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FDA IDE Approval for the BARREL Vascular Reconstruction Device for Treatment of Aneurysms

April 15, 2014 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Reverse Medical Corporation today announced FDA IDE approval for clinical investigation of their BARREL Vascular Reconstruction Device (VRD). The BARREL Vascular Reconstruction Device is designed for use with occlusive devices in the treatment...

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New Blood-based Biomarker May Predict Recurrence of Breast Cancer and Treatment Response

April 15, 2014 12:32 am | by AACR | Comments

A newly developed, noninvasive blood-based assay, cMethDNA, is highly sensitive and specific in detecting breast cancer recurrence early, and shows promise as a viable tool in predicting treatment outcome, according to data published in...

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Strong Start for Healthcare IT Sector with $858 Million in VC Funding

April 14, 2014 4:52 pm | by Mercom Capital Group | Comments

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global communications and consulting firm, today released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) sector for the first quarter of 2014...

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Total Knee Implants Demonstrate Normal Feel, Zero Blood Transfusions

April 14, 2014 4:45 pm | by ConforMIS | Comments

ConforMIS, Inc., a medical device company pioneering patient-specific orthopedic implants, today announced results from several clinical research studies highlighting the benefits of the iTotal customized total knee replacement. Results were...

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'Nano-Anesthesia': A New Approach to Local Anesthesia?

April 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins | Comments

A technique using anesthesia-containing nanoparticles—drawn to the targeted area of the body by magnets—could one day provide a useful alternative to nerve block for local anesthesia in patients, suggests an experimental study in the April...

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Student Inventors Win More than $71,000 at Bench-to-Bedside Competition

April 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by University of Utah Health Sciences | Comments

University of Utah students competing in the Center for Medical Innovation’s Annual Bench-to-Bedside Competition were awarded nearly $72,000 in prize money on April 9 at the Utah State Capitol. Twelve student teams garnered top honors from a field...

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Reverse Engineering a Developing Lung

April 14, 2014 12:12 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

Consider the marvel of the embryo. It begins as a glob of identical cells that change shape and function as they multiply to become the cells of our lungs, muscles, nerves and all the other specialized tissues of the body. Now, in a feat of reverse...

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Researchers Validate Early Predictor of Lethal Kidney Condition

April 14, 2014 11:44 am | by UF Health | Comments

Researchers have found a way to identify critically ill patients who are at risk of developing acute kidney injury — a potentially fatal and often asymptomatic condition. Their findings may be the first to validate two markers that can predict acute...

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Proteomics International Biomarker Study Closer to a CDx Test for Diabetic Kidney Disease

April 14, 2014 11:42 am | by Proteomics International | Comments

Drug discovery company Proteomics International has completed an important milestone towards the development of a companion diagnostic (CDx) test with the validation of several of its protein biomarkers. The research team authenticated the...

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Abbott Receives 510(k) for Test to Help Diagnose Diabetes

April 14, 2014 11:31 am | by Abbott | Comments

Abbott announced today that its new ARCHITECT Clinical Chemistry Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test - which can aid physicians in diagnosing and monitoring diabetes and identifying people at risk for the disease - has received 510(k) clearance...

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Silly Putty Stem Cells

April 14, 2014 11:29 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

The sponginess of the environment where human embryonic stem cells are growing affects the type of specialized cells they eventually become, a University of Michigan study shows. The researchers coaxed human embryonic stem cells to turn into...

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New Technique Takes Cues from Astronomy and Ophthalmology to Sharpen Microscope Images

April 14, 2014 11:26 am | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | Comments

The complexity of biology can befuddle even the most sophisticated light microscopes. Biological samples bend light in unpredictable ways, returning difficult-to-interpret information to the microscope and distorting the resulting image. New...

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Covidien Gets FDA 510(k) Clearance for Kangaroo Feeding Tube with IRIS Technology

April 14, 2014 11:20 am | by Covidien | Comments

Covidien today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) Clearance for the Kangaroo feeding tube with IRIS Technology. This first-of-its-kind camera-equipped disposable feeding tube is designed to enhance patient safety by providing...

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Inspired by a Music Box, Bioengineer Creates $5 Chemistry Set

April 14, 2014 11:16 am | by Amy Adams, Stanford University | Comments

The idea for this device started not with flames or even chemistry, but with a music box that Prakash's wife brought home from a gift exchange at work one Christmas. It used a tiny hand crank to pull a paper ribbon through a set of pins on...

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Photos of the Day: Music Box Microfluidics

April 14, 2014 11:14 am | by Stanford University | Comments

Manu Prakash won a contest to develop the 21st-century chemistry set. His version, based on a toy music box, is small, robust, programmable and costs $5. It can inspire young scientists and also address developing-world problems such as...

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