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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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The First Epilepsy Risk App

May 15, 2015 8:52 am | by University of Plymouth | Comments

UK national charity SUDEP Action has launched its Stay Smart campaign for National Epilepsy Week - 17 May to 23 May, which aims to encourage people with epilepsy to register for a new safety app. The technology, EpSMon, is designed to...

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'Hydrogels' Help Stem Cells Restore Eyesight and Heal Brains

May 14, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | Comments

Toronto scientists and engineers have made a breakthrough in cell transplantation using a gel-like biomaterial that keeps cells alive and helps them integrate better into tissue. In two early lab trials, this has already shown to partially...

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Sound Waves Could Be Viable Alternative in Diagnosing Minor Fractures

May 14, 2015 4:02 pm | by RCNi | Comments

The authors conducted a study of the usefulness and efficiency of portable ultrasound in detecting the presence of minor fractures in patients presenting to a minor injuries unit. Analysis showed that 85% of patients with a fracture confirmed...

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Bionic Turtle Receives 3D Printed Jaw Implant

May 14, 2015 3:44 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

BTech certainly took “patient-specific” to the extreme in this case – they have combined their resources with a love for the animal world by printing a jaw implant for a sea turtle requiring repair of its upper and lower jaws...

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Smoking Induces Early Signs of Cancer in Cheek Swabs

May 14, 2015 11:57 am | by University College London | Comments

DNA damage caused by smoking can be detected in cheek swabs, finds research published today in JAMA Oncology. The study provides evidence that smoking induces a general cancer program that is also present in cancers which aren't usually associated...

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First Ever Blood Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

May 14, 2015 11:52 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

Millions of people afflicted by irritable bowel syndrome can now be diagnosed quickly and accurately with two simple blood tests developed by a Cedars-Sinai gastroenterologist. The tests, created by Mark Pimentel, MD, director of the GI Motility...

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