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Designers Give Wheelchairs a Fashion Overhaul

December 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Brunel University | Comments

Too many accessories for wheelchair users still scream “disability aid.” Now a team of design students from Brunel University London has teamed up with campaigning website Blue Badge Style to produce stylish accessories. The best chosen by public...

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Driving Through the Human Body with Magnets

December 2, 2014 9:47 am | by University of Twente | Comments

Sarthak Misra of the University of Twente MIRA Research Institute has been awarded the prestigious individual ERC Starting Grant worth 1.5 million euros. This grant will be used for the ROBOTAR research project. ROBOTAR aims to develop systems...

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Medtronic-Covidien Deal Creates Patient Monitoring Powerhouse

December 2, 2014 9:36 am | by Kalorama Information | Comments

Medtronic’s roughly $43 billion acquisition and merger with Covidien has been widely discussed in the media for its US Federal tax implications, but it’s also creating a stronger leading player in one of the fastest growing device markets, according...

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CT and 3D Printing Offering Assist in Facial Transplants

December 2, 2014 9:31 am | by RSNA | Comments

Researchers are using computed tomography (CT) and 3D printing technology to recreate life-size models of patients' heads to assist in face transplantation surgery, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society...

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Artificial Pancreas Performs Well in Clinical Trial

December 1, 2014 12:04 pm | by Universite de Montreal | Comments

The world’s first clinical trial comparing three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes was conducted in Montréal by researchers at the IRCM and the University of Montreal, led by endocrinologist Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret. The study confirms that...

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Harry Potter’s Next Adventure — Stroke Treatment

December 1, 2014 11:52 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects...

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Bat-Inspired Device Could Help Blind Navigate

December 1, 2014 11:42 am | by Bonnie Davis Office of Communications and External Relations, Wake Forest | Comments

When a biologist who studies bats and a computer scientist cross paths, amazingly cool things can happen. Cool things such as a sonar device to assist the visually impaired. The idea came from biology professor William Conner, who for decades...

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Novel Imaging System Offers Lower Radiation Exposure for Liver Cancer Patients

December 1, 2014 11:01 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers report that their test of an interventional X-ray guidance device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013 has the potential to reduce the radiation exposure of patients undergoing intra-arterial therapy...

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Survey: UDI Compliance Poses Significant Challenge

December 1, 2014 10:37 am | by PRISYM ID | Comments

A recent survey of medical companies in Europe and North America has identified some of the key issues for packaging and labeling operations in the complex and changing medical device market. The survey, carried out by PRISYM ID, a leading...

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Test Detects Blood Cancer Before It Even Develops

December 1, 2014 10:19 am | by Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard | Comments

Researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals have uncovered an easily detectable, "pre-malignant" state in the blood that significantly increases the likelihood that an individual will...

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Using Math to Fight Cancer

December 1, 2014 10:06 am | by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute | Comments

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have defined for the first time how the size of the immune response is controlled, using mathematical models to predict how powerfully immune cells respond to infection and disease. The finding, published...

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‘Skin’ Shedding Medical Devices Could Eliminate Need to Replace

December 1, 2014 9:55 am | by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg | Comments

What to do when functional surfaces fail? When catheters become contaminated with microorganisms or sensors no longer react? Until now, the answer was: remove and replace. The chemist Dr. Karen Lienkamp has received a 1.49 million euros Starting...

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Blood Test for Asthma Attacks Brought on by a Cold

December 1, 2014 9:44 am | by Medical University of Vienna | Comments

People who have asthma generally suffer worse with colds caused by rhinoviruses than other people do. There are also asthmatics and patients with the severe lung condition COPD in whom the cold virus can trigger serious flare-ups of their condition...

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Medtronic-Covidien Transaction Gains Key Clearances

December 1, 2014 9:17 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. and Covidien plc have announced the receipt of U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) clearance of Medtronic's proposed acquisition of Covidien. "This regulatory clearance represents an important milestone in bringing our companies...

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Non-Invasive Device Helps in Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease

December 1, 2014 9:07 am | by FDA | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the HeartFlow FFR-CT software, which permits health care professionals to non-invasively evaluate blood flow in the coronary arteries of patients showing signs and symptoms of coronary...

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