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3D-Printed Smartphone-Based Device Reads Diagnostic Tests Quickly and Accurately

July 28, 2015 10:42 am | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | Comments

Enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay, or ELISA, is a diagnostic tool that identifies antigens such as viruses and bacteria in blood samples. ELISA can detect a number of diseases, including HIV, West Nile virus and hepatitis B, and it is widely...

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Stratasys Collaborates with the VA’s Innovation Creation Series Event

July 28, 2015 10:36 am | by Stratasys | Stratasys, Inc. | Comments

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, will participate in the Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge, a two-day event hosted by the VA Assistive Technology Program and VA Center...

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Laser Cells Offer Ray of Hope for Understanding Cancer

July 28, 2015 10:27 am | by University of St. Andrews | Comments

Researchers at the University of St. Andrews have made a breakthrough in biomedicine; having successfully tracked a day-in-the-life of a number of white blood cells by feeding them microlasers, according to a research report published in Nano...

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Simple Procedure Using a Nasal Balloon Can Help Treat Hearing Loss in Children

July 28, 2015 10:20 am | by University of Southampton | Comments

For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a new study led by researchers from the...

1 in 4 Patients with Defibrillators Experiences Boost in Heart Function

July 28, 2015 9:57 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

A Johns Hopkins-led study of outcomes among 1,200 people with implanted defibrillators — devices intended to prevent sudden cardiac death from abnormal heart rhythms — shows that within a few years of implantation, one in four experienced...

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Device Innovation Is Driving Improvement in Stroke Treatment Outcomes

July 28, 2015 9:49 am | by Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery | Comments

In the last decade, Intra-Arterial (IA) stroke therapy (a technique in which thrombolytic agents and devices are passed through the arteries directly to the clot site) has gained notable momentum as an effective and safe treatment option for...

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Blood Markers Could Identify Women at Risk for Postpartum Depression

July 28, 2015 9:45 am | by University of Virginia | Comments

Postpartum depression is a debilitating disorder that affects nearly 20 percent of new mothers, putting their infants at increased risk for poor behavioral, cognitive and social development. Researchers know that the hormone oxytocin, which...

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In CRISPR Advance, Scientists Successfully Edit Human T Cells

July 27, 2015 4:33 pm | by University of California - San Francisco | Comments

In a project spearheaded by investigators at UC San Francisco, scientists have devised a new strategy to precisely modify human T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9. Because these immune-system cells play important roles...

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Survey Shows Need for Greater Consistency in 'Real World' Observational Research

July 27, 2015 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

According to a recent survey, the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries are aware of the benefits of observational research in better understanding the real world value of their products; however, there is continued need to improve the design...

Software Turns Smartphones into Tools for Medical Research

July 27, 2015 12:07 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life. Yet since she...

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Polymer Gel Opens Possibilities for Super-Long-Acting Swallowable Devices

July 27, 2015 12:02 pm | by Kevin Leonardi, MIT News Office | Comments

Medical devices designed to reside in the stomach have a variety of applications, including prolonged drug delivery, electronic monitoring, and weight-loss intervention. However, these devices, often created with nondegradable elastic polymers...

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Collaboration Yields Design for Highly Permeable Artificial Water Channel

July 27, 2015 11:49 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

A multi-institution research collaboration has yielded a new design for a highly permeable artificial water channel, with potential applications in liquid and gas membrane separations, drug delivery and screening, and DNA recognition and...

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Wafer-Thin Super Material Heralds Future of Wearable, Implantable Technology

July 27, 2015 11:06 am | by University of Wollongong | Comments

UOW’s Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials has successfully pioneered a way to construct a flexible, foldable and lightweight energy storage device that provides the building blocks for next-generation batteries needed to power...

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Students Secure Funding for Their Medical Innovations

July 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Monash University | Comments

After wowing the crowds at a Victorian competition with their entrepreneurial ideas, two teams comprising Monash medical students and alumni will receive $20,000 to put their ideas into practice. Five finalists were selected at the Medtech’s Got...

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Smart Hydrogel Coating Creates “Stick-Slip” Control of Capillary Action

July 27, 2015 10:49 am | by Georgia Tech | Comments

Coating the inside of glass microtubes with a polymer hydrogel material dramatically alters the way capillary forces draw water into the tiny structures, researchers have found. The discovery could provide a new way to control microfluidic...

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