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Wearables, Game App Help Boost Exercise Levels

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A study assessing FitBit devices and a game-style mobile app shows a combination of the technologies results in more exercise by office workers, at least at the outset, than just the FitBit alone. . . . → Read More: Wearables, Game App Help Boost Exercise Levels

Gene Therapy Shown to Reduce Extreme High Cholesterol

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A gene therapy technique that stops production of a targeted protein is shown in tests with monkeys to reduce levels of harmful cholesterol, but also expose potential risks associated with the technique. . . . → Read More: Gene Therapy Shown to Reduce Extreme High Cholesterol

Gene Therapy Safety Study for Heart Failure Underway

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An early-stage clinical trial is testing gene therapy to treat malfunctioning heart muscle cells in people with heart failure, where the heart cannot pump enough blood for the body. . . . → Read More: Gene Therapy Safety Study for Heart Failure Underway

Computer-Designed Heart Valves Operate Over Long Term

Engineered heart valve

A European research team designed customized heart valves with computer models, which when tested in sheep continued to perform in most cases for a year following implantation. . . . → Read More: Computer-Designed Heart Valves Operate Over Long Term

Trial Testing Nerve Stimulation for Stroke Rehab

Device and vagus nerve position

A clinical trial is recruiting participants to test an implanted device that electronically stimulates a key nerve pathway for restoring use of a person’s arm after suffering a stroke. . . . → Read More: Trial Testing Nerve Stimulation for Stroke Rehab

Trial Shows Patch Feasible for Heart Rhythm Detection

Results from a clinical trial show a wearable patch, applied and used by older adults in their homes, detects more heart rhythm problems than waiting to see a doctor, the usual way these problems are detected. . . . → Read More: Trial Shows Patch Feasible for Heart Rhythm Detection

Smartphone App, Device Shown to Measure Blood Pressure

A smartphone-based system and app were shown in a pilot study with human subjects to measure a person’s blood pressure with about the same accuracy as some cuff devices normally used to gauge blood pressure. . . . → Read More: Smartphone App, Device Shown to Measure Blood Pressure

Coalition Standardizes Chronic Kidney Disease Tests

A group of medical lab companies, medical centers, and not-for-profit groups developed standardized testing protocols for chronic kidney disease, which participants expect will help more people diagnose the condition earlier. . . . → Read More: Coalition Standardizes Chronic Kidney Disease Tests

Cardiac Augmented-Reality Hologram System in Development

A start-up company spun-off from Washington University in St. Louis was awarded a grant to advance an augmented reality system that displays an interactive hologram of a patient’s heart, to simplify cardiac procedures. . . . → Read More: Cardiac Augmented-Reality Hologram System in Development

NIH Funding Immune-Friendly Synthetic Vascular Grafts

A bioengineering lab is receiving a National Institutes of Health grant to advance development of more tolerable synthetic veins and arteries implanted in heart bypass patients. . . . → Read More: NIH Funding Immune-Friendly Synthetic Vascular Grafts