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Implantable Medical Devices that Dissolve When No Longer Needed

October 10, 2014 9:53 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | Comments

Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early results demonstrate...

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Casting Custom-Shaped Metal Nanoparticles Like Watermelons

October 10, 2014 9:23 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | Comments

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have unveiled a new method to form tiny 3D metal nanoparticles in prescribed shapes and dimensions using DNA, Nature's building block, as a construction...

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New Screening Technique Requires Just One Drop

October 9, 2014 12:48 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

A new technique makes it possible to quickly detect the presence of drugs or to monitor certain medical conditions using only a single drop of blood or urine, representing a potential tool for clinicians and law enforcement. The technique works...

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Power of a Clinical Lab in the Home

October 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Cambridge Consultants | Comments

Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants has unveiled a new approach to diagnostic instrument development. The Flow Health Hub brings the power of the clinical laboratory into the home – in the shape of a simple, cost-effective...

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Moving Nanoparticles Through the Body with Magnets

October 9, 2014 10:48 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

A long-sought goal of creating particles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment, and that could be precisely manipulated into position within living cells, has been achieved by a team of researchers at MIT and...

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Developing Complex Biosensors with Synthetic Polymers

October 9, 2014 10:15 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

A new four-year, multi-million dollar award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA will be used to develop the technology necessary to synthesize, screen, and sequence artificial genetic polymers composed of threose...

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Tracking Metastatic Cancer Through the Blood

October 9, 2014 10:07 am | by Thomas Jefferson University | Comments

The genetic fingerprint of a metastatic cancer is constantly changing, which means that the therapy that may have stopped a patient's cancer growth today, won't necessarily work tomorrow. Although doctors can continue to biopsy the cancer...

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Teflon-Like Coating for Improved Blood-Screening

October 9, 2014 10:02 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | Comments

A new technology to exponentially improve blood-screening for transfusions has leapfrogged its way from Duke University lab to corporate development. In an unusually streamlined tech-transfer deal, a two-year-old startup company founded...

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A Nobel Prize Winning Look into Single-Molecule Microscopy

October 9, 2014 9:55 am | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising, Associated Press | Comments

Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest cells...

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A Remote Control for Neurons

October 9, 2014 9:43 am | by The Rockefeller University | Comments

A proposal to develop a new way to remotely control brain cells from Sarah Stanley, a Research Associate in Rockefeller University’s Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, headed by Jeffrey M. Friedman, is among the first to receive funding...

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Thought-Controlled Prosthesis

October 9, 2014 9:37 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional...

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Prosthetic Hand Restores the Sense of Touch

October 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Even before he lost his right hand to an industrial accident 4 years ago, Igor Spetic had family open his medicine bottles. Cotton balls give him goose bumps. Now, blindfolded during an experiment, he feels his arm hairs rise when a researcher...

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3-D Printed Smart Vascularized Tissue

October 9, 2014 9:17 am | by George Washington University | Comments

A George Washington University researcher doing pioneering work toward the goal of 3-D printing complex tissues aims to help revolutionize the way the medical field conducts transplants. As the recipient of the 2014 Director's New Innovator...

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Innovative Delivery Design Could Lead to Do-It-Yourself Flu Vaccinations

October 8, 2014 3:25 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? It could happen. Military folks who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from health workers, a study found. There's no reason civilians couldn't do the same, especially for...

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Studying Chronic Pain via a Miniature Wireless Device

October 8, 2014 3:15 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford | Comments

A team of Stanford Bio-X scientists and engineers is creating a small wireless device that will improve studies of chronic pain. The scientists hope to use what they learn to develop better therapies for the condition, which costs the economy $600...

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