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New Technique Can Locate Genes' On-Off Switches

March 12, 2015 9:16 am | by Stowers Institute for Medical Research | News | Comments

All the cells in an organism carry the same instruction manual, the DNA, but different cells read and express different portions of it in order fulfill specific functions in the body. For example, nerve cells express genes that help them send...

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3 Patient Safety Considerations for Medical Device Development

March 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Maria Shepherd, President, Data Decision Group, Medtech Whitespace and Strategy Research | Blogs | Comments

Usability is the piece of the medical puzzle that supports good engineering design. Simply designed devices with simple instructions reduce the possibility of use error, and the CDRH receives approximately 100,000 Medical Device Reports...

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Include Test Application Engineers to Get the Details Right

March 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Jacques Hoffmann, President, InterTech Development Company | Blogs | Comments

Failsafe testing of medical devices is a non-negotiable pre-requisite for release of a device to the market.  Most realize that simplistic truth but there are far too many who do not appreciate the “devils in the details” of test applications...

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3D Printing Database

March 11, 2015 4:53 pm | by Senvol | Product Releases | Comments

Given the rapid growth of the industrial additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) industry, it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of all of the machines and materials that are on the market. Senvol has solved this problem with the launch of the Senvol Database...

Molding Nine Different Plastics at Once

March 11, 2015 4:21 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Several weeks ago during the MD&M West show, I enjoyed hearing about a number of material advances that should make for a positive impact on the medical device development industry. But one innovation stood out among them. Born out of a collaboration between...

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3rd Annual Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium

March 11, 2015 4:20 pm | Events

The 3rd Annual Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium will be held April 16-17, 2015 at the Commons Hotel in Minneapolis immediately following the Design of Medical Devices Conference. Organized by the University of Minnesota's Institute for Engineering...

Repairing the Cerebral Cortex Can Be Done

March 11, 2015 3:32 pm | by INSERM | News | Comments

A team led by Afsaneh Gaillard (Inserm Unit 1084, Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences Laboratory, University of Poitiers), in collaboration with the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research in Human and Molecular Biology (IRIBHM) in Brussels...

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Simple Blood Test Could Diagnose Alzheimer's

March 11, 2015 3:27 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

UCLA researchers have provided the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Although approximately 5 million Americans...

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Virtual Reality Helps Soldiers Cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled...

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How Smart Devices and the Internet of Things Influence Patient Behavior

March 11, 2015 3:12 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

At TEDMED 2014, serial entrepreneur Josh Stein shares what he's learned about “smart” devices and the "Internet of Things", and how they relate to positively influencing patient behavior...                                                 

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Photos of the Day: Spinning Synthetic Spider Silk for Medicine

March 11, 2015 3:02 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

If you live in a house, one of the most amazing materials known to humans is likely languishing in a dark corner of your basement. Spider webs, and especially spider draglines, are made from silk threads extruded by arachnids that can be several...

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Rebooting the Healthcare System

March 11, 2015 2:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Patients with chronic health issues in particular often do not receive the personalized care that they require – hospitals typically take a reactionary approach to these patients, treating them only as soon as a major health issue arises or...

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Frameless DC Motor

March 11, 2015 2:21 pm | by Bei Kimco Magnetics | Product Releases | Comments

Electrically powered unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely operated vehicles and autonomous vehicles offer a number of advantages over conventional fossil fuel, including reduced carbon footprint, noise, and emissions. As a result, the number of electric vehicles (EVs) is growing...

Hearing Aids Tune into a Wireless World

March 11, 2015 11:25 am | by Aidan Moore, Applications Engineer, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

These are exciting times for hearing aid technology. If you haven’t looked at what’s available in hearing aids recently, you may be surprised to find a level of sophistication that was missing in previous generations. In fact, an increasing...

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3D Bioprinting Could Address the Shortage of Organ Donations

March 11, 2015 10:43 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Three-dimensional bioprinting has come a long way since its early days when a bioengineer replaced the ink in his desktop printer with living cells. Scientists have since successfully printed small patches of tissue. Could it someday allow...

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