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Photos of the Day: Row, Row, Row the Wheelchair

September 8, 2014 2:30 pm | by Rice University | Comments

Pedro, a patient at Shriners Hospital for Children, Houston, who has a condition called arthrogryposis that prevents him from using a standard wheelchair, tests a custom model built by Rice University students that lets him paddle to move...

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‘Rowing’ Wheelchair Is a Moving Experience

September 8, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | Comments

Rice University students have built a unique wheelchair for a Houston teenager who will now be able to row his way forward. Pedro, 15, a patient at Shriners Hospital for Children, Houston, has had arthrogryposis since birth. This congenital...

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Shining Light on Brain Circuits to Study Learning, Memory

September 8, 2014 2:07 pm | by Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley | Comments

UC Berkeley neuroscientists plan to use light to tweak the transmission of signals in the brain to learn more about how the mouse brain and presumably the human brain process information. Last month, the research project was awarded one of 36...

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Mayo Clinic and IBM Task Watson to Improve Clinical Trial Research

September 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Mayo Clinic | Comments

Mayo Clinic and IBM have announced plans to pilot Watson, the IBM cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials, beginning with research studies in cancer. A proof-of-concept phase is currently underway...

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Ultra-Thin, High-Speed Detector Could Enable Imaging Just Below the Skin

September 8, 2014 11:53 am | by University of Maryland | Comments

New research at the University of Maryland could lead to a generation of light detectors that can see below the surface of bodies, walls, and other objects. Using the special properties of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon that is only...

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Electronic Nose Can Detect Sub-Groups of Asthma in Children

September 8, 2014 11:44 am | by European Lung Foundation | Comments

An electronic nose can be used to successfully detect different sub-groups of asthmatic children, according to a new study. The new research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich, is part of the...

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UV Light-Induced Mutation Drives Many Skin Cancers

September 8, 2014 11:23 am | by Stanford University Medical Center | Comments

A genetic mutation caused by ultraviolet light is likely the driving force behind millions of human skin cancers, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The mutation occurs in a gene called KNSTRN, which is involved...

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Canada Funds 22 Inventive Ideas for Better Health in Developing Nations

September 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | Comments

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announced $2.4 million in seed funds shared between 22 projects from Canada and nine developing nations, to pursue inventive new ideas for improving health in low-resource...

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Breath Temperature Test Could Identify Lung Cancer

September 8, 2014 11:05 am | by European Lung Foundation | Comments

The temperature of exhaled breath could be used to diagnose lung cancer, according to a new study. The research, presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in Munich today, suggests that testing the temperature...

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Inexpensive Lab Test Identifies Resistant Infections in Hours

September 8, 2014 10:57 am | by American Society for Microbiology | Comments

Researchers from Oregon State Public Health Lab have modified the protocol for a relatively new test for a dangerous form of antibiotic resistance, increasing its specificity to 100 percent. Their research, confirming the reliability of a test...

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Researchers Discover a Key to Making New Muscles

September 8, 2014 10:46 am | by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute | Comments

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) have developed a novel technique to promote tissue repair in damaged muscles. The technique also creates a sustainable pool of muscle stem cells needed to support multiple...

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Olympus Launches New Hemostasis Clip with Advanced Control for GI Endoscopy

September 8, 2014 10:28 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared QuickClip Pro hemostasis...

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New Technology May Uncover the Root of Critical Infections and Cut Healthcare Costs

September 8, 2014 10:19 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

A new study suggests a pioneering testing technology could reduce hospital stays by up to eight days and lower annual healthcare costs for people with serious infections by approximately $2.2 million. The cost reductions are based on a health...

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Spirometry Module Added to Connectivity-Ready Electrocardiograph Device

September 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Welch Allyn | Comments

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, today announced the availability of an optional spirometry module for its Welch Allyn CP 150 Electrocardiograph (ECG). Now available...

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Platelet-Like Particles Augment Natural Blood Clotting for Treating Trauma

September 8, 2014 8:57 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A new class of synthetic platelet-like particles could augment natural blood clotting for the emergency treatment of traumatic injuries – and potentially offer doctors a new option for curbing surgical bleeding and addressing certain blood...

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