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Chemotherapy Timing Is Key to Success

May 9, 2014 10:44 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

MIT researchers have devised a novel cancer treatment that destroys tumor cells by first disarming their defenses, then hitting them with a lethal dose of DNA damage. In studies with mice, the research team showed that this one-two punch...

Home Health Market Soars as Medical Providers Seek to Cut Costs

May 9, 2014 10:25 am | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

Medical providers’ efforts to reduce costs by taking a more holistic approach to healthcare will spur a doubling in the global market for home health technologies in the coming years, according to IHS Technology. Worldwide revenue for home...

Researchers Use DNA to Build Tool that May Literally Shine Light on Cancer

May 8, 2014 11:19 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Bioengineers at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the University of Montreal have used DNA to develop a tool that detects and reacts to chemical changes caused by cancer cells and that may one day be used to deliver drugs to tumor cells...

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Scientists Create First Living Organism with Added Pair of DNA

May 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA "letters," or bases, not found in nature. The cells of this unique bacterium can replicate the unnatural...

Disposable Timer Could Be a Nurse’s Best Friend

May 6, 2014 3:47 pm | by David Tenenbaum, University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

In medicine, time isn't just money: it can mean the difference between life and death. Clot-busters must be given in the first hour of arrival in a hectic emergency room. Intravenous medications can spoil, and catheters that overstay their...

Photos of the Day: Prototypes Solve Real-World Problems

May 6, 2014 10:14 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from asthma. When Osman Cueto was five years old, he found out he was one of them. So, this past fall, when Cueto was asked to design a product that would help solve a real-world problem, it didn’t ...

Seniors from University's Inaugural Product Design Class Unveil Prototypes

May 6, 2014 10:11 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from asthma. When Osman Cueto was five years old, he found out he was one of them. Upon being diagnosed with the chronic disease, Cueto, now a senior product design major at Drexel University, was...

Clinicians Favor ON-Q for Post-Op Pain Management

May 5, 2014 2:17 pm | by I-Flow | News | Comments

I-Flow LLC, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company and manufacturer of the ON-Q* Pain Relief System (ON-Q*), today announced the full findings of a Frost & Sullivan white paper, which, per Frost and Sullivan’s market research, demonstrates...

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Developing Electronics on the Basis of Molecular Stretchiness

May 5, 2014 11:10 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego are asking what might be possible if semiconductor materials were flexible and stretchable without sacrificing electronic function. Today's flexible electronics are already enabling...

Recall Report: Door Assemblies in Infusion Pumps May Break

May 5, 2014 10:02 am | by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) | News | Comments

Hospira received customer reports of broken door assemblies on the Abbott Acclaim infusion pumps and the Hospira Acclaim Encore infusion pumps. When the door is closed properly, it helps ensure that the tubing is seated properly to ensure...

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern...

First-of-its-Kind Medical Device Available to Patients Who Use Suppository Medication

May 1, 2014 10:40 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Jennifer Davagian Ensign, Founder & CEO of Cristcot Inc. today announced that Sephure, a first-of-its-kind disposable suppository applicator, is now available to the millions of people who require suppository medication therapy.  Although...

Real-time Information From Drug Monitoring Systems Improves Regimen Adherence

April 30, 2014 10:32 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Most people want to take medications as prescribed, even if they sometimes need a little help remembering. For them, an automated system that monitors drug taking and provides feedback after the fact may be more useful than one that nags people...

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Fluorescent-Based Tool Reveals How Medical Nanoparticles Biodegrade in Real Time

April 29, 2014 12:08 pm | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Nanoparticles have been heralded as a potential “disruptive technology” in biomedicine, a versatile platform that could supplant conventional technologies, both as drug delivery vehicles and diagnostic tools. First, however, researchers must...

Self-Expanding Medical Device for Implantable Drug Delivery

April 29, 2014 11:59 am | by TissueGen Inc. | News | Comments

TissueGen Inc., developer of cutting-edge biodegradable polymer technology for implantable drug delivery across a wide variety of therapeutic applications, today announced that the company has been issued a patent from U.S. Patent and...  

Properties of Water at Nanoscale Will Help to Design Innovative Biomedical Technologies

April 29, 2014 11:39 am | by Politecnico di Torino | News | Comments

Scientists from Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) and Houston Methodist Research Institute (Houston, USA) have just proposed on Nature Communications a novel understanding of unexpected water properties at the nanoscale in the close... 

Cloning Approach Makes Diabetes Stem Cell Advance

April 28, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a potential step toward new diabetes treatments, scientists used a cloning technique to make insulin-producing cells with the DNA of a diabetic woman. The approach could someday aid treatment of the Type 1 form of the illness, which is...

Skin Grown from Stem Cells for Testing

April 25, 2014 2:55 pm | by King's College London | News | Comments

An international team led by King's College London and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) has developed the first lab-grown epidermis – the outermost skin layer - with a functional permeability barrier akin to real...

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the...

New Diabetes Therapy to Replace Insulin Injections

April 25, 2014 9:26 am | by Sernova | News | Comments

Last week, a New York Times article by Elisabeth Rosenthal accused the medical industry of, "borrowing business models from technology companies like Apple," pointing out that "the captive audience of Type 1 diabetics has spawned lines of...

Gene Therapy May Boost Cochlear Implants

April 23, 2014 3:37 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing. The approach reported Wednesday...

New Technique Can Monitor a Protein’s Subcellular Travels

April 23, 2014 11:07 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

In science, “simple and accessible detection methods that can rapidly screen a large cell population with the resolution of a single cell inside that population has been seriously lacking,” said Virginia Tech chemical engineer Chang Lu. In the Royal...

Radiopaque Fillers: Making an Informed Decision

April 23, 2014 9:59 am | by Nick Norton, Inside Sales/Customer Service Representative, Compounding Solutions | Articles | Comments

Making the decision on a radiopaque filler to use in medical catheter tubing may not seem like a big deal, but the reality is that the choice you make can change the end result and properties. It is very important to know the differences between...

Electronic Transdermal Patch Is Winner at French ‘Worldwide Innovation Challenge’

April 22, 2014 10:58 am | by Rhenovia Pharma SAS | News | Comments

Rhenovia Pharma, a biotechnology company specialized in the application of biosimulation to the research and development of new medicinal products, today announces that its SMARTT e-Patch project has won an award at the ‘World Innovation...

Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission

April 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

It's a familiar trope in science fiction: In enemy territory, activate your cloaking device. And real-world viruses use similar tactics to make themselves invisible to the immune system. Now scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for...   

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