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How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Basketball drills, passing fads, and how to trick a fitness tracker Fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise...

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Smartphone Matches Lab Instrument for Quality of Diagnostic Tests

January 27, 2015 9:19 am | by University of Illinois - Department of Bioengineering | Comments

The internal camera of a smartphone can function as a high-resolution laboratory spectrometer to provide measurements that match the sensitivity performance of large and expensive laboratory instruments for popular analytic tests used in medical...

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Infrared Imaging Technique Operates at High Temperatures

January 27, 2015 9:12 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

From aerial surveillance to cancer detection, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) radiation has a wide range of applications. And as the uses for high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging continue to expand, MWIR sources are becoming more attractive...

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Medtronic Completes Acquisition of Covidien

January 26, 2015 5:31 pm | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, announced today that it has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of Covidien plc. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Medtronic...

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Using Your Thoughts to Control Wireless Devices

January 26, 2015 10:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity. The indiegogo campaign, which began on Dec. 23, has raised £741 ($1,112) out of its £125,000 ($187,000) goal as of...

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MicroCam System Offers Precise Device Inspection, and Much More

January 26, 2015 9:50 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

In wake of recent headlines about cross contamination of patients by inadequately reprocessed medical devices (see story in USA Today), Sanovas Inc., a Life Science company accelerating the development and commercialization of next...

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First FDA-Approved Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring App

January 26, 2015 9:39 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the first set of mobile medical apps that allow people with diabetes to automatically and securely share data from a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with other people in real...

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Compressed Sensing Allows Faster Hospital Examinations

January 26, 2015 9:27 am | by University of Oslo | Comments

One of this century’s most significant mathematical discoveries may reduce the number of measuring points to one-sixth of the present level. This means reduced exposure to radiation and faster medical imaging diagnostics. Eight years ago...

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Practicing Nursing Care in a Virtual World

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Comments

Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found. While Facebook wants to make the world’s best online games using the Oculus Rift...

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Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease

January 26, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what's on their minds. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania...

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Preservation System Optimizes Donor Livers for Transplant

January 26, 2015 8:30 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Comments

A new preservation system that pumps cooled, oxygen-rich fluid into donor livers not only keeps the organs in excellent condition for as long as nine hours before transplantation, but also leads to dramatically better liver function and increases...

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Testing for Ion Release from Surgical Implants

January 23, 2015 3:22 pm | by ASTM International | Comments

Although regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, frequently request information from manufacturers on the potential for ion release from surgical implants containing metal, there has not been a standard method for...

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Diaper Compound Could Enhance Brain Cell Imaging

January 23, 2015 3:13 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | Comments

Pour, mix, set, add water and voila: highly detailed images of the inside of cells. A study, partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, showed that a modified form of the superabsorbent chemical used in disposable diapers can expand...

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Creating a Smarter Connection between Man and Machine

January 23, 2015 1:12 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | SurModics, Inc. | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization...

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Live Broadcast from Inside the Nerve Cell

January 23, 2015 10:49 am | by Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry | Comments

Scientists estimate that our brain consists of about ten to one hundred billions of nerve cells. In order to fulfill their respective tasks as long as possible, these cells have to constantly control their internal proteins with regard to quality and...

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Breast Imaging Technique Nearly Quadruples Cancer Detection

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Mayo Clinic | Comments

A new breast imaging technique pioneered at Mayo Clinic nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue, according to the results of a major study published this week in the American Journal of...

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