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Infographic: 8 Pieces of Medical Technology that Improved Patient Care Outcomes

May 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Modular Devices Inc. | Comments

As part of Heart Disease Awareness Month this past February, we made a list of amazing advancements in medical technology since the 1950's. It's hard to believe the impact these advancements have made and where some of them began, for instance...

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New Urine Test Could Reduce Need for Blood Samples

May 26, 2015 9:41 am | by Clemson University | Comments

If you’ve been to the doctor, you probably know what to do when you’re handed a plastic cup and shown to the bathroom. Most patients hand over the sample and give little thought to what happens when it’s shipped to the lab for analysis...

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Tiny Spheres of Human Cells Mimic the Brain

May 26, 2015 9:32 am | by Stanford University | Comments

The human brain is a highly organized, three-dimensional mass of cells responsible for our every move, thought and emotion. Snugly housed in the bony confines of the skull, it’s also relatively inaccessible, making it difficult to study...

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Simple Recipe to Make Sensory Hair Cells in the Ear

May 26, 2015 9:28 am | by The Company of Biologists | Comments

Scientists at the Molecular Medicine Institute in Lisbon, Portugal, and at the University College London Ear Institute, United Kingdom, have developed a simple and efficient protocol to generate inner ear hair cells, the cells responsible for our...

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Vortex Device Makes for Better Cancer Treatments

May 26, 2015 9:25 am | by Flinders University | Comments

A South Australian invention, responsible for unboiling an egg, has been used to produce a four-fold increase in efficacy of carboplatin, a commonly used drug for ovarian, lung and other cancer. The latest research, published today (22 May)...

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Slinky Lookalike Helps Us See Tiny Objects

May 26, 2015 9:19 am | by University at Buffalo | Comments

It looks like a Slinky suspended in motion. Yet this photonics advancement -- called a metamaterial hyperlens -- doesn't climb down stairs. Instead, it improves our ability to see tiny objects. Described in a research paper published today by...

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A Second Life for MRI Magnets

May 22, 2015 10:36 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

When it comes to magnets, a doctor’s trash is a physicist’s treasure. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory recently acquired two decommissioned magnets from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners...

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Implantable Micro-Device Monitors Oxygen in Glioma

May 22, 2015 10:20 am | by Norris Cotton Cancer Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center | Comments

Improving the level of oxygen in gliomas will have a proven positive affect on treatment outcomes. A team of investigators from Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center led by Nadeem Khan, MSc, PhD has used electron paramagnetic resonance...

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Two-Photon Ophthalmoscope for Super-Magnification of Retina

May 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Imagine an instrument that peers deep inside the eye and sees how well the retina's cells function. Such advanced technology would provide unprecedented options for early detection of disease -- not only of the eye, but other organs as well...

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Using Healthy Skin to Identify Cancer's Origins

May 22, 2015 9:53 am | by Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute | Comments

Normal skin contains an unexpectedly high number of cancer-associated mutations, according to a study published in Science. The findings illuminate the first steps cells take towards becoming a cancer and demonstrate the value of analyzing normal...

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Genetically Barcoding Tens of Thousands of Cells at a Time

May 22, 2015 9:50 am | by Harvard Medical School | Comments

Imagine someone hands you a smoothie and asks you to identify everything that went into it. You might be able to discern a hint of strawberry or the tang of yogurt. But overall it tastes like a blend of indiscernible ingredients. Now imagine that the...

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Robot Walker for Elderly People in Public Spaces

May 22, 2015 9:42 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

Elderly people with walking difficulties are often intimidated by busy public places. This led an EU research project to develop a robot walker to guide them around shopping centers, museums and other public buildings, thus enhancing their autonomy...

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Building the World’s Smallest Machines

May 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel | Comments

German research Foundation provides millions of euros of funding for the development of new medicines and materials at Kiel University. Great excitement at Kiel University: As the DFG (German Research Foundation) announced today (Thursday, May 21)...

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Controlling a Robotic Arm with a Patient's Intentions

May 21, 2015 3:03 pm | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain's movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with amputations or paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb - one that can be either connected to or separate from the...

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Mapping Surgical Approaches for Auditory Brainstem Implantation

May 21, 2015 1:14 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins | Comments

A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can't benefit from cochlear implants. A team of US and Japanese experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches for auditory brainstem implantation...

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