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'Lifelike' Cell Culture Screens Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Effects

June 29, 2015 10:42 am | by Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

The vast majority of the thousands of chemicals in our homes and workplaces have not been tested to determine if they cause cancer. That’s because today’s options are lacking. Rodent tests are too slow, and cell culture tests don’t replicate...

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Former OtisMed CEO Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

June 29, 2015 10:36 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

Today, the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey sentenced the OtisMed Corporation’s (OtisMed) former chief executive officer, Charlie Chi, to 24 months in prison and also ordered him to serve one year of supervised release and to...

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Wireless Microchip Implant Could Replace Pills and Injections

June 29, 2015 10:34 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases: Earlier this month, MIT spinout Microchips Biotech partnered with a pharmaceutical giant to commercialize its wirelessly...

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Stem-Like Cell Exclusively Forms Heart Muscle

June 29, 2015 10:25 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Future therapies for failing hearts are likely to include stem-like cells and associated growth factors that regenerate heart muscle. Scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have just taken an important...

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Infographic: How STEM Education is Revolutionizing Biology, Health & Medicine

June 29, 2015 9:58 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | Comments

Bioinformatics is the careful application of computers and statistics to the field of biology. It includes things such as machine learning and computing at high rate of performance in order to help solve biological problems. Currently, computational...

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How a Newborn Baby Sees the World

June 29, 2015 9:41 am | by University of Oslo | Comments

A newborn infant can see its parents' expressions at a distance of 30 cm. For the first time researchers have managed to reconstruct infants visual perception of the world. By combining technology, mathematics and previous knowledge of the...

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First New Diaphragm Design to Enter US Market in 50 Years

June 29, 2015 9:05 am | by PATH | Comments

With the launch of the Caya contoured diaphragm this June, women in the United States will have access to a method of contraception that is nonhormonal, has few side effects, and can be used for up to two years. Last fall, the United States...

Engineered Particles Target and Kill Harmful Bacteria

June 26, 2015 3:15 pm | by Helen Knight, MIT News Office | Comments

The global rise in antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to public health, damaging our ability to fight deadly infections such as tuberculosis. What’s more, efforts to develop new antibiotics are not keeping pace with this growth in microbial...

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FDA Seeks Input on 'Reprocessing' and UDI

June 26, 2015 3:10 pm | by AAMI | Comments

Medical device labelers learned some of the basics about the unique device identifier (UDI) in a recent session held during the AAMI 2015 Conference & Expo in Denver, CO. More information is now available as part of a draft guidance document...

Treating Severe Psychological Conditions with Lasers

June 26, 2015 2:52 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Scientists are now taking a new approach to treating patients with severe psychological disorders – by using lasers to perform the lobotomy instead. This laser-blasting procedure is called an anterior cingulotomy, and is currently the only...

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App May Prevent Parkinson's Patients' Dangerous Gait Freezing

June 26, 2015 11:47 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

Many patients in the latter stage of Parkinson's disease are at high risk of dangerous, sometimes fatal, falls. One major reason is the disabling symptom referred to as Freezing of Gait (FoG) -- brief episodes of an inability to step forward...

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Delivering Drugs to the Right Place

June 26, 2015 11:43 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

For the 12 million people worldwide who suffer from polycystic kidney disease (PKD), an inherited disorder with no known cure, a new treatment option may be on the horizon. PKD is a condition in which clusters of benign cysts develop within...

Computer Simulation Predicts Development, Progress of Pressure Sores

June 26, 2015 10:25 am | by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine | Comments

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have devised a computational model that could enhance understanding, diagnosis and treatment of pressure ulcers related to spinal cord injury. In a report published online in PLOS...

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First Heart Model 3D Printed Using Multiple Imaging Techniques

June 26, 2015 9:48 am | by Spectrum Health | Comments

Congenital heart experts from Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital have successfully integrated two common imaging techniques to produce a three-dimensional anatomic model of a patient’s heart. The 3D model printing of patients'...

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DNA Shed from Head and Neck Tumors Detected in Blood and Saliva

June 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

On the hunt for better cancer screening tests, Johns Hopkins scientists led a proof of principle study that successfully identified tumor DNA shed into the blood and saliva of 93 patients with head and neck cancer. A report on the findings is...

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