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CLARITY Opens Window to Brain Circuitry

September 29, 2014 2:30 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

The connections between neurons in the brain are involved in everything we do, and no one's pattern is the same. Imagine the medical breakthroughs if we understood more about the brain's circuitry, but a milky opaque tissue that coats much of...

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Engineering Update #77: A Portable Artificial Kidney

September 25, 2014 3:18 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Medical researchers have received approval to begin safety and performance testing of the Wearable Artificial Kidney. The federal Food and Drug Administration and the University of Washington Institutional Review Board accepted the protocol...

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Aurora Prototype Device Helps the Blind Pulse Through Obstacles

September 23, 2014 9:42 am | by Reuters | Comments

Hungarian engineers have created Aurora, a prototype device to help blind people detect obstacles as they walk, via an ultrasonic distance sensor and vibration motor. Elly Park reports...          

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The Pulse: Yawning at the Apple Watch and Diagnosing on the Go

September 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re yawning at the Apple Watch, testing blood, urine or saliva in minutes, determining cancer treatment with a 3D printed heart, and tracking fitness with our feet. Apple Watch: Last week came the much...

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Engineering Live: The Beginning of the End for Wearable Devices

September 16, 2014 11:43 am | by ECN Magazine | Comments

Panelists for this discussion include Satya Dixit, Senior Director with Rohm Semiconductor; Narbeh Derhacobian, Co-founder, President, and CEO of Adesto Technologies; Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions with Logic PD; Robert...

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What makes us get sick? Look upstream.

September 15, 2014 12:19 pm | by TED | Comments

Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream"...

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The Brain Is a Swiss Army Knife

September 8, 2014 11:59 am | by TED | Comments

Brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned: The brain, it turns out, is like a Swiss Army knife, made up of both highly specialized...

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Turkish Doctor Claims Unique 3D Usage in Plastic Surgery

September 3, 2014 11:21 am | by Reuters | Comments

A Turkish doctor who says he is the first person to use 3D printing in rhinoplasty and aesthetic surgery, is employing the technology to show patients a realistic preview of how their planned surgical procedures will look. Joel Flynn has more...

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Biofabrication Brings Lab-Grown Tissue Closer to Reality

September 3, 2014 11:17 am | by Reuters | Comments

A team of researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina is using 3-D bio-printers in a process called biofabrication to create new tissue that they hope can one day be used to grow human organs in labs for use in transplants... 

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Pacemaker Monitor Teardown

September 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by David L. Jones, EEVblog | Comments

What's inside a dial-in pacemaker monitor system? That’s what this installment of EEVblog seeks to discover. David L. Jones is an electronics design engineer based in Sydney, Australia. He hosts the EEVblog, the world’s largest and most popular engineering...

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Chinese Boy Implanted with 3D Printed Vertebra

August 28, 2014 3:14 pm | by Reuters | Comments

A 12-year-old boy suffering from bone cancer has become the first recipient of 3D printed artificial vertebra replacement. The five hour surgery was performed at Peking University in China where the boy is still recovering. Ben Gruber reports...

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Violinist Plays Instrument During DBS Surgery

August 25, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mayo Clinic | Comments

You may have heard the story of a professional musician who played the violin while having brain surgery at Mayo Clinic. That journey started back in 2009. A surgical team implanted electrodes into his brain to stop a tremor that could have...

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Meaghan's Minute: Compact Medical Testing

August 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, Harvard researchers have created a portable medical detector that can monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants, and perform tests that now are done by machines costing tens of thousands...

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Designer Protein Could Lead to Continuous Glucose Monitoring via iPhone

August 25, 2014 10:44 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Diabetes affects nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population. Among the biggest complaints of diabetics: constant finger pricking to test blood glucose levels. Fortunately, research published in ACS Chemical Biology reports the development...

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Own Your Body's Data

August 21, 2014 10:50 am | by TED | Comments

The new breed of high-tech self-monitors (measuring heartrate, sleep, steps per day) might seem targeted at competitive athletes. But Talithia Williams, a statistician, makes a compelling case that all of us should be measuring and recording...

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