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Laser-Based Glucose Monitor Could End Pin Pricks for Diabetics

August 22, 2014 | by Princeton University, Engineering School | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without...

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Vault Nanoparticles Show Promise for Cancer Treatment and Possible HIV Cure

August 22, 2014 1:48 pm | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | Comments

A multidisciplinary team of scientists from UCLA and Stanford University has used a naturally occurring nanoparticle called a vault to create a novel drug delivery system that could lead to advances in the treatment of cancer and HIV. The...

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Direct Flow Medical’s TAVI Technology Receives Additional CE Mark

August 22, 2014 1:37 pm | by Direct Flow Medical | Comments

Direct Flow Medical, Inc., a transcatheter heart valve innovator focused on improving patient outcomes, today announced it has received the CE Mark (Conformité Européenne) for a 23mm sized valve as part of its Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter...

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FDA Clearance for Arthrosurface’s Hallux Valgus Correction System

August 22, 2014 11:35 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Arthrosurface, Inc., a developer of novel joint technologies, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the KISSloc Suture System, a mini plate and suture implant intended for the correction of a Hallux Valgus deformity. The KISSloc Suture System...

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A Breakthrough in Imaging Gold Nanoparticles to Atomic Resolution by Electron Microscopy

August 22, 2014 11:19 am | by Academy of Finland | Comments

Nanometre-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics. Gaining knowledge of their atomic-scale...

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New DNA Test for Diagnosing Diseases Linked to Childhood Blindness

August 22, 2014 10:21 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | Comments

Researchers in the United Kingdom have demonstrated that advanced DNA testing for congenital cataracts can quickly and accurately diagnose a number of rare diseases marked by childhood blindness, according to a study published online today in...

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Covidien Acquires Reverse Medical Corporation

August 22, 2014 9:12 am | by Business Wire | Comments

Covidien plc has announced it has acquired Reverse Medical Corporation, a privately held medical device company focused on expanding the management of vascular disease. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Covidien is focused...

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$1.5 Million Invested in Esophageal Cooling Device

August 21, 2014 4:30 pm | by Advanced Cooling Therapy | Comments

Chicago-based emerging medical device firm Advanced Cooling Therapy (ACT) has closed a $1.5 million Series A financing round to support the full commercial launch of its first product, the Esophageal Cooling Device (ECD) to control patient temperature. Investors include...

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Tissue Development 'Roadmap' to Guide Stem Cell Medicine

August 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Wyss Institute | Comments

In a boon to stem cell research and regenerative medicine, scientists at Boston Children's Hospital, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Boston University have created...

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Adherence to Diet Can Be Measured from Blood

August 21, 2014 3:44 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | Comments

New results from the Nordic SYSDIET study show that it's possible to assess dietary compliance from a blood sample. This is especially useful in controlled dietary intervention studies investigating the health benefits of specific diets...

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First ZnT8Ab Autoantibody Test to Help Diagnose Type 1 Diabetes

August 21, 2014 3:40 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the first zinc transporter 8 autoantibody (ZnT8Ab) test that can help determine if a person has type 1 diabetes and not another type of diabetes. When...  

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Photos of the Day: 3D-Printed Drug Delivering Implants

August 21, 2014 3:28 pm | by Louisiana Tech University | Comments

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic...

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Space Station Inspired Robot to Help Heal Sick Children

August 21, 2014 2:46 pm | by Jessica Eagan, International Space Station Program Science Office | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys...

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Photos of the Day: Space Robots Heal Kids

August 21, 2014 2:45 pm | by NASA | Comments

KidsArm is a robot that allows surgeons to quickly navigate to surgical sites in the body. It has an advanced imaging and control system that makes it extremely precise, and it is designed to explore the potential for automating certain...

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Researchers Use 3D Printers to Create Custom Medical Implants

August 21, 2014 2:18 pm | by Louisiana Tech University | Comments

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic...

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New Feeding Tube Connectors Will Improve Patient Safety

August 21, 2014 2:05 pm | by American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition | Comments

New feeding tube connectors, designed by an international standards process, will be available soon and will improve patient safety. According to an invited review published in the OnlineFirst version Nutrition in Clinical Practice...

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