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Wearable Artificial Kidney Safety Test Receives Go-Ahead

September 23, 2014 | by Leila Gray, HSNewsBeat | Comments

Medical researchers have received approval to begin safety and performance testing of the Wearable Artificial Kidney. The federal Food and Drug Administration and the University of Washington Institutional Review Board accepted the protocol...

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Fast and Accurate PCR-Based Diagnostics of Gastroenteritis

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by B3C Newswire | Comments

Mobidiag Ltd, a Finnish molecular diagnostics company specialized in the development of innovative diagnostics solutions for infectious diseases, today announced the European launch of Amplidiag Bacterial GE, marketed as a CE-IVD product under...

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Philips to Establish Market-Leading Company in HealthTech

September 23, 2014 10:50 am | by Philips | Comments

At a meeting with investors and analysts in London, Royal Philips today announces the next strategic step to capitalize on fundamental market changes, by creating two market-leading companies focused on the HealthTech and Lighting solutions...

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Detection of Sepsis-Causing Pathogens

September 23, 2014 10:39 am | by T2 Biosystems, Inc. | Comments

T2 Biosystems, a company developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health, today announced that it has received market authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its first two products, the T2Candida...

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Photos of the Day: Dialysis Belt

September 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Leila Gray, HSNewsBeat | Comments

The Wearable Artificial Kidney, also known as the WAK, is a miniaturized dialysis machine that can be worn on the body. The carrier resembles a tool belt; the device connects to a patient via a catheter. The Wearable Artificial Kidney features...

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First Test to Identify Five Yeast Pathogens Directly from a Blood Sample

September 23, 2014 9:30 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing in the U.S. of the first direct blood test for detection of five yeast pathogens that cause bloodstream infections: Candida albicans and/or Candida tropicalis, Candida parapsilosis...

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Looking Ahead: Whole Eye Transplant Under Development

September 23, 2014 9:19 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | Comments

The basic idea is straightforward: Doctors would implant a donor eye in the recipient's eye socket. The vascular system to the eye would be re-established, as would the eye’s musculature to enable normal movement. The greater challenge – and...

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Brainwave Test Could Improve Autism Diagnosis and Classification

September 23, 2014 9:14 am | by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University | Comments

A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying people on the autism spectrum and may...

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Phoenix Arizona Hand Doctor Develops Revolutionary New Surgery System

September 23, 2014 9:08 am | by PRNewswire | Comments

For many people experiencing issues with their hands or wrists, surgery often means facing the prospect of large, painful incisions and long recovery time. As can be imagined, regular activities are also impacted, such as working, driving and...

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Biodesign Fellows Develop a Device for Relieving Night Terrors

September 22, 2014 4:10 pm | by Stanford | Comments

An interdisciplinary team is working toward a solution to help children with night terrors — and their parents — get a more peaceful night’s rest. Night terrors, a sleep disorder affecting mostly young children, do not pose a serious health threat...

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Variability Keeps the Body in Balance

September 22, 2014 3:38 pm | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

Although the heart beats out a very familiar "lub-dub" pattern that speeds up or slows down as our activity increases or decreases, the pattern itself isn't as regular as you might think. In fact, the amount of time between heartbeats can...

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Researchers Create 'Evolved' Protein that May Stop Cancer from Spreading

September 22, 2014 3:27 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

A team of Stanford researchers has developed a protein therapy that disrupts the process that causes cancer cells to break away from original tumor sites, travel through the blood stream and start aggressive new growths elsewhere in the body...

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Potential Blood Test for Psychosis

September 22, 2014 2:56 pm | by University of North Carolina Health Care | Comments

A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers represents an important step forward in the accurate diagnosis of people who are experiencing the earliest stages of psychosis. Psychosis includes hallucinations or delusions...

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First Patient Successfully Treated with Materialise's X-Ray Based Knee Guide Technology

September 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by Globe Newswire | Comments

Today, Materialise NV announced that orthopedic surgeon Roger Jaeken, of the AZ Heilige Familie (Holy Family General Hospital) in Reet, Belgium, has successfully performed the first total knee surgery that was preplanned by means of the...

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Scientists Discover an On-Off Switch for Aging Cells

September 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Salk Institute | Comments

Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered an on-and-off "switch" in cells that may hold the key to healthy aging. This switch points to a way to encourage healthy cells to keep dividing and generating, for example, new lung or liver tissue...

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Engineered Proteins Stick Like Glue – Even in Water

September 22, 2014 11:34 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed new materials that could be used to...

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