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

January 29, 2015 | 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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Deep-Brain Imaging Reveals Separate Functions for Nearly Identical Neurons

January 30, 2015 11:56 am | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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SXSW Names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:37 am | 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 | 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 | 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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Forecasting the Flu with Social Network Analysis

January 29, 2015 10:17 am | 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 | 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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Ultrasound Platform for Real-Time Treatment Monitoring

January 29, 2015 9:52 am | Comments

The range of uses for ultrasound is gigantic; the applied technologies are just as diverse. Researchers are now covering a wide range of applications with a new modular system: From sonar systems to medical ultrasound technologies and all the...

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Rapid Test Kit Detects Dengue Antibodies from Saliva

January 29, 2015 9:32 am | Comments

Finding out whether you have been infected with dengue may soon be as easy as spitting into a rapid test kit. The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR has developed a paper-based disposable device that will allow...

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Fitness Trackers, Other Wearables Not Subject to Regulatory Scrutiny

January 29, 2015 8:38 am | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) device division has unveiled new draft guidance in which it reiterates that it does not intend to regulate low-risk general wellness products. The agency also tells manufacturers how they can...

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Tricking Cells with Soap Bubbles to Deliver Drugs

January 28, 2015 3:02 pm | Comments

When University of Maryland Professors Philip DeShong and Daniel Stein began tagging soap bubbles with biomolecules, they had no idea this technology would one day be poised to change the way drugs and vaccines fight against bacteria...    

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Vibrating Capsule for Treatment of Chronic Constipation

January 28, 2015 2:18 pm | Comments

Chronic constipation is a common problem that affects approximately 15 percent of the U.S. population, according to the American Gastroenterological Association. It can be painful and lead to a reduction in a patient's quality of life. Temple...

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