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Cognitive Training Game Provides Potential Alzheimer's Diagnostics

January 12, 2015 2:12 pm | by IOS Press BV | Comments

Greek researchers demonstrated the potential of a virtual supermarket cognitive training game as a screening tool for patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) among a sample of older adults. MCI is a condition that often predates Alzheimer's...

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New Tool Could Lead to Innovative Nanotechnology

January 12, 2015 12:09 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

A new tool capable of carrying out simultaneous nano-sized measurements could soon lead to more innovative nanotech-based products and help boost the EU economy. Indeed the tool, developed by scientists cooperating through the EU-funded UNIVSEM...

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Top 10 Healthcare Technology Issues for 2015

January 12, 2015 12:01 pm | by ECRI Institute | Comments

The latest healthcare technologies and care process innovations are pounding on hospital doors and looking through windows—and they want in. Will they actually improve patient care, or inflate hospital budgets for infrastructure, capital...

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Photos of the Day: Seeing Bones and Organs in Striking Detail

January 12, 2015 11:15 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Computed Tomography (CT) scanners are often the first imaging technology many patients encounter when doctors suspect serious disease or injury. The machines use a narrow beam of X-rays processed by a computer to create slices of the...

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Implanted Stimulator Offers Potential Spinal Paralysis Rehabilitation

January 12, 2015 10:37 am | by Medical University of Vienna | Comments

Even after complete spinal paralysis, the human spinal cord is able to trigger activity in the leg muscles using electrical pulses from an implanted stimulator. This has already been demonstrated in earlier studies conducted in Vienna. Now, as part...

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'Origami' Techniques May Aid in Developing Self-Deploying Implantables

January 12, 2015 10:24 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | Comments

Though the past 15 years have seen an exciting run of creative scientific advances in fabricating three-dimensional (3D) structures by self-folding of 2D sheets, the complexity of structures achieved to date falls far short of what can easily be...

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Wearables Alone Won't Motivate Changes in Health Behavior

January 12, 2015 10:14 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania | Comments

New Year’s weight loss resolutions are in full swing, but despite all the hype about the latest wearable tracking devices, there’s little evidence that this technology alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most...

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Patient Able to Leave Hospital Wearing Artificial Heart

January 12, 2015 9:50 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center has sent home a patient with a total artificial heart, a first in heart care in Michigan. The Freedom Driver, a portable 13-pound device designed to help patients at risk...

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Capsugel Acquires Ionic Liquid Drug Delivery Technology

January 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Monash University | Comments

A novel drug delivery technology, developed by researchers at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), has been acquired by Capsugel, a global leader in innovative dose-form development. Monash University and Capsugel announced...

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A New Way to Detect Genetic Conditions in IVF Embryos

January 9, 2015 11:58 am | by University of Kent | Comments

New research at the University of Kent has identified karyomapping as a viable and cost-effective method of detecting a wide range of genetic diseases in IVF embryos. The current method, which involves the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis...

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Functional Tissue-Engineered Intestine Grown from Stem Cells

January 9, 2015 11:30 am | by Childrens Hospital Los Angeles | Comments

A new study by researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has shown that tissue-engineered small intestine grown from human cells replicates key aspects of a functioning human intestine. The tissue-engineered small intestine they developed...

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FDA Approves Blood Screening Assay for HIV, HCV, and HBV

January 9, 2015 11:13 am | by Roche | Comments

Roche announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the cobas TaqScreen MPX Test, v2.0 for use in the detection and identification of HIV, HCV, and HBV in donations of human whole blood and blood components...

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Spinal Cord Implant Mimics Living Tissue

January 9, 2015 10:36 am | by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

EPFL scientists have managed to get rats walking on their own again using a combination of electrical and chemical stimulation. But applying this method to humans would require multifunctional implants that could be installed for long periods of...

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FDA Approves Fetal Monitoring System that Allows Freedom of Movement During Labor

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Philips | Comments

Royal Philips today announced that it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Avalon CL Fetal Monitoring solution (Avalon CL). The solution provides consistent monitoring of the... 

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Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Approved for Peripheral Arterial Disease Patients

January 9, 2015 9:27 am | by Covidien | Comments

Covidien plc today announced it has received CE Mark approval for its Stellarex drug-coated angioplasty balloon (DCB). The Stellarex DCB is used to restore and maintain blood flow to the arteries of the leg in patients with peripheral arterial...

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