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Organic Electronics Could Lead to Cheap, Wearable Medical Sensors

December 11, 2014 10:04 am | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. "There are various pulse oximeters already on the market that measure pulse..."

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New Technology Tracks Carcinogens as They Move through the Body

December 11, 2014 9:40 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Researchers for the first time have developed a method to track through the human body the movement of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, as extraordinarily tiny amounts of these potential carcinogens are biologically processed and eliminated...

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Stop Smoking with World’s First Programmable, Wearable Nicotine Delivery Device

December 10, 2014 1:52 pm | by Sagentia | Comments

Sagentia, a global science, product and technology development company, has announced that it is working with Chrono Therapeutics on the development of SmartStop, the world’s first programmable and wearable nicotine delivery device to help...

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Prototype Point-of-Care Analyzer Enables Early Ebola Detection

December 10, 2014 12:16 pm | by STMicroelectronics | Comments

Driven by the ambitious objective to quickly detect the Ebola virus in the blood at a very early stage to minimize further transmission, STMicroelectronics and Clonit, in collaboration with Italy’s National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani...

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Electronic ‘Skin’ for Prosthetics Detects Pressure from Different Directions

December 10, 2014 10:19 am | by ACS Nano | Comments

Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable “electronic skin” closely modeled after...

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Photos of the Day: The Ebola Effect

December 10, 2014 9:51 am | by Study Medicine Europe | Comments

The latest outbreak of Ebola has dominated healthcare news in 2014. This infographic provides a rather extensive overview of the virus, the cost, worldwide impact, and more. It also covers the protective equipment that healthcare workers use when treating patients...

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Blood Test for Breast Cancer

December 9, 2014 11:56 am | by Oxford University | Comments

It may be possible to develop a simple blood test that, by detecting changes in the zinc in our bodies, could help to diagnose breast cancer early. A team, led by Oxford University scientists, took techniques normally used to analyze trace metal...

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Stryker Will Pay About $80M to End Investigation

December 9, 2014 11:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The medical device maker Stryker will pay about $80 million to end a federal investigation into its acquisition of a company that the U.S. said was marketing a product that hadn't been approved by regulators. The company said that the U.S...

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Programmable Biomaterial Assembles In Vivo to Fight Cancer

December 9, 2014 11:06 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Comments

One of the reasons cancer is so deadly is that it can evade attack from the body's immune system, which allows tumors to flourish and spread. Scientists can try to induce the immune system, known as immunotherapy, to go into attack mode to fight...

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Crowdsourcing for Solutions to Epileptic Seizure Detection and Prediction

December 9, 2014 10:20 am | by American Epilepsy Society (AES) | Comments

An international competition using the wisdom of crowds has developed computer algorithms to detect, predict, and ultimately prevent epileptic seizures. A total of five-hundred and four teams competed in two challenges, one for Seizure Detection...

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Disabled Could Benefit from NIH-Backed Robotics

December 9, 2014 10:09 am | by National Institutes of Health | Comments

New research in robotics might help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Projects investigating co-robotics are the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health. This is the...

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Turning Cells to Stone Offers Medical Benefit

December 8, 2014 2:19 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Changing flesh to stone sounds like the work of a witch in a fairy tale. But a new technique to transmute living cells into more permanent materials that defy decay and can endure high-powered probes is widening research opportunities for biologists...

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Rapid Ebola Test Runs Off Car Battery for Remote Locations

December 8, 2014 12:28 pm | by Rutgers University | Comments

Rutgers researcher David Alland, working with the California biotechnology company Cepheid, has received a grant of nearly $640,000 from the National Institutes of Health to develop a rapid test to diagnose Ebola as well as other viruses that can...

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First Injectable Wireless System Offers Pain Relief for Back, Leg

December 8, 2014 12:16 pm | by Stimwave Technologies Inc. | Comments

Stimwave Technologies Incorporated, a medical device manufacturer and independent research institute headquartered in Miami Beach, Fla., has received FDA clearance to market the world’s first wireless, micro-technology neuromodulation device...

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Hospital Hack-A-Thon Attacks Ebola with Robots, Software, Remote Controls

December 8, 2014 12:03 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Treating an infectious disease like the Ebola virus is fraught with dangers for both victims and their caretakers. Ebola’s fatality rate can reach 70 percent and an errant drop of blood, vomit or other bodily fluid can turn a nurse or a doctor...

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