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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...

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...

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...

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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...   

Fluke Biomedical Launches Portable, Specialized Infusion Device Analyzer

April 22, 2014 3:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fluke Biomedical announced yet another addition to its Infusion Device Analyzer portfolio, the IDA-1S Infusion Device Analyzer. The IDA-1S is a portable, battery-operated tool that allows for speedy verification of infusion device performance...

Powering the Next Generation of Medical Breakthroughs with In-Memory Computing

April 21, 2014 3:53 pm | by Nikita Ivanov, Co-founder and CTO, GridGain | Blogs | Comments

The amount of data and number of sources that can be drawn to inform medical design is expanding exponentially. In addition to the explosion of web-based information, sensor-based wearable medical devices offer a treasure trove of health...

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Hardware-Based Solutions Counter Medical Device Security Concerns

April 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Renesas Electronics Corporation | Articles | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep...

Biomarker Test Kit Predicts Patients' Response to Drugs

April 21, 2014 7:32 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory and cancer diseases, announced today it has signed an agreement with Smart Assays to develop a commercial biomarker...

Micro-Organs to Shape the Future of Personalized Medicine

April 17, 2014 5:05 pm | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing an artificial liver as part of a larger system of synthetic organs being built to test drugs. If successful, the technology will not only change the way drugs are developed and tested, but...

Biomedical Applications of Shape-Memory Polymers: How Practically Useful Are They?

April 17, 2014 10:52 am | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Polymers that exhibit shape-memory effect (SME) are an important class of materials in medicine, especially for minimally invasive deployment of devices. Professor Subbu Venkatraman and his group from School of Materials Science and...  

App-t Development for Next Generation Healthcare

April 16, 2014 2:38 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I am a recent addition to the “smartphone revolution.” While I never doubted the usefulness of these devices, I was simply steadfast in holding out for a reduction in data rates. I figured that with more users adopting smartphones, eventually...

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Smartphone Apps Remind Patients to Take Their Meds

April 16, 2014 2:13 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Medicine only helps if you take it properly. And adhering to an exact schedule of what to take, and when, can be challenging for patients who are forgetful or need to take several medications. Doctors warn about the consequences and urge...

Photos of the Day: Commercializing 3D Printed Organs

April 16, 2014 10:56 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A University of Oxford spin-out, OxSyBio, will develop 3D printing techniques to produce tissue-like synthetic materials for wound healing and drug delivery. In the longer term the company aims to print synthetic tissues for organ repair...

University Spin-Out Aims to 3D Print Synthetic Tissues, Organs

April 16, 2014 10:53 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A University of Oxford spin-out, OxSyBio, will develop 3D printing techniques to produce tissue-like synthetic materials for wound healing and drug delivery. In the longer term the company aims to print synthetic tissues for organ repair...

Targeting Cancer with a Triple Threat

April 15, 2014 11:49 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumors. In recent years, scientists have developed nanoparticles that deliver one or two chemotherapy drugs, but it has...

April 2014 Digital Edition

April 15, 2014 10:03 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Scanadu emerges with the largest step in home healthcare innovation since the thermometer, championing an elite field of medical device companies utilizing crowdfunding and early 3D printing. Crowdfunding and 3D Printing for Vital Signs...

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'Nano-Anesthesia': A New Approach to Local Anesthesia?

April 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins | News | Comments

A technique using anesthesia-containing nanoparticles—drawn to the targeted area of the body by magnets—could one day provide a useful alternative to nerve block for local anesthesia in patients, suggests an experimental study in the April...

Student Inventors Win More than $71,000 at Bench-to-Bedside Competition

April 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by University of Utah Health Sciences | News | Comments

University of Utah students competing in the Center for Medical Innovation’s Annual Bench-to-Bedside Competition were awarded nearly $72,000 in prize money on April 9 at the Utah State Capitol. Twelve student teams garnered top honors from a field...

A New Thermoelectric Generator on Glass Fabric

April 11, 2014 2:19 pm | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

Wearable computers or devices have been hailed as the next generation of mobile electronic gadgets, from smart watches to smart glasses to smart pacemakers. For electronics to be worn by a user, they must be light, flexible, and equipped with...

Abbott Completes Enrollment of AbsorbT Randomized Clinical Trials in the U.S., Japan, and China

April 10, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott has announced it has completed enrollment of three clinical trials to support approvals of the company's revolutionary AbsorbT Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) in the United States, Japan and China. Combined, the U.S., Japan and...

AAMI Journal Probes the Challenges of Battery Management

April 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation | News | Comments

Batteries are ubiquitous in the healthcare delivery system, powering everything from infusion pumps, to patient beds, to ultrasound machines. The new issue of AAMI’s peer-reviewed journal BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology)...

This ‘Electronic Skin’ Will Revolutionize Medicine

April 9, 2014 11:15 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

It’s as thin as a temporary tattoo, but you definitely won’t get one in a cereal box. The creators of this “electronic skin” say that the technology could “one day aid patients with movement disorders or epilepsy.” It’s the first of its...

Photos of the Day: 'Electronic Skin' Can Store and Deliver Medicine

April 9, 2014 11:13 am | by University of Texas in Austin | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas in Austin have developed a wearable device known as “electronic skin” that can store and transmit data and release drugs into the skin. The device is a bit like an electronic parfait — layers of...

Personal Touch Signature Makes Mobile Devices More Secure

April 7, 2014 10:38 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Passwords, gestures and fingerprint scans are all helpful ways to keep a thief from unlocking and using a cell phone or tablet. Cybersecurity researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have gone a step further. They’ve developed...

'IN.PACT Admiral' Drug-Coated Balloon from Medtronic Outperforms Standard Angioplasty

April 7, 2014 10:34 am | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Patients with peripheral artery disease in the upper leg experienced significantly better outcomes at 12 months after treatment with the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon from Medtronic, Inc. than with standard balloon angioplasty, according to a landmark...

Light-Guiding Gels Provide New Avenues for Drug Detection and Delivery

April 4, 2014 12:19 pm | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

In medicine, light therapy is currently used to treat seasonal affective disorder, psoriasis, and other medical conditions, while highly targeted lasers may be used for specific skin disorders, eye diseases, or cancers. Advances in imaging...

A Pocket-Size Ultrasonic Nebulizer Employing a Novel Nozzle Improves Inhalers

April 3, 2014 12:29 pm | by World Scientific | News | Comments

Inhalation is an increasingly important route for non-invasive drug delivery for both systemic and local applications. Control of particle size and output plays a critical role in the efficient and effective delivery of oft en expensive medications...

Fighting Cancer with Lasers and Nanoballoons that Pop

April 3, 2014 12:24 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Chemotherapeutic drugs excel at fighting cancer, but they're not so efficient at getting where they need to go. They often interact with blood, bone marrow and other healthy bodily systems. This dilutes the drugs and causes unwanted side...

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