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3D Printing, Stem Cells Blur the Lines of MedTech

July 31, 2015 | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Once upon a time, long ago, identifying what we covered in the pages of MDT was a much easier task. There were essentially two “worlds” — the pharmaceutical “world” and the medical device “world.” Sure there were other outlier technologies...

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Take a Trip Through the Brain

July 31, 2015 10:55 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

A new imaging tool developed by Boston scientists could do for the brain what the telescope did for space exploration. In the first demonstration of how the technology works, published July 30 in the journal Cell, the researchers look inside...

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Gold-Diamond Nanodevice for Hyperlocalized Cancer Therapy

July 31, 2015 10:28 am | by Springer Science+Business Media | News | Comments

Precise targeting biological molecules, such as cancer cells, for treatment is a challenge, due to their sheer size. Now, Taiwanese scientists have proposed an advanced solution, based on a novel combination of previously used techniques...

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Paralyzed Men Move Legs with New Non-Invasive Spinal Cord Stimulation

July 30, 2015 2:24 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering | News | Comments

Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords, according to a new study funded in part by the National...

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Functional Liver Cells Created from Stem Cells

July 30, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Alexander Grass Center for Bioengineering report that they produced large amounts of functional liver cells from human embryonic and genetic engineered stem cells. "This is quite a revolution...

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Drones Successfully Transport Blood Samples

July 30, 2015 2:11 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

In a proof-of-concept study at Johns Hopkins, researchers have shown that results of common and routine blood tests are not affected by up to 40 minutes of travel via hobby-sized drones. The investigators say that's promising news for the...

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Colonoscopies of the Future: Adjustable-Focus Endoscope Helps to Reduce Discomfort

July 30, 2015 1:49 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have created an endoscopic probe that delivers adjustable-focus capabilities in a slimmer package. Their findings, published this week in the journal Optics Express, published by The Optical...

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Startups Hold the Keys to MedTech Innovation

July 30, 2015 11:05 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

At the university level, startups are increasingly uncovering needs through their internal observation of hospital environments and analysis of activity within the larger healthcare space, identifying ways to make an impact, responding with the...

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New Computer-Based Technology May Lead to Improvements in Facial Transplantation

July 30, 2015 10:28 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Following several years of research and collaboration, physicians and engineers at Johns Hopkins and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center say they have developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and...

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3D Human Skin Models Could Replace Animal Testing to Assess Dermal Sensitivity to Medical Device

July 30, 2015 10:21 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News | News | Comments

New research shows that exposing a 3D human skin tissue model to extracts of medical device materials can detect the presence of sensitizers known to cause an allergic response on contact in some individuals. Conventional skin sensitization...

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Researchers Design First Artificial Ribosome

July 30, 2015 10:16 am | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have engineered a tethered ribosome that works nearly as well as the authentic cellular component, or organelle, that produces all the proteins and enzymes...

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Blood Test Predicts Prognosis for Traumatic Brain Injuries

July 30, 2015 10:11 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

A new blood test could help emergency room doctors quickly diagnose traumatic brain injury and determine its severity. The findings, published July 10 in the Journal of Neurotrauma, could help identify patients who might benefit from extra...

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Respiration Monitoring Enabled with Radio Frequency Tech

July 30, 2015 10:05 am | by Kjetil Meisal, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Novelda AS | Articles | Comments

Respiration rate and respiration patterns are considered vital indicators for many medical conditions and they require accurate, dependable monitoring data. Respiration rate — the number of breaths a person takes per minute — is best measured when...

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Identifying Biomarkers Key to Early Intervention in Alzheimer's Disease

July 29, 2015 9:57 am | by University of Kentucky | News | Comments

Although the term didn’t surface until the 1980’s, the concept of biomarkers has been around for almost a century. Today, doctors routinely test blood for signs of anemia or the antigen associated with prostate cancer. Urine samples can hint at...

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World's First Bilateral Hand Transplant on Child

July 29, 2015 9:44 am | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Surgeons at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) joined with colleagues from Penn Medicine recently to complete the world's first bilateral hand transplant on a child. Earlier this month, the surgical team successfully transplanted...

Artificial Fractal-Based Implants Could Restore Sight to the Blind

July 29, 2015 9:35 am | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

Richard Taylor's vision of using artificial fractal-based implants to restore sight to the blind — part of a far-reaching concept that won an innovation award this year from the White House — is now covered under a broad U.S. patent. The patent...

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