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Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance to Deliver Chemotherapy

March 3, 2015 9:17 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice developed by MIT researchers can help overcome that by first blocking the gene that confers drug...

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4 Medical Devices that Changed from 'Oops!' to 'Eureka!'

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You know the old axiom: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One would think this philosophy can’t possibly apply to medical device development, because design engineers are working tirelessly to make sure that nothing on their device breaks...

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Reducing Animal Testing for Skin Allergies

March 2, 2015 1:56 pm | by European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) | News | Comments

The JRC has validated and recommended a new method which is not based on animal testing, to identify chemicals that can trigger skin allergies, estimated to affect already 20% of the population in Europe. The human Cell Line Activation Test...

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First 'Made for iPhone' Custom Hearing Aid

March 2, 2015 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beltone, a leader in hearing aids for the past 75 years, announced today the launch of the Beltone Legend hearing aid, which features new technology and hearing innovations that make it the most advanced and versatile hearing aid available...

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The Global Brainstorm: Solutions to Neurodegenerative Diseases

March 2, 2015 11:40 am | by Miri Polachek, Executive Director, Israel Brain Technologies | Blogs | Comments

As medical treatment improves dramatically, allowing us to live longer lives, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s are becoming increasingly prevalent. Close to 40 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s...

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Multiradio Module

March 2, 2015 11:29 am | by u-blox | Product Releases | Comments

u-blox, a developer of wireless and positioning modules and chips, announces ODIN-W262, a new stand-alone multiradio module designed for Internet-of-Things applications. The professional-grade (-40 °C to +85 °C) module makes adding wireless connectivity to any product quick and easy...

Compact Automotive-Grade Multiradio Modules

March 2, 2015 11:29 am | by u-blox | Product Releases | Comments

u-blox, a developer of wireless and positioning modules and chips, announces full production availability of the ELLA-W1 series of compact, automotive-grade, multiradio modules. The modules promise predictable, reliable results and easy implementation of in-car wireless connectivity...

Google Glass Shows Promising Uses in Plastic Surgery

March 2, 2015 11:18 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery--with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special paper in the March 2015...

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On-Board School Bus Filtration System Reduces Pollutants by 88 Percent

March 2, 2015 10:53 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

An on-board air filtration system developed specifically for school buses reduces exposure to vehicular pollutants by up to 88 percent, according to a study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The high-efficiency...

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Diagnosing TB with Oral Swabs

March 2, 2015 10:49 am | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | News | Comments

Drawing inspiration from veterinary medicine, researchers at the University of Washington have helped developed a new prospective approach to diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) - easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving on standard...

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A Virtual Reality Check for Medical Students

March 2, 2015 10:15 am | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Jack has a backache. He’s nervous, sitting there in the doctor’s exam room, and his eyes quickly dart back and forth. He carefully answers the medical student’s questions, grimacing from the pain as he describes where it hurts, and how...

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Lab-on-Paper for Rapid, Inexpensive Immune-Detection Tests

March 2, 2015 10:15 am | by University of Rhode Island | News | Comments

A team of University of Rhode Island engineers led by Professor Mohammad Faghri has created a new paper-based platform for conducting a wide range of complex medical diagnostics. The key development was the invention of fluid actuated valves...

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Neuromonitoring System Protects Nerve Tissue During Surgery

March 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

After bowel surgery, more than half of the patients suffer from irreparable nerve damage. Now scientists have developed an assistance system that warns surgeons about the risk of inflicting possible injury during operations in the pelvic...

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Robotic Vest Takes Burden off Demanding Jobs

March 2, 2015 9:49 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Each year millions of people within the EU injure themselves in the course of their work due to picking up heavy loads or from one-sided movements – ending up with serious health issues. Together with the industry, Fraunhofer researchers...

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3D Printing Personalized Antibiotic and Chemotherapeutic Drug Delivery Implants

March 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Society of Interventional Radiology | News | Comments

3D printing could become a powerful tool in customizing interventional radiology treatments to individual patient needs, with clinicians having the ability to construct devices to a specific size and shape. That's according to a study being...

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