Scarce radio spectrum is sparking a battle between makers of medical devices and aircraft.
July 28, 2010 The Federal Communications Commission set aside a small band of radio waves for jet makers to test new planes. But medical device makers covet the same frequencies for a new generation of equipment.
July 26, 2010 Contact lenses and hypodermic needles are the devices that sent kids to the emergency room most often. The most serious injuries, however, came from implanted devices.
July 21, 2010 Harvard Medical School unveiled rules that clamp down on conflicts of interest, but don't eliminate them.
June 23, 2010 Safety concerns and ballooning costs provide strong incentives for doctors to be more prudent in ordering CT scans.
June 14, 2010 The FDA has told the makers of personal gene tests that their services constitute medical devices and need to be approved before sale.
May 25, 2010 When computers tell doctors that scans may not help diagnose patients much, the orders for the tests are often dropped.
May 17, 2010 Whistleblowers helped the federal government get more than $9.4 million back from hospitals that allegedly billed Medicare too much for back treatments.
May 13, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration wants more information on a battery of tests for genes related to health that were supposed to go on sale at Walgreens this week.
May 4, 2010 The agency told Baxter International to recall and destroy 200,000 faulty infusion pumps. The action is the latest step taken by the agency in the wake of thousands of reported safety problems with many makes of pumps.
The FDA says a new approach is needed to cut the risks from infusion pumps.
April 23, 2010 The agency will require design improvements, more thorough testing, and inspections of the infusion pump makers' facilities before the devices are allowed on the market.
February 10, 2010 The agency says it has a "three-pronged approach" to reducing unnecessary exposure to X-rays during exams, such as CT scans and angiograms.
January 25, 2010 Accidents involving medical radiation are uncommon. But the potential for harm and the cases of unintended injuries to patients serve as reminders for vigilance.
January 4, 2010 Starting this year, doctors at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals who serve as board members for drugmakers and biotech companies can't make more than $5,000 a day for doing so. Other rules prohibit doctors from serving as pai...
December 30, 2009 Researchers have identified weaknesses in the clinical tests used to justify approval of high-risk medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration. The agency vowed to beef up standards for the trials.
December 29, 2009 An analysis of approvals for cardiovascular devices found shortcomings were common in the evidence relied upon by the Food and Drug Administration to make decisions. The researchers argue for higher standards.
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