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First Fully-Implantable Micropacemaker Designed for Fetal Use

March 27, 2015 10:15 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute | Comments

A team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed the first fully implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a fetus with complete heart block. The team has done preclinical...

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Designer's Toolkit for Dynamic DNA Nanomachines

March 27, 2015 10:12 am | by Technische Universität München | Comments

The latest DNA nanodevices created at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) - including a robot with movable arms, a book that opens and closes, a switchable gear, and an actuator - may be intriguing in their own right, but that's...

Wearable Device Helps Visually Impaired Avoid Collision

March 27, 2015 9:46 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Comments

People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls and collisions...

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Carnival Game Mimics Eye Growth

March 27, 2015 9:35 am | by Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology | Comments

The motion of coins in a "Penny Pusher" carnival game is similar to the movement of cells in the eye's lens, as described in a new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). This new insight may help scientists...

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To Improve MRI Cancer Detection, Just Add Sugar

March 27, 2015 9:31 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Imaging tests like mammograms or CT scans can detect tumors, but figuring out whether a growth is or isn't cancer usually requires a biopsy to study cells directly. Now results of a Johns Hopkins study suggest that MRI could one day make...

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Novel Coatings Combine Protection with Color Effects

March 27, 2015 9:24 am | by INM - Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH | Comments

New colored protective coatings offer the same corrosion and wear protection as colorless coatings while their coloration opens new opportunities. Red could for instance be used as a warning color on surfaces which can get very hot. The new...

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New Blood Test for Colorectal Cancer Possible

March 27, 2015 9:18 am | by VIB - Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology | Comments

Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer globally and the second most common cause of cancer deaths. The chance of a cure is high if the cancer is detected early enough, but early detection is not a given. Researchers from...

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Complex Life-Support System Takes Over for Heart and Lungs

March 26, 2015 3:41 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

An advanced form of life support that takes over for the failing hearts and lungs of critically ill patients saves lives. But for adults, the odds of surviving depend on which hospital provides the life-supporting treatment - with the best odds...

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Sea Slug Provides New Way of Analyzing Brain Data

March 26, 2015 2:39 pm | by University of Manchester | Comments

Scientists say our brains may not be as complicated as we once thought - and they're using sea slugs to prove it. Led by graduate student Angela Bruno, researchers at The University of Manchester and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine...

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Lawmaker Questions Maker of Scopes Tied to 'Superbug' Issues

March 26, 2015 1:45 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

A federal lawmaker is seeking details from the manufacturer of medical scopes that have been linked to several "superbug" bacteria outbreaks at U.S. hospitals, increasing pressure on the company. U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., wants to know...

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Full Body Scanner Simplifies Early Skin Cancer Detection

March 26, 2015 11:07 am | by Saxony-Anhalt | Comments

Researching doctors and medical technicians in Magdeburg have developed a device that has brought the early detection of skin cancer a major step forwards: the full body scanner is set to simplify the work of dermatologists and provide...

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'DNA Chip Card' Simultaneously Tests for 14 Major Food-Borne Pathogens

March 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT | Comments

Conventional methods for testing food-borne pathogens is based on the cultivation of pathogens, a process that is complicated and time consuming. So there is demand for alternative methods to test for food-borne pathogens that are simpler...

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Robotic Supported Training Helps Chronic Spinal Patients Recover

March 26, 2015 10:50 am | by Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT | Comments

Loss of strength and coordination may inhibit the mobility of spinal injury patients long after recovery in the nervous system is complete. An investigation by researchers in Germany and Japan has now demonstrated significant mobility improvements...

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New Stent Devices Fight Strokes

March 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Loyola University Health System | Comments

Elizabeth Celli was experiencing a moderate-to-severe stroke when she arrived at Loyola University Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Mrs. Celli was weak on her left side, had difficulty speaking and was unable to walk. But after being...

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Novel Plastic Could Spur New 'Artificial Muscles'

March 26, 2015 10:06 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers of the material to make even more electricity for a...

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