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The CARDIS Project: Detecting Early-Stage Cardiovascular Disease

February 2, 2015 3:55 pm | by Imec | Comments

Imec, Medtronic, Ghent University and their project partners today announced the launch of the CARDIS project. Together they will develop and validate an early-stage cardio vascular disease detection platform using integrated silicon photonics...

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Drive to Repeal Medical Device Tax No Slam Dunk in Congress

February 2, 2015 12:51 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | Comments

It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices...

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Photos of the Day: Protecting Football Players from Brain Injury

February 2, 2015 12:40 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

GE, the NFL, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have launched a new open innovation challenge seeking to protect athletes, soldiers and workers in dangerous jobs from traumatic...

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Smart Device Tracks Hand Hygiene Habits

February 2, 2015 12:16 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) cites good hand hygiene as a major factor in stopping the spread of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) caused by exposure to various bacteria. In fact, in 2009 the WHO released its “Five Moments of Hand...

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Watching How Memories Are Made to Understand Neurological Disorders

February 2, 2015 11:59 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University have succeeded in peering into the brains of live mice with such precision that they were able to see how the position of specific proteins changed as memories were forged. The technique has broad applications...

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Laser Treatment May Limit Blindness-Causing Disease's Progression

February 2, 2015 11:37 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | Comments

A new technique reported in the February 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal suggests that during early stages, it might be possible to reverse age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness that is currently irreversible. The...

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Real-Time Imaging Technique Allows 3D Biopsy Measurement

February 2, 2015 11:26 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | Comments

This technique uses Optical Projection Tomography, which is "similar to X-rays, but uses light," explains UC3M researcher Jorge Ripoll, from the UC3M Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering. With this technique, it is possible to...

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App Lets Anyone See for the Blind

February 2, 2015 11:16 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

This nonprofit crowdsources sight for the blind. With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or...

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CoreValve System Benefits Patients with Prior Coronary Bypass Surgery

February 1, 2015 10:00 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc revealed new one-year clinical data showing that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the self-expanding CoreValve System offers advantages in survival and safety compared to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR)...

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Roche and Qualcomm Collaborate to Innovate Remote Patient Monitoring

February 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Roche | Comments

Roche and Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that Qualcomm’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc., and Roche, a world leader in point-of-care diagnostics, have entered into a strategic collaboration to improve remote monitoring and management...

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Expanded Indication for SYNAPSE Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic System

January 31, 2015 10:00 am | by DePuy Synthes Spine | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its SYNAPSE Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic (OCT) System with posterior cervical screws, the first time cervical screws...

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring Market Surging

January 31, 2015 8:30 am | by BCC Research | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report on continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), the total CGM market is forecast to reach a value of at least $783.9 million by 2019. This is due to the increasing acceptance of clinical trials showing the...

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'Bending' Acoustic and Elastic Waves for Medical Applications

January 30, 2015 3:28 pm | by University of Missouri | Comments

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered “elastic” waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent...

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Growing Functioning Brain Tissue in 3-D

January 30, 2015 3:17 pm | by RIKEN | Comments

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan have succeeded in inducing human embryonic stem cells to self-organize into a three-dimensional structure similar to the cerebellum, providing tantalizing clues in the quest to...

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Implantable Device Allows Surgeons to Perform Complex Shoulder Replacements

January 30, 2015 2:51 pm | by SUNY Upstate Medical University | Comments

A novel, implantable device that is less invasive and allows surgeons to perform the most challenging and complex shoulder replacements is now available at Upstate Medical University through the Upstate Bone and Joint Center. Upstate is one...

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