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Mouse Brains Made Transparent

April 10, 2013 1:08 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Talk about clearing your head: Stanford University scientists have found a way to make see-through mouse brains. You take the brain out of the mouse, soak it in chemicals for a couple of days, and voila: It becomes transparent. That's not just a parlor trick.

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Health Awareness Spurs Quadrupling in MEMS Sensor Market

April 10, 2013 1:06 pm | by Jonathan Cassell, IHS | News | Comments

From smart wristwatches that record heart rates, to intelligent armbands that track physical activities, wearable electronics and fitness monitoring devices are attracting increased attention from health-conscious consumers, causing shipments of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors used in these products to more than quadruple in just five years.

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St. Jude Medical Receives CE Mark Approval of Deep Brain Stimulation Systems

April 10, 2013 12:30 pm | by J.C. Weigelt, St. Jude Medical | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical has announced European CE Mark approval of its Brio™, Libra™ and LibraXP™ deep brain stimulation (DBS) systems for managing the symptoms of intractable primary and secondary dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes a person’s muscles to contract and involuntarily spasm, reducing the ability to control movement.

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Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System

April 10, 2013 12:21 pm | by Michael Levey, Olympus | News | Comments

Olympus has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System. The Olympus Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System delivers value to surgeons and patients by reducing surgical errors and improving the speed, accuracy, and precision of surgical tasks...

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Overcoming a Barrier to Medical Uses of 'Microrockets' and 'Micromotors'

April 10, 2013 11:22 am | by Michael Woods, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An advance in micromotor technology akin to the invention of cars that fuel themselves from the pavement or air, rather than gasoline or batteries, is opening the door to broad new medical and industrial uses for these tiny devices, scientists said.

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Physicist Stephen Hawking Visits L.A. Stem Cell Lab

April 10, 2013 9:59 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Stephen Hawking toured a stem cell laboratory Tuesday where scientists are studying ways to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurological disorder that has left the British cosmologist almost completely paralyzed. After the visit, the 71-year-old Hawking urged doctors, nurses and staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to support the research.

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‘Transient Electronics’ Disappear When No Longer Needed

April 10, 2013 9:54 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Scientists described key advances toward practical uses of a new genre of tiny, biocompatible electronic devices that could be implanted into the body to relieve pain or battle infection for a specific period of time, and then dissolve harmlessly.

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NeuroBlate System Receives 510(k) Clearance

April 10, 2013 9:48 am | by John Schellhorn, Monteris Medical | News | Comments

Monteris® Medical has announced that the U.S. FDA has issued a second 510(k) clearance for their MRI-guided ablation device for brain tumors and other lesions. The NeuroBlate® System is a second generation device employing a surgical laser to ablate (lethally heat) diseased brain tissue with updated visualization provided by active MRI.

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European Dental Biomaterial Revenues Will Grow To Over $375 Million In 2021, In Line With Rising Dental Implant Placements

April 10, 2013 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, the European market for dental biomaterials will see strong expansion through 2021 as their use increases alongside dental implant procedures, which often incorporate dental...

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Theragenics Launches Torx™ Transitionless Guidewires

April 10, 2013 7:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUFORD, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 10, 2013--Theragenics Corporation ® (NYSE: TGX), a medical device company serving the surgical products and prostate cancer treatment markets, today announced that Galt Medical (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Theragenics) launched its Torx™ transitionless guidewire...

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Probe to Detect Spread of Breast Cancer

April 9, 2013 4:56 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

A device co-developed by a University of Houston (UH) physicist to detect the spread of breast cancer and allow physicians to better plan intervention is extending its market reach, bringing it another step closer to clinical trials in the U.S.

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Probe to Detect Spread of Breast Cancer

April 9, 2013 4:49 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

A device co-developed by a University of Houston (UH) physicist to detect the spread of breast cancer and allow physicians to better plan intervention is extending its market reach, bringing it another step closer to clinical trials in the U.S.

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System Provides Clear Brain Scans of Awake, Unrestrained Mice

April 9, 2013 11:53 am | by Kandice Carter, Jefferson Lab | News | Comments

Setting a mouse free to roam might alarm most people, but not so for nuclear imaging researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Maryland who have developed a new imaging system for mouse brain studies.

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Copper Surfaces Reduce the Rate of Health Care-Acquired Infections

April 9, 2013 11:49 am | by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America | News | Comments

Placement of copper objects in intensive care unit (ICU) hospital rooms reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in patients by more than half, according to a new study published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, in a special topic issue focused on the role of the environment in infection prevention.

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Additive Manufacturing Changes Everything

April 9, 2013 11:18 am | by University of Connecticut | Videos | Comments

The University of Connecticut and Pratt & Whitney have created one of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the country. The new Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn is the first additive manufacturing facility in the Northeast to work with metals rather than plastics.

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