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The Pulse: Robot Bear Nurse and Smart Bandages

March 4, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're being nursed back to health by a robotic bear, covering our boo-boos with electronically integrated smart bandages, jumping rope with an LED display that flashes the number of each jump right before our eyes...

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Testing the Claims of Digital Healthcare Devices

March 5, 2015 1:26 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A century ago, Sigmund Freud developed the radical idea that there is a lot more going on inside our heads that we know. Today, many doctors (and patients) still stick by his groundbreaking theory. But it comes with a problem. As neuroscientist...

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Identifying New Ways the Brain Communicates

March 5, 2015 12:04 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists have identified a new pathway by which several brain areas communicate within the brain’s striatum. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the findings illustrate structural and functional connections...

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Activating Genes on Command

March 5, 2015 11:47 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

When it comes to gene expression - the process by which our DNA provides the recipe used to direct the synthesis of proteins and other molecules that we need for development and survival - scientists have so far studied one single gene...

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Global Running Event Sponsors Research on Paralysis Treatment

March 5, 2015 11:29 am | by Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation | News | Comments

It all started with a single toe. Even today, Dr. Susan Harkema recalls the words spoken by one of the research participants: "Look Susie, I can move my toe. "The patient's name was Rob Summers and he was completely paralyzed from the neck...

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Growing Bones From Scratch

March 5, 2015 10:55 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Tissue engineering is a fast-growing field, but right now the only way to get a human bone is to cut one from a human body. In short, this isn’t a perfect scenario. The methods currently used in the procedures that require bone grafting...

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Magnetic Material Attracts Attention for Cancer Therapy

March 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

An extraordinary self-regulating heating effect that can be achieved in a particular type of magnetic material may open the doors to a new strategy for hyperthermia cancer treatment. Temperatures that can be tolerated by healthy body cells...

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Mapping the Fruit Fly Brain to Understand How We Sense Hot and Cold

March 5, 2015 10:19 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Innately, we pull our hand away when we touch a hot pan on the stove, but little is known about how our brain processes temperature information. Northwestern University scientists now have discovered how a fruit fly’s brain represents...

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Obesity is Associated with Brain's Neurotransmitters

March 5, 2015 10:15 am | by Aalto University | News | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered functioning of the brain's opioid...

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Simulating the Potential Spread of Measles

March 5, 2015 9:54 am | by NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) | News | Comments

To help the public better understand how measles can spread, a team of infectious disease computer modelers at the University of Pittsburgh has launched a free, mobile-friendly tool that lets users simulate measles outbreaks in cities across...

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FDA Launches Drug Shortages Mobile App

March 5, 2015 9:07 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched the agency’s first mobile application (app) specifically designed to speed public access to valuable information about drug shortages. The app identifies current drug shortages, resolved...

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Implantable Preserves Motion in Total Disc Replacement Patients

March 5, 2015 9:01 am | by Zyga Technology, Inc. | News | Comments

Zyga Technology, Inc., a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of minimally invasive products that treat underserved conditions of the lumbar spine, today announced the first implantation of the...

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A Look Ahead: 3D Printing for Final Device Manufacture

March 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Clive Nicholls, Product Design & Development Manager, Owen Mumford | Articles | Comments

The applications of 3D printing in the medical industry will continue to grow throughout 2015 and beyond. Recent research by SmarTrech shows that by 2020 the number of 3D printers being shipped annually for medical use will have almost...

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Have Tech Solutions Helped Quell Ebola?

March 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Researcher & Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The largest Ebola outbreak in history is slowly but surely being quelled in the wake of a somewhat overwhelming global response. Media outlets did help fan the spread of fears often times not based on scientific protocol. The CDC, UN, and WHO...

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Looking to Vehicle Fuel Injectors for Improved Inhaler Design

March 4, 2015 4:14 pm | by DOE/Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

There is a world of difference between tailpipes and windpipes, but researchers at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have managed to link the two with groundbreaking research that could enable exciting advances in prescription...

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Photos of the Day: MoMA Exhibits Organs-on-Chips

March 4, 2015 3:55 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

Samples of the Wyss Institute's Human Organs–on–Chips were formally acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) of New York City on March 2, 2015, and are on display in MoMA's latest Architecture and Design Exhibition, "This Is For Everyone...

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