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FDA Head To Step Down, Chief Scientist Taking Over

February 6, 2015 9:41 am | by Matthew Perrone, Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

From food safety to tobacco and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration, an agency that had often been seen as ineffective. After nearly six years on the job, Hamburg...

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Contraceptive Implants and IUDs Effective One Year Beyond FDA-Approved Use

February 6, 2015 9:01 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | Comments

New research indicates that hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants remain highly effective one year beyond their approved duration of use, according to a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis...

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MIT Bioengineer Wins $1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize

February 6, 2015 8:51 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

MIT bioengineer Dr. Robert Langer has been awarded the $1 million Queen Elizabeth Engineering Prize for his pioneering work on drug-release systems. Although he was announced as the winner on Feb. 3, Langer will not receive the award...

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Flex Embolization Device Receives FDA Approval

February 5, 2015 3:38 pm | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Pipeline Flex embolization device.  Available through a limited U.S. launch...

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Nano-Hydrogels that Attack Cancer Cells

February 5, 2015 1:41 pm | by Investigación y Desarrollo | Comments

Hydrogels are materials that are commonly used in everyday objects such as contact lenses or diapers, in order to control humidity. However, chemical engineers at the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), in Mexico, developed a new technology...

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MRI Technique Developed for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children

February 5, 2015 1:34 pm | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | Comments

Between 5 and 8 million children in the United States have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), yet most cases go undiagnosed. To help address this issue, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new magnetic... 

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Landmark Neurotechnology Alliance to Monitor the Aging Brain

February 5, 2015 11:19 am | by Business Wire | Comments

The American Senior Housing Association (“ASHA”) announced that NeuroVigil will deploy its award-winning neurotechnology to senior living communities around the country to monitor the aging brain. The official announcement was made by David...

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App Is Capable of Halving Medication Errors

February 5, 2015 11:08 am | by Asociación RUVID | Comments

The Calité Research group at the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) of Elche together with the Department of Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science, have designed the app ‘Alicia’. The team collaborated with different Spanish medical...

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Simple Ultrasound Measure Can Diagnose Postoperative Urinary Retention

February 5, 2015 11:04 am | by International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) | Comments

In patients who don't resume normal urination after surgery, a simple ultrasound test can accurately diagnose the common problem of postoperative urinary retention (POUR), reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. Using ultrasound to...

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Bioengineered Microstructures Could Prevent Heart Failure

February 5, 2015 9:16 am | by Medical College of Wisconsin | Comments

The delivery of tiny biodegradable microstructures to heart tissue damaged by heart attack may help repair the tissue and prevent future heart failure. A team led by cardiovascular researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) bioengineered...

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15-Minute Diagnosis Using A Smartphone

February 5, 2015 9:11 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | Comments

A team of researchers, led by Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three...

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Microscopy Technique Allows Mapping Protein Synthesis in Living Tissues

February 5, 2015 8:53 am | by Jessica Guenzel, Columbia University | Comments

Researchers at Columbia Univ. have made a significant step toward visualizing complex protein metabolism in living systems with high resolution and minimum disturbance, a longstanding goal in the scientific community. In a recent study...

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KFx Medical Defends Patent for Reconstructive Surgery Procedure

February 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

KFx Medical won a $35 million patent infringement case against Arthrex Inc. regarding three patents related to a procedure for anchoring soft tissue to bone in reconstructive surgery. KFx first filed a complaint against Arthrex in August of...

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Obama Supports Tailored Approach to Medicine

February 4, 2015 12:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

When people get blood transfusions, the blood is matched to their precise type. People who need glasses are given a prescription, not a generic pair. President Barack Obama has included in the 2016 federal budget $215 million to focus on Precision...

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An End to the Medicine Dropper for Eye Injuries?

February 4, 2015 11:55 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

For years, treating scratches and burns to the eyes has usually involved dropping medicine onto the eyes several times a day, sometimes for weeks — a treatment that lends itself to missed doses and other side effects. But scientists are now... 

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