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Smartphone-Sized Device Captures First Full Genome of Living Organism

June 15, 2015 12:07 pm | by Ontario Institute for Cancer Research | Comments

Researchers in Canada and the U.K. have for the first time sequenced and assembled de novo the full genome of a living organism, the bacteria Escherichia Coli, using Oxford Nanopore's MinIONTM device, a genome sequencer that can fit in the palm...

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Dental Implants Result in Better Quality of Life for Osteoporotic Women

June 15, 2015 10:46 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

With age, postmenopausal women with osteoporosis are at greater risk of losing their teeth. But what treatment for tooth loss provides women with the highest degree of satisfaction in their work and social lives? A new study by Case Western Reserve...

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'Tumor-in-a-Dish' Could Personalize Cancer Patients' Drug Therapy

June 15, 2015 10:39 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

In a highly successful, first-of-its-kind endeavor, a multidisciplinary team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has created a "tumor in a dish:" an ex vivo microenvironment that can accurately anticipate a multiple myeloma patient's...

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App Interprets Ultrasound Images

June 15, 2015 9:48 am | by SINTEF | Comments

Ultrasound is coming into ever more widespread use, and an app that trains health personnel to interpret ultrasound images has just been developed. A new app will offer health-care personnel training and experience in interpreting ultrasound...

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Headband Helps Parkinson's Patients Self-Treat Symptoms at Home

June 15, 2015 9:40 am | by John Hopkins University | Comments

Parkinson’s disease patients whose symptoms such as tremor, muscle stiffness and slowed movement make it tough to hold an eating utensil steady have few options for relief outside of a hospital or clinic. Medication can help, but over time it...

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Tuning X-rays with Tiny Mirrors

June 15, 2015 9:31 am | by DOE/Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

The secret of X-ray science - like so much else - is in the timing. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have created a new way of manipulating high-intensity X-rays, which will allow researchers to...

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Robotic Glove Gives Hand-Impaired Patients a Better Grasp

June 12, 2015 4:02 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Comments

Having achieved promising results in proof-of-concept prototyping and experimental testing, a soft robotic glove under development by soft wearable robotics expert Conor Walsh, and a team of engineers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of...

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Prototype for an 'Intelligent' Polo Helmet Developed

June 12, 2015 3:52 pm | by Loughborough University | Comments

A Loughborough student’s prototype for a safer polo helmet – complete with a built-in crash sensor – could save lives by alerting emergency responders to impacts and falls that may cause head injuries. Robin Spicer, 23, a final year Industrial...

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First Exoskeleton to Help Production Workers

June 12, 2015 1:19 pm | by Fraunhofer | Comments

EU Robo-Mate project presents first prototype of an exoskeleton to help production workers. Production workers often lift up to 10 metric tons of material a day. According to the Work Foundation Alliance (Lancaster, UK), 44 million workers in the...

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Nick Jonas Sings Praises of Continuous Glucose Monitoring

June 12, 2015 9:46 am | by Dexcom Inc. | Comments

Dexcom Inc. announced today it has partnered with multi-talented recording artist and actor, Nick Jonas, who has type 1 diabetes, to raise awareness of the benefits of CGM for people with diabetes. Jonas will share his personal story and views...

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Infographic: Top 10 'What's Hot in 3D Printing Out of Metal'

June 12, 2015 9:32 am | by Daniel Tkacik, Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

In conjunction with the inaugural National Maker Faire and the White House Week of Making kicking off this week in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Mellon University experts have projected the top 10 things in 3D metal printing...

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Mini-Breast Grown in Lab for Cancer Research

June 12, 2015 9:24 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | Comments

The research group, led by Dr. Christina Scheel, developed an assay whereby cultured human breast epithelial cells rebuild the three-dimensional tissue architecture of the mammary gland. For this purpose, a transparent gel is used in which cells...

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Stretchy Sensors Can Detect Deadly Gases and UV Radiation

June 12, 2015 9:20 am | by RMIT University | Comments

RMIT University researchers have created wearable sensor patches that detect harmful UV radiation and dangerous, toxic gases such as hydrogen and nitrogen dioxide. These transparent, flexible electronics – which can be worn as skin patches...

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Antibiotic-Laden Sponges Significantly Reduce Infection

June 12, 2015 9:16 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | Comments

Cardiac surgeons often "crack open" the flat bone that forms the middle front section of the chest, known as the sternum, in order to reach important structures. When a sternal wound infection (SWI) occurs, serious complications and even death...

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Veterans Will Be First to Try Cyber Physical Therapy

June 11, 2015 2:30 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

The Internet has been transformational, changing how we communicate with friends and family, how we shop, and more recently, how we heal. Physical therapy is the latest treatment to be offered as telemedicine, with an experimental system now...

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