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Google, Novartis, and EPGL Race to Invent First 'Autofocus' Contact Lens

July 22, 2015 1:38 pm | by Global Communications, Inc. | Comments

Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez has told the Financial Times that the market for an "Autofocus" contact lens could be worth, "anywhere between $10 billion and $50 billion in the next ten years." The Financial Times went on to say; "While Google's efforts...

Diagnosing a Cough with Sound Alone

July 22, 2015 1:22 pm | by University of Queensland | Comments

The cough is the single most common reason for a trip to the doctor, placing enormous strain on Australia’s healthcare system, but a new mobile health tool being developed by The University of Queensland could ease pressure on doctors and lower...

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Why Do Stents Fail Miserably for Peripheral Artery Disease?

July 22, 2015 11:20 am | by University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) | Comments

Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have received a five-year, $3.5 million grant funded by the National Institutes of Health to find out why stents don’t work well for treating peripheral artery disease (PAD). In the last decade...

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Professor Conducts World’s First Bionic Eye Implant

July 22, 2015 9:44 am | by University of Manchester | Comments

The world’s first implant of a bionic eye has been carried out by a University of Manchester academic. Professor Paulo Stanga led the four hour operation on pensioner Ray Flynn at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital which implanted a device...

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Smartphone App Replaces the Pulse Oximeter

July 22, 2015 9:20 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

By simply carrying their cellphone, equipped with the health-tracking app, MoveSense, developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a patient's oxygen saturation level can be passively monitored with medical accuracy...

Diagnosing Using the Light of Fireflies

July 22, 2015 9:10 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

The lab of Kai Johnsson at EPFL, led by Alberto Schena and Rudolf Griss, were able to add a small chemical tag on the enzyme luciferase, which produces the light of fireflies. The tag detects a target protein, and the luciferase gives out a...

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NASA Testing Technologies to Study How Human Body Fluid Shifts in Space

July 21, 2015 4:19 pm | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | Comments

NASA and the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) are studying the effects of how fluids shift to the upper body in space and how this adaptation to space flight affects changes in vision. This research will help prepare for a human journey...

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Infographic: The Connected Body

July 21, 2015 2:27 pm | by Wireless Lift Sciences | Comments

By leveraging new, innovative health devices and technologies, users now have the means to better manage their health and access health care outside of traditional medical settings. Let’s take a look at some trending connected health technology...

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Buyer Beware, Dental Implants Prone to Fracture

July 21, 2015 1:58 pm | by American Technion Society | Comments

When Keren Shemtov-Yona, DDS, a dental researcher at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, examined 100 discarded dental implants under a scanning electron microscope, she found that more than 60 percent of the implants had cracks...

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Surgical Protein Glue Inspired by Mussels

July 21, 2015 1:06 pm | by Pohang University of Science & Technology | Comments

Inspired by nature's wonders, Korean scientists at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) have developed a light-activated, mussel protein-based bioadhesive (LAMBA) that works on the same principles as mussels attaching...

An Accurate Test to Diagnose Debilitating Lyme Disease

July 21, 2015 9:48 am | by The Translational Genomics Research Institute | Comments

Focus On Lyme, an initiative sponsored by the Leadership Children's Foundation of Gilbert, Ariz., has donated $75,000 to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to support research into the development of a quick, affordable...

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How Effective Is Total Knee Replacement in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients?

July 21, 2015 9:24 am | by Wiley | Comments

Studies that have assessed the effects of total knee replacement on quality of life are scarce and have been almost exclusively limited to patients with osteoarthritis, even though rheumatoid arthritis is the most common inflammatory arthritis...

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Fluorescent Material Reveals How Cells Grow

July 21, 2015 9:17 am | by Linköping University | Comments

Fiber from a semiconducting polymer, developed for solar cells, is an excellent support material for the growth of new human tissue. Researchers at Linköping University have shown that the fiber glows, which makes it possible to follow the growth...

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The Nuts and Bolts of Biodegradable Implants

July 21, 2015 8:57 am | by AAMI | Comments

Patients recovering from major skeletal injuries frequently rely on permanent synthetic and inert hardware to support bone tissue during the healing process. This approach utilizes pins, plates, rods, and screws that are often left in place...

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3D Printing Tissues and Organs Could Help Treat Incurable Diseases

July 21, 2015 8:53 am | by Binghamton University, State University of New York | Comments

A team of Binghamton University researchers are creating a 3D printing process to build implantable tissues and organs to treat otherwise incurable diseases. Biomedical engineering professors Kaiming Ye and Sha Jin are focusing on potential diabetes...

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