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Researchers Create Method to Rapidly Identify Specific Strains of Illness

July 11, 2013 10:25 am | by Boston University School of Medicine | Comments

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and George Washington University have developed a method to rapidly identify pathogenic species and strains causing illnesses, such as pneumonia, that could help lead to earlier detection of disease outbreaks and pinpoint effective treatments more quickly.

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Jagged Graphene Can Slice into Cell Membranes

July 11, 2013 10:22 am | by Brown University | Comments

A collaboration of biologists, engineers, and material scientists at Brown University has found that jagged edges of graphene can easily pierce cell membranes, allowing graphene to enter the cell and disrupt normal function. Understanding the mechanical forces of nanotoxicity should help engineers design safer materials at the nanoscale.

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Researchers Perform DNA Computation in Living Cells

July 11, 2013 10:10 am | by Tracey Peake, North Carolina State University | Comments

Chemists from North Carolina State University have performed a DNA-based logic-gate operation within a human cell. The research may pave the way to more complicated computations in live cells, as well as new methods of disease detection and treatment.

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Corgenix Announces Contract Manufacturing Agreement with EDP Biotech

July 11, 2013 9:15 am | by Business Wire | Comments

Corgenix Medical Corporation (OTC BB: CONX), a worldwide developer and marketer of diagnostic test kits, announced today that it has entered into a contract manufacturing agreement with EDP Biotech, a medical device company focused on the development and...

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Primal Pictures Launches iPad Version of its Award-Winning Anatomy & Physiology Online Learning Tool

July 11, 2013 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

Primal Pictures has launched an iPad-enabled version of its award-winning Anatomy & Physiology Online subscription, the most complete and medically accurate interactive 3D model of the human body and its systems. The new version, Anatomy & Physiology Online for iPad, is touch screen enabled, allowing users to rotate anatomy views and add or remove anatomical layers, all with the swipe of a finger.

Research on RyMed Zero Displacement IV Connectors Featured at Three Conferences

July 11, 2013 8:15 am | by Business Wire | Comments

RyMed Technologies’ needleless IV connectors were the focus of three scientific presentations at recent medical conferences. All three posters described the patient safety advantages of the RyMed connectors (also know as end caps, hubs or valves).

Mature US and European coronary artery bypass graft device markets will Shrink through 2021

July 11, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group, the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, declines in isolated coronary artery bypass graft procedures in the United States and Europe will primarily be attributed to the increasing use of percutaneous coronary intervention, which is less invasive and offers shorter recovery times.

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Patients and Physicians Express Desire to Switch to Transdermal Drug Delivery, Finds Frost & Sullivan

July 11, 2013 7:51 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

The $82 billion U.S. drug delivery market is showing no signs of saturation, with major patent expiries, generic competition, tightening Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, and emerging drug delivery systems continuing to provide momentum.

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Zimmer hammers out a deal with SpineCraft for its Apex device

July 10, 2013 4:00 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

With Zimmer still reeling from a 10% slide in its spine business, the orthopedic device maker announced a deal with SpineCraft, maker of the Apex spine correction device. The long-term distribution deal allows Zimmer Spine to market Apex in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia, according to a press release.

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GE Healthcare takes nuclear imaging systems off line after unit collapses and kills patient

July 10, 2013 3:55 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

GE Healthcare issued an urgent field safety notice on its nuclear medicine systems after part of an Infinia Hawkeye 4 system collapsed and killed a patient in a New York Veterans Administration hospital. Last month, a 66-year-old patient was crushed by the Infinia system, a gamma camera, while undergoing a procedure.

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Bard Avaulta mesh case ends in mistrial

July 10, 2013 3:44 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

The trial of a personal injury lawsuit filed against C.R. Bard ended in mistrial today after a federal judge granted Bard's motion to dismiss, according to court documents. Judge Joseph Goodwin declared a mistrial at 2:15 p.m. today, according to the documents, during the 2nd day of the trial.

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CryoLife wins pre-market approval for laser fiber optic delivery handset

July 10, 2013 3:00 pm | by Mass Device | Comments

Vascular surgical device maker CryoLife announced a regulatory green light today with the FDA's pre-market approval of its Sologrip laser fiber optic delivery system. Sologrip is a disposable handset designed to be used during surgery to support a relatively new procedure called transmyocardial revascularization approved by the FDA to treat difficult heart conditions.

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Nature’s Own Nanoparticles Harnessed to Target Disease

July 10, 2013 12:08 pm | by Helen Dodson, Yale | Comments

Using a novel form of immune-genetic therapy, researchers from Yale School of Medicine and the Jagiellonian University College of Medicine in Poland have successfully inhibited a strong immune allergic inflammatory response in the skin of mice. The results suggest the technique could be used to combat a variety of diseases.

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A Fundamental Problem for Brain Mapping

July 10, 2013 12:00 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Is there a brain area for mind-wandering? For religious experience? For reorienting attention? A recent study casts serious doubt on the evidence for these ideas, and rewrites the rules for neuroimaging. Brain mapping experiments attempt to identify the cognitive functions associated with discrete cortical regions.

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Nanoparticles, 'pH Phoresis' Could Improve Cancer Drug Delivery

July 10, 2013 11:56 am | by Purdue University | Comments

Researchers have developed a concept to potentially improve delivery of drugs for cancer treatment using nanoparticles that concentrate and expand in the presence of higher acidity found in tumor cells. The concept involves using nanoparticles made of "weak polybases," compounds that expand when transported into environments mimicking tumor cells, which have a higher acidity than surrounding tissues.

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