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Genetic Pedigrees at Point of Care with New App

March 26, 2014 10:57 am | by John Ascenzi, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | Comments

Long before next-generation sequencing technology ushered in today's data-intensive era of human genome information, clinicians have been taking family histories by jotting down pedigrees ...            

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Photo of the Day: A Surrogate Organ System

March 26, 2014 10:51 am | by DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | Comments

Some 40 percent of pharmaceuticals fail their clinical trials, and there are thousands of chemicals whose effects on humans are simply unknown. Providing a realistic, cost-effective and rapid screening system ...      

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Desktop 'Body' Could Reduce Need for Animal Drug Tests

March 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Nancy Ambrosiano, DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | Comments

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents. ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing ...

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Plasma Tool for Destroying Cancer Cells

March 26, 2014 3:50 am | by Springer Science+Business Media | Comments

Plasma medicine is a new and rapidly developing area of medical technology. Specifically, understanding the interaction of so-called atmospheric pressure plasma jets with biological tissues could help to...

Timesulin Crowdfunding Announcement

March 26, 2014 3:39 am | by Timesulin | Comments

European diabetes brand, Timesulin, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo as a strategic move in launching this popular tool to users in the United States. The smart replacement cap for insulin pens that shows the time since last injection to help avoid accidental double or missed doses was first launched in the United Kingdom in 2012...

Harvard Scientists Visualize New Treatments for Retinal Blindness

March 26, 2014 3:31 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | Comments

A new report published online in The FASEB Journal may lead the way toward new treatments or a cure for a common cause of blindness (proliferative retinopathies). Specifically, scientists have discovered that the body's innate immune system does more than help ward off external pathogens. It also helps remove sight-robbing abnormal blood vessels...

Better Diagnostics for Thrombosis are a Matter of Resources

March 26, 2014 3:18 am | by youris.com | Comments

Cost-effectiveness is paramount for any new medical technology. If pharmaceutical companies do not see a profit, new drugs will never see the light of day. And if insurance companies think a new treatment is more expensive than the old one, they will simply not pay. Take thrombosis...

World’s First Light-Activated Antimicrobial Surface That Also Works in the Dark

March 25, 2014 3:37 pm | by University College London | Comments

Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when ...     

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Shock-Absorbing 'Goo' Discovered in Bone

March 25, 2014 3:34 pm | by University of Cambridge | Comments

New findings show that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of ‘goo’ trapped between tiny crystals, lubricating and allowing movement. It is this flexibility that stops bones from shattering. Latest research shows that the chemical citrate is mixed with water to create ...

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Technique Sheds Light on Human Neural Networks

March 25, 2014 3:30 pm | by Beckman Institute | Comments

Using spatial light interference microscopy (SLIM) techniques developed by Gabriel Popescu, director of the lab, the researchers were able to show for the first time how human embryonic stem cell derived neurons within a network grow, organize spatially, and ...

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Small Wireless Pacemaker Is Safe, Effective in Early Testing

March 25, 2014 3:28 pm | by American Heart Association | Comments

A new small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Although traditional pacemakers pose minimal risk, patients are ...

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Electronic Medication Alerts to Reduce Prescribing Errors

March 25, 2014 3:23 pm | by Cindy Fox Aisen, Indiana University | Comments

Changing how medication alerts are presented in electronic medical records resulted in safer prescribing, increased efficiency and reduced workload for health care providers who placed drug orders in ...        

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Catheter Innovation Destroys Dangerous Biofilms

March 25, 2014 10:53 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | Comments

For the millions of people forced to rely on a plastic tube to eliminate their urine, developing an infection is nearly a 100 percent guarantee after just four weeks. But with the help of a little bubble-blowing, biomedical engineers hope to ...

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MRI Reveals Genetic Activity

March 25, 2014 10:40 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

Doctors commonly use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose tumors, damage from stroke, and many other medical conditions. Now, a team of biological engineers at MIT is trying to adapt MRI to a much smaller scale, allowing researchers to ...

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Doctors Practice Speeding Up Trauma Care

March 25, 2014 10:23 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | Comments

At an office building less than a mile from the main Cedars-Sinai campus, doctors are guinea pigs in simulations designed to test skills. There's a "mission control" room filled with video screens where trainers keep track of the action ...

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