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Diagnostics Using Bubble Wrap as Sheet of Tiny Test Tubes

July 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Analytical Chemistry | News | Comments

Popping the blisters on the bubble wrap might be the most enjoyable thing about moving. But now, scientists propose a more productive way to reuse the popular packing material — as a sheet of small, test tube-like containers for medical and...

Covidien Makes Liver Tumor Ablation More Predictable

July 16, 2014 9:01 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Overcoming a significant roadblock to predictable ablation of soft tissue, Covidien plc has unveiled an advanced ablation system that offers physicians predictable results regardless of the target location or tissue type. The Emprint Ablation...

What 3D Printing Means for Healthcare

July 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Steve Erickson, Vice President, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

Medical care might not be the most obvious place for 3D printing applications, but 3D-printed kidneys and 3D-printed prosthetic eyes say otherwise. 3D-printed plastics are being used for medical tools and devices, models for surgical training...

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New Skin Gel Fights Breast Cancer Without Blood Clot Risk

July 15, 2014 3:23 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A gel form of tamoxifen applied to the breasts of women with noninvasive breast cancer reduced the growth of cancer cells to the same degree as the drug taken in oral form but with fewer side effects that deter some women from taking it...

How Does Misfit’s Activity and Sleep Monitor Work?

July 15, 2014 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

Misfit Wearables CEO Sonny Vu and KPBC Design Partner John Maeda and discuss the Misfit’s sleep monitoring wearable product on “Bloomberg West.”                 

Developing New Tools to Support Regulatory Use of “Next Gen Sequencing” Data

July 15, 2014 3:00 pm | by Carolyn A. Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Director for Research Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA | Blogs | Comments

When you’re thirsty, you don’t want to take a drink from a fire hose. And when scientists are looking for data they don’t want to be knocked over with a flood of information that overwhelms their ability to analyze and make sense of it. That’s...

First Billion Dollar Quarter for Healthcare IT Sector: VC Funding Doubled over Q1

July 15, 2014 2:02 pm | by Mercom Capital Group | News | Comments

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global communications and consulting firm, today released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) sector for the second quarter of 2014...

Biodetection Technology Could Screen for Emerging Viral Diseases

July 15, 2014 1:51 pm | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

A microbe detection array technology developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists could provide a new rapid method for public health authorities to conduct surveillance for emerging viral diseases. This possible use of the...

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A Tool to Fix One of the Most Dangerous Moments in Surgery

July 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by TEDx | Videos | Comments

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical...

Portable Devices Could Be Cause of Skin Rash

July 15, 2014 10:25 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic...

Novartis, Google to Develop 'Smart' Contact Lens

July 15, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drug developer Novartis will team with technology giant Google to develop a "smart" contact lens that could improve some eye conditions or help diabetics manage their disease. Terms of the agreement between the companies were not...

Rice Nanophotonics Experts Create Powerful Molecular Sensor

July 15, 2014 10:09 am | by Jade Boyd, Rice University | News | Comments

Nanophotonics experts at Rice University have created a unique sensor that amplifies the optical signature of molecules by about 100 billion times. Newly published tests found the device could accurately identify the composition and structure...

Capturing Cancer: A Powerful New Technique for Early Diagnosis

July 15, 2014 9:40 am | by Richard Harth, The Biodesign Institute | News | Comments

Despite impressive medical strides, cancer remains a leading killer and overwhelming burden to health care systems, causing well over a half million fatalities per year, with a projected cost of $174 billion by 2020, according to the National...

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Misonix BoneScalpel Reported to Save Blood Loss in Spinal Fusions with Similar Diagnosis

July 15, 2014 9:22 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Misonix, Inc., an international surgical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ultrasonic products for spine surgery, skull based surgery, neurosurgery, wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic...

World's First ProMRI Quadripolar CRT-D System Implanted to Treat Heart Failure

July 15, 2014 9:00 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced the first implantations worldwide of its new ICD and CRT-D series (implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators...

Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark for TAVI System

July 15, 2014 8:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark and begun the European commercial launch of its new 25 mm Lotus Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) System, complementing the currently available 23 mm and 27 mm valve sizes... 

Dual Contrast Agent to Light Up Arterial Health Risks

July 14, 2014 2:10 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke | News | Comments

Two degrees plus two scan energies and one heavy metal equals a new way to detect dangerous plaques in the coronary arteries. Potentially. Jeffrey Ashton, a biomedical engineering graduate student in Duke University’s  MD-PhD program, has...

Breakthrough MitraClip Procedure Repairs One Heart Structurally, Another Emotionally

July 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Mary York knew the walk from the living room to the bedroom should not have been difficult for her husband, Bill, despite his age, but the 83-year-old could not walk anywhere in his house without stopping to rest for minutes at a time. “He...

Blood Test Identifies Heart-Transplant Rejection Earlier than Biopsy Can

July 14, 2014 1:27 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University researchers have devised a noninvasive way to detect heart-transplant rejection weeks or months earlier than previously possible. The test, which relies on the detection of increasing amounts of the donor’s DNA in the blood...

Photos of the Day: Squishy Surgical Robots

July 14, 2014 12:12 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Working with robotics company Boston Dynamics, the researchers began developing the material as part of the Chemical Robots program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The agency was interested in “squishy” robots...

Phase-Changing Material to Allow Robots to Switch Between Hard and Soft States

July 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

In the movie “Terminator 2,” the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between...

3D Printed Anatomy to Mark New Era for Medical Training

July 14, 2014 11:06 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionize medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical. The '3D Printed Anatomy Series...  

Why Contraception by Remote Control Is a Troubling Idea

July 14, 2014 10:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

Forget about remembering to take a contraceptive pill. In just a few years, keeping track of your remote control may be as essential to family planning as it is to watching TV. MicroCHIPS, a small, Massachusetts company with backing from Bill Gates...

Study of Noninvasive Retinal Imaging Device Presented at Alzheimer's Conference

July 14, 2014 10:27 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting...

Smell and Eye Tests Show Potential to Detect Alzheimer's Early

July 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Alzheimer's Association | News | Comments

A decreased ability to identify odors might indicate the development of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, while examinations of the eye could indicate the build-up of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer's, in the brain...

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