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(Finally!) Putting Biomedical Engineers into the Clinic

July 7, 2015 2:21 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | Comments

There’s an old adage in the aviation industry that pilots make the best airplane design engineers. The same is true in the biomedical device industry. A design that works in a CAD drawing or on a lab bench may not be successful in a physician’s hands...

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'Nanowire' Yarns Supercharge Wearables

July 7, 2015 1:44 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Wearable electronic devices for health and fitness monitoring are a rapidly growing area of consumer electronics; one of their biggest limitations is the capacity of their tiny batteries to deliver enough power to transmit data. Now, researchers...

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Stent Retrievers Stop Strokes in Their Tracks

July 7, 2015 11:37 am | by Loyola University Health System | Comments

New devices called stent retrievers are enabling physicians to benefit selected patients who suffer strokes caused by blood clots. The devices effectively stop strokes in their tracks. For the first time, new guidelines from the American Heart...

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Optical 'Dog's Nose' Sniffs Out Diseases

July 7, 2015 10:13 am | by University of Adelaide | Comments

University of Adelaide researchers are developing a laser system for fast, non-invasive, onsite breath analysis for disease, potentially enabling screening for a range of diseases including diabetes, infections and various cancers in the future...

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World's Most Sensitive Test to Detect Infectious Disease, Superbugs

July 7, 2015 10:00 am | by McMaster University | Comments

Infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and some of the world's deadliest superbugs--C. difficile and MRSA among them--could soon be detected much earlier by a unique diagnostic test, designed to easily and quickly identify dangerous pathogens...

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Medtronic Mourns Shooting Death of Employee

July 7, 2015 8:51 am | by AAMI | Comments

Medtronic is mourning the death of one of its employees, a sales representative who was randomly shot while walking with her father along a popular pier in San Francisco. Kathryn Steinle, 32, was fatally shot July 1 in a killing that made...

The Bioprinted ‘Play Dough’ Capable of Cell and Protein Transfer

July 6, 2015 2:24 pm | by Institute of Physics | Comments

Scientists have developed a new technique allowing the bioprinting at ambient temperatures of a strong paste similar to ‘play dough’ capable of incorporating protein-releasing microspheres. The scientists demonstrated that the bioprinted...

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A Better Way to Measure Blood Glucose

July 6, 2015 11:58 am | by Katherine Unger Baillie, University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Point-of-care glucose meters, or glucometers, have revolutionized the landscape for diabetics and practitioners. Using only a small drop of blood to measure blood glucose in an instant, they make it easier for people with diabetes...

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New Light Switches for Neurons Advance Brain Research

July 6, 2015 11:43 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | Comments

Light switches for neurons have made enormous contributions to brain research by giving investigators access to “on switches” for brain cells. But, finding “off switches” has been much more challenging. Addressing the challenge, biochemists...

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Supercharging Stem Cells to Create New Therapies

July 6, 2015 11:21 am | by University of Adelaide | Comments

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a new method for culturing stem cells which sees the highly therapeutic cells grow faster and stronger. The research, which was published in the prestigious international journal...

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Tablet Technology to Help Children with Autism

July 6, 2015 10:50 am | by Monash University | Comments

Monash University researchers have developed the world’s first tablet technology designed to assist children with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome. The technology aims to help children stay focused, in a bid to...

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Seahorse Tails Could Inspire New Generation of Robots

July 6, 2015 9:42 am | by Paul Alongi, College of Engineering and Science, Clemson University | Comments

Inspiration for the next big technological breakthrough in robotics, defense systems and biomedicine could come from a seahorse’s tail, according to a new study reported Thursday in the journal Science. The research centers on the curious...

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Organic Compound to Stimulate Skin Regeneration in Third-Degree Burns

July 6, 2015 9:31 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | Comments

Researchers from the School of Chemistry of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) developed a polymer derived from gallic acid: an organic compound of low cost, found in tea leaves, oak bark, apples and blueberries. Dr. Miquel Gimeno Seco...

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Genetic Testing in Kids Is Fraught with Complications

July 2, 2015 3:30 pm | by University of Utah Health Sciences | Comments

A woman coping with the burden of familial breast cancer can't help but wonder if her young daughter will suffer the same fate. Has she inherited the same disease-causing mutation? Is it best to be prepared for the future, or to wait? During the last...

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Working Out in Artificial Gravity

July 2, 2015 11:45 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have a number of exercise options, including a mechanical bicycle bolted to the floor, a weightlifting machine strapped to the wall, and a strap-down treadmill. They spend a significant portion...

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