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Artificial Fractal-Based Implants Could Restore Sight to the Blind

July 29, 2015 9:35 am | by University of Oregon | Comments

Richard Taylor's vision of using artificial fractal-based implants to restore sight to the blind — part of a far-reaching concept that won an innovation award this year from the White House — is now covered under a broad U.S. patent. The patent...

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NIST Seeks Comments on Guide for Mobile Device Security

July 29, 2015 9:13 am | by AAMI | Comments

A non-regulatory federal agency that develops technology measurements and standards is seeking public comments on a proposed guide that seeks to show healthcare providers how they can make mobile devices more secure and protect patient information...

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Study of Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression Fails to Demonstrate Efficacy

July 28, 2015 1:57 pm | by Elsevier | Comments

Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and treatment-resistant symptoms of depression have a terrible personal and societal cost. They can devastate lives, careers, and families. Some severely ill patients may be unable to attend...

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First U.S. Implantation of Medtronic TAVR Device Since FDA Approval

July 28, 2015 11:55 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | Comments

NYU Langone Medical Center this week became the first academic medical center in the United States to implant a newly FDA-approved heart valve for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with severe aortic stenosis. Aortic...

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Movement Tracking Tech Sheds Light on Speech Disorders in Children

July 28, 2015 11:41 am | by New York University | Comments

Facial motion capture – the same technology used to develop realistic computer graphics in video games and movies – has been used to identify differences between children with childhood apraxia of speech and those with other types of speech...

Technology Enabes Epigenomic Analysis with only 100 Cells

July 28, 2015 11:24 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

A new technology that will dramatically enhance investigations of epigenomes, the machinery that turns on and off genes and a very prominent field of study in diseases such as stem cell differentiation, inflammation and cancer, is reported...

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Flexible Future of Point-of-Care Disease Diagnostics

July 28, 2015 11:04 am | by Technische Universitaet Dresden | Comments

The world-wide deployment of biomedical devices for health monitoring, point-of-care diagnostics and environmental sensing is hampered by their high cost that is not readily affordable for e.g. developing countries. The primary task is therefore...

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3D-Printed Smartphone-Based Device Reads Diagnostic Tests Quickly and Accurately

July 28, 2015 10:42 am | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | Comments

Enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay, or ELISA, is a diagnostic tool that identifies antigens such as viruses and bacteria in blood samples. ELISA can detect a number of diseases, including HIV, West Nile virus and hepatitis B, and it is widely...

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Stratasys Collaborates with the VA’s Innovation Creation Series Event

July 28, 2015 10:36 am | by Stratasys | Stratasys, Inc. | Comments

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, will participate in the Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge, a two-day event hosted by the VA Assistive Technology Program and VA Center...

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Laser Cells Offer Ray of Hope for Understanding Cancer

July 28, 2015 10:27 am | by University of St. Andrews | Comments

Researchers at the University of St. Andrews have made a breakthrough in biomedicine; having successfully tracked a day-in-the-life of a number of white blood cells by feeding them microlasers, according to a research report published in Nano...

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Simple Procedure Using a Nasal Balloon Can Help Treat Hearing Loss in Children

July 28, 2015 10:20 am | by University of Southampton | Comments

For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a new study led by researchers from the...

1 in 4 Patients with Defibrillators Experiences Boost in Heart Function

July 28, 2015 9:57 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

A Johns Hopkins-led study of outcomes among 1,200 people with implanted defibrillators — devices intended to prevent sudden cardiac death from abnormal heart rhythms — shows that within a few years of implantation, one in four experienced...

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Device Innovation Is Driving Improvement in Stroke Treatment Outcomes

July 28, 2015 9:49 am | by Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery | Comments

In the last decade, Intra-Arterial (IA) stroke therapy (a technique in which thrombolytic agents and devices are passed through the arteries directly to the clot site) has gained notable momentum as an effective and safe treatment option for...

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Blood Markers Could Identify Women at Risk for Postpartum Depression

July 28, 2015 9:45 am | by University of Virginia | Comments

Postpartum depression is a debilitating disorder that affects nearly 20 percent of new mothers, putting their infants at increased risk for poor behavioral, cognitive and social development. Researchers know that the hormone oxytocin, which...

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In CRISPR Advance, Scientists Successfully Edit Human T Cells

July 27, 2015 4:33 pm | by University of California - San Francisco | Comments

In a project spearheaded by investigators at UC San Francisco, scientists have devised a new strategy to precisely modify human T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9. Because these immune-system cells play important roles...

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