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First FDA-Approved Rapid Ebola Test for Emergency Use

March 4, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | News | Comments

University of Texas Medical Branch researchers who helped assess the effectiveness of a new rapid test kit to diagnose Ebola learned this week it has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. "The kit was...

Manipulating Cells' Shapes to Treat Breast Cancer

March 4, 2015 10:43 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Changing the shape of breast cancer cells could make the disease more sensitive to treatments -...

The Pulse: Robot Bear Nurse and Smart Bandages

March 4, 2015 10:11 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're being nursed back to health by a robotic bear, covering our...

Energy-Generating Cloth Could Replace Batteries in Wearable Devices

March 4, 2015 9:45 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers...

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Creating Cartilage from Stem Cells

March 4, 2015 8:47 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists have succeeded in producing cartilage formed from embryonic stem cells that could in future be used to treat the painful joint condition osteoarthritis. In research funded by Arthritis Research UK, Professor Sue Kimber and her...

Wearable Technology: One Step Closer to Mobile Healthcare

March 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Steve Boccone, GreyBox Communications | Blogs | Comments

"Telehealth is changing the way patients and families experience the continuum care. Healthcare providers will increasingly need to create effective and convenient home based, high touch and high tech solutions that work in a value based...

Making Big Data Little

March 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Carolyn Rose, Director of Strategy and Research, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Articles | Comments

As anticipation grows for the seemingly limitless opportunities that big data represents for healthcare, a clear path to leveraging the massive information repository that exists today continues to elude the masses. Enamored with the possibilities...

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Plastic Mold Non-Surgically Corrects Infant Ear Deformities

March 3, 2015 2:31 pm | by Weill Cornell Medical College | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has improved a non-surgical procedure that safely and effectively corrects newborn ear deformities in just two weeks - a drastically...

Eye-Tracking Device to Better Understand Anxiety in Children

March 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Koraly Perez-Edgar, a researcher in Penn State’s Department of Psychology, takes a remote-operated toy spider from a tall bookcase in her office, turns it on and places it on the linoleum floor. It’s gangly, about the size of a shoebox...

Wearable Smoking Cessation Technology

March 3, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrono Therapeutics, a pioneer in digital drug products, today announced an investment by Rock Health, the leading seed fund in digital health, to support the advancement of Chrono's SmartStopT programmable transdermal drug delivery system...

Flower-Like Magnetic Nanoparticles Target Difficult Tumors

March 3, 2015 2:12 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Thanks to the work of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Dartmouth Center of Nanotechnology Excellence, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the next-generation magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) may soon be treating difficult...

New Company Developing Single-Drop 'Point of Care' Blood Analyzer

March 3, 2015 2:07 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A blood test yields a wealth of information crucial to a person's health. What's needed is a device that is small and inexpensive, yet capable of quickly providing a thorough analysis using a very small sample. With a two-year option license...

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Moving Organs with Magnets to Ease Surgery

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Pietro Valdastri is convinced that the clever application of magnetic force can make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective. “In 2007, a team of University of Texas researchers did some basic experiments using magnets in laparoscopic...

Cardinal Health Offers to Buy J&J Unit for $1.94 Billion

March 3, 2015 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cardinal Health is offering to buy a unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes heart devices for approximately $1.94 billion. Johnson & Johnson's Cordis business, which is based in Fremont, California, had 2014 revenue of about $780 million...

Smart Garments Could Change How We Interact

March 3, 2015 10:53 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

As wearables become more common, consumers also want them to be smaller and less obtrusive. Smartwatches are in a heyday now, but the consumer of the future might be looking for a device that is not only more useful, but more invisible...

6 Common Failures in Mobile Health App Development

March 3, 2015 10:43 am | by Delmar Howard, mHealth Program Manager, Intertek | Blogs | Comments

Widespread adoption of mobile devices and apps in healthcare is growing. Yet, as the industry rushes to market with new mobile health offerings, they often are met with confusion and uncertainty in such a new arena. Recent draft guidance...

Technological Ecosystem to Foster Active Aging

March 3, 2015 10:34 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | News | Comments

Action for Healthy Ageing is the name of the first European ecosystem for promoting healthy, active aging using new technologies. The main objectives of this software platform, developed by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid as part of...

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Giant Virus Revealed in 3D Using X-ray Laser

March 3, 2015 10:02 am | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers have produced a 3-D image revealing part of the inner structure of an intact, infectious virus, using a unique x-ray laser at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The virus...

This 3D Printer Works With Living Cells

March 3, 2015 9:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Cyfuse Biomedical K.K., makers of a 3D printer for living cells, have reported 1.4 billion yen ($12 million) in Series B funding for its overseas operations. Cyfuse’s Regenova printer uses an array of needles to skewer cellular aggregates...

Mobile App Identifies Premature Babies in the Developing World

March 3, 2015 9:47 am | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

A mobile phone app that will identify babies born prematurely in the developing world is being developed by researchers at The University of Nottingham. The technology will use distinctive features on the feet, face and ears of newborns to...

Therapeutic Video Game for Autism

March 3, 2015 9:29 am | by Autism Speaks | News | Comments

Autism Speaks’ not-for-profit affiliate DELSIA has announced new funding for the clinical testing of a therapeutic video game designed to improve executive function skills in children and adolescents affected by autism. Autism Speaks established...

Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance to Deliver Chemotherapy

March 3, 2015 9:17 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice developed by MIT researchers can help overcome that by first blocking the gene that confers drug...

4 Medical Devices that Changed from 'Oops!' to 'Eureka!'

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You know the old axiom: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One would think this philosophy can’t possibly apply to medical device development, because design engineers are working tirelessly to make sure that nothing on their device breaks...

Reducing Animal Testing for Skin Allergies

March 2, 2015 1:56 pm | by European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) | News | Comments

The JRC has validated and recommended a new method which is not based on animal testing, to identify chemicals that can trigger skin allergies, estimated to affect already 20% of the population in Europe. The human Cell Line Activation Test...

First 'Made for iPhone' Custom Hearing Aid

March 2, 2015 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beltone, a leader in hearing aids for the past 75 years, announced today the launch of the Beltone Legend hearing aid, which features new technology and hearing innovations that make it the most advanced and versatile hearing aid available...

The Global Brainstorm: Solutions to Neurodegenerative Diseases

March 2, 2015 11:40 am | by Miri Polachek, Executive Director, Israel Brain Technologies | Blogs | Comments

As medical treatment improves dramatically, allowing us to live longer lives, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s are becoming increasingly prevalent. Close to 40 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s...

Google Glass Shows Promising Uses in Plastic Surgery

March 2, 2015 11:18 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery--with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special paper in the March 2015...

On-Board School Bus Filtration System Reduces Pollutants by 88 Percent

March 2, 2015 10:53 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

An on-board air filtration system developed specifically for school buses reduces exposure to vehicular pollutants by up to 88 percent, according to a study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The high-efficiency...

Diagnosing TB with Oral Swabs

March 2, 2015 10:49 am | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | News | Comments

Drawing inspiration from veterinary medicine, researchers at the University of Washington have helped developed a new prospective approach to diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) - easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving on standard...

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