Archives June 2019

A better way to encapsulate islet cells for diabetes treatment

Crystallized drug prevents immune system rejection of transplanted pancreatic islet cells. When medical devices are implanted in the body, the immune system often attacks them, producing scar tissue around the device. This buildup of tissue, known as fibrosis, can interfere with the device’s function. MIT researchers have now come up with a novel way to

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Continuous Monitoring with Wearable Device Detected Distinct Pulse Wave Patterns in Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients as Compared to Healthy Volunteers

MyoKardia today announced the publication of an article titled, “Machine Learning Detection of Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (oHCM) Using a Wearable Biosensor,” in the Nature Partner Journal, Digital Medicine. This research is part of MyoKardia’s efforts aimed at improving the detection, diagnosis and treatment of HCM, and holds the potential to help physicians more easily identify people who

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Putting Patients At The Center of Health Care: Control, Convenience, Comfort And Confidence

“Patient-centered health care” is a well-worn phrase that resonates so well with patients and clinicians alike that it graces hundreds of corporate mission statements. Unfortunately, and despite best intentions, the phrase represents an aspiration that is chronically unrealized in practice.  While “patient-centered health care” refers to a paradigm of care that focuses on the needs,

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Research discovery leads to new clinical trial for myelofibrosis patients

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) discovered in laboratory studies that an experimental drug called selinexor may block a crucial survival pathway exploited by myelofibrosis cells. Their study was published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association of Cancer Research. Based on these findings, they

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Breakthrough Sees First Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm with Noninvasive Implant

The new findings, published in Science Robotics, could help people with paralysis use robotic arms with just their thoughts. A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Minnesota has collaborated to make a breakthrough in the field of noninvasive robotic device control. Using a noninvasive brain-computer interface (BCI), the researchers have revealed

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England to fast-track tumour agnostic drugs like Vitrakvi – if the price is right Simon

Stevens calls for ‘fair prices’ from companies NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens was in Manchester this week at the NHS Confederation conference, delivering his latest vision of what lies ahead for the health service. Among his many announcements, he told NHS managers that patient services would have to continue to evolve, and sent a

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