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Recipe for Antibacterial Plastic: Add Egg Whites

March 30, 2015 8:59 am | by University of Georgia | Comments

Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures...

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Shape-Shifting Sensor Reports Conditions from Deep in the Body

March 30, 2015 8:52 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is...

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High-Frequency Surpasses Traditional Spinal Cord Stimulation

March 29, 2015 10:00 am | by American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) | Comments

The first-ever randomized, controlled trial to compare spinal cord stimulation (SCS) technologies found that high-frequency SCS using 10 kHz (HF10) exceeded lower-frequency, traditional SCS in response rate and pain relief. Further, this was...

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Medtronic Completes Acquisition of Sophono

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Sophono, Inc., a privately held developer and manufacturer of innovative magnetic hearing implants in Boulder, Colorado. This acquisition enables Medtronic's Ear Nose...

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Next-Generation Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements Will Drive Rapid Market Growth

March 28, 2015 10:00 am | by GlobalData | Comments

The global market value for transcatheter heart valves will expand at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.7%, from almost $881 million in 2013 to around $3.02 billion by 2020, according to research and consulting firm...

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FDA Approves Blood Pump System for High-Risk Cardiac Procedures

March 28, 2015 8:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Impella 2.5 System, a miniature blood pump system intended to help certain patients maintain stable heart function and circulation during certain high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention...

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Google Developing Surgical Robots

March 27, 2015 3:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Google-brand robots may one day be the most high-tech item in the operating room. Johnson & Johnson announced a partnership with Google on March 26 in which Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon will work alongside Google developing an advanced...

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Maker of Tainted Medical Scopes Issues New Cleaning Guide

March 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The maker of medical scopes that have been linked to two recent "superbug" outbreaks at California hospitals has issued new cleaning instructions for the devices amid scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals. Olympus...

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Pilot Study of a Neuromodulation System for Overactive Bladder

March 27, 2015 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Bioness, Inc. announced today that four (4) patients have successfully been implanted with the StimRouter Neuromodulation System, for an ongoing Canadian pilot study to evaluate device use in the treatment of overactive bladder symptoms…

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Nanoparticles Promote Wound Healing

March 27, 2015 11:02 am | by Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Comments

An experimental therapy developed by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University cut in half the time it takes to heal wounds compared to no treatment at all. Details of the therapy, which was successfully tested...

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New System Aims to Simplify Patient Transfers in Emergency

March 27, 2015 10:54 am | by Anisse Gross, Stanford University | Comments

In an emergency, hospitals need to be able to quickly and safely transport patients to other facilities, along with all the specialized equipment, such as ventilators and intravenous medications, that patients need. That can be a monumental...

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First Fully-Implantable Micropacemaker Designed for Fetal Use

March 27, 2015 10:15 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute | Comments

A team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed the first fully implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a fetus with complete heart block. The team has done preclinical...

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Designer's Toolkit for Dynamic DNA Nanomachines

March 27, 2015 10:12 am | by Technische Universität München | Comments

The latest DNA nanodevices created at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) - including a robot with movable arms, a book that opens and closes, a switchable gear, and an actuator - may be intriguing in their own right, but that's...

Wearable Device Helps Visually Impaired Avoid Collision

March 27, 2015 9:46 am | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Comments

People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls and collisions...

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Carnival Game Mimics Eye Growth

March 27, 2015 9:35 am | by Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology | Comments

The motion of coins in a "Penny Pusher" carnival game is similar to the movement of cells in the eye's lens, as described in a new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). This new insight may help scientists...

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