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Smart Hydrogel Coating Creates “Stick-Slip” Control of Capillary Action

July 27, 2015 10:49 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

Coating the inside of glass microtubes with a polymer hydrogel material dramatically alters the way capillary forces draw water into the tiny structures, researchers have found. The discovery could provide a new way to control microfluidic...

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Exercise Mimic Molecule May Help Treat Diabetes and Obesity

July 27, 2015 10:19 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a molecule that acts as an exercise mimic, which could potentially help treat type 2 diabetes and obesity. The new molecule, called ‘compound 14’, inhibits the function of a cellular...

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Photos of the Day: GE, NFL Back New Concussion Detection Device that Tracks the Brain’s Electricity

July 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Mike Keller, GE Reports | News | Comments

BrainScope Company, Inc., based in Bethesda, Md., is now developing a medical device using electrodes stuck to the athlete’s head to read electrical activity coming from neurons in the brain. The test can be done in the locker room and...

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Surgical Catheter Usage Examined to Reduce UTI Incidents

July 27, 2015 9:40 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Surgical teams at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, are decreasing the rate of urinary tract infection (UTI) in their institution by paying scrupulous attention to the use of catheters before and immediately after operations. Their efforts are...

Silk and Stem Cells Offer Potential Cure for Dry Mouth

July 27, 2015 9:35 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio | News | Comments

The silkworm, which produces the essential ingredient for fine silk fabric, also plays a critical role in a new process designed to provide relief for millions of individuals with dry mouth, a devastating oral and systemic health issue...

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OEM Shaves 20% from Medical Patch Pump Costs

July 27, 2015 9:06 am | by ESCATEC | Product Releases | Comments

ESCATEC, one of Europe's leading providers of contract and manufacturing services, has shaved 20% off the manufacturing costs of a patch pump by automating the production and test processes. The initial contract was for a small prototype run of the PCB numbering a few thousand units. This was done using ESCATEC's SMT line is Switzerland. However ...

Don’t Let Product Development Go Off Course

July 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Tim Pelura, PhD, CEO; David Craig, Director of Operations and Interventional Services; Surpass Inc. | Blogs | Comments

It is no secret that bringing medical innovation to market is a costly endeavor. By product launch, tens, or even hundreds, of millions of dollars and thousands of hours of engineering and testing have been expended. According to a 2010...

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Changing the Color of Light May Improve Imaging and Cancer Treatment

July 24, 2015 3:13 pm | by University of Delaware | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore a new idea that could improve solar cells, medical imaging and even cancer treatments. Simply put, they want to change the color of light...

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Cancer-Destroying Proton Accelerator Will Protect Astronauts from Radiation

July 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

One of the sensors that will fly aboard NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S was recently given a clean bill of health from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The sensor, known as EHIS, was successfully tested...

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Diagnostic Tests in Less Than 15 Minutes

July 24, 2015 1:48 pm | by NOWDiagnostics | News | Comments

NOWDiagnostics Inc., based in Springdale, Ark., has created a line of unique blood-based rapid tests that will enable medical professionals to conduct simple-to-use, highly accurate tests for a variety of ailments and diseases. The company is currently...

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Developing a Blood Test for Young Binge Drinkers

July 24, 2015 12:29 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

A biomarker found in the blood of alcohol users is significantly higher in binge drinkers than in those who consume alcohol moderately, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The biomarker, called...

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Would You Operate on Yourself with a DIY Surgical Robot?

July 24, 2015 12:23 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

So what’s an American to do when they can’t afford a necessary operation? Well, soon enough minor surgeries could be performed at home with a surgical robot, requiring very little doctor mediation. The robot, right now a non-functional concept...

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Medical and Pharmaceutical Packaging Benefits with Drug Master Files

July 24, 2015 11:36 am | by Sarah Skidmore, Marketing Manager, Plastics Color Corporation | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers that use custom polymer solutions, compounds, colorants, and plastic additive masterbatches in the medical or pharmaceutical markets may benefit greatly by using a Drug Master File (DMF). DMFs are important because they contain...

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New Material Forges the Way for ‘Stem Cell Factories’

July 24, 2015 10:44 am | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

Experts at The University of Nottingham have discovered the first fully synthetic substrate with potential to grow billions of stem cells. The research, published in the academic journal Advanced Materials, could forge the way for the creation...

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Attention-control Video Game Curbs Combat Vets' PTSD Symptoms

July 24, 2015 9:36 am | by NIH/National Institute of Mental Health | News | Comments

A computerized attention-control training program significantly reduced combat veterans' preoccupation with - or avoidance of -- threat and attendant PTSD symptoms. By contrast, another type of computerized training, called attention bias...

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