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IBM Wants a DNA Reader in Every Doctor’s Office

November 24, 2014 | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. "Our goal is to put...

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Prepping for the Next Major Epidemic

November 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster. "It's really urgent that we address the weak links and...

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Cancer Device Gets Stronger Warning from FDA

November 24, 2014 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. regulators have strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients. The Food and Drug Administration is updating...

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Nanoparticles and Lasers Take on Cancer

November 24, 2014 11:50 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Conventional treatment seeks to eradicate cancer cells by drugs and therapy delivered from outside the cell, which may also affect (and potentially harm) nearby normal cells. In contrast to conventional cancer therapy, a University of Cincinnati...

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A Genetic Test for Endometriosis

November 24, 2014 11:17 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

Researchers at UC San Francisco have identified patterns of genetic activity that can be used to diagnose endometriosis and its severity, a finding that may offer millions of women an alternative to surgery through a simple noninvasive procedure...

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New Innovation in Single-Dose Powder Inhaler Technology

November 24, 2014 11:04 am | by DoseOne | News | Comments

Development of the DoseOne single dose powder inhaler (US Patents #7,832,399 B2 and #8,360,057 B2) required a multi-disciplinary team approach, as any such drug delivery device needs to combine not just design skills, but also software and...

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Computer Simulators Train Surgeons Virtually

November 24, 2014 9:48 am | by Jennifer Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

University of Wisconsin-Madison computer science and medical researchers have teamed up to create a sophisticated new simulator to help surgical students practice detailed procedures before operating on live patients. The simulator could have...

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Engineering Live Preview: How to Get More Students into STEM

November 24, 2014 9:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are...

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Micro Molding Drives Innovation for MedTech

November 24, 2014 9:27 am | by Dale Gildemeister, Program Manager, Sil-Pro | Sil-Pro, LLC | Blogs | Comments

As medical processes become less invasive and the expectations for rapid recoveries increase, the need for smaller devices is driving the need for micro-molded components. The tools used to manufacture micro-molded components are becoming...

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WHO: Ebola IVDs Urgently Needed

November 24, 2014 9:00 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released an assessment of the Ebola virus situation. In its assessment, WHO stressed that IVDs for Ebola are “urgently needed.” “The goal of interrupting chains of Ebola virus transmission depends...

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Illuminated Vandal Resistant Switch

November 24, 2014 8:22 am | by E-Switch | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch announces the PV9 series illuminated vandal resistant switch. This anti-vandal switch features a long life expectancy and is water resistant to IP65 ratings. Illumination LED colors include red, yellow, orange, blue, green and white, as well as bi-color options. It is available with dot or ring illumination. Requires a 28mm panel cutout size. ...

Sapphire and Ruby Precision Balls

November 24, 2014 7:57 am | by Meller Optics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A full line of sapphire and ruby balls for a wide range of applications requiring precise tolerances and superior mechanical and optical properties are available from Meller Optics, Inc. of Providence, Rhode Island. Meller Sapphire & Ruby Balls come in 42 inch/metric sizes from 0.1 mm to 0.5” dia. with 0.000025” sphericity and ±0.0001” basic diameter tolerance. Featuring Moh 9 hardness which...

Swabbable Pre-Slit Transfer Valve

November 21, 2014 3:24 pm | by Qosina | Qosina | Product Releases | Comments

Qosina is pleased to announce the addition of a new Swabbable Pre-Slit Transfer Valve (80191). The swabbable design can be used for injection or aspiration with a standard catheter tip syringe, and can fit tubing sized 0.322 inch ID / 0.535 inch OD (8.18 mm ID / 13.59 mm OD). The component is ideal for stem cell, biopharmaceutical, and drainage applications involving high volumes and/or...

Treating Vascular Disease with Light

November 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine has discovered a receptor on blood vessels that causes the vessel to relax in response to light, making it potentially useful in treating vascular diseases. In addition, researchers discovered a...

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Non-Invasive Device Slows Brain Tumor Growth

November 21, 2014 2:04 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

A non-invasive, portable electrical device tested at the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital - the only such testing site in Michigan - along with other major medical centers around the country, has been found to lengthen the lives...

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Photos (Videos) of the Day: Virtual Reality and 3D Printing to Address Head Injuries

November 21, 2014 1:47 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Last spring, the National Football League, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and GE called on researchers, scientists and enthusiasts to find new tools for detecting concussions and protecting football players from traumatic brain injuries...

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