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IBM’s Watson Takes on Brain Cancer

March 28, 2014 11:17 am | by IBM | Comments

New York Genome Center (NYGC) and IBM are collaborating to analyze genetic data to accelerate the race to personalized, life-saving treatment for brain cancer patients. IBM's Watson cognitive computing system will be designed to analyze the...

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Committee Developing Proposed Standard for Unicondylar Knee Joint Replacements

March 28, 2014 10:45 am | by ASTM International | Comments

A proposed new ASTM International standard will cover fatigue testing of metallic tibial trays, which are components used in partial knee joint replacement. ASTM WK45235, Practice for Cyclic Fatigue Testing of Metal Tibial Tray Components...

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World's First Pacemaker Series with Event-Triggered IEGM Transmissions Gains CE Mark

March 28, 2014 10:40 am | by PresseBox | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced CE approval for its new Eluna pacemaker series today. The new generation of pacemakers includes single and dual-chamber as well as cardiac resynchronization...

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CAN Calls on DoJ to Investigate J&J for Document Destruction

March 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Corporate Action Network | Comments

The Corporate Action Network (CAN) has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Johnson and Johnson and its top executives, including Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky for destroying documents critical to lawsuits brought...

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Biomarkers Predict Effectiveness of Radiation Treatments

March 27, 2014 4:11 pm | by Beaumont Research | Comments

An international team of researchers, led by Beaumont Health System’s Jan Akervall, M.D., Ph.D., looked at biomarkers to determine the effectiveness of radiation treatments for patients with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck. They identified two markers that ...

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Clemson Researcher Touts Surgical Safety Checklist to Save Lives

March 27, 2014 4:07 pm | by Clemson University | Comments

Clemson University research assistant professor Ashley Kay Childers has been selected to participate in a forum to discuss quality improvement programs in U.S. hospitals that reduce preventable readmissions, prevent medical errors, improve patient outcomes and ...

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Using PET Scanning to Evaluate Therapies of Menkes Disease

March 27, 2014 4:03 pm | by Satoshi Nozaki, RIKEN | Comments

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies in Japan have used PET imaging to visualize the distribution in the body of copper, which is deregulated in Menkes disease, a genetic disorder, using a mouse model. This study lays the groundwork for PET imaging studies on ...

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Anti-Clotting Agent Helps Reduce the Incidence and Impact of Stent Thrombosis

March 27, 2014 4:00 pm | by Judy Romero, Cardiovascular Research Foundation | Comments

A new angiographic analysis of the CHAMPION PHOENIX trial examined the incidence and impact of stent thrombosis (ST) in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). CHAMPION PHOENIX was a prospective, double-blind, active-controlled trial which ...

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New Guidance System Could Improve Minimally Invasive Surgery

March 27, 2014 3:56 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room. The researchers say initial testing of the algorithm shows that their image-based guidance system is ...

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'Mini Heart' Helps Return Venous Blood

March 27, 2014 3:47 pm | by The George Washington University | Comments

George Washington University (GW) researcher Narine Sarvazyan, Ph.D., has invented a new organ to help return blood flow from veins lacking functional valves. A rhythmically contracting cuff made of ...        

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First Implant of Smaller Left Ventricular Assist Device a Success

March 27, 2014 11:45 am | by Southwestern Medical Center | Comments

“Today, we’re going to make history,” said 18-year-old Eric Ramos on the day UT Southwestern Medical Center doctors operated on his ailing heart. Eric, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is one of only three patients in the United States with the condition to receive ...

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Sensor to Detect Common Illicit Date Rape Drug within Seconds

March 27, 2014 11:39 am | by National University of Singapore | Comments

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed the world’s first fluorescent sensor to identify the presence of a drug known as GHB that is commonly used to spike beverages. When the sensor is mixed with ...

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When Smaller Is Better for Biological Scanning

March 27, 2014 11:35 am | by Angela Herring, Northeastern University | Comments

A few hun­dred dol­lars and 24 hours: That’s what’s required to scan bio­log­ical mate­rials for impor­tant bio­markers that signal dis­eases such as dia­betes or cancer, using industry stan­dard equip­ment. But sup­pose you wanted to ...

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CT Scans Help Catch Cases Traditional Test Misses

March 27, 2014 11:05 am | by Mayo Clinic | Comments

Gout is on the rise among U.S. men and women, and this piercingly painful and most common form of inflammatory arthritis is turning out to be more complicated than had been thought. The standard way to check for gout is by ...    

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Artificial Hearts May Help Patients Survive Until Transplant

March 27, 2014 11:01 am | by Beth Casteel, American College of Cardiology | Comments

The largest single-center study of patients implanted with a total artificial heart finds the device may help patients in severe heart failure survive until they can receive a heart transplant. Researchers studied 22 patients implanted with total artificial hearts at ...

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