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Microchip Captures Clusters of Circulating Tumor Cells

May 18, 2015 4:25 pm | by National Institutes of Health | Comments

Researchers have developed a microfluidic chip that can capture rare clusters of circulating tumor cells, which could yield important new insights into how cancer spreads. The work was funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and...


Beware FDA 'Approved' Robotic Prostatectomy Care

May 18, 2015 1:24 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

A South Florida-based urologist today has issued a stinging report critical of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to approve robotic surgery for treating prostate cancer on the basis of only some low-level and irrelevant...


Infographic: Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

May 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Roland Reznik, KD Smart Chair | Comments

By following these guidelines, wheelchair users can make everyday activities at home much simpler and more convenient. The infographic provides a blueprint for people with mobility issues and visualizes each room in the house to make their home...


Effectiveness of Genomic Test for Lung Cancer Detection

May 18, 2015 10:33 am | by Boston University Medical Center | Comments

A new test co-developed by a Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researcher will allow patients suspected of having lung cancer to be subjected to fewer and less-invasive tests to determine if they have the disease. "We are seeing an...


In the NFL, Helmet Sensors Are a Sensitive Issue

May 18, 2015 10:30 am | by Brett Martel, AP Sports Writer | Comments

When big-money NFL careers are at stake, the use of impact-measuring sensors in football helmets isn't as routine as one might expect. The NFL Players Association's Mackey-White Committee, which spearheads player safety initiatives, spent...


Could a New Computer Program Help Your Baby Stay Healthy?

May 18, 2015 10:26 am | by University of Lincoln | Comments

A new computer program will help health visitors to calculate the likelihood of babies becoming overweight in later life. The digital technology, called ProAsk (Proactive Assessment of Overweight Risk during Infancy), uses answers given by parents...


New Screening Method for Prostate Cancer Recurrence

May 18, 2015 9:49 am | by Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology | Comments

The American Cancer Society estimated that 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2015. Approximately 27,540 men will die of the disease, accounting for 5 percent of all cancer deaths. A common treatment...


"CyberHeart" Accelerates Medical Device Development

May 18, 2015 9:45 am | by Stony Brook University | Comments

A virtual-heart platform proposed by Stony Brook researchers and colleagues to improve and accelerate medical-device development and testing has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $4.2 million over five...


Wearables May Get Boost from Boron-Infused Graphene

May 18, 2015 9:39 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | Comments

A microsupercapacitor designed by scientists at Rice University that may find its way into personal and even wearable electronics is getting an upgrade. The laser-induced graphene device benefits greatly when boron becomes part of the mix...


Nanosponge-Filled Gel Cleans Up MRSA Infections

May 18, 2015 9:32 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego developed a gel filled with toxin-absorbing nanosponges that could lead to an effective treatment for skin and wound infections caused by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)...


Blood Test for Early Breast Cancer Metastasis Detection

May 18, 2015 9:29 am | by Lund University | Comments

Research findings from Lund University in Sweden now provide new hope for a way of detecting metastases significantly earlier than is currently possible. The chances of being cured of breast cancer have increased in recent decades, however if the...


Organic Nanoparticles Are More Lethal to Tumors

May 18, 2015 9:25 am | by Springer Science+Business Media | Comments

Carbon-based nanoparticles could be used to sensitize cancerous tumors to proton radiotherapy and induce more focused destruction of cancer cells, a new study shows. Radiotherapy used in cancer treatment is a promising treatment method...


Antibacterial Envelope Reduces Cardiac Device Infection Rates

May 18, 2015 8:51 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc announced that its TYRX Antibacterial Envelope reduces major cardiac device site infections by 80 percent, up to 12 months after implantation. These data were presented at Heart Rhythm 2015, the Heart Rhythm Society's 36th Annual...


Get to Know Your Cat on a Microbial Level

May 15, 2015 3:39 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

One group of researchers addresses the question of how bacteria are affecting our feline companions, with a Kickstarter-funded project entitled “kittybiome.” Because if microbes living on and in the body can affect humans in such a variety...


Soft-Tissue Engineering for Hard-Working Cartilage

May 15, 2015 2:33 pm | by Technische Universität München | Comments

An international study published in the journal Nature Communications points the way toward wider, more effective use of biocompatible materials in repairing human tissues. Focusing on the difficult case of restoring cartilage, which requires both...



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