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On the Road to Needle-Free Medicine

June 17, 2015 9:02 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Needle injections have been around since 1657 and remain a key delivery method for many drugs, including vaccines that have prevented countless illnesses. But for patients that require daily pricks or for people in remote locations, the syringe...

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Origami Paper-Based Battery Powered by Bacteria

June 16, 2015 4:04 pm | by Binghamton University | Comments

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, can be used to create beautiful birds, frogs and other small sculptures. Now a Binghamton University engineer says the technique can be applied to building batteries, too. Seokheun "Sean" Choi developed...

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Facing Fears through Virtual Reality

June 16, 2015 2:19 pm | by Santa Clara University | Comments

While some might fear public speaking to the point of calling it a phobia, two students bravely face that anxiety by talking about their work to alleviate the fears of others. For their Senior Design project, Bryce Mariano (web design and engineering...

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Device Evaluates Efficacy, Toxicity of Drugs Metabolized Through Liver

June 16, 2015 2:06 pm | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine (MGH-CEM) has developed a novel approach that dramatically simplifies the evaluation of the liver's drug-metabolizing activity and the potential toxic...

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Rebooting the Human Gut

June 16, 2015 1:32 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Comments

For decades, American travelers to international destinations have been plagued by acute gastrointestinal illnesses that can arise from travel to other countries. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns that depending on the destination, between...

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First UK User Receives World's Most Lifelike Bionic Hand

June 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Steeper | Comments

A congenital amputee from London has become the first user in the UK to be fitted with a new prosthetic hand that launches today and sets a new benchmark in small myoelectric hands. Developed using F1 technology and specifically in scale for women...

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Mimicking the Body on a Chip for New Drug Testing

June 16, 2015 9:17 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

One of the biggest challenges for pharmaceutical companies is reducing the multi-million-euro cost of drug development and shortening the time to market of medicines in order to fully exploit them before patents run out. This led the EU to...

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Looking into the Brains of Chronic Itch Patients

June 16, 2015 9:13 am | by Temple University Health System | Comments

It's long been known that scratching evokes a rewarding and pleasurable sensation in patients with chronic itch. Now, researchers in the Department of Dermatology and Temple Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) may...

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Anesthesia Monitoring Technology Offers Better OR Monitoring

June 16, 2015 9:10 am | by Wayne State University Division of Research | Comments

A team of researchers from Wayne State University was recently issued a U.S. patent (# 8,998,808) on a technology that will offer anesthesiologists better methods for monitoring and managing patients in the operating room. General anesthesia...

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Miniature Surrogate Human Organs to Test Toxins and Drugs

June 16, 2015 9:07 am | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | Comments

The development of miniature surrogate human organs, coupled with highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, could one day revolutionize the way new drugs and toxic agents are studied. “By developing this ‘homo minutus,’ we are stepping...

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FDA Approves Brain Implant to Reduce Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor Symptoms

June 16, 2015 9:01 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Brio Neurostimulation System, an implantable deep brain stimulation device to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a movement disorder that is one...

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Honeycomb-Inspired Design Delivers Improved Impact Protection

June 15, 2015 4:20 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a groundbreaking new energy-absorbing structure to better withstand blunt and ballistic impact. The technology, called negative stiffness...

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Dental Laser Offers Virtually Anesthesia-Free Dentistry

June 15, 2015 4:16 pm | by University Hospitals Case Medical Center | Comments

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) is one of the first in the country to offer pediatric dentistry patients a virtually anesthesia-free alternative to the traditional drill for hard and soft tissue ablation...

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Speech Recognition from Brain Activity

June 15, 2015 1:42 pm | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | Comments

Speech is produced in the human cerebral cortex. Brain waves associated with speech processes can be directly recorded with electrodes located on the surface of the cortex. It has now been shown for the first time that is possible to reconstruct...

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Driving Simulator Helps Test Artificial Lens for Cataract Patients

June 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by University of Iowa | Comments

A miniature version of the University of Iowa’s advanced driving simulator will participate in a clinical trial later this year to assess a patient’s driving ability after cataract surgery. The trial will help determine if a newly developed...

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