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Bioengineered Microstructures Could Prevent Heart Failure

February 5, 2015 9:16 am | by Medical College of Wisconsin | Comments

The delivery of tiny biodegradable microstructures to heart tissue damaged by heart attack may help repair the tissue and prevent future heart failure. A team led by cardiovascular researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) bioengineered...

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15-Minute Diagnosis Using A Smartphone

February 5, 2015 9:11 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | Comments

A team of researchers, led by Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three...

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Microscopy Technique Allows Mapping Protein Synthesis in Living Tissues

February 5, 2015 8:53 am | by Jessica Guenzel, Columbia University | Comments

Researchers at Columbia Univ. have made a significant step toward visualizing complex protein metabolism in living systems with high resolution and minimum disturbance, a longstanding goal in the scientific community. In a recent study...

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KFx Medical Defends Patent for Reconstructive Surgery Procedure

February 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

KFx Medical won a $35 million patent infringement case against Arthrex Inc. regarding three patents related to a procedure for anchoring soft tissue to bone in reconstructive surgery. KFx first filed a complaint against Arthrex in August of...

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Obama Supports Tailored Approach to Medicine

February 4, 2015 12:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

When people get blood transfusions, the blood is matched to their precise type. People who need glasses are given a prescription, not a generic pair. President Barack Obama has included in the 2016 federal budget $215 million to focus on Precision...

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An End to the Medicine Dropper for Eye Injuries?

February 4, 2015 11:55 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

For years, treating scratches and burns to the eyes has usually involved dropping medicine onto the eyes several times a day, sometimes for weeks — a treatment that lends itself to missed doses and other side effects. But scientists are now... 

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A Phone So Smart, It Sniffs Out Disease

February 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Jennifer Frey, American Technion Society | Comments

A research consortium headed by Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is developing a product that, when coupled with a smartphone, will be able to screen the user’s breath for early detection of life-threatening...

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First FDA-Approved Tissue Adhesive for Internal Use

February 4, 2015 11:04 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved TissuGlu, the first tissue adhesive approved for internal use. TissuGlu is a urethane-based adhesive that a surgeon can use to connect tissue flaps made during surgery to remove excess...

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Super-Fast Cell Mechanical Screening

February 4, 2015 10:55 am | by Technische Universität Dresden | Comments

An entirely new approach for the mechanical characterization of cells, developed by scientists of the Technische Universität Dresden, has the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis of a wide range of diseases. Cells, like any other material, have...

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3 Awards for Medical Devices Developed for Children

February 4, 2015 10:39 am | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | Comments

The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) announces its first three awards to companies developing new medical devices for children. Funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and based at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia...

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Live Long and Measure: Quest to Create Real-World Tricorder

February 4, 2015 9:35 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | Comments

Seeking to boldly go where medical science has not gone before, the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) at the University of California, San Diego has been named the official testing site for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder...

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Next Generation Mobile Medical Alarm

February 4, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medical Alarm Concepts Holding, Inc., creator of the patented MediPendant personal medical alarm device that provides users with a reliable and innovative way to communicate with emergency personnel and loved ones whenever... 

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Tiny Robotic 'Hands' Could Improve Diagnostics and Drug Delivery

February 4, 2015 9:07 am | by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces | Comments

Many people imagine robots today as clunky, metal versions of humans, but scientists are forging new territory in the field of ‘soft robotics.’ One of the latest advances is a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper. The development could help doctors...

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Inventor of 'Artificial Skin' Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

February 4, 2015 8:49 am | by Alissa Mallinson, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT | Comments

Ioannis V. Yannas, professor of polymer science and engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recognized as one of the highest achievers in his field last week when the National Inventors Hall of Fame announced it would...

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Improving Blood Volume Measurements In Critical Care

February 3, 2015 3:00 pm | by Purdue University | Comments

FAST BioMedical Inc. announces the conclusion of a Phase II clinical trial for a technology designed to provide timely, precise and convenient plasma volume and kidney function measurements. This is especially useful for patients undergoing...

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