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Cook Up Some DIY Molecular Diagnostics for $130

July 24, 2015 9:09 am | by AI Biosciences Inc. | Comments

A study recently published in PLOS ONE describes the development of a rapid and low-cost water bath based thermal cycler for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) that can match the performance of commercial thermal cyclers at a fraction of the cost...

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FDA Approves Diagnostic Test to Differentiate Between Types of HIV Infection

July 24, 2015 8:54 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today (23 July) approved the Bio-Rad BioPlex 2200 HIV Ag-Ab assay, the first FDA-approved diagnostic that differentiates between HIV-1 antibodies, HIV-2 antibodies, and HIV-1 p24 antigen in human serum or plasma...

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Tiny Mechanical Wrist Gives New Dexterity to Needlescopic Surgery

July 24, 2015 8:52 am | by Vanderbilt University | Comments

With the flick of a tiny mechanical wrist, a team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University's Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory hope to give needlescopic surgery a whole new degree of dexterity. Needlescopic surgery...

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Saliva Test May Predict Alzheimer's Before Symptoms Appear

July 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by University of Alberta | Comments

New research from the University of Alberta shows that body fluids such as saliva may hold the keys to understanding a person’s likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s, even among those who don’t yet have memory and thinking problems associated...

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Surgical Robots Cause 144 Patient Deaths

July 23, 2015 2:11 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The innovations in robotic surgery are exciting as precision is being honed by surgeons, but a recent study about the adverse events in robotic surgery reminds the medical community of the risk when using these devices. From 2000 to 2013...

Glasses Reduce Digital Eye Strain Caused by Blue Light

July 23, 2015 1:02 pm | by JINS Eyewear | Comments

JINS Eyewear announced plans to launch JINS SCREEN, a new class of functional eyewear, to the U.S. market on August 8, 2015. JINS SCREEN is designed to combat the effects of blue light from prolonged use of digital devices, including computer...

Five Minute Test Determines if Chest Pain is a Heart Attack

July 23, 2015 11:12 am | by FABPulous BV | Comments

Between 1-2% of the population complains of chest pain every year. In emergency medicine, typically 60% of those patients will be diagnosed as potentially at risk of heart disease and most will be admitted to hospital for observation under...

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DNA Damage Seen in Patients Undergoing CT Scanning

July 23, 2015 9:50 am | by Tracie White, Science Writer, Stanford University School of Medicine | Comments

Using new laboratory technology, scientists have shown that cellular damage is detectable in patients after CT scanning, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “We now know that even...

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Low-dose Irradiation Can Edit Stem Cell Genes

July 23, 2015 9:40 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

For the first time, researchers have employed a gene-editing technique involving low-dose irradiation to edit the genome of patient stem cells, according to a study published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine. This method, developed...

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Open Call for Round Two of Startup Competition

July 23, 2015 9:08 am | by Insight Product Development | Comments

Insight Product Development and MATTER Chicago are inviting med device & digital health startups to apply by September 15th to compete in the championship phase of their newly expanded, 2-phase Startup Competition. Created to encourage...

Finalists Announced for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards

July 23, 2015 9:01 am | by Advantage Business Media | Comments

R&D Magazine today announced the Finalists for the 53rd annual R&D 100 Awards, which honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. This year’s Winners will be presented with their honors at the annual black-tie awards...

Robotic Arm for Real-time MRI Guidance

July 23, 2015 8:52 am | by University of Houston | Comments

GuidaBot is developing a robotic manipulator designed to work within the powerful magnetic field of an MRI, allowing physicians to perform interventions using real-time MRI imaging for absolute precision. GuidaBot’s force transmission...

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Programming Adult Stem Cells to Treat Muscular Dystrophy...and More

July 22, 2015 2:51 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

​Stem cells hold great potential for addressing a variety of conditions from spinal cord injuries to cancer, but they can be difficult to control. Scientists are now reporting in the journal ACS Nano a new way to mimic the body’s natural approach...

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Google, Novartis, and EPGL Race to Invent First 'Autofocus' Contact Lens

July 22, 2015 1:38 pm | by Global Communications, Inc. | Comments

Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez has told the Financial Times that the market for an "Autofocus" contact lens could be worth, "anywhere between $10 billion and $50 billion in the next ten years." The Financial Times went on to say; "While Google's efforts...

Diagnosing a Cough with Sound Alone

July 22, 2015 1:22 pm | by University of Queensland | Comments

The cough is the single most common reason for a trip to the doctor, placing enormous strain on Australia’s healthcare system, but a new mobile health tool being developed by The University of Queensland could ease pressure on doctors and lower...

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