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New Smartphone App Offers Easy and Inexpensive Solution for Hearing Screening

July 8, 2014 9:57 am | by University of Pretoria | Comments

An article published in the International Journal of Audiology on 7 July 2014 reports on an innovative smartphone app that will make it easier and cheaper to screen people, including young children and the elderly, for hearing loss. The...

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Partial Knee Replacements for Arthritis Are Safer than Total Replacement

July 8, 2014 9:52 am | by University of Oxford | Comments

People undergoing partial knee replacement surgery, in which only the parts of the knee affected by osteoarthritis are removed, have fewer complications, are less likely to be re-admitted to hospital and less likely to die, the researchers...

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Significant Step Toward Blood Test for Alzheimer's

July 8, 2014 9:43 am | by University of Oxford | Comments

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer's, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. There are currently no effective long-lasting drug treatments...

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FDA Clears NeuroMetrix Wearable Technology for Over-the-Counter Use in Treatment of Chronic Pain

July 8, 2014 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

NeuroMetrix, Inc. has announced that its wearable technology for treatment of chronic pain received 510(k) clearance (K140333) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter use. The Company is in late stage development...

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Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Becomes an Independent, Stand-Alone Company

July 8, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. (OCD) unveiled its newly expanded executive leadership team following the acquisition of the company by The Carlyle Group from Johnson & Johnson. In his first act as OCD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer...

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Cardiac Implant Medical Device Market Worth US$27 Billion by 2017

July 8, 2014 8:58 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

The cardiac implant medical device market is forecasted to grow in single digit percent per year during 2010-2017 and is likely to exceed US$27 Billion by 2017. Growth in this sector is anticipated to grow despite continuing product recalls...

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Time of Day Crucial to Accurately Test for Diseases

July 7, 2014 4:52 pm | by University of Surrey | Comments

A new study published today in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), has found that time of day and sleep deprivation have a significant effect on our metabolism. The finding could be crucial when looking at...

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Scientists Criticize Europe's $1.6B Brain Project

July 7, 2014 3:37 pm | by Frank Jordans and John-Thor Dahlburg, The Associated Press | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain...

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Preventive Placement of ICDs for Less Severe Heart Failure May Improve Survival

July 7, 2014 3:20 pm | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | Comments

An examination of the benefit of preventive placement of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) in patients with a less severe level of heart failure, a group not well represented in clinical trials, finds significantly better survival...

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EarlySense Chair Sensor Receives FDA Clearance

July 7, 2014 3:09 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

EarlySense, the market leader in contact free monitoring solutions, has announced the market clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration for the Chair Sensor Solution. The Chair Sensor, which continuously monitors patient's Heart Rate...

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First Evidence for Painless Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

July 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by European Society of Cardiology | Comments

The first evidence for a shockless treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF) was presented Friday at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting was organized by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science...

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New Optogenetic Tool for Controlling Neuronal Signaling by Blue Light

July 7, 2014 2:29 pm | by Institute for Basic Science | Comments

Institute for Basic Science, the main organization of the International Science and Business Belt project in South Korea, has announced that a group of researchers, led by professor Won Do Heo, have developed a new technology in the field of...

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Low-Cost TB Test Means Quicker, More Reliable Diagnosis for Patients

July 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by Texas A&M University Health Science Center | Comments

A new test for tuberculosis (TB) could dramatically improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis for one of the world's deadliest diseases, enabling health care providers to report results to patients within minutes, according to a study published...

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Rapid Surgical Innovation Puts Patients at Risk for Medical Errors

July 7, 2014 1:55 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that the risk of patient harm increased two-fold in 2006 – the peak year that teaching hospitals nationwide embraced the pursuit of minimally invasive robotic...

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Pseudogenes May Provide Clearer Understanding of Biomarkers

July 7, 2014 1:50 pm | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | Comments

Alas, the thankless pseudogene. Dysfunctional, unloved and seemingly of little use, these poor-cousin relatives of genes have lost their protein-coding abilities. They contain material not essential for an organism's survival and are the...

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