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FDA Enters Consent Decree with Medtronic

April 28, 2015 8:38 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today the filing of a consent decree against Medtronic Inc., and two of the company’s officers—S. Omar Ishrak and Thomas M. Tefft —for repeatedly failing to correct violations, related to the...

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Microneedle Patch for Measles Vaccination

April 27, 2015 3:55 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A new microneedle patch being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could make it easier to vaccinate people against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. The...

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Smartphone App Detects Sleep Apnea Events

April 27, 2015 1:41 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

Determining whether your snoring is merely annoying, or crosses the threshold into a life-threatening problem, isn’t convenient or cheap. The gold standard for diagnosing sleep apnea — a disease which affects roughly 1 in 13 Americans...

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Retinal Implant Could Restore Functional Sight

April 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

A team led by Stanford University researchers has developed a wireless retinal implant that they say could restore vision five times better than existing devices. Results in rat studies suggest it could provide functional vision to patients...

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Self-Assembling Biomaterial for Human Tissue Formation

April 27, 2015 12:50 pm | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | Comments

Unlike scaffold-based methods to engineer human tissues for regenerative medicine applications, an innovative synthetic material with the ability to self-assemble into nanostructures to support tissue growth and ultimately degrade offers a promising...

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How to Short Circuit Hunger

April 27, 2015 12:46 pm | by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Comments

Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that it’s no fun to feel hungry. In fact, the drive to tame gnawing hunger pangs can sabotage even the best-intentioned dieter. But how exactly is it that fasting creates these uncomfortable...

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A ‘GPS’ to Navigate the Brain

April 27, 2015 11:24 am | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Comments

In new research published today by Nature Methods, scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard University have announced a “Neuronal Positioning System” (NPS) that maps the circuitry of the brain, similar to how a Global...

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Gene Editing Technology Corrects Cystic Fibrosis Mutation

April 27, 2015 11:09 am | by Yale University | Comments

Yale researchers successfully corrected the most common mutation in the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a lethal genetic disorder. The study was published April 27 in Nature Communications. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited, life-threatening...

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Developing Effective Tests for 'Chemo Brain'

April 27, 2015 11:05 am | by University of British Columbia | Comments

UBC research shows that chemotherapy can lead to excessive mind wandering and an inability to concentrate. Dubbed ‘chemo-brain,’ the negative cognitive effects of the cancer treatment have long been suspected, but the UBC study is the first...

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Neurostimulator Granted European Approval for Full Body MRI Scans

April 27, 2015 11:02 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic plc announced that systems within its Activa portfolio of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy neurostimulators have received European regulatory approval for MR Conditional full-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The expanded...

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Graphene Brings 3D Holograms Clearer and Closer

April 27, 2015 10:47 am | by Griffith University | Comments

From mobile phones and computers to television, cinema and wearable devices, the display of full color, wide-angle, 3D holographic images is moving ever closer to fruition, thanks to international research featuring Griffith University...

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3D Method Improves the Study of Proteins

April 27, 2015 10:26 am | by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona | Comments

Current knowledge of the molecular bases of protein aggregation, the cause of several pathologies, has produced a series of algorithms to identify the regions of the proteins with a tendency to aggregate. Among them was AGGRESCAN, developed...

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EMR Market Expected To Grow Beyond Incentives

April 27, 2015 10:02 am | by Kalorama Information | Comments

Kalorama Information expects the nearly 25 billion-dollar market for electronic medical records (EMR) to grow well past the period where there are incentives for US healthcare providers, according to a recent report. The healthcare market...

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Motion-Tracking MRI Assesses A-Fib Patients' Stroke Risk

April 27, 2015 9:58 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Stroke is a frequent and dreaded complication of atrial fibrillation. But predicting which of the estimated six million Americans with a-fib are at highest risk has long challenged physicians weighing stroke risk against the serious side effects...

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First Liquid Nanolaser Could Lead to New "Lab-on-a-Chip" Design

April 27, 2015 9:38 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

Northwestern University scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead to...

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