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Yoga Accessible for the Blind with New Microsoft Kinect-Based Program

October 18, 2013 10:48 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

In a typical yoga class, students watch an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. But for people who are blind or can’t see well, it can be frustrating to participate in these types of exercises. Now, a team of University of Washington...


Nanotech System, Cellular Heating May Improve Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

October 18, 2013 10:37 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

The combination of heat, chemotherapeutic drugs and an innovative delivery system based on nanotechnology may significantly improve the treatment of ovarian cancer while reducing side effects from toxic drugs, researchers at Oregon State...


Intuitive Surgical slides hard but beats The Street in Q3

October 17, 2013 5:44 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

California medical device maker Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) managed to tromp analysts' expectations during its 3rd quarter, even as the company wrangles with the public relations nightmare growing out of a series of patient injury lawsuits...


American Association for Cancer Research and the Colon Cancer Alliance Partner to Offer New Grant Opportunity

October 17, 2013 5:16 pm | by AACR | News | Comments

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) are pleased to announce a new partnership and grant opportunity. The Colon Cancer Alliance-AACR Fellowship for Biomarker Research is open to postdoctoral...


Shutdown ends, FDA user fees begin

October 17, 2013 4:10 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA can begin collecting user fees from medical device companies for fiscal 2014 now that the federal shutdown is over. The watchdog agency announced new rates for the fees in August, but couldn't begin collecting them when the fiscal year...


St. Jude Medical seeks to toss shareholders class action

October 17, 2013 3:59 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical wants a federal judge in Minnesota to toss a class action lawsuit filed by shareholders after the medical device company's stock took a dive in 2009 when it reduced its guidance. The lawsuit, filed in March 2010, alleges that St. Jude...


Hydrogels: Building a Better Wound Dressing

October 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by Gregory Robb, VP Operations, Alliqua, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

If you look up the term “hydrogel” in a medical dictionary, you’ll probably find a definition that runs something like this: “A three-dimensional cross-linked network of water-soluble polymers capable of numerous chemical configurations.” Although strictly speaking...


Positive Results from Factoring Material Properties into Spinal Implant Simulations

October 17, 2013 12:22 pm | by Thomas Mosnier, R&D Manager, Medicrea | Articles | Comments

One of the most promising surgical options for treating spinal injury and deterioration of spinal discs is the use of artificial discs to replace the patient’s natural spinal disc. The materials used in these artificial discs are an important factor in the development...


Toolkit Offers Innovative Data Discovery Resource for Biomedical Researchers

October 17, 2013 12:15 pm | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Biomedical researchers often confront large quantities of information that may be amassed in many forms: vital signs, blood cell counts, lengthy DNA sequences, bar graphs, MRIs, patient demographics, and so much more. How do researchers... 


Separating the Good from the Bad in Bacteria

October 17, 2013 12:02 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new microfluidic device that could speed the monitoring of bacterial infections associated with cystic fibrosis and other diseases. The new microfluidic chip is etched with tiny channels, each resembling an...


Lawsuits Increasing over Skin-Related Laser Surgery

October 17, 2013 11:52 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

Skin-related laser procedures such as hair removal remain one of the most popular elective types of laser surgery performed in the United States today. To meet demand, more non-physicians are performing these procedures than ever before... 


Brain Scans Show Unusual Activity in Retired American Football Players

October 17, 2013 11:46 am | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

A new study has discovered profound abnormalities in brain activity in a group of retired American football players. Although the former players in the study were not diagnosed with any neurological condition, brain imaging tests revealed unusual...


Treating ALS with the Patient’s Skin

October 17, 2013 11:35 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered how the most common genetic abnormality in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) kills neurons and have successfully developed a therapeutic strategy to block this neurodegeneration...


Tracing Nervous Disorders in Humans

October 17, 2013 11:28 am | by Aarhus University | News | Comments

What do pigs, jellyfish and zebrafish have in common? It might be hard to discern the connection, but the different species are all pieces in a puzzle. A puzzle which is itself part of a larger picture of solving the riddles of diseases in humans...


Blood Test Can Differentiate Between Benign Lung Nodules and Early Stage Lung Cancer

October 17, 2013 11:21 am | by Indi (Integrated Diagnostics) | News | Comments

Indi, an emerging leader in molecular diagnostics, today announced the results of a major study which suggests that quantifying a combination of blood proteins can distinguish between benign lung nodules and early-stage lung cancer with high...



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