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Students' Invention Offers Germ-Free Door Handle

June 23, 2015 9:04 am | by Bob Yirka, | Comments

Two high school students, Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li, both living in Hong Kong have designed and built a door handle that kills germs, thus preventing the spread of disease through hand contact. They demonstrated their handle at the Intel...


Like Cotton Candy? You'll Love Electrospinning

June 22, 2015 4:00 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Commonly used health tests, such as pregnancy and blood sugar tests, involve putting a drop of fluid on a test strip, which is infused with a substance designed to detect a specific molecule. The strip acts as a simple biosensor, a device that...


Hill-Rom Acquires Welch Allyn to Tune of $2 Billion

June 22, 2015 3:29 pm | by AAMI | Comments

Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., and Welch Allyn, Inc., announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which Hill-Rom will acquire Welch Allyn for around $2.05 billion in cash and stock. The deal is the latest chapter in the ongoing...


Test Driving a Pacemaker Before Choosing a Permanent Implant

June 22, 2015 12:16 pm | by European Society of Cardiology | Comments

Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE - CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Professor Michael Giudici, director of arrhythmia...


Helmet Sensors Monitor Student Athletes to Research Concussions

June 22, 2015 11:49 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

Dozens of UCLA student-athletes will participate in research by UCLA scientists that is expected to deliver new clues about the biological and genetic risk factors for sports-related concussions. UCLA researchers in medicine and athletics...


Micro-Tentacles Help Tiny Robots Handle Delicate Objects

June 22, 2015 11:43 am | by Iowa State University | Comments

The tiny tube circled an ant's thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers. "Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they have to squeeze...


Photos of the Day: 64 Fiber Optic Cables Map Brain Activity

June 22, 2015 10:34 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | Comments

Shaw Bronner and Shaul Yahil, two researchers at the Yale Brain Function Lab, describe images on their computer screens to each other while their brain activity is mapped during a demonstration of the technology in New Haven, Conn. on...


New Clinical Trial of a Smoking-Cessation Smartphone App

June 22, 2015 9:55 am | by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center | Comments

Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D.  has received a $3.1 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to conduct a randomized, controlled clinical trial of SmartQuit, a smoking-cessation smartphone app. The new trial follows on the heels...


A Real-Time Listeria Biosensor

June 22, 2015 9:33 am | by Texas A&M AgriLife Communications | Comments

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer and a Florida colleague have developed a biosensor that can detect listeria bacterial contamination within two or three minutes. "We hope to soon be able to detect levels as low as one bacteria in a...


Drug-Eluting Contacts Could Help Treat Glaucoma

June 22, 2015 9:13 am | by McMaster University | Comments

A McMaster PhD candidate has harnessed a component naturally found in tears to develop a contact lens-based drug delivery system for glaucoma patients. Chemical engineer Myrto Korogiannaki has used hyaluronic acid to help get drugs to the eye...


Users to Fine-Tune Hearing Aids Themselves

June 22, 2015 9:02 am | by SINTEF | Comments

More than 20 percent of people with hearing aids use their devices for less than one hour a day because of problems they encounter with tuning the settings. But now users can participate in fine-tuning their devices themselves. As many as 700,000 people...


Cardiac Device Wearers Should Keep Distance from Smartphones

June 22, 2015 8:56 am | by European Society of Cardiology | Comments

Cardiac device wearers should keep a safe distance from smartphones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, reveals research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE -- CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Dr. Carsten Lennerz, first author and cardiology...


Live Imaging of a Specific Gene's Transcription and Dynamics

June 19, 2015 3:34 pm | by Hiroshima University | Comments

This system enables simultaneous measurements of the transcriptional activity and nuclear position of endogenous genes using MS2 transcription imaging and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) gene-imaging techniques...


Telemedicine Proves Value in Managing Migraine

June 19, 2015 12:30 pm | by American Headache Society | Comments

Two new studies of the usefulness of telemedicine in treating migraine patients shows it to be as effective as in-office visits, especially in patient follow-up evaluations and in improving a patient’s likelihood of getting the right medications...

FDA Allows Marketing of Device That Helps Blind Process Visual Signals Via Their Tongues

June 19, 2015 12:25 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of a new device that when used along with other assistive devices, like a cane or guide dog, can help orient people who are blind by helping them process visual images with their tongues...



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