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World's First Neural Device to Restore Memory to be Developed

July 9, 2014 | by Kenneth K Ma, LLNL | News | Comments

The Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) up to $2.5 million to develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons...

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Quantel Medical's Optimis Fusion Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

July 9, 2014 4:05 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Quantel Medical today announced FDA 510(k) clearance for its Optimis Fusion integrated laser platform. The Optimis Fusion system combines advanced selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) photoregeneration therapy and traditional YAG photodisruption...

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Scientists Turn to Public to Help Pay for Research

July 9, 2014 3:51 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she's getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas. It's her...

SomnoMed Receives 510(K) Clearance for SomnoDent Fusion

July 9, 2014 3:41 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SomnoMed Limited has announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance from the US Department of Health & Human Services for its new SomnoDent Fusion Classic and SomnoDent Fusion Flex oral devices. The new designs were introduced...

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Working Toward a Single-Molecule Biosensor: An Interview with Pietro Gucciardi

July 9, 2014 3:38 pm | by Alexander Hellemans, youris.com | News | Comments

Until now, few biosensors have had the required sensitivity to detect single molecules. A novel approach for improved biosensor sensitivity has opened new avenues for developing new kinds of biosensors. It relies on light irradiation of tiny...

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Tiny DNA Pyramids Enter Bacteria Easily — and Deliver a Deadly Payload

July 9, 2014 3:18 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Bacterial infections usually announce themselves with pain and fever but often can be defeated with antibiotics — and then there are those that are sneaky and hard to beat. Now, scientists have built a new weapon against such pathogens in...

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MyChart Use Skyrocketing Among Cancer Patients

July 9, 2014 3:14 pm | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

There has been a sharp increase in the number of cancer patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center using MyChart, the online, interactive service that allows patients to view laboratory and radiology results, communicate with their healthcare...

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Covidien Launches Next-Generation Trellis Peripheral Infusion System

July 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien today announced the commercial launch of its next generation Trellis peripheral infusion system. The redesigned system continues to be the only pharmacomechanical thrombolysis device that enables focused treatment of blood clots...

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Projecting a 3-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 2:22 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving an artificial three-dimensional...

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Applying the Data Distribution Service in an IoT Healthcare System

July 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, PrismTech | Blogs | Comments

In my last post, I described how the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard is used to provide ubiquitous access to clinical measurements. In this post, I will be introducing the foundations of this enabling technology that can allow healthcare...

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Finding Real Value in Big Data for Public Health

July 9, 2014 11:51 am | by San Diego State University | News | Comments

Media reports of public health breakthroughs made possible by big data have been largely oversold, according to a new study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Many studies deserve praise for being the first of...

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New Supercomputer Accelerates Pace of Health Research Across North of England

July 9, 2014 11:40 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

The Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), a research partnership led by The University of Manchester, has advanced Northern England’s computing power by financing a new computer system that can analyze bigger and more complex sets of information...

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Next Generation Crutch Exhibited at White House Maker Faire

July 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Better Walk | News | Comments

Better Walk was selected to participate in the first ever White House Maker Faire. This event featured over 100 Makers from more than 25 states and included more than 30 exhibits. At the event, Better Walk CEO, Partha Unnava, was chosen to...

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Study Examines Survival Following Repair of Failed Bioprosthetic Aortic Valves

July 9, 2014 10:01 am | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | News | Comments

In an analysis of about 460 patients with failed bioprosthetic aortic valves who underwent transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation, overall survival at one year was 83 percent, with survival associated with surgical valve size and mechanism...

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New Technologies Fuel Patient Participation and Data Collection in Research

July 9, 2014 9:55 am | by Duke Medicine | News | Comments

The changing dynamic of health studies driven by “big data” research projects will empower patients to become active participants who provide real-time information such as symptoms, side effects and clinical outcomes, according to researchers...

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Minimally Invasive Surgery Underused at Many U.S. Hospitals

July 9, 2014 9:51 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Hospitals across the country vary substantially in their use of minimally invasive surgery, even when evidence shows that for most patients, minimally invasive surgery is superior to open surgery, a new study shows. The finding represents...

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