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The Key to Easy Asthma Diagnosis Is in the Blood

April 16, 2014 2:10 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Using just a single drop of blood, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has developed a faster, cheaper and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma. This handheld technology — which takes advantage of a...

EKF’s Lactate Scout+ Analyzer Delivers Cutting-Edge Benefits in Sports Science

April 16, 2014 10:51 am | by EKF Diagnostics | News | Comments

Following the recent launch of its new Lactate Scout+ analyzer incorporating hematocrit...

IQuum Deal Gives Roche Turnkey Entry Into Molecular POC Testing Market

April 16, 2014 9:55 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Kalorama Information says Roche is saving time and gaining market potential with its recent...

DNA Alternative to Pap Smear Sparks Medical Debate

April 15, 2014 1:53 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient...

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New Blood-based Biomarker May Predict Recurrence of Breast Cancer and Treatment Response

April 15, 2014 12:32 am | by AACR | News | Comments

A newly developed, noninvasive blood-based assay, cMethDNA, is highly sensitive and specific in detecting breast cancer recurrence early, and shows promise as a viable tool in predicting treatment outcome, according to data published in...

Researchers Validate Early Predictor of Lethal Kidney Condition

April 14, 2014 11:44 am | by UF Health | News | Comments

Researchers have found a way to identify critically ill patients who are at risk of developing acute kidney injury — a potentially fatal and often asymptomatic condition. Their findings may be the first to validate two markers that can predict acute...

Proteomics International Biomarker Study Closer to a CDx Test for Diabetic Kidney Disease

April 14, 2014 11:42 am | by Proteomics International | News | Comments

Drug discovery company Proteomics International has completed an important milestone towards the development of a companion diagnostic (CDx) test with the validation of several of its protein biomarkers. The research team authenticated the...

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Abbott Receives 510(k) for Test to Help Diagnose Diabetes

April 14, 2014 11:31 am | by Abbott | News | Comments

Abbott announced today that its new ARCHITECT Clinical Chemistry Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test - which can aid physicians in diagnosing and monitoring diabetes and identifying people at risk for the disease - has received 510(k) clearance...

Inspired by a Music Box, Bioengineer Creates $5 Chemistry Set

April 14, 2014 11:16 am | by Amy Adams, Stanford University | News | Comments

The idea for this device started not with flames or even chemistry, but with a music box that Prakash's wife brought home from a gift exchange at work one Christmas. It used a tiny hand crank to pull a paper ribbon through a set of pins on...

Photos of the Day: Music Box Microfluidics

April 14, 2014 11:14 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Manu Prakash won a contest to develop the 21st-century chemistry set. His version, based on a toy music box, is small, robust, programmable and costs $5. It can inspire young scientists and also address developing-world problems such as...

In Latest Generation of Tiny Biosensors, Size Isn't Everything

April 14, 2014 10:33 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

When it comes to nanomedicine, smaller is — surprisingly — not always better. UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science researchers have determined that the diminutive size of nanowire-based biosensors — which healthcare...

Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business in Companion Diagnostics

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

For my occasional series of blogs examining various facets of the companion diagnostics market, I asked some of the major IVD manufacturers to share their thoughts and opinions on the current opportunities and challenges in companion...  

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Top-Paid Medicare Doctors Say They Have Reasons

April 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | News | Comments

How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare? Explanations for Wednesday's eye-popping numbers from Medicare's massive claims database ranged from straightforward to what the government considers suspicious, as...

Philips Handheld Blood Test Shows Further Promise in Clinical Setting

April 10, 2014 10:37 am | by Philips Electronics | News | Comments

Royal Philips has completed its first field study for its Minicare handheld cardiac Troponin-I (cTn-I) blood test, demonstrating the platform’s potential to produce lab-equivalent results with finger prick samples within minutes. The...

Molecular Diagnostics Are Leading the Way to Personalized, Precision Medicine

April 9, 2014 11:47 am | by The Society for Women’s Health Research | News | Comments

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), the leading voice on research into the biological sex differences between women and men, is proud to announce a public awareness campaign focused on “Transforming Science: Innovations in Molecular...

Toward a Faster, More Accurate Way to Diagnose Stroke

April 9, 2014 11:45 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

When someone suffers from a stroke, a silent countdown begins. A fast diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death. So scientists are working on a new blood test that one day could rapidly confirm whether someone...

Strategic Partnership to Bring Innovative Healthcare Cloud Technology to Laboratories

April 9, 2014 11:01 am | by Beckman Coulter Inc. | News | Comments

hc1.com, the Healthcare Relationship Cloud company, and Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, a global leader in developing clinical diagnostic products that help advance and optimize the laboratory, announced a strategic partnership to deliver innovative...

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New Report Rates Opportunities in the United States IVD Market

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Advanced flow cytometry and microbiology tests will provide more opportunity for manufacturers than POC tests or clinical chemistry test products sold in the United States, according to Kalorama Information. Kalorama made the finding...

Hybrid Technology Could Make Star Trek-Style Tricorder a Reality

April 8, 2014 3:42 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of Southampton are aiming to develop a handheld testing device to provide same day diagnosis from a patient’s bedside. In the fictional Star-Trek universe, the tricorder was used to remotely scan patients for...

Roche Acquires IQuum to Strengthen Offerings in Molecular Diagnostics

April 8, 2014 11:32 am | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche has announced the acquisition of IQuum, Inc. based in Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA. IQuum is a privately held company focused on developing point of care offerings for the molecular diagnostics market. Under the terms of the agreement...

Using Google Glass to Map the Future of Medical Testing

April 8, 2014 11:19 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

A team of researchers at UCLA has transformed Google Glass into a powerful, wearable medical testing laboratory. Aydogan Ozcan and his team developed an application that reads dozens of different types of diagnostic tests for malaria, prostate...

Groundbreaking AtomoRapid HIV selected as Finalist in 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards

April 8, 2014 9:34 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

For the second year in a row, ide's innovative and world-class product design has been recognised at the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA). The AtomoRapid HIV is one of three finalists in the In Vitro Diagnostic Products and...

Boston Scientific's Endoscopic Ultrasound Needle Is for Use During Fine Needle Aspiration Procedures

April 7, 2014 6:31 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE Mark approval in Europe for the Expect™ Slimline (SL) Needle, which is now globally available for Endoscopic Ultrasound-Fine Needle...

Blood Test Could Provide Rapid, Accurate Method of Detecting Solid Cancers

April 7, 2014 11:21 am | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

A blood sample could one day be enough to diagnose many types of solid cancers, or to monitor the amount of cancer in a patient's body and responses to treatment. Previous versions of the approach, which relies on monitoring levels of tumor...

Bio-Rad's Droplet Digital PCR Technology Highlighted at the 2014 AACR Annual Meeting

April 7, 2014 11:08 am | by Bio-Rad | News | Comments

Helping doctors monitor their melanoma patients' progress in response to treatment is just one of the many exciting applications of Bio-Rad's Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) technology being showcased at the 2014 American Association for Cancer Research...

New Standard for Precision and Accuracy in Blood Glucose Measurement Technologies

April 7, 2014 10:01 am | by TecMed Inc. | News | Comments

TecMed, Inc. has announced that its optical measurement IP has set a new standard in blood glucose measurement technologies. TecMed’s IP is reported to have the greatest precision in the measurement of blood glucose, and other chiral molecules...

Medicare Reimbursement for IVDs Gets an Upgrade

April 7, 2014 9:12 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302) that averted cuts to Medicare physician payments. (The Senate approved the bill the day before by a 64-35 vote, and the House of...   

NIST's Simple Microfluidic Devices Now Have Valves

April 3, 2014 12:22 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have added yet another innovation — miniature valves — to their ever-growing collection of inexpensive, easy-to-manufacture and highly efficient microfluidic devices...

Team Identifies Novel Biomarker for Head and Neck Cancer, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

April 3, 2014 12:14 pm | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

A team led by a scientist from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has identified a new biomarker linked to better outcomes of patients with head and neck cancers and non-small cell lung cancer. The work could help...

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