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When Cadavers Beat Computers

October 17, 2014 11:41 am | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

Despite the growing popularity of using computer simulation to help teach college anatomy, students learn much better through the traditional use of human cadavers, according to new research that has implications for health care ...  

Mother's Struggle Gives Her an Idea to Help Other Parents

October 17, 2014 10:28 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Of the many torments endured by the parents of premature babies, the inability to care for their...

Building Better Breast Pumps

October 17, 2014 9:31 am | by Cara Giaimo, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

A few weekends ago, as some techies lined up to buy the new iPhone 6, others flocked to the MIT...

Big Step in Battling Bladder Disease

October 16, 2014 1:08 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The millions of people worldwide who suffer from the painful bladder disease known as...

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Creating Medical Devices with Dissolving Metal

October 16, 2014 12:58 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

University of Pittsburgh researchers recently received another $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to continue a combined multi-university, private-industry effort to develop implantable medical devices made from ...   

Wearable Sensor Market to Expand Sevenfold in 5 Years

October 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013 through 2019, according to IHS ...

Astronauts Receive Mental Health Treatment Through Virtual Reality

October 16, 2014 10:35 am | by John Cramer, Dartmouth College | News | Comments

Hiking in the mountains or lying on the beach are good ways to relieve stress on Earth, but on spaceflights there's no way to get back to nature. Astronauts feeling stressed on long-duration flights, however, may soon find computerized ...

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World's Thinnest Electric Generator

October 15, 2014 4:56 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report today that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material ...   

Robotic Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

October 15, 2014 4:51 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of ...

Interface Designs Benefit from Specialist Support

October 15, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jayco | News | Comments

Interface design is increasingly impacting the success or failure of electronic products, but a well-designed interface is no easy thing to get right. Given the complexities involved in interface design it is no wonder that today’s product ...

'Smart' Material with Some Nerve

October 15, 2014 10:19 am | by Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have taken proteins from nerve cells and used them to create a "smart" material that is extremely sensitive to its environment. This marriage of materials science and biology ...  

Retinal Prosthesis Provides Light-&-Darkness Differentiation

October 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Duke Medicine | Videos | Comments

Larry Hester, 66, has been blind for half his life from a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. In September, 2014, an electronic stimulator was surgically implanted in his left eye. On October 1st, 2014 Duke eye surgeon Dr. Paul Hahn turned ...

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Microrobots Armed with New Force-Sensing System to Probe Cells

October 14, 2014 11:32 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Inexpensive microrobots capable of probing and manipulating individual cells and tissue for biological research and medical applications are closer to reality with the design of a system that senses the minute forces exerted by a ...  

Sensor System to Make a Better Prosthesis Fit

October 14, 2014 11:25 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

As an amputee walks on a prosthetic leg during the day, the natural fluid in the leg shifts and the muscles shrink slightly. Now imagine the problem that poses for the fit of the prosthesis. There’s a growing need for a solution ...  

Bioinspired Coating for Medical Devices Repels Blood, Bacteria

October 13, 2014 10:51 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

From joint replacements to cardiac implants and dialysis machines, medical devices enhance or save lives on a daily basis. However, any device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges that can ...

'Plasmonic Paper' Detects Chemical Warfare Agents

October 10, 2014 11:38 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Using a common laboratory filter paper decorated with gold nanoparticles, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a unique platform, known as "plasmonic paper," for detecting and characterizing even trace amounts ...

Vitamin-Sized, Investigational Cardiac Pacemaker

October 10, 2014 11:32 am | by Baylor Scott & White Health | News | Comments

Cardiologists on the medical staff at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital (BHVH) today implanted an investigational cardiac pacemaker the size of a multivitamin. The first implantable pacemakers, developed in ...  

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'Sepsis Sniffer' Generates Faster Sepsis Care

October 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

An automated early warning and response system for sepsis developed by Penn Medicine experts has resulted in a marked increase in sepsis identification and care, transfer to the ICU, and an indication of fewer deaths due to sepsis ...  

Amputees Discern Familiar Sensations Across Prosthetic Hand

October 10, 2014 11:16 am | by Kevin Mayhood, Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Even before he lost his right hand to an industrial accident 4 years ago, Igor Spetic had family open his medicine bottles. Cotton balls give him goose bumps. Now, blindfolded during an experiment, he feels his arm hairs rise when a ...  

Sensor Uses Radio Waves to Detect Subtle Changes in Pressure

October 10, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford engineers have invented a wireless pressure sensor that has already been used to measure brain pressure in lab mice with brain injuries. The underlying technology has such broad potential that it could one day be used to ...  

Step Toward Artificial Hand with a Sense of Touch

October 10, 2014 9:06 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists are moving closer to an artificial hand that can feel: Implanted electrodes allowed some amputees to tell by touch how gently to grasp, letting them pluck fruit without crushing it. The two men told researchers at ...   

Robotic Surgery Produces More Complications, Higher Expense

October 9, 2014 1:41 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University ...

Modelling the Universe with 3D Printers

October 9, 2014 12:59 pm | by Hubble Space Telescope | Videos | Comments

3D printing technology offers huge benefits in astronomy education and research. The 3D Astronomy Project at the Space Telescope Science Institute and NASA Goddard have created innovative education materials and 3D models ...   

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms Now a Reality

October 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and ...  

IBM Opens New Watson HQ, Details New Projects

October 8, 2014 2:40 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

IBM revealed details about new projects for its Watson cognitive computing software as it opened its New York headquarters. The company has been developing business uses for Watson with clients since it announced in January it was ...  

Game Plan: B2B E-Commerce Forum

October 8, 2014 2:31 pm | by Game Plan | Events

Game Plan is the only conference focused exclusively on B2B e-commerce. It's where thought leaders, business executives and technology heads connect to share knowledge, exchange ideas and gain a ...

Nobel Awarded for Super-Zoom Microscopes

October 8, 2014 12:07 pm | by Karl Ritter & Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest ...  

'Lab-on-a-Chip' Could Revolutionize Early Cancer Diagnosis

October 8, 2014 11:30 am | by Brendan Lynch, University of Kansas | News | Comments

Scientists have been laboring to detect cancer and a host of other diseases in people using promising new biomarkers called "exosomes." Indeed, Popular Science magazine named exosome-based cancer diagnostics one ...     

HotSpot: Breaking Bad Habits with Shock Therapy App

October 8, 2014 9:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: Whitbread PLC, the UK’s largest hotel group, is taking that same idea and applying it to its new hotel concept, "hub by Premier Inn," which will target major UK city centers such as London and Edinburgh ...  

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