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First-of-Its-Kind Blood Test Aids in Early Pregnancy Detection

May 1, 2015 9:34 am | by Abbott | Comments

Women account for nearly 60 percent of visits to emergency departments (ED) in the United States. In emergency situations, it is critical for doctors to know the pregnancy status of women who are of childbearing age as soon as possible...

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FDA Approves World's Smallest Spinal Cord Stimulation System

May 1, 2015 9:29 am | by St. Jude Medical | Comments

St. Jude Medical Inc, a global medical device company, today announced FDA approval of the company’s Protégé MRI spinal cord stimulation system. In addition to the approval of the new Protégé MRI system, St. Jude Medical has also secured FDA...

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BRAIN Initiative First: Switching Behavior 'On' and 'Off'

April 30, 2015 4:21 pm | by University of North Carolina Health Care | Comments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have perfected a noninvasive “chemogenetic” technique that allows them to switch off a specific behavior in mice – such as voracious...

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Surgical Instrument Allows Surgeons to Obtain Real-Time Biopsies

April 30, 2015 4:08 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

New York College of Health Professions announces a valuable addition to their world class Intellectual Properties portfolio with U.S. Patent #8,996,098 donated by its Chairman under the College's Intellectual Properties policy. This patent...

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Moving Closer to Engineering New Blood Vessels in People

April 30, 2015 11:01 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | Comments

Scientists moved a step closer toward coaxing the body into producing its own replacement blood vessels after discovering that suppressing parts of the innate immune system may raise the chances of a tissue engineered vascular graft's success...

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Hacked Kinect Controller Treats Distressing Parkinson's Symptoms

April 30, 2015 10:57 am | by Brunel University | Comments

Scientists at Brunel University London have developed a system for Parkinson’s sufferers to counter two of the most common and distressing symptoms of the degenerative disease. Many patients are afflicted by freezing of gait (FOG) where...

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Monitoring Progress of Stem Cells After Transplantation into Brain

April 30, 2015 10:44 am | by Bruce Goldman, Stanford University School of Medicine | Comments

Investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a way to monitor neural stem cells after they’ve been transplanted into the brain. The scientists were able to determine not only whether the stem cells transplanted into...

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Genetic Testing Moves into World of Employee Health

April 30, 2015 9:58 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer, Associated Press | Comments

Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug. Big companies are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health...

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World’s First Multi-Modality Cellular Sensor

April 30, 2015 9:53 am | by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology | Comments

The research can have positive impact on semiconductors being used in the development of health care applications, including the more cost-effective development of pharmaceuticals and point-of-care devices and low-cost home-based diagnostics...

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Will Bio-Inspired Robots Sniff Out Disease?

April 30, 2015 9:46 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

With just a sniff, our noses can detect smells that trigger specific memories, tell us food has gone bad, or even connect us to a potential mate. What if a robot could 'smell' as effectively as we do? In a new study funded by the Human Frontier...

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First Miniature Synchrotron Now in Commercial Operation

April 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Lyncean Technologies Inc. | Comments

Lyncean Technologies, Inc. today announced the commercial operation of a Compact Light Source (CLS), the world's first miniature synchrotron X-ray source employing state-of-the-art laser and electron beam technology. The Lyncean CLS was...

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'Must-Have' Guide for Endoscope Reprocessing

April 30, 2015 9:27 am | by AAMI | Comments

A new standard that compiles information on the reprocessing of flexible and semi-rigid endoscopes from a number of sources into a single volume has made its debut. The standard, titled ANSI/AAMI ST91:2015, Comprehensive guide to flexible and...

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Urine Profiles Provide Clues to How Obesity Causes Disease

April 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by Imperial College London | Comments

Being overweight or obese is associated with higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, but the mechanisms connecting body fat and disease are not well understood. The new study, led by Imperial College London, shows that...

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A Phone with the Ultimate Macro Feature

April 29, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

If you thought scanning one of those strange, square QR codes with your phone was somewhat advanced, hold on to your seat. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have recently developed a device that can turn any...

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Using Human Factors Considerations During Device Design

April 29, 2015 2:40 pm | by AAMI | Comments

When creating medical devices, do manufacturers think enough about the needs of patients and clinical users? If not, what risks does that pose to patients? Presenters at the 2015 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health...

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