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Improving Tumor Radiation Therapy: When Basic Ions Break DNA Down

July 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Springer Science+Business Media | News | Comments

Scientists now have a better understanding of how short DNA strands decompose in microseconds. A European team found new fragmentation pathways that occur universally when DNA strands are exposed to metal ions from a family of alkaline and...

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Development of an Automatic System for Translating Biomedical Patents in Real Time

July 16, 2014 9:31 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) | News | Comments

The Center for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications (TALP) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), a member of CIT UPC, has developed the prototype of an automatic translation system for patents in the...

Virtual Humans Inspire Patients to Open Up

July 16, 2014 9:22 am | by USC | News | Comments

A new USC study suggests that patients are more willing to disclose personal information to virtual humans than actual ones, in large part because computers lack the proclivity to look down on people the way another human might. The research...

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Diagnostics Using Bubble Wrap as Sheet of Tiny Test Tubes

July 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Analytical Chemistry | News | Comments

Popping the blisters on the bubble wrap might be the most enjoyable thing about moving. But now, scientists propose a more productive way to reuse the popular packing material — as a sheet of small, test tube-like containers for medical and...

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Covidien Makes Liver Tumor Ablation More Predictable

July 16, 2014 9:01 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Overcoming a significant roadblock to predictable ablation of soft tissue, Covidien plc has unveiled an advanced ablation system that offers physicians predictable results regardless of the target location or tissue type. The Emprint Ablation...

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Charge-Coupled Device Image Sensor

July 15, 2014 7:24 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor is enhancing its charge-coupled device image sensor portfolio with new technology for industrial applications. The new KAI-08051 Image Sensor provides improved light sensitivity, reduced read noise, and improved color accuracy compared to the previous generation device...

IEC 62304-Compliant OS for Medical Devices

July 15, 2014 7:18 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Building on its proven history of providing highly reliable software platforms for safety-critical environments, QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry announced a new release of its OS for medical devices. The QNX OS for Medical 1.1 complies with the IEC 62304 medical device...

What 3D Printing Means for Healthcare

July 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Steve Erickson, Vice President, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

Medical care might not be the most obvious place for 3D printing applications, but 3D-printed kidneys and 3D-printed prosthetic eyes say otherwise. 3D-printed plastics are being used for medical tools and devices, models for surgical training...

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New Skin Gel Fights Breast Cancer Without Blood Clot Risk

July 15, 2014 3:23 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A gel form of tamoxifen applied to the breasts of women with noninvasive breast cancer reduced the growth of cancer cells to the same degree as the drug taken in oral form but with fewer side effects that deter some women from taking it...

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How Does Misfit’s Activity and Sleep Monitor Work?

July 15, 2014 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Misfit Wearables CEO Sonny Vu and KPBC Design Partner John Maeda and discuss the Misfit’s sleep monitoring wearable product on “Bloomberg West.”                 

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Developing New Tools to Support Regulatory Use of “Next Gen Sequencing” Data

July 15, 2014 3:00 pm | by Carolyn A. Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Director for Research Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA | Blogs | Comments

When you’re thirsty, you don’t want to take a drink from a fire hose. And when scientists are looking for data they don’t want to be knocked over with a flood of information that overwhelms their ability to analyze and make sense of it. That’s...

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First Billion Dollar Quarter for Healthcare IT Sector: VC Funding Doubled over Q1

July 15, 2014 2:02 pm | by Mercom Capital Group | News | Comments

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global communications and consulting firm, today released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) sector for the second quarter of 2014...

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Biodetection Technology Could Screen for Emerging Viral Diseases

July 15, 2014 1:51 pm | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

A microbe detection array technology developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists could provide a new rapid method for public health authorities to conduct surveillance for emerging viral diseases. This possible use of the...

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A Tool to Fix One of the Most Dangerous Moments in Surgery

July 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by TEDx | Videos | Comments

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical...

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Portable Devices Could Be Cause of Skin Rash

July 15, 2014 10:25 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic...

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