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Wearables May Get Boost from Boron-Infused Graphene

May 18, 2015 9:39 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | Comments

A microsupercapacitor designed by scientists at Rice University that may find its way into personal and even wearable electronics is getting an upgrade. The laser-induced graphene device benefits greatly when boron becomes part of the mix...

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Nanosponge-Filled Gel Cleans Up MRSA Infections

May 18, 2015 9:32 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego developed a gel filled with toxin-absorbing nanosponges that could lead to an effective treatment for skin and wound infections caused by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)...

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Blood Test for Early Breast Cancer Metastasis Detection

May 18, 2015 9:29 am | by Lund University | Comments

Research findings from Lund University in Sweden now provide new hope for a way of detecting metastases significantly earlier than is currently possible. The chances of being cured of breast cancer have increased in recent decades, however if the...

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Organic Nanoparticles Are More Lethal to Tumors

May 18, 2015 9:25 am | by Springer Science+Business Media | Comments

Carbon-based nanoparticles could be used to sensitize cancerous tumors to proton radiotherapy and induce more focused destruction of cancer cells, a new study shows. Radiotherapy used in cancer treatment is a promising treatment method...

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Antibacterial Envelope Reduces Cardiac Device Infection Rates

May 18, 2015 8:51 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc announced that its TYRX Antibacterial Envelope reduces major cardiac device site infections by 80 percent, up to 12 months after implantation. These data were presented at Heart Rhythm 2015, the Heart Rhythm Society's 36th Annual...

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Get to Know Your Cat on a Microbial Level

May 15, 2015 3:39 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

One group of researchers addresses the question of how bacteria are affecting our feline companions, with a Kickstarter-funded project entitled “kittybiome.” Because if microbes living on and in the body can affect humans in such a variety...

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Soft-Tissue Engineering for Hard-Working Cartilage

May 15, 2015 2:33 pm | by Technische Universität München | Comments

An international study published in the journal Nature Communications points the way toward wider, more effective use of biocompatible materials in repairing human tissues. Focusing on the difficult case of restoring cartilage, which requires both...

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Food Dye and Near Infrared Light Aid in Breast Resection

May 15, 2015 12:01 pm | by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | Comments

Roughly 1 in 4 women having breast conserving surgery (BCS) return to the surgical suite for further resection because of cancerous tissue left behind due to unclear margins. Investigators at the Optics in Medicine Lab at Dartmouth's Thayer...

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Blood Test Provides Guide to Personalized Hepatitis C Therapy

May 15, 2015 11:57 am | by American Gastroenterological Association | Comments

A simple blood test can be used to predict which chronic hepatitis C patients will respond to interferon-based therapy, according to a report in the May issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology,1 the basic science journal...

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World's Smallest Pacemaker Initially Proven Safe and Effective

May 15, 2015 9:34 am | by Heart Rhythm Society | Comments

The first-in-human trial of a new miniaturized leadless pacemaker implanted directly inside the heart found that the transcatheter pacing system (TPS) can be safely and effectively applied in patients with a slow heart rhythm. Early performance...

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Noninvasive, Robust Early Liver Cancer Detection

May 15, 2015 9:31 am | by Georgia State University | Comments

Led by Georgia State University, researchers have developed the first robust and noninvasive detection of early stage liver cancer and liver metastases, in addition to other liver diseases, such as cirrhosis and liver fibrosis. Their findings...

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Game-Changing Personalized Ovarian Cancer Screening Test

May 15, 2015 9:19 am | by GlobalData | Comments

The encouraging recent results of a 14-year study by the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening could herald a radical departure from the approach established by other screening tests for cancer, providing the final data is...

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World's First Mercury-Free Film-Type UV Light Source

May 15, 2015 9:13 am | by Kobe University | Comments

The Kobe University Graduate School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Medicine have jointly developed the world's first new mercury-free light source that produces ultraviolet radiation for medical applications. The technology for the...

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New Test Detects Drug Use from a Single Fingerprint

May 15, 2015 9:02 am | by University of Surrey | Comments

Research published today in the journal Analyst has demonstrated a new, noninvasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint. For the first time, this new fingerprint method can determine whether cocaine has been ingested...

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'Nanoknife' Treatment to Kill Kidney Tumor

May 15, 2015 8:57 am | by University of Leeds | Comments

A pioneering procedure has been carried out in by a University of Leeds specialist using a hi-tech ‘nanoknife’ technology to destroy cancer cells using pulses of high voltage electrical current. The technique has been used in the UK previously...

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