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First Liquid Nanolaser Could Lead to New "Lab-on-a-Chip" Design

April 27, 2015 9:38 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

Northwestern University scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead to...

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Permanent Radiotherapy Implants Reduce Recurrent Prostate Cancer Risk

April 27, 2015 9:32 am | by European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology | Comments

Results from a randomized controlled trial to compare the use of permanent radioactive implants (brachytherapy) with dose-escalated external beam radiotherapy in patients with prostate cancer show that the men who received brachytherapy...

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Pocket-Sized Ultrasound Devices Reduce Need for Further Testing

April 27, 2015 9:26 am | by European Association for the Study of the Liver | Comments

Results from a study presented today at The International Liver Congress 2015 demonstrate that the use of a pocket-sized ultrasound device (PUD) helps to reduce the need for further testing in both the inpatient and outpatient setting...

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Photos of the Day: Brain Implant-Controlled Robots

April 24, 2015 4:17 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

For the first time since her paralysis, Cathy Hutchinson was able to pick up a bottle of coffee, bring it to her mouth and drink from it again. Hutchinson, who was 58 at the time, didn’t regain control over her hands. She did it by moving a robotic arm with her thoughts.

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Senate Hearing on Medical Device Tax Effects

April 24, 2015 10:46 am | by The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) | Comments

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) commends the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Health Care for convening today’s hearing, “A Fresh Look at the Impact of the Medical Device Tax on Jobs, Innovation, and Patients...

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Inflatable Penile Prosthesis FDA Approved for Ectopic Placement

April 24, 2015 10:41 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Coloplast, a leading medical device company, announced it has received approval from The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for changes in labeling of the Titan Inflatable Penile Prosthesis...

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'Micro Fingers' for Arranging Single Cells

April 24, 2015 10:36 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | Comments

Functional analysis of a cell, which is the fundamental unit of life, is important for gaining new insights into medical and pharmaceutical fields. For efficiently studying cell functions, it is essential to reconstruct cellular microenvironments...

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Adding a New Wrinkle in Graphene to Cell Culture

April 24, 2015 10:32 am | by Brown University | Comments

Using a technique that introduces tiny wrinkles into sheets of graphene, researchers from Brown University have developed new textured surfaces for culturing cells in the lab that better mimic the complex surroundings in which cells grow...

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Measuring Volumes of Key Lab-on-a-Chip Components

April 24, 2015 10:01 am | by NIST | Comments

Imagine shrinking tubes and beakers—in fact, most of a clinical chemistry lab—down to the size of a credit card. When engineers figured out how to do that two decades ago, they enabled complex tests to be performed with tiny "lab on a chip"...

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Game Shows Mosquito's-Eye View of Malaria

April 24, 2015 9:57 am | by University of Oxford | Comments

Officially launched on World Malaria Day (25 April) The Life Cycle of Malaria is the first game of its kind which tries to visualize the life cycle of the disease in 3D. In the process players learn about why mosquito bites itch, why pregnant...

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Making Wireless Heart Monitoring Possible

April 24, 2015 9:53 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Between the ages of 5-10, Sid Muthal estimates he spent between 1-2 months per year in the hospital battling an illness. As anyone who has been a hospital patient can attest, the visits included having vitals being monitored continuously...

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Portable MRI Could Aid Wounded Soldiers in Third World

April 24, 2015 9:46 am | by Kevin Roark, Los Alamos National Laboratory | Comments

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are developing an ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that could be low-power and lightweight enough for forward deployment on the battlefield and to field hospitals in the...

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4 Technologies Enhancing the Hospital Experience

April 24, 2015 9:42 am | by University of California - San Francisco | Comments

Personalized digital media walls. Push-button, custom dinner orders. Robot deliveries. This isn’t a futuristically imagined hospital from “The Jetsons.” It’s all part of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, where technological touches aren’t...

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Palm-Sized Chip Attacks Drug-Resistant Bacteria

April 24, 2015 9:04 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

A Johns Hopkins engineer, supported by a major NIH grant, is leading a multi-institution team that wants to keep bacterial infections from dodging the dwindling arsenal of drugs that destroy the deadly microbes. The group’s goal is to...

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How to Turn Ultrasound into a Pacemaker

April 24, 2015 8:59 am | by American Physiological Society (APS) | Comments

Ultrasound—the technology used for sonograms and examining the heart—can increase the rate at which heart cells beat, researchers from Drexel University report. In their paper “Ultrasound-Induced Modulation of Cardiac Rhythm in Neonatal Rat...

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