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Smartphone Video Microscope Automates Detection of Parasites in Blood

May 6, 2015 4:16 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

A research team led by UC Berkeley engineers has developed a new smartphone microscope that uses video to automatically detect and quantify infection by parasitic worms in a drop of blood. This next generation of UC Berkeley’s CellScope technology...

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Aetna Curtails Coverage of Surgical Tool Tied to Cancer Risk

May 6, 2015 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The health insurer Aetna is ending most coverage of hysterectomies performed with a once-popular device that has drawn warnings from federal regulators over a risk for spreading cancer. The nation's third-largest health insurer said Tuesday...

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Infographic: Home Healthcare Technology

May 6, 2015 10:10 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske & Larry Corby, Digital Artist | Comments

The trend of medical technology moving out of the hospitals and doctor's offices and into patients' homes has been going on for several years now, but has been increasing rather quickly more recently. As such, challenges are emerging for medical device...

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Photos of the Day: Students Engineer Easily Accessible Bionics

May 6, 2015 9:43 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

They both decided that someone should build more low-cost prostheses, so even people in third-world countries can have access to the technology. So in their spare time, they've started a company, PSYONIC. And they're on their way: Akhtar and Slade...

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Thermometer-Like Device Could Help Diagnose Heart Attacks

May 6, 2015 9:28 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Diagnosing a heart attack can require multiple tests using expensive equipment. But not everyone has access to such techniques, especially in remote or low-income areas. Now scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like device that...

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23andMe and Pfizer Team Up to Combat Lupus

May 6, 2015 9:11 am | by Edelman | Comments

23andMe Inc., the leading personal genetics company, today announced the launch of the Lupus Research Study in collaboration with Pfizer Inc. The companies aim to enroll 5,000 individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus, more commonly...

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Who Benefits from a Catheter, and Who Doesn't?

May 6, 2015 9:08 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

What's the only thing worse than having a urinary catheter when you're in the hospital? Having one and getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) - or worse - as a result. Now, a new detailed guide gives doctors and nurses information to...

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Silicon Microparticles May Improve Breast Cancer Vaccines

May 6, 2015 9:05 am | by Houston Methodist | Comments

The effectiveness of cancer vaccines could be dramatically boosted by first loading the cancer antigens into silicon microparticles, report scientists from Houston Methodist and two other institutions in an upcoming Cell Reports (early online)...

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3D Neuronal Network Model Provides Insight into Sensory Cortex

May 6, 2015 9:01 am | by Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience | Comments

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Germany), VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (USA) succeed in reconstructing the neuronal networks that interconnect the...

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Popular Electric Brain Stimulation Method Detrimental to IQ Scores

May 5, 2015 4:21 pm | by University of North Carolina Health Care | Comments

Using a weak electric current in an attempt to boost brainpower or treat conditions has become popular among scientists and do-it-yourselfers, but a new UNC School of Medicine study shows that using the most common form of electric brain stimulation...

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Artificial Muscles Created from Gold-Plated Onion Cells

May 5, 2015 4:17 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | Comments

Just one well-placed slice into a particularly pungent onion can send even the most seasoned chef running for a box of tissues. Now, this humble root vegetable is proving its strength outside the culinary world as well -- in an artificial muscle created from onion cells...

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'Smart' Particles Swim Upstream to Target Specific Organs

May 5, 2015 12:03 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Scientists have created microbe-sized beads that can utilize energy in the environment to self-propel upstream by purely physical means. Life is hard to define, but metabolism, mobility and replication are three commonly agreed elements...

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Proteomics Provides New Leads into Nerve Regeneration

May 5, 2015 11:59 am | by Boston Children's Hospital | Comments

Using proteomics techniques to study injured optic nerves, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have identified previously unrecognized proteins and pathways involved in nerve regeneration. Adding back one of these proteins--the oncogene...

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High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye on Aging Parents

May 5, 2015 11:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's...

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Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor

May 5, 2015 11:54 am | by Empa | Comments

The demand for ECG monitoring systems is increasing, and not just because hospitals and rehabilitation clinics are interested in such instruments for the long-term monitoring of patients’ hearts and circulatory systems. In addition, the trend towards...

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