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Researchers Regrow Corneas from an Adult Human Stem Cell

July 2, 2014 3:17 pm | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Comments

Boston researchers have identified a way to enhance regrowth of human corneal tissue to restore vision, using a molecule known as ABCB5 that acts as a marker for hard-to-find limbal stem cells. This work, a collaboration between the...   

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Implantable Ring Shows Promise for HIV Prevention

July 2, 2014 3:05 pm | by American Society for Microbiology | Comments

A novel intravaginal ring implanted with anti-retroviral drug tablets, or pods, demonstrated sustained and controlled drug release and safety over 28 days, according to a paper published ahead of print in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy...

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Scientists Discover Teeth Protein Promises Bone Regeneration

July 2, 2014 2:57 pm | by Queen Mary, University of London | Comments

Patients suffering from osteoporosis or bone fractures might benefit from a new discovery of a protein that plays an important role in bone regeneration made by bioengineers at Queen Mary University of London. Normally found in the formation...

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Squid Sucker Ring Teeth Material Could Aid Reconstructive Surgery

July 2, 2014 2:50 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Squid tentacles are loaded with hundreds of suction cups, or suckers, and each sucker has a ring of razor-sharp “teeth” that help these mighty predators latch onto and take down prey. In a study published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers...

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Bioelectronics Could Lead to a New Class of Medicine

July 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Imagine having tiny electronics implanted somewhere in your body that can regulate nerve signals and make symptoms of various disorders go away. That’s the vision of the field of bioelectronic medicine — the emerging discipline that has made...

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Scientists Withdraw Claim About Making Stem Cells

July 2, 2014 11:29 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | Comments

Scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research. In two papers published in January in the journal Nature, the Japanese...

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Unapproved Device Buys Time for New Pair of Lungs

July 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Jon Sacker was near death, too sick for doctors to attempt the double lung transplant he so desperately needed. His only chance: An experimental machine that essentially works like dialysis for the lungs. But the device has not been approved...

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NIH Creates Network to Tackle Mysterious Diseases

July 2, 2014 11:09 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The government is expanding its "mystery disease" program, funding a network at six universities around the country to help diagnose patients with diseases so rare they've been told they're undiagnosable. The National Institutes of Health has...

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Biomarker Predicts Effectiveness of Brain Cancer Treatment

July 2, 2014 10:43 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a new biomarker that predicts whether glioblastoma – the most common form of primary brain cancer – will respond to chemotherapy. The findings are...

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China’s Diagnostic X-Ray Imaging Market Value to Hit $1 Billion by 2020

July 2, 2014 10:12 am | by GlobalData | Comments

China will witness significant growth in its diagnostic X-ray imaging market, rising from $528 million in 2012 to hit the billion-dollar mark by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.6%, says research and consulting firm GlobalData...

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Advancing Medicine, Layer by Layer

July 2, 2014 9:54 am | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | Comments

Personalized cancer treatments and better bone implants could grow from techniques demonstrated by graduate students Stephen W. Morton and Nisarg J. Shah, who are both working in chemical engineering professor Paula Hammond's lab at MIT...

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St. Jude Medical Resolves FDA Warning Letter for Sylmar Facility

July 2, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that issues cited in the Sylmar, Calif., facility’s warning letter have been addressed. “We take...

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Global Ultrasound Devices Market Expected to Reach USD 8.71 Billion in 2019

July 2, 2014 9:09 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Ultrasound Devices Market (By Product Type - Cart/Trolley Based Ultrasound Devices and Compact Ultrasound Devices, By Technology - 2-D, 3-D & 4-D, Doppler, HIFU...

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Efforts to Cut Unnecessary Blood Testing Bring Major Decreases in Healthcare Spending

July 2, 2014 8:29 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient...

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'Molecular Movies' Will Enable Extraordinary Gains in Bioimaging, Health Research

July 2, 2014 8:20 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Researchers have announced the creation of an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular level. Chemical and biological actions...

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