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MRI-Powered Millirobots Offer Hope for Less-Invasive Surgeries

May 27, 2015 3:06 pm | by University of Houston | Comments

Seeking to advance minimally invasive medical treatments, researchers have proposed using tiny robots, driven by magnetic potential energy from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. The researchers described the work in a paper presented...


On-Demand X-Rays at Synchrotron Light Sources

May 27, 2015 12:38 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Consumers are now in the era of "on-demand" entertainment, in which they have access to the books, music and movies they want thanks to the internet. Likewise, scientists who use synchrotron light sources are welcoming an era of "on-demand" X-rays...


Peeking into Healthy Brains to See if Alzheimer's Is Brewing

May 27, 2015 10:27 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer's, but the suspects are its...


Electronic Stent Provides Feedback and Therapy, Then Dissolves

May 27, 2015 10:24 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Every year, an estimated half-million Americans undergo surgery to have a stent prop open a coronary artery narrowed by plaque. But sometimes the mesh tubes get clogged. Scientists report in the journal ACS Nano a new kind of multi-tasking stent...


Bold Steps Toward Engineering New Lungs

May 27, 2015 10:18 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

In work appearing in the advanced online edition of the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers describe an elegant method to improve aspects of lung engineering that may in the future contribute to providing a nearly limitless supply of donor organs...


Earthquakes Help Interpret Brain Activity of Premature Babies

May 27, 2015 9:48 am | by University of Helsinki | Comments

Giant strides have been taken in the early care of very premature infants in postnatal intensive care units during the past two decades. Doctors can now support the function of especially the lungs, heart and the circulatory system so as to guarantee...


Artificial Knees Bound for Developing World

May 27, 2015 9:28 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | Comments

Backed with a blend of private and Government of Canada investments catalyzed by Grand Challenges Canada, a new Toronto-based company will contribute to a better life for amputees in developing countries. With the new funding, LegWorks will...


Implantable Biosensing Chip for Contactless Monitoring

May 27, 2015 9:19 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

The future of medicine lies in ever greater precision, not only when it comes to diagnosis but also drug dosage. The blood work that medical staff rely on is generally a snapshot indicative of the moment the blood is drawn before it undergoes...


3D Printed Anatomy Kit for Medical Students

May 27, 2015 9:12 am | by Monash University | Comments

A unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing is now available for medical students to use worldwide. The kit, developed by Monash University scientists, is the first commercially available resource of its kind. The team...


Turning Traditional Textiles Smart

May 27, 2015 9:04 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | Comments

Mexican researcher Paulino Vacas Jacques invented a "motherboard" able to turn textiles smart. For example, this technology included in bed sheets can measure the hours slept by a person. The specialist in infrared physics found a way for the...


Fly-Catching Robot Speeds Disease Research

May 26, 2015 4:12 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

Since the early 20th century, an unheralded star of genetics research has been a small and essentially very annoying creature: the fruit fly. Underlying every significant discovery from fruit fly research – and there have been many, relating to...


Unique Foam Adjusts Its Fit on the Fly

May 26, 2015 3:13 pm | by Florida State University | Comments

Foam. We wear it. We sit on it. We sleep on it. We even use it to protect ourselves. Whether it’s a football helmet, hospital bed, knee pad or body armor, the foam it contains plays a critical role in making that product both comfortable and safe...


New Chip for Faster, Easier Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Testing

May 26, 2015 3:06 pm | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | Comments

We live in fear of 'superbugs': infectious bacteria that don't respond to treatment by antibiotics, and can turn a routine hospital stay into a nightmare. A 2015 Health Canada report estimates that superbugs have already cost Canadians $1 billion...


Interoperability Among Connected Medical Devices Can Transform Healthcare

May 26, 2015 12:45 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | Comments

Connected health infrastructure is emerging as a binding agent for diverse devices and workflows, aiding diagnosis, monitoring and prevention in the healthcare industry. For such an infrastructure to be efficient, stakeholders must first ensure...


New Technique Speeds NanoMRI Imaging

May 26, 2015 12:21 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | Comments

NanoMRI is a scanning technique that produces nondestructive, high-resolution 3D images of nanoscale objects, and it promises to become a powerful tool for researchers and companies exploring the shape and function of biological materials...



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