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New Company Developing Single-Drop 'Point of Care' Blood Analyzer

March 3, 2015 2:07 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

A blood test yields a wealth of information crucial to a person's health. What's needed is a device that is small and inexpensive, yet capable of quickly providing a thorough analysis using a very small sample. With a two-year option license...

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Moving Organs with Magnets to Ease Surgery

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Vanderbilt University | Comments

Pietro Valdastri is convinced that the clever application of magnetic force can make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective. “In 2007, a team of University of Texas researchers did some basic experiments using magnets in laparoscopic...

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Cardinal Health Offers to Buy J&J Unit for $1.94 Billion

March 3, 2015 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cardinal Health is offering to buy a unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes heart devices for approximately $1.94 billion. Johnson & Johnson's Cordis business, which is based in Fremont, California, had 2014 revenue of about $780 million...

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Boston Scientific to Buy Endo Division for $1.6 Billion

March 3, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medical device maker Boston Scientific said Monday it will pay $1.6 billion to buy the men's health and prostate health business of Endo International. Boston Scientific said it is gaining treatments for enlarged prostate, urinary incontinence...

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Smart Garments Could Change How We Interact

March 3, 2015 10:53 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

As wearables become more common, consumers also want them to be smaller and less obtrusive. Smartwatches are in a heyday now, but the consumer of the future might be looking for a device that is not only more useful, but more invisible...

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Technological Ecosystem to Foster Active Aging

March 3, 2015 10:34 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | Comments

Action for Healthy Ageing is the name of the first European ecosystem for promoting healthy, active aging using new technologies. The main objectives of this software platform, developed by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid as part of...

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Giant Virus Revealed in 3D Using X-ray Laser

March 3, 2015 10:02 am | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | Comments

For the first time, researchers have produced a 3-D image revealing part of the inner structure of an intact, infectious virus, using a unique x-ray laser at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The virus...

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This 3D Printer Works With Living Cells

March 3, 2015 9:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Cyfuse Biomedical K.K., makers of a 3D printer for living cells, have reported 1.4 billion yen ($12 million) in Series B funding for its overseas operations. Cyfuse’s Regenova printer uses an array of needles to skewer cellular aggregates...

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Mobile App Identifies Premature Babies in the Developing World

March 3, 2015 9:47 am | by University of Nottingham | Comments

A mobile phone app that will identify babies born prematurely in the developing world is being developed by researchers at The University of Nottingham. The technology will use distinctive features on the feet, face and ears of newborns to...

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Therapeutic Video Game for Autism

March 3, 2015 9:29 am | by Autism Speaks | Comments

Autism Speaks’ not-for-profit affiliate DELSIA has announced new funding for the clinical testing of a therapeutic video game designed to improve executive function skills in children and adolescents affected by autism. Autism Speaks established...

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Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance to Deliver Chemotherapy

March 3, 2015 9:17 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice developed by MIT researchers can help overcome that by first blocking the gene that confers drug...

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Reducing Animal Testing for Skin Allergies

March 2, 2015 1:56 pm | by European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) | Comments

The JRC has validated and recommended a new method which is not based on animal testing, to identify chemicals that can trigger skin allergies, estimated to affect already 20% of the population in Europe. The human Cell Line Activation Test...

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First 'Made for iPhone' Custom Hearing Aid

March 2, 2015 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Beltone, a leader in hearing aids for the past 75 years, announced today the launch of the Beltone Legend hearing aid, which features new technology and hearing innovations that make it the most advanced and versatile hearing aid available...

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Google Glass Shows Promising Uses in Plastic Surgery

March 2, 2015 11:18 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery--with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special paper in the March 2015...

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On-Board School Bus Filtration System Reduces Pollutants by 88 Percent

March 2, 2015 10:53 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

An on-board air filtration system developed specifically for school buses reduces exposure to vehicular pollutants by up to 88 percent, according to a study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The high-efficiency...

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