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3D printed implant promotes nerve cell growth
For the first time, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Institute of Engineering in Medicine have used rapid 3D printing technologies to create a spinal cord, then successfully implanted that scaffolding, loaded with neural stem cells, into sites of severe spinal cord injury in rats.
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WSU smart home tests first elder care robot
A robot created by Washington State University scientists could help elderly people with dementia and other limitations live independently in their own homes. The Robot Activity Support System, or RAS, uses sensors embedded in a WSU smart home to determine where its residents are, what they are doing and when they need assistance with daily activities.
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AI makes life easier for hearing aid users
For people with hearing loss it can be very difficult to understand and separate voices in noisy environments. This problem may soon be history thanks to a new groundbreaking algorithm that is designed to recognize and separate voices efficiently in unknown sound environments.
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Bionic reconstruction after amputation of a hand
Modern prostheses offer patients who have had a hand amputated much greater capability in everyday life than was possible with previous prosthetic reconstructive techniques. Redundant nerves from the amputated extremity can be surgically transferred to provide a much better connection between the patient’s body and the prosthesis.
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Powerful microscope revolutionizes cell insights
There are many times when our cells need to move. Mobile cells guide our body's formation (embryonic development). Immune cells roam to capture unwanted intruders. And healing cells (fibroblasts) migrate to mend wounds. But not all movement is desirable: Tumors are most dangerous when cancer cells gain the ability to travel throughout the body (metastasis).
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New AI and deep learning laboratory in Florida
FAU's College of Engineering and Computer Science, in collaboration with researchers from FAU's Schmidt College of Medicine and FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, has received a $652,820 grant from the NSF to establish the first NSF-funded Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning (AIDL) Training and Research Laboratory in Florida.
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AI approach outperformed experts in identifying cervical precancer
A research team led by investigators from the National Institutes of Health and Global Good has developed a computer algorithm that can analyze digital images of a woman's cervix and accurately identify precancerous changes that require medical attention. This artificial intelligence (AI) approach, called automated visual evaluation.
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Mapping residual esophageal tumors - a glimpse into the future?
It's one of the first questions asked by many cancer patients "What are my chances of beating this?" Often there is no clear answer, with survival rates differing widely. Post-operative testing that provides an accurate prediction of long-term treatment outcomes is the next best thing, allowing clinicians to plan further treatment and more accurately inform patients about their prognoses.
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How herpesviruses shape the immune system
Cytomegalovirus is widespread and remains in the body for a lifetime after infection. In healthy individuals, this virus is usually kept in check but can become dangerous when the immune system is weakened or during pregnancy. DZIF scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have developed an analytic method that can very precisely detect viral infections using immune responses.
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Digital health to support precision cancer medicine in iCAN
The Academy of Finland has selected the "iCAN Digital Precision Cancer Medicine" competence cluster as one of Finland's six flagships. The iCAN public-private partnership forms a platform aiming to improve the treatment of cancer patients and to support innovations coming from high quality research.
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Industry News

Canadian Exhibitor WAT Med Helps to Fight Cancer
The MD Anderson Cancer Center is a globally recognized cancer research organization. With emphasis on cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention, the center is devoted to the goal of...
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Interactive shutter eyeglasses to replace eyepatch therapy
The standard treatment for so-called lazy eye (amblyopia) in children is to cover the nonimpaired eye with a patch. This trains the impaired eye to work harder. Such therapy is successful only when...
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PulseFlow Announces strategic partnership with Kir-Fix
Last week COO Dan Blackman was in Helsinki where he shared the platform with Henri Isojärvi as PulseFlow announced their strategic partnership with Kir-Fix to supply the PulseFlow wearable...
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Treating the fear of spiders with augmented reality
Arachnophobia is the technical term for the fear of spiders. Approximately 3.5 to 6.1 percent of the population suffer from this phobia. Exposure therapy is the most common form of treatment.
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biolitec® at Medica 2018: 10 years ELVeS® Radial® laser therapy and excellent healing successes in proctology and urology with LEONARDO® lasers
Jena, November 09, 2018 ‒ The laser pioneer biolitec® set standards when it developed the ELVeS® Radial® method for the minimally invasive endovenous treatment of varicose veins and launched it on the...
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No chance for bacteria on implants
Hip and dental implant operations are routine. But not entirely risk-free. They may result in infection that is difficult to control with oral or intravenous antibiotics. In such cases, the implant...
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Individualized therapy for patients with osteoporosis
More than six million people in Germany suffer from osteoporosis. The disease is characterized by chronic bone resorption, leading to frequent fractures as a consequence of the bone loss. In many...
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EIZO Releases Its Brightest 27-Inch Full HD Surgical Monitor for Endoscopy and Microsurgery
EIZO Corporation (TSE: 6737) today announced the release of the CuratOR EX2721, its brightest 27-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) wide screen surgical monitor for use in endoscopy and microsurgery. &#...
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EIZO Expands Its Surgical and Endoscopy Lineup with Release of High-Brightness 4K Surgical Monitor
EIZO Corporation (TSE: 6737) today announced the release of the CuratOR EX3241 – a 32-inch, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) surgical monitor with high brightness, image sharpening technology, and optical...
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Market launch: Endoscopy Camera FlexiVision 20 and light source LED 300
The perfect combination - for highest performance demands in best HD quality. New with the FlexiVision 20 cameras - Video algorithm Color Shift 1 + 2, with which the spectral colors can be shifted...
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Patient care of the future? Robotics, AI and Big Data at MEDICA 2018