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Robot-Assisted Surgery for Prostate Cancer Controls Disease for 10 Years

July 18, 2014 12:08 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | Comments

Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years, according to a new study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. The study also suggested that traditional methods of measuring...

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Anti-Tank Missile Detector Joins Fight Against Malaria

July 18, 2014 11:56 am | by Monash University | Comments

Researchers at Monash University and the University of Melbourne have used an anti-tank Javelin missile detector, more commonly used in warfare to detect the enemy, in a new test to rapidly identify malaria parasites in blood. Scientists...

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‘International Clinical Trial Rescue’ Program for Medical Devices

July 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Factory CRO | Comments

Factory CRO has announced a new, early-detection program designed to help medical device companies correct poorly designed clinical trials, effectively saving the study from ultimately being rejected by FDA or European regulators. “Because...

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Beckman Coulter to Acquire Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics’ Clinical Microbiology Business

July 18, 2014 11:30 am | by Beckman Coulter | Comments

Beckman Coulter, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the clinical microbiology business of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. The Siemens clinical...

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Dreamit Health Philadelphia Announces Its Next Cohort of MedTech Startups

July 18, 2014 11:20 am | by Dreamit Health | Comments

Independence Blue Cross (Independence), Penn Medicine, and DreamIt Ventures today announce the cohort of nine health-tech startups selected to participate in DreamIt Health Philadelphia 2014, the third cycle of DreamIt’s health-tech accelerator...

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Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have...

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Photos of the Day: Seven Fingers Are Better than Five

July 18, 2014 10:47 am | by MIT | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. A novel control algorithm enables...

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A GEM of a Prize

July 18, 2014 10:31 am | by Patti Wieser, UC San Diego | Comments

Two physician-engineer teams from UC San Diego have been selected as the 2014 recipients of the Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) awards from the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) and the Institute of Engineering...

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Biomarker Discovery May Lead to New HIV Treatment

July 18, 2014 10:16 am | by Whitecoat Strategies, LLC | Comments

Further analysis of a Phase II study of therapeutic HIV vaccine candidate Vacc-4x revealed a potential biomarker associated with participants who experienced a more profound viral load reduction after receiving the vaccine. The results of...

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Physicists Reveal Random Nature of Metastasis

July 18, 2014 10:11 am | by Institute of Physics | Comments

Physicists from the University of Dundee and Arizona State University have used a statistical model to show that the formation of a new secondary tumor—commonly known as a metastasis—could just as likely derive from "common" cancer cells that...

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Discovery May Make It Easier to Develop Life-Saving Stem Cells

July 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Michigan State University | Comments

Not unlike looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack, a team of Michigan State University researchers have found a gene that could be key to the development of stem cells – cells that can potentially save millions of lives by morphing...

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Improved Telemedicine System Connects Doctors to Autism Patients in Rural Georgia

July 18, 2014 9:47 am | by Georgia Tech | Comments

To get the best care for her three autistic children, Mandi Larkin would drive three hours from her family’s home in Tifton, Ga., to Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta. The drive to and from Atlanta was exhausting. Missed work, missed school...

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Brain-on-a-Chip Used to Assess Axonal Strain Injury

July 18, 2014 9:33 am | by World Scientific | Comments

Researchers from the Biomedical Engineering Department of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey recently demonstrated the use of their "Brain-on-a-Chip" microsystem to assess specific effects of traumatic axonal injury. While their...

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Google Glass To Be Installed in Ambulances

July 18, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

CrowdOptic, a maker of mobile and wearable broadcasting solutions, and ProTransport-1, Northern California's premier medical transport provider, have announced a software sales agreement under which ProTransport-1 will deploy the CrowdOptic...

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Trying Gene Therapy to Create Biological Pacemaker

July 17, 2014 2:41 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. The study, published Wednesday, is...

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