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Actavis to Acquire Allergan for $66 Billion

November 19, 2014 11:01 am | by Allergan, Inc. | Comments

Actavis plc and Allergan, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Actavis will acquire Allergan for a combination of $129.22 in cash and 0.3683 Actavis shares for each share of Allergan common stock...

Graphene-Integrated Polymer Composites for Dental Care

November 19, 2014 10:04 am | by 2-DTech | Comments

Helping industry unlock graphene’s potential, 2-DTech, in partnership with Evodental, have jointly secured a financial commitment for £150,000 of funding from InnovateUK to carry out investigative work into the utilization of ...   

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One Mom's Mission to Encourage Girls in STEM

November 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Joseph B. Frederick, Associated Press | Comments

Kelly Mathews is on a mission — to get more girls interested in STEM. That's science, technology, engineering, and math. And for Mathews, it's a mission that begins at home with her 9-month old daughter, Marilyn ...     

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Revolution in Reed Switch Technology

November 19, 2014 9:52 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Many medical applications, such as pacemakers and hearing aids, require reliable, battery saving reed switches. That is why HSI Sensing developed the world’s smallest Form B reed switch. According to the company, the HSR-376 is the ... 

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Smartwatches to Put Dent in Fitness Tracker Market

November 19, 2014 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Thinking about a fitness tracker? In the future you may defer that purchase in favor of a smartwatch. According to a new report from Gartner, by 2015 fully 50 Percent of people in the market for smart wristbands will choose a smartwatch instead ...

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Blood Test Warns of Kidney Transplant Rejection

November 18, 2014 3:22 pm | by IDIBELL-Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute | Comments

Researchers at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and doctors at University Hospital of Bellvitge, together with a team of researchers from the University of California, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, California Pacific Medical...

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Coating Drug-Eluting Stents with Cancer Drug to Prevent Heart Attacks

November 18, 2014 3:09 pm | by Mark Tuschman, Stanford | Comments

A new study has identified an FDA approved cancer drug, crizotinib, as a possible new coating for drug-eluting stents. Researchers found that crizotinib in mice helped prevent the narrowing of blood vessels after stenting without affecting the...

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Technology ‘Lights Up’ Cancer in the Blood

November 18, 2014 2:57 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

Metastasis is bad news for cancer patients. Northwestern University scientists now have demonstrated a simple but powerful tool that can detect live cancer cells in the bloodstream, potentially long before the cells could settle somewhere in...

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Imaging Nanoparticles Could Monitor Cancer

November 18, 2014 2:49 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

MIT chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor...

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Microfluidic Device Could Significantly Improve Blood Storage

November 18, 2014 2:45 pm | by Oregon State University | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have identified a method to rapidly prepare frozen red blood cells for transfusions, which may offer an important new way to manage the world's blood supply. It's already possible to cryopreserve human red...

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Magnetic Micro-Actuators Could Serve as a Transport Mechanism Within the Body

November 18, 2014 2:15 pm | by ETH Zurich | Comments

Scientists have been conducting research on micrometer-sized actuators which one day may make it possible to transport drugs or chemical sensor molecules to specific locations throughout the human body. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now taken...

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Biosensor Could Offer Better Method for Quarantine Procedures

November 18, 2014 1:58 pm | by New York College of Health Professions | Comments

Earlier this year Donald Spector, Chairman of the Board at New York College, and one of the most prolific inventors in the world, got a patent for biosensor signals that are transmitted from Smartphones to third party agencies. Spector envisioned this...

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Device Safely Delivers Surgeon to the Procedure Site

November 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Cambridge Consultants | Comments

A unique surgical tool development from product design firm Cambridge Consultants is set to transform complex life-saving operations. Chimaera enables surgeons to identify and highlight critical structures, such as nerves and blood vessels, as...

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Analyst: Debate Over Device Tax Only Masks Needed Reforms

November 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by GlobalData | Comments

Rob Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says, “Republicans in the US Congress are expected to move quickly to revoke the medical device tax, which was imposed two years ago as part of a suite of fees on the healthcare...

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Sharing Personal Health Data: The Patient’s Opinion

November 18, 2014 11:48 am | by Team Consulting | Comments

In a survey of 2,000 patients suffering from chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, COPD and arthritis) less than 4% of respondents were happy to share their personal health data with consumer companies such as Nike, Apple...

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