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Wheelchair Lift Technology Doesn't Require Attendant

June 2, 2015 9:28 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

A Chicago-based startup with a team of University of Illinois alumni has developed a technology, which will make it much easier and cost-effective for wheelchair users to get up and down stairs in their home without needing an attendant...

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Graphene Oxide Biodegrades with Help of Human Enzymes

June 2, 2015 9:24 am | by Graphene Flagship | Comments

Graphene Flagship researchers show how graphene oxide suspended in water biodegrades in a reaction catalyzed by a human enzyme, with the effectiveness of the breakdown dependent on the colloidal stability of the suspension. The study should...

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Mobile App Educates Teens on Risky Sexual Behavior

June 1, 2015 4:05 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

Teenagers, parents, educators and clinicians will have a new tool to help adolescents make more informed decisions about their sexual behavior. "Seventeen Days," a mobile app based on the interactive movie of the same name, will be available at...

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3D Printed, Biocompatible Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering

June 1, 2015 3:36 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers have developed a new way of making tough — but soft and wet — biocompatible materials, called “hydrogels,” into complex and intricately patterned shapes. The process might lead to injectable materials for delivering drugs or cells...

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Photos of the Day: Blood Glucose Monitoring - without Drawing Blood

June 1, 2015 3:29 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | Comments

A startup company based on technology invented at Duke University is working to make blood glucose measurement as easy as exhalation — and end the need to draw blood. The idea is the brainchild of Ryan McCormick, a recent PhD graduate from Duke’s...

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Building a Better Microscope to See at the Atomic Level

June 1, 2015 12:42 pm | by University of California - San Francisco | Comments

One of the more famous images in biology is known as "Photo 51," an image of DNA that chemist Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Gosling created in 1952 by shooting X-rays through fibers of DNA and analyzing the patterns they left behind on film...

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FDA Approves Brain Vessel Stroke Clot 'Vacuum'

June 1, 2015 11:51 am | by Penumbra Inc. | Comments

Penumbra Inc., a global interventional therapies company and innovator in intra-arterial stroke therapy, today (27 May) announced that the company’s ACE64 aspiration thrombectomy system received 510(k) marketing clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug...

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Sensing Tech Could Help Detect Diseases, Fraudulent Art, Chemical Weapons

June 1, 2015 11:40 am | by University at Buffalo | Comments

From airport security detecting explosives to art historians authenticating paintings, society's thirst for powerful sensors is growing. Given that, few sensing techniques can match the buzz created by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)...

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Genetic Test Assesses Contact Lens-Related Infections

June 1, 2015 9:49 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center/New York University School of Medicine | Comments

Using high-precision genetic tests to differentiate the thousands of bacteria that make up the human microbiome, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center suggest that they have found a possible -- and potentially surprising -- root cause of...

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X-ray Lens Sharpens View into the Nano World

June 1, 2015 9:38 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY | Comments

A team led by DESY scientists has designed, fabricated and successfully tested a novel X-ray lens that produces sharper and brighter images of the nano world. The lens employs an innovative concept to redirect X-rays over a wide range of angles...

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Software Reads Kids' Expressions to Measure Pain Levels

June 1, 2015 9:33 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Accurately assessing pain in children in a clinical setting can be difficult. A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has demonstrated the validity of a new method for measuring pediatric pain levels...

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Apps Help Hearing-Impaired Audience Understand Every Word

June 1, 2015 9:25 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | Comments

Hearing-impaired people face a challenge at the theater or cinema. Fraunhofer technology promises a remedy integrated into two apps made by Sennheiser Streaming Technologies GmbH. They allow the hearing impaired to adjust the sound to match their...

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Mini Hybrid Gamma Ray Camera to Improve Bedside Tumor Diagnosis

June 1, 2015 9:19 am | by University of Leicester | Comments

Researchers from the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham are developing a revolutionary mini gamma ray camera that will improve the diagnosis of tumors and lymph nodes from patients’ bedsides. The handheld ‘hybrid’ technology, which combines...

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Acupuncture-Like ENS May Provide Relief for Radiation-Induced Dry Mouth

June 1, 2015 8:43 am | by American Society for Radiation Oncology | Comments

Phase III results of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0537 indicate that acupuncture-like, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (ALTENS) may be equally effective as pilocarpine, the current prescription medication in a pill...

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Developing Artificial Hands Capable of Providing Sensory Feedback

May 29, 2015 2:47 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Researchers are exploring new approaches to designing prosthetic hands capable of providing "sensory feedback." Advances toward developing prostheses with a sense of touch are presented in a special topic article in the June issue of Plastic...

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