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Stem Cells May Be More Widespread and with Greater Potential than Previously Believed

June 30, 2014 11:37 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | Comments

With the plethora of research and published studies on stem cells over the last decade, many would say that the definition of stem cells is well established and commonly agreed upon. However, a new review article appearing in the July 2014...

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Noninvasive Brain Control

June 30, 2014 11:06 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells. This technique requires a light source...

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Single-Pixel 'Multiplex' Captures Elusive Terahertz Images

June 30, 2014 10:59 am | by Boston College | Comments

A novel metamaterial enables a fast, efficient and high-fidelity terahertz radiation imaging system capable of manipulating the stubborn electromagnetic waves, advancing a technology with potential applications in medical and security imaging...

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Watching Individual Neurons Respond to Magnetic Therapy

June 30, 2014 10:50 am | by Duke University | Comments

Engineers and neuroscientists at Duke University have developed a method to measure the response of an individual neuron to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain. The advance will help researchers understand the underlying...

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A Step Closer to Bio-Printing Transplantable Tissues and Organs

June 30, 2014 10:40 am | by University of Sydney | Comments

Researchers have made a giant leap towards the goal of 'bio-printing' transplantable tissues and organs for people affected by major diseases and trauma injuries, a new study reports. Scientists from the Universities of Sydney, Harvard... 

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Researchers Develop Tech to Extend Liver Preservation for Transplantation

June 30, 2014 10:24 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | Comments

Researchers have developed a new supercooling technique to increase the amount of time human organs could remain viable outside the body. This study was conducted in rats, and if it succeeds in humans, it would enable a world-wide allocation...

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Ankle Implant Is More Common to Relieve Severe Arthritis Pain

June 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Hospital for Special Surgery | Comments

Arthritis can cause terrible pain, making activities of daily living difficult, if not impossible. While most people are familiar with knee and hip replacement surgery for debilitating arthritis in these joints, ankle replacement is another...

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Stryker to Acquire Small Bone Innovations

June 30, 2014 9:20 am | by Business Wire | Comments

Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi) has announced that Stryker Corporation will acquire substantially all the assets of SBi in an all cash transaction for up to $375 million. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014...

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FDA Approves Inhalable Diabetes Drug Afrezza

June 30, 2014 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels during meals. The FDA cleared MannKind Corp.'s Afrezza, a fast-acting form of insulin, for...

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Nanopore Technique Rapidly Decodes Long DNA Strands

June 27, 2014 2:52 pm | by Michael McCarthy, University of Washington | Comments

A low-cost technology may make it possible to read long sequences of DNA far more quickly than current techniques. The research advances a technology, called nanopore DNA sequencing. If perfected it could someday be used to create handheld...

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Researchers Develop App Focused on Making Obese Adults Less Sedentary

June 27, 2014 2:20 pm | by Lifespan | Comments

Even individuals who exercise a lot can be at risk for health problems if they also spend a lot of time in sedentary behaviors, such as sitting. More sedentary time, regardless of physical activity levels, is associated with greater risk for...

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Notorious Pathogen Forms Slimy 'Streamers' to Clog Up Medical Devices

June 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Institute of Physics | Comments

A group of researchers from the U.S. has moved a step closer to preventing infections of the common hospital pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, by revealing the mechanisms that allow the bacteria to rapidly clog up medical devices. In a study...

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Telemedicine Catches Blinding Disease in Premature Babies

June 27, 2014 11:48 am | by National Institutes of Health | Comments

Telemedicine is an effective strategy to screen for the potentially blinding disease known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). The investigators say that the approach, if adopted...

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Bioengineer Demos Medtech Innovations at White House Maker Faire

June 27, 2014 11:26 am | by Kris Newby, Stanford | Comments

Recently Manu Prakash, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioengineering, received a call he couldn’t refuse: an invitation to attend the first-ever White House Maker Faire to show attendees how to build a 50-cent microscope out of laser-cut paper...

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Philips, Salesforce Cooperate on Medical Platform

June 27, 2014 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Royal Philips NV and Salesforce.com say they are jointly developing a software platform for medical services. In a statement Thursday the companies said the system would be used for "patient relationship management," for instance allowing...

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