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Treating Chronic Conditions with Neuromodulation

January 22, 2015 9:00 am | Comments

The International Neuromodulation Society 12th World Congress will feature traditional and cutting-edge ways to address chronic disease through interfacing with the body’s nervous system. The congress is expected to draw 1,500 scientists...

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Long-Term Use of Ventricular Assist Devices Induces Heart Muscle Regeneration

January 22, 2015 8:45 am | Comments

Prolonged use of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) by patients with heart failure may induce regeneration of heart muscle by preventing oxidative damage to a cell-regulator mechanism, UT Southwestern Medical Center investigators have...

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Hearing-Aid 'Intervention' Offers Guidance for Adjusting to Devices

January 21, 2015 2:16 pm | Comments

When individuals wear their hearing aids for the first time, they are flooded with sounds they have not heard in months or years; yet, previous research has shown that not all new sounds are welcomed. Ambient noises such as air conditioners...

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Man Leaves Hospital with Bioprosthetic Heart

January 21, 2015 11:45 am | Comments

A man equipped with the lightest and most advanced total artificial heart in the world was released from Nantes University Hospital earlier this year and has returned home, said Carmat, the designer and developer of the electric heart. The...

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Using Light to Beat the Winter Blues

January 21, 2015 10:13 am | Comments

Join Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting to beat the most depressing day of the year. According to a study by Cliff Arnall, the most depressing date of the year is today and is amongst others due to the weather conditions and lack of sun...

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Sensor Measures Blood Sugar Without Taking Blood

January 21, 2015 9:58 am | Comments

One in twelve children are born prematurely in Switzerland. If hypoglycemia develops in these premature babies and persists for over an hour, it can affect brain development. In order to prevent this, the babies’ blood sugar levels need to be...

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Insulin Pump Moves One Step Closer to an Artificial Pancreas

January 21, 2015 9:42 am | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced the start of the global launch of the MiniMed 640G System, the next breakthrough toward an artificial pancreas.  With the introduction of Medtronic's exclusive SmartGuard technology, MiniMed 640G is designed to...

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Developing a Blood Test for Ovarian Cancer

January 21, 2015 9:22 am | Comments

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of cancer types and other conditions, today announced it has signed an agreement to commence a pilot ovarian cancer study in...

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Nanoparticle Can Be Detected By Six Types of Imaging

January 21, 2015 9:14 am | Comments

It's technology so advanced that the machine capable of using it doesn't yet exist. Using two biocompatible parts, University at Buffalo researchers and their colleagues have designed a nanoparticle that can be detected by six medical imaging...

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'Lighting Up' Tumors with a Laser

January 21, 2015 8:57 am | Comments

With the goal of making it easier for surgeons to detect malignant tissue during surgery and hopefully reduce the rate of cancer recurrence, scientists have invented a new imaging system that causes tumors to “light up” when a hand-held laser is...

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Portable Stimulator Being Tested on Parkinson's Patients

January 21, 2015 8:43 am | Comments

Parkinson's disease is a slowly degenerative neurological disease that is expressed as impaired motor control, tremors, stiffness and, in later stages, problems with balance. The symptoms are caused by a lack of the signal substance dopamine and...

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13-Year-Old Boy Builds Braille Printer with Legos and Starts Company

January 20, 2015 2:05 pm | Comments

In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually...

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Researchers Open ‘Pandora’s Box’ of Potential Cancer Biomarkers

January 20, 2015 1:42 pm | Comments

A new analysis opens the door to discovery of thousands of potential new cancer biomarkers. Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed the global landscape of a portion of the genome that has not been previously...

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Injectable Hydrogel Forms Nanofiber Scaffold to Improve Healing

January 20, 2015 1:35 pm | Comments

Rice University scientists have found the balance necessary to aid healing with high-tech hydrogel. Rice chemist Jeffrey Hartgerink, lead author Vivek Kumar and their colleagues have created a new version of the hydrogel that can be injected...

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Multimodal Fibers Deliver Drugs and Optical Signals Directly to the Brain

January 20, 2015 11:58 am | Comments

The human brain’s complexity makes it extremely challenging to study — not only because of its sheer size, but also because of the variety of signaling methods it uses simultaneously. Conventional neural probes are designed to record a single...

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