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Cardiio App: Hands-Free Heart Rate Check

Now you can measure your resting heart rate hands-free with Cardiio, a mobile app developed by scientists and engineers at the MIT Media Lab. The technology works by turning your iPhone or iPad into a biosensor that measures how much light your face reflects.  Every time your heart beats, blood is pumped into your face, […]

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FDA Approves First Rapid Detection Test for MRSA

FDA Clears First Rapid Diagnostic Test for Superbug MRSA

This is my health news story published last spring on GE Healthy Outlook about the first rapid diagnostic test for the highly resistant superbug MRSA. New technology test helps fight infection sooner MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a superbug bacteria that is highly resistant to antibiotics like methicillin. MRSA emerged in health care settings in the 1960s, but […]

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New Frontiers of Military Medical Research

New Frontiers of Military Medical Research

Futuristic Projects Revealed in Pentagon’s DARPA research budget for 2012 The US military is ramping up research to find new ways to treat wounded soldiers quickly and effectively. The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced their budget proposal for 2012, revealing an impressive array of futuristic medical research. Here are 5 DARPA […]

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Family Learns Health Secrets Through Genome Sequencing

Breakthrough research in the field of personal genomics. A few years ago, John West suffered two frightening pulmonary embolisms from blood clots that traveled from his leg to his lung.  Up to 600,000 Americans suffer from venous thromboembolism each year, a combination of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and one third of them die as […]

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New Treatment Options for Chronic Pain

Beyond pills and patches – new treatment options for chronic pain  A new report by the Institute of Medicine reveals that a startling number of Americans, 116 million, are affected by chronic pain – more than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Chronic pain is a huge public health burden that costs the U.S. up […]

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Canadian Discovery Turns Skin Into Blood

Canadian researchers at McMaster University have successfully turned skin into blood by bypassing the embryonic, stem-cell state. Mick Bhatia and colleagues at the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine created blood progenitor cells that were then turned into all three blood cell types – white, red, and […]

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