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Genome-Editing Tool Thwarts Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

March 17, 2015 10:56 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Life science researchers at Virginia Tech have accelerated a game-changing technology that's being used to study one of the planet's most lethal disease-carrying animals. Writing in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

New CT Scan Displays Animals' Organ Movements

March 17, 2015 10:48 am | by Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB) | News | Comments

The Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin, Germany, today inaugurates the world’s most advanced state-of-the art computer tomograph currently available in veterinary research. The new CT enables fascinating virtual...

Robot ‘Listening’ to an Unborn Child Wins Photography Award

March 17, 2015 10:37 am | by Aberystwyth University | News | Comments

An image of a robot ‘listening’ to an unborn child has won the ‘People’ category in this year’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Science Photography Competition. “The Greatest Discovery” was taken by Sandy Spence...

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6 Ways Electrical Engineers Have Changed the Face of Healthcare

March 17, 2015 9:48 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

One of the most prominent industries to benefit from the aid of electric engineering is the field of medicine. With more intelligent innovations regularly being made, doctors and medical professionals are able to work with stronger and more...

Photos of the Day: How Electrical Engineers Are Impacting Healthcare

March 17, 2015 9:35 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Electrical engineers are professionals dedicated to developing electrical solutions and equipment. They are responsible for providing a variety of industries with powerful, long-term solutions, designed to help solve many types of problems...

FDA Approves Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device

March 17, 2015 9:04 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device. The WATCHMAN Device offers a new stroke risk reduction option for high-risk patients with...

Expect More IVD Acquisitions

March 17, 2015 8:44 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

In vitro diagnostic (IVD) companies have been very active with acquisitions to boost market share, and Kalorama Information sees that trend continuing. The finding was made in a recent report from the healthcare market research publisher...

The Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge

March 16, 2015 3:46 pm | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

In the search for a wearable or otherwise discreet device capable of measuring blood alcohol levels in real time, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has issued the Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge. The wearable...

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Non-Contact 'Breath Sound Analysis' Evaluates Sleep Disorders

March 16, 2015 3:39 pm | by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | News | Comments

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have developed a groundbreaking approach to determine sleep quality using their new breath sound analysis (BSA). This is less expensive and invasive than current polysomnography (PSG)...

Safer, More Accurate Imaging Tool to Diagnose Heart Conditions

March 16, 2015 3:36 pm | by Intermountain Medical Center | News | Comments

New heart imaging technology to diagnose coronary heart disease and other heart disorders is significantly more accurate, less expensive and safer than traditional methods, according to a new study by researchers from the Intermountain Medical...

Injectable Oriented Hydrogels for Spinal Cord Repair

March 16, 2015 3:32 pm | by DWI - Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien e.V. | News | Comments

The research objective of Dr.-Ing. Laura De Laporte, junior group leader at DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen, is to develop a minimally invasive therapy for spinal cord injury. Her goal and her scientific approach...

Polymers that Reversibly Change Shape with Temperature

March 16, 2015 3:29 pm | by Wiley | News | Comments

New research highlights the capability of reversible shape-memory polymers to change their shape when heated to body temperature and then switch back to their original shape when cooled to room temperature. The technology could have applications...

Apple’s ResearchKit Must Outlast Novelty Value to Aid Medical Insight

March 16, 2015 11:30 am | by Niharika Midha, MSc, GlobalData Medical Device Analyst | Blogs | Comments

GlobalData believes that Apple’s ResearchKit, which allows researchers to create apps and collect data for disease management by recruiting subjects via iPhones, has the potential to redefine the medical research dynamics, especially for...

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Devices Safeguard Patient Safety Only When They Work

March 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Ellen Turner, Market Development Manager, Specialty Plastics, Medical Devices, Eastman Chemical Company | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices are under a lot of pressure — doing more for caregivers and patients with each innovation, all while having to withstand the wear and tear that comes with constant use. A heightened focus on patient safety, resulting from evolving...

Ultrasound Technology Can Treat Alzheimer’s and Restore Memory

March 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Queensland scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory. University of Queensland researchers discovered that the innovative drug-free approach breaks apart the...

Detecting Cyanide Poisoning in 70 Seconds

March 16, 2015 10:27 am | by South Dakota State University | News | Comments

A victim of cyanide poisoning can die within 30 minutes. The diagnostic test to determine cyanide exposure takes 24 hours. According to U.S. Department of Health recommendations, “any delay to draw blood or collect urine could endanger...

The Future of Healthcare Is in the Data

March 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

A new alliance is uniting Carnegie Mellon University's unrivaled machine learning capabilities with the University of Pittsburgh's world-class health sciences expertise. Funded by UPMC, the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance with CMU and Pitt...

Patient Safety Takes Center Stage at AAMI

March 16, 2015 9:55 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The goal of using healthcare technology to deliver safe and effective patient care is front and center this week at AAMI with the kick-off of the National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety and a separate meeting for experts who are committed...

Warming Blanket to Maintain Surgery Patients' Body Temperature

March 16, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today it has launched a new Snuggle Warm poncho-style convective warming blanket to help maintain a patient’s body temperature before, during, and after surgery. The...

New Device Protects Brain During Heart-Valve Procedure

March 16, 2015 9:46 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

In the first multicenter trial of its kind, Yale researchers tested a new device that lowers the risk of stroke and cognitive decline in patients undergoing heart-valve replacement. The preliminary findings of the DEFLECT III trial were...

Imaging the Cerebral Cortex Function and Development

March 16, 2015 9:38 am | by Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience | News | Comments

Dr. David Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director and CEO at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, has been awarded a $2.4 million five-year grant from the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the...

FDA Wants More Info on Scopes Linked to "Superbug" Outbreaks

March 16, 2015 9:34 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials are stepping up their oversight of medical scopes linked to potentially fatal "superbug" outbreaks. The Food and Drug Administration released stricter guidelines for manufacturers of reusable medical instruments, including...

Imaging Therapies for Pets

March 16, 2015 9:28 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Recent years have seen breakneck innovation in the field of radiology, from MRI-guided biopsies, to image-guided stenting, to ways to lower radiation dosage while preserving image quality. Now, a dedicated center at the Johns Hopkins University...

Smart Textiles System Prevents Pressure Ulcers in Wheelchair Users

March 16, 2015 9:20 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

The European research project PUMA (Pressure Ulcer Measurement and Actuation) technically coordinated by the Biomechanics Institute (IBV) has developed an innovative portable and non-invasive device to prevent and early detect the risk of...

MIT Tackles Wearables in Healthcare in New Course

March 15, 2015 8:30 am | by MIT Professional Education | News | Comments

MIT Professional Education introduces a new course on Quantitative Cardiovascular Physiology and Clinical Applications for Engineers to their Short Programs offerings today. Running June 15 – 17, 2015 on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA the...

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