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New Stem Cell May Overcome Regenerative Medicine Hurdles

May 7, 2015 9:37 am | by Salk Institute | Comments

Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered a novel type of pluripotent stem cell--cells capable of developing into any type of tissue--whose identity is tied to their location in a developing embryo. This contrasts with stem cells...

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Red Blood Cell-Sized Silicon Microspheres for Imaging, Drug Delivery

May 7, 2015 9:32 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

Technology in common household humidifiers could enable the next wave of high-tech medical imaging and targeted medicine, thanks to a new method for making tiny silicone microspheres developed by chemists at the University of Illinois...

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A Better Way to Build DNA Scaffolds

May 7, 2015 9:28 am | by McGill University | Comments

Imagine taking strands of DNA -- the material in our cells that determines how we look and function - and using it to build tiny structures that can deliver drugs to targets within the body or take electronic miniaturization to a whole new level...

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FDA Opens Up Access to UDI Database

May 7, 2015 9:24 am | by AAMI | Comments

As part of efforts to keep track of devices throughout the supply chain, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has teamed up with the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine to make data on unique device identifiers...

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Post-Stroke Arm Function Restoring Implant in Testing

May 7, 2015 9:21 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | Comments

UT Southwestern Medical Center will be one of three national sites to pioneer U.S. testing for an implant device that stimulates the vagus nerve in stroke patients to see whether it can help restore lost arm function. The Vivistim System device...

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‘Leg Bank’ Hope for Changing Amputees’ Lives

May 7, 2015 9:15 am | by University of Strathclyde | Comments

A ‘leg bank’ – providing life-changing prostheses to low-income people who have lost limbs – is being developed by a team including University of Strathclyde researchers. Academics from Strathclyde, and members of Dutch-based social enterprise...

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Smartphone Video Microscope Automates Detection of Parasites in Blood

May 6, 2015 4:16 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

A research team led by UC Berkeley engineers has developed a new smartphone microscope that uses video to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood. This next generation of UC Berkeley’s CellScope technology...

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Aetna Curtails Coverage of Surgical Tool Tied to Cancer Risk

May 6, 2015 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The health insurer Aetna is ending most coverage of hysterectomies performed with a once-popular device that has drawn warnings from federal regulators over a risk for spreading cancer. The nation's third-largest health insurer said Tuesday...

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Infographic: Home Healthcare Technology

May 6, 2015 10:10 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske & Larry Corby, Digital Artist | Comments

The trend of medical technology moving out of the hospitals and doctor's offices and into patients' homes has been going on for several years now, but has been increasing rather quickly more recently. As such, challenges are emerging for medical device...

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Photos of the Day: Students Engineer Easily Accessible Bionics

May 6, 2015 9:43 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

They both decided that someone should build more low-cost prostheses, so even people in third-world countries can have access to the technology. So in their spare time, they've started a company, PSYONIC. And they're on their way: Akhtar and Slade...

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Thermometer-Like Device Could Help Diagnose Heart Attacks

May 6, 2015 9:28 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Diagnosing a heart attack can require multiple tests using expensive equipment. But not everyone has access to such techniques, especially in remote or low-income areas. Now scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like device that...

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23andMe and Pfizer Team Up to Combat Lupus

May 6, 2015 9:11 am | by Edelman | Comments

23andMe Inc., the leading personal genetics company, today announced the launch of the Lupus Research Study in collaboration with Pfizer Inc. The companies aim to enroll 5,000 individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus, more commonly...

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Who Benefits from a Catheter, and Who Doesn't?

May 6, 2015 9:08 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

What's the only thing worse than having a urinary catheter when you're in the hospital? Having one and getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) - or worse - as a result. Now, a new detailed guide gives doctors and nurses information to...

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Silicon Microparticles May Improve Breast Cancer Vaccines

May 6, 2015 9:05 am | by Houston Methodist | Comments

The effectiveness of cancer vaccines could be dramatically boosted by first loading the cancer antigens into silicon microparticles, report scientists from Houston Methodist and two other institutions in an upcoming Cell Reports (early online)...

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3D Neuronal Network Model Provides Insight into Sensory Cortex

May 6, 2015 9:01 am | by Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience | Comments

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Germany), VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (USA) succeed in reconstructing the neuronal networks that interconnect the...

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