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27 Aug 2016 - 31 Aug 2016

Critical Care

Image: The Aleve Direct Therapy device (Photo courtesy of Bayer HealthCare).

Nerve Stimulation Device Helps Relieve Lower Back Pain

An innovative, drug-free device uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for temporary relief of muscular pain in the lower back. More...
26 Jul 2016
Image: The CT40 vital signs monitor (Photo courtesy of SunTech Medical).

Novel Vital Signs Monitor Delivers Digital Connectivity

A new spot-check vital signs device provides accurate and reliable automated measurements of blood pressure (BP), temperature, and pulse oximetry (SpO2). More...
25 Jul 2016
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Image: Researchers have created a new test that will allow clinicians to predict which burn victims will develop sepsis during their treatment (Photo courtesy of the University of Birmingham).

New Blood Test Predicts Sepsis in Burn Patients

A new study suggests that measuring three biomarkers of neutrophil function could help determine which burn victims are likely to develop sepsis during their treatment. More...
20 Jul 2016
Image: According to a new study, patient survival with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is better when an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is also present (Photo courtesy of BCM).

LVAD Survival Better When Combined with ICD

Researchers at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System (MN, USA) conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies published in PubMed and OVID databases from January 2000 through October 2015 in order to evaluate the impact of ICDs on mortality in patients with LVADs. In all, six relevant studies were identified, which included 937 patients (mean age 53 years, 80% male). A continuous-flow LVAD was present in 39% of the patients, and an ICD was present in 38%. More...
19 Jul 2016
Image: A new study suggests aggressive home monitoring of blood pressure may be driving patients to the emergency department, despite a lack of other emergency conditions (Photo courtesy of TOI).

High Blood Pressure Not Necessarily a Medical Emergency

Researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto, Canada), the University of Toronto (Canada), and other institutions conducted a retrospective cohort study based on linked health databases from the province of Ontario (Canada). They assessed 206,147 ED visits from 180 sites between 2002 and 2012, with a primary diagnosis of hypertension. The researchers then assessed mortality outcomes and potential hypertensive complications over a two-year period subsequent to the ED visit. More...
18 Jul 2016
Image: A patient being evaluated for high blood pressure, the most common health issue faced by seniors across the globe (Photo courtesy of MNT).

Antihypertensive Medication Often Prescribed Needlessly to Seniors

A significant proportion of patients over 70 remain on antihypertensive medication despite already having a lower blood pressure (BP), according to a new study. More...
18 Jul 2016
Image: The Radius-7 with Root (Photo courtesy of Masimo).

Tetherless Monitor Continuously Measures Hemoglobin Concentration

A novel wearable device enables non-invasive monitoring of more than 10 parameters, including continuous total hemoglobin concentration (SpHb). More...
14 Jul 2016

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