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Bioelectronics Could Lead to a New Class of Medicine

July 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Imagine having tiny electronics implanted somewhere in your body that can regulate nerve signals and make symptoms of various disorders go away. That’s the vision of the field of bioelectronic medicine — the emerging discipline that has made...

Empowering Consumers Through Accurate Genomic Tests

July 2, 2014 11:45 am | by Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., Director – Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come to recognize that almost every disease has a genetic component, and many consumers now are eager to know more about their genetic profiles. They need only send a sample of their DNA collected from their saliva or from a cheek swab...

Scientists Withdraw Claim About Making Stem Cells

July 2, 2014 11:29 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research. In two papers published in January in the journal Nature, the Japanese...

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Unapproved Device Buys Time for New Pair of Lungs

July 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Jon Sacker was near death, too sick for doctors to attempt the double lung transplant he so desperately needed. His only chance: An experimental machine that essentially works like dialysis for the lungs. But the device has not been approved...

NIH Creates Network to Tackle Mysterious Diseases

July 2, 2014 11:09 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The government is expanding its "mystery disease" program, funding a network at six universities around the country to help diagnose patients with diseases so rare they've been told they're undiagnosable. The National Institutes of Health has...

Biomarker Predicts Effectiveness of Brain Cancer Treatment

July 2, 2014 10:43 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a new biomarker that predicts whether glioblastoma – the most common form of primary brain cancer – will respond to chemotherapy. The findings are...

China’s Diagnostic X-Ray Imaging Market Value to Hit $1 Billion by 2020

July 2, 2014 10:12 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

China will witness significant growth in its diagnostic X-ray imaging market, rising from $528 million in 2012 to hit the billion-dollar mark by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.6%, says research and consulting firm GlobalData...

Advancing Medicine, Layer by Layer

July 2, 2014 9:54 am | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Personalized cancer treatments and better bone implants could grow from techniques demonstrated by graduate students Stephen W. Morton and Nisarg J. Shah, who are both working in chemical engineering professor Paula Hammond's lab at MIT...

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HotSpot: Wireless, Connected Chemistry Analyzer

July 2, 2014 9:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

CenLab is a handheld, wireless, connected chemistry analyzer. It allows for automated, and better yet cost effective, analysis of body fluids and water quality. It eliminates trips to the doctor by providing ubiquitous, instantaneous, urinalysis...

St. Jude Medical Resolves FDA Warning Letter for Sylmar Facility

July 2, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that issues cited in the Sylmar, Calif., facility’s warning letter have been addressed. “We take...

Global Ultrasound Devices Market Expected to Reach USD 8.71 Billion in 2019

July 2, 2014 9:09 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Ultrasound Devices Market (By Product Type - Cart/Trolley Based Ultrasound Devices and Compact Ultrasound Devices, By Technology - 2-D, 3-D & 4-D, Doppler, HIFU...

Efforts to Cut Unnecessary Blood Testing Bring Major Decreases in Healthcare Spending

July 2, 2014 8:29 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient...

'Molecular Movies' Will Enable Extraordinary Gains in Bioimaging, Health Research

July 2, 2014 8:20 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers have announced the creation of an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular level. Chemical and biological actions...

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Telemedicine for Patients with Chronic Liver Diseases

July 2, 2014 8:17 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Although telemedicine could improve the quality of life of patients with chronic liver diseases, viable home care systems are still lacking. Scientists working on the EU-project “d-LIVER” mean to remedy this situation. Initial results have...

Blind Lead the Way in Brave New World of Tactile Technology

July 2, 2014 8:12 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad mini Retina display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to feel your way around. New research...

Smartphone App May Revolutionize Mental Health Treatment

July 2, 2014 8:06 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Mental illness accounts for 90 percent of all reported suicides and places the largest burden of any disease on social and economic infrastructures worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. There is a dire need for support services...

Engineered Red Blood Cells Could Carry Precious Therapeutic Cargo

July 1, 2014 3:38 pm | by Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research | News | Comments

Whitehead Institute scientists have genetically and enzymatically modified red blood cells to carry a range of valuable payloads—from drugs, to vaccines, to imaging agents—for delivery to specific sites throughout the body. "We wanted to...

Are Your Compliance Practices Cloud and Mobile Friendly?

July 1, 2014 3:23 pm | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director of Product Management, M-Files Corporation | Blogs | Comments

The “bring your own device” (BYOD)-enabled workforce is altering the landscape of compliance-related content management. Medical device companies should take this trend seriously because if you implement your BYOD strategy well, it can have...

Scientists Engineer Nanoparticles to Prevent Bone Cancer, Strengthen Bones

July 1, 2014 3:12 pm | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

A research collaboration between Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) has utilized nanomedicine technologies to develop a drug-delivery system that can precisely target and attack cancer cells in the...

Using Geometry, Researchers Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Organize Themselves

July 1, 2014 2:55 pm | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

About seven days after conception, something remarkable occurs in the clump of cells that will eventually become a new human being. They start to specialize. They take on characteristics that begin to hint at their ultimate fate as part of...

Clot-Building Nanoparticles Raise Survival Rate Following Blast Trauma

July 1, 2014 2:49 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A type of artificial platelet being developed to help natural blood platelets form clots faster offers promise for saving the lives of soldiers, as well as victims of car crashes and other severe trauma. In preclinical tests led by a Case...

Bringing the Bling to Antibacterials

July 1, 2014 2:46 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Bacteria love to colonize surfaces inside your body, but they have a hard time getting past your rugged, salty skin. Surgeries to implant medical devices often give such bacteria the opportunity needed to gain entry into the body cavity...

Electronics-to-Wear Light Up Healthcare

July 1, 2014 11:33 am | by CORDIS | News | Comments

For most electronic circuit boards, if you try to bend them, they snap and are rendered useless. But this is set to change. A European research project called PLACE-IT has come up with a new type of flexible electronics that won’t break...

Managing the Data Jungle

July 1, 2014 11:23 am | by Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Angewandte Informationstechnik (FIT) | News | Comments

Many biology labs fight with a glut of measurement data. New software aims to make this a thing of the past: it simplifies laboratory experiment evaluation and unifies how data is saved. It even identifies measurement errors on the spot...

Enlightening Cancer Cells

July 1, 2014 11:17 am | by Medical University of Vienna | News | Comments

Harald Janovjak, Assistant Professor at IST Austria, together with Michael Grusch, Associate Professor at the Institute of Cancer Research of the Medical University of Vienna, “remote-controlled” the behaviour of cancer cells with light, as...

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