medical technology

Nanoparticle Magnets Conserve Rare Earth Metals

Nanoparticle Magnets Conserve Rare Earth Metals

Professor George Hadjipanayis. Source: University of Delaware. Researchers at the University of Delaware and at General Electric Global Research are independently developing new magnets using nanoparticles to preserve the increasingly small supply of rare earth metals typically used in the ...

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New Mechanism May Improve Hearing Aids

New Mechanism May Improve Hearing Aids

Diagram of the structure of the human ear. Source: MIT. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts have been researching how the human ear distinguishes between sounds with subtle differences. They have identified a particular mutation affecting ...

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Ultrasound Helmets Control Brain Activity

Ultrasound Helmets Control Brain Activity

Scientists at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona are exploring the use of ultrasound to stimulate brain activity without the invasive procedures or internal implants required for current electrical stimulation methods. In addition to treatment of neurological diseases like Parkinson’s ...

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Optical Traps Detect Cancer

Optical Traps Detect Cancer

Researchers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts have developed new optical traps designed to interface with microfluids capable of diagnosing cancer without microscopes. Scientists are currently testing three different experimental designs, all compatible with traditional silicon chip manufacturing techniques, as ...

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Implantable Cancer Vaccine

Implantable Cancer Vaccine

Researchers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts have successfully developed an implantable vaccine that eliminated melanoma tumors in mice. Cancer antigens are injected into small plastic disks which are then implanted ...

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Microbe Detection Improvements

Microbe Detection Improvements

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California have developed a new device for detecting viruses and other microscopic organisms to aid in medical diagnostics, bioterrorism threats, and product safety assessments. Capable of identifying any virus or bacteria keyed ...

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Bone Setting Glue

Bone Setting Glue

Researchers at the University of Utah have developed a new glue that sticks to bone and other wet surfaces. The glue, based on the adhesive used by sandcastle worms building their underwater homes, turns from liquid to solid as it ...

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The Next Generation of Stethoscopes

3M Solutions has recently unveiled the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope, Model 3100, an innovative, wireless medical accessory that utilizes Bluetooth communication in order to provide medical caregivers an easier method to auscultate.   The Littmann Electronic  Stethoscope, Model 3100  (Credit: 3M ...

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Optical Textiles Monitor MRI Patients

Optical Textiles Monitor MRI Patients

Researchers at the OFSETH project have developed optical textiles to monitor MRI patients, especially those under anesthesia, during their scans. These wearable systems permit health professionals to watch patient heart rate, respiration, and other potential signs of patient distress. MRI ...

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Headband Infrared Lie Detector

Headband Infrared Lie Detector

Researchers at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, have developed a new lie detection method relying on infrared waves beamed directly into the brain. Called the functional near-infrared sensor (fNIR), their headband monitors the amount of oxygen ...

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