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clinical trials

Neurotrack nabs $90K for its tech that predicts the onset of Alzheimer's (exclusive)

The Scanadu Scout's big breakthrough may actually be in in clinical trials

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When I was in college my friends would head on over to a company called PPD to play lab rat in medical trials in exchange for pay. They would spend a day or a week sequestered in rooms where they were monitored, poked, prodded and fed a regimen of bills...
The Scanadu Scout's big breakthrough may actually be in in clinical trials

Giant Pharma Company Claims Releasing Data On Drug Safety Is Illegal As It's Confidential And 'Commercially Sensitive'

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One of the initiatives gaining momentum around the world is open data -- the idea that, for example, non-personal data affecting the public should be made freely available. That's partly to improve transparency, so that citizens are more informed about what is happening, and partly to stimulate new kinds...
Giant Pharma Company Claims Releasing Data On Drug Safety Is Illegal As It's Confidential And 'Commercially Sensitive'

IBM adds more analytics with Varicent buy

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The desire for more, better, and increasingly specific analytics continues with IBM’s acquisition of Varicent Software. Banks, insurance companies, and retailers use Varicent software to look at data across finance, sales, human resources and IT departments to determine how to boost sales, according to IBM. This is just the latest in...
IBM adds more analytics with Varicent buy

Clinical trials startup TrialReach doses up on $3.1m funding led by Octopus Investments

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TrialReach, a startup focused on making clinical trials more accessible for members of the public who may want to take part in them, has today announced a £2 million ( $3.1 million) funding round in order to further develop its product. TrialReach is designed to help medical research firms recruit...
Clinical trials startup TrialReach doses up on $3.1m funding led by Octopus Investments

Oracle Buys Healthcare Software Firm Phase Forward For $685 Million

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Enterprise giant Oracle will acquire healthcare software firm Phase Forward for $685 million. Of course, this is small change compared to Oracle’s $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems, which was approved recently. The deal is expected to close mid-year in 2010. Phase Forward’s software is used by drug companies for...
Oracle Buys Healthcare Software Firm Phase Forward For $685 Million

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

First Big Pharma Company Announces Support For Clinical Data Transparency Campaign: Who's Next?

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It would be something of understatement to say that the spiralling cost of healthcare has become a highly-charged political issue in the US (and elsewhere). But wherever people stand on the funding of medicine, there is an implicit assumption that it works, and is worth even the exorbitant prices that...
First Big Pharma Company Announces Support For Clinical Data Transparency Campaign: Who's Next?

DARPA developing muscle-controlled prosthetic limbs that can feel (video)

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DARPA's no stranger to bionic limb research, however two new projects under the agency's RE-NET program focus on improving amputees' link to their prosthetics. RE-NET aims to develop the technology that will connect artificial limbs to existing nerves and muscles. Once that's achieved, users will be able feel with...
DARPA developing muscle-controlled prosthetic limbs that can feel (video)

3-D printer for manufacturing human tissue and organs

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A pair of companies have developed a bio-printer that works just like a regular 3-D printer but instead of using polymer, it uses human tissue to print out skin, blood vessels, and livers. To start with, only simple tissues, such as skin, muscle and short stretches of blood vessels, will...
3-D printer for manufacturing human tissue and organs
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BeatBio gets $2.5M to for new 'super fuel' that boosts pumping power of heart muscles

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BeatBio, a Seattle life sciences startup led by former Vulcan Capital managing director Michael Kranda and former VieVax CTO Gregory Mahairas, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding from CET Capital Partners, the W Fund and others. The new funds will be used to move the company’s gene therapy product...
BeatBio gets $2.5M to for new 'super fuel' that boosts pumping power of heart muscles

Toshiba Is Getting Lambasted For Making Clinical Test Subjects Look Like 'Freaks' In This Ad

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Toshiba is under fire for its Satellite Ultrabook ad campaign that portrays research subjects as "freaks," reports Michael Sebastian at PR Daily. "It's dangerous," said John J. Lewis, a VP at the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO). "We don't need any more reasons to discourage people from research. We...
Toshiba Is Getting Lambasted For Making Clinical Test Subjects Look Like 'Freaks' In This Ad

Make Your Own Ultrasonic Bat Glove from Volume 29

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When Steve Hoefer sent in his prototype of the Tacit haptic wrist rangefinder, we had a field day with it taking turns walking around MAKE headquarters with our eyes closed. Using it is super intuitive: with your hand extended, the servos vibrate as you get closer to an object,...
Make Your Own Ultrasonic Bat Glove from Volume 29

The first real, high-resolution, user-configurable bionic eye

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Researchers in Germany have unveiled the Alpha IMS retinal prosthesis; a device that completely redefines the state of the art of implanted, bionic devices. The first round of clinical trials were a huge success, with eight out of nine patients reporting that they can now detect mouth shapes (smiles, frowns),...
The first real, high-resolution, user-configurable bionic eye
When Good Web Design Can Save Lives

Oracle takes stake in ingestible health sensor maker

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Aiming at health care as a key vertical market, Oracle has taken a minority stake in medical device maker Proteus Digital Health, which sells ingestible and wearable sensors for tracking health-related information.Proteus is developing what it calls "Digital Medicines," which involve pharmaceutical drugs containing the ingestible sensors, according to...
Oracle takes stake in ingestible health sensor maker
Ex-Google health chief launches an online community for cancer patients

Cyberdyne's robotic HAL suit marches into Japan hospital trials

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While climbing mountains and helping disabled tourists are fine pursuits, Cyberdyne's HAL robot suit has found an even nobler occupation: helping patients rehabilitate from debilitating nerve and muscle illnesses. According to The Asahi Shimbun, ten hospitals in Japan will start the first clinical trials of the lower-body suit version...
Cyberdyne's robotic HAL suit marches into Japan hospital trials
Here's tech that can diagnose Alzheimer's 3-4 years before first symptoms occur
IBM's Watson joins doctors in fighting lung cancer with cloud-based medical app

After Making Millions, Two 20-Somethings Have Founded A Startup To Help Fight Cancer

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Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg have both watched family members suffer from cancer. So when they left Google in June, they started brainstorming ways to help find a cure. Turner and Weinberg aren't doctors, but they're engineers with deep pockets. When they were 24, they sold their startup, Invite Media,...
After Making Millions, Two 20-Somethings Have Founded A Startup To Help Fight Cancer

Why all pharmaceutical research should be made open access | Cory Doctorow

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The government wants to make all publicly funded research available - but the same must be demanded of pharmas alsoI recently had lunch with as staunch an advocate for open access as you'll ever meet (I won't name him, because it would be rude to attribute casual remarks to him...
Why all pharmaceutical research should be made open access | Cory Doctorow

Accelerometer mic could change the way we look at cochlear implants

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Hearing aids aren't the most discreet cybernetic creations, because the need for a clog-free microphone means that they generally need an external component. Engineers at the Universities of Utah and Ohio aim to change everything with a much smaller mic that uses an accelerometer to detect sound vibrations --...
Accelerometer mic could change the way we look at cochlear implants

Hands-on with Smart Monitor's SmartWatch, the seizure sensing wristwatch

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Millions of people suffer from epileptic seizures, and the threat of such episodes is a constant concern for those with the condition, their families and caretakers. Smart Monitor knows that the freedom of folks with epilepsy is curtailed by trepidation caused by the unpredictability of seizures, so it's created...
Hands-on with Smart Monitor's SmartWatch, the seizure sensing wristwatch
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