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Implant Could Eliminate Reading Glasses

October 20, 2014 | by American Academy of Opthalmology | Comments

A thin ring inserted into the eye could soon offer a reading glasses-free remedy for presbyopia, the blurriness in near vision experienced by many people over the age of 40, according to a study released at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology...

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'EyeCane' Assists the Blind in Navigating

October 22, 2014 10:41 am | by IOS Press | Comments

White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods to master. Electronic travel aids have the potential to improve navigation for the blind...

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Breathalyzer Detects Dangerous Vapors

October 22, 2014 10:25 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher has received a three-year, $400,369 National Science Foundation grant to build a handheld device that could analyze a person's breath to reveal whether certain dangerous gasses are present that need more immediate medical attention...

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Improving Cancer Treatment with 'Designer' Nanodevice

October 22, 2014 10:12 am | by University of Lincoln | Comments

Cancer diagnostics and treatment options could be drastically improved with the creation of a "designer" nanodevice being developed by researchers from the UK, Italy, the US and Argentina. The diagnostic "nanodecoder," which will consist of self-assembled DNA...

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Detecting Knee Osteoarthritis with Sound Waves

October 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Lancaster University | Comments

The UK is leading this new field of health research based on listening to the sounds emitted by the body. Microphones are attached to the knees of patients, and the high frequency sound waves emanating from their knees are measured as they stand up...

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Dental Procedure Can Treat Osteoporosis and Bone Cancer

October 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Asociación RUVID | Comments

The Journal of Dental Research recently published a paper directed by Salvatore Sauro, Professor at University CEU Cardenal Herrera in Spain, in collaboration with international researchers from Finland, Brazil, United States and United Kingdom. The research report has demonstrated how the use of zoledronic acid...

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Thermosponges Soak up Proteins for Drug Delivery

October 22, 2014 9:41 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | Comments

A research team led by Brigham and Women's Hospital has developed and tested a novel nanoparticle platform that efficiently delivers clinically important proteins in vivo in initial proof-of-concept tests. Nanoparticles, which are particles measuring nanometers...

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Extremely High-Resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging

October 21, 2014 3:45 pm | by Fabio Bergamin, ETH Zurich | Comments

Conventional magnetic resonance imaging, well-known from its use in hospitals, can typically resolve details of up to one tenth of a millimeter, for example in cross-sectional images of the human body. Together with colleagues at the ...

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Medical Imaging Tech to Detect Cancer Earlier

October 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by Rutgers University | Comments

A new medical imaging method being developed at Rutgers University could help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies. The potentially lifesaving technique uses nanotechnology...

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High School Sisters Develop Screening Tools for Lung and Heart Disease

October 21, 2014 1:57 pm | by American College of Chest Physicians | Comments

Two Michigan high school students, sisters Ilina and Medha Krishen, have developed screening tools using electronic stethoscopes to detect lung and heart disease. The sisters will present their findings at CHEST 2014 in Austin, Texas next week. Ilina Krishen became aware...

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Exploring X-Ray Phase Tomography with Synchrotron Radiation

October 21, 2014 1:48 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

X-ray phase tomography is an imaging technique that uses penetrating X-rays to create volumetric views through "slices" or sections of soft biological tissues, such as tumors, and it offers strongly enhanced contrast compared to conventional CT scans...

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Affordable Care Act Boosts Demand for Telehealth Innovation

October 21, 2014 12:56 pm | by Teladoc | Comments

With the expansion of health insurance to an estimated 8 million new patients through the Affordable Care Act, innovations are needed to meet the primary care needs of all Americans. Dallas-based Teladoc, the nation’s largest telehealth provider, has proven that telemedicine...

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World's First Breath-Test for Portal Hypertension

October 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Exalenz Bioscience | Comments

Exalenz Bioscience announced the start of a pivotal study investigating the potential of its BreathID test as a non-invasive tool to diagnose Clinically Significant Portal Hypertension, the most common complication of cirrhosis that accounts for significant morbidity...

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Health-Tech Mentorship with a Soul

October 21, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Health Lab | Comments

The Health Lab Manhattan-based health-tech incubator with a soul—announced that it is accepting applications for a dedicated and concentrated mentorship program that includes potential seed capital funding and assistance in writing and submitting proposals for research grants...

Divergence System Offers New Approach to Anterior Cervical Fusion

October 21, 2014 12:02 pm | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic announced the U.S. launch of the DIVERGENCE Anterior Cervical Fusion System for the treatment of single-level cervical disc disease today at the 2014 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in Boston. The DIVERGENCE System represents a new approach...

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Blood Test Detects Early Stage Lung Cancer

October 21, 2014 8:39 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Global Cancer Diagnostics has announced the availability of The Lung Cancer Test beginning, October 20, 2014.  All required Clinical Validation studies are complete with excellent results. The Test detects the presence of the required biomarkers that aid in the early detection of lung cancer...

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