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Gel-Like Padding Could Help Cells Survive Injection and Heal Spinal Cord Injuries

September 17, 2014 2:39 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford | News | Comments

It is a turbulent and sometimes deadly life for cells injected to heal injuries. The act of being squirted through a thin needle into the site of an injury jostles the delicate cells against each other and against the needle walls. Then, once...

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'Smart Material' Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing

September 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable...

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Do Wearable Lifestyle Activity Monitors Really Work?

September 17, 2014 11:48 am | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | News | Comments

Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily...

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Sharks' Skin Has Teeth in the Fight Against Hospital Superbugs

September 17, 2014 11:35 am | by BioMed Central | News | Comments

Transmission of bacterial infections, including MRSA and MSSA could be curbed by coating hospital surfaces with microscopic bumps that mimic the scaly surface of shark skin, according to research published in the open access journal Antimicrobial...

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New Radiosurgery Technology Provides Highly Accurate Treatment, Greater Patient Comfort

September 17, 2014 11:29 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

A new stereotactic radiosurgery system provides the same or a higher level of accuracy in targeting cancer tumors – but offers greater comfort to patients and the ability to treat multiple tumors at once – when compared to other radiation therapy...

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New Gene Research Helps Pinpoint Prostate Cancer Risk

September 17, 2014 10:54 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Scientists could soon better predict a man's risk of getting prostate cancer after a worldwide team of researchers carried out the largest-ever analysis of the cancer's genetic biomarkers, reported in Nature Genetics today. QUT Institute of...

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Making Quantum Dots Glow Brighter

September 17, 2014 10:24 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending on their...

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Recruiting Bacteria to Be Technology Innovation Partners

September 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of "bad" biofilms around – they even cause pesky dental plaque and a host of other more serious medical problems – a team at...

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Release of Spineology’s Next Generation Spinous Process Fixation System

September 17, 2014 10:09 am | by Spineology Inc. | News | Comments

Spineology Inc., the innovator in anatomy conserving spine surgery, is pleased to announce the full release of its VIA Spinous Process Fixation System. VIA is the first and only Spinous Process Plate with independently compressible superior...

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Medtronic Launches New Balloon Kyphoplasty Products for Treating Spinal Fractures

September 17, 2014 9:55 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the launch of the KYPHON Express II Balloon Kyphoplasty Platform, which includes the next generation KYPHON Cement Delivery System. This new platform is the latest advancement in the KYPHON Balloon Kyphoplasty...

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A New Sensor Development Could Aid Those Suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 17, 2014 9:44 am | by A.J. Watts, ECN Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a...

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Doctors Launch Initiative to Bridge Gap Between Wearables and Meaningful Health Data

September 17, 2014 9:19 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Wearable sports and activity trackers will become a $1.4 billion industry in less than two years, producing a massive amount of user activity data along the way. A huge opportunity exists for leveraging this data to create meaningful healthcare...

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CE Mark for Boston Scientific's Deep Brain Stimulation System for Treating Tremor

September 17, 2014 9:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark for the Vercise Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System for the treatment of tremor, including the most common form of this movement disorder known as essential tremor (ET). Tremor is characterized...

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Accelerated Heart Valve Durability Testing

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Bose Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Bose Corporation has introduced DuraPulse, a new instrument for accelerated durability testing of heart valve replacement devices. Featuring proprietary Bose controls and linear motor technology, the DuraPulse system enables research and development engineers to run tests at high frequencies...

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Ask the Right Questions at the Right Time

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Bill Betten, VP Business Solutions, Medical/Life Sciences, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

I’m going to focus on the initial early stages of the idea generation and concept development. A key aspect of any idea is to understand the problem that is trying to be solved. Is there a real issue that is being addressed or is it a solution...

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