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Robotics Takes on the Life Sciences

September 17, 2013 3:02 pm | by Mike Szesterniak, Industry Market Manager—Life Sciences, Parker Hannifin | Articles | Comments

Life sciences is one industry that is currently undergoing a turbulent development environment. Major advancements such as next-generation DNA sequencing and molecular imaging are expected to drive growth in categories such as immunochemistry and genetic testing. Add to this that changes in government regulations and market conditions are forcing life science OEMs to build their products using faster, smaller more modular technologies.

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Medtronic, Boston Scientific tout new centers overseas

September 17, 2013 2:24 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device titans Medtronic and Boston Scientific cut the ribbon on new facilities overseas this week, looking to develop new technologies that cater to markets in Ireland and China. Minnesota-based Medtronic announced a new $10-million-dollar "brainstorming" center at its Galway, Ireland campus...

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Speeding Up Cancer Diagnosis During Surgery

September 17, 2013 1:21 pm | by The University of Nottingham | News | Comments

With funding from the National Institute for Health Research, experts at The University of Nottingham have developed a highly accurate prototype technique which can produce a detailed ‘spectroscopic fingerprint’ of each tissue layer removed during surgery.

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American Cancer Society CMO: Money-driven hospitals push for dangerous tests

September 17, 2013 1:11 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Routine screening has been touted as the most effective way to stem cancer deaths, but it may instead put patients in harm's way, according to American Cancer Society chief medical officer Dr. Otis Brawley. Speaking at a seminar last week, Brawley warned that hospitals recommending regular screening may be looking out for their profits rather than their patients.

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Smith & Nephew Releases New DURAFIBER Ag Dressing to Address Bacterial Contamination

September 17, 2013 1:05 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, announces the US introduction of DURAFIBER Ag antimicrobial gelling fiber dressing. This new offering in the DURAFIBER portfolio combines the highly absorbent, gelling fiber filler dressing with the benefits of silver (Ag).

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New Report Available: Worldwide Medical Polymer Markets 2013-2020

September 17, 2013 12:57 pm | by NanoMarkets | Solvay Specialty Polymers, DSM, Evonik Cyro, LLC | News | Comments

According to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets, the global medical polymer market will grow from $2.3 billion (USD) in 2013 to over $3.5 billion in 2018. The report titled, “Worldwide Medical Polymer Markets 2013-2020” identifies the current and future opportunities in the medical polymers space and provides guidance on the technical and regulatory framework in which these opportunities are arising.

Logical Images Awarded U.S. Patent for Unique Visual Diagnostic Process and System

September 17, 2013 12:31 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Logical Images, the Rochester-based company that created the nation's only widely used diagnostic decision tool, VisualDx, announced today that it has been awarded a U.S. patent for its unique visual diagnostic process and system that, in addition to other features, selectively presents and displays images based upon descriptive characteristics of a patient.

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New Molecular Imaging Agents Being Developed for Fluorescence-Guided Brain Cancer Surgery

September 17, 2013 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Surgery is the cornerstone of oncology treatment, and molecularly-targeted fluorescent imaging agents have the potential to guide surgical resection by highlighting the biological margins of the disease. However, development and testing of such molecular imaging agents has been lacking.

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Self-Referral Spurs Unnecessary MRI Exams for Patients

September 17, 2013 11:06 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Patients having knee MRI examinations are significantly more likely to receive a negative finding if referred by physicians who have a financial interest in the imaging equipment being used, according to a study published online in the journal Radiology.

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NIH-Funded Study Suggests Brain Is Hard-Wired for Chronic Pain

September 17, 2013 11:03 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

The structure of the brain may predict whether a person will suffer chronic low back pain, according to researchers who used brain scans. The results, published in the journal Pain, support the growing idea that the brain plays a critical role in chronic pain, a concept that may lead to changes in the way doctors treat patients.

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Cloud-Based Online Registration Platform Licensale.com Revolutionizes Medical Device Market

September 17, 2013 11:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A case study released on the anniversary of medical device giant Elekta's work with Licensale.com revealed that just one year after its launch, Arazy Group's unique, online registration platform is a revolutionary regulatory asset for medical device manufacturers of all sizes.

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New Marker Identified for Early Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

September 17, 2013 10:53 am | by American Association for Cancer Research | News | Comments

A protein called isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH1) is present at high levels in lung cancers and can be detected in the blood, making it a noninvasive diagnostic marker for lung cancers, according to a study published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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Osteoarthritis and the (not so) Painful Step Toward a Cure

September 17, 2013 10:48 am | by The Journal of Visualized Experiments | News | Comments

On Tuesday, September 17, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, will publish a novel technique for imaging muscle function while in motion. Research in this area could uncover the root of musculoskeletal disorders, such as the development of osteoarthritis following ACL surgery.

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Boston Scientific settles stent patent spat with OrbusNeich

September 17, 2013 10:22 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Boston Scientific agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to put its long-running patent war with OrbusNeich Medical to rest. The settlement covers patent infringement cases over coronary stent technology in the U.S., the U.K., Germany and Holland, according to an OrbusNeich press release.

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UCLA Researchers' Smartphone 'Microscope' Can Detect a Single Virus, Nanoparticles

September 17, 2013 10:10 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his team have created a portable smartphone attachment that can be used to perform sophisticated field testing to detect viruses and bacteria without the need for bulky and expensive microscopes and lab equipment.

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