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World's Smallest Pacemaker Wins Top European Innovation Award for 2015

June 26, 2015 8:42 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc today (24 June) announced that its Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) has won the top innovation award for practice improvement at EHRA EUROPACE-CARDIOSTIM 2015 in Milan. The award is selected by an international panel of...


Growing Neurons in 3D for Parkinson's Research

June 26, 2015 8:38 am | by University of Luxembourg | Comments

The progressive loss of neurons in the brain of Parkinson's patients is slow yet inexorable. So far, there are no drugs that can halt this insidious process. Researchers at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of...


Flamingo in Brazilian Zoo Gets Artificial Leg

June 26, 2015 8:34 am | by Stan Lehman, Associated Press | Comments

A pink flamingo in Brazil has gotten a new leg to stand on — an artificial one. Zookeepers at a zoo in southeastern Brazil said this week they think it's the first time a flamingo has used a prosthetic leg. The 6-year-old Chilean flamingo at the...


Sprayable Foam Slows Bleeding

June 25, 2015 3:13 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Using a material derived from crustacean shells, scientists have now developed a foam that can be sprayed onto an open wound to stop the bleeding. They report their successful tests on pigs in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering...

Graphene Could Trigger Artificial Skin Development Revolution

June 25, 2015 1:36 pm | by University of Exeter | Comments

A pioneering new technique to produce high-quality, low cost graphene could pave the way for the development of the first truly flexible 'electronic skin', that could be used in robots. Researchers from the University of Exeter have discovered...

3 Strategies for Combating Cyberattacks in Healthcare

June 25, 2015 12:39 pm | by AAMI | Comments

Steps that healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) can take to thwart would-be cyberattacks are described in a newly released primer by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). Titled Perspectives on Cybersecurity in Healthcare...

Design Packaging and Branding for Next-Generation Hydrogel Condoms

June 25, 2015 12:28 pm | by University of Wollongong | Comments

An international design competition is calling on young designers to design the packaging and branding for the next-generation of condoms. The competition has been created to encourage designers to share their ideas on innovative and culturally...

Medtronic Issues Recall on Breathing Tubes

June 25, 2015 12:22 pm | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic announced that on May 8, 2015, it began notifying hospitals and distributors worldwide that affected lots of its Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes were formed with a wider-angle bend than standard models manufactured after November 29...


New Breath Test for Pneumonia

June 25, 2015 10:54 am | by Manchester University | Comments

Researchers from the University of Manchester are part of a team that has identified an important new approach to diagnose infections in critically ill patients rapidly and accurately. A study by colleagues in Salford and Manchester found...


Analyzing Thousands of DNA Samples in 30 Minutes

June 25, 2015 10:50 am | by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg | Comments

A team of scientists including PhD student Friedrich Schuler from the Laboratory of MEMS Applications at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the University of Freiburg has developed a method for dividing a DNA sample...


New Conductive Ink for Electronic Apparel

June 25, 2015 10:16 am | by University of Tokyo | Comments

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a new ink that can be printed on textiles in a single step to form highly conductive and stretchable connections. This new functional ink will enable electronic apparel such as sportswear and underwear...


HIV-Preventing Male Circumcision Device Receives WHO Prequalification

June 25, 2015 10:11 am | by Weill Cornell Medical College | Comments

The ShangRing, a novel medical device for voluntary medical male circumcision, has received prequalification from the World Health Organization (WHO) for use. The prequalification indicates that the ShangRing meets international standards of...

New Lenses Grown Layer-by-Layer Increase X-ray Power

June 25, 2015 9:16 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

When you’re working with the brightest x-ray light source in the world, it’s crucial that you make use of as many of the photons produced as possible. That’s why physicists Hanfei Yan and Nathalie Bouet at the National Synchrotron Light Source II...


Infographic: The Mobile Health Industry Is Booming

June 25, 2015 9:10 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | Comments

The use of modern technologies for health-related applications is on the rise. The continued miniaturization of components and reduced manufacturing costs are helping to push mobile health into the mainstream. Indeed, the industry is projected...


Destroying Tumors with Radio Waves and Microwaves

June 24, 2015 4:15 pm | by LifeBridge Health | Comments

Many patients with advanced cancers experience significant pain, and the pain caused by metastases (cancers that have spread to the spine) can be excruciating as tumor growth replaces bone. This can be especially true if the tumor is touching...



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