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How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 9:01 am | Comments

Basketball drills, passing fads, and how to trick a fitness tracker – fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise...

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Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children

January 27, 2015 8:39 am | Comments

Not much rivals the dexterity of a good surgeon's hands. But humans being humans, fatigue or even tremors after a long day at the hospital can make things challenging, especially when operating on small children. That is why Toronto's...   

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Medtronic Completes Acquisition of Covidien

January 26, 2015 5:31 pm | Comments

Medtronic plc, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, announced today that it has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of Covidien plc. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Medtronic...

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This Neurostimulator Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 11:11 am | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the...

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Cochlear Implant Users Can Still Feel the Beat in Music

January 26, 2015 10:29 am | Comments

People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team headed by an investigator at Georgetown University Medical...

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Using Your Thoughts to Control Wireless Devices

January 26, 2015 10:15 am | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity. The indiegogo campaign, which began on Dec. 23, has raised £741 ($1,112) out of its £125,000 ($187,000) goal as of...

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MicroCam System Offers Precise Device Inspection, and Much More

January 26, 2015 9:50 am | Comments

In wake of recent headlines about cross contamination of patients by inadequately reprocessed medical devices (see story in USA Today), Sanovas Inc., a Life Science company accelerating the development and commercialization of next...

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First FDA-Approved Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring App

January 26, 2015 9:39 am | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the first set of mobile medical apps that allow people with diabetes to automatically and securely share data from a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with other people in real...

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Compressed Sensing Allows Faster Hospital Examinations

January 26, 2015 9:27 am | Comments

One of this century’s most significant mathematical discoveries may reduce the number of measuring points to one-sixth of the present level. This means reduced exposure to radiation and faster medical imaging diagnostics. Eight years ago...

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Practicing Nursing Care in a Virtual World

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | Comments

Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found. While Facebook wants to make the world’s best online games using the Oculus Rift...

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Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease

January 26, 2015 9:12 am | Comments

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what's on their minds. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania...

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Preservation System Optimizes Donor Livers for Transplant

January 26, 2015 8:30 am | Comments

A new preservation system that pumps cooled, oxygen-rich fluid into donor livers not only keeps the organs in excellent condition for as long as nine hours before transplantation, but also leads to dramatically better liver function and increases...

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Testing for Ion Release from Surgical Implants

January 23, 2015 3:22 pm | Comments

Although regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, frequently request information from manufacturers on the potential for ion release from surgical implants containing metal, there has not been a standard method for...

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Diaper Compound Could Enhance Brain Cell Imaging

January 23, 2015 3:13 pm | Comments

Pour, mix, set, add water and voila: highly detailed images of the inside of cells. A study, partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, showed that a modified form of the superabsorbent chemical used in disposable diapers can expand...

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Creating a Smarter Connection between Man and Machine

January 23, 2015 1:12 pm | SurModics, Inc. | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization...

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