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Stanford Engineer Produces Free Braille-Writer App

February 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Andrew Myers, Stanford University | Comments

Three years ago, Sohan Dharmaraja was a Stanford engineering doctoral candidate in search of his next project when he visited the Stanford Office of Accessible Education, which helps blind and visually challenged students successfully navigate...

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Device Improves Bowel Control in Women

February 10, 2015 2:38 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | Comments

Research led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery shows a vaginal bowel-control system designed by Pelvalon is the first device to successfully control fecal incontinence...

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Analyzing Cures Before They Reach Veterans

February 10, 2015 2:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A new testing center for medical products used to help veterans has been opened at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Pittsburgh, the VA announced on Jan. 30. The Center for Medical Product End-user Testing is responsible for evaluating...

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Flexible Electronic Film Could Enable New Wearable Devices

February 10, 2015 11:36 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | Comments

Electronic devices have shrunk rapidly in the past decades, but most remain as stiff as the same sort of devices were in the 1950s -- a drawback if you want to wrap your phone around your wrist when you go for a jog or fold your computer to fit...

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Photos of the Day: Providing Prosthetic Hands with Sense of Touch

February 10, 2015 11:18 am | by DARPA | Comments

Despite recent advances in technology for upper-limb prostheses, artificial arms and hands are still unable to provide users with sensory feedback, such as the “feel” of things being touched or awareness of limb position and movement. Without...

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3 Innovations in Next-Generation Prosthetics

February 10, 2015 11:17 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | Comments

Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President's BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology. The new awards will be funded and administered by the...

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Injectable Nanoparticles Can Restore Normal Oxygen Levels

February 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Rice University | Comments

Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism. Scientists at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine...

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Simple Blood Test Can Predict Risk of Dementia

February 10, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Copenhagen - The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences | Comments

Scientists at Rigshopitalet, Herlev Hospital and the University of Copenhagen identify a new biomarker that can predict the risk of developing dementia by way of a simple blood test. In the long term, this could mean better prevention and thus at...

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Using Google Glass to Improve Patient-Physician Relationship

February 10, 2015 10:36 am | by Tracie White, Stanford University | Comments

Firsthand experience working in hospitals and clinics helped inspire third-year Stanford medical student Pelu Tran to explore a potential career path in the world of high-tech startups. Tran began to realize just how much the daily grind...

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Photos of the Day: A Pediatric Diabetes Game Changer

February 10, 2015 10:26 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

With a $1.8-million, three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, UC Santa Barbara chemical engineers Frank Doyle and Eyal Dassau and Yale University's Dr. Stuart Weinzimer could make hands-on care of Type 1 Diabetes a thing of the...

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NIH Funds Research on a Pediatric Artificial Pancreas

February 10, 2015 10:25 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

Anyone who lives with Type 1 diabetes is all too familiar with the sheer amount of effort -- and often round-the-clock attention -- required to manage the disease. Food intake is closely monitored, as is physical activity, and the period between...

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Neural Implant Enables Amputees to Move and Feel Prosthetic Hand

February 10, 2015 9:45 am | by University of Utah | Comments

University of Utah researchers have received $1.4 million to further develop an implantable neural interface that will allow an amputee to move an advanced prosthetic hand with just his or her thoughts. The neural interface will also convey...

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Robotic Sock Promotes Blood Circulation and Prevents Clots

February 10, 2015 9:33 am | by National University of Singapore | Comments

Patients who are bedridden or unable to move their legs are often at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition caused by blood clots forming along the lower extremity veins of the legs. A team of...

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Fixing Broken Hearts through Engineering

February 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

This year, more than half a million Americans will be diagnosed with advanced heart failure, and of those, less than 4,000—roughly seven out of every 1,000—will receive a transplant. The incredibly limited availability of hearts leaves thousands...

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First Spinal Fusion Patient Treated with New Interbody Fusion System

February 9, 2015 12:02 pm | by Benvenue Medical, Inc. | Comments

Benvenue Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, announced that the first spinal fusion patient in the U.S. has been treated with the new minimally invasive Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System. The surgery was...

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