Welch Allyn to attend American Academy of Family P

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Welch Allyn, the company who for nearly 100 years have provided products and solutions for doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers, are to attend the American Academy of Family Physicians next month. Well known leaders in the diagnostic and blood pressure management field, Welch Allyn also specialize in family medicine products, pediatric medicine, inpatient care and emergency medicine. From thermometry to patient monitors, physician focused products have long been a part of the Welch Allyn portfolio. Event details are listed below. Date: September 18, 2008 Time: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Location: San Diego Convention Center San Diego, CA Booth 3027

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New insight into diagnostic value of heart sounds

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Advances in technology with the introduction of electronic stethoscopes mean that early detection of heart disease is fast becoming a reality in primary care settings. Evaluating the acoustic properties of the heart using auscultation methods with a traditional stethoscope has long been the trusted method of assessment. However, the continually evolving technology over the past ten years of microchip development means that electronic stethoscopes have the facility to analyse and measure heart sounds in a more objective manner. Now practitioners can rely less on their subjective judgement and own hearing ability to gain an accurate representation of sounds using the electronic version.

Software versions allow downloads to computer after digitally recording heart sounds for data analysis. Noise reduction technology reduces noise by 75% on average but still allows critical body sounds to be heard. Researchers now use this facility to provide valuable new insight into the diagnostic value of the heart sounds and the analysis techniques adopted using PC downloaded recordings include wavelet transform and neural network. It is anticipated that with further technical advances in the field of the development of electronic models, the possible detection of heart disease early in a patients examination is likely to be a scenario seen far more predominantly in a physicians office.

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3M Littmann launches new stethoscope colours for 2

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3M, the manufacturers of the Littmann range of high quality stethoscopes have launched two new tubing colors for 2008. The two new colors come in ocean blue and peach. The will be available for the Littmann select range as well as the popular classic II SE range. 

Stethoscope colors are not only fun, they allow the medical professional to choose a color personal to them. It also helps distinguish your stethoscope from somebody else’s as they are easy recognize The colors will be a permanent edition to the Littmann range, already joining the recently introduced All Black Editions which feature black ear tips, black ear tubes, black plated chest piece and a black binaural tubing. they also make a great gift idea for a medical professional to replace their existing stethoscope.

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