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Paralyzed Woman Takes Sip of Joe Using Mind-Powered Robo Arm

Researchers have developed a robotic arm that has enabled a paralyzed woman to drink a cup of coffee -- by directly controlling it with her mind. The development has raised the question of whether this approach could perhaps restore some mobility to similarly affected people in the future. The 58-ye...

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Invasion of the Body Hackers? Wireless Medical Devices Susceptible to Attacks

Security expert and diabetic Jerome Radcliffe has hacked into the wireless insulin pump he wears on his body around the clock to keep his blood sugar level stable. Radcliffe talked about the hack in a presentation at the Black Hat Security Conference, held in Las Vegas. He reportedly detailed how un...

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Google Axes Health Service Due to Feeble Response

Google announced Friday it will discontinue its Google Health service, a program launched three years ago to allow users to upload and store electronic health records in a central, online repository. The service was designed to provide users with an online database where they could manage personal m...

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From Sci-Fi to Reality: Driving With a Mind-Controlled Bionic Arm

A mind-controlled robotic arm is bringing new independence to an Austrian man who lost his arms, even allowing him to drive a car, the arm's maker announced earlier this week. Created by the German firm Otto Bock HealthCare, the arm has allowed 23-year-old Christian Kandlbauer to pass a driving test...

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MOSS Gives Medical Data-Sharing a Dose of Open Source

New software from Misys Open Source Solutions promises to provide what could be the world's first fully open source, standards-based platform for exchanging health information. The Misys Connect Exchange software was demonstrated and successfully tested last week in Chicago at IHE Connectathon, the ...

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Can Nanotech Cure Breast Cancer?

Winning the fight against cancer may end up being more of a nano-war than a surgical strike. A team led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology has just successfully combined an antibody with single-walled nanotubes to create a precision search-and-destroy weapon that targets aggressiv...

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Unblinded With Science: Technology to Restore Vision

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed technology that could help fight blindness. It's aimed at the millions of people impacted by two of the major causes of blindness: age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The MIT project is one of several that use a physical ...

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Anti-Obesity ‘Wonder Drug’ May Harm Liver

The Food and Drug Administration is looking into reports that orlistat, a drug used to control obesity, might have played a role in 32 cases of liver injury that occurred between 1998 and 2008. The FDA is also investigating an undisclosed number of other cases of liver damage that might be related t...

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Movable Prosthetics: The Biomechanical Interface

The woman who can feel roughness or smoothness in her artificial hands for the first time in years; the child whose artificial leg lengthens as he grows; the previously armless man who can reach into a cabinet above his head to prepare dinner; machines that will some day register sensations in much ...

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Green Glow Illuminates Possible Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

Researchers at two Southern California schools may have achieved a breakthrough in the search for chemicals that can slow -- or even reverse -- the progression of Alzheimer's disease and possibly even diabetes. Surprisingly, the breakthrough didn't come from doctoral programs at UCLA or USC. It ca...

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Your Genome: There’s an App for That

Don't look now, but we may be about to enter the genome-based economy. Soon, having a personalized analysis of your human genomes will be as commonplace as taking an IQ test in school. You could carry a specially-tuned smartphone able to scan the UPC of any clothing or food substance you buy. These ...

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Google, IBM Team on Do-It-Yourself Medical Monitoring Tech

It's not "Star Trek" and Dr. "Bones" McCoy's tricorder sensor, but it is one step closer to where no medical patient has gone before; the ability to stream his or her vital signs from a health monitoring device to a computer, thanks to a partnership announced Thursday by IBM and Google. IBM's new so...

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Feds Approve Stem Cell Tests on Patients With Spinal Cord Injuries

Candidate Barack Obama promised to lift Bush Administration restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. Two days after he became President Obama, the government gave its approval for the first-ever human trials using therapies derived from this controversial area of science. Geron, a Menlo Park, C...

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Extreme HD: IBM Makes MRI Tech 100 Million Times Sharper

Scientists at IBM Research, along with researchers the Center for Probing the Nanoscale at Stanford University, say they have developed and demonstrated magnetic resonance imaging technology with volume resolution 100 million times finer than conventional MRI. Results of the demonstration were publi...

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