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These oxygen-filled microparticles deliver 15 minutes worth of oxygen with a single intravenous injection. For patients who aren’t breathing, this could prevent heart attacks and brain damage.
June 29, 2012, 12:20 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
While there are high-tech surgical simulators on the market, perhaps a simple, cheap clementine can teach doctors the skills crucial to laparoscopic surgery.
June 28, 2012, 10:43 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
Today, the US Supreme Court ruled to uphold almost all of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A look at how that will impact the science of medicine.
June 28, 2012, 3:53 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
The market for genetic tests that analyze fetal DNA using mom’s blood could exceed $1 billion a year. But this commercialization brings legal battles affecting corporate profits and patient...
June 27, 2012, 11:20 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
Oftentimes, biopsies of thyroid growths are inconclusive and an invasive surgery to remove the gland is recommended. Now, Veracyte’s new gene test can confidently determine if the sample is...
June 27, 2012, 8:45 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
A tiny retinal implant captures images directly in the eye. It’s driven by a rechargeable, battery-powered mini laser and can be implanted in half an hour.
June 26, 2012, 8:23 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
A team of researchers use brain activity traces to identify autism in children as young as two years old.
June 26, 2012, 1:29 PM PDT | By Audrey Quinn
A glossary of 119 physics and engineering words have been translated into sign language. This lifts a huge burden on deaf students and interpreters, who used to have to finger-spell esoteric words.
June 25, 2012, 9:02 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
Drugs approved to control blood clotting and inflammation in people could be repurposed as protection against radiation damage from cancer treatments and environmental exposure.
June 25, 2012, 8:42 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
No more needles? Now, daily injections of insulin or cancer drugs could be replaced by uPill, which uses ultrasound waves to heat up gut tissue, accelerating the drug’s absorption.
June 25, 2012, 8:28 PM PDT | By Janet Fang