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First Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Catheter Approved by FDA

October 13, 2014 9:06 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Lutonix 035 Drug Coated Balloon Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty Catheter. This is the first drug-coated balloon used to re-open arteries in the thigh and knee when narrowed or blocked as a result of peripheral artery disease...

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Wearable Sensor Interface Will Make Prosthetics More Comfortable

October 10, 2014 11:58 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | Comments

UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $744,300 grant from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthapaedic Research Program to create an adaptive interface that fits between a prosthetic and a patient's limb so that the fit and...

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Radio Waves Sensor Technology Could Put Electronic ‘Touch’ on Prosthetics

October 10, 2014 11:51 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

Stanford engineers have invented a wireless pressure sensor that has already been used to measure brain pressure in lab mice with brain injuries. The underlying technology has such broad potential that it could one day be used to create skin-like...

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RFID Technology Localizes Breast Tumors

October 10, 2014 11:40 am | by UW-Madison | Comments

Breast cancer may inspire more public discussion, advocacy, and charitable giving than almost any other disease besides HIV and AIDS. But people rarely talk about the specific experiences to which cancer patients are subjected. Especially the...

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Orthopedic Implants Could Cause Skin Cancer

October 10, 2014 11:22 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | Comments

In rare cases, patients with allergies to metals develop persistent skin rashes after metal devices are implanted near the skin. New research suggests these patients may be at increased risk of an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer...

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Erasing Memories with Light

October 10, 2014 10:52 am | by University of California - Davis | Comments

Just look into the light: not quite, but researchers at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience and Department of Psychology have used light to erase specific memories in mice, and proved a basic theory of how different parts of the brain work together...

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Implantable Device and Stem Cells Could Contribute to Cure for Diabetes

October 10, 2014 10:39 am | by Harvard University | Comments

Harvard stem cell researchers today announced that they have made a giant leap forward in the quest to find a truly effective treatment for type 1 diabetes, a condition that affects an estimated three million Americans at a cost of about $15 billion...

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Enhancing Drug Delivery Through the Skin

October 10, 2014 10:25 am | by University of Southampton | Comments

Scientists at the University of Southampton have identified key characteristics that enhance a nanoparticle's ability to penetrate skin, in a milestone study which could have major implications for the delivery of drugs. Nanoparticles are up...

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Detecting Depression in the Elderly

October 10, 2014 10:11 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | Comments

Specialists at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) of Mexico developed a system that achieved detecting depression in older adults, through monitoring their daily routine. This technology can be used as an auxiliary tool for the care of...

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Common Laboratory Filter Paper Detects Disease

October 10, 2014 10:04 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | Comments

Using a common laboratory filter paper decorated with gold nanoparticles, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a unique platform, known as “plasmonic paper,” for detecting and characterizing even trace amounts of...

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Implantable Medical Devices that Dissolve When No Longer Needed

October 10, 2014 9:53 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | Comments

Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early results demonstrate...

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Casting Custom-Shaped Metal Nanoparticles Like Watermelons

October 10, 2014 9:23 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering | Comments

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have unveiled a new method to form tiny 3D metal nanoparticles in prescribed shapes and dimensions using DNA, Nature's building block, as a construction...

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New Screening Technique Requires Just One Drop

October 9, 2014 12:48 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

A new technique makes it possible to quickly detect the presence of drugs or to monitor certain medical conditions using only a single drop of blood or urine, representing a potential tool for clinicians and law enforcement. The technique works...

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Power of a Clinical Lab in the Home

October 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Cambridge Consultants | Comments

Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants has unveiled a new approach to diagnostic instrument development. The Flow Health Hub brings the power of the clinical laboratory into the home – in the shape of a simple, cost-effective...

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Moving Nanoparticles Through the Body with Magnets

October 9, 2014 10:48 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

A long-sought goal of creating particles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment, and that could be precisely manipulated into position within living cells, has been achieved by a team of researchers at MIT and...

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