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Cellular Bubbles Deliver Parkinson's Meds Directly to Brain

May 8, 2015 10:36 am | by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Comments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have used exosomes -- tiny bubbles of protein and fat produced naturally by cells -- to bypass the body's defenses and deliver a potent antioxidant directly to the brain to treat...

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3D X-ray Technique Detects More Breast Cancer in Screening

May 8, 2015 10:33 am | by Lund University | Comments

Tomosynthesis detects 40% more breast cancers than traditional mammography does, according to a major screening study from Lund University, Sweden. This is the first large-scale study to compare the screening method with regular mammograms...

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Hackathon Attempts to Take On Dementia

May 8, 2015 9:54 am | by University of Lincoln | Comments

Designers, coders, hackers and researchers are coming together for an event aimed at exploring how digital technologies could support and improve dementia care. Create-4-Dementia, from 30th to 31st May 2015, is the first public event of the Social...

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Faster Skin Biopsies Without Anesthesia

May 8, 2015 9:50 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | Comments

Currently a skin biopsy involves cutting the base layer of the skin manually, removing it with forceps and sewing up the incision with one or two stitches. Thanks to the new automatic device, a simple click will be enough to obtain a sample...

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Artificial Membranes with Programmable Surfaces

May 8, 2015 9:46 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells...

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Facial Recognition 'Smart' Cane for the Blind

May 8, 2015 9:37 am | by Birmingham City University | Comments

A revolutionary ‘smart’ cane enabling the visually impaired to instantly identify friends and family could be available soon, thanks to students at Birmingham City University. The ‘XploR’ mobility cane, being developed by ICT students...

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An LED Foot Pain Reliever

May 7, 2015 3:42 pm | by Hammacher Schlemmer | Comments

Continuing its 167-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The LED Foot Pain Reliever, the only device for the feet that produces safe infrared heat to stimulate blood circulation...

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Hacking a Teleoperated Surgical Robot to Reveal Security Flaws

May 7, 2015 3:39 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

To make cars as safe as possible, we crash them into walls to pinpoint weaknesses and better protect the people who use them. That's the idea behind a series of experiments conducted by a University of Washington engineering team who hacked a...

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Implant May Eliminate Need for Eye Drops After Cataract Surgery

May 7, 2015 3:32 pm | by Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) | Comments

Researchers have developed a drug-releasing implant that controls pain and inflammation, eliminating the need for eye drops following cataract surgery. The research is being presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in...

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Robotic Project to Assist the Elderly

May 7, 2015 3:30 pm | by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | Comments

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers received a grant for a project to advance assistive robotics that will help the elderly complete everyday tasks. The goal of the project, "Follow Me: Proxemics and Responsiveness for Following...

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3D 'Organoids' Grown from Tumors Could Personalize Drug Screening

May 7, 2015 3:26 pm | by Cell Press | Comments

Three-dimensional cultures (or "organoids") derived from the tumors of cancer patients closely replicate key properties of the original tumors, reveals a study published May 7 in Cell. These "organoid" cultures are amenable to large-scale drug...

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Sounding Out Scaffolds for Eardrum Replacement

May 7, 2015 3:23 pm | by Institute of Physics | Comments

An international team of researchers has created tiny, complex scaffolds that mimic the intricate network of collagen fibers that form the human eardrum. It is hoped the scaffolds can be used to replace eardrums when they become severely damaged...

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The Next Step in DNA Computing: GPS Mapping?

May 7, 2015 10:22 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Conventional silicon-based computing, which has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent decades, is pushing against its practical limits. DNA computing could help take the digital era to the next level. Scientists are now reporting progress toward...

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Redesigned MRI Systems for Patients with Implants

May 7, 2015 10:19 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

New technology developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited. A redesign...

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Developing Antibacterial Medical Materials

May 7, 2015 10:16 am | by Lucideon | Comments

Lucideon, the materials technology company, together with 9 European consortium partners, has been awarded a 3.9m euro (£2.8m) grant by the European Commission to train industry PhD researchers for the development of drug-free antibacterial materials...

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