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Drones Successfully Transport Blood Samples

July 30, 2015 2:11 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

In a proof-of-concept study at Johns Hopkins, researchers have shown that results of common and routine blood tests are not affected by up to 40 minutes of travel via hobby-sized drones. The investigators say that's promising news for the...


Colonoscopies of the Future: Adjustable-Focus Endoscope Helps to Reduce Discomfort

July 30, 2015 1:49 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have created an endoscopic probe that delivers adjustable-focus capabilities in a slimmer package. Their findings, published this week in the journal Optics Express, published by The Optical...


New Computer-Based Technology May Lead to Improvements in Facial Transplantation

July 30, 2015 10:28 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Following several years of research and collaboration, physicians and engineers at Johns Hopkins and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center say they have developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and...


3D Human Skin Models Could Replace Animal Testing to Assess Dermal Sensitivity to Medical Device

July 30, 2015 10:21 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News | Comments

New research shows that exposing a 3D human skin tissue model to extracts of medical device materials can detect the presence of sensitizers known to cause an allergic response on contact in some individuals. Conventional skin sensitization...


Researchers Design First Artificial Ribosome

July 30, 2015 10:16 am | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have engineered a tethered ribosome that works nearly as well as the authentic cellular component, or organelle, that produces all the proteins and enzymes...


Blood Test Predicts Prognosis for Traumatic Brain Injuries

July 30, 2015 10:11 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

A new blood test could help emergency room doctors quickly diagnose traumatic brain injury and determine its severity. The findings, published July 10 in the Journal of Neurotrauma, could help identify patients who might benefit from extra...


Identifying Biomarkers Key to Early Intervention in Alzheimer's Disease

July 29, 2015 9:57 am | by University of Kentucky | Comments

Although the term didn’t surface until the 1980’s, the concept of biomarkers has been around for almost a century. Today, doctors routinely test blood for signs of anemia or the antigen associated with prostate cancer. Urine samples can hint at...


World's First Bilateral Hand Transplant on Child

July 29, 2015 9:44 am | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | Comments

Surgeons at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) joined with colleagues from Penn Medicine recently to complete the world's first bilateral hand transplant on a child. Earlier this month, the surgical team successfully transplanted...


Artificial Fractal-Based Implants Could Restore Sight to the Blind

July 29, 2015 9:35 am | by University of Oregon | Comments

Richard Taylor's vision of using artificial fractal-based implants to restore sight to the blind — part of a far-reaching concept that won an innovation award this year from the White House — is now covered under a broad U.S. patent. The patent...


NIST Seeks Comments on Guide for Mobile Device Security

July 29, 2015 9:13 am | by AAMI | Comments

A non-regulatory federal agency that develops technology measurements and standards is seeking public comments on a proposed guide that seeks to show healthcare providers how they can make mobile devices more secure and protect patient information...


Study of Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression Fails to Demonstrate Efficacy

July 28, 2015 1:57 pm | by Elsevier | Comments

Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and treatment-resistant symptoms of depression have a terrible personal and societal cost. They can devastate lives, careers, and families. Some severely ill patients may be unable to attend...


First U.S. Implantation of Medtronic TAVR Device Since FDA Approval

July 28, 2015 11:55 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | Comments

NYU Langone Medical Center this week became the first academic medical center in the United States to implant a newly FDA-approved heart valve for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with severe aortic stenosis. Aortic...


Movement Tracking Tech Sheds Light on Speech Disorders in Children

July 28, 2015 11:41 am | by New York University | Comments

Facial motion capture – the same technology used to develop realistic computer graphics in video games and movies – has been used to identify differences between children with childhood apraxia of speech and those with other types of speech...

Technology Enabes Epigenomic Analysis with only 100 Cells

July 28, 2015 11:24 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

A new technology that will dramatically enhance investigations of epigenomes, the machinery that turns on and off genes and a very prominent field of study in diseases such as stem cell differentiation, inflammation and cancer, is reported...


Flexible Future of Point-of-Care Disease Diagnostics

July 28, 2015 11:04 am | by Technische Universitaet Dresden | Comments

The world-wide deployment of biomedical devices for health monitoring, point-of-care diagnostics and environmental sensing is hampered by their high cost that is not readily affordable for e.g. developing countries. The primary task is therefore...



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