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CE Mark for Boston Scientific’s Full-Body MRI Safe Pacemaker

October 17, 2014 9:14 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval for the ACCOLADE pacemaker family. When implanted with the company's INGEVITY leads, ACCOLADE pacemakers are the first to enable patients to receive full-body MRI scans in both 1.5...

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Tiny Sound-Powered Chip Offers Innovative Medical Applications

October 16, 2014 12:08 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Stanford engineers can already power this prototype medical implant chip without wires by using ultrasound. Now they want to make it much smaller. Medical researchers would like to plant tiny electronic devices deep inside our bodies to monitor...

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Strategic Alliance Tackles Challenges in Diagnostic Tools and Therapies

October 16, 2014 11:55 am | by MIT News Office | Comments

A novel partnership between MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is addressing three major challenges in clinical medicine: improving the diagnosis of disease; developing new approaches to prevent and treat infectious and autoimmune...

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Shape-Memory Wire Tube Provides Better Bladder Disease Treatment

October 16, 2014 11:45 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

The millions of people worldwide who suffer from the painful bladder disease known as interstitial cystitis (IC) may soon have a better, long-term treatment option, thanks to a controlled-release, implantable device invented by MIT professor...

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More Accurate Tests to Determine Ovarian Cancer Treatment

October 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Sam Wong, Imperial College London | Comments

Researchers have devised a new test to help doctors diagnose ovarian tumors and choose the most appropriate treatment. Successful treatment depends in part on accurately identifying the type of tumor, but this can be difficult. As a result...

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Surgical Robot Enables Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

October 16, 2014 10:47 am | by Vanderbilt University | Comments

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of...

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Attacking Deep Cancer Tumors with Light

October 16, 2014 10:40 am | by Jim Fessenden, UMass Medical School Communications | Comments

An international group of scientists led by Gang Han, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has combined a new type of nanoparticle with an FDA-approved photodynamic therapy to effectively kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo...

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Wearable Sensor Market to Expand Dramatically

October 16, 2014 9:32 am | by IHS Technology | Comments

Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013 through 2019, according to IHS Technology...

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Biological Sample Prep Time Cut from Days to Minutes

October 16, 2014 9:23 am | by Stephen P. Wampler, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | Comments

When Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers invented the field of biological accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) in the late 1980s, the process of preparing the samples was time-consuming and cumbersome. Physicists and biomedical...

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Photos of the Day: HIV Self-Test Kit Ready for the World

October 16, 2014 8:30 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, ABM Design Group | Comments

After more than two-and-a-half years of development work and onsite testing, John Kelly, CEO of Sydney, Australia-based Atomo Diagnostics, believes that his company has developed the test platform, AtomoRapid, to address critical errors common...

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New Test Offers Faster Check for Recent Illness Wave

October 15, 2014 1:40 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

For more than two months, health officials have been struggling to understand the size of a national wave of severe respiratory illnesses caused by an unusual virus. This week, they expect the wave to start looking a whole lot bigger. But that's because a new test will be speeding through a backlog of cases...

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Enhancing Blood Biomarker Discovery for Better Disease Diagnostics

October 15, 2014 1:21 pm | by Purdue University | Comments

A two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund work by a Purdue Research Park-based company to improve methods to screen blood plasma samples for biomarkers, which are measurable indicators of a disease, to expedite diagnosis and treatment...

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Breathalyzer Diagnoses Disease in Dolphins

October 15, 2014 12:58 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Alcohol consumption isn't the only thing a breath analysis can reveal. Scientists have been studying its possible use for diagnosing a wide range of conditions in humans — and now in the beloved bottlenose dolphin. In a report in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, one team describes a new instrument...

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Remotely Monitoring Heart Failure Patients with an Implantable Sensor

October 15, 2014 12:23 pm | by UCSF | Comments

Hypertension. Peripheral neuropathy. Sciatica. You name the disorder, and Norman Marigney of Santa Rosa may have it. In fact, he’s been hospitalized four times in the past year for heart failure, which affects about 5.5 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association...

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Charged Graphene Enables a Unique View of DNA During Sequencing

October 15, 2014 10:58 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

When Illinois researchers set out to investigate a method to control how DNA moves through a tiny sequencing device, they did not know they were about to witness a display of molecular gymnastics. Fast, accurate and affordable DNA sequencing is the first step toward personalized medicine...

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