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Researchers Make Powerful Microscale Torsional Muscle/Motor from Vanadium Dioxide

December 20, 2013 11:36 am | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Vanadium dioxide is poised to join the pantheon of superstars in the materials world. Already prized for its extraordinary ability to change size, shape and physical identity, vanadium dioxide can now add muscle power to its attributes... 

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The $80 Prosthetic Knee That's Changing Lives

December 20, 2013 11:26 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

We've made incredible advances in technology in recent years, but too often it seems only certain fortunate people can benefit. Engineer Krista Donaldson introduces the ReMotion knee, a prosthetic device for above-knee amputees, many of...

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FDA Clearance for First-Ever Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application

December 20, 2013 10:10 am | by Philips | News | Comments

As breast density becomes a more recognized risk factor for breast cancer, Royal Philips today announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application for its MicroDose...

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New Data for Engineering Immune Cells Shows Early Promise in Solid Tumors

December 20, 2013 10:00 am | by AACR | News | Comments

Engineered immune cells, called CARTmeso cells, designed to direct antitumor immune responses toward tumors that carry a protein called mesothelin, showed antitumor activity in two patients with advanced cancers that had not responded to prior...

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BioTime Reports Isolation of Novel Brain-Associated Cells From Human Embryonic Stem Cells

December 20, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

BioTime, Inc., a biotechnology company that develops and markets products in the field of regenerative medicine reported today the publication of a peer-reviewed scientific paper on the successful generation of human cells with markers of...

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Study Shows Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery Reduces Hospital Readmission and Complication Rates Compared to Open Surgery

December 19, 2013 8:45 pm | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

A national, multi-institutional database study found readmission and complication rates were significantly lower for robotic-assisted prostate surgery than for open prostate surgery. The full study results were published in the November 19...

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Implantables: Market Challenged by Safety Concerns and Restricted Innovation

December 19, 2013 4:28 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

Implantable medical devices (IMDs) make up one of the most competitive and challenging markets in the industry, with issues of security and biocompatibility challenging the marketability of emerging products. The most established area for...

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Newly Insured Bring New Opportunities and Challenges

December 19, 2013 4:12 pm | by Michael Frank, Healthcare Industry Expert, PA Consulting Group | Blogs | Comments

The medical device sector has emerged from the winter of the great recession into a much more price sensitive market. Pressure is mounting to reduce cost of devices where there are cheaper alternatives. While the 2.3% medical device excise...

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The Pulse: Prosthetics with Feeling & One Hour AIDS Detection

December 19, 2013 4:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are giving feeling to prosthetics, detecting AIDS in an hour, improving inhaler technology, and stopping hemorrhaging in trauma patients. This episode features…          

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AtriCure Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Estech

December 19, 2013 4:05 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

AtriCure, Inc., a leading Atrial Fibrillation medical device provider, and Endoscopic Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Estech, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which AtriCure has agreed to acquire Estech...

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MRI Method for Measuring MS Progression Validated

December 19, 2013 3:36 pm | by University of Western Ontario | News | Comments

New imaging research from Western University (London, Canada) has demonstrated that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) approach called quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) can be an important tool for diagnosing and tracking the progression...

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DNA Clamp to Grab Cancer Before It Develops

December 19, 2013 3:34 pm | by Université de Montréal | News | Comments

As part of an international research project, a team of researchers has developed a DNA clamp that can detect mutations at the DNA level with greater efficiency than methods currently in use. Their work could facilitate rapid screening of...

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Plant-Based ‘Microswimmers’ Could Propel Drugs to the Right Location

December 19, 2013 3:24 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In the quest to shrink motors so they can maneuver in tiny spaces like inside and between human cells, scientists have taken inspiration from millions of years of plant evolution and incorporated, for the first time, corkscrew structures from...

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Ultra-Small, 3-Chip CMOS Remote-Head HD Camera

December 19, 2013 2:39 pm | by MDT Staff | Toshiba Imaging Systems Division | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division (ISD) introduced the IK-HD3H, an ultra-small, 2.1 megapixel, 1080p 3-chip CMOS HD video camera. The new, feature-rich camera is the first in a series of two CMOS remote-head HD cameras, both interchangeable with Toshiba Imaging’s new IK-HD3D controller.

Smallest Microprocessor Crystal Sets New Size Record

December 19, 2013 2:31 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Raltron Electronics has just released its new Model R1612 Microprocessor Crystal at 1.6 x 1.2 x 0.4 mm in size addressing the ever increasing demand for smaller size components

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