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Using RNA to Identify Disease Markers

March 4, 2015 11:00 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

UCLA life scientists have created an accurate new method to identify genetic markers for many diseases -- a significant step toward a new era of personalized medicine, tailored to each person's DNA and RNA. The powerful method, called GIREMI...

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First FDA-Approved Rapid Ebola Test for Emergency Use

March 4, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | Comments

University of Texas Medical Branch researchers who helped assess the effectiveness of a new rapid test kit to diagnose Ebola learned this week it has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. "The kit was...

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Manipulating Cells' Shapes to Treat Breast Cancer

March 4, 2015 10:43 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | Comments

Changing the shape of breast cancer cells could make the disease more sensitive to treatments - even driving the body's own inflammatory response against a tumor - a new study shows. Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London...

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Energy-Generating Cloth Could Replace Batteries in Wearable Devices

March 4, 2015 9:45 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers, but these gadgets’ versatility is still held back by the stiff, short-lived batteries that are required. These limitations, however, could soon be...

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Creating Cartilage from Stem Cells

March 4, 2015 8:47 am | by University of Manchester | Comments

Scientists have succeeded in producing cartilage formed from embryonic stem cells that could in future be used to treat the painful joint condition osteoarthritis. In research funded by Arthritis Research UK, Professor Sue Kimber and her...

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Plastic Mold Non-Surgically Corrects Infant Ear Deformities

March 3, 2015 2:31 pm | by Weill Cornell Medical College | Comments

A team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has improved a non-surgical procedure that safely and effectively corrects newborn ear deformities in just two weeks - a drastically...

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Eye-Tracking Device to Better Understand Anxiety in Children

March 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Penn State University | Comments

Koraly Perez-Edgar, a researcher in Penn State’s Department of Psychology, takes a remote-operated toy spider from a tall bookcase in her office, turns it on and places it on the linoleum floor. It’s gangly, about the size of a shoebox...

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Wearable Smoking Cessation Technology

March 3, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chrono Therapeutics, a pioneer in digital drug products, today announced an investment by Rock Health, the leading seed fund in digital health, to support the advancement of Chrono's SmartStopT programmable transdermal drug delivery system...

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Flower-Like Magnetic Nanoparticles Target Difficult Tumors

March 3, 2015 2:12 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Thanks to the work of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Dartmouth Center of Nanotechnology Excellence, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the next-generation magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) may soon be treating difficult...

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New Company Developing Single-Drop 'Point of Care' Blood Analyzer

March 3, 2015 2:07 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

A blood test yields a wealth of information crucial to a person's health. What's needed is a device that is small and inexpensive, yet capable of quickly providing a thorough analysis using a very small sample. With a two-year option license...

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Moving Organs with Magnets to Ease Surgery

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Vanderbilt University | Comments

Pietro Valdastri is convinced that the clever application of magnetic force can make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective. “In 2007, a team of University of Texas researchers did some basic experiments using magnets in laparoscopic...

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Cardinal Health Offers to Buy J&J Unit for $1.94 Billion

March 3, 2015 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cardinal Health is offering to buy a unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes heart devices for approximately $1.94 billion. Johnson & Johnson's Cordis business, which is based in Fremont, California, had 2014 revenue of about $780 million...

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Boston Scientific to Buy Endo Division for $1.6 Billion

March 3, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medical device maker Boston Scientific said Monday it will pay $1.6 billion to buy the men's health and prostate health business of Endo International. Boston Scientific said it is gaining treatments for enlarged prostate, urinary incontinence...

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Smart Garments Could Change How We Interact

March 3, 2015 10:53 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

As wearables become more common, consumers also want them to be smaller and less obtrusive. Smartwatches are in a heyday now, but the consumer of the future might be looking for a device that is not only more useful, but more invisible...

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Technological Ecosystem to Foster Active Aging

March 3, 2015 10:34 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | Comments

Action for Healthy Ageing is the name of the first European ecosystem for promoting healthy, active aging using new technologies. The main objectives of this software platform, developed by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid as part of...

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