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An App to Lead the Blind

August 1, 2013 10:02 am | by Inderscience Publishers | Comments

A smartphone app that keeps track of your location and distance walked from home or hotel and warns you when you are likely to be caught out after dark has been developed by researchers in Pakistan to help sufferers of the debilitating disease night blindness.

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KLAS Smart Pump/EMR Integration Report Cites CareFusion as a Leader In EMR Interoperability

August 1, 2013 8:30 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

CareFusion, a leading global medical technology company, today announced that the 2013 Smart Pump/EMR Integration Report from KLAS Research cites CareFusion as the technology leader that is poised to take the lead in integrating smart pumps with electronic medical records (EMR) and the only company that currently has a customer using EMR interoperability with large volume and syringe infusion pumps.

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European Urological Device Market Will Be Driven By Adoption Of New Minimally Invasive Devices

August 1, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, patient and hospital demand for minimally invasive and discreet devices is rising within European markets for urological devices, and products that meet these needs are poised to see strong adoption through 2021.

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Digirad Announces Sale of Surgical Imaging Technology Assets to Novadaq Technologies

August 1, 2013 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Digirad Corporation announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell its "Trapper" Surgical Imaging Technology previously under development, as well as license "Trapper" related technology to Novadaq Technologies, a publicly-traded developer of clinically-relevant imaging solutions for use in surgical and outpatient wound care procedures.

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ConforMIS raises $168M Series E round

July 31, 2013 3:22 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

ConforMIS closed a Series E round worth $167.7 million, raised from a consortium of 88 unnamed investors, according to regulatory filings. The Bedford, Mass.-based medical device company makes personalized knee implants based on scans detailing patients' physiology, creating customized instruments and implants that are shipped in a sterile package surgeons can open on the operating table.

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Siemens replaces CEO Löscher with CFO Kaeser

July 31, 2013 1:31 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

After a week of speculation about Peter Löscher's grasp on the chief executive title at Siemens (NYSE:SI), the board of directors made good on its promise to "decide on early retirement" today, ousting the former CEO 4 years before his contract was up.

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NeuWave Medical zeros in on $19M in equity financing

July 31, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Wisconsin medical device maker NeuWave Medical is more than halfway to wrapping up a hoped-for $19 million equity funding round, with $14 million in the bank so far and 22 accredited investors, according to an SEC filing. The new filing offered more details on a fundraising round that began almost 1 year ago.

Tiny, Brightly Shining Silicon Crystals Could Be Safe for Deep-Tissue Imaging

July 31, 2013 12:14 pm | by Charlotte Hsu, University at Buffalo | Comments

Tiny silicon crystals caused no health problems in monkeys three months after large doses were injected, marking a step forward in the quest to bring such materials into clinics as biomedical imaging agents, according to a new study. The findings suggest that the silicon nanocrystals, known as quantum dots, may be a safe tool for diagnostic imaging in humans.

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Chemists Develop Innovative Nano-Sensors for Multiple Proteins

July 31, 2013 12:07 pm | by Universität Mainz | Comments

Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have developed a new method for parallel protein analysis that is, in principle, capable of identifying hundreds or even thousands of different proteins. It could be used to detect the presence of viruses and identify their type in tiny samples.

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Solutions for Improving First Aid in Cardiorespiratory Arrests

July 31, 2013 11:52 am | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | Comments

An algorithm capable of diagnosing heart rhythm with just 3 seconds’ worth of signal, and the demonstration that it is possible to come up with the diagnosis without stopping cardiac massage, constitute the types of solutions and proposals being developed by researchers in the Signal and Communications Group of the Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao.

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Insect-Inspired Super Rubber Moves Toward Practical Uses in Medicine

July 31, 2013 11:51 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

The remarkable, rubber-like protein that enables dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects to flap their wings, jump and chirp has major potential uses in medicine, scientists conclude in an article in the journal ACS Macro Letters. It evaluates the latest advances toward using a protein called resilin in nanosprings, biorubbers, biosensors, and other applications.

Cells Reprogrammed on the Computer

July 31, 2013 11:45 am | by Université du Luxembourg | Comments

Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine of the University of Luxembourg have developed a model that makes predictions from which differentiated cells – for instance skin cells – can be very efficiently changed into completely different cell types – such as nerve cells, for example.

A Step Toward a Bioartificial Liver Device

July 31, 2013 11:34 am | by Nałęcz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering Polish Academy of Sciences | Comments

Liver cells are very sensitive hence are difficult to cultivate outside the body. However, scientists from the Nałęcz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences have shown that with an appropriately designed microreactor such cultivation is possible.

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A Spectrometer for the Future

July 31, 2013 10:25 am | by Eric Gershon, Yale University | Comments

Taking advantage of the sensitive nature of randomly scattered light, Yale University researchers have developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer with improved resolution over existing micro models. The innovation represents an advance in “lab-on-a-chip” technology, or the consolidation of laboratory capabilities in miniature, highly portable devices.

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BPA Exposure Disrupts Human Egg Maturation

July 31, 2013 10:17 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | Comments

As many as 20 percent of infertile couples in the United States have unexplained reasons for their infertility. Now, new research led by Catherine Racowsky, PhD, director of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital, shows that exposure to BPA could be a contributing factor as to why some infertile couples are having difficulty conceiving.

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