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New software turns mobile-phone accessory into breathing monitor


Researchers have developed new software that makes it possible to use low-cost, thermal cameras attached to mobile phones to track how fast a person is breathing. This type of mobile thermal imaging could be used for monitoring breathing problems in elderly people living alone, people suspected of having sleep apnea or babies at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
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3-D protein structure offers insight into rapid communication by brain cells


An intricate new three-dimensional protein structure is providing a detailed look into how brain cells communicate rapidly. By visualizing how three neural proteins interact with one another, researchers have revealed how they help groups of brain cells release chemical messages at the same time.
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Test strips for cancer detection get upgraded with nanoparticle bling


The most common test strip people might think of for diagnosis is a home pregnancy test. Pregnant women have steadily increasing levels of the biomarker human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is easily detectable in urine and a thin, colorful strip of antibodies will appear when hCG is present.
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Radioactive metal complexes for tumour diagnosis and therapy


A team under the direction of chemist Prof. Peter Comba is investigating radioactive metal complexes for use in the diagnosis and treatment of tumours. In their recent studies at Heidelberg University's Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, the researchers demonstrated that developing radiopharmaceutical tracers based on indium and actinium shows great promise for new radiopharmaceuticals.
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Innovation could mean flexible rechargeable batteries for pacemakers


Experts at Queen's University Belfast have designed a flexible and organic alternative to the rigid batteries that power up medical implants.
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Smart underwear proven to prevent back stress with just a tap


Vanderbilt University engineering Ph.D. student Erik Lamers helped develop the design, garnering a Young Investigator Award last month at the Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Brisbane, Australia.
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Engineers harness the power of 3-D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times


A team of engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are using 3D printing to help train surgeons and shorten surgeries for the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. In a recent study, researchers showed that allowing surgeons to prep on a 3D-printed model of the patient's hip joint cut by about 25 percent the amount of time needed for surgery when compared to a control group.
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Adoption of robotics into a hospital's daily operations requires broad cooperation


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland studied the implementation of a logistics robot system at the Seinäjoki Central Hospital in South Ostrobothnia. The aim is to reduce transportation costs, improve the availability of supplies and alleviate congestion on hospital hallways by running deliveries around the clock on every day of the week.
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Image: Digital 3D reconstruction of a healthy human skin biopsy. The spatial arrangement of the blood and lymph vessels can be seen; Copyright: JCI Insight

New method of analysing lymphoedema - Making digital 3D images of tissue


Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have developed a new method for producing digital 3D reconstructions of blood and lymphatic vessels from tissue samples and then creating images of them for analysis. The study has been published in the JCI Insight journal.
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Personalised medicine: Researchers are developing "smart" heart pumps


Using an algorithm developed at the Medical University of Vienna together with the Ludwig Boltzmann Cluster for Cardiovascular Research and a recording device that was also designed there, it is now possible, for the first time in the world, to accurately monitor people fitted with cardiac pumps – what the technical jargon refers to as "smart pumping".
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