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Full Body Scanner Simplifies Early Skin Cancer Detection

March 26, 2015 11:07 am | by Saxony-Anhalt | News | Comments

Researching doctors and medical technicians in Magdeburg have developed a device that has brought the early detection of skin cancer a major step forwards: the full body scanner is set to simplify the work of dermatologists and provide...

Color-Changing Bracelet Detects Sunburn Early

March 25, 2015 10:40 am | by Queen's University Belfast | News | Comments

Sunbathers could soon tell when to take shelter in the shade thanks to an early warning sunburn...

Blood Test for Patients on Acne Medication Deemed Unnecessary

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

A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has found that for young,...

Ultrasound, Gold Nanoparticles, and Lasers Relieve Acne

March 19, 2015 2:28 pm | by Sonia Fernandez, University of California, Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Acne, a scourge of adolescence, may be about to meet its ultra high-tech match. By using a...

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High Resolution Skin Imaging Solution Integrates Nikon Camera

March 12, 2015 10:42 am | by DermSpectra | News | Comments

DermSpectra announced today an OEM relationship with Nikon Inc., whereby the state-of-the-art medical device company will be integrating the high resolution Nikon D810 camera along with NIKKOR optics into the DermSpectra Total Body Digital...

Photos of the Day: Spinning Synthetic Spider Silk for Medicine

March 11, 2015 3:02 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

If you live in a house, one of the most amazing materials known to humans is likely languishing in a dark corner of your basement. Spider webs, and especially spider draglines, are made from silk threads extruded by arachnids that can be several...

Smartphone Apps Aren't Doctors

February 24, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Something a smartphone can never accomplish is acquiring a medical degree. (Yet, as those who live in the constant fear of a robot uprising will say.) The so-called “melanoma diagnostic apps” MelApp and Mole Detective have learned this...

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New Laser Technology Can Vaporize Cancer

February 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Florida Atlantic University | News | Comments

Surgeons rely on 200-year-old technology when removing cancer--sight and touch--to determine how much to remove and what to leave alone. Laser technology pioneered at Florida Atlantic University has the promise to help a surgeon better determine...

May the Force Be with You in Developing 6 Medical Devices from Star Wars

February 9, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Continuing on with my beloved theme of innovative medtech making its debut in classic sci-fi, this past weekend I sat down with a few friends and embarked on the seven-hour journey of watching the original Star Wars trilogy. (This is a tri-yearly...

Inventor of 'Artificial Skin' Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

February 4, 2015 8:49 am | by Alissa Mallinson, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT | News | Comments

Ioannis V. Yannas, professor of polymer science and engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recognized as one of the highest achievers in his field last week when the National Inventors Hall of Fame announced it would...

Popular Anti-Aging Laser Treatment Effective for Difficult Scars

February 3, 2015 10:16 am | by American Academy of Dermatology | News | Comments

Every scar has a story. From childhood adventures to bouts of teenage acne to cancer surgery, scars can remind people of life events both good and bad. Unfortunately, time doesn’t heal all wounds. While some people may be proud of their scars...

New Technology Reprograms Skin Fibroblasts for a New Role

December 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

As the main component of connective tissue in the body, fibroblasts are the most common type of cell. Taking advantage of that ready availability, scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Wistar Institute...

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Electronic ‘Skin’ for Prosthetics Detects Pressure from Different Directions

December 10, 2014 10:19 am | by ACS Nano | News | 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...

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

December 3, 2014 10:22 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | 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...

Creating Flexible Medical Electronics with a T-Shirt Printer

November 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has successfully printed complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer. The electronic circuits are printed using unique materials in layers on top of everyday flexible materials such...

Reprogrammed Skin Cells Could Lead to Alzheimer’s Cure

October 15, 2014 10:01 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

Neuroscientists from UOW are reprogramming skin cells in order to discover new treatments and ultimately a cure for a range of devastating brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia and Motor Neurone Disease. Dr Lezanne Ooi, from the...

Orthopedic Implants Could Cause Skin Cancer

October 10, 2014 11:22 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

In rare cases, patients with allergies to metals develop persistent skin rashes after metal devices are implanted near the skin. New research suggests these patients may be at increased risk of an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer...

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Enhancing Drug Delivery Through the Skin

October 10, 2014 10:25 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of Southampton have identified key characteristics that enhance a nanoparticle's ability to penetrate skin, in a milestone study which could have major implications for the delivery of drugs. Nanoparticles are up...

The Skin Cancer Selfie

October 6, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer type in the United States, and it's also the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of skin-cancer deaths. If caught early enough though, it is almost always curable. Now a camera...

BlueControl, the First Wearable Blue LED Light Therapy Device to Treat Psoriasis

October 2, 2014 2:46 pm | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, today announces the launch of Philips BlueControl, a clinically tested wearable medical device that uses blue LED light to control mild to moderate cases of psoriasis vulgaris. Philips BlueControl...

Photos of the Day: Color-Changing Heart and Skin Monitoring Patch

September 25, 2014 2:38 pm | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | News | Comments

The small device, approximately five centimeters square, can be placed directly on the skin and worn 24/7 for around-the-clock health monitoring. The wireless technology uses thousands of tiny liquid crystals on a flexible substrate to sense...

True Blue: Saving Tiny Lives With LED Lights

September 25, 2014 2:12 pm | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

When Dr. Rajesh Kumar meets his patients for the first time, they can often fit into the palms of his hands. Kumar is a medical specialist who cares for tiny infants in Jharkhand, the largely rural Indian state located west of...

‘Skin-Like’ Device Monitors Cardiovascular and Skin Health

September 25, 2014 11:05 am | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | News | Comments

A new wearable medical device can quickly alert a person if they are having cardiovascular trouble or if it’s simply time to put on some skin moisturizer, reports a Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study...

Skin Cells Can Be Engineered into Pulmonary Valves for Pediatric Patients

September 24, 2014 11:38 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Researchers have found a way to take a pediatric patient's skin cells, reprogram the skin cells to function as heart valvular cells, and then use the cells as part of a tissue-engineered pulmonary valve. A proof of concept study published in...

Research Exploring Collagen Growth that Could Help Build Better Bodies

September 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Research by a biomedical engineer at Texas A&M University is shedding light on how collagen grows at the molecular level and helps form a diverse set of structures in the body, ranging from bone, tendon, blood vessels, skin, heart and even...

Myriad myPath Melanoma Test Reduced Indeterminate Cases by 76 Percent

September 9, 2014 10:16 am | by Myriad Genetics, Inc. | News | Comments

Myriad Genetics, Inc. today presented results from a pivotal clinical utility study of the Myriad myPath Melanoma test at the 2014 College of American Pathologists (CAP) annual meeting in Chicago, Ill. Myriad myPath Melanoma is a novel diagnostic...

Ultra-Thin, High-Speed Detector Could Enable Imaging Just Below the Skin

September 8, 2014 11:53 am | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

New research at the University of Maryland could lead to a generation of light detectors that can see below the surface of bodies, walls, and other objects. Using the special properties of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon that is only...

UV Light-Induced Mutation Drives Many Skin Cancers

September 8, 2014 11:23 am | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

A genetic mutation caused by ultraviolet light is likely the driving force behind millions of human skin cancers, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The mutation occurs in a gene called KNSTRN, which is involved...

Novel Microneedle Patch Offers Faster and Effective Delivery of Painkiller and Collagen

September 5, 2014 9:52 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Individuals who are squeamish about injections or are looking for a way to let collagen penetrate deeper into the skin may soon have a solution that is faster, more effective and painless. The key lies in a small adhesive patch topped with...

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