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Breathalyzer Detects Dangerous Vapors

October 22, 2014 | 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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Artificial Pancreas to Begin Clinical Trials

October 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Comments

A multi-university research team led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to conduct clinical trials of their closed-loop artificial pancreas for individuals with Type 1 diabetes... 

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Robot-Assisted Surgery is Safe But More Expensive

October 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | Comments

Minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery, which has become the main choice for surgically removing cancerous prostate glands during recent years, is as safe as open surgery for Medicare patients over age 65. Those are the primary findings of a newly published nationwide patient...

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Designing New Devices with Metamaterials

October 22, 2014 1:02 pm | by Basque Research | Comments

Víctor Torres Landivar, Telecommunications engineer, has designed and manufactured new devices based on metamaterials (artificial materials with properties not found in nature). On drawing up his PhD, defended at the Public University of Navarre, he achieved the first experimental demonstration ever...

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Doak Table Surgical Bed to Help Military on the Battlefield

October 22, 2014 11:51 am | by Georgia Tech | Comments

Atlanta startup signed seven-figure contract for surgical beds The Doak Table was created in a Baltimore garage in 2006 by a tinkering retiree equally at home in a boardroom or a machine shop. Today, the portable field surgical table has been tested and used worldwide...

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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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