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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 22 2020 Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) occurs in around 10-15% of pregnancies with twins that share the same placenta. Typically, this syndrome appears before 24 weeks’ gestation due to abnormal vascular communications located on the surface of the placenta. As a result, blood circulation is not balanced between the two
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 22 2020 Babies with Hirschsprung’s disease are born with an incomplete or absent gut nervous system. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles investigator Tracy Grikscheit, MD, runs a laboratory that investigates the therapeutic potential of tissue engineering – the induced growth of healthy tissue using stem cells. In a new study, Dr.
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Telehealth once again captured investors’ attention this week when Amwell raised a large funding round. The Boston-based company raised $194 million from previous investor Allianz X and drugmaker Takeda. Though Amwell had been talking to investors well before the Covid-19 pandemic started, the telehealth company and its competitors have seen a surge of visits as
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As MD+DI reported in April, Medtronic was already bracing for its fiscal fourth quarter to reflect significant revenue declines, thanks to COVID-19.  But CEO Geoff Martha said the company is focused on emerging from this pandemic even stronger. He even hinted that we could see more tuck-in acquisitions going forward, as the current environment does
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In Session 4, the first of two sessions on “Exercising Power,” Eliot Cohen, Dean of the School of Advanced International Studies, continues to explore the ways in which Shakespeare’s works display power. This session includes three sections entitled, “Inspiration” (9.5 minutes), “Manipulation” (8.5 minutes), and “Technique: Rhetoric in Shakespeare” (12 minutes). Visit https://www.jhu.edu/hopkinsathome/ to see
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Transforming how common health conditions are diagnosed using point-of-care and wearable bio diagnostic devices is the goal of a new $2.2 million University of South Australia project. UniSA biomedical engineer Professor Benjamin Thierry aims to develop a range of solid-state sensing and wearable technologies capable of diagnosing conditions including preeclampsia, epilepsy, fetal arrhythmias and heart
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Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a paper-based point-of-care device which can measure lithium levels in a drop of blood. The device could help patients with bipolar disorder to keep track of their blood lithium levels. Lithium carbonate is used to treat bipolar disorder, but must be administered carefully as the concentration range
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Within the healthcare industry there is an understanding among medical device companies that the drive for improvements in both manufacturing and packaging is a constant. In this time of increased flux, companies must strive to retain their competitive edge by establishing a foundation of trust and experience combined with a spirit of flexibility. For contract
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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.May 21 2020 Scientists from the Antibody and Vaccine group at the University of Southampton have discovered a way to transform antibody drugs previously developed to treat autoimmunity into antibodies with powerful anti-cancer activity through a simple molecular “switch”. This work, published in the journal Cancer Cell, focuses on a molecule
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