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'Smart Capsule' Is Potential New Drug-delivery Vehicle

July 14, 2015 11:34 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

A new "smart capsule" under development could deliver medications directly to the large intestines to target certain medical conditions. "Usually, when you take medication it is absorbed in the stomach and small intestine before making...

Wearable ECG Harness Monitors NASA Astronauts

July 14, 2015 10:39 am | by NimbleHeart Inc. | Comments

NASA performs cardiac monitoring of astronauts to ensure their health, performance, and safety during space missions. The ECG monitor required for this has to be wearable by both, men and women (NASA has a sizeable proportion of women astronauts)...

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Simulation Watches Drugs Enter the Lungs

July 14, 2015 10:08 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

The first computer model that predicts the flow of liquid medication in human lungs is providing new insight into the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome. University of Michigan researchers are using the new technology to uncover...

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Photos of the Day: Now Playing in 4D: Your Heart

July 14, 2015 9:45 am | by Tomas Kellner, GE Reports | Comments

Dr. Khandheria and his colleagues at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wis., have recently started using brand new ultrasound software that, for the first time, allows the team to see the heart in “extreme 4D” – the three spatial...

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Liquid Biopsy Detects Cancer Mutations Not Found in Traditional Biopsy

July 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology | Comments

An international, randomized, phase III study has analyzed the DNA of 503 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer by liquid biopsy (BEAMing platform) to detect KRAS, PIK3CA and BRAF gene mutations in tumors. These patients, who had previously...

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Chemotherapeutic Coatings Enhance Tumor-frying Nanoparticles

July 14, 2015 9:14 am | by Duke University | Comments

In a move akin to adding chemical weapons to a firebomb, researchers at Duke University have devised a method for making a promising nanoscale cancer treatment even more deadly to tumors. The invention allows an extremely thin layer of hydrogels...

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Environmentally Friendly 'Nanobullet' Battles Bacteria

July 13, 2015 4:07 pm | by North Carolina State University | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed an effective and environmentally benign method to combat bacteria by engineering nanoscale particles that add the antimicrobial potency of silver to a core of lignin, a ubiquitous substance...

Newborn’s First Stool Could Alert Doctors to Long-term Cognitive Issues

July 13, 2015 2:24 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

A newborn’s first stool can signal the child may struggle with persistent cognitive problems, according to Case Western Reserve University Project Newborn researchers. In particular, high levels of fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEE) found in the...

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FDA Clears 3D Printed Fusion Implant

July 13, 2015 1:06 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

The German company joimax, developer of technologies and training methods for minimally invasive endoscopic spinal surgery, today announced it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Endoscopic Lumbar...

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Graphene-based Sensor Is Tunable and Highly Sensitive

July 13, 2015 12:12 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

Many areas of fundamental research are interested in graphene owing to its exceptional characteristics. It is made of one layer of carbon atoms, which makes it light and sturdy, and it is an excellent thermal and electrical conductor. Despite its...

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Photos of the Day: First Lab with 100 Percent Digital Diagnosis

July 13, 2015 9:49 am | by Philips | Comments

Royal Philips announced that the Netherlands-based LabPON has become the first clinical pathology laboratory in the world to have transitioned completely to digital diagnosis. With this shift, all clinical histology cases are now being assessed...

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Ultrasound Accelerates Skin Healing

July 13, 2015 9:22 am | by University of Sheffield | Comments

Healing times for skin ulcers and bedsores can be reduced by a third with the use of low-intensity ultrasound, scientists from the University of Sheffield and University of Bristol have found. Researchers from the University of Sheffield's...

Keeping Athletes' Injuries on the Sidelines

July 13, 2015 9:15 am | by Victoria Ifan, GE Reports | Comments

As an engineering student at Stanford University in the 1980s, Garry Gold was leading an active lifestyle, running marathons and playing sports. But then he tore his ACL - the connective tissue that links the thighbone to the shinbone at...

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Tiny Chip Provides Speedy, Lab Quality Diagnostics

July 13, 2015 9:09 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

The postage stamp-sized square of fused silica Kjeld Janssen is holding may not look like a whole lot to the untrained eye, but inside the clear chip lies the potential to improve how medicine and medical research is done. “If you can integrate...

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Watching the Dangerous 'Hardening' of the Arteries

July 10, 2015 2:28 pm | by University of Cambridge | Comments

Researchers at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, have shown how a radioactive agent developed in the 1960s to detect bone cancer can be re-purposed to highlight the build-up of unstable calcium...

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