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Survey Shows Need for Greater Consistency in 'Real World' Observational Research

July 27, 2015 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

According to a recent survey, the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries are aware of the benefits of observational research in better understanding the real world value of their products; however, there is continued need to improve the design...

Software Turns Smartphones into Tools for Medical Research

July 27, 2015 12:07 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life. Yet since she...


Polymer Gel Opens Possibilities for Super-Long-Acting Swallowable Devices

July 27, 2015 12:02 pm | by Kevin Leonardi, MIT News Office | Comments

Medical devices designed to reside in the stomach have a variety of applications, including prolonged drug delivery, electronic monitoring, and weight-loss intervention. However, these devices, often created with nondegradable elastic polymers...


Collaboration Yields Design for Highly Permeable Artificial Water Channel

July 27, 2015 11:49 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

A multi-institution research collaboration has yielded a new design for a highly permeable artificial water channel, with potential applications in liquid and gas membrane separations, drug delivery and screening, and DNA recognition and...


Wafer-Thin Super Material Heralds Future of Wearable, Implantable Technology

July 27, 2015 11:06 am | by University of Wollongong | Comments

UOW’s Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials has successfully pioneered a way to construct a flexible, foldable and lightweight energy storage device that provides the building blocks for next-generation batteries needed to power...


Students Secure Funding for Their Medical Innovations

July 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Monash University | Comments

After wowing the crowds at a Victorian competition with their entrepreneurial ideas, two teams comprising Monash medical students and alumni will receive $20,000 to put their ideas into practice. Five finalists were selected at the Medtech’s Got...


Smart Hydrogel Coating Creates “Stick-Slip” Control of Capillary Action

July 27, 2015 10:49 am | by Georgia Tech | Comments

Coating the inside of glass microtubes with a polymer hydrogel material dramatically alters the way capillary forces draw water into the tiny structures, researchers have found. The discovery could provide a new way to control microfluidic...


Exercise Mimic Molecule May Help Treat Diabetes and Obesity

July 27, 2015 10:19 am | by University of Southampton | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a molecule that acts as an exercise mimic, which could potentially help treat type 2 diabetes and obesity. The new molecule, called ‘compound 14’, inhibits the function of a cellular...


Photos of the Day: GE, NFL Back New Concussion Detection Device that Tracks the Brain’s Electricity

July 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Mike Keller, GE Reports | Comments

BrainScope Company, Inc., based in Bethesda, Md., is now developing a medical device using electrodes stuck to the athlete’s head to read electrical activity coming from neurons in the brain. The test can be done in the locker room and...


Surgical Catheter Usage Examined to Reduce UTI Incidents

July 27, 2015 9:40 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

Surgical teams at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, are decreasing the rate of urinary tract infection (UTI) in their institution by paying scrupulous attention to the use of catheters before and immediately after operations. Their efforts are...

Silk and Stem Cells Offer Potential Cure for Dry Mouth

July 27, 2015 9:35 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio | Comments

The silkworm, which produces the essential ingredient for fine silk fabric, also plays a critical role in a new process designed to provide relief for millions of individuals with dry mouth, a devastating oral and systemic health issue...


Changing the Color of Light May Improve Imaging and Cancer Treatment

July 24, 2015 3:13 pm | by University of Delaware | Comments

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore a new idea that could improve solar cells, medical imaging and even cancer treatments. Simply put, they want to change the color of light...


Cancer-Destroying Proton Accelerator Will Protect Astronauts from Radiation

July 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

One of the sensors that will fly aboard NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S was recently given a clean bill of health from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The sensor, known as EHIS, was successfully tested...


Diagnostic Tests in Less Than 15 Minutes

July 24, 2015 1:48 pm | by NOWDiagnostics | Comments

NOWDiagnostics Inc., based in Springdale, Ark., has created a line of unique blood-based rapid tests that will enable medical professionals to conduct simple-to-use, highly accurate tests for a variety of ailments and diseases. The company is currently...


Developing a Blood Test for Young Binge Drinkers

July 24, 2015 12:29 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

A biomarker found in the blood of alcohol users is significantly higher in binge drinkers than in those who consume alcohol moderately, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The biomarker, called...



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