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Robot Control Theory Could Improve Prosthetic Legs

December 4, 2014 12:37 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | Comments

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. In research available online and in an upcoming print issue of IEEE Transactions...

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Device-Based Therapy for Drug-Resistant Bacterial Infections Now Possible

December 4, 2014 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

ExThera MedicalCorporation that its Seraph Microbind Affinity Blood Filter (Seraph) removed 99.9% of two Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae ('CRE Superbugs') — E. coli and Klebsiella pneumonia — from blood samples spiked with the bacteria...

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POSEIDON Gives People with Down’s Syndrome Independence

December 4, 2014 10:30 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

An ICT research EU project is producing visual and touch apps to help people with Down’s syndrome become more independent in their daily lives. Many people with Down’s syndrome face barriers to taking part in community activities the rest of us take for granted....

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IBM Helps You Donate Computer Power to Fight Ebola

December 4, 2014 10:08 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

IBM has engineered a way for everyone to join the fight against Ebola — by donating processing time on their personal computers, phones or tablets to researchers. IBM has teamed with scientists at Scripps Research Institute in southern California...

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Smart Fabric Monitors Wearer's Health

December 4, 2014 9:52 am | by Université Laval | Comments

Researchers at Université Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers have developed smart textiles able to monitor and transmit wearers' biomedical information via wireless or cellular networks...

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World’s Fastest 2-D Camera May Enable New Scientific Discoveries

December 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by Tony Fitzpatrick, Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has developed the world’s fastest receive-only 2-D camera, a device that can capture...

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See It, Touch It, Feel It

December 3, 2014 1:45 pm | by University of Bristol | Comments

Technology has changed rapidly over the last few years with touch feedback, known as haptics, being used in entertainment, rehabilitation and even surgical training. New research, using ultrasound, has developed an invisible 3D haptic shape that...

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3 Questions: Lee Gehrke on a New Paper Diagnostic for Ebola

December 3, 2014 12:16 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Once a patient infected with the Ebola hemorrhagic virus starts showing symptoms, it can take several hours under the best conditions, and up to several days in remote areas, to get diagnostic results using conventional tests, such as identification...

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Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism Diagnosis

December 3, 2014 11:37 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

Psychiatric disorders — including autism — are characterized and diagnosed based on a clinical assessment of verbal and physical behavior. However, brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience are poised to provide a powerful advanced new tool...

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Northwestern Medicine Surgeons First to Treat Brain Tumor Using Adaptive Hybrid Technology

December 3, 2014 11:23 am | by Northwestern Memorial Hospital | Comments

It started with numbness on the left side of his face. A few months later, Steve Mores couldn't feel his tongue or chew on the left side of his mouth. TV commercials featuring food or even being in a grocery store made him nauseous. A long time drummer...

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Green Light from FDA for CT Lung-Imaging Software

December 3, 2014 11:08 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

A technology that started in a University of Michigan Medical School lab may soon help lung disease patients around the world breathe a little easier, by helping their doctors make a clearer diagnosis and more individualized treatment plan. Imbio...

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Novel Nanoparticle Technology to Be Used to Screen for Ebola Virus in Saliva

December 3, 2014 10:53 am | by George Mason University | Comments

Ceres Nanosciences Inc. (Ceres) today announced the commencement of a development program, funded by the Gates Foundation, to use Ceres' Nanotrap particle technology to develop a new method of detecting the presence of the Ebola virus in saliva...

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Sale of Three Siemens Healthcare Units Raises Questions About Firm’s IVD Future

December 3, 2014 10:41 am | by Kalorama Information | Comments

The announced sales of three healthcare units within Siemens Healthcare may indicate the company is looking to expand in non-healthcare areas, says Kalorama Information. Siemens hasn’t announced any further sales. The healthcare market research...

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Solving a Long-Standing Mystery: Scientists Identify Principal Protein Sensor for Touch

December 3, 2014 10:22 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | Comments

A team led by biologists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has solved a long-standing mystery in neuroscience by identifying the “mechanoreceptor” protein that mediates the sense of touch in mammals. Mice that lack the Piezo2 ion-channel...

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Nanotubes May Restore Sight to Blind Retinas

December 3, 2014 10:11 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

The aging process affects everything from cardiovascular function to memory to sexuality. Most worrisome for many, however, is the potential loss of eyesight due to retinal degeneration. New progress towards a prosthetic retina could help alleviate...

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