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Enhancing Your Perception Through a Vest

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Employing motors similar to those used in cell phones, this vest offers sensations to a person’s back based on the inputs provided. As illustrated through the video, that input can be generated by sound, news feeds, stock market data, or...

How Can the Maker Movement Drive Medical Innovation?

March 26, 2015 3:08 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

The Maker Movement has been defined as one driven by inventors, designers and tinkerers. It is fueled by a convergence of hackers and artisans who leverage open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology to solve...

Sea Slug Provides New Way of Analyzing Brain Data

March 26, 2015 2:39 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists say our brains may not be as complicated as we once thought - and they're using sea slugs to prove it. Led by graduate student Angela Bruno, researchers at The University of Manchester and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine...

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Lawmaker Questions Maker of Scopes Tied to 'Superbug' Issues

March 26, 2015 1:45 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A federal lawmaker is seeking details from the manufacturer of medical scopes that have been linked to several "superbug" bacteria outbreaks at U.S. hospitals, increasing pressure on the company. U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., wants to know...

Full Body Scanner Simplifies Early Skin Cancer Detection

March 26, 2015 11:07 am | by Saxony-Anhalt | News | Comments

Researching doctors and medical technicians in Magdeburg have developed a device that has brought the early detection of skin cancer a major step forwards: the full body scanner is set to simplify the work of dermatologists and provide...

'DNA Chip Card' Simultaneously Tests for 14 Major Food-Borne Pathogens

March 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT | News | Comments

Conventional methods for testing food-borne pathogens is based on the cultivation of pathogens, a process that is complicated and time consuming. So there is demand for alternative methods to test for food-borne pathogens that are simpler...

Robotic Supported Training Helps Chronic Spinal Patients Recover

March 26, 2015 10:50 am | by Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT | News | Comments

Loss of strength and coordination may inhibit the mobility of spinal injury patients long after recovery in the nervous system is complete. An investigation by researchers in Germany and Japan has now demonstrated significant mobility improvements...

New Stent Devices Fight Strokes

March 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

Elizabeth Celli was experiencing a moderate-to-severe stroke when she arrived at Loyola University Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Mrs. Celli was weak on her left side, had difficulty speaking and was unable to walk. But after being...

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Novel Plastic Could Spur New 'Artificial Muscles'

March 26, 2015 10:06 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers of the material to make even more electricity for a...

Scalp Cooler Prevents Hair Loss in Chemotherapy Patients

March 26, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

Hair loss is one of the most distressing side-effects of cancer treatment and can even deter some patients from undergoing life-saving chemotherapy. But researchers at the University of Huddersfield are establishing the scientific basis...

Direct Brain Communication with Carbon Nanotubes

March 26, 2015 9:29 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotube fibers invented at Rice University may provide the best way to communicate directly with the brain. The fibers have proven superior to metal electrodes for deep brain stimulation and to read signals from a neuronal network...

3D Respiratory Tissue Model Measures Chemical Impact on Lungs

March 26, 2015 9:23 am | by R&D at British American Tobacco | News | Comments

A 3-dimensional model of human respiratory tissue has been shown to be an effective platform for measuring the impact of chemicals, like those found in cigarette smoke, or other aerosols on the lung. Effective lab-based tests are required...

Don't Forget About Patient Isolation to Ensure Safety

March 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Daniel Ruth, Medical Team Leader, TUV Rheinland | Blogs | Comments

The IEC 60601-1 standard for basic safety and essential performance of medical devices deals with many functional issues. They are typically addressed by manufacturers in their risk management files to ensure the device does not harm the...

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Increasing Device Connectivity Improves Value for Everyone

March 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Joel Rydbeck, Healthcare Strategy Director, Infor | Blogs | Comments

Robert Metcalf is recognized as the father of ethernet, the technology that enables your computer to talk with mine and everyone else’s. Less well known is his postulate, known as Metcalf’s Law. It states that the value of a telecommunications...

A Wristband that Destroys Cancer Cells

March 25, 2015 3:54 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

As it turns out, Google has now secured a patent for a potentially cancer cell-destroying wrist-worn device. For lack of better words, that’s pretty awesome. Winning the war against cancer may very well be all in the wrist. Take that, cancer!

Now Available On-Demand! MDT Live: The Impact of 3D Printing on Healthcare

March 25, 2015 1:23 pm | by Jon Dipierro and Sean Fenske | Stratasys, Inc. | Videos | Comments

3D printing is emerging as a truly disruptive technology, affecting an array of industries including healthcare. It can be readily used for prototyping and parts manufacture, but stands to make a much bigger impact. As a medical technology...

Getting a 'Sense' of Monitoring Health at Home

March 25, 2015 11:15 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Metrigraphics, LLC, Honeywell Sensing And Control | Articles | Comments

Monitoring patients is no longer a practice confined to the hospital. Health monitoring technologies designed for the home are proliferating as a result of the rising costs of healthcare and patient transportation issues, among others. Due to this...

Infographic: How Technology Is Saving Lives: The Healthcare Revolution

March 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Devin Jollimore, Training Coordinator, Mission Safety Services | News | Comments

Technology has many uses. The use of technology is increasing and with it so is the ability to use it to improve our quality of life. The medical and healthcare sectors have experienced rapid change and the positive impact this is having...

Tiny Bio-Robot Is a Germ Suited-Up with Graphene Quantum Dots

March 25, 2015 10:46 am | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

As nanotechnology makes possible a world of machines too tiny to see, researchers are finding ways to combine living organisms with nonliving machinery to solve a variety of problems. Like other first-generation bio-robots, the new nanobot...

Color-Changing Bracelet Detects Sunburn Early

March 25, 2015 10:40 am | by Queen's University Belfast | News | Comments

Sunbathers could soon tell when to take shelter in the shade thanks to an early warning sunburn indicator, developed by Queen’s University Belfast. Researchers at Queen’s have developed a strip of plastic, containing ‘smart’ ink, which turns...

Device Protects Nerve Tissue During Bowel Surgery

March 25, 2015 10:32 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

After bowel surgery, more than half of the patients suffer from irreparable nerve damage. Now scientists have developed an assistance system that warns surgeons about the risk of inflicting possible injury during operations in the pelvic area...

Nanorobots Open the Blood-Brain Barrier for New Brain Treatments

March 25, 2015 10:27 am | by Université de Montréal | News | Comments

Magnetic nanoparticles can open the blood-brain barrier and deliver molecules directly to the brain, say researchers from the University of Montreal, Polytechnique Montréal, and CHU Sainte-Justine. This barrier runs inside almost all vessels...

The Challenge of ‘Big Data’ in Healthcare

March 25, 2015 10:01 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

Aviation and other sectors have been harnessing the power of big data for years. As a result, these industries have witnessed improved safety, finding a way to turn such data into valuable knowledge that can guide decisions and strategies...

Automated Braille Writing Tutor

March 25, 2015 9:56 am | by Byron Spice, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

An innovative device developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s TechBridgeWorld research group to help visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus is the winner of the 2014 Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize...

Hand-Held Probe First to Measure Bone Strength

March 25, 2015 9:51 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

For people taking glucocorticoids such as prednisone, the increased risk of bone fracture is a well-documented side effect. Used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including autoimmune diseases and allergies, glucocorticoids are known to...

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