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Booking a Trip to the ER on Your Smartphone

January 16, 2015 9:30 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | Comments

It's like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings. Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling...

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FDA Approves First Disposable Spinal Instrument Fixation Kit

January 16, 2015 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

ECA Medical Instruments, the leading designer and manufacturer of single-procedure torque-limiting and fixed-driver surgical instruments and procedural kits, developed the industry’s first fully disposable spine implant fixation instrument kit...

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'Non-stick' Nanoporous Material Repels Bacteria

January 16, 2015 8:54 am | by Krishna Ramanujan, Cornell University | Comments

Just as the invention of nonstick pans was a boon for chefs, a new type of nanoscale surface that bacteria can’t stick to holds promise for applications in the food processing, medical and even shipping industries. The technology, developed...

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Egypt's Military Prosecutor to Investigate 'AIDS Detector'

January 15, 2015 2:48 pm | by Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press | Comments

An Egyptian judicial official says the country's chief prosecutor has asked military prosecutors to investigate a set of devices that inventors said detect and cure AIDS and hepatitis C — a claim widely dismissed by experts in Egypt and...

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Enlarging Brain Tissue Samples Allows Higher-Resolution Images

January 15, 2015 2:38 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Beginning with the invention of the first microscope in the late 1500s, scientists have been trying to peer into preserved cells and tissues with ever-greater magnification. The latest generation of so-called “super-resolution” microscopes can...

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Photos of the Day: How Tech Companies Are Changing Our Healthcare System

January 15, 2015 2:22 pm | by The University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

Health informatics is continually evolving and developing with the advent of new technologies. As you proceed with your Masters in Health Informatics education, you’ll learn that some of the most important players in the industry are...

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Detecting Heart Attacks Early with Gold

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | Comments

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks. Kurt H. Becker, a professor...

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Signostics Gets FDA 510k Clearance for Handheld Bladder Scanner

January 15, 2015 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The SignosRT Bladder is an affordable, portable device designed to use ultrasound technology to automatically and non-invasively calculate bladder volume and has the potential to assist in reducing health care costs in hospitals and home-care...

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Congress Takes Aim at the Device Tax

January 15, 2015 11:00 am | by AAMI | Comments

The long-running fight to repeal the 2.3% medical device excise tax has taken center stage with a new Republican-led Congress in session and the introduction of bills in both chambers to kill it.The tax, designed to help fund President Obama’s...

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Philips and Indica Labs Team Up for Advanced Image Analysis of Cancer

January 15, 2015 10:52 am | by Philips | Comments

Royal Philips today announced that it will further support oncology researchers’ efforts to analyze pathology samples by offering advanced image analysis algorithms from Indica Labs, Inc. as part of its Digital Pathology Solutions offerings...

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Johns Hopkins Lab Receives Funding to Develop Retinal Prosthesis

January 15, 2015 10:20 am | by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory | Comments

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in Laurel, Maryland, has received $4 million in funding from the Mann Fund to develop a next-generation retinal prosthesis system. The Mann Fund was created by philanthropist...

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Short Nanowires Most Effective for Inserting Electrodes into the Brain

January 15, 2015 10:02 am | by Lund University | Comments

If in the future electrodes are inserted into the human brain - either for research purposes or to treat diseases - it may be appropriate to give them a 'coat' of nanowires that could make them less irritating for the brain tissue. However...

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Brain Imaging Test for Autism Spectrum Disorder

January 15, 2015 9:50 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to identify children with autism spectrum disorder in just two minutes. This test, while far from being used as the clinical standard...

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Penn Engineers Develop 'Triple Threat' Graphene Biosensor

January 14, 2015 1:53 pm | by Even Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Biosensors—electronic devices that can detect the presence of proteins and other biological molecules—have a wide variety of applications, from medical diagnostics, to food safety, to security and law enforcement. But current biosensors need to...

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Advanced 3-D Facial Imaging Can Help Detect Autism

January 14, 2015 11:55 am | by University of Missouri - Columbia | Comments

Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders diagnosed in patients who exhibit a shared core of symptoms, including delays in learning to communicate and interact socially. Early detection of autism in children is the key for treatments to be...

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