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Nanocubes get in a twist

August 11, 2014 11:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanocubes are anything but child's play. Weizmann Institute scientists have used them to create surprisingly yarn-like strands: They showed that given the right conditions, cube-shaped nanoparticles are able to align into winding helical structures. Their results, which reveal how nanomaterials can self-assemble into unexpectedly beautiful and complex structures, were recently published in Science.

Sensitive acid sensor controls insulin production

August 11, 2014 10:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Many human metabolic functions only run smoothly if the acid level in the body remains neutral and stable. For humans, normal blood pH values lie between 7.35 and 7.45. By way of comparison, an empty stomach is extremely acidic, with a pH value of 1.5. The body constantly monitors this narrow pH band and quickly

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MUSC Hollings Cancer Center Unveils New Cancer-Fighting Technology

August 11, 2014 9:31 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New technology installed at the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center offers patients a nonsurgical, specialized form of treatment that can be completed in five or fewer outpatient sessions, each lasting 20 minutes or...

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ALR Technologies to Conduct Clinical Trial With Premier Hospital of Chilean Health Ministry in Santiago

August 11, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

ALR Technologies Inc. (OTCQB: ALRT) announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the leadership of Hospital Clínico Metropolitano La Florida, one of the largest and most prestigious public hospitals in Santiago, Chile, to conduct a clinical outcomes study utilizing...

A New Beginning: ResMed's New Air Solutions Connected Care Platform for Treating Sleep-Disordered Breathing

August 11, 2014 5:29 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ResMed (NYSE: RMD) today announced Air Solutions, a new forward-thinking connected care solution for treating sleep-disordered breathing that can benefit all stakeholders in the care continuum. The ResMed Air Solutions platform has data-driven...

Study Helps Medical Education Leaders Navigate the New Regulatory and Financial Landscape

August 8, 2014 7:28 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical education leaders in the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors are finding it challenging to navigate the current regulatory and financial landscape. These challenges - one affecting program content and delivery and the...

A*Star Scientists Make Breakthroughs in Ovarian Cancer Research

August 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Biomedical Sciences Institutes (BMSI) | Comments

Scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) and the Bioinformatics Institute (BII) have found new clues to early detection and personalized treatment of ovarian cancer, currently one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose...

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Disposable Biosensor Allows Physicians to Determine Which Patients Can Be Safely Fed Following Surgery

August 8, 2014 10:01 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

A disposal, plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs...

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SyNAPSE Program Develops Advanced Brain-Inspired Chip

August 8, 2014 9:53 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed one of the world’s largest and most complex computer chips ever produced — one whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power...

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Human Skin Cells Reprogrammed as Neurons Regrow in Rats with Spinal Cord Injuries

August 8, 2014 9:34 am | by Cell Press | Comments

While neurons normally fail to regenerate after spinal cord injuries, neurons formed from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that were grafted into rats with such injuries displayed remarkable growth throughout the length of the...

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New Sweat Sensors Will Sniff Out Fatigue, Stress, and Even Fear

August 8, 2014 9:17 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Sweat can be a smelly messenger, but one that also carries a trove of valuable information about how our bodies are feeling. Scientists at several labs are now trying to pick its lock with nanotechnology, including know-how transferred from...

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Discovery About Wound Healing Key to Understanding Cell Movement

August 8, 2014 9:01 am | by University of Waterloo | Comments

Research by a civil engineer from the University of Waterloo is helping shed light on the way wounds heal and may someday have implications for understanding how cancer spreads, as well as why certain birth defects occur. Professor Wayne...

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Professor Awarded $300K for Mobile Health Lab-on-Chip Technology

August 8, 2014 8:54 am | by University of California, San Diego | Comments

University of California, San Diego Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Shaya Fainman has been awarded $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop a portable device with a disposable cartridge “lab-on-chip” (CLOC)...

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FDA Clears PicoSure to Treat Acne Scars

August 8, 2014 8:46 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

With acne as the most common skin condition affecting more than 60 million Americans today, it is no surprise that 20 million people have severe enough acne to cause scarring (33 percent of sufferers). Cynosure, the leader in aesthetic lasers...

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Hospital Implants New Hybrid Cochlear Implant in Patient Who Lost High Frequency Hearing

August 7, 2014 5:09 pm | by University Hospitals Case Medical Center | Comments

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is the first in Cleveland to implant a new type of cochlear device for adults who have lost the high frequency range of their hearing, but have retained the low frequencies with or without a hearing...

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