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Photos of the Day: Smart Fabric Measures All Aspects of Physicality

January 28, 2015 | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

According to one innovator, smart fabric is posed to become the future of clothing everywhere. Keith McMillen has been a leader in the music technology industry for almost 30 years; however, his new goal is to integrate smart technology into everyday...

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Monitoring Wellness, Wirelessly

January 28, 2015 9:34 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Imagine someone telling you they had just received a text from their pacemaker. Researchers have outlined a system of “intelligent medical implants” that could enable remote monitoring of the inner workings of the body. Operated remotely...

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Developing Transplantable Corneal Stem Cells

January 28, 2015 9:28 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

Researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have devised a novel way to generate transplantable corneal stem cells that may eventually benefit patients suffering from life-altering forms of blindness...

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Investigational Emphysema Device Shuts Off Diseased Section of Lung

January 28, 2015 9:23 am | by University of Louisville | Comments

The University of Louisville has launched a research trial to study an investigational medical device designed to aid patients with emphysema by shutting off the diseased part of the lung. UofL is the only site in Kentucky among 14 nationwide...

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Low-Frequency Deep Brain Stimulation Improves Parkinson’s Symptoms

January 28, 2015 9:17 am | by University of Chicago Medical Center | Comments

Parkinson’s disease patients treated with low-frequency deep brain stimulation show significant improvements in swallowing dysfunction and freezing of gait over typical high-frequency treatment. The study, published in Neurology on Jan 27...

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Micromotors Powered by Stomach Acid

January 27, 2015 3:22 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have shown that a micromotor fueled by stomach acid can take a bubble-powered ride inside a mouse. These tiny motors, each about one-fifth the width of a human hair, may someday offer a safer...

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Detecting Ebola with Infrared Light

January 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

The Caregiver thermometer was developed by Sanomedics with “TouchFree” – infrared – technology. Since it received FDA certification and became available for purchase in 2012, it has gone around the world to airports that see traffic from...

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3D Printed Tissue for Treacheal Reconstruction

January 27, 2015 11:51 am | by Society of Thoracic Surgeons | Comments

Three-dimensional (3D) printing can effectively create a biodegradable tracheal segment containing a patient’s own cells for use in complex tracheal reconstruction, according to a proof of concept study abstract released today at the 51st Annual...

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Using Stem Cells to Grow New Hair

January 27, 2015 11:43 am | by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute | Comments

In a new study from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to generate new hair. The study represents the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for...

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Engineering Self-Assembling Amyloid Fibers

January 27, 2015 11:04 am | by University of California - Davis | Comments

Nature has many examples of self-assembly, and bioengineers are interested in copying or manipulating these systems to create useful new materials or devices. Amyloid proteins, for example, can self-assemble into the tangled plaques associated...

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Though Tiny, Nanomachines Offer Huge Potential for Medical Applications

January 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Holly Evarts, Columbia University | Comments

As nanomachine design rapidly advances, researchers are moving from wondering if the nanomachine works to how long it will work. This is an especially important question as there are so many potential applications, for instance, for medical uses...

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Device for Surgery of Angular Deviations in Long Bones

January 27, 2015 10:44 am | by Asociación RUVID | Comments

CEU-UCH Cardenal Herrera University patented a device that can be applied in surgeries to correct deviations in long bones. The research team found how to use the 3D reconstruction of an affected bone to determine the mathematical formula that...

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Digital Pathology is Revolutionizing Diagnostics

January 27, 2015 10:13 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Digital technology is changing medicine, but many pathologists still use old-fashioned microscopes to ply their trade. They load them with tissue samples, analyze them through the eyepiece and dictate findings to a voice recognition system...

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Smartphone Matches Lab Instrument for Quality of Diagnostic Tests

January 27, 2015 9:19 am | by University of Illinois - Department of Bioengineering | Comments

The internal camera of a smartphone can function as a high-resolution laboratory spectrometer to provide measurements that match the sensitivity performance of large and expensive laboratory instruments for popular analytic tests used in medical...

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Infrared Imaging Technique Operates at High Temperatures

January 27, 2015 9:12 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

From aerial surveillance to cancer detection, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) radiation has a wide range of applications. And as the uses for high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging continue to expand, MWIR sources are becoming more attractive...

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How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 9:01 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Basketball drills, passing fads, and how to trick a fitness tracker Fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise...

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