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Posted:
Nov 11, 2016

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Emily S

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“Smart” thread could pluck diagnostic data from your stitches

Scientists have woven microscopic sensors into thread to gather diagnostic data from the tiniest of sutures.  The smart threads can sense pH, glucose levels, and temperature. They can even ferry tiny amounts of bodily fluids from one point to another for analysis by microsensor. And they can...

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The Stethoscope: Timeless Tool Or Outdated Relic?

To hear a patient’s heart, doctors used to just put an ear up to a patient’s chest and listen. Then, in 1816, things changed.  Lore has it that 35-year-old Paris physician Rene Laennec was caring for a young woman who was apparently plump, with a bad heart and large breasts. Dr. George Davis, an...

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Smartphone health: Apple releases software for medical apps

Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression.  While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, Apple wants to put its stamp...

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Why So Many Doctors Are Advising Startups

It's less about the money than trying to solve the right problems. Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist at UC San Francisco, spends long hours at the hospital treating patients. But between shifts, he takes calls with health-technology entrepreneurs to offer them advice and feedback.

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Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control of Hand

Five years ago, a college freshman named Ian Burkhart dived into a wave at a beach off the Outer Banks in North Carolina and, in a freakish accident, broke his neck on the sandy floor, permanently losing the feeling in his hands and legs.

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Quality Control Needed for Health Apps: Brigham Researchers

Apps for healthcare are dominating the Google and Apple app stores in rising numbers but neither customers nor physicians have access to a reliable rating method to tell the best apps from the worst, according to a new report from researchers who study mobile health tools at Brigham and Women’s...

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Partners offers $1 million in innovation grants to employees

Partners HealthCare, as it steps up efforts to commercialize research done at its labs and hospitals, is offering up to $1 million in grants for employees who come up with promising ideas for new drugs, devices and other inventions that have the potential to improve patient care.

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Jan 20, 2016

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Christina

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Tiny implant monitors brain injury, then melts away

It's one of those early stage animal studies that's just too cool not to talk about. 

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To Reach Seniors, Tech Start-Ups Must First Relate to Them

Daily, breathless announcements arrive in my inbox, heralding technology products for older adults.  A “revolutionary” gait-training robot. An emergency response device said to predict falls. A combination home phone and tablet system that “transforms how older seniors connect with and are cared...

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Jun 24, 2015

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Emily S

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Prosthetic Limbs, Controlled by Thought

Engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab have developed a next-generation prosthetic: a robotic arm that has 26 joints, can curl up to 45 pounds and is controlled with a person’s mind just like a regular arm.

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