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Perfect Focus Through Thick Layers May Bring Better Vision to Medicine

September 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

Zooming in on diseased tissue or scanning fragile biological samples are essential tools in medicine and biological research, but this often requires peering through layers of tissue and other materials that can blur and distort the image...

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No Innocent Bystander: Cartilage Contributes to Arthritis

September 12, 2014 12:06 pm | by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute | Comments

Melbourne researchers have discovered that cartilage plays an active role in the destruction and remodeling of joints seen in rheumatoid arthritis, rather than being an 'innocent bystander' as previously thought. Dr. Tommy Liu, Professor Ian Wicks...

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Sepsis Kills Over 6,000,000 Children in Developing World: App-Device Could Help Save Them

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by LionsGate Technologies | Comments

Saving lives in the developing world is why Dr. Ansermino and his colleagues at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine research group developed the Phone Oximeter pulse oximeter, a sensor...

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Scientists Revert Human Stem Cells to Pristine State

September 12, 2014 11:53 am | by European Bioinformatics Institute EMBL-EBI | Comments

Researchers at EMBL-EBI have resolved a long-standing challenge in stem cell biology by successfully 'resetting' human pluripotent stem cells to a fully pristine state, at point of their greatest developmental potential. The study, published...

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'Pocket Doctor' Diagnosis for Parkinson's Disease

September 12, 2014 11:47 am | by Aston University | Comments

Smartphones will soon be able to perform the functions of a ‘pocket doctor’ and map Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative diseases, thanks to the work of an Aston University mathematician. With Smartphones now able to accurately record...

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One-Minute Point-of-Care Anemia Test

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease. The disposable self-testing device...

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Photos of the Day: Quick At-Home Anemia Test

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Close-up of a prototype device for point-of-care testing of anemia. The device could enable more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease. Erika...

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VolitionRx NuQ Blood Test Detects 84% of Colorectal Cancers

September 11, 2014 3:38 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of cancer types, today announced that CEO Cameron Reynolds will this morning present topline data from its 4,800-subject...

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Ventricular Assist Devices Gaining Popularity, but Artificial Hearts Remain the Ideal

September 11, 2014 11:15 am | by GlobalData | Comments

Robert Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData's Senior Analyst covering Medical Devices, says: “Since the first implantation of the Jarvik 7 in 1982, artificial heart devices have evolved significantly in size, design and power usage, but many problems...

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Findings Suggest How Swimming Cells Form Biofilms on Surfaces

September 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

New research findings point toward future approaches to fighting bacterial biofilms that foul everything from implantable medical devices to industrial pipes and boat propellers. Bacteria secrete a mucus-like “extracellular polymeric substance...

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IBA and Philips Join Forces to Advance Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer

September 11, 2014 10:25 am | by LPP | Comments

IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.), the world’s leading provider of proton therapy and radiopharmacy solutions, and Royal Philips today announce the signing of a global collaboration to provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for...

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Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language

September 11, 2014 10:24 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar — Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many...

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Photos of the Day: Biologically Inspired Smart Suit

September 11, 2014 10:16 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University | Comments

DARPA's Warrior Web program seeks to develop technologies to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries for military personnel, but the same technologies could also have civilian applications. Pictured here is the Mobility Enhancing Soft...

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Wyss Institute Awarded DARPA Contract to Further Develop Soft Exosuit

September 11, 2014 10:07 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University | Comments

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it was awarded a first-phase $2.9 million follow-on contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop a...

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Apple Watch an Underwhelming Offering for Mobile Healthcare

September 11, 2014 10:01 am | by GlobalData | Comments

The Apple Watch is a robust offering for health and fitness enthusiasts, as it tracks steps, heart rate and calories while allowing users to set fitness goals. However, Apple’s health and fitness trackers are largely dependent on the iPhone’s...

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