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FDA Panel Acknowledges Safety Risk with Duodenoscope Reprocessing

May 20, 2015 3:28 pm | by AAMI | Comments

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has determined that current methods for cleaning and disinfecting a complex type of endoscope do not provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness. To tackle the problem...

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Microdroplets Could Create 'Smart Containers' for Medicines

May 20, 2015 3:26 pm | by Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | Comments

Unexpected shapes of mesoscale atoms -- structures built of microdroplets encapsulated within microdroplets -- have been created at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. The discovery was possible...

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Breast Cancer Pilot Project Using the Apple Watch

May 20, 2015 1:35 pm | by Cooper University Health Care | Comments

Behavioral health technology company Polaris Health Directions (Polaris) and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper (MD Anderson Cooper) have signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on an integrated medical- behavioral health pilot...

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L'Oreal Wants to 3D Print Human Skin

May 20, 2015 11:13 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Comments

3D bioprinting certainly has its place in medicine. But now cosmetics giant L’Oreal wants to begin automating its already existing process of developing skin to test its products – with a little help from bioprinting startup Organovo. L'Oreal...

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Performance-Enhancing Sensor Measures Fluid Loss During Exercise

May 20, 2015 10:24 am | by University of Strathclyde | Comments

A wearable device being developed by the University of Strathclyde will provide real-time data analysis of fluid loss during exercise to enhance the performance of fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes. The innovative transdermal sensor is...

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Testing the 'Squishiness' of Tumors

May 20, 2015 10:17 am | by University of Southern California | Comments

Tumors come in all shapes, sizes ... and squishiness. And it turns out that matters, if you want to know how to treat them. USC engineers have created a backpack-sized instrument that can gently smush a wide range of materials, accurately...

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Reprogramming Stem Cells for Neurological Disease Models

May 20, 2015 10:12 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | Comments

As scientists overcome the technical challenges in reprogramming stem cells to produce biologically precise models of human neurons, these emerging model systems will accelerate research on understanding neuronal activity, brain development...

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Sensor-Integrated Clothing Monitors Anxiety in Autistic Children

May 20, 2015 9:30 am | by University of British Columbia | Comments

A wearable device developed by students at the University of British Columbia shows promise in preventing meltdowns in children with autism. The device, called Reveal, measures three indicators of anxiety — sweat, heart rate, and skin temperature...

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Mechanical Ventilation Associated with Long-Term Disability

May 20, 2015 9:25 am | by American Thoracic Society (ATS) | Comments

Critically ill patients who have been mechanically ventilated for more than seven days are at greatly increased risk for functional impairment and mortality at one year following discharge from the intensive care unit (ICU), according to a new...

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Photos of the Day: Neural Engineering for Middle Schoolers

May 20, 2015 9:23 am | by Sydney Lester, MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs | Comments

Fifty-one middle school students from Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence, Massachusetts, participated in two hands-on activities on Saturday, March 7, that taught them how engineers can improve quality of life for people affected by medical...

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New Exercise Device Design for People with Paraplegia

May 20, 2015 9:13 am | by Northeastern University | Comments

Five Northeastern University student-researchers have retrofitted a rowing machine with an ingenious device, allowing people with paraplegia to exercise without the aid of a trainer. The modified ergometer, dubbed the "power row," was designed...

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Expect Growth in The $56 Billion-Dollar IVD Market

May 19, 2015 2:36 pm | by Kalorama Information | Comments

Kalorama Information says a number of trends bode well for testing and will drive growth in the next five years, including new markets and private healthcare expansion globally. The market for all in vitro diagnostic testing kits, instruments...

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3D Printing Graphene Structures for Tissue Engineering

May 19, 2015 2:30 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

A team of Northwestern University researchers has found a way to print three-dimensional structures with graphene nanoflakes. The fast and efficient method could open up new opportunities for using graphene printed scaffolds regenerative engineering...

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What Makes Cancer Cells Spread? New Device Offers Clues

May 19, 2015 2:25 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

Why do some cancer cells break away from a tumor and travel to distant parts of the body? A team of oncologists and engineers from the University of Michigan teamed up to help understand this crucial question. In a paper published in Scientific...

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Nature Inspires First Artificial Molecular Pump

May 19, 2015 2:17 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

Using nature for inspiration, a team of Northwestern University scientists is the first to develop an entirely artificial molecular pump, in which molecules pump other molecules. This tiny machine is no small feat. The pump one day might be used...

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