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New Blood Vessel Grown in Just 7 Days

October 24, 2014 | by University of Gothenburg | Comments

The technology for creating new tissues from stem cells has taken a giant leap forward. Three tablespoons of blood are all that is needed to grow a brand new blood vessel in just seven days. This is shown in a new study from Sahlgrenska Acadedmy...

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Engineering Nano-Sized Microfibers for Tissue Engineering and Biosensors

October 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | Comments

Researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have broken new ground in the development of proteins that form specialized fibers used in medicine and nanotechnology. For as long as scientists have been able to create...

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Battling Brain Tumors with Toxin-Secreting Stem Cells

October 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by Harvard University | Comments

Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. A team led by neuroscientist Khalid Shah, MS, PhD, who recently demonstrated the value of stem...

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Diamonds Offer Potential for Enhanced Imaging, Drug Delivery

October 24, 2014 10:34 am | by Cardiff University | Comments

Nanodiamonds are very small particles (a thousand times smaller than human hair) and because of their low toxicity they can be used as a carrier to transport drugs inside cells. They also show huge promise as an alternative to the organic...

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Programmable Biological Circuits Could Detect and Kill Cancer Cells, or Grow Healthy Ones

October 23, 2014 4:48 pm | by Fabio Bergamin, Research, ETH Zurich | Comments

Bio-engineers are working on the development of biological computers with the aim of designing small circuits made from biological material that can be integrated into cells to change their functions. In the future, such developments could...

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Examining Medical Device Regulation and Innovation

October 23, 2014 4:25 pm | by California Healthcare Institute | Comments

California Healthcare Institute (CHI) today unveiled a report that provides a comprehensive overview of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical device review times. Working with the FDA, CHI examined a number of issues that directly...

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MusicGlove: Hand Rehabilitation Through Music and Gaming

October 23, 2014 4:19 pm | by Flint Rehabilitation Devices | Comments

Flint Rehabilitation Devices today introduced MusicGlove, the world’s first FDA approved, clinically validated hand rehabilitation device that uses music and gaming to make therapy fun and effective for the over six million people with stroke or other...

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Diagnosing Fungal Pneumonia with a Breath Test

October 23, 2014 10:45 am | by Infectious Diseases Society of America | Comments

Many different microbes can cause pneumonia, and treatment may be delayed or off target if doctors cannot tell which bug is the culprit. A novel approach—analyzing a patient's breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe...

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Relieving Headaches with Vagus Nerve Stimulation

October 23, 2014 9:45 am | by Vane Percy & Roberts | Comments

Preliminary results of an open-label trial carried in the journal of Headache and Pain reported that a single treatment with electroCore’s hand held non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) device gammaCore, completely resolved 44.8% of...

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Slowing Down Molecules for Fast, Less Costly Diagnosis

October 23, 2014 9:34 am | by University of Limerick | Comments

UL research solves major scientific challenge which unlocks potential for rapid diagnostics tools. Research from the University of Limerick has unlocked a major scientific challenge which has exciting potential for point of care medical tests...

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Bioengineering Intestinal Tissue to Treat Gastrointestinal Diseases

October 23, 2014 9:27 am | by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital | Comments

Researchers have successfully transplanted “organoids” of functioning human intestinal tissue grown from pluripotent stem cells in a lab dish into mice – creating an unprecedented model for studying diseases of the intestine. Reporting their...

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Solutions for Combatting Alarm Fatigue to Improve Patient Safety

October 23, 2014 9:17 am | by Scott Maier, University of California - San Francisco | Comments

Following the study of a hospital that logged more than 2.5 million patient monitoring alarms in just one month, researchers at UC San Francisco have, for the first time, comprehensively defined the detailed causes as well as potential solutions...

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Testing Blood With a Skin Patch

October 23, 2014 9:07 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe. In the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, one team...

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Monitoring Bacterial Infections in Real-Time

October 23, 2014 9:00 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, Johns Hopkins researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with dangerous Gram-negative...

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FDA Addresses Device Recall vs. Enhancement Question

October 23, 2014 8:52 am | by AAMI | Comments

What’s the difference between a medical device recall and medical device enhancement? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has an answer. In a final guidance document released earlier this month, the FDA spells out the difference between...

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Point-of-Care Technologies Can Detect Ebola in Under an Hour

October 23, 2014 8:42 am | by Kalorama Information | Comments

Affordable and accessible point-of-care (POC) technologies capable of providing early diagnosis of infection are being developed in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to Kalorama Information. Unless Ebola control measures...

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