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A Remote Control for Neurons

October 9, 2014 9:43 am | by The Rockefeller University | Comments

A proposal to develop a new way to remotely control brain cells from Sarah Stanley, a Research Associate in Rockefeller University’s Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, headed by Jeffrey M. Friedman, is among the first to receive funding...

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Thought-Controlled Prosthesis

October 9, 2014 9:37 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional...

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Prosthetic Hand Restores the Sense of Touch

October 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Even before he lost his right hand to an industrial accident 4 years ago, Igor Spetic had family open his medicine bottles. Cotton balls give him goose bumps. Now, blindfolded during an experiment, he feels his arm hairs rise when a researcher...

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3-D Printed Smart Vascularized Tissue

October 9, 2014 9:17 am | by George Washington University | Comments

A George Washington University researcher doing pioneering work toward the goal of 3-D printing complex tissues aims to help revolutionize the way the medical field conducts transplants. As the recipient of the 2014 Director's New Innovator...

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Innovative Delivery Design Could Lead to Do-It-Yourself Flu Vaccinations

October 8, 2014 3:25 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? It could happen. Military folks who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from health workers, a study found. There's no reason civilians couldn't do the same, especially for...

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Studying Chronic Pain via a Miniature Wireless Device

October 8, 2014 3:15 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford | Comments

A team of Stanford Bio-X scientists and engineers is creating a small wireless device that will improve studies of chronic pain. The scientists hope to use what they learn to develop better therapies for the condition, which costs the economy $600...

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Repositionable TAVR Device Implanted for Clinical Study

October 8, 2014 2:36 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is one of the first hospitals in the country to implant Medtronic's new investigational device during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The CoreValve Evolut R System is being...

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Pandemic Flu Test Identifies Specific Strain

October 8, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Translational Genomics Research Institute | Comments

The federal government has awarded a patent to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) for a test that can detect — and assist in the treatment of — the H1N1 pandemic flu strain. TGen and NAU...

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Complications & Costs – Bad News for Robotic Surgery Device Manufacturers

October 8, 2014 2:03 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University...

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Biological ‘Skin’ Enables Bio-Nanotechnology Medical Devices

October 8, 2014 1:54 pm | by University of Leeds | Comments

Scientists from the University of Leeds have taken a crucial step forward in bio-nanotechnology, a field that uses biology to develop new tools for science, technology and medicine. The new study, published in print in the journal Nano Letters...

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Quantum Probe Enhances Sensitivity of Biomedical Devices

October 8, 2014 11:09 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a technique based on the quantum properties of atoms that directly links measurements of electric field strength to the...

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Rubber Lab-on-a-Chip Could Revolutionize Cancer Diagnosis

October 8, 2014 10:17 am | by University of Kansas | Comments

Scientists have been laboring to detect cancer and a host of other diseases in people using promising new biomarkers called "exosomes." Indeed, Popular Science magazine named exosome-based cancer diagnostics one of the 20 breakthroughs that...

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Moving Toward a Whole-Eye Transplantation

October 8, 2014 10:08 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Comments

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers have been awarded $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to fund two projects that aim to establish the groundwork for the nation's first whole-eye transplantation program...

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Detecting Colon Cancer Earlier

October 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Université du Luxembourg | Comments

Researchers at the University of Luxembourg have identified potential new ways to test for the first signs of one of the most deadly types of cancer: colorectal cancer. They have found new “biomarkers”: molecules whose increased presence or...

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Easy Recipe to Make Bone and Cartilage

October 7, 2014 10:39 am | by The Company of Biologists | Comments

Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Monash University and RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology have used a combination of small molecules to generate mouse cells that can form bone and cartilage...

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