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A Desktop 3D Printer for Living Tissue

May 5, 2015 | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Biotech startup BioBots debuted its desktop 3D printer for biomaterials at TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY – producing a replica of Van Gogh’s ear. 3D bioprinting, the fabrication of biological constructs via a 3D printing technologies, already...

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'Smart' Particles Swim Upstream to Target Specific Organs

May 5, 2015 12:03 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Scientists have created microbe-sized beads that can utilize energy in the environment to self-propel upstream by purely physical means. Life is hard to define, but metabolism, mobility and replication are three commonly agreed elements...

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Proteomics Provides New Leads into Nerve Regeneration

May 5, 2015 11:59 am | by Boston Children's Hospital | Comments

Using proteomics techniques to study injured optic nerves, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have identified previously unrecognized proteins and pathways involved in nerve regeneration. Adding back one of these proteins--the oncogene...

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High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye on Aging Parents

May 5, 2015 11:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's...

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Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor

May 5, 2015 11:54 am | by Empa | Comments

The demand for ECG monitoring systems is increasing, and not just because hospitals and rehabilitation clinics are interested in such instruments for the long-term monitoring of patients’ hearts and circulatory systems. In addition, the trend towards...

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New Laser Process Custom Shapes Optical Fibers

May 5, 2015 9:37 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Modern medicine relies on optical fibers to cauterize unhealthy veins in a minimally invasive way. Now, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a laser processing method that facilitates automated series manufacture of these fibers at a much...

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Novel X-Ray Technology Finds Hard-to-See Tumors

May 5, 2015 9:26 am | by Technische Universität München | Comments

Soft tissue disorders like tumors are very difficult to recognize using normal X-ray machines. There is hardly any distinction between healthy tissue and tumors. Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now developed...

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Screening Method Detects Twice as Many Women with Ovarian Cancer

May 5, 2015 9:16 am | by University College London | Comments

A new screening method can detect twice as many women with ovarian cancer as conventional strategies, according to the latest results from the largest trial of its kind led by UCL. The method uses a statistical calculation to interpret changing...

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St. Jude Medical Completes Acquisition of Spinal Modulation Inc.

May 5, 2015 9:06 am | by St. Jude Medical | Comments

St. Jude Medical Inc., a global medical device company, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Spinal Modulation, Inc., developer of the Axium Neurostimulator System. The acquisition was completed on May 1, 2015. With the closing...

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3-Cent Lens Turns Smartphone into a Microscope

May 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by University of Houston | Comments

Researchers at the University of Houston have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to magnify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just three cents a lens. Wei-Chuan Shih, assistant professor of electrical...

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Clingfish Provides Model for Surgical Device Design

May 4, 2015 3:28 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

Scooting around in the shallow, coastal waters of Puget Sound is one of the world's best suction cups. It's called the Northern clingfish, and its small, finger-sized body uses suction forces to hold up to 150 times its own body weight...

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FDA Makes UDI Device Data Open to Public

May 4, 2015 3:24 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine (NLM), is making data on devices with unique device identifiers (UDI) publicly available for the first time...

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The Apple Watch Doesn't Approve of Tattoos

May 4, 2015 10:51 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

Apple Watch users with wrist or arm sleeve tattoos are encountering issues with the connectivity of the watch’s plethysmograph sensor – the technology it uses to read the user’s heart rate. The ink’s pigmentation is interfering with the...

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Helping Stroke Patients Regain Their Independence

May 4, 2015 9:55 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

While there are already many rehabilitation ICT systems focused on treating the physical symptoms of stroke, such as hemiparesis, there aren’t many for the rehabilitation of cognitive impairments. The EU-funded COGWATCH project has developed...

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Fall Detector for Older Adults Outside Their Homes

May 4, 2015 9:49 am | by University of Maine | Comments

University of Maine seniors in the New Media Department are developing a fall detection device for older adults to use outside their homes. Benjamin Herold-­Porter of Biddeford, Maine, and Heather Anderson of Jonesboro, Maine, have created a...

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World's Smallest and Most Powerful Micro Motors

May 4, 2015 9:41 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | Comments

Micro actuators are needed for numerous applications, ranging from mobile and wearable devices to minimally invasive medical devices. However, the limitations associated with their fabrication have restricted their deployment at the one-millimeter...

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