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3D printers: A cheap solution for amputees and those with genetic defects

November 6, 2013 2:24 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

“Not to worry, I’ll just print another hand.” This statement would belong in a work of fiction a few years ago, but today, it is reality for those missing fingers or limbs. Prosthetics have come a long way from the archaic image of a pirate hobbling around his ship on a wooden peg leg.

Health website's security prompts worries

November 6, 2013 12:07 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama administration officials are facing mounting questions about whether they cut corners on security testing while rushing to meet a self-imposed deadline to launch online health insurance markets. Documents show that the part of HealthCare.gov that consumers interact with directly received only a temporary six-month security certification...

Surface-mount enclosure coin cell contacts require minimal board space

November 5, 2013 1:28 pm | Keystone Electronics Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Keystone Electronics has introduced its latest line of surface mount enclosure coin cell contacts. These new contacts provide a cost effective, dependable connection for coin cell batteries in self-contained battery compartments. These contacts require minimal board space and allow easy access for installation and removal of a coin cell battery within a battery enclosure.

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Researcher finds way to reduce unnecessary lab tests, decrease patient costs by modifying software design

November 5, 2013 11:09 am | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

When patients undergo diagnostic lab tests as part of the inpatient admission process, they may wonder why or how physicians choose particular tests. Increasingly, medical professionals are using electronic medical systems that provide lists of lab tests from which medical professionals can choose.

A better way to track your every move

November 5, 2013 10:59 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Physical activity tracking apps on smart phones are a potentially important tool for doctors who want to collect data and create treatment or intervention plans to improve the health of patients who struggle with activity and movement -- such as those with Parkinson’s disease. A new Northwestern Medicine study has found a way to make these apps more accurate...

New computing model could lead to quicker advancements in medical research

November 5, 2013 10:50 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With the promise of personalized and customized medicine, one extremely important tool for its success is the knowledge of a person's unique genetic profile. This personalized knowledge of one's genetic profile has been facilitated by the advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS), where sequencing a genome, like the human genome, has gone from costing $95,000,000 to a mere $5,700.

Why you shouldn’t implant computer chips in your arm

November 1, 2013 3:31 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In general, medical implants and their components are strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and for good reason. You can’t just stick anything under your skin without extreme consequences including things like major infections, pretty gnarly scaring, and potentially deadly health complications.

Button cells ideally suited for medical applications

November 1, 2013 1:40 pm | Varta Microbattery | Product Releases | Comments

Announced  by VARTA Microbattery is the H2 family of hydrogen gas generating cells.  The button cells offer an energy-independent solution for the displacement of virtually any liquid, gel, paste or granule, and are engineered to provide a portable dosing solution for automatic dispensers used in  short-, medium- or long-term drug delivery systems, as well as in analytics, sensing or leakage detection applications.  

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Designing an acoustic diode

November 1, 2013 11:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Most people know about ultrasound through its role in prenatal imaging: those grainy, grey outlines of junior constructed from reflected sound waves. A new technology called an "acoustic diode," envisioned by researchers in China's Nanjing University, may dramatically improve future ultrasound images by changing the way sound waves are transmitted.

Gene found to foster synapse formation in the brain

November 1, 2013 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have found that a gene already implicated in human speech disorders and epilepsy is also needed for vocalizations and synapse formation in mice. The finding, they say, adds to scientific understanding of how language develops....

Automated system promises precise control of medically induced coma

November 1, 2013 10:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Putting patients with severe head injuries or persistent seizures into a medically induced coma currently requires that a nurse or other health professional constantly monitor the patient's brain activity and manually adjust drug infusion to maintain a deep state of anesthesia. Now a computer-controlled system developed by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)...

Clock oscillator measures a mere 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.65 mm

November 1, 2013 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Raltron Electronics Corp., Miami, FL has released a new clock oscillator, Model CO2016, measuring a mere 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.65 mm, further increasing Raltron’s effort  to address the worlds’ increasing demand for ever smaller components. The CO2016 fills the need for a ultra-small miniature package essential in high density PCB’s....

Dell laptop buyers make a stink over cat smell

October 31, 2013 2:53 pm | by BREE FOWLER - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A noxious feline odor has some Dell customers caterwauling. People who own Dell Latitude 6430u laptops are complaining that their pricey new computers are emitting a smell similar to cat urine. Some of them said on the company's online customer forums that the odor seems to be coming from the...

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Gaming technology unravels 1 of the most complex entities in nature

October 31, 2013 1:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Manchester's Institute of Biotechnology have used the power of off-the-shelf computer gaming technology to capture previously unobservable atomic movements. The research is helping to chart one of nature's most complex entities known as "glycomes" - the entire complement of carbohydrates within a cell.

A few minutes with … Dr. Tom Lynch

October 31, 2013 11:30 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Dr. Tom Lynch became director of Yale Cancer Center in early 2009, on the threshold of an era that would bring radical growth and transformation for researchers, clinicians, and, most importantly, patients. Lynch has been credited with bringing both vision and perseverance to the center and its mission, and his efforts recently resulted in the renewal of Yale Cancer Center’s designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Ce...

Many vets prescribed medication without diagnosis of mental illness

October 31, 2013 8:37 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Three in 10 veterans prescribed psychotropic drugs do not have a diagnosis of a mental illness, a new Yale study shows. Veterans over 65 were much more likely to be prescribed drugs without a psychiatric diagnosis than younger veterans, according to the study to be published in American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry....

Revenue for Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2013 Increases…

October 31, 2013 8:00 am | by Digi International | News | Comments

Revenue for Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2013 Increases by 8.7% Compared to Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2012...

The world’s most powerful terahertz quantum cascade laser

October 30, 2013 12:54 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Whether it is diagnostic imaging, analysis of unknown substances or ultrafast communication – terahertz radiation sources are becoming more and more important. At the Vienna University of Technology, an important breakthrough has been achieved. Terahertz waves are invisible, but incredibly useful; they can penetrate many materials...

Go ahead, dunk your cell phone in salt water

October 30, 2013 12:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Barrier films, used in everything from food and drug packaging to consumer electronics and solar cells, help prevent your food from spoiling, help to preserve medication, and protect your electronics from damage due to exposure to air or a splash of water. Now a group of researchers in Georgia have developed a new way to produce better films using atomic layer deposition.

WebMD swings to 3Q profit, makes an acquisition

October 29, 2013 6:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WebMD Health Corp. said Tuesday that it earned a third-quarter profit on rising advertising revenue, and it raised its forecast for the year. The increase still appeared to disappoint investors, and shares dropped in extended trading. The health information website expects to earn net income of...

GUI development tools optimized for small footprint

October 29, 2013 3:47 pm | Express Logic, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Express Logic introduced GUIX, a new graphical user interface (GUI) development framework. GUIX is a small-footprint, low-overhead runtime engine and development tool featuring automatic code generation for embedded systems capable of graphical display.

Knowledge about incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse lower among women of color

October 29, 2013 3:26 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Knowing what symptoms to look for may help women with pelvic floor disorders improve their chances of successful treatment. But knowledge of these disorders is lacking among most women, and especially among women of color, according to a new study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine....

Analog switches feature low on-resistance of 1.5 Ω

October 29, 2013 3:25 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology introduced three new ± 15 V precision monolithic quad single-pole single-throw (SPST) CMOS analog switches. Built on a new CMOS process, the Vishay Siliconix DG1411, DG1412, and DG1413 offer low on-resistance of 1.5 Ω.

Multicell battery gas gauge makes direct measurements of 3.6V to 20V battery stacks

October 29, 2013 3:18 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC2943 multicell battery gas gauge which makes direct measurements of 3.6V to 20V battery stacks. Absolutely no level shifting circuitry on the supply and measurement pins is required to interface with multicell voltages, so total current consumption is minimized and measurement accuracy is preserved.

Super-thin membranes clear the way for chip-sized pumps

October 29, 2013 1:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The ability to shrink laboratory-scale processes to automated chip-sized systems would revolutionize biotechnology and medicine. For example, inexpensive and highly portable devices that process blood samples to detect biological agents such as anthrax are needed by the U.S. military and for homeland security efforts.

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