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MedStar Health clinic in Washington, D.C. An affiliated MedStar hospital is just one of many facilities throughout the U.S. that have been hit with shortages of certain medications because of recent hurricane damage to manufacturers in Puerto Rico. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Hurricane Damage To Manufacturers In Puerto Rico Affects Mainland Hospitals, Too

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Pricking your fingers may someday be a thing of the past for diabetics as new technologies aim to make blood sugar regulation more convenient. Alden Chadwick/Getty Images hide caption

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The good old reflex hammer (like this Taylor model) might seem like an outdated medical device, but its role in diagnosing disease is still as important as ever. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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The micromotor device may someday be used to deliver antibiotics to the stomach. Angewandte Chemie International Edition hide caption

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This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs

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Rep. Tom Price, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary, faced questions about his investments in health care companies during a confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Jonathan Coleman and his son compare graphene-infused Silly Putty (left) with the unadulterated kids stuff. Naoise Culhane/Amber Center, Trinity College Dublin hide caption

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Adding A Funny Form Of Carbon To Silly Putty Creates A Heart Monitor

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Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., embraces Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., during a media briefing about the 21st Century Cures Act on Capitol Hill on Nov. 30. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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After several prominent safety problems with medical devices in hospitals emerged, the Food and Drug Administration inspected 17 hospitals across the country in late 2015 to assess their compliance with reporting regulations. Congressional Quarterly/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images hide caption

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Auvi-Q was pulled from the market in 2015 because of quality concerns. The drug's maker says the problems have been solved and that the product will be available in 2017. AP hide caption

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Gary Linfoot was paralyzed in a helicopter crash in Iraq. He's one of the few veterans still using an iBOT, which allows him to rise up to eye level using Segway-style balancing technology. The wheelchair was discontinued in 2009, but may soon be reissued. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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A Reboot For Wheelchair That Can Stand Up And Climb Stairs

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Chris Bettinger poses for a portrait with the edible battery his team designed at Carnegie Mellon University. Stephanie Strasburg/Tribune-Review hide caption

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Scopes used to diagnose gastrointestinal problems are typically cleaned and reused. Dave King/Dorling Kindersley/Science Museum, London/Science Source hide caption

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Dartmouth College researcher Timothy Pierson holds a prototype of Wanda, which is designed to establish secure wireless connections between devices that generate data. Eli Burakian/Dartmouth College hide caption

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A Fitbit Saved His Life? Well, Maybe

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Olympus, the dominant supplier of endoscopes in the U.S., agreed to pay a hefty settlement and to be supervised by an independent monitor. Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Products that are regulated and taxed as medical devices include a wide range of machines and objects, including various scopes, scanners, tubing and pumps. iStockphoto hide caption

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With Special Tax Suspended, Medical Device Firms Reap Big Savings

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How Sound Reveals The Invisible Within Us

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Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and a Democratic colleague have introduced a bill that would require drugmakers and medical device companies to disclose payments made to physician assistants and nurses who can prescribe their products. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bayer HealthCare, of Whippany, N.J., brought Essure to market in 2002 as a nonsurgical alternative for women seeking sterilization. Bayer acknowledges the device can lead to complications, but says they are rare. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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