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Faster, Cheaper Tests for Sickle Cell

September 2, 2014 | by Harvard University | Comments

Within minutes after birth, every child in the U.S. undergoes a battery of tests designed to diagnose a host of conditions, including sickle cell disease. Thousands of children born in the developing world, however, aren't so lucky, meaning...

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Real Tremors, or Drug-Seeking Patient? New App Can Tell

September 2, 2014 12:40 pm | by University of Toronto | Comments

A 42-year-old investment banker arrives at the emergency department with complaints of nausea, vomiting, anxiety and tremor. He drinks alcohol every day—often at business lunches, and at home every evening. Worried about his health, he decided...

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Skin Cells Can Be Engineered Into Pulmonary Valves for Pediatric Patients

September 2, 2014 12:27 pm | by Society of Thoracic Surgeons | Comments

Researchers have found a way to take a pediatric patient’s skin cells, reprogram the skin cells to function as heart valvular cells, and then use the cells as part of a tissue-engineered pulmonary valve. A proof of concept study in the September...

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First Human Implant of CorMatrix CanGaroo ECM Envelope

September 2, 2014 12:19 pm | by CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc. | Comments

CorMatrix Cardiovascular announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the CorMatrix CanGaroo ECM Envelope for use with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED’s) including pacemakers...

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Invisible Blood in Urine May Indicate Bladder Cancer

September 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Exeter | Comments

New research which finds that invisible blood in urine may be an early warning sign of bladder cancer is likely to shape guidelines for clinicians. Scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School found that one in 60 people over the...

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New Tuberculosis Blood Test in Children is Reliable and Highly Specific

September 2, 2014 11:56 am | by Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute | Comments

A new blood test provides a fast and accurate tool to diagnose tuberculosis in children, a new proof-of-concept study shows. The newly developed test (TAM-TB assay) is the first reliable immunodiagnostic assay to detect active tuberculosis...

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Vygon Group Buys Medwin

September 2, 2014 11:19 am | by Andrew Lloyd & Associates | Comments

Vygon, the specialist single-use medical devices group, today announces its acquisition of Medwin, a company company based in southern France, specialized in enteral nutrition (feeding pumps) and related accessories. The financial terms of the...

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Protein Glue Shows Potential for Use with Biomaterials

September 2, 2014 10:30 am | by ResearchSEA | Comments

A paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials have shown that a synthetic protein called AGMA1 has the potential to promote the adhesion of brain cells in a laboratory setting. It is also cheaper and easier to produce...

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Philips Debuts New Affiniti Ultrasound System at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014

September 2, 2014 10:17 am | by Philips Healthcare | Comments

Royal Philips has announced the launch of Affiniti, a new ultrasound system designed to enable global hospitals and health systems to overcome the demands of increasing patient volumes and cost pressures. Making its debut at the European...

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Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgical Navigation Systems

September 2, 2014 10:08 am | by BCC Research | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Surgical Navigation Systems: Technologies and Global Markets, the global market for surgical navigation systems was valued at $419.7 million in 2013. Driven by the need for replacement of existing...

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Advanced Orthopedic Product Market is Strengthening

September 2, 2014 9:55 am | by BCC Research | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Advanced Orthopedic Technologies, Implants and Regenerative Products, the global market for advanced orthopedic technology is anticipated to increase from $36.4 billion by 2014 to $42.2 billion by...

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Photos of the Day: Making the Connected Hospital a Reality

September 2, 2014 9:43 am | by Laird Technologies | Comments

The infographic, Making the Connected Hospital a Reality, outlines the necessity for patients to always be connected whether at home, in the ambulance, or at the hospital. Patients receive the best care with 24/7 patient monitoring and real-time...

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Boston Scientific Closes Acquisition of Interventional Business of Bayer AG

September 2, 2014 9:32 am | by Boston Scientific | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation closed on its previously announced agreement to purchase the Interventional business of Bayer AG. The acquisition enhances the ability of Boston Scientific to offer physicians and healthcare systems a more complete...

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SF Biotech Firm Sparsa Inc. to Develop Houston Methodist Technology

August 28, 2014 4:08 pm | by Houston Methodist | Comments

Houston Methodist and San Francisco-based Sparsa Inc. have entered into an agreement to develop technology invented by Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists Lidong Qin, Ph.D., and Yujun Song, Ph.D., that quickly and cheaply...

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Computer Software and Mathematical Theory to Improve Imaging Systems

August 28, 2014 3:59 pm | by Duke University | Comments

Sina Farsiu wants to figure out how to peer into your soul...or at least your brain. An expert in designing computer image processing algorithms, Farsiu is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Duke Medicine who recently accepted a primary...

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Quantum Physics Enables Revolutionary Imaging Method

August 28, 2014 2:55 pm | by University of Vienna | Comments

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), and the University of Vienna have developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique with...

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