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Heart Shunt Implant Shows Promise as Treatment for Millions

June 6, 2013 11:22 am | by Reuters | Comments

Diastolic heart failure is responsible for more than half of all cardiac failure. The condition is usually treated with drugs, but now, a new device being tested in the Czech Republic could provide more effective treatment for millions of sufferers.

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A Mobile Collaborative Radiology App

May 24, 2013 10:54 am | by Nephosity | Comments

In this video, a representative at Nephosity demonstrates MobileCT, an app for mobile collaborative teleradiology. It allows for a user (such as a doctor or patient) to use their mobile devices to view x-rays, MRIs, etc., and to collaborate with other users (such as other doctors or relatives).

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Smartphone Serves as a Biosensor

May 24, 2013 10:31 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Professor Brian T. Cunningham and his graduate students demonstrate their development of using a smartphone camera as a high resolution spectrophotometer. Cunningham’s group is now collaborating with other groups across campus at the U. of I. to explore applications for the iPhone biosensor.

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Water-Repellent Fabric

May 21, 2013 10:47 am | by University of California, Davis | Comments

Graduate students developed a new textile microfluidic platform using hydrophilic threads stitched into a highly water-repellent fabric. The new fabric works like human skin, forming excess sweat into droplets that drain away by themselves, said inventor Tingrui Pan, professor of biomedical engineering.

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Metal Allergy Test Performed Prior to Surgery

May 15, 2013 11:24 am | by National Jewish Health | Comments

Paula Spurlock was experiencing intense itching following hip replacement surgery. It turned out that she was allergic to the hip implant and the bone cement used to keep the implant in place. Now, a new test can help to prevent this type of problem for future patients who require an orthopedic implant.

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Robotic Design Inspired by Seahorses

May 2, 2013 2:08 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. The tail’s exceptional flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other.

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DNA Testing Chip Delivers Results in One Hour, Paves Way for Personalized Drug Treatments

April 29, 2013 4:11 pm | by IMEC | Comments

Panasonic, together with the Belgium-based research institution IMEC, has developed a DNA testing chip that automates all stages of obtaining genetic information, including preprocessing. This development is expected to enable personalized, tailor-made therapy to become widespread.

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Remote-Monitored Prostheses

April 26, 2013 2:58 pm | by CTIA | Comments

Amputees are enjoying an improved quality of life with wireless enabled prostheses. The prosthetic sends data to the care-giver to make better informed adjustments, and the patient can even make adjustments from their mobile phone.      

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Glasses Read to the Blind

April 25, 2013 11:24 am | by Florida International University | Comments

A unique pair of eyeglasses developed by a Florida International Univ. student team could revolutionize the lives of the blind, enabling them to walk into a library or a store, pick up any book or a can of soup and read it. The Eyetalk concept has been hailed by venture investors as a potentially breakthrough product that could make a difference for disabled people worldwide.

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Implant Brings High Hopes for Back Pain Relief

April 25, 2013 9:35 am | by ReutersTV | Comments

A new spinal implant developed in Israel, has radically improved the life of at least one patient who, four years ago, believed he would spend his twilight years in constant pain. Seventy-nine-year-old Moshav farmer Yehuda Schwartz suffered from a debilitating back condition common among senior citizens but says, since receiving the implant, he's been given a new lease on life.

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Exploring the Environment of an Explosion

April 24, 2013 9:53 am | by Georgia Tech | Comments

To study the effects of improvised explosive devices on soldiers and help provide continuing treatment, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) researchers have developed IBESS, a sensor system that measures the physical environment of an explosion and collects data that can correlate what the soldier experienced with long-term outcomes.

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Additive Manufacturing Changes Everything

April 9, 2013 11:18 am | by University of Connecticut | Comments

The University of Connecticut and Pratt & Whitney have created one of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the country. The new Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn is the first additive manufacturing facility in the Northeast to work with metals rather than plastics.

Demonstration: Adaptive Material Inspired by Tears

April 8, 2013 3:33 pm | by Kristen Kusek, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Comments

As demonstrated in these videos, sitting at rest, the adaptive and multifunctional material is smooth, clear and flat; droplets of water or oil on its omniphobic surface flow freely down its surface. Stretching or bending it makes the fluid surface rougher. The rough surface is opaque, and also confers the ability to precisely control the movement of water or oil droplets.

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Future Organ Production a Possibility with 3D Stem Cell Printer

April 4, 2013 10:45 am | by Reuters | Comments

For the first time scientists have printed human embryonic stem cells using a 3D printer. The Heriot-Watt University team's research could eventually lead to human organs being printed on demand and an end to animal drug testing. Jim Drury reports.

Living Hinges - Protomold Design Tips for Injection Molding

June 8, 2012 12:39 pm | by protolabsinc | Comments

In this installment of Design Tips for Plastic Injection Molding, Kevin Crystal talks about designing living hinges in plastic parts. Using the Protomold Design Cube, Kevin demonstrates the best resins to use when designing living hinges.

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