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Atomic Force Microscope Spies On Live Cancer Cells

June 30, 2015 | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

Researchers who developed a high-speed form of atomic force microscopy have shown how to image the physical properties of live breast cancer cells, for the first time revealing details about how deactivation of a key protein may lead to metastasis...

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Microarray Device Makes Chemotherapy More Personalized and Efficient

June 30, 2015 3:50 pm | by University of Florida Health | Comments

Two University of Florida researchers have invented a device that makes chemotherapy treatments more personalized, efficient and affordable. The miniaturized platform, known as a microarray, uses patients’ cancer cells to test various doses...

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'Pulse' Technology May Replenish Skin's Collagen

June 30, 2015 1:33 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

Americans spend over $10 billion a year on products and surgery in their quest to find a "fountain of youth," with little permanent success. Botulinum toxin -- notably Botox -- which smoothes lines and wrinkles to rejuvenate the aging face...

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Platelet-like Particles Boost Clotting, Slow Bleeding

June 30, 2015 1:07 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | Comments

NIBIB-supported researchers have created tiny gel particles that can perform the same essential functions as platelets. The particles could one day be used to control excessive bleeding following traumatic injury or in individuals with impaired clotting...

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'Fingerprinting' Our Sense of Smell

June 30, 2015 12:14 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | Comments

Each of us has, in our nose, about six million smell receptors of around four hundred different types. The distribution of these receptors varies from person to person - so much so that each person's sense of smell may be unique. In research...

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Patient Access to Cardiovascular Devices Delayed by Bureaucracy

June 30, 2015 10:05 am | by European Society of Cardiology (ESC) | Comments

Patients are experiencing significant delays in access to approved cardiovascular devices due to bureaucratic inefficiencies, reveals a Devices White Paper from the Cardiovascular Round Table (CRT) published today in European Heart Journal...

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App-Based Ultrasound Solution Introduced

June 30, 2015 9:56 am | by Philips | Comments

Royal Philips announced the introduction of Lumify, its first App-Based Ultrasound solution that will extend the reach of ultrasound applications across the health continuum using mobile technology. Unveiled at this week’s Social Media and...

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Tamper-Resistant Pill Dispenser Aims to Stamp Out Medication Misuse

June 30, 2015 9:07 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

You can whack it with a hammer, attack it with a drill, or even stab it with a screwdriver. But try as you might, you won’t be able to tamper with a high-tech pill dispenser designed by mechanical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University’s...

Running with Bionic Lower-Limbs: Advantage or Disadvantage?

June 29, 2015 4:02 pm | by Bournemouth University | Comments

Researchers at Bournemouth University have been looking at the impact of lower-limb prosthetics on competitive running, specifically looking at whether athletes with prosthesis are at an unfair advantage when running against athletes...

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Verifying the Accuracy of the Rapid Ebola Test

June 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by Tulane University | Comments

A new finger prick rapid Ebola test co-developed by Tulane University researchers is as accurate as traditional lab testing for the disease, according to an independent study published in the British medical journal The Lancet. Instead of taking days...

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Human Trials of Manufactured Blood Within Two Years

June 29, 2015 2:05 pm | by Bristol University | Comments

The first human trials of lab-produced blood to help create better-matched blood for patients with complex blood conditions has been announced by NHS Blood and Transplant. Research led by scientists at the University of Bristol and NHS Blood...

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Detecting Illegal Drugs from a Single Fingerprint

June 29, 2015 12:00 pm | by Sheffield Hallam University | Comments

An innovative technology pioneered by Sheffield Hallam University academics can detect the presence of a range of illegal and designer drugs from a single fingerprint, which could be a valuable new tool in bringing drug dealers and other...

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Powerful Microscope Keeps a Close Watch on Cell Nucleus

June 29, 2015 10:49 am | by University of Zurich | Comments

An active exchange takes place between the cell nucleus and the cytoplasm: Molecules are transported into the nucleus or from the nucleus into the cytoplasm. In a human cell, more than a million molecules are transported into the cell nucleus every...

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'Lifelike' Cell Culture Screens Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Effects

June 29, 2015 10:42 am | by Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

The vast majority of the thousands of chemicals in our homes and workplaces have not been tested to determine if they cause cancer. That’s because today’s options are lacking. Rodent tests are too slow, and cell culture tests don’t replicate...

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Wireless Microchip Implant Could Replace Pills and Injections

June 29, 2015 10:34 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases: Earlier this month, MIT spinout Microchips Biotech partnered with a pharmaceutical giant to commercialize its wirelessly...

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Stem-Like Cell Exclusively Forms Heart Muscle

June 29, 2015 10:25 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Future therapies for failing hearts are likely to include stem-like cells and associated growth factors that regenerate heart muscle. Scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have just taken an important...

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