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Photos of the Day: Brain Implant-Controlled Robots

April 24, 2015 4:17 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

For the first time since her paralysis, Cathy Hutchinson was able to pick up a bottle of coffee, bring it to her mouth and drink from it again. Hutchinson, who was 58 at the time, didn’t regain control over her hands. She did it by moving a robotic arm with her thoughts.

4 Awesome Technologies Featured at WIRED Health 2015

April 24, 2015 3:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Back in December 2014, Intel announced that it was working with Stephen Hawking to create a new...

What’s Needed to Achieve Scalable Production of Tissues

April 24, 2015 10:55 am | by Lauralyn McDaniel, Industry Manager, Medical, SME | Blogs | Comments

Producing or growing tissues that could avoid the immune response of donor tissues sounds far-...

Senate Hearing on Medical Device Tax Effects

April 24, 2015 10:46 am | by The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) | News | Comments

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) commends the U.S. Senate Committee on...

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Inflatable Penile Prosthesis FDA Approved for Ectopic Placement

April 24, 2015 10:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Coloplast, a leading medical device company, announced it has received approval from The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for changes in labeling of the Titan Inflatable Penile Prosthesis...

'Micro Fingers' for Arranging Single Cells

April 24, 2015 10:36 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

Functional analysis of a cell, which is the fundamental unit of life, is important for gaining new insights into medical and pharmaceutical fields. For efficiently studying cell functions, it is essential to reconstruct cellular microenvironments...

Adding a New Wrinkle in Graphene to Cell Culture

April 24, 2015 10:32 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

Using a technique that introduces tiny wrinkles into sheets of graphene, researchers from Brown University have developed new textured surfaces for culturing cells in the lab that better mimic the complex surroundings in which cells grow...

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Measuring Volumes of Key Lab-on-a-Chip Components

April 24, 2015 10:01 am | by NIST | News | Comments

Imagine shrinking tubes and beakers—in fact, most of a clinical chemistry lab—down to the size of a credit card. When engineers figured out how to do that two decades ago, they enabled complex tests to be performed with tiny "lab on a chip"...

Game Shows Mosquito's-Eye View of Malaria

April 24, 2015 9:57 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Officially launched on World Malaria Day (25 April) The Life Cycle of Malaria is the first game of its kind which tries to visualize the life cycle of the disease in 3D. In the process players learn about why mosquito bites itch, why pregnant...

Making Wireless Heart Monitoring Possible

April 24, 2015 9:53 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Between the ages of 5-10, Sid Muthal estimates he spent between 1-2 months per year in the hospital battling an illness. As anyone who has been a hospital patient can attest, the visits included having vitals being monitored continuously...

Portable MRI Could Aid Wounded Soldiers in Third World

April 24, 2015 9:46 am | by Kevin Roark, Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are developing an ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that could be low-power and lightweight enough for forward deployment on the battlefield and to field hospitals in the...

4 Technologies Enhancing the Hospital Experience

April 24, 2015 9:42 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

Personalized digital media walls. Push-button, custom dinner orders. Robot deliveries. This isn’t a futuristically imagined hospital from “The Jetsons.” It’s all part of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, where technological touches aren’t...

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Palm-Sized Chip Attacks Drug-Resistant Bacteria

April 24, 2015 9:04 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

A Johns Hopkins engineer, supported by a major NIH grant, is leading a multi-institution team that wants to keep bacterial infections from dodging the dwindling arsenal of drugs that destroy the deadly microbes. The group’s goal is to...

How to Turn Ultrasound into a Pacemaker

April 24, 2015 8:59 am | by American Physiological Society (APS) | News | Comments

Ultrasound—the technology used for sonograms and examining the heart—can increase the rate at which heart cells beat, researchers from Drexel University report. In their paper “Ultrasound-Induced Modulation of Cardiac Rhythm in Neonatal Rat...

3D Imaging Technique Tracks Optically Trapped Particles

April 23, 2015 3:30 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

Optical tweezers have been used as an invaluable tool for exerting micro-scale force on microscopic particles and manipulating three-dimensional (3-D) positions of particles. Optical tweezers employ a tightly-focused laser whose beam diameter is...

Kickstarter Offers True 3D Holograms

April 23, 2015 3:11 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Holographic Optical Technologies, innovator in the field of medical holography, has made its Voxgram hologram technology available to the consumer market through its just-launched Kickstarter campaign. The company is debuting its first...

Stem Cells that Prevent Birth Defect Also Repair Facial Injury

April 23, 2015 2:50 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Researchers have pinpointed a primary cause of a rare skull disorder in infants, and the discovery could help wounded soldiers, car-wreck victims and other patients recover from disfiguring facial injuries. "This has a lot more implication than...

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Making Waves with Tele-Robotic Ultrasound

April 23, 2015 2:36 pm | by Mount Sinai Health System | News | Comments

A new clinical trial is testing the feasibility and efficiency of a doctor in New York City remotely performing long-distance, tele-robotic ultrasound exams over the Internet on patients in Chicago. The pioneering study is a research collaboration...

Might Consumer and MedTech Collaborations Win the Day?

April 23, 2015 2:31 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

While the traditional medical device OEMs are still focused on improving technologies and making healthcare devices more effective and efficient, they seem to be mired in a world of incremental innovation. Meanwhile, grabbing headlines and...

Orthotic Tech Helps Military Working Dog Walk Again

April 23, 2015 2:19 pm | by Staff Sgt. Michael Ellis, 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

Army Maj. Andrea Henderson, the veterinarian at the Department of Defense Holland Military Working Dog (MWD) Hospital here, first started treating SStash last October. A degenerative disease had led to one of SStash's hind legs needing surgery...

Predicting the Future: Continuous Vital Sign Monitoring

April 23, 2015 11:20 am | by Peter Ianace, Principal, Sensogram Technologies Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Big data, analytics, algorithms, the “Internet of Things” and even the “Internet of Humans” are some of the hottest buzzwords that are popping up across industries. The connected world is creating a mountain of data that begs to be analyzed...

Nanotech-Enabled Moisturizer Speeds Healing of Diabetic Skin Wounds

April 23, 2015 11:01 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A new high-tech but simple ointment applied to the skin may one day help diabetic patients heal stubborn and painful ulcers on their feet, Northwestern University researchers report. Scientist and dermatologist Amy S. Paller and chemist Chad...

Round-the-Clock Glucose Control for Pregnant Diabetic Women

April 23, 2015 10:46 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Achieving better glucose control in pregnant women with diabetes by using continuous glucose monitoring may help them give birth to healthier children, new research from the University of Leeds says. Up to 50% of babies born to women with...

How a Computer Can Help Your Doctor Better Diagnose Cancer

April 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

Correctly diagnosing a person with cancer — and identifying the specific type of cancer — makes all the difference in successfully treating a patient. Today your doctor might draw from a dozen or so similar cases and a big book of guidelines...

Creating the Sensation of Invisibility

April 23, 2015 10:37 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

The power of invisibility has long fascinated man and inspired the works of many great authors and philosophers. In a study from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, a team of neuroscientists now reports a perceptual illusion of having an invisible body...

Two of the World’s Leading Regenerative Medicine Institutes Join Forces

April 23, 2015 10:23 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Australia’s regenerative medicine research efforts are set to strengthen as a result of a new partnership between Monash University and a leading US biomedical research institution. The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash...

FDA Holds Public Meeting on Postmarket Risk for Medical Devices

April 23, 2015 10:06 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

How can the medical device industry best manage risk when it comes to products that are already on the market and in use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities? That was the focus of a public workshop Tuesday organized and hosted by the...

A Recipe for Long-Lasting Livers

April 23, 2015 10:03 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

People waiting for organ transplants may soon have higher hopes of getting the help that they need in time. Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology have developed a new technique that extends the time that donor organs last...

Quick, Easy-to-Use Ketosis Breath Test Will Benefit Diabetics

April 23, 2015 9:56 am | by Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) | News | Comments

VTT has developed a quick, easy-to-use ketosis test for consumers that can detect acetone on exhaled breath. The test will benefit diabetics and dieters in particular, but it can easily be adapted to other uses as well, such as the detection...

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