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Optomechanical Microscope Targets Preterm Births

May 29, 2015 9:24 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois has received a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to build a first-of-its-kind opto-mechanical microscope. The device will be capable of obtaining optical, mechanical, and even chemical...

Monitoring Blood Oxygen Levels in Prematurely Born Babies

May 19, 2015 9:44 am | by KTH The Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new monitoring tool for preemies could help reduce complications from dangerous blood-oxygen...

Could a New Computer Program Help Your Baby Stay Healthy?

May 18, 2015 10:26 am | by University of Lincoln | News | Comments

A new computer program will help health visitors to calculate the likelihood of babies becoming...

Blind Mother Receives 3D Printed Ultrasound of Her Unborn Son

May 12, 2015 11:08 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Videos | Comments

This past weekend, a blind mother received a truly remarkable Mother’s Day present. 30-year-old...

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Apple Is Interested in Your DNA

May 8, 2015 3:01 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Apple is teaming up with scientists to collect DNA for genetic research using the ResearchKit platform. The program intends to collect submitted health information through a secure portal, allowing them to participate in a variety of clinical studies...

Wearable Technology Helps Reduce C-Sections, Speed Labor

May 8, 2015 10:46 am | by Desert Valley Medical Center | News | Comments

Desert Valley Medical Center, named a Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation five times, is the first U.S. hospital to deploy the wireless Leaf Patient Monitoring System in its Labor and Delivery rooms to help reduce the duration of labor and risk of...

World's First Natural Birth with Mother Wearing Artificial Pancreas

May 1, 2015 10:58 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Body artist Catriona Finlayson-Wilkins from Norfolk has type 1 diabetes, but used an artificial pancreas to produce insulin throughout her pregnancy. She gave birth to a boy at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Tuesday. She is the first...

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First-of-Its-Kind Blood Test Aids in Early Pregnancy Detection

May 1, 2015 9:34 am | by Abbott | News | Comments

Women account for nearly 60 percent of visits to emergency departments (ED) in the United States. In emergency situations, it is critical for doctors to know the pregnancy status of women who are of childbearing age as soon as possible...

5 Health Apps Changing My Opinion of the Apple Watch

April 30, 2015 3:58 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Admittedly, I was a little pessimistic when I first heard about the Apple Watch - another wearable (albeit, a much more high-tech one) seemed like overkill. But there are some health technology companies starting to change my mind, and that's no easy feat.

Preventing Preterm Labor and Providing a Safer Labor Process

April 29, 2015 11:48 am | by Florida State University | News | Comments

Preventing preterm labor with light and inducing labor using a side effect-free drug are two new technologies based on Florida State University research that are heading to the marketplace. FSU College of Medicine Associate Professor James Olcese...

Video Game Increases Teens’ Knowledge About STIs, Condoms

April 29, 2015 9:57 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

It’s Your Game (IYG)-Tech, an online-based sexual health education course, promotes more positive attitudes about abstinence, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health...

New IVF Device May Improve Fertility Treatment

April 28, 2015 3:53 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

For couples struggling to conceive the old-fashioned way, in vitro fertilization (IVF) provides an alternate route to starting a family. When eggs are mixed with sperm in test tubes, the fertilized eggs to grow into embryos that can be implanted...

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The Pregnancy Test that Changed Everything

April 28, 2015 10:45 am | by Uppsala Universitet | News | Comments

Leif Wide's immunological pregnancy test was revolutionary. It was fast, reliable and simple to carry out. It was followed by a number of innovations which led to a very successful company in Uppsala. The Björkén Prize is Uppsala University's...

Round-the-Clock Glucose Control for Pregnant Diabetic Women

April 23, 2015 10:46 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Achieving better glucose control in pregnant women with diabetes by using continuous glucose monitoring may help them give birth to healthier children, new research from the University of Leeds says. Up to 50% of babies born to women with...

New Biomarker for Uterine Cancer Discovered

April 15, 2015 10:50 am | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

Researchers at Uppsala University have, together with researchers from Turku and Bergen, discovered a new biomarker which makes it possible to identify women with uterine cancer who have a high risk of recurrence. The findings were recently...

Photos of the Day: Warming Hypothermic Infants in Developing Countries

April 9, 2015 9:14 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University students have built a unique incubator for hypothermic infants that can be flat-packed and shipped at minimal cost anywhere in the world. The lightweight incubator designed and built at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen...

Virtual Reality 'Embryo Transfer Simulator'

April 8, 2015 10:36 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, America's leading professional organization in reproductive medicine and infertility, and VirtaMed, the world's leader in building customized virtual reality simulation devices for medicine...

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Blood Test Improves Early Pregnancy Down Syndrome Detection

April 2, 2015 2:53 pm | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

A blood test undertaken between 10 to 14 weeks of pregnancy may be more effective in diagnosing Down syndrome and two other less common chromosomal abnormalities than standard non-invasive screening techniques, according to a multicenter...

Non-Hormonal Intra-Vaginal Ring Contraceptive

April 2, 2015 2:26 pm | by BioRings LLC | News | Comments

QPharma and Biorings have entered into a definitive agreement for product development and GMP manufacture of a non-hormonal intra-vaginal ring for contraception – a novel approach to contraception. The investigational drug product is a...

First Fully-Implantable Micropacemaker Designed for Fetal Use

March 27, 2015 10:15 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute | News | Comments

A team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed the first fully implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a fetus with complete heart block. The team has done preclinical...

Tampons Could Help Predict Endometrial Cancer

March 24, 2015 3:20 pm | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have shown that it is possible to detect endometrial cancer using tumor DNA picked up by ordinary tampons. The new approach specifically examines DNA samples from vaginal secretions for the presence of chemical "off"...

A 23andMe Approach to Your Gut Bacteria

March 24, 2015 2:41 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You might be surprised to learn that you’re more bacteria than human! In the body, bacterial cells outnumber human cells about ten to one. Don’t think of them as intruders, though - these microscopic soldiers are constantly working to make sure...

Using Tablets to Screen New or Expecting Moms for Perinatal Depression

March 19, 2015 2:21 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Pregnant women and new mothers at one central Illinois public health clinic will soon receive depression screenings using mobile health - also called mHealth - technology. Researchers from the School of Social Work at the University of...

Molecular Tool Assesses Vaginal Microbiome Health

March 18, 2015 2:31 pm | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

A new microarray-based tool, called VaginArray, offers the potential to provide a fast, reliable and low-cost assessment of vaginal health and diagnoses of infections. The research is published ahead of print March 2, in Antimicrobial Agents...

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...

Photos of the Day: Top 5 Devices from ExCel Wearable Technology 2015

March 13, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I'm personally beginning to yawn and glaze over at every new announcement of the next "innovative fitness tracker/health monitor/attempt to keep up with the Apple Watch." But these wearables are far from ordinary - here are five that certainly...

Turning Simple Gadgets into Life-Saving Devices

March 12, 2015 9:57 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

Mozzi Etemadi, PhD, is a medical student and bioengineer who works on repurposing existing technology to improve health. Mozzi worked with Larry Rand, MD, to develop the Smart Diaphragm, a device to detect early signs of preterm birth, which...

Mobile App Identifies Premature Babies in the Developing World

March 3, 2015 9:47 am | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

A mobile phone app that will identify babies born prematurely in the developing world is being developed by researchers at The University of Nottingham. The technology will use distinctive features on the feet, face and ears of newborns to...

Top 5 Medical Applications for Smart Fabric Technology

February 26, 2015 4:13 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Smart fabric technology has a great deal to offer patient monitoring. Sensors integrated right into the textile provide the least annoying way to monitor vitals, because you’ll notice it about the same as you would notice any other type...

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