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St. Jude Medical Completes Acquisition of Spinal Modulation Inc.

May 5, 2015 9:06 am | by St. Jude Medical | Comments

St. Jude Medical Inc., a global medical device company, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Spinal Modulation, Inc., developer of the Axium Neurostimulator System. The acquisition was completed on May 1, 2015. With the closing...

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3-Cent Lens Turns Smartphone into a Microscope

May 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by University of Houston | Comments

Researchers at the University of Houston have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to magnify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just three cents a lens. Wei-Chuan Shih, assistant professor of electrical...

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Clingfish Provides Model for Surgical Device Design

May 4, 2015 3:28 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

Scooting around in the shallow, coastal waters of Puget Sound is one of the world's best suction cups. It's called the Northern clingfish, and its small, finger-sized body uses suction forces to hold up to 150 times its own body weight...

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FDA Makes UDI Device Data Open to Public

May 4, 2015 3:24 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine (NLM), is making data on devices with unique device identifiers (UDI) publicly available for the first time...

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The Apple Watch Doesn't Approve of Tattoos

May 4, 2015 10:51 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Apple Watch users with wrist or arm sleeve tattoos are encountering issues with the connectivity of the watch’s plethysmograph sensor – the technology it uses to read the user’s heart rate. The ink’s pigmentation is interfering with the...

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Helping Stroke Patients Regain Their Independence

May 4, 2015 9:55 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

While there are already many rehabilitation ICT systems focused on treating the physical symptoms of stroke, such as hemiparesis, there aren’t many for the rehabilitation of cognitive impairments. The EU-funded COGWATCH project has developed...

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Fall Detector for Older Adults Outside Their Homes

May 4, 2015 9:49 am | by University of Maine | Comments

University of Maine seniors in the New Media Department are developing a fall detection device for older adults to use outside their homes. Benjamin Herold-­Porter of Biddeford, Maine, and Heather Anderson of Jonesboro, Maine, have created a...

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World's Smallest and Most Powerful Micro Motors

May 4, 2015 9:41 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | Comments

Micro actuators are needed for numerous applications, ranging from mobile and wearable devices to minimally invasive medical devices. However, the limitations associated with their fabrication have restricted their deployment at the one-millimeter...

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Reducing Prejudice Through Brain Stimulation

May 4, 2015 9:33 am | by Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychonomie (NVP) | Comments

People show less prejudice after receiving low intensity electrical stimulation administered to the frontal part of the brain. Psychologists Roberta Sellaro and Lorenza Colzato from the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition published...

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Automated Counting of Tumor Cells in Blood

May 4, 2015 9:25 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Biological and medical scientists have been using flow cytometry to count cancer cells for the past 40 years. But the large instruments are expensive and can only be operated by trained personnel. By contrast the PoCyton cytometer developed by...

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Scientists Make a Fully-Functional Small Intestine

May 4, 2015 9:20 am | by American Physiological Society | Comments

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have successfully made a small intestine that has the structural and molecular components of a healthy intestine. Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that occurs when the...

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Teens Take 'Artificial Pancreas' for a Test Run

May 4, 2015 9:18 am | by Yale University | Comments

Last weekend a group of teenagers tested an "artificial pancreas" in a real-world environment. Although Yale has been studying these devices for the last decade, this was the first time one was tested in pediatric patients here outside the...

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Treating Neurological Disorders with Neural Stem Cell Implants

May 4, 2015 9:07 am | by University of Florida Health | Comments

A team of University of Florida Health researchers has successfully transplanted human stem cells that developed into fully functional neurons in a mouse model, a promising step toward finding new treatments for epilepsy and other neurological...

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5 Projects Looking to Restore Vision to the Blind

May 4, 2015 9:03 am | by NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI) | Comments

Five bold projects will develop new technology to noninvasively image cells of the eye in unprecedented detail. The National Eye Institute (NEI) announced the awards as part of its Audacious Goals Initiative. NEI has committed $3.8 million...

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Implanted Pump Helps Heart-Failure Patient Graduate

May 4, 2015 8:54 am | by Erin Digitale, Stanford University School of Medicine | Comments

For TJ, a high school senior, this meant the opportunity to graduate with his class. For his doctors, it represented a new avenue for treating children with heart failure. Although some adult heart-failure patients now live with VADs for months...

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