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SIIA Supports PROTECT Act

February 11, 2014 10:45 am | by SIIA | Comments

Senators Deborah Fischer (R-NE) and Angus King (I-ME) have introduced the Preventing Regulatory Overreach To Enhance Care Technology Act of 2014 (PROTECT Act), legislation to provide regulatory certainty for ...        

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Novel Technique Increases Detection Rate in Screening Mammography

February 11, 2014 10:40 am | by Linda Brooks, RSNA | Comments

Digital mammography screening with new photon-counting technique offers high diagnostic performance, according to a study published online in the journal Radiology. As mammography screening has shifted ...        

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Chips That Listen to Bacteria

February 10, 2014 4:23 pm | by Holly Evarts, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | Comments

A research team led by Ken Shepard, professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, and Lars Dietrich, assistant professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, has demonstrated that integrated circuit technology ...

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Diaphragm Pacing Successful in Weaning Patients from Ventilators

February 10, 2014 1:34 pm | by George Stamatis, University Hospitals Case Medical Center | Comments

A new study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery finds that diaphragm pacing (DP) stimulation in spinal cord-injured patients is successful not only in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators but also in bridging patients to ...

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Nanomotors Are Controlled Inside Living Cells

February 10, 2014 12:34 pm | by Barbara K. Kennedy, Penn State | Comments

For the first time, a team of chemists and engineers at Penn State University have placed tiny synthetic motors inside live human cells, propelled them with ultrasonic waves and steered them magnetically. It's not exactly "Fantastic Voyage," but it's close. The nanomotors, which are ...

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Cochlear Implants — with No Exterior Hardware

February 10, 2014 12:26 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | Comments

Cochlear implants — medical devices that electrically stimulate the auditory nerve — have granted at least limited hearing to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who otherwise would be totally deaf. Existing versions of the device, however, require that a ...

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Blind Purdue Grad Works to Make Science Accessible

February 10, 2014 11:23 am | by Hayleigh Colombo - Associated Press | Comments

Cary Supalo has always been a problem solver. When he attended Purdue University in the late 1990s, Supalo encountered all the standard challenges of an undergraduate student pursuing a chemistry degree — plus one added hurdle. Supalo is blind. That reality made bench-top lab work ...

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SAPIEN XT Valve Approved in Europe for Transcatheter Mitral and Aortic Valve-in-Valve Procedures

February 10, 2014 10:45 am | by Edwards Lifesciences Corporation | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation has announced that it has received CE Mark in Europe for valve-in-valve procedures using the SAPIEN XT transcatheter heart valve, providing a minimally invasive treatment option for patients whose ...    

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NIST Categorizes Bio Scaffolds by Characteristic Cell Shapes

February 10, 2014 10:41 am | by Michael Baum, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Getting in the right shape might be just as important in a biology lab as a gym. Shape is thought to play an important role in the effectiveness of cells grown to repair or replace damaged tissue in the body. To help design ...     

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NASA Technology to Help Develop Noninvasive Medical Treatments

February 10, 2014 10:19 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA has signed two patent license agreements with GRoK Technologies LLC of Houston to help develop novel biotechnology approaches that could have multiple applications in space and on Earth. The agreements are the results of the agency's ...

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Photos of the Day: MIT Grows Bionic Microchips for Cancer Research

February 10, 2014 10:09 am | by MIT | Comments

Researchers from MIT, Italy, and South Korea have developed a three-dimensional microfluidic platform that mimics the spread of breast cancer cells into a bonelike environment. A microfluidic device with ...       

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Validation for the Benefits of Hologic 3D Mammography

February 10, 2014 8:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Hologic, Inc., a developer, manufacturer, and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products, with an emphasis on serving the healthcare needs of women, has announced the publication of ...    

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High-Tech Socks Keep Hockey Players Safe

February 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Theresa M. Walker, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Some members of the U.S. hockey team heading to the Sochi Games this weekend will be carrying some high-tech gear with them that will be kept under wraps. Socks. Very high-tech, performance socks. During the last couple years there's been...

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Graphene Balloon Yields Unprecedented Images

February 7, 2014 12:33 pm | by Michigan Technological University | Comments

A graphene water balloon may soon open up new vistas for scientists seeking to understand health and disease at the most fundamental level. Electron microscopes already provide amazingly clear images of samples just a few nanometers across...

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Researchers Blend Orthopedics, Engineering to Better Repair Torn Rotator Cuffs

February 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Rotator cuff tears are among the most common orthopedic injuries among adults in the United States, due to wear and tear or the effects of age. With a 94 percent failure rate for surgical repairs of large tears in older patients, it's no...

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