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Reinforced Cylinder Leads to Fewer Repeat Surgeries

June 24, 2015 2:06 pm | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) | Comments

In this important study use of a ring-reinforced shunt improved surgical outcomes in children born with a serious heart defect: hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Children with this condition undergo a series of reconstructive procedures...

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Teens Invent Condom that Glows to Show STDs

June 24, 2015 1:52 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A group of teenage inventors in the United Kingdom has invented a condom that changes colors to warn of STDs, according to multiple reports. The three teenagers from the Isaac Newton Academy in Illford, Essex, won the Teen Tech awards...

Nanoparticle 'Wrapper' Delivers Chemical That Stops Fatty Buildup

June 24, 2015 12:43 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

In what may be a major leap forward in the quest for new treatments of the most common form of cardiovascular disease, scientists at Johns Hopkins report they have found a way to halt and reverse the progression of atherosclerosis in rodents...

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Bionic Eye Improves Vision for Blind Patients

June 24, 2015 10:25 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | Comments

The three-year clinical trial results of the retinal implant popularly known as the "bionic eye," have proven the long-term efficacy, safety and reliability of the device that restores vision in those blinded by a rare, degenerative eye disease...

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Nanowire Implants Offer Remote-Controlled Drug Delivery

June 24, 2015 10:23 am | by Purdue University | Comments

A team of researchers has created a new implantable drug-delivery system using nanowires that can be wirelessly controlled. The nanowires respond to an electromagnetic field generated by a separate device, which can be used to control the...

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Could Virtual Reality Treat Alcoholism?

June 24, 2015 10:03 am | by Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs | Comments

A form of “virtual-reality” therapy may help people with alcohol dependence reduce their craving for alcohol, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, come from a small study...

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New Device 'Eavesdrops' on Chemical Signals within Cells

June 24, 2015 9:59 am | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | Comments

Biomedical engineers at the University of Toronto have invented a new device that more quickly and accurately "listens in" on the chemical messages that tell our cells how to multiply. The tool improves our understanding of how cancerous growth...

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Soft Core, Hard Shell: The Latest in Nanotechnology

June 24, 2015 9:28 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | Comments

Nanoparticles are the smallest particles capable of reaching virtually all parts of the body. Researchers use various approaches to test ways in which nanoparticles could be used in medicine - for instance, to deliver substances to a specific site...

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Australian-First for Reconstructive Surgery Uses a 3D Printed Jaw Implant

June 24, 2015 8:51 am | by University of Melbourne | Comments

In an Australian-first surgical procedure, engineers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne along with Epworth Freemasons’ Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon George Dimitroulis, have corrected a young man’s...

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Nanometric Sensor Can Help Diagnose Multiple Sclerosis

June 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Agência FAPESP | Comments

The early diagnosis of certain types of cancer, as well as nervous system diseases such as multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica, may soon be facilitated by the use of a nanometric sensor capable of identifying biomarkers of these pathological...

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New Tech Could Find Tiny RNA Cancer Beacons in Blood

June 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by University of Michigan | Comments

Cancerous tumors cast off tiny telltale genetic molecules known as microRNAs and Univ. of Michigan researchers have come up with an efficient way to detect them in blood. The researchers say their approach could open the door to a single...

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Fewer Than 1 in 10 Older Heart Patients Get Life-Saving Defibrillators

June 23, 2015 12:24 pm | by Duke Medicine News and Communications | Comments

Heart attack patients age 65 and older who have reduced heart function might still benefit from implanted defibrillators, according to a Duke Medicine study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But fewer than 1 in 10 eligible...

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Disabled Pilot a Robot Remotely With Their Thoughts

June 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

A team of researchers at the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI), headed by José del R. Millán, has however been working on a revolutionary brain-machine approach in order to restore a sense of independence to the disabled...

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Breath Test Diagnoses Esophageal and Gastric Cancer in Minutes

June 23, 2015 10:01 am | by Imperial College London | Comments

Researchers have devised a breath test that can help doctors diagnose the early signs of esophageal and gastric cancer in minutes. The test has produced encouraging results in a clinical study, and will now be tested in a larger trial involving...

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Smart Insulin Patch Could Replace Painful Diabetes Injections

June 23, 2015 9:33 am | by University of North Carolina Health Care | Comments

Painful insulin injections could become a thing of the past for the millions of Americans who suffer from diabetes, thanks to a new invention from researchers at the University of North Carolina and NC State, who have created the first "smart...

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