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Light-Sheet Microscopy Images Tumor Margins Intraoperatively to Guarantee Full Tumor Removal

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:22:58 +0000

(image) Surgical tumor removal, particularly within the breasts, suffers from imprecision related to identifying the margins of where the tumor is. That’s because tumors are often indistinguishable from healthy tissue until they’re visualized and analyzed by pathologists using laboratory microscopes. The time it takes to confirm that sampled tissue is clear of cancerous cells takes longer than […]

Georgia Tech Researchers May Have Developed Technology to Prevent Cancer Metastasis

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:56:10 +0000

(image) Cancer cells rely on their cytoskeletons to move away from where they are born, resulting in metastasis of the cancer. This process has been a challenge to prevent, but doing so can go a long way toward successfully killing cancers before they’re allowed to spread. Researchers at Georgia Tech are now reporting in Proceedings of the National […]

New Way to Optimize Exoskeletons Helps to Drastically Improve Their Efficiency

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:56:12 +0000

(image) Exoskeletons that help people with mobility issues have been in development for quite some time now and some even been approved by the FDA for at-home use. Though there’s already a great deal of technology built into these types of devices, they remain clunky, imperfect, and produce a gait that resembles that of robots in old […]

Calon Cardio’s MiniVAD Left Ventricluar Assist Device Set for 2018 Clinical Trials

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:32:17 +0000

(image) Working with the University of Swansea, Calon Cardio, a Welsh firm, has created the first UK-developed Left Ventricluar Assist Device (LVAD). The MiniVAD is scheduled to begin a 50 patient clinical trial in late 2018, with a full clinical rollout planned for 2020. Calon Cardio’s miniature implantable heart pump is used to treat advanced chronic heart […]

Wrist Worn Wearable Measures Glucose, Cortisol, and Interleukin-6 from Sweat

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:13:35 +0000

(image) Researchers at University of Texas at Dallas may have revolutionized diabetes management thanks to a remarkable new wrist-worn sensor that is able to continuously and accurately monitor glucose, cortisol, and interleukin-6 in perspired sweat for up to a week. These days, blood has to be drawn and levels of cortisol and interleukin-6 can only be measured once in a while […]

Ontario, Canada Poised to Lead Global Biotech Innovation: Interview with Minister Reza Moridi

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:50:18 +0000

(image)   Canada’s province of Ontario has been rapidly developing its infrastructure for world class biomedical research. In a place that birthed the discovery and isolation of insulin in 1921, the first external cardiac pacemaker in 1950, and the discovery of stem cells in 1961, Ontario has historically been ripe with biomedical innovation. Today, with 24 […]

Tiny Barometric Sensor to Detect Presence of Disease Biomarkers

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:56:10 +0000

(image) Researchers from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China and Washington State University have developed a novel type of sensor that works by measuring pressure changes induced by the production of oxygen (O2). The technology may miniaturize and make readily available testing of a wide variety of biomarkers. The team of researchers has already demonstrated how the […]

Exosomes, The Elusive Tiny Vesicles Produced by Cells, Have Lots of Potential for Medicine

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:23:38 +0000

(image) Exosomes are tiny capsules (30-130 nanometers) produced by cells that seem to be involved in all sorts of processes within the body, but only lately have they been properly studied. Because these natural nanoparticles are involved in many different biochemical processes, they may be relevant for a wide variety of clinical applications including diagnostics, therapy, […]

Coffee Helmet for Better Nose and Throat Surgery

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:51:54 +0000

(image) Engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed a silicon cap filled with coffee grounds to track patient head movements and orientation during delicate nose and throat surgery. The technology was recently presented at the International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions in Barcelona, Spain. At present, patients undergoing nose and throat surgery wear a basic […]

WONTECH Picocare Laser System for Tattoo Removal Cleared by FDA

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:56:38 +0000

(image) Korean company WONTECH won FDA clearance to introduce its Picocare laser-based tattoo removal device. The system relies on a Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet) laser that generates light in a choice of four different wavelengths and delivers it in pulses lasting only 750 picoseconds (.00000000075 s). The laser light is able to break up tattoos of […]

Merit Medical’s Embosphere Microspheres for Minimally Invasive Treatment of Enlarged Prostate

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:20:36 +0000

(image) Merit Medical has announced winning de novo clearance for its Embosphere Microspheres to be used for prostatic artery embolization procedures as a treatment option for symptomatic enlarged prostate. The de novo classification means that this is the first product that can be used to embolize the prostatic artery without resorting to surgery. The tiny spheres, […]