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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 10, 2017

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. How WiFi could monitor sleep disorders Monitoring sleep disorders could be as easy as measuring the radio waves around a patient through WiFi, according to new research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital. Traditionally, physicians measure sleep disorders through electrodes or other sensors attached to a patient. The new method, however, is a device that uses an advanced artificial intelligence algorithm that analyzes radio signals surrounding a patient and translates those signals into the light, deep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stages. Read more 4. AdvaMed goes social with anti-medtech tax ad The Advanced Medical Technology Assn. is unleashing the latest ad in a social media campaign aimed at winning more legislative support for a repeal of the medical device tax, hoping to sway Congress members during the August recess. The apparent demise last month of Republican plans to repeal Obamacare and replace it with their own version of healthcare reform, which would have done away with the medtech tax, has the industry casting ...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

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Publication date: Available online 18 August 2017 Source:Epilepsy & Behavior Author(s): Randip Taneja, Krystal Hunter, Evren Burakgazi-Dalkilic, Melissa Carran A common side effect of levetiracetam is the onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms such as mood changes including depression, anxiety, agitation, and sometimes psychosis. We performed a retrospective analysis to examine the effect of sleep pattern and chronotype on individual susceptibility to levetiracetam-induced mood changes. We reviewed records of 110 adults with epilepsy presenting to our clinic during a 3-month period, and categorized them into those current...
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
We examined factors, including the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), that were associated with depressive symptoms and excessive daytime sleepiness in OSA patients.MethodsWe retrospectively reviewed data of 1203 subjects (861 men, mean age 48.2  years) who completed self-reported questionnaires and underwent polysomnography between September 2005 and May 2016 at the Center for Sleep and Chronobiology at Seoul National University Hospital. We compared scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS) between OSA and control groups. Analyses for OSA subgroups were classified by se...
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Authors: Yang JH, Wang YQ, Ye SQ, Cheng YG, Chen Y, Feng XZ Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of group-based and individual-based Tai Chi training on nonmotor symptoms in patients with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease. DESIGN: Randomized controlled pilot study. METHODS: 36 community-dwelling patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) were randomly assigned to either group-based training group (n = 19) or individual-based group (n = 17). Both groups received same content of Tai Chi training 3 times a week for 13 weeks. Participants were also asked to perform home exercises daily. The Non-Motor Sympt...
Source: Parkinsons Disease - Category: Neurology Tags: Parkinsons Dis Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The vestibular function should be assessed systematically after a complicated mTBI. Furthermore, the mTBI diagnosis should be based on operational criteria, and not on reported symptoms. PMID: 28816563 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Brain Injury - Category: Neurology Tags: Brain Inj Source Type: research
ConclusionsPediatric patients with EDS had various sleep disorders and some did not have any sleep disorder despite EDS. More than half the patients with EDS showed depressive feelings affecting their daily lives. For pediatric patients with EDS, a systematic diagnostic approach including questionnaires for sleep habits and emotion and PSG is essential for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsThere is widespread variation in access to surgery and in baseline patient characteristics in the countries submitting data to the IFSO Global Registry.
Source: Obesity Surgery - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: This case shows that side effects of medications can easily mimic some medical conditions. The possibility of unrecognized disease should not be overlooked simply because a patient's symptoms that develop after starting a medication correspond well the side effect profile of the prescribed medications. This is especially true if side effects do not stop with alteration of medication dose, cessation of the medication, or changing to another medication. Pituitary adenomas are rare in patients treated for PTSD. However, attribution of PTSD patient's symptoms to the side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhi...
Source: Military Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Mil Med Source Type: research
This study examines the prevalence and impact of FM in women veterans and to explore the association between other comorbidities to improve risk differentiation for treatment and improve outcomes. METHODS: This study is designed as a nested, cross-sectional study within a larger project funded by the U.S. Army at the University of South Florida, College of Nursing entitled "Nursing Health Initiative for Empowering Women Veterans." A sample of 76 participants completed a battery of study instruments related to physical and psychological stressors. FINDINGS: Over half of the sample had a positive FM screeni...
Source: Military Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Mil Med Source Type: research
Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a burning sensation in the mouth with no underlying dental or medical cause. To date, there is no satisfactory treatment for BMS. Herein, we present the case of a 42-year-old female presenting with hepatitis C virus infection along with BMS. Despite two interferon therapies and a sustained virologic response, the discomfort in her oral mucosa persisted. At the age of 51, the patient complained of burning sensation and tingling pain in the tongue; a thin layer of REFRECARE-H ®, an oral care gel (therapeutic dentifrice), was applied on the oral membrane after each meal for 60 days. Applica...
Source: Case Reports in Gastroenterology - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a clinical syndrome characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, cognitive deficit, sleep and mood disorders. Most pharmacological therapies showed limited effectiveness and there ’s need for new effective and well tolerated therapeutic tools. Recently, transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) of motor cortex showed able to reduce pain, while dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) tDCS improved anxiety, depression and cognitive impairment in FMS. A new application, ra ndom noise stimulation (tRNS), using randomly changing alternating currents, showed very recently abi...
Source: Clinical Neurophysiology - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Source Type: research
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