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Rice and Malawi Polytechnic Partner to Create Innovative Technologies

April 8, 2015 10:44 am | by Jade Boyd, Rice University | Comments

Faculty from Rice University’s Department of Bioengineering and the Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies are partnering with the University of Malawi to improve healthcare through invention by replicating the success of Rice's...

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Virtual Reality 'Embryo Transfer Simulator'

April 8, 2015 10:36 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, America's leading professional organization in reproductive medicine and infertility, and VirtaMed, the world's leader in building customized virtual reality simulation devices for medicine...

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90 Percent of Breast Cancers Can Be Detected with MRI

April 8, 2015 10:31 am | by Medical University of Vienna | Comments

Around 90 percent of all breast cancers can be definitively diagnosed using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This compares to the combined methods of mammography and ultrasound which yielded a detection rate of just 37.5 percent. This is the...

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Getting the Perfect Fit for Artificial Hips

April 8, 2015 9:36 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

A painful hip that feels unstable and no longer has the same range of motion: For many patients, this means they need a prosthetic hip – something that happens to more than 200,000 people each year in Germany alone. Implant manufacturers face...

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Sensor Technology Helps Clinicians Improve Breast Exam Skills

April 8, 2015 8:53 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | Comments

NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a highly effective sensor system to improve the quality of clinical breast examinations by physicians. The training system addresses a critical need for physicians to develop the technique and skill...

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Self-Assembling, Bioinstructive Collagen Building Blocks

April 8, 2015 8:42 am | by Purdue University | Comments

A Purdue University researcher and entrepreneur is commercializing her laboratory's innovative collagen formulations that self-assemble or polymerize to form fibrils that resemble those found in the body's tissues. These collagen building blocks...

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How Robots Can Help Build Better Doctors

April 7, 2015 3:11 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

A young doctor leans over a patient who has been in a serious car accident and invariably must be experiencing pain. The doctor's trauma team examines the patient's pelvis and rolls her onto her side to check her spine. They scan the patient's...

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Office Inkjet Printer Could Identify Infectious Diseases

April 7, 2015 2:56 pm | by McMaster University | Comments

Consumers are one step closer to benefitting from packaging that could give simple text warnings when food is contaminated with deadly pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella, and patients could soon receive real-time diagnoses of infections such...

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Infographic: Bionic World: Better Living Through Technology

April 7, 2015 11:47 am | by Solidworks | Comments

These days there is no shortage of amazing stories demonstrating how engineers are making huge strides in the medical device field. From “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. donating a 3D-printed prosthetic arm to destroying cancer cells with...

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Photos of the Day: 3 Pretty Cool Assistive Robots

April 7, 2015 11:08 am | by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology | Comments

Professor Gil Weinberg has already built a band of robotic musicians in his Georgia Tech lab. Now he’s created a robot that can be attached to amputees, allowing its technology to be embedded into humans. The robotic drumming prosthesis has...

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Detecting Rare Cancer Cells with Sound Waves

April 7, 2015 9:12 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Cancer cells often break free from their original locations and circulate through the bloodstream, allowing them to form new tumors elsewhere in the body. Detecting these cells could give doctors a new way to predict whether patients’ tumors will...

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Exploring the Unknown Frontier of the Brain

April 7, 2015 9:00 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

To a large degree, your brain is what makes you... you. It controls your thinking, problem solving and voluntary behaviors. At the same time, your brain helps regulate critical aspects of your physiology, such as your heart rate and breathing...

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Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations

April 7, 2015 8:54 am | by ECRI Institute | Comments

Patient safety is a top priority for every healthcare organization, but knowing where to direct initiatives can be daunting. To help organizations decide where to focus their efforts, ECRI Institute has compiled its second annual list of the...

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Disaster Expo Shows Innovations in Thriving Japan Industry

April 7, 2015 8:44 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | Comments

Mankind is powerless to prevent calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes, but in Japan where the devastating 2011 tsunami still looms large, there's a flourishing industry in devising ways to cope with catastrophe. Some of the products...

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'Quantum Magnet' for Medical Imaging and Contraband Detection

April 7, 2015 8:37 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband...

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