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The Pulse: MRI-Safe Stimulator Implanted

August 8, 2013 10:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Welcome to the Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV. Today, we're implanting an MRI-safe spinal cord stimulator, sorting blood with a microchip, building robots out of biocompatible hydrogel, and making hydrogel move with light.           

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How EMT ‘Flashmobs’ Can Save More Lives, Faster

August 1, 2013 11:42 am | by TED | Comments

Today, United Hatzlah uses a smartphone app and a fleet of “ambucycles” to help nearby patients until an ambulance arrives. With an average response time of 3 minutes, last year, they treated 207,000 people in Israel. And the idea is going global.

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Cradle & App Turn Smartphone into a Handheld Biosensor

August 1, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The handheld biosensor was developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A series of lenses and filters in the cradle mirror those found in larger, more expensive laboratory devices. Together, the cradle and app transform a smartphone into a tool that can detect toxins and bacteria, spot water contamination and identify allergens in food.

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Stretchable Conductors for Gentler Medical Devices

July 26, 2013 9:38 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

Polyurethane studded with gold nanoparticles can conduct electricity even when stretched, Michigan engineers have discovered. This feat could pave the way for flexible electronics and gentler medical devices. The nanoparticles start out randomly arranged, but they drift into wire-like formations as the material is stretched.

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A Better Tool for Minimally Invasive Surgery

July 26, 2013 9:34 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

U-M engineers have developed a new robotic tool which will make performing minimally invasive surgery cheaper and easier, but provides higher functionality over existing low-cost tools. The tool, called Flex Dex, acts as an extension of the surgeon's arm, allowing the doctor to control it with just a turn of the wrist.

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Crafting Body Parts with 3D Printing

July 25, 2013 2:21 pm | by stripeschannel | Comments

At the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, custom prosthetic attachments, cranial-facial implants, and surgical models are constantly being churned out, layer by layer, in an additive manufacturing process commonly referred to as 3D printing.

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Digital Prostheses for Music and Dance

July 25, 2013 11:18 am | by IDMIL | Comments

These digital musical instruments are designed in the form of prostheses to make music by utilizing the performer's movements in a non-traditional way. They were designed and created by Joe Malloch and Ian Hattwick at the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory at McGill University.

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The Pulse: How to Patent Bone

July 25, 2013 10:58 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Welcome to the Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV. Today, we’re patenting new biomaterial to make artificial bones, creating pain-free prosthetics, using ultrasound waves to improve your mood, and using magnets to steer stem cells.                 

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IBIS Could Make Keyhole Robotic Surgery Cheaper

July 25, 2013 10:44 am | by Diginfonews | Comments

The IBIS system, developed at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, uses many off-the shelf devices to perform the same or similar tasks that the more well-known da Vinci surgical robot can perform. Essentially, providing a quality keyhole surgery technology for potentially one tenth the cost, according to the researchers.

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A Promising Test for Pancreatic Cancer ... From a Teenager

July 25, 2013 10:12 am | Comments

Over 85 percent of all pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late, when someone has less than two percent chance of survival. How could this be? Jack Andraka talks about how he developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that’s super cheap, effective and non-invasive -- all before his 16th birthday.

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Tiny Lab Under the Skin

July 24, 2013 5:32 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Amid yet more claims of illegal drug-taking by high-profile athletes, scientists in Switzerland say they may have found a foolproof way to prevent the use of banned substances in sports. They say their chip implant, designed to monitor naturally-occurring substances in the blood, could also be used as a weapon against drug cheats.

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Medical Device Designer Wins 2013 $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

July 23, 2013 11:39 am | by MIT TechTV | Comments

Nikolai Begg grew up in a box of LEGO bricks and hasn’t stopped tinkering since. He is an accomplished inventor with a portfolio of novel medical devices, and today, Begg was named the recipient of the prestigious $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his inventions that are making surgical procedures less invasive.

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The Pulse: Achieving Sight Through Sound

July 11, 2013 11:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, a device that helps train the brain to turn sounds into images, detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar, biomedical applications for a new hydrogel, and a nanofiber mesh that treats tumors with both thermotherapy and chemotherapy.

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Device Designed to Avert Repeated Breast Cancer Surgeries

June 27, 2013 12:15 pm | by Johns Hopkins | Comments

When a breast tumor is detected, many women opt to have a lumpectomy, which is surgery designed to remove the diseased tissue while preserving the breast. But during this procedure, doctors cannot learn right away whether all of the cancerous tissue has been removed, with no microscopic signs that cancer cells were left behind.

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The Pulse: Artificial Pancreas Supplies Insulin to Patients

June 27, 2013 11:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, a major step toward an artificial pancreas, detecting disease from just one drop blood, creating mature human cardiac patches from human heart cells, and a smart sock that helps runners improve their technique and prevent injuries.  

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