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Growing Functioning Brain Tissue in 3-D

January 30, 2015 3:17 pm | by RIKEN | Comments

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan have succeeded in inducing human embryonic stem cells to self-organize into a three-dimensional structure similar to the cerebellum, providing tantalizing clues in the quest to...

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Implantable Device Allows Surgeons to Perform Complex Shoulder Replacements

January 30, 2015 2:51 pm | by SUNY Upstate Medical University | Comments

A novel, implantable device that is less invasive and allows surgeons to perform the most challenging and complex shoulder replacements is now available at Upstate Medical University through the Upstate Bone and Joint Center. Upstate is one...

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Deep-Brain Imaging Reveals Separate Functions for Nearly Identical Neurons

January 30, 2015 11:56 am | by University of North Carolina Health Care | Comments

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have used new deep-brain imaging techniques to link the activity of individual, genetically similar neurons to particular behaviors of mice. Specifically, for the first time ever scientists watched as one...

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State Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

January 30, 2015 10:51 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | Comments

California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in...

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'Lighting Up' Brain Cancer Cells to Guide Surgery

January 30, 2015 10:43 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Two new fluorescent dyes attracted to cancer cells may help neurosurgeons more accurately localize and completely resect brain tumors, suggests a study in the February issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of...   

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Bacteria-Repelling Coating May Allow More Successful Medical Implants

January 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Institute of Physics | Comments

A novel, bacteria-repelling coating material that could increase the success of medical implants has been created by researchers. The material helps healthy cells 'win the race' to the medical implant, beating off competition from bacterial...

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Mayo Clinic Expert Explains Telemedicine Benefits and Policy Changes

January 30, 2015 10:21 am | by Mayo Clinic | Comments

If you haven’t already experienced telemedicine, you may soon have the option. Technology is helping people connect with their physicians in new ways and from a distance, and interest is growing in updating state and federal policies to help...

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Medical Device Tax Led To Thousands Of Job Cuts

January 30, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A recent survey conducted by a medical technology trade group blames a tax on medical devices for about 18,500 industry job cuts in the last two years. The Advanced Medical Technology Association said the tax -- which was enacted as part of...

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SXSW Names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet...

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University Offers Robot-Assisted Bariatric Surgery

January 30, 2015 9:00 am | by Meridian Health | Comments

For many people, losing weight is a personal and ongoing battle. At the Center for Weight-Loss Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, new options are available for those making the life changing decision to lose weight, including...

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Building Ontario’s Most Gender-Diverse Engineering Class

January 29, 2015 4:11 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

The first-year class of engineering students at the University of Toronto is 30 percent women, a record number for both the university and the province. National numbers, expected later this year, could show University of Toronto as Canada’s most...

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3D-Printed Heart Helps Treat Child’s Rare Condition

January 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Dr. Richard Kim, a cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, used the printed model to strategize how best to treat Esther Perez, a young patient with a rare type of ventricular septal defect. Perez went in for surgery in November...

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Forecasting the Flu with Social Network Analysis

January 29, 2015 10:17 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Three UC San Diego researchers say they can predict the spread of flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now. The study - appearing in Scientific Reports, an online journal...

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Eye-Tracking Technology Detects Concussions and Head Injury Severity

January 29, 2015 10:09 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | Comments

New research out of NYU Langone Medical Center could move the medical community one step closer toward effectively detecting concussion and quantifying its severity. Neuroscientists and concussion experts from NYU Langone and elsewhere... 

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Designing Tailored Tissue 'Glue'

January 29, 2015 10:00 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

After undergoing surgery to remove diseased sections of the colon, up to 30 percent of patients experience leakage from their sutures, which can cause life-threatening complications. Many efforts are under way to create new tissue glues that...

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