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New Device Detects Deadly Lung Disease

July 24, 2014 | by University of Exeter | Comments

A scientist from the University of Exeter has developed a simple, cheap and highly accurate device for diagnosing a frequently fatal lung disease which attacks immune deficient individuals such as cancer patients and bone marrow transplant...

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Radiation Exposure Concerns, Increased Precision Driving Growth of Corindus Vascular Robotics

July 25, 2014 2:43 pm | Comments

Corindus Vascular Robotics announced the recent installations of its CorPath® System at five facilities: UH Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA; Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Miami, FL; the second system in Michigan and first system in North Carolina.

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Atomic structure of key muscle component revealed in Penn study

July 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it's easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating....

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Smile Train and BioDigital Selected to Showcase Virtual Surgery Simulator in The Hive at TEDMED 2014

July 25, 2014 1:34 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

NEW YORK, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Smile Train and its technology partner BioDigital have been selected to showcase their Virtual Surgery Simulator among leading global health innovations in The Hive at TEDMED 2014, which will take place in Washington, D.C. at The...

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Beckman Coulter Diagnostics to Demonstrate Solutions at 2014 AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo

July 25, 2014 11:24 am | Comments

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics will be featuring its latest solutions at the 2014 American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago, Ill., July 27-31, 2014. The Beckman Coulter Diagnostics booth themed, "New laboratory challenges require new thinking," will showcase

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3-D Printed Tissues Advance Stem Cell Research

July 25, 2014 11:00 am | by Michael Mullaney, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Comments

Tissue engineering and vascular biology expert Guohao Dai, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, recently won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dai will use the five-year, $440,000 grant to

System anticipates driver fatigue in the vehicle to prevent accidents

July 25, 2014 10:37 am | by Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (Biomechanics Institute - IBV) | Comments

Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (Biomechanics Institute - IBV) has worked on the development of a system with seamlessly integrated smart textiles, able to measure heartbeat and respiratory rate, to prevent driver fatigue and sleepiness at the wheel in the framework of the European project HARKEN.

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UPMC-Developed Test Increases Odds of Correct Surgery for Thyroid Cancer Patients

July 25, 2014 10:00 am | by UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Comments

Researchers have identified certain gene mutations that are indicative of an increased likelihood of thyroid cancer, and the molecular testing panel developed at UPMC can be run using the sample collected through the initial, minimally invasive biopsy, rather than a lobectomy. When the panel shows these mutations, a total thyroidectomy is advised.

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New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut

July 25, 2014 9:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases.

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TGen-led study seeks to understand why some HIV-positive men are more infectious than others

July 25, 2014 9:18 am | by Translational Genomics Research Institute | Comments

A new study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) provides insights into the interplay among bacteria, viruses and the immune system during HIV infection. Currently, doctors measure HIV-positive men's infectivity - their potential to infect others - based on their blood viral load. However, some men produce large amounts of virus in their semen despite having low levels in their blood.

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Guided Therapeutics Files PMA Amendment with FDA for LuViva® Advanced Cervical Scan

July 25, 2014 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 25, 2014--Guided Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCBB: GTHP) (OTCQB: GTHP) today announced that it has filed an amendment to its premarket approval (PMA) application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the LuViva ® Advanced Cervical Scan. The filing...

Gene Changes in Breast Cancer Cells Pinpointed with New Computational Method

July 24, 2014 3:07 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, working with high-throughput data generated by breast cancer biologists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have devised a computational method to determine how gene networks are...

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Test To Screen Donors of Blood, Tissues, and Organs for Hepatitis E Virus Receives CE Mark

July 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by Grifols | Comments

Grifols, one of the world’s leading companies in the plasma-derived biological medicines and transfusion medicine sectors, has announced CE mark for the Procleix HEV assay. The test, developed in collaboration with Hologic, Inc. (HOLX)...

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FDA 510(k) Clearance for Philips’ Ultra Mobile VISIQ Ultrasound System

July 24, 2014 12:15 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Royal Philips has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its innovative ultra mobile ultrasound system, VISIQ, in the U.S. VISIQ is the first Philips ultrasound system to combine...

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Natural Products from Plants Protect Skin During Cancer Radiotherapy

July 24, 2014 11:48 am | by Inderscience Publishers | Comments

Radiotherapy for cancer involves exposing the patient or their tumor more directly to ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays or X-rays. The radiation damages the cancer cells irreparably. Unfortunately, such radiation is also harmful to...

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Laser Therapy for Treatment of Transected Sciatic Nerve

July 24, 2014 11:38 am | by Neural Regeneration Research | Comments

Researchers at Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, led by Prof. Liu, Dr. Shen and Mrs. Yang have developed a biodegradable nerve conduit containing genipin-cross-linked gelatin was annexed using beta-tricalcium...

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