Medical Devices

Reflux Band Now Available OTC for Reducing Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

Reflux Band Now Available OTC for Reducing Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

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In one study, 86% of patients clinically diagnosed with esophagopharyngeal reflux reported significant reduction in symptoms after 2 weeks of use.

New Bronchoscopic Option Used for Severe Emphysema

New Bronchoscopic Option Used for Severe Emphysema

First bronchoscopic lung volume reduction using endobronchial valve performed at Temple University.

FDA: Zephyr Endobronchial Valve Approved for Severe Emphysema

FDA: Zephyr Endobronchial Valve Approved for Severe Emphysema

Valve has been approved after review of data from trial involving 190 patients with emphysema

Cleared Blood Glucose Monitor Systems Not Always Accurate

Cleared Blood Glucose Monitor Systems Not Always Accurate

Six of 18 systems met predetermined accuracy standard in three of three studies

Artificial Pancreas Systems Safe, Effective in Type 1 Diabetes

Artificial Pancreas Systems Safe, Effective in Type 1 Diabetes

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Artificial pancreas treatments are safe and effective for managing type 1 diabetes.

Complete fetal genome sequences can be obtained from amniotic fluid

Complete fetal genome sequences can be obtained from amniotic fluid

Complete genome sequences were elucidated for 31 fetuses from amniotic fluid. Two methods of DNA extraction proved to be relatively equal in quality of complete genome sequence.

FDA: World's smallest mechanical heart valve approved for newborns with heart defects

FDA: World's smallest mechanical heart valve approved for newborns with heart defects

The world's smallest mechanical heart valve was approved by the FDA for newborns and young infants with heart defects.

Novel device may ease symptoms of tinnitus

Novel device may ease symptoms of tinnitus

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Bimodal auditory-somatosensory treatment is noninvasive and showed no side effects.

Compression ultrasounds assist GPs in diagnosing DVTs

Compression ultrasounds assist GPs in diagnosing DVTs

Accuracy was 95.8% for DVT diagnosis for general practitioners using compression ultrasonography.

More life-threatening scope-related infections than previously thought

More life-threatening scope-related infections than previously thought

A US Senate Committee report shows higher numbers of life-threatening duodenoscpe infections between 2012 and 2015.

Interoperable medical devices could cut down medical errors

Interoperable medical devices could cut down medical errors

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Half of the nurses surveyed reported personally witnessing a medical error due to lack of device coordination.

EMR systems falling short of expectations

EMR systems falling short of expectations

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EMR systems are supposed to make record keeping much easier, but the required transition period and flawed design are disappointments.

FDA approves brain scan to diagnose ADHD

FDA approves brain scan to diagnose ADHD

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A device that measures brain wave frequency has been cleared by the FDA for the use of ADHD diagnosis.

Medtronic recalls SyncroMed Implantable Fusion Pumps

Medtronic recalls SyncroMed Implantable Fusion Pumps

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The FDA has issued four medical device notifications related to problems with the priming bolus, electrical shorting in SyncroMed pumps.

Obesity increases colorectal cancer risk in men

Obesity increases colorectal cancer risk in men

Colorectal cancer prevention efforts should encourage the achievement and maintenance of a healthy body weight in addition to regular screenings

Microchip effectively delivers osteoporosis drug

Microchip effectively delivers osteoporosis drug

An implantable microchip about the size of a flash memory drive that can be controlled remotely, delivered doses of an osteoporosis drug with the same efficacy as injection.

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