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Forecasting the Flu with Social Network Analysis

January 29, 2015 10:17 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Three UC San Diego researchers say they can predict the spread of flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now. The study - appearing in Scientific Reports, an online journal...

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Eye-Tracking Technology Detects Concussions and Head Injury Severity

January 29, 2015 10:09 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | Comments

New research out of NYU Langone Medical Center could move the medical community one step closer toward effectively detecting concussion and quantifying its severity. Neuroscientists and concussion experts from NYU Langone and elsewhere... 

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Designing Tailored Tissue 'Glue'

January 29, 2015 10:00 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

After undergoing surgery to remove diseased sections of the colon, up to 30 percent of patients experience leakage from their sutures, which can cause life-threatening complications. Many efforts are under way to create new tissue glues that...

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Ultrasound Platform for Real-Time Treatment Monitoring

January 29, 2015 9:52 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | Comments

The range of uses for ultrasound is gigantic; the applied technologies are just as diverse. Researchers are now covering a wide range of applications with a new modular system: From sonar systems to medical ultrasound technologies and all the...

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Rapid Test Kit Detects Dengue Antibodies from Saliva

January 29, 2015 9:32 am | by Biomedical Sciences Institutes (BMSI) | Comments

Finding out whether you have been infected with dengue may soon be as easy as spitting into a rapid test kit. The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR has developed a paper-based disposable device that will allow...

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Program Analyzes "Selfies" to Monitor Mental Health

January 29, 2015 9:27 am | by University of Rochester | Comments

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed an innovative approach to turn any computer or smartphone with a camera into a personal mental health monitoring device. In a paper to be presented this week at the American Association...

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Fitness Trackers, Other Wearables Not Subject to Regulatory Scrutiny

January 29, 2015 8:38 am | by AAMI | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) device division has unveiled new draft guidance in which it reiterates that it does not intend to regulate low-risk general wellness products. The agency also tells manufacturers how they can...

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Tricking Cells with Soap Bubbles to Deliver Drugs

January 28, 2015 3:02 pm | by University of Maryland | Comments

When University of Maryland Professors Philip DeShong and Daniel Stein began tagging soap bubbles with biomolecules, they had no idea this technology would one day be poised to change the way drugs and vaccines fight against bacteria...    

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Vibrating Capsule for Treatment of Chronic Constipation

January 28, 2015 2:18 pm | by Temple University Health System | Comments

Chronic constipation is a common problem that affects approximately 15 percent of the U.S. population, according to the American Gastroenterological Association. It can be painful and lead to a reduction in a patient's quality of life. Temple...

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Custom Tailoring Robotic Exoskeletons that Fit to Perfection

January 28, 2015 2:01 pm | by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering | Comments

It wasn't too long ago that the idea of a wearable robot that would lend its user increased mobility and strength seemed like the stuff of science fiction; indeed, films like Aliens and Iron Man, which featured characters wearing powered...

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Preservation Method Doubles Life of Donor Tissue

January 28, 2015 1:56 pm | by University of Missouri Health System | Comments

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Now, following a recent study, University of Missouri School of... 

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Pacemakers with Internet Connection May Arrive Soon

January 28, 2015 11:18 am | by University of the Basque Country | Comments

The healthcare sector is not escaping from the revolution in information and communications technologies. Thanks to the latest advances in microelectronics and communications technologies, it is not difficult to imagine a future with medical...

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Improving Reliability of Automated External Defibrillators

January 28, 2015 11:05 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will strengthen its review of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to help improve the quality and reliability of these devices. The FDA issued a final order that will require...

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Model for Cardiothoracic Surgeons Simulates Surgical Bleeding

January 28, 2015 10:55 am | by Society of Thoracic Surgeons | Comments

A new surgical training model that simulates patient bleeding is providing cardiothoracic surgery residents with “real-life” experience without compromising patient safety, according to an abstract released today at the 51st Annual Meeting of The...

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Targeted Fusion-Guided Biopsy Enhances Prostate Cancer Detection

January 28, 2015 10:47 am | by University of Maryland Medical Center | Comments

Targeted biopsy using new fusion technology that combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with ultrasound is more effective than standard biopsy in detecting high-risk prostate cancer, according to a large-scale study published today in...

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