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Photos of the Day: Providing Prosthetic Hands with Sense of Touch

February 10, 2015 11:18 am | by DARPA | Comments

Despite recent advances in technology for upper-limb prostheses, artificial arms and hands are still unable to provide users with sensory feedback, such as the “feel” of things being touched or awareness of limb position and movement. Without...

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3 Innovations in Next-Generation Prosthetics

February 10, 2015 11:17 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | Comments

Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President's BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology. The new awards will be funded and administered by the...

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Injectable Nanoparticles Can Restore Normal Oxygen Levels

February 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Rice University | Comments

Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism. Scientists at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine...

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Simple Blood Test Can Predict Risk of Dementia

February 10, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Copenhagen - The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences | Comments

Scientists at Rigshopitalet, Herlev Hospital and the University of Copenhagen identify a new biomarker that can predict the risk of developing dementia by way of a simple blood test. In the long term, this could mean better prevention and thus at...

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Using Google Glass to Improve Patient-Physician Relationship

February 10, 2015 10:36 am | by Tracie White, Stanford University | Comments

Firsthand experience working in hospitals and clinics helped inspire third-year Stanford medical student Pelu Tran to explore a potential career path in the world of high-tech startups. Tran began to realize just how much the daily grind...

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Photos of the Day: A Pediatric Diabetes Game Changer

February 10, 2015 10:26 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

With a $1.8-million, three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, UC Santa Barbara chemical engineers Frank Doyle and Eyal Dassau and Yale University's Dr. Stuart Weinzimer could make hands-on care of Type 1 Diabetes a thing of the...

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NIH Funds Research on a Pediatric Artificial Pancreas

February 10, 2015 10:25 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

Anyone who lives with Type 1 diabetes is all too familiar with the sheer amount of effort -- and often round-the-clock attention -- required to manage the disease. Food intake is closely monitored, as is physical activity, and the period between...

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Neural Implant Enables Amputees to Move and Feel Prosthetic Hand

February 10, 2015 9:45 am | by University of Utah | Comments

University of Utah researchers have received $1.4 million to further develop an implantable neural interface that will allow an amputee to move an advanced prosthetic hand with just his or her thoughts. The neural interface will also convey...

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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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