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Electronic ‘Skin’ for Prosthetics Detects Pressure from Different Directions

December 10, 2014 10:19 am | by ACS Nano | Comments

Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable “electronic skin” closely modeled after...

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Photos of the Day: The Ebola Effect

December 10, 2014 9:51 am | by Study Medicine Europe | Comments

The latest outbreak of Ebola has dominated healthcare news in 2014. This infographic provides a rather extensive overview of the virus, the cost, worldwide impact, and more. It also covers the protective equipment that healthcare workers use when treating patients...

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Blood Test for Breast Cancer

December 9, 2014 11:56 am | by Oxford University | Comments

It may be possible to develop a simple blood test that, by detecting changes in the zinc in our bodies, could help to diagnose breast cancer early. A team, led by Oxford University scientists, took techniques normally used to analyze trace metal...

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Stryker Will Pay About $80M to End Investigation

December 9, 2014 11:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The medical device maker Stryker will pay about $80 million to end a federal investigation into its acquisition of a company that the U.S. said was marketing a product that hadn't been approved by regulators. The company said that the U.S...

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Programmable Biomaterial Assembles In Vivo to Fight Cancer

December 9, 2014 11:06 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Comments

One of the reasons cancer is so deadly is that it can evade attack from the body's immune system, which allows tumors to flourish and spread. Scientists can try to induce the immune system, known as immunotherapy, to go into attack mode to fight...

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Crowdsourcing for Solutions to Epileptic Seizure Detection and Prediction

December 9, 2014 10:20 am | by American Epilepsy Society (AES) | Comments

An international competition using the wisdom of crowds has developed computer algorithms to detect, predict, and ultimately prevent epileptic seizures. A total of five-hundred and four teams competed in two challenges, one for Seizure Detection...

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Disabled Could Benefit from NIH-Backed Robotics

December 9, 2014 10:09 am | by National Institutes of Health | Comments

New research in robotics might help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Projects investigating co-robotics are the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health. This is the...

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Turning Cells to Stone Offers Medical Benefit

December 8, 2014 2:19 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Changing flesh to stone sounds like the work of a witch in a fairy tale. But a new technique to transmute living cells into more permanent materials that defy decay and can endure high-powered probes is widening research opportunities for biologists...

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Rapid Ebola Test Runs Off Car Battery for Remote Locations

December 8, 2014 12:28 pm | by Rutgers University | Comments

Rutgers researcher David Alland, working with the California biotechnology company Cepheid, has received a grant of nearly $640,000 from the National Institutes of Health to develop a rapid test to diagnose Ebola as well as other viruses that can...

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First Injectable Wireless System Offers Pain Relief for Back, Leg

December 8, 2014 12:16 pm | by Stimwave Technologies Inc. | Comments

Stimwave Technologies Incorporated, a medical device manufacturer and independent research institute headquartered in Miami Beach, Fla., has received FDA clearance to market the world’s first wireless, micro-technology neuromodulation device...

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Hospital Hack-A-Thon Attacks Ebola with Robots, Software, Remote Controls

December 8, 2014 12:03 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Treating an infectious disease like the Ebola virus is fraught with dangers for both victims and their caretakers. Ebola’s fatality rate can reach 70 percent and an errant drop of blood, vomit or other bodily fluid can turn a nurse or a doctor...

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Medical Device Makers: You’re Responsible for Device Cybersecurity

December 8, 2014 11:06 am | by AAMI | Comments

Who is responsible for the cybersecurity of medical devices? The makers of those devices. That anyway is the position of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which made its point in comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

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New Technique Offers Low-Cost 3D Nanostructure Printing

December 8, 2014 10:54 am | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new lithography technique that uses nanoscale spheres to create three-dimensional (3D) structures with biomedical, electronic and photonic applications. The new technique is...

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Pediatric Brain on a Chip Could Enhance the Study of Diseases

December 5, 2014 1:20 pm | by Temple University | Comments

In collaboration with CFD Research Corp. in Huntsville, Ala., Temple engineers and neuroscientists are developing a pediatric blood-brain barrier system on a chip, which offers great potential for studying the role of the blood-brain barrier...

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The BioDigital Human Comes to Life Across Universal Platforms

December 5, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

BioDigital, developer of the virtual human body platform, the BioDigital Human, announced today that it is expanding its product offerings to serve the hundreds of millions of Android mobile devices available in the marketplace. Home to more than 1.5 million users...

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