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New Tool Assesses Skill Development in Robotic Microsurgery

September 26, 2014 3:32 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official...

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COPD Patients Breathe Easier with Lung Flute

September 26, 2014 2:55 pm | by University at Buffalo | Comments

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) report improved symptoms and health status when they use a hand-held respiratory device called the Lung Flute®, according to a new study by the University at Buffalo. Usually caused by...

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FDA Clearance on Beckman Coulter’s Power Express Automated Sample Processing System

September 26, 2014 2:22 pm | by Beckman Coulter | Comments

Delivering on its commitment to help labs face new challenges in the ever-changing healthcare environment, Beckman Coulter has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance on its Power Express high-speed automated sample...

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New Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

September 26, 2014 11:57 am | by The University of Texas at Dallas | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy...

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With NIH Grant, Cedars-Sinai Helps Bring Big Data to Neuro Disease Research

September 26, 2014 11:00 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to participate in a consortium taking the study of motor neuron disorders – such as Lou Gehrig's...

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MDPC Publishes Robust Security Risk Assessment Framework for Medical Devices

September 26, 2014 10:56 am | by Medical Device Privacy Consortium | Comments

The Medical Device Privacy Consortium's Product Security Working Group has developed a robust framework for medical device manufactures and developers to assess the security risks associated with the use of medical devices. The framework is...

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Virginia Tech Joins $30 Million Effort to Curb Head Injuries

September 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

Virginia Tech is participating in a new, landmark $30 million national effort sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the U.S. Department of Defense to combat concussions among college athletes and active service military...

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High-Throughput Cell-Sorting Method Can Separate 10 Billion Bacterial Cells in 30 Minutes

September 26, 2014 10:37 am | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | Comments

University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering mechanical engineer Yi Zuo has developed a new, high-throughput method for sorting cells capable of separating 10 billion bacterial cells in 30 minutes. The finding has already proven useful...

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How Lack of Helium Fuels Innovation for Imaging

September 26, 2014 10:18 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Brigitte Prat runs Lulu’s Cuts & Toys, a popular hair salon for kids in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. She rewards new bobs with pretty orange balloons, but the practice is growing costly. “I used to put one on every arm and every stroller...

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Photos of the Day: Helium Shortage Is No Laughing Matter

September 26, 2014 10:18 am | by GE Reports | Comments

The U.S. is running out of helium. The shortage is no laughing matter for makers of magnetic resonance machines, who use it to cool down powerful superconducting magnets. GE is investing $17 million in a new plant in Florence, SC, to recycle...

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Mechanized Human Hands Improve Function Lost to Nerve Damage

September 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created...

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After Watching Disturbing Video, CPAP Usage Soars

September 26, 2014 9:40 am | by National Jewish Health | Comments

Like more than 20 million other Americans, John Brugger has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He snored, tossed and turned and struggled to breathe during the night, which often left him not only exhausted the next day but also raised his risk...

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Replacing the Wheelchair

September 25, 2014 3:33 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | Comments

Depicted in fifth century Chinese art, the wheelchair is not a new invention. The invalid carriage, called a Bath chair, was developed in Bath, England, around 1760. The modern, steel-frame, collapsible chair dates to 1933. The wheelchair had...

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NIH Launches New Program to Spur Mobile Health Innovations

September 25, 2014 3:27 pm | by NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC) | Comments

A new NIH program is awarding nearly $2.5 million to spur innovation in mobile communication technologies and software applications used in biomedical research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Fogarty has awarded the first round...

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Potential Blood Test to Gauge How Much Post-Surgical Care Is Required

September 25, 2014 3:11 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

One of the big frustrations of surgery: There's little way to know if you'll be a fast or slow healer, someone who feels back to normal in a week or is out of work for a month with lingering pain and fatigue. Now Stanford University researchers...

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