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Sensor to Detect Common Illicit Date Rape Drug within Seconds

March 27, 2014 11:39 am | by National University of Singapore | Comments

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed the world’s first fluorescent sensor to identify the presence of a drug known as GHB that is commonly used to spike beverages. When the sensor is mixed with ...

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When Smaller Is Better for Biological Scanning

March 27, 2014 11:35 am | by Angela Herring, Northeastern University | Comments

A few hun­dred dol­lars and 24 hours: That’s what’s required to scan bio­log­ical mate­rials for impor­tant bio­markers that signal dis­eases such as dia­betes or cancer, using industry stan­dard equip­ment. But sup­pose you wanted to ...

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CT Scans Help Catch Cases Traditional Test Misses

March 27, 2014 11:05 am | by Mayo Clinic | Comments

Gout is on the rise among U.S. men and women, and this piercingly painful and most common form of inflammatory arthritis is turning out to be more complicated than had been thought. The standard way to check for gout is by ...    

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Artificial Hearts May Help Patients Survive Until Transplant

March 27, 2014 11:01 am | by Beth Casteel, American College of Cardiology | Comments

The largest single-center study of patients implanted with a total artificial heart finds the device may help patients in severe heart failure survive until they can receive a heart transplant. Researchers studied 22 patients implanted with total artificial hearts at ...

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3D MRI Scans May Offer Better Way to Predict Survival After Chemo

March 27, 2014 10:57 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

In a series of studies involving 140 American men and women with liver tumors, researchers at Johns Hopkins have used specialized 3-D MRI scans to precisely measure living and dying tumor tissue to quickly show whether highly toxic chemotherapy – delivered directly through ...

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Detecting Tumor Markers Easily

March 26, 2014 2:42 pm | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Blood is just teeming with proteins. It's not easy there to identify specialized tumor markers indicating the presence of cancer. A new method now enables diagnostics to be carried out in ...         

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Entrepreneur Brings Life-Saving Vaccines to Far Reaches of the World

March 26, 2014 2:37 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Getting life-saving vaccines to the most remote parts of the world is no easy feat. Biopharmaceuticals are highly sensitive to heat and cold and can perish if their temperature ...           

Sports Medicine Market to Remain Strong Says GlobalData

March 26, 2014 11:11 am | by GlobalData | Comments

Driven by the growing prevalence of sports injury, coupled with an ageing population, the global arthroscopic implants market value will increase from $2.2 billion in 2013 to $3.4 billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.09%, says a new report from ...

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Covidien Endoscopic Ablation Therapy Effective in Treating Barrett’s Esophagus

March 26, 2014 11:07 am | by Covidien | Comments

An innovative Covidien technology is effective at treating Barrett’s esophagus (a precancerous condition of the esophagus), according to a clinical study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The March 25 JAMA publication announced results from the SURF Trial ...

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Nanotube Coating Helps Shrink Mass Spectrometers

March 26, 2014 11:03 am | by Elizabeth K. Gardner, Purdue University | Comments

Nanotechnology is advancing tools likened to Star Trek's "tricorder" that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety. Researchers found that when paper used to collect a sample was coated with carbon nanotubes, the voltage required ...

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Genetic Pedigrees at Point of Care with New App

March 26, 2014 10:57 am | by John Ascenzi, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | Comments

Long before next-generation sequencing technology ushered in today's data-intensive era of human genome information, clinicians have been taking family histories by jotting down pedigrees ...            

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Photo of the Day: A Surrogate Organ System

March 26, 2014 10:51 am | by DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | Comments

Some 40 percent of pharmaceuticals fail their clinical trials, and there are thousands of chemicals whose effects on humans are simply unknown. Providing a realistic, cost-effective and rapid screening system ...      

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Desktop 'Body' Could Reduce Need for Animal Drug Tests

March 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Nancy Ambrosiano, DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | Comments

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents. ATHENA, the Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project team, is developing ...

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Plasma Tool for Destroying Cancer Cells

March 26, 2014 3:50 am | by Springer Science+Business Media | Comments

Plasma medicine is a new and rapidly developing area of medical technology. Specifically, understanding the interaction of so-called atmospheric pressure plasma jets with biological tissues could help to...

Timesulin Crowdfunding Announcement

March 26, 2014 3:39 am | by Timesulin | Comments

European diabetes brand, Timesulin, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo as a strategic move in launching this popular tool to users in the United States. The smart replacement cap for insulin pens that shows the time since last injection to help avoid accidental double or missed doses was first launched in the United Kingdom in 2012...

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