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VeinViewer Creates Detailed Realtime Image Of Patient's Veins

Needle phobia, also known as trypanophobia, is a common form of anxiety disorder, afflicting nearly 10-percent of the U.S. adult population. Extreme fear of hypodermic syringes, or injections used in various medical procedures, often leads to fewer vaccinations and blood donations among sufferers. Memphis-based Christie Medical Holdings has come up with an innovative technology, called VeinViewer, that alleviates the patient’s discomfort, while undergoing venipuncture, by projecting a real-time image of the veins on to the person’s arm.

Thanks to a bionic eye, this woman is able to see for the first time in years | Sciencedump

Carmen Torres began to lose her eyesight when she was eighteen years old because of a genetic disease called retinitis pigments which causes the patient to lose his or her eyesight over time. Torres who is now 58 years old, has been completely blind since she was 45 years old.

Last November Torres underwent surgery to have the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System installed. According to Torres' doctor the surgery was as one might have guessed reasonably complicated. Dr. Nina Gregori said:

It's a meticulous technique, one that requires exact, precise measurements...

Trial Shows Fertility Treatment Boosts IVF Pregnancy Rate | Science and Enterprise

In-vitro fertilization often fails due to poor egg health, with the decline in egg health largely due to a reduction in the eggs’ energy production. A clinical study of cellular energy treatments for women using IVF shows the treatments increased pregnancy rates compared to women receiving standard IVF alone.

Antibiotic pollution of waterways may create superbugs of tomorrow

A team from Macquarie University has proved for the first time that even low concentrations of antibiotics are polluting waterways, according to a study published today in Frontiers in Microbiology.

Using low, realistic concentrations of antibiotics that might be found in waste water, the team showed a series of worrying effects on both environmental and...

Computer Model Provides Early Sepsis Alert | Science and Enterprise

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University wrote a computer model that gives clinicians an early and accurate warning that a patient is developing sepsis, a life-threatening complication of infections. Current diagnostic methods, say the authors, can spot sepsis only in advanced stages, when there is little time for clinicians to respond.

Researchers discover immune system's 'Trojan Horse'

Oxford University researchers have found that human cells use viruses as Trojan horses, transporting a messenger that encourages the immune system to fight the very virus that carries it. The discovery could have implications for the design of new vaccines.

Scientists already knew that when a virus containing...

Trial Shows Weekly Growth Hormone Drug Effective, Safe | Science and Enterprise

Results of an intermediate-stage clinical trial show a drug candidate to treat growth hormone deficiency in children given once a week, works about as well as a current therapy requiring a daily injection. The daily injection requirement often puts emotional burdens on parents and difficulties keeping with the daily injection schedule.

New antibiotics use sugar to kill superbugs - Futurity

Scientists have discovered a potential new class of antibiotics inspired by sugar molecules produced by bacteria.

Matt Cooper, director of the University of Queenland’s Centre for Superbug Solutions, says bacteria were less likely to become resistant to an antibiotic based on a modified version of their own sugar. The findings appear in the journal Nature Communications.

A new nanogold based cancer treatment burns cancer cells from within |

About 14.1 million people, each year, around the world receives possibly the most dreadful message in their life; cancer. Despite decades of advancement of cancer research, development and cancer therapy, more than 8.2 million die from it, which amounts to a percentage of more than 50%. Current most widely employed conventional treatment methods including surgery, chemotherapy or radiation prove to be effective yet with severe side effects. Also, there is great potential for improvement, both in terms of the effectively and side effects. One of the most promising and latest cancer treatment...

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