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3-Cent Lens Turns Smartphone into a Microscope

May 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Houston have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to magnify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just three cents a lens. Wei-Chuan Shih, assistant professor of electrical...

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Clingfish Provides Model for Surgical Device Design

May 4, 2015 3:28 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Scooting around in the shallow, coastal waters of Puget Sound is one of the world's best suction cups. It's called the Northern clingfish, and its small, finger-sized body uses suction forces to hold up to 150 times its own body weight...

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FDA Makes UDI Device Data Open to Public

May 4, 2015 3:24 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine (NLM), is making data on devices with unique device identifiers (UDI) publicly available for the first time...

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Big Data Is Here, but What Do We Do With It?

May 4, 2015 12:32 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Patient data is being collected by an assortment of people, companies, and organizations, and in many cases, the data is not being shared with anyone else. This is due to a number of reasons — competitive advantages, privacy issues, or lack of compatibility between systems to do so efficiently...

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LCDs with High Brightness LED Backlights

May 4, 2015 11:17 am | by Tianma Microelectronics USA | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma Microelectronics USA has introduced two new TFT LCDs with high brightness LED backlights for use in marine, aviation, HMI and other outdoor applications requiring outstanding readability in direct sunlight. Available in 4.3” and 7.0” diagonal sizes, the...

The Apple Watch Doesn't Approve of Tattoos

May 4, 2015 10:51 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | News | Comments

Apple Watch users with wrist or arm sleeve tattoos are encountering issues with the connectivity of the watch’s plethysmograph sensor – the technology it uses to read the user’s heart rate. The ink’s pigmentation is interfering with the...

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Meeting UDI Requirements with Laser Marking

May 4, 2015 10:14 am | by Tom Glass, President, Able Electropolishing | Articles | Comments

Since the FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) final ruling in late 2013, medical device manufacturers have turned to laser marking to help them meet the administration’s requirements. In September of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration...

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Helping Stroke Patients Regain Their Independence

May 4, 2015 9:55 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

While there are already many rehabilitation ICT systems focused on treating the physical symptoms of stroke, such as hemiparesis, there aren’t many for the rehabilitation of cognitive impairments. The EU-funded COGWATCH project has developed...

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Fall Detector for Older Adults Outside Their Homes

May 4, 2015 9:49 am | by University of Maine | News | Comments

University of Maine seniors in the New Media Department are developing a fall detection device for older adults to use outside their homes. Benjamin Herold-­Porter of Biddeford, Maine, and Heather Anderson of Jonesboro, Maine, have created a...

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World's Smallest and Most Powerful Micro Motors

May 4, 2015 9:41 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

Micro actuators are needed for numerous applications, ranging from mobile and wearable devices to minimally invasive medical devices. However, the limitations associated with their fabrication have restricted their deployment at the one-millimeter...

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Reducing Prejudice Through Brain Stimulation

May 4, 2015 9:33 am | by Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychonomie (NVP) | News | Comments

People show less prejudice after receiving low intensity electrical stimulation administered to the frontal part of the brain. Psychologists Roberta Sellaro and Lorenza Colzato from the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition published...

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Automated Counting of Tumor Cells in Blood

May 4, 2015 9:25 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Biological and medical scientists have been using flow cytometry to count cancer cells for the past 40 years. But the large instruments are expensive and can only be operated by trained personnel. By contrast the PoCyton cytometer developed by...

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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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