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Building Mini-Brains to Study Disorders Caused by HIV and Meth Use

February 11, 2015 10:33 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | Comments

A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine project involving the creation of miniature models of the human brain – developed with stem cells – to study neurological disorders caused by HIV and methamphetamine use has been named...

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Using Big Data to Detect Disease Outbreaks: Is It Ethical?

February 11, 2015 10:26 am | by PLOS | Comments

Personal information taken from social media, blogs, page views and so on are used to detect disease outbreaks, however, does this violate our privacy, consent and trust? Dr. Effy Vayena from the University of Zurich and...

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Virtual Reality and Neurorobotics Can Speed Up Rehabilitation

February 11, 2015 10:17 am | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | Comments

To speed up the recovery process of people who suffer motor disability. This is the ambitious aim of the HYPER research project which is using neurorobotics, neuroprosthetics and virtual reality to improve the life quality of patients...

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Improving Research on Health Information Technology

February 11, 2015 10:11 am | by Rand Corporation | Comments

Studies about the value of health information technology can be improved by broadening the reviews to include both costs and benefits, and lengthening study periods to capture long-term implications, according to a new RAND Corporation analysis...

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Non-Stick Material Repels Deadly Bacterial Build-Up

February 11, 2015 9:35 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University | Comments

More than 80 percent of microbial infections in the human body are caused by a build–up of bacteria, according to the National Institutes of Health. Bacteria cells gain a foothold in the body by accumulating and forming into adhesive colonies...

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New Reporter System to Study Bone-Related Regenerative Medicine

February 10, 2015 3:45 pm | by University of Minnesota Academic Health Center | Comments

A new reporter system used to study the bone regeneration potential of human embryonic stem cells has been generated in research led by the University of Minnesota. The new reporter system is the first of its kind for human pluripotent stem...

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Smartphone Apps as Accurate as Wearables to Track Physical Activity

February 10, 2015 3:22 pm | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | Comments

Although wearable devices have received significant attention for their ability to track an individual's physical activity, most smartphone applications are just as accurate, according to a new research letter in JAMA. The study tested 10 of...

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BPA-Free Copolyester Spotted Around MD&M West

February 10, 2015 3:15 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Next generation copolyester is the driving force behind several products displayed this week at MD&M West, held in Anaheim from Feb. 10 to Feb. 12. Eastman Tritan copolyester, developed by the Eastman Chemical Company, is adaptable...

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First Person in US Receives Evaheart Left Ventricular Assist Device

February 10, 2015 3:06 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | Comments

George “Mac” McAllister had already endured two heart attacks, quadruple-bypass surgery, myopathy, ischemia of the heart and a congestive heart failure diagnosis by the time he arrived at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heart...

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Microfluidics Enables Production of Shape-Controllable Microgels

February 10, 2015 2:54 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

A new, relatively simple process makes it possible to create biocompatible particles called shape-controllable microgels that could be custom designed for specific roles such as drug delivery vehicles, tissue engineering building blocks and...

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Stanford Engineer Produces Free Braille-Writer App

February 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Andrew Myers, Stanford University | Comments

Three years ago, Sohan Dharmaraja was a Stanford engineering doctoral candidate in search of his next project when he visited the Stanford Office of Accessible Education, which helps blind and visually challenged students successfully navigate...

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Device Improves Bowel Control in Women

February 10, 2015 2:38 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | Comments

Research led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery shows a vaginal bowel-control system designed by Pelvalon is the first device to successfully control fecal incontinence...

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Analyzing Cures Before They Reach Veterans

February 10, 2015 2:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A new testing center for medical products used to help veterans has been opened at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Pittsburgh, the VA announced on Jan. 30. The Center for Medical Product End-user Testing is responsible for evaluating...

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Flexible Electronic Film Could Enable New Wearable Devices

February 10, 2015 11:36 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | Comments

Electronic devices have shrunk rapidly in the past decades, but most remain as stiff as the same sort of devices were in the 1950s -- a drawback if you want to wrap your phone around your wrist when you go for a jog or fold your computer to fit...

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Photos of the Day: Providing Prosthetic Hands with Sense of Touch

February 10, 2015 11:18 am | by DARPA | Comments

Despite recent advances in technology for upper-limb prostheses, artificial arms and hands are still unable to provide users with sensory feedback, such as the “feel” of things being touched or awareness of limb position and movement. Without...

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