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High-Throughput Cell-Sorting Method Can Separate 10 Billion Bacterial Cells in 30 Minutes

September 26, 2014 10:37 am | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | Comments

University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering mechanical engineer Yi Zuo has developed a new, high-throughput method for sorting cells capable of separating 10 billion bacterial cells in 30 minutes. The finding has already proven useful...

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How Lack of Helium Fuels Innovation for Imaging

September 26, 2014 10:18 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Brigitte Prat runs Lulu’s Cuts & Toys, a popular hair salon for kids in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. She rewards new bobs with pretty orange balloons, but the practice is growing costly. “I used to put one on every arm and every stroller...

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Photos of the Day: Helium Shortage Is No Laughing Matter

September 26, 2014 10:18 am | by GE Reports | Comments

The U.S. is running out of helium. The shortage is no laughing matter for makers of magnetic resonance machines, who use it to cool down powerful superconducting magnets. GE is investing $17 million in a new plant in Florence, SC, to recycle...

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Mechanized Human Hands Improve Function Lost to Nerve Damage

September 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created...

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After Watching Disturbing Video, CPAP Usage Soars

September 26, 2014 9:40 am | by National Jewish Health | Comments

Like more than 20 million other Americans, John Brugger has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He snored, tossed and turned and struggled to breathe during the night, which often left him not only exhausted the next day but also raised his risk...

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Replacing the Wheelchair

September 25, 2014 3:33 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | Comments

Depicted in fifth century Chinese art, the wheelchair is not a new invention. The invalid carriage, called a Bath chair, was developed in Bath, England, around 1760. The modern, steel-frame, collapsible chair dates to 1933. The wheelchair had...

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NIH Launches New Program to Spur Mobile Health Innovations

September 25, 2014 3:27 pm | by NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC) | Comments

A new NIH program is awarding nearly $2.5 million to spur innovation in mobile communication technologies and software applications used in biomedical research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Fogarty has awarded the first round...

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Potential Blood Test to Gauge How Much Post-Surgical Care Is Required

September 25, 2014 3:11 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

One of the big frustrations of surgery: There's little way to know if you'll be a fast or slow healer, someone who feels back to normal in a week or is out of work for a month with lingering pain and fatigue. Now Stanford University researchers...

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iGrow Hair Growth System Now Available Over the Counter for Men

September 25, 2014 3:02 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

Apira Science, Inc. today announced the FDA has granted the company over-the-counter (OTC) clearance for its iGrow Hair Growth System to effectively promote hair growth in males who are classifications IIa-V on the Hamilton-Norwood...

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Magnetic Field Opens and Closes Nanovesicle

September 25, 2014 2:49 pm | by Radboud University | Comments

The nanovesicles look like minuscule, indented balloons. It had already been possible to 'load' them with a drug and open them elsewhere. But this was done using a chemical process, for example using osmosis. Researchers at the Nijmegen Institute...

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Photos of the Day: Color-Changing Heart and Skin Monitoring Patch

September 25, 2014 2:38 pm | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | Comments

The small device, approximately five centimeters square, can be placed directly on the skin and worn 24/7 for around-the-clock health monitoring. The wireless technology uses thousands of tiny liquid crystals on a flexible substrate to sense...

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True Blue: Saving Tiny Lives With LED Lights

September 25, 2014 2:12 pm | by GE Healthcare | Comments

When Dr. Rajesh Kumar meets his patients for the first time, they can often fit into the palms of his hands. Kumar is a medical specialist who cares for tiny infants in Jharkhand, the largely rural Indian state located west of...

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FDA Clears Glucose Monitoring System for Use in Hospital Critical Care Units

September 25, 2014 11:26 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared a new indication for the Nova StatStrip Glucose Hospital Meter System, extending its use to critically ill patients who have been hospitalized. This is the first blood glucose monitoring...

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‘Skin-Like’ Device Monitors Cardiovascular and Skin Health

September 25, 2014 11:05 am | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | Comments

A new wearable medical device can quickly alert a person if they are having cardiovascular trouble or if it’s simply time to put on some skin moisturizer, reports a Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study...

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Simple Blood Test Could Be Used as Tool for Early Cancer Diagnosis

September 25, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Bristol | Comments

High levels of calcium in blood, a condition known as hypercalcaemia, can be used by GPs as an early indication of certain types of cancer, according to a study by researchers from the universities of Bristol and Exeter. Hypercalcaemia is the...

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