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Demand for Orthopedic Braces Remains Steady

November 25, 2014 5:26 pm | by GlobalData | News | Comments

With only 10.5% of US patients with osteoarthritis of the knee opting for surgery in 2013, a percentage that has not increased in 10 years, medical device manufacturers are working to meet the clear demand for solutions that delay unwanted surgery...

Gates Foundation to Help Accelerate Ebola Treatments

November 25, 2014 5:13 pm | by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | News | Comments

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will be supporting efforts in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries to scale up the production and evaluation of convalescent plasma and other convalescent blood products as potential therapies...

The Top 10 Health Technology Hazards of 2015

November 25, 2014 5:06 pm | by ECRI Institute | News | Comments

What could possibly go wrong in hospitals? Many things, according to ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care. Hazards caused by medical technology are a prime example—because hazards can lead...

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Photos of the Day: Google's Spoon Steadies Tremors

November 25, 2014 4:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Built with hundreds of algorithms, these specially designed spoons make it much easier for people with tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling. The spoons sense a shaking hand and make instant adjustments to stay balanced ...

Steadying Tremors with 'Liftware' Spoon

November 25, 2014 3:48 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's...

Dissolvable Wireless Electronic Implants Fight Bacteria

November 25, 2014 3:42 pm | by Tufts University | News | Comments

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected...

DNA Delivery from a Hybrid Vehicle

November 25, 2014 3:18 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn’t measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies...

Device Promises to Ease Mammography Discomfort

November 25, 2014 2:03 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new device that may result in more comfortable mammography for women. According to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, standardizing the pressure applied...

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Artificial Limbs with More Natural Movement Now within Reach

November 25, 2014 12:47 pm | by UC San Francisco | News | Comments

Providing Simple Neural Signals to Brain Implants Could Stand In for Body’s Own Feedback System In new research that brings natural movement by artificial limbs closer to reality, UC San Francisco scientists have shown that monkeys can learn simple brain...

3D Online Tool Targets Ebola

November 25, 2014 12:31 pm | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers have developed a free, browser-based online tool that could speed up the creation of new drugs to treat or prevent Ebola virus infections. The software, called MuPIT Ebola Edition, enables a researcher...

The Global Rise of 'Smart Health'

November 25, 2014 12:14 pm | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Mobile phones and smart devices will have a large role to play in improving access to healthcare and involving patients more in their own treatment, a leading Oxford University academic has said in a lecture in New Delhi. Solving the large challenges...

SIDS Cases Found to Have Common Brain Abnormality

November 25, 2014 11:14 am | by NIH | News | Comments

NIH-supported researchers find abnormality in brain area influencing breathing, heart functions More than 40 percent of infants in a group who died of sudden infant death syndrome were found to have an abnormality in a key part of the brain...

Rethinking the Wheelchair

November 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Based on an original design for use in developing countries, new Freedom Chair is specially designed for U.S. and European markets. Global Research Innovation and Technology, an MIT MechE spinoff started by Tish Scolnik ’10, Mario Bollini ’09 SM ’12...

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Designing a Wearable Brain Imaging Helmet

November 25, 2014 10:45 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE scientists are working on a wearable, high-resolution imaging “helmet” that would allow doctors to observe the brain on the cellular level. The portable device could also allow doctors to study motor activity in the brain, since patients will be...

Large Biological Circuits Made Practical with New Device

November 25, 2014 10:38 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have made great progress in recent years in the design and creation of biological circuits -- systems that, like electronic circuits, can take a number of different inputs and deliver a particular kind of output. But while individual components...

Look Beyond Traditional Adhesives

November 25, 2014 7:30 am | by Ravi Ramjit, Ph. D, VP of R&D, EuroMed | Blogs | Comments

Advances in adhesive development technology have allowed medical device manufactures to engineer new product solutions in the wound care space. Traditional, overaggressive adhesives have been plagued by patients reporting pain and trauma...

A Closer Look at Robotic Leg Braces

November 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, who was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet two years ago in southern Afghanistan, is walking again thanks to a set of robotic leg braces known as the ReWalk system. Herrera is the first in the United States to own the device...

Robotic Exoskeleton Enables Marine to Walk at His Bronze Star Ceremony

November 24, 2014 2:03 pm | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. The crowd of 300 Marines was...

Prepping for the Next Major Epidemic

November 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster. "It's really urgent that we address the weak links and...

Cancer Device Gets Stronger Warning from FDA

November 24, 2014 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. regulators have strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients. The Food and Drug Administration is updating...

Nanoparticles and Lasers Take on Cancer

November 24, 2014 11:50 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Conventional treatment seeks to eradicate cancer cells by drugs and therapy delivered from outside the cell, which may also affect (and potentially harm) nearby normal cells. In contrast to conventional cancer therapy, a University of Cincinnati...

IBM Wants a DNA Reader in Every Doctor’s Office

November 24, 2014 11:26 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. "Our goal is to put...

A Genetic Test for Endometriosis

November 24, 2014 11:17 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

Researchers at UC San Francisco have identified patterns of genetic activity that can be used to diagnose endometriosis and its severity, a finding that may offer millions of women an alternative to surgery through a simple noninvasive procedure...

New Innovation in Single-Dose Powder Inhaler Technology

November 24, 2014 11:04 am | by DoseOne | News | Comments

Development of the DoseOne single dose powder inhaler (US Patents #7,832,399 B2 and #8,360,057 B2) required a multi-disciplinary team approach, as any such drug delivery device needs to combine not just design skills, but also software and...

Possible Sigh of Relief for Detecting Preemie Breathing Issues

November 24, 2014 10:54 am | by University of Connecticut | News | Comments

Babies start breathing in the womb, inhaling and exhaling irregularly at first, and then gradually more and more, until the day when they're born and have to do it all the time. But premature babies sometimes have trouble. They stop breathing...

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