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The Checkup Archive: Medical Technology

FDA oversight of medical devices questioned

A new analysis is raising questions about how good a job the Food and Drug Administration is doing at protecting Americans from faulty medical devices.

By Rob Stein  | February 14, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FDA, Medical Technology, medical devices  
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FDA approves iPhone, iPad app for docs

The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it had approved the first app that doctors can use to view medical images and make diagnoses using a iPhone or iPad.

By Rob Stein  | February 4, 2011; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  FDA, Medical Technology, medical devices  
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Medicare panel endorses prostate cancer vaccine

A panel of experts Wednesday endorsed an expensive new vaccine recently approved to treat men with advanced prostate cancer. In a series of votes, the 14-member Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee said that there did appear to be sufficient evidence that Provenge, which was approved in April, could...

By Rob Stein  | November 17, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Cancer, Medical Technology, medical costs, medicare, prostate cancer  
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Medicare panel eyes cancer vaccine

A panel of outside experts is meeting Wednesday to advise federal health officials about an expensive new vaccine recently approved to treat men with advanced prostate cancer. The 14-member Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee is meeting at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to review the scientific...

By Rob Stein  | November 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cancer, Medical Technology, medicare, prostate cancer  
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An app after your own heart

Peter Bentley, a researcher at University College London, has invented an iPhone application that acts much like a stethoscope. Once you've invoked iStethoscope, you press the phone's microscope against the bare skin of the chest. The sound of the heartbeat within is then audible (best heard if you're wearing full earphones rather than earbuds, which don't carry the deep sound of the heartbeat very well), and a spectrogram image of the heart's rhythm appears on the phone's screen.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, General Health, Health News, Medical Technology  
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New study questions mammograms

A new study published in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine analyzed data gathered in Norway between 1996 and 2005 on more than 40,000 women in their 50s and 60s. Regular mammograms reduced the risk of dying from breast cancer by just 10 percent, which is far lower than had been thought,

By Rob Stein  | September 23, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  breast cancer, Cancer, Medical Technology, Reproductive Health, Women's Health  
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