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Cybersecurity and the Artificial Pancreas: What Are the Risks?

May 13, 2015 1:12 pm | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | Comments

An artificial pancreas, designed for blood glucose control in diabetes, is controlled by software that runs on mobile computing platforms such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, and operates over wireless networks under local or remote medical...

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New Test Could Identify Resistant Tuberculosis Faster

May 13, 2015 11:40 am | by University College London | Comments

The time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mtb) from patient samples has been reduced from weeks to days using a new technique developed by a UCL-led team. This could help health service providers to better treat...

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Single Low-Magnitude Electric Pulse Fights Inflammation

May 13, 2015 11:36 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System | Comments

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research arm of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and SetPoint Medical Inc., a biomedical technology company, today released the results of research on the therapeutic potential of vagus nerve...

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Regenerating Bones Using Only Stem Cell-Secreted Proteins

May 13, 2015 9:44 am | by Gladstone Institutes | Comments

Scientists have discovered a way to regrow bone tissue using the protein signals produced by stem cells. This technology could help treat victims who have experienced major trauma to a limb, like soldiers wounded in combat or casualties of a...

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FDA Pulls 'Outdated' Draft Guidance Documents

May 13, 2015 9:32 am | by AAMI | Comments

In what it calls a move to improve the efficiency and transparency of the guidance development process, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is withdrawing 47 draft guidance documents that were published before Dec. 31, 2013 and never...

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Ion Pump Implant Gives the Body Its Own Pain Alleviation

May 13, 2015 9:30 am | by Linköping University | Comments

A small ion pump in organic electronics is giving new hope to people suffering from severe nerve pain. Researchers at Linköping University (LiU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI) are the first in the world with technology that can stop pain impulses...

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Molecular 'Switch' Promotes Heart Cell Maturation

May 13, 2015 9:14 am | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | Comments

A molecular switch that seems to be essential for embryonic heart cells to grow into more mature, adult-like heart cells has been discovered. The discovery should help scientist better understand how human hearts mature. Of particular interest...

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siRNA-Toting Nanoparticles Inhibit Breast Cancer Metastasis

May 13, 2015 9:07 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University combined finely crafted nanoparticles with one of nature’s potent disrupters to prevent the spread of triple-negative breast cancer in mouse models. The highly aggressive cancer subtype is...

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One-Hour Chikungunya Test

May 13, 2015 9:03 am | by Entomological Society of America | Comments

Scientists at a U.S. Army research center have modified an assay that tests whether or not a sample of mosquitoes harbors the virus responsible for the disease known as chikungunya (CHIKV), long a problem in the Old World tropics but recently...

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New Assay Simplifies Gene Sequencing Analysis

May 13, 2015 9:00 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Thermo Fisher Scientific have developed and tested a new tool that searches for the most common genetic anomalies seen in cancer. The assay demonstrates the ability...

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Personal Microbiomes Shown to Contain Unique 'Fingerprints'

May 12, 2015 4:06 pm | by Harvard School of Public Health | Comments

A new study shows that the microbial communities we carry in and on our bodies—known as the human microbiome—have the potential to uniquely identify individuals, much like a fingerprint. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers...

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New Technique Monitors the Assembly of Nanoparticles

May 12, 2015 3:46 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

A new technique invented at MIT can measure the relative positions of tiny particles as they flow through a fluidic channel, potentially offering an easy way to monitor the assembly of nanoparticles, or to study how mass is distributed within...

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Virtual Heart Models and Robot-Cell Hybrids

May 12, 2015 3:41 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two, five-year, center-scale awards totaling $8.75 million to advance the state-of-the-art in medical and cyber-physical systems (CPS). One project will develop "Cyberheart"--a platform...

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Implantable Microscope Allows Deep Brain Exploration

May 12, 2015 11:41 am | by University of Colorado Denver | Comments

A team of neuroscientists and bioengineers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope designed to peer deeply inside a living brain. The researchers, including scientists from the...

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E-Skin and Pocket-Sized Diagnostic Machines Give Patients the Power Back

May 12, 2015 10:40 am | by Elsevier | Comments

Wearable E-skin that can measure heart rate and blood pressure, and paper diagnostic machines the size of a credit card that can give instant readings on blood and saliva samples are two new bio-sensing technologies presented at Elsevier’s 4th...

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