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FDA Approves Lung Preservation Machine

August 13, 2014 4:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health regulators have approved a novel device that can preserve donated lungs outside the body for possible transplantation into critically ill patients. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the approval of the XVIVO Perfusion System could lead to ...

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Patent examiners more likely to approve marginal inventions when pressed for time

August 13, 2014 4:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Haste makes waste, as the old saying goes. And according to research from a University of Illinois expert in patent law, the same adage could be applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where high-ranking examiners have a tendency to rubber-stamp patents of questionable merit due to time constraints.

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Stimuli-responsive drug delivery system prevents transplant rejection

August 13, 2014 3:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Following a tissue graft transplant—such as that of the face, hand, arm or leg—it is standard for doctors to immediately give transplant recipients immunosuppressant drugs to prevent their body's immune system from rejecting and attacking the new body part. However, there are toxicities associated with delivering these drugs systemically, as well as side effects since suppressing the immune system can make a patient vulnerable to infection.

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“Trojan horse” treatment could beat brain tumors

August 13, 2014 2:55 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A "Trojan horse" treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, which involves using tiny nanoparticles of gold to kill tumour cells, has been successfully tested by scientists. The ground-breaking technique could eventually be used to treat glioblastoma multiforme, which is ...

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Coming soon: Genetically edited fruit?

August 13, 2014 2:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Recent advances that allow the precise editing of genomes now raise the possibility that fruit and other crops might be genetically improved without the need to introduce foreign genes, according to researchers writing in the Cell Press publication Trends in Biotechnology on August 13th. With awareness of what makes these biotechnologies ...

Elusive viral 'machine' architecture finally rendered

August 13, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For half a century biologists have studied the way that the lambda virus parks DNA in the chromosome of a host E. coli bacterium and later extracts it as a model reaction of genetic recombination. But for all that time, they could never produce an overall depiction of the protein-DNA machines that carry out the work.

'Shape-shifting' material could help reconstruct faces

August 13, 2014 11:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person's appearance. Researchers will report today that they have developed a "self-fitting" material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for ...

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ECRI Institute Releases User Experience Ratings on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Systems

August 13, 2014 11:33 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What's the average quoted price for the top MRI systems on the market? Which systems offer the best image quality? Have hospitals reported magnet-related safety incidents in the last twelve months? Is a 3T system or...

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Major Clinical Study Supports NIPT As First Line Screening Test For All Pregnant Women

August 13, 2014 11:33 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SAN CARLOS, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Natera, Inc., a leader in non-invasive genetic testing, today announced a study to be published in the November issue of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which shows that Panorama™ NIPT performs consistently...

Mouth bacteria can change its diet, supercomputers reveal

August 13, 2014 11:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Bacteria inside your mouth drastically change how they act when you're diseased, according to research using supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Scientists say these surprising findings might lead to better ways to prevent or even reverse the gum disease periodontitis, diabetes, and Crohn's disease.

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Rooting out skin creams that contain toxic mercury

August 13, 2014 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As countries try to rid themselves of toxic mercury pollution, some people are slathering and even injecting creams containing the metal onto or under their skin to lighten it, putting themselves and others at risk for serious health problems. To find those most at risk, scientists are reporting today that they can now identify these creams and intervene much faster than before.

Research may lead to reliable alternative to open-heart surgery

August 13, 2014 10:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Houston (UH) professor Suncica "Sunny" Canic is a mathematician, not a medical doctor, but her research could save the lives of heart patients. Working with collaborators from Houston Methodist Hospital on a minimally invasive experimental procedure for heart valve replacement, Canic's work could lead to optimal design of an alternative to open-heart surgery for treating failing heart valves.

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Synergy Health plc Invests 18 Million GBP (US$30 Million) To Expand Global Applied Sterilisation Technology Capacity

August 13, 2014 10:31 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SWINDON, England, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Synergy Health, a leading provider of outsourced sterilisation and laboratory services to the healthcare industry is pleased to announce that it is investing £18 million (US$30M) to expand capacity in its Applied...

Henry Ford Hospital Replaces Heart Valve Outside the Heart

August 13, 2014 10:31 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

DETROIT, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in the United States, doctors at Henry Ford Hospital used a minimally invasive procedure to replace a failing, hard-to-reach heart valve with a new one – and placed it just outside the heart. Due to prior medical...

DSM Expands Its Biomedical Business with the Launch of Its Cellular Therapy Development Services

August 13, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 13, 2014-- DSM , a global leader in materials science and regenerative medicine, announced today the launch of its cellular therapy development services. Cellular therapies use a patient’s own cells to improve healing of an injury or disease. DSM develops products...

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