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Surgical Catheter Usage Examined to Reduce UTI Incidents

July 27, 2015 9:40 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

Surgical teams at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, are decreasing the rate of urinary tract infection (UTI) in their institution by paying scrupulous attention to the use of catheters before and immediately after operations. Their efforts are...

Silk and Stem Cells Offer Potential Cure for Dry Mouth

July 27, 2015 9:35 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio | Comments

The silkworm, which produces the essential ingredient for fine silk fabric, also plays a critical role in a new process designed to provide relief for millions of individuals with dry mouth, a devastating oral and systemic health issue...


Changing the Color of Light May Improve Imaging and Cancer Treatment

July 24, 2015 3:13 pm | by University of Delaware | Comments

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore a new idea that could improve solar cells, medical imaging and even cancer treatments. Simply put, they want to change the color of light...


Cancer-Destroying Proton Accelerator Will Protect Astronauts from Radiation

July 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

One of the sensors that will fly aboard NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S was recently given a clean bill of health from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The sensor, known as EHIS, was successfully tested...


Diagnostic Tests in Less Than 15 Minutes

July 24, 2015 1:48 pm | by NOWDiagnostics | Comments

NOWDiagnostics Inc., based in Springdale, Ark., has created a line of unique blood-based rapid tests that will enable medical professionals to conduct simple-to-use, highly accurate tests for a variety of ailments and diseases. The company is currently...


Developing a Blood Test for Young Binge Drinkers

July 24, 2015 12:29 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

A biomarker found in the blood of alcohol users is significantly higher in binge drinkers than in those who consume alcohol moderately, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The biomarker, called...


New Material Forges the Way for ‘Stem Cell Factories’

July 24, 2015 10:44 am | by University of Nottingham | Comments

Experts at The University of Nottingham have discovered the first fully synthetic substrate with potential to grow billions of stem cells. The research, published in the academic journal Advanced Materials, could forge the way for the creation...


Attention-control Video Game Curbs Combat Vets' PTSD Symptoms

July 24, 2015 9:36 am | by NIH/National Institute of Mental Health | Comments

A computerized attention-control training program significantly reduced combat veterans' preoccupation with - or avoidance of -- threat and attendant PTSD symptoms. By contrast, another type of computerized training, called attention bias...


Cook Up Some DIY Molecular Diagnostics for $130

July 24, 2015 9:09 am | by AI Biosciences Inc. | Comments

A study recently published in PLOS ONE describes the development of a rapid and low-cost water bath based thermal cycler for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) that can match the performance of commercial thermal cyclers at a fraction of the cost...


FDA Approves Diagnostic Test to Differentiate Between Types of HIV Infection

July 24, 2015 8:54 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today (23 July) approved the Bio-Rad BioPlex 2200 HIV Ag-Ab assay, the first FDA-approved diagnostic that differentiates between HIV-1 antibodies, HIV-2 antibodies, and HIV-1 p24 antigen in human serum or plasma...


Tiny Mechanical Wrist Gives New Dexterity to Needlescopic Surgery

July 24, 2015 8:52 am | by Vanderbilt University | Comments

With the flick of a tiny mechanical wrist, a team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University's Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory hope to give needlescopic surgery a whole new degree of dexterity. Needlescopic surgery...

Saliva Test May Predict Alzheimer's Before Symptoms Appear

July 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by University of Alberta | Comments

New research from the University of Alberta shows that body fluids such as saliva may hold the keys to understanding a person’s likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s, even among those who don’t yet have memory and thinking problems associated...


Surgical Robots Cause 144 Patient Deaths

July 23, 2015 2:11 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The innovations in robotic surgery are exciting as precision is being honed by surgeons, but a recent study about the adverse events in robotic surgery reminds the medical community of the risk when using these devices. From 2000 to 2013...

Glasses Reduce Digital Eye Strain Caused by Blue Light

July 23, 2015 1:02 pm | by JINS Eyewear | Comments

JINS Eyewear announced plans to launch JINS SCREEN, a new class of functional eyewear, to the U.S. market on August 8, 2015. JINS SCREEN is designed to combat the effects of blue light from prolonged use of digital devices, including computer...

Five Minute Test Determines if Chest Pain is a Heart Attack

July 23, 2015 11:12 am | by FABPulous BV | Comments

Between 1-2% of the population complains of chest pain every year. In emergency medicine, typically 60% of those patients will be diagnosed as potentially at risk of heart disease and most will be admitted to hospital for observation under...



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