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Experimental Test Reveals Sinus Problems as Allergic, Viral or Bacterial Issue

October 14, 2014 3:09 pm | by Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science | Comments

It’s that time of the year where a perfect storm of fall allergies and cold and flu season will send hordes of sniffling sneezing sufferers to the doctor’s office. Currently, physicians don’t have a quick way to tell if sinus problems are allergic, viral...

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STERIS to Acquire Synergy Health

October 14, 2014 3:02 pm | by STERIS Corporation | Comments

STERIS Corporation and Synergy Health, plc has announced that STERIS is commencing a "recommended offer" under U.K. law to acquire Synergy in a cash and stock transaction valued at £19.50 ($31.35) per Synergy share, or a total of approximately...

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EyeWear Computer Assists Vision Impaired

October 14, 2014 1:09 pm | by Monash University | Comments

Monash researchers have scooped an award at an international symposium on wearable computers. A Monash PhD student Titus Tang and his supervisor Dr Wai Ho Li, from Monash Vision Group and the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering won the Best Paper Award...

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WHO Seeks Medical Devices, Engineers to Combat Ebola

October 14, 2014 12:47 pm | by AAMI | Comments

The World Health Organization is issuing a call for medical devices, biomedical engineers, and “innovative health technologies” to help combat the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,000 people, primarily in West Africa, and rattled nerves in the United States, where one person has died...

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Sharing Data Could Lead to Better Healthcare

October 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have been awarded a $9.2 million grant to help modernize and transform how researchers share, use, find and cite biomedical datasets. The 3-year project, a collaboration with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is part of a federal initiative...

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Measuring Snot Stickiness in the Interest of Treating Disease

October 14, 2014 10:58 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

Some people might consider mucus an icky bodily secretion best left wrapped in a tissue, but to a group of researchers, snot is an endlessly fascinating subject. The team has developed a way to use gold nanoparticles and light to measure the stickiness of the slimy substance that lines our airways...

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Stents Not Found to Help Prevent Future Strokes

October 14, 2014 10:24 am | by Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care | Comments

The risk of having another stroke is higher if patients, after dilation of their blood vessels in the brain, not only receive clot-inhibiting drugs, but also have small tubes called stents inserted. However, studies have provided no hint of a benefit from stenting, which is also referred to...

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Wearable Diagnostic Prototype for Chronic Illness Debuted at Dreamforce

October 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Philips | Comments

Today at the Dreamforce 2014 conference in San Francisco, Royal Philips and Nijmegen, the Netherlands-based Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) announced the debut of a prototype to support patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

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Automated 'Sepsis Sniffer' Enables Faster Response

October 13, 2014 4:35 pm | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | Comments

An automated early warning and response system for sepsis developed by Penn Medicine experts has resulted in a marked increase in sepsis identification and care, transfer to the ICU, and an indication of fewer deaths due to sepsis. A study assessing...

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Innovative Force-Sensing System Enables Microrobots to Study Cells

October 13, 2014 3:11 pm | by Purdue University | Comments

Inexpensive microrobots capable of probing and manipulating individual cells and tissue for biological research and medical applications are closer to reality with the design of a system that senses the minute forces exerted by a robot's tiny probe. Microrobots small enough to interact with cells already exist...

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Specialized Cells Developed to Create New Blood Vessels

October 13, 2014 2:25 pm | by Indiana University | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique to jump-start the body's systems for creating blood vessels, opening the door for potential new treatments for diseases whose impacts include amputation and blindness. The international team, led by...

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New Technique Enables Accurate PET Scans

October 13, 2014 2:16 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | Comments

A novel technique which reduces image degradation caused by respiratory motion during a PET scan was developed in a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland. PET scanning is routinely used to detect cancer and heart conditions. The new technique is based on bioimpedance measurement...

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3D-Printed Cardiovascular Model Listed as a Class 1 Medical Device

October 13, 2014 12:14 pm | by Materialise NV | Comments

Materialise NV has listed its 3D-printed cardiovascular HeartPrint models as a medical device in the USA and EU markets. After years of 3D printing anatomical models for educational and research purposes, the Company addressed the need for models that can assist with...

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Bio-Inspired ‘Nano-Cocoons’ Offer Targeted Drug Delivery Against Cancer Cells

October 13, 2014 11:53 am | by NC State University | Comments

Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a drug delivery system consisting of nanoscale “cocoons” made of DNA that target cancer cells and trick the cells into absorbing the cocoon before unleashing anticancer drugs. "This drug delivery...

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Fiber Embedded with Silver Demonstrates 99.99% Antimicrobial Efficacy

October 13, 2014 11:52 am | by PurThread Technologies | Comments

The University of Arizona revealed the findings from a recent study commissioned by PurThread Technologies, Inc., on the antimicrobial capabilities of novel fabrics embedded with silver at IDWeek on Oct. 11 in Philadelphia. In the study, PurThread’s...

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