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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 ...           

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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...

Harvard Scientists Visualize New Treatments for Retinal Blindness

March 26, 2014 3:31 am | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | Comments

A new report published online in The FASEB Journal may lead the way toward new treatments or a cure for a common cause of blindness (proliferative retinopathies). Specifically, scientists have discovered that the body's innate immune system does more than help ward off external pathogens. It also helps remove sight-robbing abnormal blood vessels...

Better Diagnostics for Thrombosis are a Matter of Resources

March 26, 2014 3:18 am | by youris.com | Comments

Cost-effectiveness is paramount for any new medical technology. If pharmaceutical companies do not see a profit, new drugs will never see the light of day. And if insurance companies think a new treatment is more expensive than the old one, they will simply not pay. Take thrombosis...

World’s First Light-Activated Antimicrobial Surface That Also Works in the Dark

March 25, 2014 3:37 pm | by University College London | Comments

Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when ...     

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Shock-Absorbing 'Goo' Discovered in Bone

March 25, 2014 3:34 pm | by University of Cambridge | Comments

New findings show that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of ‘goo’ trapped between tiny crystals, lubricating and allowing movement. It is this flexibility that stops bones from shattering. Latest research shows that the chemical citrate is mixed with water to create ...

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