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Nanoparticles Help Put an End to Corneal Transplant Rejection

March 9, 2015 1:38 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

There are about 48,000 corneal transplants done each year in the U.S., compared to approximately 16,000 kidney transplants and 2,100 heart transplants. Out of the 48,000 corneal transplants done, 10 percent of them end up in rejection, largely...

Quick, Easy and Early Diagnosis with Rare Earth Ions

March 9, 2015 1:32 pm | by University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Science | News | Comments

Lack of oxygen in cells is an indicator of diseases as serious as cerebral hemorrhages, stroke and cancer. Regrettably measuring real-time oxygen concentration in living tissue is difficult with current technologies. Now a chemist from the...

Space Shuttle's Robotic Arm to Assist Child Surgery

March 9, 2015 1:27 pm | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

Today, Industry Minister James Moore visited The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto to witness first-hand how Canada's investment in space science research and development will be used to help drive improvements to surgical care...

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Medical Device Designers' Guide to FDA’s Substantial Equivalence

March 9, 2015 11:15 am | by Quynh Hoang, Lynette Zentgraft, Senior Regulatory Experts; Elaine Tseng, Partner, King & Spalding | Articles | Comments

A Premarket Notification or “510(k)” submission is the most common pathway by which medical devices receive authorization to enter the U.S. market, with over 3,500 510(k)s submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yearly. FDA...

Fluid-Based Gating Mechanism for Filtering Blood and Fluid Samples

March 9, 2015 10:38 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

In nature, pores can continuously control how a living organism absorbs or excretes fluids, vapors and solids in response to its environment; for example, tiny holes invisible to the naked eye called stomata cover a plant's leaves and stems as...

Mobile App Provides User-Friendly Platform for Blood Donors

March 9, 2015 10:32 am | by New York Blood Center | News | Comments

New York Blood Center (NYBC) recently launched a new mobile app providing a convenient, user friendly platform for blood donors to find donation locations, make and manage appointments, view donation history and donor profiles, and access...

Wireless Sensors for Treatment of Obesity and Diabetes

March 9, 2015 10:28 am | by Gentag, Inc. | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic and Gentag, Inc. have reached an agreement to develop the next generation of wearable biosensors designed to fight obesity and diabetes. “We are hoping that this technology will be game-changer. These patch biosensors may help us...

Prize-Winning Two-Photon Microscopy Examines Individual Neuron Function

March 9, 2015 9:52 am | by Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation | News | Comments

The world's most valuable (€1m) neuroscience prize, The Brain Prize has been awarded, to four scientists, Winfried Denk and Arthur Konnerth (Germany), and Karel Svoboda and David Tank (USA), for the invention and development of two-photon...

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'Heart-on-a-Chip' Could Replace Animal Testing for Drug Screening

March 9, 2015 9:16 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

When University of California, Berkeley, bioengineers say they are holding their hearts in the palms of their hands, they are not talking about emotional vulnerability. Instead, the research team led by bioengineering professor Kevin Healy...

'Nanobody' Detects and Destroys Norovirus

March 9, 2015 9:01 am | by German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) | News | Comments

Infection with highly contagious noroviruses, while not usually fatal, can lead to a slew of unpleasant symptoms such as excessive vomiting and diarrhea. Current treatment options are limited to rehydration of the patient. "Additionally...

Miniaturization is a Prerequisite when Operating Within the Body

March 8, 2015 9:30 am | by Zahl Cama, Quality Manager, American Swiss Products, Co. | American Swiss Products Co., Inc. | Blogs | Comments

It's almost a prerequisite when (no pun intended) operating within the body – or even in more abstract research environments – that the devices and instruments have to be small. The fact is that miniaturization – even sub-miniaturization...

Shifting Paradigm in Healthcare Industry

March 8, 2015 9:30 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report on minimally invasive surgery (MIS) devices and equipment, the growing number of surgical procedures has created a multibillion-dollar market for specialized devices and instruments used for these practices...

Get to Know the Design Rules at This Scale

March 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Shawn Martin, Sales Manager, Metrigraphics, LLC | Metrigraphics, LLC | Blogs | Comments

From our perspective, we look at it more as, “how is medical design impacting miniaturization?” As a micron-scale process developer and manufacturer, we’re receiving more and more requests from biosensor and device designers looking to...

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Next-Generation Viral Load Assay for HBV

March 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche announced today the commercial availability of the cobas HBV quantitative nucleic acid test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems—adding to the viral load monitoring portfolio on the newest molecular diagnostic platforms from Roche...

Thermometer App Monitors School-Wide Health

March 6, 2015 3:47 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

It’s important for parents to know their child’s health when they decide whether to send that child to school for the day, but what about the health of other students? What if you could track the cold going around the elementary school and...

Cochlear Implants Give Boy with Down Syndrome New Lease on Life

March 6, 2015 3:42 pm | by Stacy Finz, Stanford Children's Health | News | Comments

Born profoundly deaf, Joshua Copen, 5, has learned to talk and hear with the help of cochlear implants, which many doctors would consider an unconventional approach for a child with Down syndrome. There was something wrong with Joshua Copen’s...

3 Prescriptions for the 'Video Game Treatment'

March 6, 2015 3:33 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I’m not just playing around when I claim that video games and their accompanying technologies prove themselves quite useful as medical devices. These games won’t just involve collecting experience to level up or upgrade a character’s powers or...

First Validated Breath Test for Illicit Drugs

March 6, 2015 10:17 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Drug testing is most commonly performed using urine samples. The methodology and regulations for reliable urine testing are well developed and can be considered the current gold standard for drug testing. However, one problem with urine testing...

Quick and Early Diagnosis of Cancer with Two or Three Drops of Blood

March 6, 2015 10:12 am | by Asociación RUVID | News | Comments

To develop a device based on nanophotonic technology that enables a quick and early diagnosis of different types of cancer –specifically breast, prostate, lung and colorectal– analyzing only two or three drops of blood. This is the objective of...

First Hospital Use of FDA-Approved Drug-Coated Balloon for PAD Treatment

March 6, 2015 10:03 am | by Valley Health System | News | Comments

The Valley Hospital today announced it was the first hospital in New Jersey to use a recently approved device to offer a minimally-invasive approach to the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the upper leg, a serious and common...

Autism Detection Improved by Multimodal Neuroimaging

March 6, 2015 9:44 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

In an ancient Indian parable, a group of blind men touches different parts of a large animal to find what it is. Only when they share the descriptions of an ear, tail, trunk and leg do they know it is an elephant. Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., of the...

Unregulated Internet Marketing of Cancer-Related Gene Tests

March 6, 2015 9:40 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

Websites that market personalized cancer care services often overemphasize their purported benefits and downplay their limitations, and many sites offer genetic tests whose value for guiding cancer treatment has not been shown to be clinically...

Genetic Breast Cancer Test Predicts Metastatic Risk and Chemotherapy Benefits

March 6, 2015 9:33 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

A genetic test for patients with breast cancer that helps to predict the risk of developing metastatic disease and the expected benefits of chemotherapy has been adopted quickly into clinical practice in a study of older patients and it appears...

Nanoparticles Provide Local Treatment of Lung Cancer

March 6, 2015 9:27 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | News | Comments

Nanoparticles are extremely small particles that can be modified for a variety of uses in the medical field. For example, nanoparticles can be engineered to be able to transport medicines specifically to the disease site while not interfering...

Genomic Editing Technology Reveals and 'Turns Off' Cancer-Related Genes

March 6, 2015 9:23 am | by Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard | News | Comments

For the first time, CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology has been employed in a whole organism model to systematically target every gene in the genome. A team of scientists at the Broad Institute and MIT's David H. Koch Institute for Integrative...

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