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See It, Touch It, Feel It

December 3, 2014 1:45 pm | Comments

Technology has changed rapidly over the last few years with touch feedback, known as haptics, being used in entertainment, rehabilitation and even surgical training. New research, using ultrasound, has developed an invisible 3D haptic shape that...

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3 Questions: Lee Gehrke on a New Paper Diagnostic for Ebola

December 3, 2014 12:16 pm | Comments

Once a patient infected with the Ebola hemorrhagic virus starts showing symptoms, it can take several hours under the best conditions, and up to several days in remote areas, to get diagnostic results using conventional tests, such as identification...

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Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism Diagnosis

December 3, 2014 11:37 am | Comments

Psychiatric disorders — including autism — are characterized and diagnosed based on a clinical assessment of verbal and physical behavior. However, brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience are poised to provide a powerful advanced new tool...

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Northwestern Medicine Surgeons First to Treat Brain Tumor Using Adaptive Hybrid Technology

December 3, 2014 11:23 am | Comments

It started with numbness on the left side of his face. A few months later, Steve Mores couldn't feel his tongue or chew on the left side of his mouth. TV commercials featuring food or even being in a grocery store made him nauseous. A long time drummer...

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Green Light from FDA for CT Lung-Imaging Software

December 3, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

A technology that started in a University of Michigan Medical School lab may soon help lung disease patients around the world breathe a little easier, by helping their doctors make a clearer diagnosis and more individualized treatment plan. Imbio...

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Novel Nanoparticle Technology to Be Used to Screen for Ebola Virus in Saliva

December 3, 2014 10:53 am | Comments

Ceres Nanosciences Inc. (Ceres) today announced the commencement of a development program, funded by the Gates Foundation, to use Ceres' Nanotrap particle technology to develop a new method of detecting the presence of the Ebola virus in saliva...

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Sale of Three Siemens Healthcare Units Raises Questions About Firm’s IVD Future

December 3, 2014 10:41 am | Comments

The announced sales of three healthcare units within Siemens Healthcare may indicate the company is looking to expand in non-healthcare areas, says Kalorama Information. Siemens hasn’t announced any further sales. The healthcare market research...

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Solving a Long-Standing Mystery: Scientists Identify Principal Protein Sensor for Touch

December 3, 2014 10:22 am | Comments

A team led by biologists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has solved a long-standing mystery in neuroscience by identifying the “mechanoreceptor” protein that mediates the sense of touch in mammals. Mice that lack the Piezo2 ion-channel...

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Nanotubes May Restore Sight to Blind Retinas

December 3, 2014 10:11 am | Comments

The aging process affects everything from cardiovascular function to memory to sexuality. Most worrisome for many, however, is the potential loss of eyesight due to retinal degeneration. New progress towards a prosthetic retina could help alleviate...

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Photos of the Day: The Past 100 Years and the Future of Medical Imaging

December 3, 2014 10:06 am | Comments

Thomas Edison’s light bulb patent was 16 years old when his colleague and GE co-founder Elihu Thomson modified his electric lamp technology and developed an early X-ray machine that allowed doctors to diagnose bone fractures and locate “foreign...

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Stanford Scientists Seek to Map Origins of Mental Illness and Develop Noninvasive Treatment

December 3, 2014 9:28 am | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions. The collaboration could lead to improved treatments for depression, anxiety and...

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World-First ‘Bionic Bra’ Inches Closer to Reality

December 3, 2014 9:21 am | Comments

A ‘Bionic Bra’ that automatically tightens in response to breast movement is one step closer to reality with the development of a new prototype. The bra, made using intelligent components, was discussed at the 9th Australasian Biomechanics...

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Roche Moves into Non-Invasive Prenatal Test Space with Acquisition

December 2, 2014 2:12 pm | Comments

Roche has announced the acquisition of Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., a privately-held company based in San Jose, California, USA. Ariosa is a molecular diagnostics testing service provider that provides a highly targeted and accurate non-invasive prenatal...

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Test Detects Brain Cancer in a Drop of Blood

December 2, 2014 2:03 pm | Comments

HealthTell, an early stage Life Sciences company, today announced it has been awarded a $225,000 SBIR grant (1R43CA183360-01) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to evaluate the performance of the company's proprietary Immunosignature...

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Using Implants to Learn About the Brain and How to Heal It

December 2, 2014 12:24 pm | Comments

The mind has a language of its own, and Jeff Ashe is trying to figure out what exactly it is saying. Ashe and his team at GE Global Research in upstate New York are working with scientists, engineers, and physicians at Brown University to better...

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