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Improved Way to Assess Cancer Risk of Pollutants

May 11, 2015 10:38 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Scientists at Oregon State University have developed a faster, more accurate method to assess cancer risk from certain common environmental pollutants. Researchers found that they could analyze the immediate genetic responses of the skin...


Improved Visual Performance in Microchip Eye Implants

May 11, 2015 9:56 am | by Austrian Science Fund (FWF) | Comments

To date, chip-based retinal implants have only permitted a rudimentary restoration of vision. However, modifying the electrical signals emitted by the implants could change that. This is the conclusion of the initial published findings of a project...


FDA Approves Non-Tingling Spinal Cord Stimulation System

May 11, 2015 9:51 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

Today [8 May] U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Senza spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system (Senza System) as an aid in the management of chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs, including pain associated with failed back...


Liquid Biopsies Have Potential to Transform Cancer Care

May 11, 2015 9:48 am | by Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press | Comments

A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care. The tests, called liquid biopsies, capture cancer cells or DNA that tumors shed into the blood...


Building a Better Shoulder

May 11, 2015 9:32 am | by Tyler Smith, Univeristy of Colorado Hospital | Comments

Don Schiel was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 20 years ago and has lived with debilitating joint pain for the last decade. He worked telecommunications jobs in Boulder and Westminster until six years ago, when the pain disabled him...


Altering Genes with Light

May 11, 2015 9:22 am | by University of Pittsburgh | Comments

Scientists have been manipulating genes for a while. The University of Pittsburgh's Alexander Deiters just found a way to control the process with higher precision. By using light. Deiters and his group are the first to achieve this. The...


Wearable Technology Helps Reduce C-Sections, Speed Labor

May 8, 2015 10:46 am | by Desert Valley Medical Center | Comments

Desert Valley Medical Center, named a Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation five times, is the first U.S. hospital to deploy the wireless Leaf Patient Monitoring System in its Labor and Delivery rooms to help reduce the duration of labor and risk of...


Cellular Bubbles Deliver Parkinson's Meds Directly to Brain

May 8, 2015 10:36 am | by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Comments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have used exosomes -- tiny bubbles of protein and fat produced naturally by cells -- to bypass the body's defenses and deliver a potent antioxidant directly to the brain to treat...


3D X-ray Technique Detects More Breast Cancer in Screening

May 8, 2015 10:33 am | by Lund University | Comments

Tomosynthesis detects 40% more breast cancers than traditional mammography does, according to a major screening study from Lund University, Sweden. This is the first large-scale study to compare the screening method with regular mammograms...


Hackathon Attempts to Take On Dementia

May 8, 2015 9:54 am | by University of Lincoln | Comments

Designers, coders, hackers and researchers are coming together for an event aimed at exploring how digital technologies could support and improve dementia care. Create-4-Dementia, from 30th to 31st May 2015, is the first public event of the Social...


Faster Skin Biopsies Without Anesthesia

May 8, 2015 9:50 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | Comments

Currently a skin biopsy involves cutting the base layer of the skin manually, removing it with forceps and sewing up the incision with one or two stitches. Thanks to the new automatic device, a simple click will be enough to obtain a sample...


Artificial Membranes with Programmable Surfaces

May 8, 2015 9:46 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells...


Facial Recognition 'Smart' Cane for the Blind

May 8, 2015 9:37 am | by Birmingham City University | Comments

A revolutionary ‘smart’ cane enabling the visually impaired to instantly identify friends and family could be available soon, thanks to students at Birmingham City University. The ‘XploR’ mobility cane, being developed by ICT students...


An LED Foot Pain Reliever

May 7, 2015 3:42 pm | by Hammacher Schlemmer | Comments

Continuing its 167-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The LED Foot Pain Reliever, the only device for the feet that produces safe infrared heat to stimulate blood circulation...


Hacking a Teleoperated Surgical Robot to Reveal Security Flaws

May 7, 2015 3:39 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

To make cars as safe as possible, we crash them into walls to pinpoint weaknesses and better protect the people who use them. That's the idea behind a series of experiments conducted by a University of Washington engineering team who hacked a...



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