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Testing Blood With a Skin Patch

October 23, 2014 | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe. In the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, one team...

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Diagnosing Fungal Pneumonia with a Breath Test

October 23, 2014 10:45 am | by Infectious Diseases Society of America | Comments

Many different microbes can cause pneumonia, and treatment may be delayed or off target if doctors cannot tell which bug is the culprit. A novel approach—analyzing a patient's breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe...

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Relieving Headaches with Vagus Nerve Stimulation

October 23, 2014 9:45 am | by Vane Percy & Roberts | Comments

Preliminary results of an open-label trial carried in the journal of Headache and Pain reported that a single treatment with electroCore’s hand held non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) device gammaCore, completely resolved 44.8% of...

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Slowing Down Molecules for Fast, Less Costly Diagnosis

October 23, 2014 9:34 am | by University of Limerick | Comments

UL research solves major scientific challenge which unlocks potential for rapid diagnostics tools. Research from the University of Limerick has unlocked a major scientific challenge which has exciting potential for point of care medical tests...

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Bioengineering Intestinal Tissue to Treat Gastrointestinal Diseases

October 23, 2014 9:27 am | by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital | Comments

Researchers have successfully transplanted “organoids” of functioning human intestinal tissue grown from pluripotent stem cells in a lab dish into mice – creating an unprecedented model for studying diseases of the intestine. Reporting their...

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Point-of-Care Technologies Can Detect Ebola in Under an Hour

October 23, 2014 8:42 am | by Kalorama Information | Comments

Affordable and accessible point-of-care (POC) technologies capable of providing early diagnosis of infection are being developed in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to Kalorama Information. Unless Ebola control measures...

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Detecting over 30 Diseases in a Single Drop of Blood

October 22, 2014 3:38 pm | by HealthTell | Comments

HealthTell, an early stage Life Sciences company, announced the company has reached $13.5 million in funding to help expand the development and commercialization of the first and only diagnostic platform capable of assessing an individual’s real-time immune system response to specific diseases...

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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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'EyeCane' Assists the Blind in Navigating

October 22, 2014 10:41 am | by IOS Press | Comments

White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods to master. Electronic travel aids have the potential to improve navigation for the blind...

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Breathalyzer Detects Dangerous Vapors

October 22, 2014 10:25 am | 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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Improving Cancer Treatment with 'Designer' Nanodevice

October 22, 2014 10:12 am | by University of Lincoln | Comments

Cancer diagnostics and treatment options could be drastically improved with the creation of a "designer" nanodevice being developed by researchers from the UK, Italy, the US and Argentina. The diagnostic "nanodecoder," which will consist of self-assembled DNA...

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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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