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A Desktop 3D Printer for Living Tissue

May 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Biotech startup BioBots debuted its desktop 3D printer for biomaterials at TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY – producing a replica of Van Gogh’s ear. 3D bioprinting, the fabrication of biological constructs via a 3D printing technologies, already...

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New Laser Process Custom Shapes Optical Fibers

May 5, 2015 9:37 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Modern medicine relies on optical fibers to cauterize unhealthy veins in a minimally invasive way. Now, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a laser processing method that facilitates automated series manufacture of these fibers at a much...

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Bluetooth-Enabled Blood Pressure Monitor and Scale

May 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Omron Healthcare Inc. | Comments

Omron Healthcare Inc., the leader in home blood pressure monitoring, announced today the launch of a new blood pressure monitor and scale with connectivity via smartphone, tablet, or other gateway devices for telemedicine and telehealth...

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Novel X-Ray Technology Finds Hard-to-See Tumors

May 5, 2015 9:26 am | by Technische Universität München | Comments

Soft tissue disorders like tumors are very difficult to recognize using normal X-ray machines. There is hardly any distinction between healthy tissue and tumors. Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now developed...

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Pressure-Monitoring Stockings Prevent Wounds in Diabetics

May 5, 2015 9:20 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Diabetics often have little feeling in their feet and don’t perceive the body’s pressure or temperature signals there. This can result in unnoticed wounds that then develop into abscesses. Many diabetics have to have toes or feet amputated...

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Screening Method Detects Twice as Many Women with Ovarian Cancer

May 5, 2015 9:16 am | by University College London | Comments

A new screening method can detect twice as many women with ovarian cancer as conventional strategies, according to the latest results from the largest trial of its kind led by UCL. The method uses a statistical calculation to interpret changing...

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How Stem Cells Grow Depends on What They Grow Up In

May 5, 2015 9:11 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) possess the ability to grow into almost any kind of cell, which has made them dynamic tools for studying early human development and disease, but much depends upon what they grow up in. Writing in the...

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St. Jude Medical Completes Acquisition of Spinal Modulation Inc.

May 5, 2015 9:06 am | by St. Jude Medical | Comments

St. Jude Medical Inc., a global medical device company, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Spinal Modulation, Inc., developer of the Axium Neurostimulator System. The acquisition was completed on May 1, 2015. With the closing...

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3-Cent Lens Turns Smartphone into a Microscope

May 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by University of Houston | Comments

Researchers at the University of Houston have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to magnify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just three cents a lens. Wei-Chuan Shih, assistant professor of electrical...

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Clingfish Provides Model for Surgical Device Design

May 4, 2015 3:28 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

Scooting around in the shallow, coastal waters of Puget Sound is one of the world's best suction cups. It's called the Northern clingfish, and its small, finger-sized body uses suction forces to hold up to 150 times its own body weight...

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FDA Makes UDI Device Data Open to Public

May 4, 2015 3:24 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine (NLM), is making data on devices with unique device identifiers (UDI) publicly available for the first time...

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The Apple Watch Doesn't Approve of Tattoos

May 4, 2015 10:51 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Apple Watch users with wrist or arm sleeve tattoos are encountering issues with the connectivity of the watch’s plethysmograph sensor – the technology it uses to read the user’s heart rate. The ink’s pigmentation is interfering with the...

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Helping Stroke Patients Regain Their Independence

May 4, 2015 9:55 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

While there are already many rehabilitation ICT systems focused on treating the physical symptoms of stroke, such as hemiparesis, there aren’t many for the rehabilitation of cognitive impairments. The EU-funded COGWATCH project has developed...

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Fall Detector for Older Adults Outside Their Homes

May 4, 2015 9:49 am | by University of Maine | Comments

University of Maine seniors in the New Media Department are developing a fall detection device for older adults to use outside their homes. Benjamin Herold-­Porter of Biddeford, Maine, and Heather Anderson of Jonesboro, Maine, have created a...

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World's Smallest and Most Powerful Micro Motors

May 4, 2015 9:41 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | Comments

Micro actuators are needed for numerous applications, ranging from mobile and wearable devices to minimally invasive medical devices. However, the limitations associated with their fabrication have restricted their deployment at the one-millimeter...

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