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Researchers Testing Artificial Liver as Potential Therapy for Patients with Alcohol-Related Organ Failure

September 23, 2014 11:52 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Cedars-Sinai physicians and scientists are testing a novel, human cell based, bioartificial liver support system for patients with acute liver failure, often a fatal diagnosis. “The quest for a device that can fill in for the function of...

Nanotubes Help Healing Hearts Keep the Beat

September 23, 2014 11:41 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes serve as bridges that allow electrical signals to pass unhindered through...

Airway Muscle-on-a-Chip Mimics Asthma

September 23, 2014 11:32 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

The majority of drugs used to treat asthma today are the same ones that were used 50 years...

House Supports Repeal of Medical Device Tax

September 23, 2014 11:22 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes a repeal of the 2.3% medical...

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Fast and Accurate PCR-Based Diagnostics of Gastroenteritis

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by B3C Newswire | News | Comments

Mobidiag Ltd, a Finnish molecular diagnostics company specialized in the development of innovative diagnostics solutions for infectious diseases, today announced the European launch of Amplidiag Bacterial GE, marketed as a CE-IVD product under...

Philips to Establish Market-Leading Company in HealthTech

September 23, 2014 10:50 am | by Philips | News | Comments

At a meeting with investors and analysts in London, Royal Philips today announces the next strategic step to capitalize on fundamental market changes, by creating two market-leading companies focused on the HealthTech and Lighting solutions...

Detection of Sepsis-Causing Pathogens

September 23, 2014 10:39 am | by T2 Biosystems, Inc. | News | Comments

T2 Biosystems, a company developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health, today announced that it has received market authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its first two products, the T2Candida...

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Lego-Like Modular Components Make Building 3-D 'Labs-on-a-Chip' a Snap

September 23, 2014 10:29 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand. Microfluidic...

The Fine Line Between Breast Cancer and Normal Tissues

September 23, 2014 10:22 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

Up to 40 percent of patients undergoing breast cancer surgery require additional operations because surgeons may fail to remove all the cancerous tissue in the initial operation. However, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have...

Photos of the Day: Dialysis Belt

September 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Leila Gray, HSNewsBeat | News | Comments

The Wearable Artificial Kidney, also known as the WAK, is a miniaturized dialysis machine that can be worn on the body. The carrier resembles a tool belt; the device connects to a patient via a catheter. The Wearable Artificial Kidney features...

Wearable Artificial Kidney Safety Test Receives Go-Ahead

September 23, 2014 9:52 am | by Leila Gray, HSNewsBeat | News | Comments

Medical researchers have received approval to begin safety and performance testing of the Wearable Artificial Kidney. The federal Food and Drug Administration and the University of Washington Institutional Review Board accepted the protocol...

Aurora Prototype Device Helps the Blind Pulse Through Obstacles

September 23, 2014 9:42 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Hungarian engineers have created Aurora, a prototype device to help blind people detect obstacles as they walk, via an ultrasonic distance sensor and vibration motor. Elly Park reports...          

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First Test to Identify Five Yeast Pathogens Directly from a Blood Sample

September 23, 2014 9:30 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing in the U.S. of the first direct blood test for detection of five yeast pathogens that cause bloodstream infections: Candida albicans and/or Candida tropicalis, Candida parapsilosis...

Looking Ahead: Whole Eye Transplant Under Development

September 23, 2014 9:19 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

The basic idea is straightforward: Doctors would implant a donor eye in the recipient's eye socket. The vascular system to the eye would be re-established, as would the eye’s musculature to enable normal movement. The greater challenge – and...

Brainwave Test Could Improve Autism Diagnosis and Classification

September 23, 2014 9:14 am | by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University | News | Comments

A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying people on the autism spectrum and may...

Phoenix Arizona Hand Doctor Develops Revolutionary New Surgery System

September 23, 2014 9:08 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

For many people experiencing issues with their hands or wrists, surgery often means facing the prospect of large, painful incisions and long recovery time. As can be imagined, regular activities are also impacted, such as working, driving and...

Flexibility, Porosity Design Leads to Regeneration of Soft Tissue

September 23, 2014 8:30 am | by Dr. Torbjorn Mathiesen, Chief Technology Officer, Novus Scientific | Articles | Comments

The design of surgical biosynthetic mesh for breast surgery, whether reconstructive or cosmetic, and for hernia or abdominal surgery involves creating material and design that promotes faster healing with natural human tissue regeneration...

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From the Hospital to the Home

September 23, 2014 8:30 am | by John DiCristina, Medical Equipment Director, Strategic Marketing Group | Blogs | Comments

The main efficiency driver is the elimination of the package and moving to wafer level packages (WLP). This allows for better cost efficiencies and for dense pin outs reducing the PCB board area. We also have the ability to package multiple...

Biodesign Fellows Develop a Device for Relieving Night Terrors

September 22, 2014 4:10 pm | by Stanford | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team is working toward a solution to help children with night terrors — and their parents — get a more peaceful night’s rest. Night terrors, a sleep disorder affecting mostly young children, do not pose a serious health threat...

Variability Keeps the Body in Balance

September 22, 2014 3:38 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Although the heart beats out a very familiar "lub-dub" pattern that speeds up or slows down as our activity increases or decreases, the pattern itself isn't as regular as you might think. In fact, the amount of time between heartbeats can...

Researchers Create 'Evolved' Protein that May Stop Cancer from Spreading

September 22, 2014 3:27 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

A team of Stanford researchers has developed a protein therapy that disrupts the process that causes cancer cells to break away from original tumor sites, travel through the blood stream and start aggressive new growths elsewhere in the body...

Potential Blood Test for Psychosis

September 22, 2014 2:56 pm | by University of North Carolina Health Care | News | Comments

A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers represents an important step forward in the accurate diagnosis of people who are experiencing the earliest stages of psychosis. Psychosis includes hallucinations or delusions...

First Patient Successfully Treated with Materialise's X-Ray Based Knee Guide Technology

September 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Today, Materialise NV announced that orthopedic surgeon Roger Jaeken, of the AZ Heilige Familie (Holy Family General Hospital) in Reet, Belgium, has successfully performed the first total knee surgery that was preplanned by means of the...

Scientists Discover an On-Off Switch for Aging Cells

September 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Salk Institute | News | Comments

Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered an on-and-off "switch" in cells that may hold the key to healthy aging. This switch points to a way to encourage healthy cells to keep dividing and generating, for example, new lung or liver tissue...

Engineered Proteins Stick Like Glue – Even in Water

September 22, 2014 11:34 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed new materials that could be used to...

One-Year Outcomes Are Good for Patients Treated with Superficial Femoral Artery Stent

September 22, 2014 10:52 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | News | Comments

The use of stents has improved management and outcomes of coronary artery disease, and clinical trials are attempting to prove the same will be true for superficial femoral artery disease. Randomized trials have shown favorable results for self...

Research on Photoacoustics to Detect Breast Cancer

September 22, 2014 10:46 am | by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Oficina de Información Científica | News | Comments

One of the lines of research of OILTEBIA, a European science project coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, is a method to detect breast cancer based on photoacoustics and which could become an alternative to mammography or sonogram...

CE Mark and European Launch of Medtronic’s TYRX Absorbable Antibacterial Envelope

September 22, 2014 10:33 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark for the TYRX Absorbable Antibacterial Envelope. This innovative mesh envelope covers an implantable cardiac device to help stabilize the device after implantation and reduce surgical...

New Chip Promising for Tumor-Targeting Research

September 22, 2014 10:26 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a chip capable of simulating a tumor's "microenvironment" and plan to use the new system to test the effectiveness of nanoparticles and drugs that target cancer. The new system, called a tumor-microenvironment-on...

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