pipette and substantially reduces the time and cost of this common medical test.

The device could allow for medical testing in remote or low-resource regions, where such tests would otherwise be unavailable.
May 23, 2019
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3D Printed Sugar-Based Stent to Aid Vascular Surgery
Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have developed a 3D-printed stent that can aid surgeons in stitching small arteries together.

The small tube sits between the open ends of the artery and helps to hold them in place during stitching. The device is 3D-printed using a sugar-based material, meaning that it dissolves and disappears within minutes after the artery has been sealed.
January 24, 2019
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3D printed tissues and organs without the scaffolding
A research team has developed a process that enables 3D printing of biological tissues without scaffolds using 'ink' made up of only stem cells.
June 17, 2019
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3D printed tissue scaffolds could help improve nipple reconstruction
Nipple and areola reconstruction is a common breast reconstruction technique, especially for breast cancer patients after mastectomy.

However, tissue for grafting is a limiting factor, and there is no gold standard method.

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Correspondingly, researchers are continuously exploring new methods for the expansion of patient-matched tissue samples and the improvement of cosmetic outcome, and these topics are the focus of a new review article published in Tissue Engineering, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
May 13, 2019
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3D printer turns out organs that act like the real thing
Synthetic organs printed by the Digital Anatomy printer could replace cadavers as training tools for medical students
October 7, 2019
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3D Printers Might Someday Make Replacement Hearts
Scientists say they have taken an important step forward in creating 3-D printed hearts -- with the ultimate goal of making replacement tissue for organs and body parts damaged by disease or injury.
August 1, 2019
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3D scanners can help young women focus on body appreciation
3D technology has transformed movies and medical imaging, and now it might be able to help young women better appreciate their bodies.
June 21, 2019
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3DQuorum Mammography Tech Reduces Number of Images for Radiologists to Review
Hologic has won FDA approval to introduce its 3DQuorum imaging technology to the U.S.

market. Powered by the company's Genius AI analytics platform, the new software reconstructs 3D data captured by a Hologic 3D mammography system to generate so-called "SmartSlices" that are each 6 millimeters in width.
December 3, 2019
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3M Body Worn Medical Adhesives
Adhesives are constantly used on patients in hospitals and now with wearables that attach directly to the body there's greater need for new products that expand capabilities.

Wearables require extended usage and adhesives that can last for days on the body have to stay on through sweat, being pulled and pushed, and that can breathe well.
January 11, 2019
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3m Littmann Stethoscope Now with ECG, PCG Superpowers
Modern technologies allow clinicians to assess the heart in all sorts of ways (electrocardiography (ECG), ultrasound, phonocardiography (PCG)), and just about anywhere.

Yet, this reality is nowhere near ubiquitous because of high costs, interoperability issues, legacy tools, and frequent dependence on performing exams in a clinical setting by trained professionals.
March 22, 2019
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3M Unveils New Extended Medical Adhesive for Medical Wearables
Wearable medical devices are becoming more common, as electronics keep getting smaller, batteries are getting more powerful, and sensors more capable.

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The success of every wearable, and whether it will be adopted by patients, depends on whether it adheres well to the body and how little management it requires from day to day.
April 1, 2019
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5 Questions to Ask About Any Health App
With thousands of apps available, it can be hard to figure out which ones are useful and safe.

Here's what to look for.
June 3, 2019
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6 innovations from Future Healthcare 2019
This week, Medical News Today attended the Future Healthcare Exhibition and Conference. Delegates presented us with technology, both new and old, destined to push healthcare forward.
March 22, 2019
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9 in 10 people who think they are allergic to penicillin may not be
While 10% of people in the United States report being allergic to penicillin, 9 in 10 are not.

However, this can be difficult to scratch from medical records.
November 18, 2019
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12 Lead Trainer, a Case Western Startup at CES 2019
Learning how to read 12 lead ECG tracings can be a challenge for many, and existing methods don't leave much room for exploration and self-directed learning.
January 14, 2019
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60% of privately insured children received opioids after tonsillectomy, study finds
Sixty percent of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids --with average prescriptions lasting about six to 10 days -- a new study finds.
August 9, 2019
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93 percent of medications contain 'potential allergens'
According to a recent study, many of the medicine ingredients that people consider to be inactive may, in fact, cause health problems for some consumers.
March 15, 2019
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98point6 inks deal with health plan Banner|Aetna, expanding reach of virtual primary care service
Seattle startup 98point6 is bringing its virtual primary care solution to hundreds of thousands of new patients as part of a collaboration with Banner|Aetna, a health plan operated by Banner Health and Aetna.
April 16, 2019
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2019 Cannabis Science Conference West celebrity plenary session announcement
The CSC Events team is thrilled to announce that Amazon John Easterling with special guest, Olivia Newton-John will be joining us as our 2019 Cannabis Science Conference West Plenary Speakers.

John and Olivia will discuss their personal journey together- a story of plant medicine and healing.
August 6, 2019
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2019 NIH Director's awards for High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program Announced
Ninety-three awards will fund highly innovative, high-impact biomedical research.
October 1, 2019
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2.7 Million Health-Related Calls, Sensitive Info Exposed for Six Years
A server used to store real-time recordings of phone calls made to the 1177 Swedish Healthcare Guide service for health care information was found completely exposed to the Internet, with no user or password to protect it.
February 18, 2019
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2.7 million patient calls to Swedish healthcare hotline left unprotected online
The audio recordings of 2.7 millions calls made to 1177 Vårdguiden -- Sweden's healthcare hotline -- were left exposed to anyone online, according to Swedish tech publication Computer Sweden.
February 18, 2019
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$3 Million HIPAA Settlement in Delayed Breach Response Case
Touchstone Medical Imaging Learned of Breach From Two Federal Agencies
May 6, 2019
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A beginner's guide to better understand curative and transformative therapies
Value in Health, the official journal of ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, announced today the publication of a series of articles offering important insight regarding the current state of curative and transformative therapies.
June 17, 2019
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A brush with a notorious cat, my rabies education and the big bill that followed
I was just petting an orange tabby cat in my Falls Church, Va., neighborhood, a cat I'd never met before.

He was very cute. And he was purring and butting his head against my hand. Until he wasn't.
August 20, 2019
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A Closer Look at Naturally Derived Drugs
Drugs derived from natural sources, such as plants, are some of the world's oldest medicines. Many drugs are still made from natural sources.

Michael Kopcha, PhD, a registered pharmacist and director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality at the FDA, answers some questions about these drugs.
May 2, 2019
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A comprehensive guide to effective sample management
Ziath has published a comprehensive guide entitled 'Tips, tricks and solutions for effective sample management' in an easy-to-use eBook format.
July 22, 2019
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A Light Source in Quantitative Analysis: What Role Does it Play?
What are illuminators and how do they enhance microscopy and bioanalysis?
January 7, 2019
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A new app tracks breathing to detect an opioid overdose
Called Second Chance, the smartphone application could call for help in an emergency
January 9, 2019
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'A new era of drug discovery': Company develops drug using AI
For the first time, a Toronto-based company called Deep Genomics has discovered a drug target and corresponding candidate using artificial intelligence (AI).

The company announced yesterday that its AI-based drug discovery platform has identified a new treatment target and drug candidate for Wilson disease, a potentially life-threatening genetic disorder.
September 26, 2019
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A new method for precision drug delivery: painting
If traditional drug delivery were a type of painting, it might be akin to paintball.

With good aim, a majority of the paint ends on the bullseye, but it also drips and splashes, carrying streams of paint across the target.
February 27, 2019
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A new software tool to generate graphical representations of neurons
Researchers from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid are involved in the development of a new method of graphic representation of neurons that allows us to visualize the data developed by neuroscientists.
April 8, 2019
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A new way to deliver drugs with pinpoint targeting
Most pharmaceuticals must either be ingested or injected into the body to do their work.

Either way, it takes some time for them to reach their intended targets, and they also tend to spread out to other areas of the body. Now, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have developed a system to deliver medical treatments that can be released at precise times, minimally-invasively, and that ultimately could also deliver those drugs to specifically targeted areas such as a specific group of neurons in the brain.
August 20, 2019
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A new way to 'hoard' resources in nano-sized factories targeted for biotech
Scientists have created a synthetic nano-sized factory, based on natural ones found in bacteria.

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This research could someday lead to new medical, industrial or bioenergy applications.
August 20, 2019
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A painless skin patch simplifies diagnostic tests
Many diagnostic tests require blood, but NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a skin patch with tiny needles that painlessly collect interstitial fluid (ISF) for testing. Diagnostic tests can measure trace amounts of essential proteins or hormones in the blood called biomarkers.
August 19, 2019
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A reality check on artificial intelligence: Are health care claims overblown?
Health products powered by artificial intelligence, or AI, are streaming into our lives, from virtual doctor apps to wearable sensors and drugstore chatbots.
December 30, 2019
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A Visit to The applied Medical Device Institute at Grand Valley State University
Good ideas for new medical devices are a dime a dozen.

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Getting from an idea to an actual product is the true challenge. There are many factors to manage during the early stages of developing an idea into a product, financial potential, electronics, materials, regulatory issues, ergonomics, and clinical significance.
April 16, 2019
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A widely used infusion pump can be remotely hijacked, say researchers
A workstation used to dock an infusion pump widely used in hospitals and medical facilities has critical security flaws that allow it to be remotely hijacked and controlled, according to security researchers.
June 13, 2019
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A work schedule patching approach for improved nursing home care
Placing a loved one in a nursing home can be a traumatic experience for the entire family with concerns about the care and attention they will receive.

Imagine if those concerns were eased, simply by some changes in the way the schedules are done for the staff at that facility.
May 16, 2019
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A-Alpha Bio raises $2.8M for genetically engineered drug discovery platform
The A-Alpha Bio team includes scientist Emily Engelhart, principal scientist David Colby, co-founder and CEO David Younger, co-founder and chief technology officer Randolph Lopez and engineering associate Charles Lin. (A-Alpha Bio Photo)
September 24, 2019
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AAE survey: More people afraid of getting a root canal than spiders, snakes, sharks
Part of the fun of Halloween is being afraid -- very afraid -- but, it turns out at least one of our top fears is unfounded.

A recent study by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), the dental specialists who save your natural teeth, showed more people (59%) are afraid of getting a root canal than speaking in public (57%), spiders (55%) or being trapped in an elevator (54%).
October 22, 2019
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AAT and DMG MORI USA join hands for on-machine measurement software
Applied Automation Technologies, Inc.

(AAT) and DMG MORI USA Inc. will offer this innovative technology as a solution within the DMG MORI Qualified Products (DMQP) program.
February 21, 2019
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Abcam Acquire Off-The-Shelf Diploid Library of Over 2,800 Knockout Cell Lines
Abcam plc, a global innovator in life science reagents and tools, is today pleased to announce the acquisition of the entire live cell line and lysates portfolio of EdiGene Inc, a leading company focused on developing genome editing technologies into novel therapeutics for a broad range of diseases and into creative solutions to advance drug discovery.
July 16, 2019
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Abcam acquires Calico Biolabs to expand custom services capabilities
Abcam plc, a global innovator in life science reagents and tools, is pleased to announce its acquisition of Calico Biolabs, a developer of custom high-quality recombinant rabbit monoclonal antibodies for diagnostics and pharmaceutical company partners.
January 28, 2019
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Abcam collaborates with Visikol to develop new tools for improved tissue clearing and 3D imaging
Abcam, a global innovator in life science reagents and tools, and Visikol, a contract research organization focused on advancing drug discovery, have announced a collaboration to develop new reagents and kits for improved tissue clearing and 3D imaging.
August 20, 2019
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Abbott Proclaim XR 10-Year Spinal Cord Stimulator FDA Approved for Chronic Pain
Abbott won approval for and is releasing a new spinal cord stimulator that can treat chronic pain for up to ten years without requiring a recharge.
September 26, 2019
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ABLE Accounts Can Help People With Disabilities Save Tax-Free
New rules let some individuals put away more money in these plans, while still preserving their benefits
April 11, 2019
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Accessibility Regulations You Need to Follow: Section 508
What is Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and why should you adhere to it when developing your product or services?

Learn what you need to know in this article.
August 1, 2019
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Accessing health records on your iPhone is a dream and a nightmare
Owning your personal health data can come at a cost.
January 22, 2019
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Accolade uses acquisition of MD Insider to launch doctor-picking concierge
Healthcare technology company Accolade is getting back to basics with a service that helps patients with a fundamental healthcare need: picking a doctor.
August 1, 2019
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AcQMap Heart Mapping Technology Gets EU and US Green Lights
Acutus Medical, a Carlsbad, California company, won European approval for its AcQMap contact mapping software.

The company also won FDA clearance for its second generation AcQMap platform to be sold in the United States.
April 29, 2019
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ACR releases new drug pricing and step therapy position statements
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released new drug pricing and step therapy position statements that they hope legislators will consider as they continue to explore policy and regulatory options to make drugs more affordable and accessible.
April 2, 2019
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ACROBiosystems collaborates with ProMab Biotechnologies to develop immunotherapy products
ACROBiosystems, a leading manufacturer of recombinant proteins, announced that they have signed a collaboration agreement with ProMab Biotechnologies, a leading manufacturer of monoclonal antibodies and CAR-T cells.
March 7, 2019
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ACROBiosystems opens new Innovation laboratory in Delaware
January 18, 2018, ACROBiosystems officially opened its new Innovation laboratory in the Delaware Innovation Space in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, and held a grand opening ceremony.

Mike Chen, Chairman and CEO of ACROBiosystems; Charles Riordan, Vice President, Research and Innovation, University of Delaware; William D. Provine, Chairman and CEO, Delaware Innovation Park; Alexa Dembek, Director, Science Innovation, DuPont Many guests from all walks of life, including government agencies, investment institutions, biopharmaceutical companies and research institutes, attended the opening ceremony and the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
March 7, 2019
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ActivForce Digital Dynanometer for Objective Arm Muscle Evaluation
ActivBody, a company headquartered in San Diego, California, is releasing an interesting digital dynanometer, which measures the power applied to it, for use in training, rehab, and other cases.

The ActivForce device works with the company's Active5 force measurement device and gives clinicians objective data when assessing muscle ability of the arms.
January 25, 2019
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Adaptive and Illumina to make immune sequencing kits for labs, streamlining the detection of disease
Adaptive Biotechnologies signed a deal with Illumina, the largest genetic sequencing firm in the U.S., to produce kits that can read the human immune system to detect diseases at labs across the country.
September 24, 2019
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Adaptive Biotechnologies co-founder leaves Fred Hutch; IPO filing warned of IP risks from dual roles
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Harlan Robins, co-founder and chief scientific officer of Seattle-based Adaptive Biotechnologies, stepped down from his role as head of the computational biology program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, GeekWire has learned.
June 17, 2019
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Adoption of new rules drops readmission penalties against safety net hospitals
Readmission penalties against hospitals providing care to socioeconomically disadvantaged patients have dropped 14 percentage points under new rules adopted in 2019 that more equitably account for low-income populations being served, according to a new analysis led by UT Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard researchers.
April 30, 2019
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'Advance Care Specialist Program' expands to 170 nursing homes across the country
A training program that helps nursing homes offer advance care planning support to residents with Alzheimer's disease and their family members is expanding to more than 170 nursing homes across the country.
December 9, 2019
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AdVance XP Male Sling System for Urinary Incontinence Now Available in U.S.
Boston Scientific is releasing in the U.S.

its AdVance XP Male Sling System, a product designed to treat male stress urinary incontinence (SUI) via a minimally invasive procedure. Though it is only now becoming available in the United States, over 20,000 patients have already been treated with the AdVance XP around the world in the last eight years.
February 11, 2019
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Advanced Wireless and Battery-Free Optogenetics Device to Control Neuronal Activation
Researchers at the University of Arizona have developed an advanced optogenetics device that can stimulate multiple areas of the brain at once and control the intensity of emitted light.

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The miniaturized device is wireless and battery-free, and the researchers hope that it will pave the way to treating severe neurological disorders and controlling chronic pain.
January 8, 2019
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Aetna Fined Yet Again for Exposing HIV Information
California Attorney General Smacks Health Insurer With Hefty Penalty
January 31, 2019
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AfPP launches new clinical audit tool to enhance patient safety
A new clinical audit tool designed to transform how risk management strategies are identified and implemented within the operating theatre environment has been launched.
July 19, 2019
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AI and big data predict which research will influence future medical treatments
An artificial intelligence/machine learning model to predict which scientific advances are likely to eventually translate to the clinic has been developed.
October 10, 2019
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AI can predict psychosis risk in everyday language
People's language could reveal clues about their future risk of developing psychosis.

Scientists concluded this after studying the subtle features of people's everyday speech.
June 17, 2019
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AI could transform how we monitor the structural health of civil infrastructure
Scientists have developed a new machine learning algorithm (AI) that could transform the way we monitor major infrastructure - such as dams and bridges.
November 18, 2019
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AI Diagnoses Leukemia from Blood Samples as Well as Human Cytologists
A good deal of clinical diagnostics are effectively performed by cytologists who examine cells through a microscope for signs of disease.

This is an imperfect, slow process that depends on the training, focus, and attention to detail of the cytologist.
November 15, 2019
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AI in Healthcare: Interview with Chris Gough, GM Health and Life Sciences, Intel Corporation
Intel has developed a suite of AI technologies and has been collaborating with numerous medtech providers to create new healthcare solutions based on data-driven strategies.

AI has come on in leaps and bounds, and is beginning to make an impact in various healthcare fields.

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Intel aims to be at the forefront of this AI revolution.
February 27, 2019
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AI Outlines Working Neurons Faster Than Humans, Speeds Research of Brain
Artificial intelligence techniques are becoming important tools in medicine and biomedical research. Tasks that require a great deal of precision, patience, and previous knowledge can now be taught to computers. A field where AI may be particularly useful is neurology, as the time scales and number of cells involved can be overwhelming for many experiments.
April 15, 2019
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AI Platform for Cognitive Performance Training
Researchers from the National University of Singapore have utilized an AI platform, dubbed CURATE.AI, to help advance cognitive performance on challenging mental tasks.

The system works by identifying an individual's strengths and weaknesses, and curating mental exercises to help them progress most rapidly.
June 10, 2019
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AI System Can Identify Cardiac Arrest by Listening to Breathing
Researchers at the University of Washington have used machine learning to teach an AI system to identify when someone is having a cardiac arrest.

The system learned to identify agonal breathing, which occurs when someone gasps for breath during cardiac arrest, with a high degree of accuracy.
June 20, 2019
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AI system takes 10 seconds to accurately identify key findings in chest X-rays of pneumonia patients
Researchers from Intermountain Healthcare and Stanford University say 10 seconds is about how quickly a new system they studied that utilizes artificial intelligence took to accurately identify key findings in chest X-rays of patients in the emergency department suspected of having pneumonia.
September 30, 2019
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AI technique helps detect people at risk of heart failure
The main function of the heart is to pump blood throughout the body non-stop.

It's an involuntary muscle that is vital for survival. If the heart has difficulty pumping blood effectively, it may lead to a multitude of heart conditions, including heart failure.
September 26, 2019
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AI technique helps produce high quality CT images at lower dosages
A team of bioengineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), with funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) technique that uses image post-processing to rapidly convert low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans to images of superior quality, compared to low-dose scans that do not use the AI technique.
June 11, 2019
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AI-Powered Voice Assistance Behind New Digital Health Company Frontive Health (Interview)
Voice assistants are quickly becoming a popular consumer tool that allows users to access libraries of skills, including games, news, and reminders.
October 25, 2019
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Agilent Technologies signs agreement to acquire BioTek Instruments
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today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-owned BioTek Instruments for $1.165 billion. With anticipated tax benefits for Agilent, the net purchase price is expected to be approximately $1.05 billion.
July 15, 2019
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Albumedix announces evaluation agreement with a top pharma collaborator
Novartis and Albumedix Ltd.

('Albumedix') have entered into an agreement to evaluate the development of several first-in-class therapeutics using Albumedix's Veltis®technology platform and associated technologies.
August 20, 2019
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Alexandria doubles down on decades-long Seattle biotech bet with Mercer 'Mega Block' deal
Alexandria will pay $143.5 million for the Mercer Mega Block site across the street from University of Washington School of Medicine buildings, close to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (right of Space Needle) and Amazon's Seattle campus (not pictured).

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August 26, 2019
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Alexa can now help manage your health information
Virtual help for tracking prescriptions, blood sugar levels, and more.
April 9, 2019
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AliveCor Consumer ECG Now Spots Bradycardia, Tachycardia, and AFib
AliveCor, the company that introduced practical and useful consumer ECG devices to the market, just got FDA clearance for its KardiaMobile monitor to detect bradycardia and tachycardia.

The device has already been cleared to help identify the existence of atrial fibrillation (AFib), but now it can spot abnormally slow or fast heart rhythms.
April 23, 2019
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'All in Your Head'? Getting Care for Untreated Pain.
Studies show that many doctors dismiss pain symptoms based on patients' race, gender, and age
May 2, 2019
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All of Us Research Program to expand public engagement efforts with new partner awards
HCM Strategists and the University of Utah will help build community connections.
August 26, 2019
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All-in-One Chip to Create New Drugs, Test Their Effectiveness
The development of new drugs is a long and tedious process.

Chemists come up with new libraries of molecules which biologists test to see whether these generate some kind of cellular response. Promising agents become models for further chemical development, and the process continues repeatedly until promising candidates for animal trials are found.
July 16, 2019
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Allen Institute kicks brain wave recording into overdrive with Neuropixels probe
Seattle's Allen Institute for Brain Science is sharing 70 trillion bytes' worth of data documenting electrical activity in mouse brains, collected by a new type of silicon probe that can monitor hundreds of neurons simultaneously.
October 14, 2019
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Almost 74% of Americans show concern about burnout among healthcare professionals
Nearly three-quarters (74%) of Americans are concerned about burnout among healthcare professionals, according to new survey data released today by ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists).

The results follow a 2018 study in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP) that found 53 percent of pharmacists self-reported a high degree of burnout caused by increasing stresses and demands.
June 18, 2019
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Alternative Orthopedic Fixation Company Ossio Developing Absorbable Fixation Devices
Ossio, a medical device company with offices in Caesarea, Israel and Woburn, Massachusetts, recently announced a $22 million Series A venture investment round led by LA-based OCV Partners.

This brings the company's total venture funding to $35 million. This technology received FDA 510(k) clearance in January 2019.
March 15, 2019
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Amazon adds HIPAA compliance to Alexa Skills, opening door for secure health apps
Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has a new trick: transmitting secure patient information between patients and caregivers.

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Developers can now use the Alexa Skills Kit to build HIPAA-compliant apps, opening the door for hospitals, insurers, digital health startups and others to manage patient data through voice.
April 4, 2019
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Amazon Alexa Now Offers "HIPAA-Eligible" Environment for Healthcare Skills
Voice assistants, such as the Amazon Alexa, have become very common in American households.

They're used to inquire about the weather, set alarms, and to search for trivia, among other things. Lately, though, voice assistants have been expanding their capabilities by integrating new apps and skills from third party vendors to do specialized tasks.
April 8, 2019
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Americans report significant stress due to health care, mass shootings, 2020 elections
A year before the 2020 presidential election, Americans report various issues in the news as significant sources of stress, including health care, mass shootings and the upcoming election, according to this year's Stress in America™ survey by the American Psychological Association (APA).
November 5, 2019
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AMP announces recipients of 2019's Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics
The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the premier global, molecular diagnostics professional society, today announced the recipients of this year's Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics, Jeffrey A.

Kant Leadership Award and Meritorious Service Award. These prestigious accolades will be presented this November during AMP's 25th Annual Meeting & Expo in Baltimore, Maryland.
September 19, 2019
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AMSBIO announces new concept to culture cells without using serum
AMSBIO announces XerumFree™ - a new concept in cell culture that allows you to culture cells without the use of serum.
April 12, 2019
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AMSBIO offers high quality Heparan Sulfate antibodies for HSPG research
AMSBIO offers a comprehensive range of high quality Heparan Sulfate (HS) antibodies from F69-3G10, F58-10E4 and JM403 clones, which have been proven ideal for targeted binding of HS in Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans (HSPG) research.
September 5, 2019
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AMSBIO's Detachin provides rapid and efficient cell detachment
Detachin™ Cell Detachment Solution from AMSBIO is a high-performance alternative to Trypsin/EDTA for detaching adherent cells from in vitro growth vessels.

Detachin™ provides rapid, gentle, and effective detachment of a wide variety of adherent cells, including primary cells, from all commercially available tissue culture plasticware.
February 28, 2019
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An 8-hour work week could be ideal for mental health
How many paid hours per week does a person need to work to maintain good mental health?

That is the question a new study aimed to answer, and the findings suggest that shorter work weeks and longer weekends could be most beneficial.
June 21, 2019
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An Atlanta nonprofit brings medical care and connection to the homeless
Herman Ware got his seasonal flu shot while sitting at a small, wobbly table inside a mobile health clinic.

The clinic-on-wheels is a large converted van, and on this day it was parked on a trash-strewn, dead-end street in downtown Atlanta where homeless residents congregate.
December 4, 2019
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An Insider's Guide to the chemagic™ Prime™ Junior Instrument
In this interview, Masoud Toloue, vice president of Applied Genomics at PerkinElmer, provides an overview of the chemagic™ Prime™ Junior Instrument and gives his inside tips for scientists thinking of purchasing this product.
March 14, 2019
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Analysis: Why Alexa's bedside manner is bad for health care
Amazon has opened a new health care frontier: Now Alexa can be used to transmit patient data.

Using this new feature -- which Amazon labeled as a "skill" -- a company named Livongo will allow diabetes patients -- which it calls "members" -- to use the device to "query their last blood sugar reading, blood sugar measurement trends, and receive insights and Health Nudges that are personalized to them."
June 4, 2019
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Animal-assisted therapy has a positive effect on social behavior of patients with brain injuries
Animal-assisted therapy can foster social competence in patients with brain injuries and increase their emotional involvement during therapy.

These were the findings of a clinical trial conducted by psychologists from the University of Basel and published in the journal Scientific Reports.
April 9, 2019
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Analysis: How your beloved hospital helps to drive up health care costs
As voters fume about the high cost of health care, politicians have been targeting two well-deserved villains: pharmaceutical companies, whose prices have risen more than inflation, and insurers, who pay their executives millions in salaries while raising premiums and deductibles.
September 5, 2019
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Anthem Blue Cross gets flagged and fined more than other insurers
One of California's largest health insurance plans has distinguished itself, and not in a good way.
December 4, 2019
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Antibodies.com raises £400,000 in pre-seed financing to help scientists discover more for less
Antibodies.com, a digital marketplace that enables life scientists to purchase critical research reagents at cost-effective prices from the primary manufacturers, today announced that is has raised £400,000 in pre-seed financing.

Nidobirds Ventures, after successful investment in Labstep, joined local angel investors and industry veterans in the funding round.
July 2, 2019
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Anxiety, depression associated with increased opioid use following surgery
Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the healing process.

Yet the current opioid crisis has made the standard prescribing practices for these highly effective analgesics fraught with risk.
August 22, 2019
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Apostrophe raises $6 million to let you see a dermatologist from your phone
Ben Holber and Ryan Hambley grew up together. Hambley, the son of a dermatologist, always had clear skin. But Holber struggled with acne from the time he was a teenager. The two saw first-hand the difference it makes to have a dermatologist on demand.

Apostrophe was born.
December 5, 2019
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Apple continues its health patent push with smart fabric health glove
Apple's healthy obsession with our bodies continues.
October 8, 2019
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Apple iPhone will improve medical care for USA veterans
United States veterans often don't get the respect they deserve.

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Once they rejoin civilian life, it isn't uncommon to hear horror stories about how they are treated in regards to medical care. Veterans Health Administration facilities can sometimes have long waits, poor service, and terrible hygiene conditions. Don't get me wrong, not all of the VA hospitals are bad, but some are.

And these brave people should never have deficient care.
February 11, 2019
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Apple is breaking down the barrier between patients and doctors starting with this news
Apple announced today that soon, Veterans will soon be able to see their own health records over an Apple iPhone.

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Aggregated health records from participating institutions, including the VA, will be found by in the Health Records on iPhone feature. The information available from the Health app will include allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals.
February 11, 2019
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Apple is launching a Research app that will allow U.S. consumers to participate in health studies
Apple is launching a new Research app for Apple Watch owners that will allow people to opt to privately contribute to health research by sharing the data collected from the smartwatch and its many sensors, as well as the Apple Health app.

The news of the app was announced today at Apple's iPhone press event, alongside that of a trio of new health studies and the next-generation Apple Watch Series 5.
September 10, 2019
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Apple launches Research app, opens three health studies for people in the US
Apple wants to dive deeper into health research but experts still have questions
November 15, 2019
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Apple Research app arrives on iPhone and Apple Watch with three opt-in health studies
Apple in September announced its plans for a research app that would allow U.S.

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consumers to participate in health studies from their Apple devices.
November 14, 2019
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Apple teams with Aetna on app that rewards users for healthy living
People who meet activity goals could score an Apple Watch or gift cards.
January 29, 2019
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Apple Watch on a mission to save lives: Apple announces three new studies to transform personal health care
The Apple Watch went from being an experimental wearable that vibrates when someone calls you to a pretty well-rounded activity tracker, to an autonomous device that people can call you on, to an actual personal health-carer.
September 10, 2019
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Apple will begin testing a new health API for insurance claims
The new feature could let users monitor health insurance claims right from the Health app.
July 30, 2019
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Apple will soon let vets check health records on their iPhones
The iPhone maker and US Department of Veterans Affairs have partnered to offer an easier way to access health records on the go.
February 11, 2019
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Apple's health team is facing internal turmoil leading to multiple employee exits
The tension has been building up for several years now.
August 20, 2019
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Apple, Microsoft and Google to test new standard for patient access to digital health data
A newly released data model and draft implementation guide for providing directly to patients digital access to historical health insurance claims data could mean you have better access to this info from the devices you use everyday.

Called the CARIN Blue Button API, it's a new model developed by private sector partners, including consumer organizations, insurance providers, digital health app developers and more.
July 30, 2019
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Arbutus Medical's New Low-Cost Surgical DrillCovers: Interview with CEO Lawrence Buchan
Arbutus Medical is a company that aims to improve access to surgical power tools for surgeons around the world.

Their flagship product, the DrillCover, is a sterilizable enclosure that allows surgeons to use an off-the-shelf hardware drill for orthopedic surgery. Four years ago, we interviewed Lawrence Buchan, Arbutus' co-founder.
January 29, 2019
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Arc Bio introduces Galileo Pathogen Solution product line at ASM Clinical Virology Symposium
Arc Bio today launched its GalileoTM Pathogen Solution (GPS) product line at the ASM Clinical Virology Symposium (CVS) in Savannah.

With this announcement comes the Early Access commercial release of the first product in the GPS line: GPS-Transplant. GPS-Transplant is a comprehensive next-generation sequencing (NGS) test providing data to aid in the monitoring of post-transplant patients who are at high risk for infection or reactivation of potentially fatal viral infections.
May 2, 2019
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Are Health Apps Putting Your Privacy at Risk?
A new study reveals that your personal info might be shared without your realizing it
March 21, 2019
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Are Workplace Wellness Programs a Privacy Problem?
What you must know about these perks and your personal information
April 22, 2019
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ARIS MD Automatic Tissue Segmentation in Virtual and Augmented Reality: Aris MD at CES 2019
Medical imaging technologies have come a long way over the decades.

They offer greater visual detail, but all that data often makes it difficult to see and understand the anatomy being studied.
January 15, 2019
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Art Therapy Using Virtual Reality
Virtual reality is already used in medicine to train surgeons, fight phobias, and even help with early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers at Drexel University have now taken the first steps to apply virtual reality in the field of art therapy.
November 15, 2019
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Artificial 'inclusion bodies' created for controlled drug release
Precision medicine is becoming increasingly important, creating more efficient personalised therapies for each patient and innovative pharmacological developments.
December 19, 2019
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Cancer Care
As a multibillion-dollar company, why is IBM investing in artificial intelligence for the healthcare sector?
December 12, 2019
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Artificial intelligence can help accurately predict acute kidney injury in burn patients
Many burn victims suffer acute kidney injury (AKI), but early recognition of AKI remains challenging.

Now an Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML) model developed at UC Davis Health and reported in a new study can predict acute kidney injury quicker and more accurately than ever.
July 12, 2019
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Artificial Intelligence Selects Embryos to Optimize In-Vitro Fertilization
Ever since its advent, in vitro fertilization has relied on trained specialists with a keen eye to select which embryos look more viable.

This is a great responsibility since roughly only half of IVF procedures are successful. Any improvement of this process would be of great benefit to the expectant parents.
April 15, 2019
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Artificial Muscle Fibers for Biomedical Applications
Scientists at MIT have taken inspiration from cucumber tendrils, the helical offshoots that grab onto fences and anything else they can, to create artificial muscle-like fibers.

The new fibers can quickly contract and expand, and can lift objects many times their weight.
July 12, 2019
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Artificial Pancreas System: #WeAreNotWaiting in Healthcare
Dana Lewis, a founder of the open source artificial pancreas (OpenAPS) movement, discusses open source innovation in unexpected places (like healthcare) and how we can democratize data (and innovation processes) to enable more people to solve the most pressing problems in their lives.
July 18, 2019
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Artificial Protein Switch for Smart Cell Therapies
Researchers from University of California, San Francisco and the University of Washington have developed a new artificial protein switch, dubbed LOCKR.

Their work demonstrates that the new switch can be used to control many intracellular processes, including mediating molecular traffic inside a cell, degrading specific proteins, and causing a cell to self-destruct. This exciting development can be used in next generation cell therapies, such as CAR-T cell therapy for cancer.
July 30, 2019
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Artificial Proximal Tubule Model Mimics Functionality of Real Kidneys
Our kidneys are designed to filter out all kinds of impurities from the blood stream, a process that's not particularly selective.

This is done by glomeruli, which are groups of capillaries at the end of kidney tubules. But other parts of the kidneys, the proximal tubules, are charged with returning wanted nutrients back into the body.

When the glomeruli and proximal tubules work well together, filtration and selective re-absorption ensure the purity and essence of our natural fluids.
March 5, 2019
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Artis icono Angiography Suite Now Includes Virtual Patients to Practice On
Siemens Healthineers has partnered with Mentice, a Swedish company that specializes in simulation solutions for endovascular therapies, to integrate the Artis icono angiography system with the VIST Virtual Patient offering.
July 1, 2019
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As Congress works to curb surprise medical bills, N.Y.'s fix gets examined
Lobbying campaigns and legislative battles have been underway for months as Congress tries to solve the problem of surprise billing, when patients face often exorbitant costs after they unknowingly receive care from an out-of-network doctor or hospital.
November 5, 2019
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As ER wait times grow, more patients leave against medical advice
Emergency room patients increasingly leave California hospitals against medical advice, and experts say crowded ERs are likely to blame.
May 17, 2019
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As his wife's caregiver, a doctor discovers what's missing at health care's core
Caring for someone with a serious illness stretches people spiritually and emotionally, often beyond what they might have thought possible.
December 5, 2019
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As measles outbreak fades, N.Y.

sets in motion new rules on school vaccinations
As children head to school this fall, the number of measles cases in New York has slowed to a trickle, and officials this week declared that the outbreak in New York City, which largely affected Orthodox Jewish families who avoided immunizations, is over.
September 5, 2019
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As Medical Marketing Soars, Is Regulation Needed?
Turn on prime-time TV and you'll likely see a pitch for arthritis or impotence pills, and maybe a cancer center.

Advertisers spent nearly $10 billion marketing prescription drugs and medical services to the American public in 2016 -- five times what they doled out 20 years earlier, a new study finds.
January 8, 2019
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As Medicare enrollment nears, popular price comparison tool is missing
Millions of older adults can start signing up next week for private policies offering Medicare drug and medical coverage for 2020.

But many risk wasting money and even jeopardizing their health care due to changes in Medicare's plan finder, its most popular website.
October 8, 2019
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As off-label use spreads, supplies of niche drugs and patients' patience grow short
Medical treatment has knocked down tumors in 6-year-old Easton Daniels' brain, but the drug used also wiped out his immune system.
September 24, 2019
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ASA reaffirms its commitment to protect patients from surprise medical bills
In response to a new Health Affairs article "Out-Of-Network Billing and Negotiated Payments for Hospital-Based Physicians," the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) released the following statement reaffirming its commitment to protecting patients from surprise medical bills.
December 17, 2019
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Aspiring doctors seek advanced training in addiction medicine
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Surgeon General's office estimates that more than 20 million people have a substance use disorder. Meanwhile, the nation's drug overdose crisis shows no sign of slowing.
March 22, 2019
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Association between OSA and cardiovascular diseases in women
The authors review important sex differences in the association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and CVD with some data suggesting women may have different susceptibility to the effects of OSA.

The authors stress that although OSA is a common condition, it remains grossly underdiagnosed in women.
February 28, 2019
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AstraZeneca invests in SP Scientific LyoConstellation system to help drive GMP production of parenteral products
SP Scientific report that AstraZeneca BioPharmaceuticals R&D (Gothenburg, Sweden) has invested in a LyoConstellationTM S10 freeze dryer intended to help drive research and development of small scale GMP production.

The SP Scientific LyoConstellation system is planned for use on multiple projects to support early to late phase development including GMP production of small batches for Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials.
September 26, 2019
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At-line Food Production Analysis using an Innovative NIR Spectrometer
An interview with Bob Schumann, Director of Product Management and Marketing at Unity Scientific, discussing the major analytical challenges faced by food manufacturers and the development of a flexible NIR spectrometer that is enabling analysis at the production line itself.
May 30, 2019
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Athletes and biohackers embrace 'structured water vapor' recovery device from Seattle startup
A Seattle startup that sells a device to help bodily cells recover has accumulated some big-name endorsements.
May 20, 2019
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Atlas Antibodies presents QPrEST standards for absolute quantification of proteins using mass spectrometry
Atlas Antibodies AB, a leading supplier of advanced research reagents, announced today the introduction of pre-quantified QPrEST™ Protein Standards for absolute quantification of proteins in biological samples such as cell lysate and plasma using liquid chromatography (LC)--mass spectrometry (MS).
September 16, 2019
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Attain Incontinence Control Device at CES 2019
Incontinence, be it urinary or fecal, is not fun and products to treat it is not something that excites the average consumer.

Yet, InControl Medical was at CES 2019 showing off its Attain device, a product for managing urinary and/or fecal incontinence in both men and women.
January 17, 2019
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Augmented Reality System Allows Clinicians to 'See' Patient Pain
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a system that allows clinicians to "see" patient pain in real time.

The technology could potentially be very useful in objectively measuring pain and identifying it in patients who have trouble communicating their symptoms.

Consisting of augmented reality glasses for the clinician and a cap containing brain sensors for the patient, the system uses artificial intelligence to convert brain activity data into a pain signature visualization so that the clinician can assess pain levels.
July 1, 2019
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Aurora Labs to develop 3D printed titanium medical implants
Aurora Labs Limited ("Aurora" or "the Company"), is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding term sheet with the University of Western Australia ("UWA") and Royal Perth Hospital ("RPH") in a collaboration agreement to develop 3D printing of titanium medical implants (the "Project").
February 27, 2019
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Australian researchers find new drug target for preventing the spread of malaria
Australian researchers have found a new drug target for stopping the spread of malaria, after successfully blocking the world's deadliest malaria parasite - Plasmodium falciparum - from completing the 'transmission stage' of its lifecycle.
December 17, 2019
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Authors take in-depth look at risks associated with medical AI/ML systems
Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) are increasingly transforming the healthcare sector.

From spotting malignant tumours to reading CT scans and mammograms, AI/ML-based technology is faster and more accurate than traditional devices - or even the best doctors.

But along with the benefits come new risks and regulatory challenges.
December 6, 2019
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Automated Machine for Pumping Bag Valve Masks
Bag valve masks help paramedics, anesthesiologists, and others to oxygenate the lungs, but being manual devices the operator oftentimes has to do additional tasks, such as provide jaw thrust or use both hands to ensure good seal around the face mask.
May 2, 2019
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Automatic Artificial Intelligence System Learns to Diagnose Disease
Wearable health monitors, ubiquitous sensors, and the ability to collect and store huge amounts of data are creating challenges for researchers hoping to use artificial intelligence to identify diseases.

While the gathered data can hold important clinical answers, finding those answers means that the data must be categorized and labeled.
August 26, 2019
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Automation in Scientific Research -- Step 1: Invest in Scheduling Software.
News-Medical speaks to David Dambman from Biosero about the emerging importance of automation in scientific research and how a centralized scheduling software is an essential first step for any laboratory looking to automate their workflow.
March 7, 2019
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Autonomous Monitoring of Healthcare Facilities Using AI and Advanced Sensors: Interview with Chakri Toleti, Founder and CEO of care.ai
care.ai, an artificial intelligence company based in Florida, has partnered with Google to create an autonomous patient monitoring system.
November 15, 2019
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Auxetic membranes: Paradoxical replacement tissue for medicine
A material that thickens when you pull on it seems to contradict the laws of physics.

However, the so-called auxetic effect, which also occurs in nature, is interesting for a number of applications. A new Empa study recently published in Nature Communications shows how this amazing behavior can be improved--and even used to treat injuries and tissue damage.
December 4, 2019