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Scientists Find Genetic Recipe to Turn Stem Cells into Blood

July 14, 2014 | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step closer to reality. Writing today in the journal Nature Communications, a group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison...

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Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark for Ranger Drug-Coated Balloon

July 14, 2014 9:31 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Demonstrating its continued leadership in the development of innovative solutions for peripheral vascular disease, Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark for the Ranger Paclitaxel-Coated PTA Balloon Catheter. The technology is...

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Titan Spine Receives FDA Clearance to Launch Endoskeleton TL Device for Lateral Spinal Fusion

July 14, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commercially release...

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FDA Approval of IDE for VENITI VICI Venous Stent System

July 14, 2014 9:16 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

VENITI, Inc., a company dedicated to providing innovative technology for the treatment of venous disease, announced that it has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an Investigational Device Exemption...

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Better Use of Electronic Health Records Makes Clinical Trials Less Expensive

July 11, 2014 3:07 pm | by University of Manchester | Comments

Using electronic health records to understand the best available treatment for patients, from a range of possible options, is more efficient and less costly for taxpayers than the existing clinical trial process, a new study shows. Research...

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Doctor-Entrepreneur Sets Sights on Improving Prostate Cancer Treatment

July 11, 2014 2:49 pm | by MD Anderson | Comments

Providing life-saving care to cancer patients, becoming an internationally renowned doctor and serving as an engineer on a nuclear submarine are crowning career credentials in their own right. But Steven Frank, M.D., MD Anderson radiation...

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Seeing the Inner Workings of the Brain Made Easier

July 11, 2014 2:21 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford University | Comments

Last year, Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, announced a new way of peering into a disembodied brain that provided spectacular fly-through views of its inner connections. Since...

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Patients Seek FDA Ban on Fibroid Removal Devices

July 11, 2014 2:07 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

More than a dozen people — including cancer patients, their family members and physicians — called on federal health regulators on Friday to block the use of electronic surgical tools used to remove fibroids, but which can inadvertently...

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Sunshine Act Will Reveal Manufacturers’ Payments to Docs in September

July 11, 2014 2:04 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

When many of us have a medical appointment we're concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What's our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. That's because nearly...

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Virtual Finger Enables Biological Scientists to Navigate and Analyze Complex 3D Images

July 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by Edelman Public Relations | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a revolutionary new way to digitally navigate three-dimensional images. The new technology, called Virtual Finger, allows scientists to move through digital images of small structures like neurons and synapses using...

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Injectable Foam Could Prevent Fatal Blood Loss in Wounded Soldiers

July 11, 2014 10:59 am | by Johns Hopkins | Comments

Without prompt care, a badly wounded soldier can easily bleed to death while being transported to a distant medical station. Two traditional treatments—tourniquets and medicated gauze pads—often cannot stop the blood loss from a deep wound...

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Photos of the Day: Angry Birds, Robots, and Rehab

July 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A robot plays Angry Birds using a tablet. Researchers see their system as a future rehabilitation tool for children with cognitive and motor-skill disabilities. Kids teach the robot how to play Angry Birds, dragging their finger on the tablet...

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Rehabilitation Robots Play Angry Birds with Kids

July 11, 2014 10:26 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve...

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A Start-Up at NJIT Develops Bleeding-Control Gel for Brain Surgery

July 11, 2014 9:58 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | Comments

Endomedix, a start-up company housed at NJIT's business incubator, received a $1.4 million federal grant to develop a spray-on gel that surgeons will use to staunch bleeding during brain surgery. Surgeons can spray the gel onto a surgical...

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New Diagnostic Test to Distinguish Psoriasis from Eczema

July 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | Comments

In some patients, the chronic inflammatory skin diseases psoriasis and eczema are similar in appearance. Up to now, dermatologists have therefore had to base their decision on which treatment should be selected on their own experience and...

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Ultrasound Tracks Odor Representation in the Brain

July 11, 2014 9:26 am | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | Comments

A new ultrasound imaging technique has provided the first ever in vivo visualization of activity in the piriform cortex of rats during odor perception. This deep-seated brain structure plays an important role in olfaction, and was inaccessible...

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