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Deep Brain Stimulation Eases Parkinson's Pain

March 24, 2015 9:35 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Patients with Parkinson disease who experienced pain before undergoing subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) had that pain improved or eliminated at eight years after surgery, although the majority of patients developed new...

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Blood Test for Cancer Cells Provides Early Treatment Failure Warning

March 24, 2015 9:23 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | Comments

A blood test that measures the number of cells shed from prostate tumors into the bloodstream can act as an early warning sign that treatment is not working, a major new study shows. Researchers showed that measuring the numbers of circulating...

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Growing 3D 'Lungs-in-a-Dish'

March 24, 2015 9:07 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

Scientists have coaxed stem cells to grow the first three-dimensional mini lungs. Previous research has focused on deriving lung tissue from flat cell systems or growing cells onto scaffolds made from donated organs. In a study published...

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A Robot Hand with Smart Metal 'Muscles'

March 24, 2015 9:01 am | by University Saarland | Comments

Engineers at Saarland University have taken a leaf out of nature’s book by equipping an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire. The new technology enables the fabrication of flexible and lightweight robot hands for industrial...

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Human Brain Inspires Wearable Micro-Sensors

March 23, 2015 4:07 pm | by New Mexico State University | Comments

Wei Tang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University, is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated low-power, wearable micro-devices. The human brain inspired his...

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Language Video Technology Improves Communication with Hearing-Impaired

March 23, 2015 4:03 pm | by Harris Health System | Comments

Harris Health System is now using sign language video technology to better communicate with its hearing-impaired and hard-of-hearing patients. Connecting patients with physicians and nurses in a timely and convenient manner is one of the driving...

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Shining a New Light on Erectile Dysfunction

March 23, 2015 3:52 pm | by ETH Zurich | Comments

Erectile dysfunction is a taboo subject among men. No one likes to talk about it. But the fact is that as men age, an increasing number will suffer from erectile dysfunction. From the age of 30, the number of men who have unsatisfactory erections...

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New Surgery Simulators Made by 3D Printing Pioneers

March 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Virtual reality training simulators may be able to provide surgeons with the next-best experience save actually operating on a patient. 3D Systems has released two new modules for its Simbionix Anthro Mentor arthroscopic training simulator: a hip...

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How to 3D Print Metal Teeth

March 23, 2015 12:03 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

3D printing is changing the way dental prosthetics are being made. This month, additive manufacturing company EOS presented its Direct Metal Laser Sintering process for dental use, which uses a proprietary cobalt-chrome-molybdenum-based alloy...

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Blood Test for Patients on Acne Medication Deemed Unnecessary

March 23, 2015 9:49 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | Comments

A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has found that for young, healthy women taking spironolactone to treat hormonal acne, frequent office visits and blood draws are an unnecessary health care expense. For the...

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Medical Device Tax Repeal Included in Senate Republican Budget

March 23, 2015 9:42 am | by The United States Senate Committee on Finance | Comments

Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, (R-Pa.), a member of the Committee, praised the inclusion of the medical device tax repeal in the Senate Republican budget. Under Patient Protection and Affordable...

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FDA Approves MRI-Safe Pacemaker

March 23, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its ProMRI Eluna pacemaker system. BIOTRONIK ProMRI technology allows patients to undergo full-body magnetic...

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Stem Cells Show Promise for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

March 23, 2015 9:33 am | by University of British Columbia | Comments

Scientists at the University of British Columbia and BetaLogics, part of Janssen Research & Development, LLC have shown for the first time that Type 2 diabetes can be effectively treated with a combination of specially-cultured stem cells...

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Choosing IV Devices Carefully

March 23, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

Every day, patients around the country get IV devices placed in their arms, to make it easier to receive medicines or have blood drawn over the course of days or weeks. But these PICC lines, as they're called, also raise the risk of potentially...

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The Future of Cardiology Is in Personalized Parts

March 23, 2015 9:20 am | by Henry Ford Health System | Comments

Experts in advanced cardiology believe custom-fitting patients with personalized heart valves is a few short years away. Henry Ford Hospital cardiologist Dee Dee Wang, M.D.; mentor and renowned cardiologist William O’Neill, M.D., and experts...

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