Premature brains develop differently in boys and girls
(Springer) Brains of baby boys born prematurely are affected differently and more severely than premature infant girls' brains. This is according to a study published in the Springer Nature-branded journal Pediatric Research. Lead authors Amanda Benavides and Peg Nopoulos of the University of Iowa in the US used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans as part of an ongoing study on premature babies to examine how the brains of baby boys and girls changed and developed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 19, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

For women with genetic risk, twice-a-year MRI beats mammograms
(University of Chicago Medical Center) Getting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans twice a year instead of one annual mammogram is far more effective at detecting early breast cancers in young women with a high-risk genetic profile than mammograms alone, according to a research team based at the University of Chicago Medicine and the University of Washington, Seattle. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Brains of people with schizophrenia are less reactive to social rewards like smiling faces, study shows
FINDINGSIn imaging studies, UCLA researchers found that the brains of people with schizophrenia are less sensitive to social rewards, such as the positive feelings that can come from social interactions with people, than they are to so-called nonsocial rewards, such as money or objects.BACKGROUNDPeople generally find social stimulation rewarding, which in turn motivates them to seek more social interactions. Conversely, in people with schizophrenia, abnormalities in how the brain processes social rewards likely contribute  to human interaction problems. One of the hallmarks of schizophrenia is the impairment of social...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 10, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Letter to the editor: What has been learned from magnetic resonance imaging examination of the injured human spinal cord: a Canadian perspective - Farhadi HF, Minnema AJ, Talbott JF, Aarabi B.
Letter to the editor. Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Advanced Bionics wins FDA nod for MRI-safe HiRes Ultra 3D cochlear implant
Sonova Holding AG (SIX:SOON) subsidiary Advanced Bionics said yesterday that it won FDA approval for its HiRes Ultra 3D cochlear implant. The newly approved implant is cleared for use during magnetic resonance imaging examinations as it features a new magnet design which provides alignment with an external magnetic field in any direction. The magnet allows users to move freely around an MRI machine’s magnetic field without pain or discomfort, or the need for removal or head bandaging, Advanced Bionics said. “After many years of research and development, the new magnet technology in our cochlear implants wi...
Source: Mass Device - August 31, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Otolaryngology Ear, Nose & Throat Regulatory/Compliance Advanced Bionics LLC Sonova Holding AG Source Type: news

Emergency radiology after a massive earthquake: clinical perspective - Iyama A, Utsunomiya D, Uetani H, Kidoh M, Sugahara T, Yoshimatsu S, Yamashita Y.
Earthquakes are unpredictable and inevitable disasters, causing various earthquake-related disorders. Medical imaging, including digital radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging, plays a key role in the evaluation of earthquake-rela... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

MRI visualization of optic nerve avulsion due to ocular perforation from BB gun projectile - Barnard L, Ajlan R.
To report a case of optic nerve avulsion after a perforating injury by an air-soft/BB gun that was successfully captured with magnetic resonance imaging. Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Center for BrainHealth ® enhances capabilities with two new 3T MRI machines
(Center for BrainHealth) The Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas this week installed two 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. Housed on the ground floor of the Brain Performance Institute ™ , these are the first set of scanners for UT-Dallas and are some of the few MRI machines in North Texas that will be used exclusively for research related to the human brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Facebook, NYU partner on AI-powered MRI project
Facebook’s artificial intelligence lab is partnering with New York University’s medical school to try and try to improve magnetic resonance imaging systems, according to a CNN report. NYU’s medical school will provide the social media giant an anonymous dataset of 10,000 MRI exams to train a deep-learning algorithm to recognize anatomical arrangements in hopes that the AI will be able to be integrated into future MRI machines. The algorithm could then, hypothetically, create a portion of the image to save time, as MRI scans can often take as long as an hour to perform, according to the report. “You ...
Source: Mass Device - August 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Imaging Research & Development Facebook Source Type: news

Using AI, Facebook teams with NYU in effort to speed up MRI scans
Facebook Inc. said it's teaming with New York University in an effort to use artificial intelligence to speed up magnetic resonance imaging scans. Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) said its Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) team will work the NYU's School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology on a project that could make MRI scans up to 10 times faster. If successful, Facebook said "it will make MRI technology available to more people. " Right now, some MRI scans take up to an hour, which… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news

How brains of doers differ from those of procrastinators
(Ruhr-University Bochum) Researchers at Ruhr-Universit ä t Bochum have analysed why certain people tend to put tasks off rather than tackling them directly. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), they identified two brain areas whose volume and functional connectivity are linked to an individual's ability to control their actions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NYU, Facebook believe AI can make MRIs 10 times faster
The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research group (FAIR) has teamed up with the NYU School of Medicine on a new project that could make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans 10 times faster. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

AI robot can draw what you're thinking by reading your brain impulses
(Natural News) A team of scientists at the Research Center for Brain-Inspired Intelligence in Beijing, China recently developed a technique to decode perceived images by analyzing data from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans. To carry out the research, the scientists monitored the activity in the visual cortex. One challenge was to efficiently process fMRI data. The task involved mapping the activity... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRI may facilitate the diagnosis and evaluation of the treatment outcomes of depression
(Bentham Science Publishers) Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could identify morphological and functional brain changes of major depressive disorder (MDD). These alterations may potentially serve as MRI biomarkers that are clinically useful for the early diagnosis and evaluation of the treatment outcomes of MDD. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prevalence of shoulder labral injury in collegiate football players at the National Football League Scouting Combine - Mannava S, Frangiamore SJ, Murphy CP, Sanchez A, Sanchez G, Dornan GJ, Bradley JP, LaPrade RF, Millett PJ, Provencher MT.
BACKGROUND: Labral tears confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are a relatively common injury among collegiate athletes and can influence a player's ability to compete at the professional level. PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence of MRI-c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Unilateral anoxic brain injury secondary to strangulation identified on conventional and arterial spin-labeled perfusion imaging - Prosser DD, Grigsby T, Pollock JM.
Anoxic brain injury on magnetic resonance imaging classically demonstrates symmetric diffusion restriction involving the highly metabolic structures including the basal ganglia and cortex and global hyperperfusion on arterial spin labeling perfusion. The p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Drowning, Suffocation Source Type: news

Report: Brazilian prosecutors accuse GE, J & J, Philips of running medtech ‘ cartel ’
Federal prosecutors in Brazil claim that General Electric‘s (NYSE:GE) Latin Americas chief exec Daurio Speranzini Jr. was involved in a medical equipment price-fixing scheme as part of an international health-care cartel, according to a new report from Reuters. The cartel, which includes Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and other medtech firms, reportedly engaged in bribing government officials for help in inflating prices for devices including prosthetics and magnetic resonance imaging machines. Speranzini was arrested alongside 19 others last week, Reuters reports. Court document...
Source: Mass Device - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Legal News General Electric johnsonandjohnson royalphilips Source Type: news

Machine learning helps to predict the treatment outcomes of schizophrenia
(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine& Dentistry) University of Alberta researchers have used artificial intelligence to help identify patients suffering from schizophrenia and to ascertain if they would respond to treatment.Bo Cao, a psychiatry researcher in the U of A's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, led a research team that used a machine learning algorithm to examine functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images of both newly diagnosed schizophrenia patients and healthy subjects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The AI that can tell how smart you REALLY are just by looking at a brain scan
Caltech researchers say their AI can predict a person's intelligence from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of their resting state brain activity. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quicker diagnoses thanks to medical imaging boost
Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is a routine medical technique used to form pictures of the inner workings of the body for diagnosis. An EU-funded project seeks to massively boost the information MRI can deliver to doctors - potentially helping them to better diagnose and treat patients. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - June 28, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Mercury Released From Amalgam Fillings After High-Power MRI
WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 -- Mercury is released from amalgam fillings after exposure to 7.0 Tesla (T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to a study published online June 26 in Radiology. Selmi Yilmaz, Ph.D., from Akdeniz University and M.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

World's first intra-operative MRI-guided robot for bilateral stereotactic neurosurgery
(The University of Hong Kong) A HKU Mechanical Engineering team led by Dr. Kwok Ka-wai recently designed the first neurosurgical robotic system capable of performing bilateral stereotactic neurosurgery inside a magnetic resonance imaging ('MRI') scanner. The team also conducted pre-clinical validation of the system with CUHK neurosurgeons, Dr Danny Chan Tat-ming and Professor Poon Wai-sang. This innovative technological breakthrough can facilitate the treatment of Parkinson's disease and other neuropsychiatric disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The role of magnetic resonance imaging in optimizing injury management in Air Force pararescuemen, combat rescue officers, and survival specialists - Rush SC, Foresto C, Hewitt CW, Grossman MG, Petersen CD, Gallo I, Staak BP, Rush JT.
Operators perform physically demanding jobs associated with a variety of overuse and acute musculoskeletal injuries. The current management of musculoskeletal complaints in the Air Force includes plane radiographs and 6 weeks of physical therapy (PT) befor... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of the neural correlates of cognitive-behavioral therapy for externalizing behavior problems in adolescent bullies - Kim JI, Kang YH, Lee JM, Cha J, Park YH, Kweon KJ, Kim BN.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the neural correlates of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for externalizing behavior problems in perpetrators of school bullying using assessments of brain activity and behavior. Twenty-five adolescent bullies... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Philips receives U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance for its Ingenia Elition MR solution
With first U.S. commercial installation at Hennepin Healthcare, the Philips Ingenia Elition performs MRI exam times up to 50% [1] faster with no compromise in image quality AMSTERDAM, June 5, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Royal Phil... Devices, Radiology, FDA Royal Philips, Ingenia Elition, magnetic resonance imaging (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

In MS, disintegrating brain lesions may indicate the disease is getting worse
(University at Buffalo) For decades, clinicians treating multiple sclerosis (MS) have interpreted the appearance of new or expanding brain lesions on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans as a sign that a patient's disease is getting worse. Now, University at Buffalo researchers are finding that it may be the atrophy or disappearance of these lesions into cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that is a better indicator of who will develop disability. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 4, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Alcohol use effects on adolescent brain development revealed by simultaneously removing confounding factors, identifying morphometric patterns, and classifying individuals - Park SH, Zhang Y, Kwon D, Zhao Q, Zahr NM, Pfefferbaum A, Sullivan EV, Pohl KM.
Group analysis of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) metrics frequently employs generalized additive models (GAM) to remove contributions of confounding factors before identifying cohort specific characteristics. For example, the National Consortium on... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: What's an MRI, and why do I need one?
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It?s a noninvasive way for your health care provider to examine your organs, tissues and skeletal system. While an X-ray is great for looking at bone, an MRI also can examine soft tissue and organs. Dr. Phillip Young, a radiologist at Mayo Clinic, says this technology can diagnose many [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 31, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Early diffusion-weighted imaging and outcome prediction of comatose survivors after suicidal hanging - Choi DW, Lee SW, Jeong SH, Park JS, Kim H.
PURPOSE: Early outcome prediction after suicidal hanging is challenging in comatose survivors. We analysed the early patterns of brain diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) abnormalities in comatose survivors after suicidal hanging. M... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Drowning, Suffocation Source Type: news

Fetal MRI can reliably spot holoprosencephaly as early as 18 gestational weeks
(Children's National Health System) Fetal magnetic resonance imaging can reliably spot holoprosencephaly as early as 18 gestational weeks, providing an opportunity to counsel families earlier in their pregnancy, according to Children's-led research featured on the cover of the American Journal of Medical Genetics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Insightec seeks Parkinson ’ s indication in Japan for Exablate Neuro
Insightec said this week it submitted an application for pre-market approval to the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency seeking an indication for its Exablate Neuro to treat advanced Parkinson’s Disease in patients suffering from mobility, rigidity or dyskinesia. The Israel-based company’s Exablate Neuro device uses high-intensity, focused ultrasound to thermally ablate targeted tissue, guided by continuous magnetic resonance imaging; the procedure can be performed non-invasively through an intact skull. “Insightec is committed to supporting research that extends the applica...
Source: Mass Device - May 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Neurological Regulatory/Compliance Ultrasound INSIGHTEC Source Type: news

Diamond 'spin-off' tech could lead to low-cost medical imaging and drug discovery tools
(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) An international team has discovered how to exploit defects in nanoscale and microscale diamonds and potentially enhance the sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance systems while eliminating the need for their costly and bulky superconducting magnets. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers find clues to treating psychoses in mental health patients
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Researchers at the University of Missouri recently found evidence that boosting how well people at risk for psychosis learn from positive and negative feedback could potentially keep psychosis at bay. The team also found that brain scans using functional magnetic resonance imaging, coupled with behavioral measures, could provide markers for the diagnosis of psychosis risk. Researchers hope findings will help mental health professionals to understand how to better treat their patients with psychoses and prevent the onset of psychosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

US medtech companies lobby against proposed Chinese tariffs
US medtech firms, including GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) and the thriving Minnesota-based medtech sector, are concerned that tariffs on Chinese products proposed by President Trump could significantly affect their business, according to two reports released this week. GE Healthcare executives are worried that the tariffs could hurt the competitiveness of its products, including its magnetic-resonance imaging units which are produced in Waukesha, according to a Boston Business Journal report. GE is reportedly requesting that the Trump administration remove certain parts and components made in China from a list of produ...
Source: Mass Device - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News AdvaMed GE Healthcare Medical Alley Assn. Source Type: news

GE Healthcare cited as example of company that Trump tariffs would hurt
General Electric executives say President Donald Trump ’s proposed tariffs on Chinese products could add to costs and hurt the competitiveness of GE Healthcare products including magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) units made in Waukesha. The company is asking the Trump administration to eliminate some components and parts made in China from the list of products facing new United States tariffs. “GE’s requests for adjustments to the proposed tariff list have been limited ... to those products… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

GE Healthcare cited as example of company that Trump tariffs would hurt
GE executives say President Donald Trump ’s proposed tariffs on Chinese products could add to costs and hurt the competitiveness of GE Healthcare products including magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) units made in Waukesha. The company is asking the Trump administration to eliminate some components and parts made in China from the list of products facing new United States tariffs. In the Milwaukee area, GE Healthcare designs, builds and markets products that include MRI equipment, computed tomography… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

GE Healthcare cited as example of company that Trump tariffs would hurt
GE executives say President Donald Trump ’s proposed tariffs on Chinese products could add to costs and hurt the competitiveness of GE Healthcare products including magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) units made in Waukesha. The company is asking the Trump administration to eliminate some components and parts made in China from the list of products facing new United States tariffs. In the Milwaukee area, GE Healthcare designs, builds and markets products that include MRI equipment, computed tomography… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 14, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy of fiber tracts in children with traumatic brain injury: a combined MRS - Diffusion MRI study - Dennis EL, Babikian T, Alger J, Rashid F, Villalon-Reina JE, Jin Y, Olsen A, Mink R, Babbitt C, Johnson J, Giza CC, Thompson PM, Asarnow RF.
Traumatic brain injury can cause extensive damage to the white matter (WM) of the brain. These disruptions can be especially damaging in children, whose brains are still maturing. Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) is the most commonly used method... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Neural substrates for moral judgments of psychological versus physical harm - Tsoi L, Dungan JA, Chakroff A, Young LL.
While we may think about harm as primarily being about physical injury, harm can also take the form of negative psychological impact. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we examined the extent to which moral judgments of physical and psycho... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Functional MRI maps neural activity
Bioengineered paramagnetic nanoparticle probes can detect calcium ion dynamics with magnetic resonance imaging (Source: Nanotechweb.org News)
Source: Nanotechweb.org News - May 3, 2018 Category: Nanotechnology Authors: Belle Dum é Source Type: news

The secret lives of roots
(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Government researchers have begun an ambitious program to reveal the secret lives of roots that includes using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of living plants in the field. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 1, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

New OCREVUS (ocrelizumab) data at AAN demonstrate significant reductions in disease activity and disability progression in relapsing multiple sclerosis
Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that new OCREVUS (ocrelizumab) data were presented at the 70th American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting from 21-27 April in Los Angeles, California. The data showcase the efficacy of OCREVUS in relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) through several measures of underlying disease activity and disability progression, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cognitive function, and spinal fluid biomarkers of inflammation and neurodegeneration. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - April 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Roche Business and Industry Source Type: news

Regional brain volume changes in alcohol-dependent individuals during short-term and long-term abstinence - Zou X, Durazzo TC, Meyerhoff DJ.
BACKGROUND: Widespread brain atrophy in alcohol-dependent individuals (ALC) has been consistently documented in pathological and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies. Longitudinal MRI studies have shown that the regional brain volume losses in ALC are ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Chinese investor group acquires Esaote
Esaote yesterday announced it was acquired by a consortium of Chinese investors composed of several major companies in the medical field and investment funds. Genoa, Italy-based Esaote produces medical devices with a focus on ultrasound, dedicated magnetic resonance imaging and diagnostic management software. The acquiring consortium includes Chinese medical equipment maker Wandong, private equity fund Yufeng Capital, Chinese free trade zone fund Shanghai FTZ Fund, investment group Tianyi, Chinese home medical equipment maker holding company Yuyue and OEM manufacturer Kangda. Esaote said that with the acquisition, it will ...
Source: Mass Device - April 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Mergers & Acquisitions Esaote Source Type: news

Water dynamics indicate tumor status
(Wiley) How aggressive is a tumor? To measure the tumor status without taking tissue samples, Italian researchers have developed a method based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of whole body parts. The technique measures proton nuclear resonance dispersion profiles at low magnetic fields, which reveals the water exchange rate of the tumor cells. Thus, tumor development can be monitored rapidly and noninvasively, say the authors of the study published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS approves expanded MRI coverage for CRM patients
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have finalized a plan that will cover magnetic resonance imaging scans for patients with implanted cardiac devices, including pacemakers, cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, according to a MedPage Today report. The finalized decision, which was released in January, will allow Medicare patients with MR-conditional devices to have their MRI scans covered by the national healthcare program. Patients with non-MR-conditional devices will also be reimbursed, but only when the MRI machine is 1.5 Tesla or less in normal operating mode, accordin...
Source: Mass Device - April 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Imaging Wall Street Beat Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Source Type: news

Why Does Cracking Your Knuckles Make So Much Noise? Science Finally Has an Answer
There aren’t any awards to be won for solving science’s minor mysteries—why yawning is contagious, why puppies make us melt—but that doesn’t mean we don’t want the answers anyway. Add to those everyday puzzles the matter of knuckle-cracking. Why, exactly, should some of the body’s smallest joints produce such an outsized racket? Now, a study in Scientific Reports at last provides an explanation. It’s a theory that was first posited as long ago as 1971, but had been furiously debated (as these things go) ever since. Thanks to some creative thinking and a new mathematical model...
Source: TIME: Science - March 29, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime Research Source Type: news

Why Does Cracking Your Knuckles Make So Much Noise? Science Finally Has an Answer
There aren’t any awards to be won for solving science’s minor mysteries—why yawning is contagious, why puppies make us melt—but that doesn’t mean we don’t want the answers anyway. Add to those everyday puzzles the matter of knuckle-cracking. Why, exactly, should some of the body’s smallest joints produce such an outsized racket? Now, a study in Scientific Reports at last provides an explanation. It’s a theory that was first posited as long ago as 1971, but had been furiously debated (as these things go) ever since. Thanks to some creative thinking and a new mathematical model...
Source: TIME: Health - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime Research Source Type: news

LivaNova launches Microburst VNS drug-resistant epilepsy trial
LivaNova (NSDQ:LIVN) said today it launched a new feasibility trial of its Microburst Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy system exploring its safety and effectiveness in treating patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. The London-based company said that Dr. Rebecca O’Dwyer of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center has enrolled the first patient in the trial, which aims to enroll a total of 40 patients at 15 US sites. “At the Rush Epilepsy Center, we are very dedicated to research and advancing the field of epilepsy therapeutics for patients. It is an honor to have enrolled the first patient in the Micr...
Source: Mass Device - March 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Neurological Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation LivaNova Source Type: news