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New Fully Automated Molecular Diagnostic Systems

September 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche announced today the commercial availability of the cobas 6800/8800 Systems, two integrated and fully automated molecular testing systems for blood and plasma donor screening in markets accepting the CE mark. The cobas 6800/8800 Systems...

Invisible Blood in Urine May Indicate Bladder Cancer

September 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

New research which finds that invisible blood in urine may be an early warning sign of bladder...

New Tuberculosis Blood Test in Children is Reliable and Highly Specific

September 2, 2014 11:56 am | by Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute | News | Comments

A new blood test provides a fast and accurate tool to diagnose tuberculosis in children, a new...

A New Way to Diagnose Malaria

September 2, 2014 11:33 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Over the past several decades, malaria diagnosis has changed very little. After taking a blood...

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Faster, Cheaper Tests for Sickle Cell

September 2, 2014 11:28 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Within minutes after birth, every child in the U.S. undergoes a battery of tests designed to diagnose a host of conditions, including sickle cell disease. Thousands of children born in the developing world, however, aren't so lucky, meaning...

IVD Market Continues to Be Steady and Solid

September 2, 2014 8:53 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to the report, the global IVD market generated $54.6 billion in revenues in 2013. During the next few years, the market is expected to grow 4% annually and reach $65 billion by 2018. Compared with the usual 5-6% growth rate for...

SF Biotech Firm Sparsa Inc. to Develop Houston Methodist Technology

August 28, 2014 4:08 pm | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

Houston Methodist and San Francisco-based Sparsa Inc. have entered into an agreement to develop technology invented by Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists Lidong Qin, Ph.D., and Yujun Song, Ph.D., that quickly and cheaply...

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Making Science Fiction a Science Reality: 10 Finalist Teams Selected For $10 Million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by XPRIZE | News | Comments

XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, today announced the 10 finalist teams competing for the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a 3.5-year global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation for teams to develop...

Innovations in Blood Glucose Monitoring with New Device

August 28, 2014 10:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Nipro Diagnostics, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its TRUE METRIX™ Self-Monitoring blood glucose system and the TRUE METRIX™ PRO Professional Monitoring blood glucose system. As the...

NIH Issues Finalized Policy on Genomic Data Sharing

August 28, 2014 9:22 am | by National Institutes of Health/Office of the Director | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the...

'Junk' Blood Tests May Offer Life-Saving Information

August 28, 2014 9:16 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Some 30 percent of all positive hospital blood culture samples are discarded every day because they're "contaminated" — they reflect the presence of skin germs instead of specific disease-causing bacteria. Rather than toss these compromised...

Microtechnologies for Driving Forward Mobility and Human Health

August 27, 2014 2:35 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

CIC microGUNE, the Co-operative Research Centre into Microtechnologies, is coordinating the microSCALE project which seeks to generate innovative solutions based on microtechnologies to tackle the problems of the mobility industry and life...

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Primerdesign Launch World’s Most Affordable Real-Time PCR Machine

August 27, 2014 10:05 am | by B3C newswire | News | Comments

Primerdesign Ltd is delighted to announce the release of the World’s most affordable Real-Time PCR instrument. The genesig q16 will accompany their catalogue of over 400 applied DNA testing kits and provide a market shifting solution making...

Companion Testing Market Exceeded One Billion Dollars in 2013

August 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

The market for test and pharmaceutical pairs, known as companion diagnostics in the testing industry, has grown significantly. The global companion diagnostic market is valued at about $1.2 billion for 2013. This is up from $950 million in...

Handheld DNA Diagnostic Unit Allows Lab-Quality Analysis in the Field

August 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by University of Otago | News | Comments

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at New Zealand's University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining...

New Biomarker Highly Promising for Predicting Breast Cancer Outcomes

August 26, 2014 11:57 am | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

A protein named p66ShcA shows promise as a biomarker to identify breast cancers with poor prognoses, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology. Cancer is deadly in large part due to...

Breath Test for COPD

August 26, 2014 11:23 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

NYU Langone Medical Center will lead a new clinical initiative -- funded by a $225,000 grant from The National Institutes of Health -- to determine a breath test’s effectiveness to identify volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in human breath...

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Photos of the Day: Picking Out Cancer Cells

August 26, 2014 11:10 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could...

Sorting Cells with Sound Waves

August 26, 2014 11:08 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could...

A Glucose Meter of a Different Color

August 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. The researchers developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate, and the wavelength shift is so precise...

Meaghan's Minute: Compact Medical Testing

August 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, Harvard researchers have created a portable medical detector that can monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants, and perform tests that now are done by machines costing tens of thousands...

Assessing FDA’s Final Guidance on Companion Diagnostics

August 22, 2014 2:28 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

On the same day that FDA released its draft guidances on regulating laboratory-developed tests (LDT), the agency also issued a final guidance on the development, review, and clearance of companion diagnostics. According to FDA, this guidance...

New DNA Test for Diagnosing Diseases Linked to Childhood Blindness

August 22, 2014 10:21 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Researchers in the United Kingdom have demonstrated that advanced DNA testing for congenital cataracts can quickly and accurately diagnose a number of rare diseases marked by childhood blindness, according to a study published online today in...

Genetics and Lifestyle Have a Strong Impact on Biomarkers for Inflammation and Cancer

August 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Uppsala University | News | Comments

In a new study published in Nature Communications, research scientists from Uppsala University present for the first time a large-scale study of the significance of genetic, clinical and lifestyle factors for protein levels in the bloodstream...

Novel 'Man and Machine' Decision Support System Makes Malaria Diagnostics More Effective

August 22, 2014 9:36 am | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

A Finnish-Swedish research group at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, University of Helsinki, and Karolinska institutet, Stockholm, has developed a novel "man and machine" decision support system for diagnosing malaria infection...

Adherence to Diet Can Be Measured from Blood

August 21, 2014 3:44 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

New results from the Nordic SYSDIET study show that it's possible to assess dietary compliance from a blood sample. This is especially useful in controlled dietary intervention studies investigating the health benefits of specific diets...

First ZnT8Ab Autoantibody Test to Help Diagnose Type 1 Diabetes

August 21, 2014 3:40 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the first zinc transporter 8 autoantibody (ZnT8Ab) test that can help determine if a person has type 1 diabetes and not another type of diabetes. When...  

Most IVD Companies Looked Outside Europe and US For Growth

August 21, 2014 10:06 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Growth in the $54.6 billion in 2013 came from emerging markets while developed nation markets grew slowly, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher said that China Brazil, and Korea were among...

Test Reliably Detects Inherited Immune Deficiency in Newborns

August 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases | News | Comments

A newborn screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) reliably identifies infants with this life-threatening inherited condition, leading to prompt treatment and high survival rates, according to a study supported by the National...

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