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New Device 'Eavesdrops' on Chemical Signals within Cells

June 24, 2015 9:59 am | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | Comments

Biomedical engineers at the University of Toronto have invented a new device that more quickly and accurately "listens in" on the chemical messages that tell our cells how to multiply. The tool improves our understanding of how cancerous growth...

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Soft Core, Hard Shell: The Latest in Nanotechnology

June 24, 2015 9:28 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | Comments

Nanoparticles are the smallest particles capable of reaching virtually all parts of the body. Researchers use various approaches to test ways in which nanoparticles could be used in medicine - for instance, to deliver substances to a specific site...

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Australian-First for Reconstructive Surgery Uses a 3D Printed Jaw Implant

June 24, 2015 8:51 am | by University of Melbourne | Comments

In an Australian-first surgical procedure, engineers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne along with Epworth Freemasons’ Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon George Dimitroulis, have corrected a young man’s...

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Nanometric Sensor Can Help Diagnose Multiple Sclerosis

June 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Agência FAPESP | Comments

The early diagnosis of certain types of cancer, as well as nervous system diseases such as multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica, may soon be facilitated by the use of a nanometric sensor capable of identifying biomarkers of these pathological...

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New Tech Could Find Tiny RNA Cancer Beacons in Blood

June 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by University of Michigan | Comments

Cancerous tumors cast off tiny telltale genetic molecules known as microRNAs and Univ. of Michigan researchers have come up with an efficient way to detect them in blood. The researchers say their approach could open the door to a single...

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Fewer Than 1 in 10 Older Heart Patients Get Life-Saving Defibrillators

June 23, 2015 12:24 pm | by Duke Medicine News and Communications | Comments

Heart attack patients age 65 and older who have reduced heart function might still benefit from implanted defibrillators, according to a Duke Medicine study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But fewer than 1 in 10 eligible...

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Disabled Pilot a Robot Remotely With Their Thoughts

June 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

A team of researchers at the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI), headed by José del R. Millán, has however been working on a revolutionary brain-machine approach in order to restore a sense of independence to the disabled...

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Breath Test Diagnoses Esophageal and Gastric Cancer in Minutes

June 23, 2015 10:01 am | by Imperial College London | Comments

Researchers have devised a breath test that can help doctors diagnose the early signs of esophageal and gastric cancer in minutes. The test has produced encouraging results in a clinical study, and will now be tested in a larger trial involving...

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Smart Insulin Patch Could Replace Painful Diabetes Injections

June 23, 2015 9:33 am | by University of North Carolina Health Care | Comments

Painful insulin injections could become a thing of the past for the millions of Americans who suffer from diabetes, thanks to a new invention from researchers at the University of North Carolina and NC State, who have created the first "smart...

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Blue Light Sets the Beat for Biological Pacemaker

June 23, 2015 9:19 am | by Kevin Hattori, American Technion Society | Comments

Technion researchers have successfully established a new approach for pacing the heart and synchronizing its mechanical activity without the use of a conventional electrical pacemaker. This novel biologic strategy employs light-sensitive...

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New Technology Looks into the Eye and Brings Cells into Focus

June 23, 2015 9:12 am | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, University of Illinois | Comments

Eye doctors soon could use computing power to help them see individual cells in the back of a patient’s eye, thanks to imaging technology developed by engineers at the University of Illinois. Such detailed pictures of the cells, blood vessels and...

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Students' Invention Offers Germ-Free Door Handle

June 23, 2015 9:04 am | by Bob Yirka, Phys.org | Comments

Two high school students, Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li, both living in Hong Kong have designed and built a door handle that kills germs, thus preventing the spread of disease through hand contact. They demonstrated their handle at the Intel...

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Like Cotton Candy? You'll Love Electrospinning

June 22, 2015 4:00 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Commonly used health tests, such as pregnancy and blood sugar tests, involve putting a drop of fluid on a test strip, which is infused with a substance designed to detect a specific molecule. The strip acts as a simple biosensor, a device that...

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Hill-Rom Acquires Welch Allyn to Tune of $2 Billion

June 22, 2015 3:29 pm | by AAMI | Comments

Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., and Welch Allyn, Inc., announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which Hill-Rom will acquire Welch Allyn for around $2.05 billion in cash and stock. The deal is the latest chapter in the ongoing...

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Test Driving a Pacemaker Before Choosing a Permanent Implant

June 22, 2015 12:16 pm | by European Society of Cardiology | Comments

Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE - CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Professor Michael Giudici, director of arrhythmia...

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