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Robotic Sock Promotes Blood Circulation and Prevents Clots

February 10, 2015 9:33 am | by National University of Singapore | Comments

Patients who are bedridden or unable to move their legs are often at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition caused by blood clots forming along the lower extremity veins of the legs. A team of...

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Fixing Broken Hearts through Engineering

February 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

This year, more than half a million Americans will be diagnosed with advanced heart failure, and of those, less than 4,000—roughly seven out of every 1,000—will receive a transplant. The incredibly limited availability of hearts leaves thousands...

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First Spinal Fusion Patient Treated with New Interbody Fusion System

February 9, 2015 12:02 pm | by Benvenue Medical, Inc. | Comments

Benvenue Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, announced that the first spinal fusion patient in the U.S. has been treated with the new minimally invasive Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System. The surgery was...

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Medical Device Industry Slowed Slightly in 2014

February 9, 2015 11:51 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Things are leveling out for the medical device industry, with preliminary 2014 data showing subdued sales growth. The 2015 Global Medical Device Industry Outlook survey by consulting firm Emergo collected responses from 5,400 participants...

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Pulsing Laser Determines Chemical Content of Living Tissue

February 9, 2015 11:45 am | by Purdue University | Comments

A team of Purdue University researchers has been awarded a $1 million W.M. Keck Foundation grant to develop a new type of imaging technology for cell and tissue analysis. Central to the concept is the invention of a new way to perform...

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After First Molecular Rapid Test Approval, Expect More

February 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Kalorama Information | Comments

Kalorama Information says that the broad-use approval of the first rapid diagnostic test for influenza with a molecular basis demonstrates the potential for molecular POC marketplace predicted in the firm’s report last year.  Alere i Influenza...

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Controlling Genes with Light for Tissue Engineering

February 9, 2015 11:20 am | by Duke University | Comments

Duke University researchers have devised a method to activate genes in any specific location or pattern in a lab dish with the flip of a light switch by crossing a bacterium's viral defense system with a flower's response to sunlight...   

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First Bioresorbable and X-Ray Visible Cardiovascular Stent

February 9, 2015 10:27 am | by Rutgers' Office of Research and Economic Development | Comments

A new stent for treating cardiovascular disease that incorporates a polymer invented at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has been implanted in patients for the first time. The device, called Fantom, is a drug-eluting scaffold being...

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Bracelet that Monitors Real-Time Health Signs for the Elderly

February 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | Comments

The trend of wearable devices (smart accessories) like bracelets, sunglasses and watches, is rarely focused on the elderly population. However, Mexican Francisco Lopez-Lira Fennel, who lives in Spain, wants these devices to be used by older adults...

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'Virtual Virus' Unfolds the Flu on a CPU

February 9, 2015 9:50 am | by Biophysical Society | Comments

By combining experimental data from X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, cryoelectron microscopy and lipidomics (the study of cellular lipid networks), researchers at the University of Oxford have built a complete model of the outer envelope of...

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$15,000 Prize Offered for Treatment Incentive

February 9, 2015 9:33 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Whole You Inc., a Mitsui Chemicals company, will pay $15,000 for ideas about how oral and visual caregivers can help patients help themselves. The winner from each challenge (www.innocentive.com/pavilion/wholeyou), one of which calls for...

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Valencell Expands Robust Portfolio of Critical Patents

February 8, 2015 9:30 am | by Valencell | Comments

Valencell, a leader in performance biometric data sensor technology, today announced it has been granted an additional eight patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The new patents are critical to the accurate monitoring and...

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Molecular Breast Imaging Will Boost Breast Cancer Detection

February 8, 2015 8:30 am | by GlobalData | Comments

As breast cancer detection can be improved by Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) as an adjunct to mammography, in comparison with mammography alone, manufacturers must pursue cost-effectiveness to ensure its widespread adoption, says an analyst...

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Hip and Knee Markets in the U.S. Soar to New Heights

February 7, 2015 9:30 am | by iData Research | Comments

According to a report published by iData Research (www.idataresearch.com), the U.S. large joint restoration market, which includes hip and knee restorations as well as bone cement sales, is projected to pass the USD $9 billion mark this year...

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7 Lifesaving Facts About Artificial Hearts

February 7, 2015 8:30 am | by SynCardia Systems, Inc. | Comments

For patients suffering from end-stage biventricular (both sides) heart failure, a donor heart transplant is the standard of care. However, not all patients waiting for a donor heart will have one available to them when they need it to save their...

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