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Scientists Make a Fully-Functional Small Intestine

May 4, 2015 9:20 am | by American Physiological Society | News | Comments

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have successfully made a small intestine that has the structural and molecular components of a healthy intestine. Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that occurs when the...

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Teens Take 'Artificial Pancreas' for a Test Run

May 4, 2015 9:18 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Last weekend a group of teenagers tested an "artificial pancreas" in a real-world environment. Although Yale has been studying these devices for the last decade, this was the first time one was tested in pediatric patients here outside the...

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Treating Neurological Disorders with Neural Stem Cell Implants

May 4, 2015 9:07 am | by University of Florida Health | News | Comments

A team of University of Florida Health researchers has successfully transplanted human stem cells that developed into fully functional neurons in a mouse model, a promising step toward finding new treatments for epilepsy and other neurological...

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5 Projects Looking to Restore Vision to the Blind

May 4, 2015 9:03 am | by NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI) | News | Comments

Five bold projects will develop new technology to noninvasively image cells of the eye in unprecedented detail. The National Eye Institute (NEI) announced the awards as part of its Audacious Goals Initiative. NEI has committed $3.8 million...

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Implanted Pump Helps Heart-Failure Patient Graduate

May 4, 2015 8:54 am | by Erin Digitale, Stanford University School of Medicine | News | Comments

For TJ, a high school senior, this meant the opportunity to graduate with his class. For his doctors, it represented a new avenue for treating children with heart failure. Although some adult heart-failure patients now live with VADs for months...

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MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS Attendees Address Biggest Healthcare Challenges

May 1, 2015 3:46 pm | by MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS | News | Comments

With a roster of 2,319 healthcare professionals, the 2015 MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS (MWA) Conference and Expo was held at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center April 27-29, 2015. A diverse group of attendees, ranging from clinicians...

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'Smart Care' Apartment Aims to Improve Health Care for Seniors

May 1, 2015 3:31 pm | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment next month that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with...

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Listen Up! This New Hearing Aid Design Is an Earful

May 1, 2015 3:23 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Many patients who are recommended hearing aids went untreated. This was a direct result of cost, as most hearing aids average around $1,600 - and that’s just for one ear. Dr. Cherukuri noticed many inefficiencies in hearing aid design and distribution...

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Big Data Gets Personal: A Twitter Recap

May 1, 2015 11:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this week, I attended the Medical World Americas event in Houston, TX. While it was more targeted toward healthcare professionals than a typical conference I attend, it certainly had plenty of interesting insights and provided me with ideas that reflect back to implications on the development of medical technology.

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'Clicking' Gel May Improve Tissue Engineering

May 1, 2015 11:08 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

If you opt to wear soft contact lenses, chances are you are using hydrogels on a daily basis. Made up of polymer chains that are able to absorb water, hydrogels used in contacts are flexible and allow oxygen to pass through the lenses...

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World's First Natural Birth with Mother Wearing Artificial Pancreas

May 1, 2015 10:58 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Body artist Catriona Finlayson-Wilkins from Norfolk has type 1 diabetes, but used an artificial pancreas to produce insulin throughout her pregnancy. She gave birth to a boy at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Tuesday. She is the first...

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The 30 Year Odyssey of the Syringe

May 1, 2015 10:52 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Marc Koska, inventor of a life-saving syringe, shares the struggles, setbacks, breakthroughs and ultimate triumph of this technology’s 30-year odyssey from great idea to globally adopted reality.

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Internet as the New Frontier in Collecting Data on the Mind

May 1, 2015 10:49 am | by Indiana University Bloomington | News | Comments

With Apple's launch of new health tracking tools for the iPhone and medical researchers' forays into Facebook to recruit clinical trial volunteers, Web and mobile apps are increasingly seen as a new source for health data. But psychologists are...

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Interoperability a Key Theme at the HIMSS 2015 Conference

May 1, 2015 10:01 am | by Andrew Rebhan, Analyst for Medical Devices & Healthcare IT, IHS Inc. | Blogs | Comments

It was another busy year at the annual HIMSS conference as attendees packed their way into the exhibit halls and meeting rooms of McCormick Place to see what new developments were underway in the healthcare IT industry. There were plenty...

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Replacing Painkillers with Light

May 1, 2015 9:57 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Despite the abuse potential of opioid drugs, they have long been the best option for patients suffering from severe pain. The drugs interact with receptors on brain cells to tamp down the body's pain response. But now, neuroscientists at Washington...

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