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Researchers Map Brain Areas Vital to Understanding Language

November 22, 2013 10:35 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

When reading text or listening to someone speak, we construct rich mental models that allow us to draw conclusions about other people, objects, actions, events, mental states and contexts. This ability to understand written or spoken language...

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Researchers' New Technique Improves Accuracy, Ease of Cancer Diagnosis

November 22, 2013 10:20 am | by Matthew Chin, UCLA | Comments

A team of researchers from UCLA and Harvard University have demonstrated a technique that, by measuring the physical properties of individual cells in body fluids, can diagnose cancer with a high degree of accuracy. The technique, which uses...

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Photo of the Day: Microchip Device Warps Cells to Spot Cancer

November 22, 2013 10:19 am | Comments

A schematic of normal and invasive cancer cells is shown. A more flexible cellular architecture may allow malignant cells to invade fluid-containing lung tissue. The authors measure this deformable state with the Deformability Cytometry technique...

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Fenwal lands 510(k) clearance for Alyx blood collection software

November 22, 2013 9:00 am | by Mass Device | Comments

Fenwal Inc. said it landed 510(k) clearance from the FDA for a new version of software for its Alyx blood collection system. Lake Zurich, Ill.-based Fenwal, a subsidiary of Fresenius, said the new software adds a protocol for closed-system plasma...

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Sorin wins CE Mark for stentless heart valve

November 22, 2013 8:56 am | by Mass Device | Comments

Sorin Group said it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its Solo Smart heart valve, designed to replace the aortic valve without leaving a stent in place. Milan-based Sorin said the Solo Smart device is the next iteration of its Freedom...

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Distribution of In Vitro Diagnostic Products Labeled for Research Use Only or Investigational Use Only - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff

November 22, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

FDA is issuing this guidance document to provide the current thinking of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on when in vitro diagnostic (IVD) products are properly...

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'Software is not a medical device': FDA medtech chief battles for control of mHealth

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

The conversation got a bit heated this week as the House Energy & Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Health sparred with FDA medical device chief Jeffrey Shuren over regulation of mobile medical and healthcare applications. Shuren...

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Benefits for Humanity: The Sound of Life

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | by NASA | Comments

Ultrasound and remote medicine methods that are in use aboard the International Space Station have been adapted for use on Earth to save lives around the world. This example, along with a few of the many benefits provided by research performed...

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Xenex Secures $11.3 Million in Funding for Superbug Zapping Robot

November 21, 2013 1:51 pm | by Xenex Disinfection Services | Comments

Xenex Disinfection Services, the world leader in UV room disinfection systems for healthcare facilities, today announced it has secured $11.3 million in funding. The new funding includes participation from Battery Ventures, Targeted Technology...

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J&J to Pay $2.5B to Settle Hip Replacement Suits

November 21, 2013 1:45 pm | by John Seewer and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said late Tuesday that it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries. The agreement...

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Mauna Kea Technologies: CE Mark for a Complete Range of Probes Dedicated to Urology

November 21, 2013 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Mauna Kea Technologies, leader in the optical biopsy market and maker of Cellvizio, the fastest way to see cancer, today announced the granting of the CE Mark and the pre-launch of a comprehensive range of probes aimed at endourological...

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Nursing Scholar Helps Develop New Ostomy Care Resource

November 21, 2013 11:25 am | by Rutgers | Comments

Nurses caring for ostomy patients will now be equipped with an essential new tool that provides them with the first comprehensive guide to optimize ostomy management and enhance patient safety. Janice Beitz, a professor at the Rutgers School...

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Physicians, Scientists to Discuss Brain Stimulation Technique, Dangers of DIY

November 21, 2013 11:13 am | by UF Health | Comments

An international group of will learn about a novel brain stimulation technique and the potential dangers of do-it-yourself treatment from a University of Florida Health researcher as part of an inaugural conference on neuromodulation Nov. 22-23...

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Organizations Join Forces on Wearable Remote Monitoring

November 21, 2013 11:05 am | by imec | Comments

Imec, Holst Centre and the East-Limburg Hospital (Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg, ZOL) have announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the development of wearable sensor technologies for remote healthcare and personal health applications...  

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Photos of the Day: Diagnostic Diapers

November 21, 2013 10:48 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | Comments

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea that annually kills 500,000 children under age five and hospitalizes millions more. India’s Achira Labs is creating a fabric-based chip that, when integrated into disposable diapers, will help...

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