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This first-aid kit is a must-have

July 31, 2014 11:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

The Clever Medkit is a first-aid kit to end all first-aid kits. This over-the-top technologically advanced kit is technically designed for businesses, but I would consider this for a home purchase because I am a germaphobe and hypochondriac. (Yesterday, I used a Lysol wipe on my pens.) So, let's walk through the process of injuring yourself and using this bad boy.

Antioxidant biomaterial promotes healing

July 25, 2014 3:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When a foreign material like a medical device or surgical implant is put inside the human body,...

Molecule could lead to new way to repair tendons

July 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

It's an all-too familiar scenario for many people. You sprain your ankle or twist your knee. If...

Biomedical Engineering Professor Presents at International Bioprinting Congress

July 22, 2014 10:21 am | by Louisiana Tech University | News | Comments

Dr. Mark DeCoster, the James E. Wyche III Endowed Professor in Biomedical Engineering at...

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Healing Burns Fast with Spray-On Nanogel

July 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in Singapore are developing a new type of peptide-base hydrogel that acts as a natural scaffold, allowing burn wounds to heal faster than ever before while decreasing the risk of infection.       

Dreamit Health Philadelphia Announces Its Next Cohort of MedTech Startups

July 18, 2014 11:20 am | by Dreamit Health | News | Comments

Independence Blue Cross (Independence), Penn Medicine, and DreamIt Ventures today announce the cohort of nine health-tech startups selected to participate in DreamIt Health Philadelphia 2014, the third cycle of DreamIt’s health-tech accelerator...

Can Clay Address Superbug Infection Concerns?

July 17, 2014 11:34 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Superbugs, they're called: Pathogens, or disease-causing microorganisms, resistant to multiple antibiotics. Such antibiotic resistance is now a major public health concern. "This serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future," states...

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Photos of the Day: Antimicrobial Clay

July 17, 2014 11:33 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Are the best medicines hidden in the Earth? French green clays are used for healing Buruli ulcers. Lynda Williams, a biogeochemist at Arizona State University and colleague Keith Morrison set out to identify naturally-occurring antibacterial...

Injectable Foam Could Prevent Fatal Blood Loss in Wounded Soldiers

July 11, 2014 10:59 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Without prompt care, a badly wounded soldier can easily bleed to death while being transported to a distant medical station. Two traditional treatments—tourniquets and medicated gauze pads—often cannot stop the blood loss from a deep wound...

Seeing Your True Colors: Standards for Hyperspectral Imaging

July 2, 2014 3:35 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Today, doctors who really want to see if a wound is healing have to do a biopsy or some other invasive technique that, besides injuring an already injured patient, can really only offer information about a small area. But a technology called...

Using Geometry, Researchers Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Organize Themselves

July 1, 2014 2:55 pm | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

About seven days after conception, something remarkable occurs in the clump of cells that will eventually become a new human being. They start to specialize. They take on characteristics that begin to hint at their ultimate fate as part of...

Clot-Building Nanoparticles Raise Survival Rate Following Blast Trauma

July 1, 2014 2:49 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A type of artificial platelet being developed to help natural blood platelets form clots faster offers promise for saving the lives of soldiers, as well as victims of car crashes and other severe trauma. In preclinical tests led by a Case...

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Electronics-to-Wear Light Up Healthcare

July 1, 2014 11:33 am | by CORDIS | News | Comments

For most electronic circuit boards, if you try to bend them, they snap and are rendered useless. But this is set to change. A European research project called PLACE-IT has come up with a new type of flexible electronics that won’t break...

Tourniquets Make Comeback with American Police

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Ramit Plushnick-masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rushing into a Houston home, police officer Austin Huckabee encountered a drunken, combative man bleeding profusely on the kitchen floor. He quickly realized the blood was spurting in rhythm with the man's heart, and cardiac arrest was just...

Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots Walk on Command

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function. The group...

Photos of the Day: Bio-Bots Could Stroll Through the Body

June 30, 2014 4:09 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Tiny walking “bio-bots” are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field. The new bio-bots are powered by a strip of skeletal muscle cells that can be triggered by an electric pulse. This gives the researchers a simple way to control the...

Stem Cells May Be More Widespread and with Greater Potential than Previously Believed

June 30, 2014 11:37 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | News | Comments

With the plethora of research and published studies on stem cells over the last decade, many would say that the definition of stem cells is well established and commonly agreed upon. However, a new review article appearing in the July 2014...

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Advanced Wound Care Products Market Nears 19 Billion

June 26, 2014 2:14 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

According to Kalorama Information, the worldwide wound care market reached revenues of $18,851.0 million in 2013. The healthcare market research publisher says that represents growth of 6% from the previous year. Revenues were based on sales...

New Material Improves Wound Healing, Keeps Bacteria from Sticking

June 25, 2014 10:38 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

As many patients know, treating wounds has become far more sophisticated than sewing stitches and applying gauze, but dressings still have shortcomings. Now scientists are reporting the next step in the evolution of wound treatment with a...

Drug-Eluting Patch Stops Scar Growth and Reduces Scar Tissues

June 23, 2014 2:35 pm | by World Scientific | News | Comments

Scars — in particular keloid scars that result from overgrowth of skin tissue after injuries or surgeries — are unsightly and can even lead to disfigurement and psychological problems of affected patients. Individuals with darker pigmentation...

Technology Detects Bacterial Pathogens in Soldiers' Combat Wounds

June 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Stephen P Wampler, LLNL | News | Comments

A biological detection technology developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists can detect bacterial pathogens in the wounds of U.S. soldiers that have previously been missed by other technologies. This advance may, in time...

DermaPure Skin Product Launched in U.S. for Wound Care

June 16, 2014 2:20 pm | by Tissue Regenix | News | Comments

Tissue Regenix Group plc, the regenerative medical devices company, today announces that it has launched DermaPure its decellularised dermis product in the US. Tissue Regenix’s partner CTS (Community Tissue Services) will begin shipping...

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes OSNovative for its Self-Adaptive Enluxtra Wound Care Technology

June 16, 2014 8:28 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Based on its recent analysis of the wound care dressing market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes OSNovative Systems Inc. with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership. The company's self-adaptive...

Stem Cells Are a Soft Touch for Nano-Engineered Biomaterials

June 10, 2014 4:11 pm | by Neha Okhandiar, Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have shown that stem cell behaviour can be modified by manipulating the nanoscale properties of the material they are grown on - improving the potential of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering as a result. Stem cells ...

The Quest for Long-Lasting Blood

June 9, 2014 8:58 am | by University of Essex | News | Comments

A team of scientists at the University of Essex are hoping to develop a one-size-fits-all, third generation artificial blood substitute. Every day thousands of people around the world have their lives saved or improved thanks to someone...

Better Tissue Healing with Disappearing Hydrogels

June 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue, many wind up migrating away from the repair site, which disrupts the healing process. But a technique employed by a University of Rochester research team keeps the stem cells in place... 

Rural Clinics Increasingly Turn to Telemedicine

June 6, 2014 10:40 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the...

Understanding Mussels' Stickiness Could Lead to Better Surgical Glues

June 5, 2014 11:34 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Mussels might be a welcome addition to a hearty seafood stew, but their notorious ability to attach themselves to ships' hulls, as well as to piers and moorings, makes them an unwelcome sight and smell for boaters and swimmers. Now...   

New Challenges/Opportunities for Medical Device Manufacturers Forged by the ACA

June 3, 2014 4:04 pm | by Claudio Bellini, COO, COSMED USA | Blogs | Comments

Amid all the back-and-forth political discussion and controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act, one fact is clear: more people will have access to traditional healthcare services than ever before. And with that reality, it has become...

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