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Michigan Man Among 1st in U.S. to Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | Comments

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation...

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New Technique Can Monitor a Protein’s Subcellular Travels

April 23, 2014 11:07 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

In science, “simple and accessible detection methods that can rapidly screen a large cell population with the resolution of a single cell inside that population has been seriously lacking,” said Virginia Tech chemical engineer Chang Lu. In the Royal...

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Diagnosing in Earth’s Low Orbit

April 23, 2014 10:45 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | Comments

A new medical-testing device is being prepped to enter the battle against infectious disease. This instrument could improve diagnosis of certain diseases in remote areas, thanks in part to knowledge gained from a series of investigations...

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Photos of the Day: Restoring Sight in Michigan

April 23, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical...

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Microbiology and Advanced Tests Rank Highest in U.S.

April 23, 2014 10:11 am | by Kalorama Information | Comments

Microbiology and advanced tests make up the best markets for IVD companies operating in the United States, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher recently computed opportunity metrics based on its new report...

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Fitness Devices Impacting Employee Health According to Vitality Study

April 23, 2014 9:37 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

People of all ages, weight and gender are embracing wearable fitness devices offering real-time data to track their physical activity according to a three-year analysis from The Vitality Group, part of the world's first and largest incentive...

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Boston Scientific Begins Clinical Trial for Pacing Leads

April 23, 2014 9:24 am | by Boston Scientific | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has conducted the first implant in the clinical trial of the next generation ACUITY X4 left-ventricular (LV) pacing leads and RELIANCE 4-FRONT defibrillation (ICD) leads. The clinical trial is designed to establish...

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EKF Diagnostics Acquires Selah Genomics and DiaSpect Medical

April 23, 2014 9:10 am | by EKF Diagnostics | Comments

EKF Diagnostics, the global in vitro diagnostics business, announces that it has acquired Selah Genomics, Inc. and DiaSpect Medical AB. Sweden based DiaSpect manufactures desktop hemoglobin analyzers, whilst Selah, of South Carolina is a...

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Needlefree Connector Associated with Reduction of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections in Hemodialysis Patients

April 23, 2014 8:33 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

ICU Medical, Inc. today announced that a new peer-reviewed study in the April 2014 issue of the International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease shows that the use of the company's Tego® needlefree connector on hemodialysis... 

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Tracking Oxygen in the Body

April 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Unlike healthy cells, cancer cells thrive when deprived of oxygen. Tumors in low-oxygen environments tend to be more resistant to therapy and spread more aggressively to other parts of the body. Measuring tumors’ oxygen levels could help...

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Gold Nanoparticles Help Target Breast Cancer Gene Segments in Living Cell

April 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Natalie van Hoose, Purdue University | Comments

Purdue University researchers have developed a way to detect and measure cancer levels in a living cell by using tiny gold particles with tails of synthetic DNA. A team led by Joseph Irudayaraj, professor of agricultural and biological...

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Electronic Transdermal Patch Is Winner at French ‘Worldwide Innovation Challenge’

April 22, 2014 10:58 am | by Rhenovia Pharma SAS | Comments

Rhenovia Pharma, a biotechnology company specialized in the application of biosimulation to the research and development of new medicinal products, today announces that its SMARTT e-Patch project has won an award at the ‘World Innovation...

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Students Take Clot-Buster for a Spin

April 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Rice University | Comments

In the hands of some Rice University senior engineering students, a fishing rod is more than what it seems. For them, it’s a way to help destroy blood clots that threaten lives. Branding themselves as “Team Evacuator,” five students have...

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Photos of the Day: Blood Clot Buster

April 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Rice University | Comments

Rice University engineering students have created a device to break up blood clots in the bladders of patients. Rice senior Lung-Ying Yu demonstrates how the device attached to a fishing rod and reel assembly breaks up clumps of gelatin...

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First U.S. Implant of ICD System that Allows Full-Body MRI Scans

April 22, 2014 10:22 am | by Medtronic | Comments

Medtronic has announced the first U.S. implant of the Evera MRI SureScan implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) System, following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application...

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Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission

April 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Wyss Institute | Comments

It's a familiar trope in science fiction: In enemy territory, activate your cloaking device. And real-world viruses use similar tactics to make themselves invisible to the immune system. Now scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for...   

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