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IBM Wants a DNA Reader in Every Doctor’s Office

November 24, 2014 | by Arizona State University | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. "Our goal is to put...

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Touch Sensor Technology Revolutionizes Patient Care

November 26, 2014 12:31 pm | by Zytronic | Comments

Touchscreen manufacturer Zytronic’s large format, highly robust projected capacitive products have been specified for another innovative application - this time within the medical sector. Through its Benelux based distribution partner Telerex, the company...

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New Method for Producing Nanoporous Metals

November 26, 2014 12:19 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | Comments

Nanoporous metals -- foam-like materials that have some degree of air vacuum in their structure -- have a wide range of applications because of their superior qualities. They posses a high surface area for better electron transfer, which can lead to...

First FDA-Approved Stool DNA Screening Test Gains Support

November 26, 2014 12:14 pm | by Exact Sciences Corp. | Comments

Exact Sciences Corp. announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued its final payment decision regarding Cologuard and will reimburse it at $502 per test. Cologuard is the first and only FDA-approved noninvasive stool...

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Army Researchers Win $500K in Head Health Challenge

November 26, 2014 12:08 pm | by Joyce P. Brayboy, U.S. Army Research Laboratory | Comments

Army Soldier-protection experts at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have received a $500,000 grant from the NFL, Under Armour and GE's Head Health Challenge II initiative that will assist its research to protect against brain injury ... 

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New Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics

November 26, 2014 11:06 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

Flexible electronics have been touted as the next generation in electronics in various areas, ranging from consumer electronics to bio-integrated medical devices. In spite of their merits, insufficient performance of organic materials arising from inherent...

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Brain-Computer Interface Devices to Bring Us into the Future

November 26, 2014 10:48 am | by AAMI | Comments

Addressing regulators, members of industry, and other stakeholders, Jennifer French delivered a powerful message about those requiring brain–computer interface (BCI) devices to treat paralysis and other neurological conditions: “We are not patients..."

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Robots Join the Healthcare Team

November 26, 2014 10:07 am | by Georgia Tech | Comments

Ten years ago, Evans suffered a stroke that left him with limited mobility. Over the past two years, he’s been working with Kemp, an associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University...

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Demand for Orthopedic Braces Remains Steady

November 25, 2014 5:26 pm | by GlobalData | Comments

With only 10.5% of US patients with osteoarthritis of the knee opting for surgery in 2013, a percentage that has not increased in 10 years, medical device manufacturers are working to meet the clear demand for solutions that delay unwanted surgery...

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Gates Foundation to Help Accelerate Ebola Treatments

November 25, 2014 5:13 pm | by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Comments

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will be supporting efforts in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries to scale up the production and evaluation of convalescent plasma and other convalescent blood products as potential therapies...

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The Top 10 Health Technology Hazards of 2015

November 25, 2014 5:06 pm | by ECRI Institute | Comments

What could possibly go wrong in hospitals? Many things, according to ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care. Hazards caused by medical technology are a prime example—because hazards can lead...

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Photos of the Day: Google's Spoon Steadies Tremors

November 25, 2014 4:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Built with hundreds of algorithms, these specially designed spoons make it much easier for people with tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling. The spoons sense a shaking hand and make instant adjustments to stay balanced ...

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Heat-Conducting Plastic Could Have Medical Applications

November 25, 2014 3:55 pm | by University of Michigan | Comments

The spaghetti-like internal structure of most plastics makes it hard for them to cast away heat, but a University of Michigan research team has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better than its conventional counterparts. Plastics are inexpensive...

Steadying Tremors with 'Liftware' Spoon

November 25, 2014 3:48 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | Comments

Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's...

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Dissolvable Wireless Electronic Implants Fight Bacteria

November 25, 2014 3:42 pm | by Tufts University | Comments

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected...

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Student Creates Affordable Inverted DIY Microscope

November 25, 2014 3:33 pm | by Brunel University London | Comments

Expensive tests for measuring everything from sperm motility to cancer diagnosis have just been made hundreds of thousands of pounds cheaper by a PhD student from Brunel University London who hacked his own microscope. Adam Lynch, from...

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