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First Ever Blood Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

May 14, 2015 11:52 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

Millions of people afflicted by irritable bowel syndrome can now be diagnosed quickly and accurately with two simple blood tests developed by a Cedars-Sinai gastroenterologist. The tests, created by Mark Pimentel, MD, director of the GI Motility...

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Interface Brings Us Closer to Luke Skywalker's Bionic Arm

May 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

To the nearly 2 million people in the U.S. living with the loss of a limb, including U.S. military veterans, prosthetic devices provide restored mobility yet lack sensory feedback. A team of engineers and researchers at Washington University in...

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How Does Neuromodulation Transform Medical Treatment?

May 14, 2015 9:54 am | by International Neuromodulation Society | Comments

The 12th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society will present landmark studies about neurostimulation therapy and investigations of potential breakthroughs during its main scientific program June 8 – 11 in Montreal...

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Digitizing Neurons

May 14, 2015 9:47 am | by Morgan McCorkle, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

Supercomputing resources at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will support a new initiative designed to advance how scientists digitally reconstruct and analyze individual neurons in the human brain. Led by the...

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Octopus Arm Inspires Future Surgical Tool

May 14, 2015 9:42 am | by Institute of Physics | Comments

A robotic arm that can bend, stretch and squeeze through cluttered environments has been created by a group of researchers from Italy. Inspired by the eight arms of the octopus, the device has been specifically designed for surgical operations...

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Bandages Are Entering the Electronic Age

May 14, 2015 9:34 am | by Manchester University | Comments

The most detailed study to date showing how electrical stimulation accelerates wound healing has been carried out in 40 volunteers by University of Manchester scientists. Skin wounds that are slow to heal are a clinical challenge to physicians...

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Computer Intelligence System Detects Acute Strokes

May 14, 2015 9:29 am | by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Comments

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a novel computer-aided detection system for acute stroke using computer intelligence technology. Reading 80-100 computer images, the system is able to detect if the patient was struck...

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New Blood Test Quickly Reveals Severity of Radiation Injury

May 14, 2015 9:21 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Comments

A novel blood test could greatly improve triage of victims of radiation accidents by rapidly predicting who will survive, who will die, and who should receive immediate medical countermeasures, according to scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer...

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MRI - Prostate Cancer Screening for the Future?

May 14, 2015 9:18 am | by The Sahlgrenska Academy | Comments

A screening method that combines a traditional PSA test with an MRI detects a significantly greater number of prostate cancer cases and improves diagnostic accuracy. The study was conducted as part of the largest international research project...

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App Helps Control Asthma

May 13, 2015 3:28 pm | by American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) | Comments

The adage, “There’s an app for that” is even more true in light of an app that sends an alert to your allergist’s office when your asthma may be out of control. An article in the May issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific...

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Cybersecurity and the Artificial Pancreas: What Are the Risks?

May 13, 2015 1:12 pm | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | Comments

An artificial pancreas, designed for blood glucose control in diabetes, is controlled by software that runs on mobile computing platforms such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, and operates over wireless networks under local or remote medical...

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New Test Could Identify Resistant Tuberculosis Faster

May 13, 2015 11:40 am | by University College London | Comments

The time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mtb) from patient samples has been reduced from weeks to days using a new technique developed by a UCL-led team. This could help health service providers to better treat...

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Single Low-Magnitude Electric Pulse Fights Inflammation

May 13, 2015 11:36 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System | Comments

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research arm of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and SetPoint Medical Inc., a biomedical technology company, today released the results of research on the therapeutic potential of vagus nerve...

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Regenerating Bones Using Only Stem Cell-Secreted Proteins

May 13, 2015 9:44 am | by Gladstone Institutes | Comments

Scientists have discovered a way to regrow bone tissue using the protein signals produced by stem cells. This technology could help treat victims who have experienced major trauma to a limb, like soldiers wounded in combat or casualties of a...

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FDA Pulls 'Outdated' Draft Guidance Documents

May 13, 2015 9:32 am | by AAMI | Comments

In what it calls a move to improve the efficiency and transparency of the guidance development process, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is withdrawing 47 draft guidance documents that were published before Dec. 31, 2013 and never...

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