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Tamper-Resistant Pill Dispenser Aims to Stamp Out Medication Misuse

June 30, 2015 9:07 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

You can whack it with a hammer, attack it with a drill, or even stab it with a screwdriver. But try as you might, you won’t be able to tamper with a high-tech pill dispenser designed by mechanical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University’s...

Running with Bionic Lower-Limbs: Advantage or Disadvantage?

June 29, 2015 4:02 pm | by Bournemouth University | Comments

Researchers at Bournemouth University have been looking at the impact of lower-limb prosthetics on competitive running, specifically looking at whether athletes with prosthesis are at an unfair advantage when running against athletes...

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Verifying the Accuracy of the Rapid Ebola Test

June 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by Tulane University | Comments

A new finger prick rapid Ebola test co-developed by Tulane University researchers is as accurate as traditional lab testing for the disease, according to an independent study published in the British medical journal The Lancet. Instead of taking days...

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Human Trials of Manufactured Blood Within Two Years

June 29, 2015 2:05 pm | by Bristol University | Comments

The first human trials of lab-produced blood to help create better-matched blood for patients with complex blood conditions has been announced by NHS Blood and Transplant. Research led by scientists at the University of Bristol and NHS Blood...

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Detecting Illegal Drugs from a Single Fingerprint

June 29, 2015 12:00 pm | by Sheffield Hallam University | Comments

An innovative technology pioneered by Sheffield Hallam University academics can detect the presence of a range of illegal and designer drugs from a single fingerprint, which could be a valuable new tool in bringing drug dealers and other...

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Powerful Microscope Keeps a Close Watch on Cell Nucleus

June 29, 2015 10:49 am | by University of Zurich | Comments

An active exchange takes place between the cell nucleus and the cytoplasm: Molecules are transported into the nucleus or from the nucleus into the cytoplasm. In a human cell, more than a million molecules are transported into the cell nucleus every...

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'Lifelike' Cell Culture Screens Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Effects

June 29, 2015 10:42 am | by Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

The vast majority of the thousands of chemicals in our homes and workplaces have not been tested to determine if they cause cancer. That’s because today’s options are lacking. Rodent tests are too slow, and cell culture tests don’t replicate...

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Former OtisMed CEO Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

June 29, 2015 10:36 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

Today, the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey sentenced the OtisMed Corporation’s (OtisMed) former chief executive officer, Charlie Chi, to 24 months in prison and also ordered him to serve one year of supervised release and to...

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Wireless Microchip Implant Could Replace Pills and Injections

June 29, 2015 10:34 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases: Earlier this month, MIT spinout Microchips Biotech partnered with a pharmaceutical giant to commercialize its wirelessly...

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Stem-Like Cell Exclusively Forms Heart Muscle

June 29, 2015 10:25 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Future therapies for failing hearts are likely to include stem-like cells and associated growth factors that regenerate heart muscle. Scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have just taken an important...

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Infographic: How STEM Education is Revolutionizing Biology, Health & Medicine

June 29, 2015 9:58 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | Comments

Bioinformatics is the careful application of computers and statistics to the field of biology. It includes things such as machine learning and computing at high rate of performance in order to help solve biological problems. Currently, computational...

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How a Newborn Baby Sees the World

June 29, 2015 9:41 am | by University of Oslo | Comments

A newborn infant can see its parents' expressions at a distance of 30 cm. For the first time researchers have managed to reconstruct infants visual perception of the world. By combining technology, mathematics and previous knowledge of the...

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First New Diaphragm Design to Enter US Market in 50 Years

June 29, 2015 9:05 am | by PATH | Comments

With the launch of the Caya contoured diaphragm this June, women in the United States will have access to a method of contraception that is nonhormonal, has few side effects, and can be used for up to two years. Last fall, the United States...

Engineered Particles Target and Kill Harmful Bacteria

June 26, 2015 3:15 pm | by Helen Knight, MIT News Office | Comments

The global rise in antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to public health, damaging our ability to fight deadly infections such as tuberculosis. What’s more, efforts to develop new antibiotics are not keeping pace with this growth in microbial...

FDA Seeks Input on 'Reprocessing' and UDI

June 26, 2015 3:10 pm | by AAMI | Comments

Medical device labelers learned some of the basics about the unique device identifier (UDI) in a recent session held during the AAMI 2015 Conference & Expo in Denver, CO. More information is now available as part of a draft guidance document...

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