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Biological Sample Prep Time Cut from Days to Minutes

October 16, 2014 9:23 am | by Stephen P. Wampler, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

When Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers invented the field of biological accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) in the late 1980s, the process of preparing the samples was time-consuming and cumbersome. Physicists and biomedical...

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HIV Self-Test Kit Addresses Worldwide Usability Challenges

October 16, 2014 8:30 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, ABM Design Group | Articles | Comments

Public health agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO) and United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have started to appreciate the need for point-of-care and self-test diagnostics programs to help reach people...

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Photos of the Day: HIV Self-Test Kit Ready for the World

October 16, 2014 8:30 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, ABM Design Group | News | Comments

After more than two-and-a-half years of development work and onsite testing, John Kelly, CEO of Sydney, Australia-based Atomo Diagnostics, believes that his company has developed the test platform, AtomoRapid, to address critical errors common...

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Simplify to Cut Costs

October 16, 2014 8:30 am | by Mark Shal, Ph. D., Founder, Insight Technology | Blogs | Comments

The key word characterizing today's medical device development environment is confusion. In addition to doing their jobs, people are being asked to implement confusing, complex, and at times misleading procedures. Pushed by the FDA to move...

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Robust Thermocouple Logger

October 16, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company has introduced the Lascar EL-ENVIROPAD-TC - a conveniently-sized thermocouple-based temperature meter for spot temperature readings with additional built-in data-logging and graphing functionalities...

4-20 mA Current Loop Transmitter Board

October 16, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems added a new 4-20 mA current loop board to the SeaRAQ family of I/O expansion designed for Relio industrial computers. The 4-20 mA signal standard remains a popular method for signal transmission in harsh environments, even over long distance...

The Future of Early Cancer Detection?

October 15, 2014 1:45 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Along with a crew of technologists and scientists, Jorge Soto is developing a simple, noninvasive, open-source test that looks for early signs of multiple forms of cancer. Onstage at TEDGlobal 2014, he demonstrates a working prototype of the mobile platform for the first time...

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New Test Offers Faster Check for Recent Illness Wave

October 15, 2014 1:40 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

For more than two months, health officials have been struggling to understand the size of a national wave of severe respiratory illnesses caused by an unusual virus. This week, they expect the wave to start looking a whole lot bigger. But that's because a new test will be speeding through a backlog of cases...

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Enhancing Blood Biomarker Discovery for Better Disease Diagnostics

October 15, 2014 1:21 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund work by a Purdue Research Park-based company to improve methods to screen blood plasma samples for biomarkers, which are measurable indicators of a disease, to expedite diagnosis and treatment...

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Breathalyzer Diagnoses Disease in Dolphins

October 15, 2014 12:58 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Alcohol consumption isn't the only thing a breath analysis can reveal. Scientists have been studying its possible use for diagnosing a wide range of conditions in humans — and now in the beloved bottlenose dolphin. In a report in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, one team describes a new instrument...

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Remotely Monitoring Heart Failure Patients with an Implantable Sensor

October 15, 2014 12:23 pm | by UCSF | News | Comments

Hypertension. Peripheral neuropathy. Sciatica. You name the disorder, and Norman Marigney of Santa Rosa may have it. In fact, he’s been hospitalized four times in the past year for heart failure, which affects about 5.5 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association...

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Retinal Prosthesis Provides Light/Darkness Differentiation

October 15, 2014 11:10 am | by Duke Medicine | Videos | Comments

Larry Hester, 66, has been blind for half his life from a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. In September, 2014, an electronic stimulator was surgically implanted in his left eye. On October 1st, 2014 Duke eye surgeon Dr. Paul Hahn turned ...

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Charged Graphene Enables a Unique View of DNA During Sequencing

October 15, 2014 10:58 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

When Illinois researchers set out to investigate a method to control how DNA moves through a tiny sequencing device, they did not know they were about to witness a display of molecular gymnastics. Fast, accurate and affordable DNA sequencing is the first step toward personalized medicine...

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Biomarker Offers Diagnosis of Cancer Cause

October 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | News | Comments

CLIP2 serves as a radiation marker: After exposure to radiation from radioiodine, both the genetic activity and the protein expression are increased, as the scientists' studies were able to substantiate. CLIP2 appears to be particularly significant...

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Low-Cost, Disposable Lung Infection Detector Developed

October 15, 2014 10:33 am | by University of California - Irvine | News | Comments

Imagine a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device that a person with cystic fibrosis could use at home along with a smartphone to immediately detect a lung infection, much like the device police use to gauge a driver's blood alcohol level...

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