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Medtronic Mourns Shooting Death of Employee

July 7, 2015 8:51 am | by AAMI | Comments

Medtronic is mourning the death of one of its employees, a sales representative who was randomly shot while walking with her father along a popular pier in San Francisco. Kathryn Steinle, 32, was fatally shot July 1 in a killing that made...

The Bioprinted ‘Play Dough’ Capable of Cell and Protein Transfer

July 6, 2015 2:24 pm | by Institute of Physics | Comments

Scientists have developed a new technique allowing the bioprinting at ambient temperatures of a strong paste similar to ‘play dough’ capable of incorporating protein-releasing microspheres. The scientists demonstrated that the bioprinted...

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A Better Way to Measure Blood Glucose

July 6, 2015 11:58 am | by Katherine Unger Baillie, University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Point-of-care glucose meters, or glucometers, have revolutionized the landscape for diabetics and practitioners. Using only a small drop of blood to measure blood glucose in an instant, they make it easier for people with diabetes...

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New Light Switches for Neurons Advance Brain Research

July 6, 2015 11:43 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | Comments

Light switches for neurons have made enormous contributions to brain research by giving investigators access to “on switches” for brain cells. But, finding “off switches” has been much more challenging. Addressing the challenge, biochemists...

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Supercharging Stem Cells to Create New Therapies

July 6, 2015 11:21 am | by University of Adelaide | Comments

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a new method for culturing stem cells which sees the highly therapeutic cells grow faster and stronger. The research, which was published in the prestigious international journal...

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Tablet Technology to Help Children with Autism

July 6, 2015 10:50 am | by Monash University | Comments

Monash University researchers have developed the world’s first tablet technology designed to assist children with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome. The technology aims to help children stay focused, in a bid to...

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Seahorse Tails Could Inspire New Generation of Robots

July 6, 2015 9:42 am | by Paul Alongi, College of Engineering and Science, Clemson University | Comments

Inspiration for the next big technological breakthrough in robotics, defense systems and biomedicine could come from a seahorse’s tail, according to a new study reported Thursday in the journal Science. The research centers on the curious...

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Organic Compound to Stimulate Skin Regeneration in Third-Degree Burns

July 6, 2015 9:31 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | Comments

Researchers from the School of Chemistry of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) developed a polymer derived from gallic acid: an organic compound of low cost, found in tea leaves, oak bark, apples and blueberries. Dr. Miquel Gimeno Seco...

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Genetic Testing in Kids Is Fraught with Complications

July 2, 2015 3:30 pm | by University of Utah Health Sciences | Comments

A woman coping with the burden of familial breast cancer can't help but wonder if her young daughter will suffer the same fate. Has she inherited the same disease-causing mutation? Is it best to be prepared for the future, or to wait? During the last...

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Working Out in Artificial Gravity

July 2, 2015 11:45 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have a number of exercise options, including a mechanical bicycle bolted to the floor, a weightlifting machine strapped to the wall, and a strap-down treadmill. They spend a significant portion...

Seeing the World Through Assistive Glasses

July 2, 2015 11:40 am | by Bielefeld University | Comments

A new research project at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) in Bielefeld University focuses on the development of a mobile adaptive assistance system in the form of intelligent glasses that provide unobtrusive...

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'Cool Effort' for Soldiers with Heat Injuries

July 2, 2015 11:36 am | by Bob Reinert/USAG Natick Public Affairs | Comments

In hopes of bringing medical treatment to Soldiers on remote battlefields in warm climates, the folks at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, recently put forth a "cool effort." The Heat Ailment recovery pack...

How To Grow Back The Back: Engineered Cartilage Surfaces

July 2, 2015 10:16 am | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

You’re going to shrink today. You did yesterday, and you will again tomorrow. By bedtime every night, you’re likely to be about an inch shorter than when you got up. But assuming you sleep lying down, each evening’s rest restores you to full height...

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Electrical Stimulation Can Reverse Spinal Cord Nerve Damage

July 2, 2015 10:01 am | by American Physiological Society | Comments

Approximately 12,000 spinal cord injuries (SCI) happen every year in the U.S., the majority caused by car accidents, falls, sporting accidents and gunshot wounds. Better emergency care and therapy have made SCI manageable, but researchers...

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First Successful Heart Transplant Following Use of Total Artificial Heart

July 2, 2015 9:52 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

A petite 44-year-old woman has received a successful heart transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, thanks to an experimental Total Artificial Heart designed for smaller patients. The UCLA patient is the first person in California...

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