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Scientists create novel imaging technique with potential for medical diagnostics


A new imaging method, called "polarized nuclear imaging" - combining aspects of both magnetic resonance imaging and gamma-ray imaging - has potential for new types of high-resolution medical diagnostics as well as industrial and physics research applications.
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Soft robots that mimic human muscles


Robots are usually expected to be rigid, fast and efficient. But researchers at EPFL's Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL) have turned that notion on its head with their soft robots.
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Are prosthetic interventions for transtibial amputees cost effective?


Decreased burden on the health care system and a higher quality of life for patients likely offset higher initial costs of amputation and prosthetic intervention.
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Computational method identifies existing drugs with virus-fighting potential


A new, computer-based screening method could reveal the virus-fighting potential of drugs originally developed to treat other conditions, reports a study in PLOS Computational Biology.
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The "MeBot" robotic wheelchair can climb steps on its own


Pittsburgh-based Human Engineering Research Lab (HERL) has developed the first ever robotic wheelchair - the MeBot - capable of climbing steps and mounting curbs on its own. The innovation came up against other systems at the first Cybathlon, which will take place at ETH Zürich in Kloten, Switzerland on October 8.
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Innovation is at the beating heart of medical technology


The medical technology industry continues to be one of Europe’s most diverse and innovative high-tech sectors. New technologies are combining material science, electronics, engineering and biochemistry. The common thread across these sectors is their beneficial impact on health, quality of life and society as a whole.
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3-D-printed structures "remember" their shapes


Engineers from MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are using light to print three-dimensional structures that "remember" their original shapes.
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Allaying fears


As waves of hospitals move from older methods of record keeping to new digital electronic health record (EHR) systems, many medical professionals express fears that implementing an EHR system in their hospital will have dire results, including more errors and higher patient mortality.
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Avoiding stumbles, from spacewalks to sidewalks


Vibrating footwear could help astronauts and visually impaired earthlings skirt obstacles.
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Americans worried about using gene editing, brain chip implants and synthetic blood


Many in the general public think scientific and technological innovations bring helpful change to society, but they are more concerned than excited when it comes to the potential use of emerging technologies to make people's minds sharper, their bodies stronger and healthier than ever before, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
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Guidance System with 3D sounds for the visually impaired


The visually impaired will be able to use a new system of sensorial guidance that uses 3D sounds. The system was developed by Geko NAVSAT, a company that receives assistance from the Business Incubator at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) Science Park.
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