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This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood | WIRED

Phlebotomy. Even the word sounds archaic—and that’s nothing compared to the slow, expensive, and inefficient reality of drawing blood and having it …

This Laser Can Hear Malaria Eating Your Red Blood Cells

Researchers at Rice University have a new, laser-powered way to diagnose malaria infection. They say it's the first through-the-skin method that …

Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Explains The Surprising Goal Of His New Company, Jelly

Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone revealed his top-secret new startup Jelly, a mobile app that enables users to ask short questions of their social network through pictures. For instance, Stone snapped a photo of an art piece in San Francisco, asked his network what it was, and got a few dozen …

The pill that might give you perfect pitch by altering your brain

Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, believes that absolute pitch — the ability to identify or sing a specific note without any reference points — is a learned ability, normally only acquirable by humans in a "critical period" early in our lives. In the …

Apple Patents System for Siri to Search and Tag Photos Using Speech

Apple has patented a system which would allow for voice-based tagging and retrieval of photographs stored on iOS devices, according to a patent filing published today.<p>Spotted first by AppleInsider, the patent application was first made back in March this year and would allow for “a method for …

Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists

Australian scientists grow world's first kidney from stem cells in a breakthrough that could alleviate the demand for organ transplants<p>Scientists in <b>Australia</b> have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.<p>The …

Stem Cells

Novice Neurosurgeons Train On Brains Printed In 3-D

There's no such thing as too much practice when it comes to brain surgery.<p>But it's hard for beginner neurosurgeons to get real hands-on experience. Most residents learn by watching and assisting experienced surgeons.<p>Newbies can practice on cadavers or use simulators, of course. But neither of those …

Doctor On Demand App Gives $40 Medical Consultations From the Comfort of Your Smartphone

Today, it’s becoming expected that a smartphone should be able to do anything and everything useful, well beyond the gimmick of a few years ago, …

Risky Business: 23andMe and the FDA

As a geneticist. I spend a lot of time looking at genomes. But until I taught my “Genetics and Society” class at Berkeley last year, I had never looked at my own DNA sequence. What better way to teach genetics than to use my genome as an example of what can and can’t be learned? So I sent $99 and a …

Genetics

Epilepsy implant stops seizures instantly - Futurity

A new medical device to treat epilepsy works like a cardiac defibrillator to detect and suppress seizures the instant they begin.

Coral Species From Brazil Useful To Fight Hospital Superbacteria

Whenever you head into a Hospital, you do it because you want to be cured. However, sometimes people leave the Hospital even sicker than they were …

Microbiology

New treatments for spinal injuries in dogs may help people - Futurity

Compared to rodents, dogs can offer a more realistic picture of how humans might respond to experimental treatments for spinal injuries.

Physiology

Infants develop rare bleeding disorder after parents refuse vitamin K shots, CDC reports

Four infants in Tennessee developed an exceedingly rare bleeding disorder, after their parents turned down the administration of standard vitamin K injections. The cluster of illness, reported this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlights the ongoing risks of parents …

FDA approves skull implant that helps treat epileptic seizures

Epilepsy affects 3 million people in the US, making it the third most common neurological disorder in the country. In a move that may offer relief for some patients, the FDA has approved a skull implant that helps reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.<p>The device …

Can a shot of humanities make doctors more humane?

A course of 'medical humanities' is supposed to unlock the empathy so often missing in care, but evidence is lacking<p>A couple of years ago posters of a corpse started appearing on campus. The sight of a (seemingly) dead man with a tag on his toes certainly grabbed my attention.<p>Closer scrutiny …

Qardio Is Building A Consumer ECG Monitor That Streams Data To Your Doctor, iPhone

Qardio co-founder Marco Peluso had a dedicated career in finance for 14 years. He was an investment banker for JPMorgan, then a partner at a hedge fund.<p>But everything changed when his father had a stroke while they were on the phone.<p>“I was lucky enough to understand what was happening,” he said, …

Tiny capsule adds a sense of touch to laparoscopic surgery

Researchers at Nashville's Vanderbilt University have developed a wireless capsule that can restore a sense of touch for surgeons. Keyhole surgeries …

Medical Technology

Ring of fire: why our military's toxic burn pits are making soldiers sick

One<p>At the height of the war in Iraq, US forces operated out of 505 bases scattered across the country. Joint Base Balad, a 15-square-mile outpost north of Baghdad, was the second largest. Home to 36,000 military personnel and contractors at its peak, the base was considered a vital hub for …

Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

Almost every day it seems there's a new use for 3-D printing.<p>In medicine, the printers are already making prosthetic hands, hearing aid cases and parts of human ears.<p>But the materials used in some 3-D printing processes could be toxic to humans, particularly if the products get inside the body. So …

Drug may limit brain damage after stroke - Futurity

An experimental drug appears to reduce brain damage and improve motor skills in older stroke-afflicted mice, USC researchers report.

Brain Damage

Cannonball For iPad Reorganizes Your Inbox Automatically, But It’s Not For Power Users

There’s no shortage of apps which are trying to build a better interface for managing email. The latest to join the melee is Cannonball, an iPad application which reorganizes the inbox by separating your communications – personal emails from subscriptions, daily deals from newsletters, and so on – …

Will more insured Americans mean more ER visits? - Futurity

With the expansion of health insurance in the United States under the Affordable Care Act, …

Affordable Care Act

Computer-controlled artificial leg offers a more natural gait

Although computer-controlled artificial legs have been around for a few years now, they generally still feature an ankle joint that only allows the …

Robotics

Pulses of light turn on cancer 'death signal' - Futurity

Researchers have created a peptide—a small piece of protein—that when linked to a light-responsive dye …

Quest to offer genetic test for breast cancer risk | Reuters

(Reuters) - Quest Diagnostics Inc on Tuesday became the largest U.S. company to start offering gene-based tests for inherited forms of breast cancer since the U.S. Supreme Court ended Myriad Genetics Inc’s monopoly on the tests for specific gene mutations.<p>Quest, the largest U.S. medical testing …

Cancer

Medicare choices tricky even for med students, doctors | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even doctors in training have trouble sifting through insurance options to pick the cheapest available plan, a new study shows.<p>“I think it confirms some of the issues that folks may have with choosing complicated insurance plans,” said Jonathan Gruber.<p>An economist at …

Health Care

New programming language could code DNA to deliver drugs and detect diseases

The University of Washington envisions a future where our bodies will be tuned to heal us just as easily as software is built to entertain us — and it's come up with a method that could eventually turn this idea into a reality. University researchers have developed a programming language that …

Scientists Recreate The Sense Of Touch With Direct-To-Brain Electrical Signals

These findings could help researchers make prosthetic arms that have a lifelike sense of touch.<p>We've seen some very cool prosthetic arms recently, including ones people are able to control—just as they control biological arms—with their thoughts. So what's one of the next great frontiers for …

Johns Hopkins University

A Shot Against Malaria

Even through a crackled cellular connection from Durban, South Africa, the optimism can be heard in Dr. David Kaslow’s mild-mannered voice. “It’s been a fairly long road. Twenty-plus years in development. There’s been a lot of twists and turns.”<p>Kaslow is the director of the Malaria Vaccine …